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CRACKING AN EYE open, I i into the roo inanother attempt—this time with both eyes—I squinted at the unfamiliar hotel room and blinked a few times, then let s Well, as

There was a heavy arm draped uncomfortably over my waist, a forehead pressed to the back of my head, a nose to the back of my neck, and an erection to my butt What The Hell I was naked; he was naked Why are we naked, and who is behindfor soht have snorted The as obvious, there was a fas, andand where he’d bitten down on them

I inhaled softly He Him Oh God

Flashes fro in irls after finals ended Dancing Club Drinks Arctic-blue eyes captivatinginto a rooainst the bed—still not close enough

My eyes immediately went to my left hand, and I exhaled slowly in relief when I didn’t find a ring there Thank God, the last thing I need is a as I rolledI needed was a man in my life, period And if my family didn’t kill me for it, I would have died froer after last night Because unlike what everyone loves to believe so they can feel better about their own dirty deeds while in Sin City, what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas

Trying not to wake him, I slowly slid out from under his arm and off the bed to search for my clothes Once I was dressed, I told myself to just leave, but I couldn’t help it—I turned to look at hiht I needed to be sure I hadn’t made him up

The iain when I saw the large, tattooed ar where my body had just been The muscles ell defined, even when he was relaxed, and the face had a boyish charm now that he was asleep Such a difference fro in ers through his dirty-blond hair that, now in the sunlight, I could see had a red tint to it And I knew if he opened theain captivate me

But I couldn’t risk that

I’d already stayed too long; I’d already ht stands weren’t as were even worse

Straightening, I turned and walked quietly from the room


May 21One year later


“WHY ARE YOU trying to do this toon the couch

I looked over at my identical twin to see a look of horror on her face, and waited for the freak-out that I kneas only seconds away Shifting my attention back to our parents, I o over well”

“But—you can’t—Kennedy, why—Zane’s in Florida,” Kira sputtered out, and I rolled my eyes at the same time as my dad

“Is that supposed to e tattooed arms over his chest

Not willing to give Kira ti over Dad before he could finish “Did you ever think thatfor the two of you? And did you not hear Dad? These guys are out of prison, Kira!” I shouted, punctuating the last feords in case she’d missed the memo the first time around

“Maybe Zane will go with you,” Mom offered with a sympathetic look on her face that I kneas as well practiced as it was a lie The worry was still there in her eyes, as was the eagerness to get us away from Floridaand it wasn’t exactly a secret that we all wanted Kira to get space from Zane