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After another painful breakup, Laney Temple finally understands that love is a fairytale and sex rarely comes with a happy ending. She’s too busy for it right now anyway—she has a business to run, art to create, and candy to crush. Eventually she’ll be ready to switch from her plastic-or-silicon lover to a flesh-and-blood one. But before that happens, she needs to be sure she won’t feel any of those annoying emotions that make her heart do things it wasn’t meant to do...
Carson Bennett is completely upfront about what he wants, and it has nothing to do with Laney’s heart. Her lips? Hell yeah. Other parts of her body? You better f*cking believe it. But her heart? Nope, not even a little. Until it does…a lot. But having feelings for someone isn’t allowed. It’s the kind of thing you’re supposed to push down deep and cover up with one-night stands, sarcasm, and booze...
Two people want the same thing—a commitment to nothing more than great sex in a bunch of different positions. Simple. Enjoyable. A win-win. Problem is, those two people have families and fears and pain that spill into every moment of their lives, control what they do and who they are. And if either Carson or Laney can’t free themselves from the past, they’ll both be pulled under by it.
**DARKER WATER is a standalone contemporary romance (no cliffhanger)**
Lauren Stewart lives in Northern California with two of the most amazing children that the world has ever seen. She reads almost every genre so, naturally, her writing reflects that. With every book, every story, you'll find elements of other genres--fantasy, mystery, romance, paranormal, suspense, YA, women's literature, all with a touch of humor because what doesn't kill us should make us laugh.
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“Do you do this a lot?” Oh my god. Even I heard the fear and insecurity in my voice. Please, make it stop. Please?
“That’s a vague and serious-sounding question.” He led me towards a liquor store. Awesome idea—I was going to need a few drinks. But instead of going in, he leaned up against the glass and crossed his arms. “If you mean do I pick up a lot of women in coffee shops, then no. If you’re asking me if I have a lot of sex? You’d have to define ‘a lot’ and I would probably still say ‘not enough.’ But I’m always safe, and I get regular check-ups. If you’re asking me if I’m having a hard time deciding how fast I want to walk because part of me can’t wait to get you naked and the other part is actually having a great time hearing your do’s and don’ts, then I’d definitely say yes.”
“What would you say if I asked if you were honest?”
“I’d say, ‘Always’.” His eyes didn’t leave mine. “And then I’d tell you I really want to sleep with you, but you need to understand upfront that I don’t date or get involved. With anybody, not just you. If that’s not the same thing you want, then I will very happily continue this conversation all the way to your place where I will keep being honest and tell you that it was great to meet you but I have to say goodnight. So…” His eyebrows went up expectantly.
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