Tweet Me..a Candy Hearts Romance
Don’t call. Don’t text. Tweet me…
Married to her work, event planner Avery Kurtz runs her life and her business on a private message feed. She has no time to waste on emails or a love life, and Valentine’s Day means just more parties to plan. But when Tanner Voss, best man in Avery’s best friend’s wedding, is assigned to help finalize plans, her world is turned heart-side up. The hotshot attorney might be a player. He’d hit on her before and she avoided that mistake but he’s also surprisingly cooperative, focused on making the perfect choices for their friends, and even on board with her messaging preference. Between the erotic dreams about the sexy litigator and her body urging her to forget caution, Avery is wondering if she was wrong about Tanner and wants him to do more than “tweet me.”
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Tanner parked in front of Sweet Treats, noted that he was a few minutes early and decided to wait outside for Avery. He’d thought of little except her since their dinner meeting. He considered himself a very disciplined person, especially where his work was concerned. But the last couple of days had really tested his self-control. With any other woman, he would have figured out quickly how to seduce her into bed, exhausted himself with sex, and been over it.
With Avery, it was different. For one thing, he’d learned through what he hoped were subtle questions to Janice that Avery did not do casual sex. For another, Janice had managed to make it plain that when Avery hooked up with someone it wasn’t a sexually hungry playboy like Tanner. Okay, so his reputation preceded him. But this was his opportunity to show her he was serious, if he could just get her to give him a chance.
While he was examining possibilities in his mind, her silver SUV pulled into the curb two spaces up from him. She climbed gracefully out of the vehicle, grabbed her ever-present messenger bag, and headed toward him. Today, she wore a navy sleeveless dress, which exposed her toned arms and had a skirt that swished around her knees in a way that made his cock instantly hard.
Damn! It seemed everything about Avery Kurtz made his cock swell and demand attention. He shifted slightly and hoped by the time she walked up to him he’d be at least semi-presentable.
“All set to select the candies?” She grinned, as if waiting for him to throw up his hands and run. But he also saw a momentary surge of heat in her eyes, suppressed as quickly as it came. Oh, yes, she felt the same thing he did. Getting her to admit it would be another challenge.
“Sure am. Let’s do it.” He still had no idea what the big deal was about candy for a wedding, but he had made a promise and he was game for anything.
A bell tinkled as soon as they opened the door to Sweet Treats, and the aroma of chocolate assailed him, making his mouth water. A row of display cases featuring a large assortment of candies of every size and shape was the first thing that greeted him. Chocolate had always been one of his weaknesses, a fact that had driven him to a full out exercise program when he was younger or he’d look like a blimp. His taste buds were already hollering for attention.
“Hi, Avery.” A smiling woman Tanner guessed to be in her forties came out of the back and greeted Avery.
“Hey, Donna. You got my tweet about Janice’s wedding, right?”
“Uh huh. Many. Three weeks? Is she crazy?”
Avery laughed. “I think she’s doing it just to test me. Donna, this is Tanner Voss. He’s doing all the tasting and choosing with me.”
Donna’s eyebrows took a hike almost to her hairline. “Ohhhhh?” She drew the word out. “Do tell. Is he a special, um, taster?
“Cut it out.” Avery laughed again. “Janice and Will tell me he’ll do just fine. This is his first test so let’s get started, shall we?”
Avery led him to a small table set off to one side while Donna filled a tray with an wide assortment of candies. What we have to decide today is which flavors to use for the candies at each place on the table and which ones for the little pink bags Janice wants to give out at the end.” She grinned at him. “Ready, big guy?”
He nodded. “I am equal to the task.”
In point of fact, he couldn’t seem to get enough of the little confections, even asking to taste some of them three or four times. The candies were so well made the chocolate melted on his tongue as soon as he popped it in his mouth, the distinctive flavor of each one making his taste buds beg for more.
“I definitely vote for the Kahlua flavor,” he said, wiping chocolate from his lips. “And maybe the hazelnut, too.”
“Kahlua and hazelnut, huh?” Avery winked at him. “Good choices. Do you want to give me a description of why?”
“You mean like the burst of flavor on my tongue or the vestiges of it long after I swallow the candy?”
Her eyes widened. “You surprise me, Tanner. I didn’t know you were so well versed in candy.”
Today took him back to the times when he was a child and his mother took him to the candy shop for treats. She was the one who had taught him to appreciate the different flavors of candies. But since it didn’t exactly fit his image as a hotshot litigation attorney it wasn’t something he exactly broadcast.
Instead, he merely lifted one shoulder nonchalantly and let it drop. “I can be a sensitive male, you know, with delicate tastes and habits.”
She burst out laughing. “That’s a really good line. Sometime, you’ll have to tell me the truth. Anyway, you made good choices.” She looked at Donna. “I think we’ll go with the coffee-flavored chocolate also. Hazelnut for the tables and mix up the others in the guest bags.”
He wanted to tell her that he’d like to spread it all over her naked body and slowly lick off every single inch, but of course this wasn’t the time or the place.