Sex on the Beach (Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin)

Sex on the Beach (Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin) by Delphine Dryden

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far behind her, but he wasn’t ready for that yet.
    “Yeah. Maybe in a minute. Couple things first. I have a whole plan, you know.” He was fast losing his grip on exactly what the plan was, but he pushed ahead anyway. “I want to talk about past and future stuff. I’m not saying we have to come to any conclusions. Just put stuff out there and talk about it, with no pressure to decide anything right away. Just...collaborate.”
    “That may be the sexiest thing you have ever said to me.”
    Not helping
.
    Her skirt kept getting in his way, so he tucked it up into the stretchy waist of the dress. Then, because it seemed vitally important he have completely unfettered access to groping her ass, he pushed her panties down as far as he could.
    The lanai was in shadow, but anybody walking by could see them. Jeremy was practically naked, and Amanda’s dress and underwear were pretty flimsy and eminently removable. His brain and libido entered a full-pitched battle for control, the idea of getting her naked in public attempting a coup over his intention to get the important relationship stuff out in the open.
    “It might not work,” Jeremy cautioned, even as he pushed her into a slow, filthy grind against his erection. It had escaped its boxer-brief prison and sat between them like a third party to the proceedings. A very valuable member, with much to contribute.
    “Oh, it’s working.”
    Love
. “You dirty, dirty girl. I am
shocked
at your lewd double entendre.”
    Laughing, she licked the ball of her thumb and brushed it over the head of his cock. “I have no idea what you mean.”
    “
Fuck
, that feels good. Okay. Okay, one last thing.”
    “Just one.”
    Specifics
,
man.
Get to specifics
. “Would you maybe move your stuff over here for the rest of the time, so we both know where we’ll be if we have to go looking? Or just, you know, a gesture of commitment to the process? It doesn’t even have to be
all
your stuff. Toothbrush and shampoo, whatever.” There was only one more night after this one, and the day after that they’d be going home. Hardly any time at all. He would have chained her to the bedpost if she’d let him, but he knew that wasn’t a sustainable solution for either of them. If he could get a toothbrush’s worth of assurance instead, he’d take that.
    “A good-faith token to let you know if I flounce off, at least I’ll be back?”
    He shrugged, hoping he looked more nonchalant than he felt. “Something like that.”
    She took a moment to consider, and Jeremy held his breath until she spoke again. “I will agree to one suitcase and all my cosmetics. But my hanging clothes stay over in the other room. And at least two pairs of shoes.”
    He wanted to whoop. To kiss her silly, to claim victory. To carry her down to the water’s edge and role-play the scene from
From Here to Eternity
, because now everything was going to be wonderful forever. But that kind of assumption was what had come between them in the first place. They weren’t there yet, and he knew it. He let out a sigh, and held out his hand so they could shake on the preliminary deal. Amanda didn’t take it.
    “Not yet. I have a precondition of my own.”
    “Oh, okay. This is sounding more like a negotiation. Hmm.” Negotiation was okay. It meant she was taking the whole thing more seriously than he’d thought. She cared, too.
She wants this to work
,
too
.
    “Consider it full disclosure. The thing is, I haven’t been completely honest with you, either. Not just this weekend, but for a long time. And now I have to tell you about this before we go any further, because I’ve been telling myself it wasn’t a factor, but it
is.
And I’m sorry for that. For not putting it out there.”
    He hadn’t expected that. He thought he knew her backward and forward...what could be so dire? “You’re kinda scaring me here.”
    She shook her head and scooted back a few inches, leaving his dick cold and exposed. He realized that

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