Are you ready for more Monday sexiness with
Nick and Mia from Beguiled: Frost Trilogy 1?
How she’s held out this long is beyond me, but could
Nick be about to finally get her on a date..?
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Sophie transfers the call and I pick up after one ring. ‘Mia James.’
‘Don’t hang up. Please.’
Oh dear God. Why won’t he just give up and leave me alone? How am I ever going to get him out of my mind and get on with my life if he keeps pestering me?
His voice is all soft and pleading. Well I’ve heard that before. I don’t hang up, but I don’t say anything. There’s nothing I can say that I haven’t said already.
‘I know. You said.’
‘You’ve got me all wrong Mia.’
‘Yes, you’ve said that too.’
‘I’m not a bad guy.’
‘You haven’t done anything to make me think otherwise.’
‘You’re right, I haven’t.’ He’s agreeing with me? ‘I came on a bit strong. I know.’
I laugh out loud at his colossal understatement. ‘A bit?’
‘Okay a lot.’
‘I fucked up.’
There it is.
‘But please let me prove I really am a good guy.’
Do you know, I’m almost buying it. He sounds so… sincere. But I’m not about to let him off the hook that easily.
‘Give me one good reason why I should.’ And you better make it a good one. Although I don’t see what you can say that will make me change my mind.
Of all the things he could have said I wasn’t expecting that. ‘What’s Jen got to do with it?’
‘She thinks you should go out with me’
I know, but how does he? ‘How do you know?’
‘She told me.’
The book launch. Of course.
And she still thinks I should give him a chance, even after his deviousness in luring me to his club to ensnare me with his charms… and arms… and mouth… and tongue… Oh God…
No, no, no. Concentrate here.
He doesn’t have to know that. ‘That was before.’
‘Yes, “ah”.’ You remember. Your little stunt at the club?
‘Before I acted like a…’
He’s clearly having trouble coming up with a suitable epithet. I on the other hand can come up with several: Predatory Lothario, Conniving Casanova, Complete Bastard? Stop me any time.
‘When I behaved so badly you mean.’
‘Oh so you admit it then?’
Wow. That really was pretty convincing.
‘It wasn’t supposed to go like that.’
No. I was supposed to give in wasn’t I?
‘It’s just…’ I hear him exhale heavily.
‘Just what?’ Just that you’re a Player? That you’re used to women falling for your looks and charm and begging for it? Jesus!
‘You do things to me Mia. Things I hadn’t expected. Things I’ve never felt before.’
Well that just floors me completely. There’s absolutely no come-on in his voice. He sounds deadly serious.
‘Please give me a second chance.’
‘Okay third.’ He laughs. ‘What are you doing tonight?’
I remember the book launch. I know he wasn’t with anyone that night, but I still don’t trust him. How can I be sure he hasn’t got a girlfriend? Or a string of women for all I know. ‘I’m not sure I’m free. Are you?’
‘I just sai– Oh. You mean “free” in the other sense of the word. Yes Mia, I’m very much free. In every sense.’ He exhales in a long drawn out sigh. ‘But I have the feeling you could change all that.’
‘Really?’ Shit, that should have stayed in my head. When will I learn to process what I say before I say it?
‘You do something to me Mia. I can’t stop thinking about you. Have you thought about me? Say yes.’
‘Yes.’ It’s a knee-jerk response. I don’t even think about it, idiot that I am. Engage brain before you speak!
‘Good. I’ll pick you up at six.’
And he’s gone, leaving me listening to a dial tone.
Shit, shit, shit, shit, shit! How did this happen? I still don’t know his number to call him back and put him off. Not that I think I could put him off even if I tried.
And do I really want to try?
There’s nothing else for it, but to put all thoughts of Nick Frost out of my mind and get on with my work.
Well that’s a lot easier said.
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