EXCERPT: Undeniable by Melanie Harlow

May 23, 2019

When we were eleven, Oliver Ford Pemberton dared me to jump off a barn roof. He said you couldn’t break a leg from a 12-foot-jump. 

 

He lied. 

 

(You can also break a collarbone, which served him right as far as I was concerned.) 

 

I wish I could say it was the last dare I ever took from him, the last bet I ever made with him, the last time I ever trusted Oliver Ford Pemberton. 

 

But it wasn’t. 

 

Because he had the nerve to grow up gorgeous, charming, and sexy. And as we got older, the dares only got dirtier—and the betting stakes higher—until finally, he left me in pieces. I swore I’d never talk to him again. 

 

But twenty years after I took that flying leap, he’s back in my life, daring me to risk everything for him: my job, my self-worth, and my heart. 

 

How many chances does true love deserve?

 

 

 

 

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Fueled by pent-up lust and scotch, we stumbled into Oliver’s room and tore at each other’s clothes. It was hot and rough and a little bit violent, as if we were furious we hadn’t been able to keep our hands to ourselves and wanted to take it out on one another’s bodies. We pushed and pulled and growled and grasped. We called each other names and cursed viciously. We knocked over a lamp and ripped Oliver’s shirt. 

When we finally exploded together, Oliver had me up against the door, and if our yelling didn’t wake the entire floor, then the pounding must have. I’d have bruises for days. 

Afterward, we collapsed on the bed, naked and sweaty and exhausted. 

“Oh my God,” I said. “I can’t believe we did that.” 

“I know. Me either.” 

“I think I pulled a muscle.” 

“I think you bit me. Am I bleeding?” 

I laughed. “No, but I hope you’re not seeing anyone. If you are, she’s going to wonder about all those scratches on your back.” 

“I’m not seeing anyone.” He paused. “Are you?” 

“No.” 

Neither of us moved for several minutes. When I caught myself falling asleep, I sat up. “I should go.” 

“Why? Just stay here.” 

I looked down at him. “You want me to stay?” 

“Yeah.” He opened his eyes. In the low light, they almost looked black instead of blue. “Spend the night with me.” 

I waited for it—the dirty joke, the excuse, the subtle dig—the reason he’d toss out for asking me to stay. It couldn’t just be that he wanted me here. 

But he didn’t say anything more. He just reached out and covered my hand with his. 

I looked at our hands for a moment, and a thousand memories came rushing back. Some good, some bad, but all us. I felt close to him, and I didn’t want to leave. “Okay. I’ll stay.” 

“Good.” He took off his watch and put it on the nightstand.

About the Author: Melanie Harlow

 

Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she's not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like VEEP, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak. 

 

Melanie is the author of the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit. 

 

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