Emma Blakely has a privileged life back home, but she is ready to shake the dust of her small Wisconsin town off of her feet, and start a new life in Chicago. Self-labeled the 'ugly duckling' in the family, Emma wants to get out from under her beautiful sisters' shadows and reinvent herself. She's about to graduate from college, wants to dump her college boyfriend of almost two years, and move on to the next chapter in her ...
Emma Blakely has a privileged life back home, but she is ready to shake the dust of her small Wisconsin town off of her feet, and start a new life in Chicago. Self-labeled the 'ugly duckling' in the family, Emma wants to get out from under her beautiful sisters' shadows and reinvent herself. She's about to graduate from college, wants to dump her college boyfriend of almost two years, and move on to the next chapter in her life. Always the older, reliable, chubby sister, Emma wants to start over. She transforms the summer before she moves to Chicago, and arrives as a brand new Emma.
He wasn't part of her plan
Pursuing a career in advertising, she enrolls in portfolio school and decides this will be the year of Emma. Grateful for all that she has, she decides that she wants to give back somehow when she moves to Chicago. She decides to volunteer twice a month and she meets some very special people who touch her heart. Her plan that year is to not even think about guys and just have fun with friends, focus on school and volunteer her time. That's it.
Enter Caleb Morgan; tall, gorgeous, chiseled looks, sexy and rich. Emma never imagined that a man that beautiful would ever look at her once, let alone twice. Always used to getting his way and always with a gorgeous girl around him, Caleb decides that he wants Emma. He turns her world on its head and Emma questions what he is really after, because she is far from the model type he normally goes for. Emma's head is fighting her feelings, but does her heart know better? One thing is for sure, Caleb Morgan was not a part of her plan.
I saw Kelly talking to a guy in the corner and decided to give her a few more minutes before I interrupted her to let her know that I was ready to go. The crowd had dwindled and there were just a few people left at the party and I didn’t know any of the people who were still there, so I went back to the kitchen to get something to drink. I grabbed a can of diet pop out of the fridge and was just getting ready to take a sip when I heard that deep, sexy voice again and I almost dropped the can.
“It must be my lucky night.”
I quickly turned to see Caleb leaning against the counter with half of his mouth turned up into a flirtatious smile. This was really happening, this gorgeous guy had his attention focused on me. Where my old self would have been too shy and insecure to even speak to this guy, the new me was starting to feel confident and sexy. I had to remind myself that Caleb had no idea what I looked like a few months ago, all he knew was this new, trendy, pretty Emma that stood in front of him. That gave me even more confidence and I decided to flirt right back. I turned fully toward him so that I was facing him straight on, leaned against the counter, slightly cocked my head to the side allowing my blonde curls to brush my shoulder, and gave him a smile right back.
“Oh yeah, and why is that?”
I know for sure this time that I saw his eyes twinkle as he answered me.
“Hmmm, not shy…I like that in a woman.”
“You do huh? What else do you like?”
His eyes glided over my body and then came to rest in my eyes. “I like jeans that fit just right.”
I felt my cheeks burn crimson red as his eyes did not let go of mine. The intensity of his gaze was a huge turn-on, and I wanted to feel his hands glide over my body the exact same way his eyes just did.
Ashley Blake likes to combine a good romance with steamy love scenes. She has been reading erotic romance for years and believes a good story should have a perfect blend of both. Her goal is to write stories that stimulate your heart and your senses. You can email her at .