Out of this experience of looking at houses, I decided to write a fun story of two single people wanting the very same house. I enjoyed writing my contemporary romance, Your Place or Mine. I hope readers get a kick out of Sydney and Blake as they try to share a house. Sydney’s hot and bothered just looking at Blake. She suggests writing rules, so sharing a duplex can work. Although the rules are excellent, that adjoining door between the two sides creates havoc one stormy night. Their hot night might have been avoided if rule number two had been followed.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: Adults - Highly Sensual
Length: Novella - 20,400 words
Publisher: Rebecca J. Vickery
Sydney Smith decides it’s time to move out of her tiny apartment and become a home owner. Blake Smith, no relation and a real hottie, also wants to see the duplex. A mix-up has them viewing it together. They both love the house. There's also some sparks flying between the two of them, or is Sydney the only one feeling that way? A highly sensual story of fun, home-buying, and more...
Would he even be able to sleep knowing Sydney was only seconds away? He’d never been an impulsive kind of guy so asking her to share the house had been unbelievable. "The house is great. And I’m glad the owners are leaving the hot tub. I can‘t wait to come home from work and soak in it."
She raised her eyebrows. "That’s right. A hot tub with mostly bare bodies could make us feel passionate and lose control. The next rule should be we never get in it together."
He shrugged. "I think we can behave in it. How about we put no drinking while in the hot tub for a rule instead?"
"The hot tub is a biggie because if we are both in it, with or without alcohol, I can’t imagine us keeping our hands off each other. We were just hot for each other here."
He squeezed her upper arm. "That’s because of your sexy arms."
She stopped writing to look at Blake. "I never had a guy tell me my arms are sexy."
"That’s hard to believe. Your gorgeous arms are toned and lean."
"Stop trying to sidetrack me from our list by giving me compliments." She paused. "I’ll compromise and put no touching and no drinking in the hot tub."
Leaning in he gave her a soft kiss on her cheek. "What about kissing?"
"That’s going to be tough. I think allowing kissing on lips only should be okay. But not in the hot tub." Her brown eyes widened. "But we should add that lips don’t touch other body parts."
"What about the cheek?"
"Kissing a cheek is fine."
"What about a kiss on the forehead?"
Sydney laughed. "Would you stop? You’re a smart man and know I meant no kissing on my boobs and other sensitive places. If Libby hadn’t shown up, your lips were headed in that direction."
Although he hadn’t been happy to be interrupted by Libby, it’d been for the best. "We have a good list of rules. If necessary we can always add stuff later."
She rubbed her lower lip. "It seems like we’re forgetting something important. Well, like you said, we can always revise."
"I guess we should see a lawyer sometime, and have a legal agreement drawn up…like a pre-nup if owning the duplex together doesn't work out for one of us."
"That's a great idea. We should do that. I’ll write the rules down for you so we both have a copy. We can’t very well post them where Noah sees them."
After she handed him his piece of paper, he read them aloud.
Ground Rules for Sharing a House with the Opposite Sex
Don’t use the adjoining door to visit when wearing only your
Don’t enter each other’s bedroom unless there’s an emergency.
No touching and no drinking while in the hot tub with each other.
Kissing only allowed on lips and face. And no kissing while in hot tub.
Silently he added a rule to the list. Don’t ever take advantage of Sydney. Crap, that was going to be a hard one for him. He already wanted her. Hell, he’d convinced her they would have a platonic relationship if they shared the duplex. How could he keep his word?
Review by Stephanie:
Craver pens a feisty contemporary tale of dating and falling in love with Your Place or Mine... Craver's writing is crisp and spot on. The dialogue is modern and witty. The plot flows smoothly and keeps the reader cheering for Blake and Sydney. The writing alludes to a deeper premise - when you meet the one you're going to spend the rest of your life you just "know." The story is sophisticated for readers. Craver's love scenes are graphic and tasteful. Overall, "Your Place or Mine" is a nice romantic getaway.
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