This week’s snippet is a bit of a blast from the past. This story holds a special place in my heart, so I thought I’d share it again!
Self proclaimed cougar, Bliss Drake has blue screened. Suffering from a broken heart and a dead computer, she finds herself standing in the middle of an electronics store nursing sweaty palms and lusty thoughts.
Tall, dark, and sexy, Brad Hoffman is a self-proclaimed nerd. When the beautiful black woman with a serious fear of computers starts talking about flinging herself into a display case at his favorite electronics store, he’s happy to offer his…erm…services.
Can a computer phobic beauty and a sexy nerd ever sync up? Only if they can cobble together the right bits ‘n bytes!
“Bits ‘n’ Bytes melted my hard drive. Bliss tickled my funny bone. Her reaction to technology is the epitome of natural fear of the unknown. I fully expected her to keep her dinosaur running even though she had the perfect opportunity scoring the sexiest man alive.
Intelligent and sexy Brad had me drooling from the get go. Add in the fact that he built the perfect software and is a lover of dogs and I was hooked.
I thoroughly enjoyed this read.“
Ignoring the handwritten number on the back, Bliss dialed his business number on the front of the card. She fully expected to get his voice mail.
Imagine her surprise when a deep, sexy voice answered. “Brad Hoffman.”
Bliss pulled the phone away from her ear, her heart pounding ridiculously in her chest. She reached a long finger toward the disconnect button and held it there, listening to him repeat his greeting when she didn’t respond.
Finally, she admitted to herself that she was being a total coward and put the phone back to her ear just in time to hear him ask, “Is this an obscene phone call? It’s pretty pathetic if it is. There isn’t even any heavy breathing.”
Bliss grinned. He was teasing her, the smile clearly evident in his voice. On an impulse, she gave him a couple of heavy breaths and he laughed. “Much better. Now tell me what you’re wearing.”
Bliss bit her bottom lip, unsure how far she should take the joke. Her palms were sweating and her pulse pounded in her veins. But what was even more surprising to her was the dampness flooding her panties as she thought of sexy things to tell him. Before she knew what she was doing, she’d opened her mouth and said, “I just got out of bed. I sleep in the nude.” Was that a sharp intake of breath on the other end of the line? “Is that a problem?”
Silence. And then, “That depends. Do you find you get sheet creases in strange places?”
Bliss burst out laughing. Some of the self-imposed tension left her body as he joined her in the laughter. “Not at all. I sleep on satin sheets.”
His laughter died and it was Bliss’ turn to gasp. She’d taken it a step further than she’d intended and gone full circle, creating a new level of tension. She gave him a laugh that she hoped erased the eminently sexual nature of her last statement and plunged ahead. “This is Bliss Drake, from Paramount Purchase?” When he didn’t immediately respond Bliss added, “You gave me your card?”
And they’d had coffee together. Good lord, was it possible he’d forgotten?
“Of course. How could I forget a beautiful damsel in distress. As I recall you were contemplating suicide by display case.”
Her lips twisted. “That’s me. Pathetic, eh?”
“Not at all. I found it very sexy.”
Laughing, Bliss shook her head. “You are a very strange man, Brad Hoffman.”
“So I’ve been told. Dare I hope you’re calling to ask me out on a date? Because if so, I’m free tonight.”
Bliss closed her eyes and dropped her head back. Shit! How was she going to ask him for a favor now? “Um…well…actually I wanted to hire you to help with my computer.”
“The infamous rectangular thing with a lid that runs on an electricity OS?”
“That would be the monster.”
“It died on you again?”
“Deader than a doornail…whatever the hell that means.”
Silence met this statement and Bliss found herself holding her breath. Finally he said, “I’ll make you a deal. I’ll work on your computer if you’ll bring it to my home.”
Bliss was shaking her head before he spoke the last word. She barely knew the man. And he was way too hard to resist! Her alarmed heart clenched in panic. “I can’t do that.”
“I don’t even know you.”
“Oh. I see your point. I can give you references.”
Bliss chuckled. “Personal or professional references?”
“Professional. Being a consummate woman beater, drug user, and heavy drinker, I find the personal kind harder to come by.”
Bliss snorted. “That’s really too bad.”
“Yes, it is. But wait! If you give me a few hours I could probably beat a reference out of the elderly woman next door. I figure she has it coming. I’ve seen how she looks at me…”
Bliss was laughing so hard she could barely breathe. If nothing else he was very charming.
“I’ll cook you dinner.”
She hemmed and hawed for a few more minutes, with him promising her everything from homemade cheesecake to a soothing walk around his property. Finally, knowing deep down that it was a huge mistake, but unable to resist, Bliss agreed.
“Great! Is seven o’clock okay? I need time to beat the neighbor, shoot up some heroin, and chug a six pack…you know.”
“A reprobate’s work is never done.”
“Precisely.” He was silent for a beat. “I look forward to spending time with you, Bliss Drake.”
Warmth slid through her body and Bliss didn’t bother to try to squelch it. She hadn’t felt this good with a man for months. If she were totally honest with herself it might even be years. “Me too.” The admission felt curiously intimate. Jotting down directions to his home, Bliss said goodbye and hung up.
She panicked as soon as she laid the phone down on her desk. What had she done? A date? With the very dangerous Brad Hoffman? “Good lord!” she murmured. What would she wear?
Glancing at the clock, Bliss hurried into her bedroom and straight to her closet. She had three hours to pull herself together.
The way she was feeling at the moment, it wouldn’t be nearly enough time.
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