Until she saw Chris on the ice.
Chris clearly didn’t like Derrick, and since she’d already kissed him once, she figured maybe he’d be up for continuing to make Derrick jealous, and accelerate her plan to get him back.
If only she had anything else planned…
Excerpt from Change On The Fly
“I have a proposition for you,” Lucy said before she could change her mind. He quirked an eyebrow at her and she took it as acknowledgement to continue. “I want to make him jealous. You think he’s a jerk, but I love him. He can’t handle it when someone else has something that he thinks should belong to him. When I kissed you the other night he saw us. He’s going to know I did it to make him mad if he finds out I don’t actually know you. Would you consider pretending to be my new boyfriend to piss him off, just until he decides to take me back?”
Naked Guy looked at her carefully. His brows drew together and his face pinched into an uncomfortable expression. Lucy wished she knew what was going through his head. He probably thought she was crazy, but it didn’t matter. Once she had Derrick back and proved to her family she was reliable, she’d never see Naked Guy again.
“What’s in it for me?” he asked finally, holding her gaze.
Lucy shrugged. “Pissing off someone you don’t like?”
He barked out a laugh, one that made her smile. “As much as that appeals to me, I’ve got a lot going on in my life right now. I don’t date for that exact reason. Even if it’s fake, I’m assuming we’d be expected to get together now and then so he will see us and believe this is real. I’m not sure I have the time for that.”
“I’ll feed you. Whenever you want. My family owns Davoli’s.”
Lucy nodded. “If you’re my boyfriend you eat for free. We’ll have to convince my parents and brothers we’re really together. They think I’m-” She shook her head, stopping before she admitted to him what was really going on. “It’ll be fine.”
He thought for a minute then finally nodded. “I’ll do it. I just hope your brothers don’t kill me.”
Lucy laughed. “They’re all too busy to worry about me. Besides, they’re not that overprotective. It won’t be a big deal.”
Lucy heard the bitter, hurt tone of her voice, but she couldn’t stop it. Her brothers used to go overboard with her, just like her parents always had. Once she started screwing things up, they all backed away from her. Except Matt. But with Matt’s wedding coming up, he was too distracted to worry about Lucy. By the time he was back from his honeymoon she would have Derrick back in her life and she’d show them all she could be counted on, with or without Derrick.
Naked Guy watched her, tilting his head to the side. For a minute she thought he was going to pull her in for a hug, but he didn’t. She stood there, waiting for him to say something else, but she was desperate to get out of there.
“I’m Chris, by the way, Chris Wiser,” he said finally, offering her his hand.
She smiled. “Lucy Davoli.” Lucy slid her palm against his and felt a jolt travel up her arm.
“Nice to meet you, Lucy Davoli,” Chris said, his voice deep and husky.
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