The Honeymoon Gambit | I.M. Flippy
Catalina Dreams #2
Cover Artist: Janna Urbanski
Release Date: August 14, 2020
Heat Rating: 4 flames
Length: 45,000 words
Available in Kindle Unlimited
Sell the fake relationship and they might sell the client. If they don’t kill each other first.
Todd Ellis and Eric Yoo cannot stand each other.
Todd is too chaotic. Eric is too serious. But they’re both rising stars at Jackson & Larabee Associates.
Pretending to be a couple in order to impress a new client is not going to be easy.
All Eric has to do is not kill Todd and keep smiling.
If he could avoid falling in love with him, that would be good too.
Welcome to Catalina Island.
Todd turned his head toward the window outside, scratching his bristly chin, and just as quickly looked back at Eric with wide eyes. He stalked towards him and whispered, “Eric, do not look at the window, but Stackler is out on the balcony looking at us.”
“Shhh!” Todd took his hands and looked up at him with a sweet smile that belied everything coming out of his mouth. “He must have climbed over from his room. Dumbass is lucky he didn’t fall, for Christ’s sake. He’s spying on us.” Todd brought Eric’s hand to his lips, softly kissing his knuckles. “He’s obviously trying to catch us. So be convincing. We’ll give him a show.”
Eric summed up a smile he hoped didn’t look too fake. He stopped in closer to Todd and a heat crawled up his neck and into his face as Todd continued to kiss his fingers. He kept his head still and shifted his gaze towards the window.
There was Stackler, peering through the curtains like some skulking prowler. He clung to the window, and every time the curtain moved slightly from the faint breeze of the ceiling fan, Eric could see his cheek pressed to the glass. His mouth was slightly agape as he stared at them.
It was both creepy and hilarious.
A laugh bubbled up in Eric’s throat, and he swallowed it. He was skilled in containing laughs, after all. But Stackler looked ridiculous, his breath steaming up the window, and it was difficult to contain. He looked at Todd instead. Todd’s face was red, and he bit down on his lip. He was covering his laugh badly.
“Don’t laugh!” Eric hissed.
“I… can’t… oh my God, he looks so…” Todd stuttered; a helpless whine. His eyes were watery, and he snorted and shut his eyes. “I’m gonna die—”
“Shhh.” Eric brought his hand up, ostensibly to cradle Todd’s cheek, though it was really to block Stackler’s view in case he could read Todd’s expression. “Don’t let him see.”
“What is he doing out there?” Todd whispered. “That idiot.” Todd took a deep breath and calmed down. He looked up at Eric and breathed in sharply. “Um…” He blinked at Eric and watched a sunbeam glint off Todd’s eyelashes, making them look like rose gold.
“This is good, right?” Eric whispered. He ducked his head, and just for effect, nuzzled Todd’s nose and allowed his lips to brush the stubble along his cheek.
It felt fucking good. It made him want to move just a little and meet his lips maybe—
“Yeah,” Todd said, his voice cracking comically. “Good. We don’t have to um… I know you’re not comfortable with…”
It would look good, Eric wanted to say. It would be so convincing if they kissed just now when Stackler didn’t know they were aware of him. He wanted to say so, but he couldn’t quite get a handle on his thoughts. Everything had scrambled suddenly, his mental frequency turned to white noise.
Todd smelled good this close. Soap, skin, some coconut sunscreen scent—
“He’s gone,” Todd said, and stepped away so quickly that Eric stumbled forward.
“Uh… whatever,” Eric mumbled. He pushed his hair back, clearing his throat.
“Anyway, excellent job. With that. Very convincing.” Todd nodded to himself. “You know what, I think I will head down to the lounge after all.” He practically ran for the door, though just minutes ago he was settling down to relax.
Eric watched him go.
His skin was tingling again.
About the Author
I.M. Flippy lives in Hollywood, California with her two judgmental cats, Guthrie and Colbert.
Flippy has been writing her whole life and a few of you may have read her fanfiction.
Flippy enjoys margaritas, good movies, reading just about anything, getting political, and obsessing a little too much about Stranger Things.
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