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Hailey stood in the line at Phoenix airport security flanked by her brother's two best friends, aka serious drool material. As if she hadn't been able to figure that out for herself, every woman in the vicinity and a few of the men reminded her. Even mothers busy with babies and toddlers managed to sneak in wistful glances at them.
Tony Adamo and Mark Allen. Too bad she had a crush on both of themhad had a crush on both of them since she'd learned that boys were good for something other than playing ball and tag. Too bad they thought of her as a little sister. Oh yeah, and there was that tiny, little detail about them being her brother's best friends.
Yes, she was vacationing with her brother and his wife and her brother's best friends. How pathetic was that? Her boyfriend hadn't wanted to go. And why was a thirty-two-year-old woman using the term "boyfriend," as if she were still in high school?
Nix that. She no longer had a boyfriend. After a year and a half, she'd finally broken it off with him two days ago. Well, technically a day and a half ago.
Which reminded her....
Surreptitiously, she swept the area with her gaze just to make certain Daniel hadn't followed her. No sign of him. Just a few families going on vacation and a lot of business people with their carry-ons in one hand and BlackBerries in the other. She pulled her cell phone from the back pocket of her jeans and checked for messages.
One from her brother saying he and Nikki had arrived in Hawaii and to "get her rear in gear." She automatically deleted the message and then the phone number in the log of incoming calls, leaving it empty. She checked her outgoing log to make certain it was empty then stopped herself.
Daniel was history. No more arguments over who called her or whom she called. No more fights over whom she lunched with. No more defending her meetings with clients. No more put-downs or subtle threats.
She should have been relieved. She wasn't. Daniel hadn't taken the breakup well.
Once again she scanned the crowd, more carefully this time.
"You lookin' for someone?" Mark asked, his voice so close to her ear that she startled and her heart skipped a beat.
Hailey slipped the phone back in her pocket as she shook her head. "No."
He rested his arm across her shoulders, and Tony ruffled her hair.
"Hey, sunshine, you're on vacation. What's got you so jumpy?" Tony asked, his dark eyes serious.
Hailey tried to clear her throat so her voice didn't sound so rough. It was too damned early in the morning to talk. "Nothing," she lied, but her next statement was the truth. "I didn't sleep well last night. I'm just tired."
Tony looked over her head at Mark and shrugged his shoulders. He obviously didn't believe her. His frown and the lines between his dark eyebrows told her as much. One of the drawbacks of knowing each other for so long.
Mark moved his hand to her neck, slipped it under her hair and began a slow massage with just enough pressure to relax her. She sighed, closed her eyes and let her head drop forward. Mark had the best handscallused and strong from working with wood, but gentle too.