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Title: Birthday Girl
Author: Lily Kate
Genre: Contemporary Romance
About Birthday Girl:Good things come in extra-large, smoking hot birthday suits.
Bad boy Cohen James has screwed up yet again. Star forward of Minnesota’s pro hockey team, Cohen’s made a name for himself—and not in a good way. So, at the insistence of his agent, he’s stuck volunteering at the local YMCA teaching introductory adult swim lessons for ten weeks. Ten weeks of torture.
What he doesn’t expect is her.
Annie Plymouth, star pupil.
Her ruffled green bathing suit might be the most ridiculous thing he’s ever seen, but after a few heated breaststroke lessons and some intense mouth to mouth, Cohen’s ready to get her out of the water and into her birthday suit… except she has a different game plan.
Is the pair destined to sink… or can they swim?
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I step under the steam of the shower and let the water cascade down my back. The goose bumps wash away, as does the rush of adrenaline. Eventually, the nightmarish memories wash down the drain, too—at least for now.
Surprisingly, the only thing that doesn’t fade is the memory of Cohen’s hands around my waist. His fingers just a little too low, a little too close to my core. When he held me it was nice; it was strong, protective even, as if he’d never let me get hurt. This makes me even more annoyed because it’s the last thing I should be thinking about right now.
I stay under the water until another woman enters and decides it’s her time to shine in the karaoke spotlight that is the women’s locker room. She begins belting out a little ditty from Night at the Roxbury, and I decide it’s time for me to leave before my eardrums turn in their resignation letters.
I towel off, change, and return to watch my grandmother’s synchronized swimming class once I’ve calmed down. If I didn’t absolutely have to stay, I’d already be gone. Unfortunately, Gran’s my ride home. Well, my mother is, technically, and she won’t let me leave Gran here, so I have no choice but to wait.
As I enter the pool area, the last thing I expect to see is Cohen James, asshole extraordinaire, holding a baby. And looking sexy as hell doing it.
Before my ovaries combust, I turn away from where he’s teaching something that looks like a toddler swim class and face a bunch of women in their eighties attempting handstands and dance moves in the water. The change in scenery from Cohen James to retired synchronized swimming is not ideal, but it’ll have to work.
Because the way Cohen’s gaze met mine just now, across the open pool, a look of apology waiting specifically for me—the whole thing nearly wiped away my entire grudge against him. His eyes have an almost magnetic pull to them, as if begging me to run across the deck and jump into his arms.
That’s out of the question, however, since I’m still pissed at him.
Maybe, someday, I’ll forgive him.
Then, maybe, I’ll let him kiss me.
About Lily Kate:USA TODAY bestselling author Lily Kate works a pretttttty boring day job and writes books filled with heat, heart, and humor by night. Her debut novel, Delivery Girl, landed instantly on the USA TODAY list, thanks to all of her fabulous readers! :)
When she’s not writing books, you may find her watching Christmas movies before Thanksgiving, eating whipped cream from the can, or hanging out with her family.