Not everyone’s good at one-night stands.
Skye Stephens has the worst day of her professional career, and all she wants to do is shed her power suit and get lost in the sheets with the hot guy she met at the bar. The problem is, this uptight ad exec doesn’t know how to do one-night stands. She has strict rules about dating and when to let a man in her bedroom.
Fighter pilot Ben “Bolt” Hardcastle is used to lovin’ and leavin’. But, after he meets Skye, one night doesn’t seem to be enough.
When these two crash-land into each other, a connection strong enough to make the loner pilot and the sexy businesswoman shed their rules about love and relationships begins to burn deeper than either of them ever expected.
Reviewed by Ashley 4.5 out of 5 Stars!
Skye Stephens is a campaign executive for an advertising agency. She spends all of her free time trying to climb the corporate ladder, which leaves her with no social life outside of work. After a very bad day at work, she heads to the bar to meet her friend and ends up meeting someone else.
Ben “Bolt” Hardcastle is a Marine Corps fighter pilot. With his good looks and all of his travels, he never spends more than one night with any woman. With an upcoming deployment, Ben isn’t looking for anything but his standard one-night stand but he ends up with a challenge.
Ben is trying to get Skye, but she has a no-sex for 30 days rule. Will Ben be able to hold out for her, or will the wait be too long?
I have to say, I couldn’t put this book down. I felt so connected with the characters I just needed to find out what would happen next in their relationship. I loved that Ben was trying to figure out Skye from the first moment that he saw her at the bar and he couldn’t comprehend why she was alone.
“She was a bundle of contradictions that he wanted to unwind.”
Skye and Ben’s relationship just seemed so real. They had their ups and downs in such a short period of time. I do think that Ben gave it such an incredible effort considering he had never had any dating experience. I have to say, I really want to read more about this couple. I felt that the ending was cut short for me. I wanted to learn more about Ben’s past and his family life, and where Ben and Skye end up. This was such an enjoyable read and I gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
She fidgeted with her keys, knowing all along she was stalling. She wished his truck didn’t have a console. It felt like a mountain dividing them in the cab. “Yeah, it was a good day.” She reached for the handle on the door and stepped out of the truck.
Ben followed her to her parking space. “Do you want to do something later this week?”
“Sure.” Skye was ready to peel out of the parking lot. They had an amazing day from waking up together on the couch, to laughing at the penguins, to trading San Diego stories. Why was he ready for it all to end before the sun had sunk behind the ocean?
She inserted the key in the lock and opened the car door.
“Skye, before you go….”
She spun on her heels, meeting a pair of hot and urgent lips. His hands moved over her pulling and tugging her toward him. She dropped the keys and her purse, her hands wanted to touch him. Her mouth parted as his tongue danced against hers. He tasted like strawberries and she worried they might devour each other in the parking garage as he started to growl against her neck. He dotted her throat with her kisses. Her head rolled to the side. This is what she had waited for all day. His mouth, his breath, his hands. But before she could coax him into the back of her car or into the elevator he stopped.
“Whoa.” He breathed into her ear.
“What’s wrong?” She didn’t see anything in his eyes but what she was feeling, total lust.
“Nothing is wrong.” He played with her hair. “I just think we should take it slow this time.” He backed away from the car and retrieved her keys from the ground.
“Slow. Right.” She accepted the keys in her palm, but wasn’t quite sure she could do the same with his answer.
Had she somehow conveyed to him that she wasn’t interested in all the other things they did before the fight? She loved doing those things to him and with him.
“I’ll call you later.” He kissed her forehead and walked backward toward the elevator bay.
She slid into the driver’s seat. Her heart was still beating faster than normal, and her hair was tussled on all sides. She took a minute to steady herself before starting the car. Ben Hardcastle had totally turned everything upside down.
She steered onto Friars Road when an incoming call beeped through the speakers.
“Hello?” She pressed the button on the steering wheel.
“Hey, how was last night?” Kari was practically squealing. “Dave was disappointed but I took care of him. You were not kidding about Ben. Wow. I want to hear details!”
Skye thought how to answer. “Want to come over?”
“Sure! I just bought a new moscato. I can be at your place in fifteen minutes.”
“On my way. See you there.” She exited toward the Gaslamp district. If there was one thing she needed more than Ben, it was a girl’s night.
She grew up catching rays and waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her husband, two children, and two canine kiddos.
T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing, or planning her next beach trip.