Under Pressure

Under Pressure

by Cathryn Fox

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ISBN-13: 9781640631632
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 09/04/2017
Series: Dossier , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 100
Sales rank: 103,143
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cathryn Fox is a wife, mom, sister, daughter, and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a brownie), pizza, and red wine. Cathryn has two teenagers who keep her busy and a husband who is convinced he can turn her into a mixed martial arts fan. When not writing, Cathryn can be found laughing over lunch with friends, hanging out with her kids, or watching a big action flick with her husband.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cathryn Fox is a wife, mom, sister, daughter, and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a brownie), pizza, and red wine. Cathryn has two teenagers who keep her busy and a husband who is convinced he can turn her into a mixed martial arts fan. When not writing, Cathryn can be found laughing over lunch with friends, hanging out with her kids, or watching a big action flick with her husband. She is the author of the Blue Bay Crew books, including Demolished.

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CHAPTER 1

Reese

"I like the ocean, but come on. This is insane." As the high-tech, custom-built catamaran rocks beneath my feet, I glance at my best friend, Cole Rayburn. With his head cocked playfully, he grins at me like I'm some sort of chickenshit. I smack him in the gut, but when my hand lands on a solid pack of muscles, it hurts me more than him.

When had Cole gotten so freaking hard?

More importantly, why the hell am I noticing? This is my best friend we're talking about here. Yeah, okay, I haven't seen him shirtless in years, and he's always been solid. But now he's all muscle and power, deadly and fierce like one of the sharks circling our boat. Really, I shouldn't spend one more minute thinking about his hotness. A couple more seconds, sure, but definitely not a whole minute. That would just be wrong.

Saltwater splashes over me, and I push my damp hair from my forehead as I brace my legs. I glare at Cole. "Just because you're an adrenaline junkie who likes to live every day on the edge doesn't mean I'm not brave," I say and look at the galvanized shark cage — a floating structure the staff promises me is safe. I give an unladylike snort. They can assure me all they want. But I'm smart enough to know that once we're all crammed inside like sardines, we'll be dangling like bait.

I plant my hands on my hips and lift my chin. "I'm adventurous," I add. I'm not. At. All. "This just isn't my kind of adventure." Heading back to our gorgeous Cape Town hotel and soaking up the seaside sun — yeah, now that I could definitely get into.

Which makes me wonder why the adventure dossier I received from one of my friends — thanks to a New Year's Eve game we played — involved a trip to South Africa to go cage diving. With sharks. Big ones. Great white sharks, to be precise. Sure, I'm a veterinarian and love animals, but come on. I don't operate on anything that has thirty-five thousand teeth and can swallow me in one swift gulp.

Gulp ...

"It's safe, Reesey Piecey," Cole says, and I glare at him for using the nickname he gave me when we were sixteen and I was stuffing my chubby face with a bag of sweet, candy-shelled chocolates. He was dating model- thin Jenny Garridy at the time. I used to call her the snake charmer. Then again, I had secret, hateful names for all his girlfriends, and believe me there were plenty of them. Weird that I can remember every last one and every freaking reason they were all wrong for Cole.

"Last I heard survival statistics were good. Not great, but good."

"Cole," I warn. Honest to God, we might be twenty-five now, but some things never change. Cole was always a kidder who liked to tease the hell out of me.

He laughs and drags me to him, the heat of his body doing the oddest things to me. Damn, maybe I shouldn't have taken those two extra seconds to think about his hotness.

"I'm kidding. It's one-hundred percent safe," he assures me.

"I hate you," I say. It's a lie. We've been best friends since I skinned my knee on the playground and he helped me home, but right now he's annoying me. And why doesn't he put on a damn shirt already?

"Hate you, too," he says, our usual endearment to each other when we mean the opposite. "You know I won't let anything happen to you," he says, his grin sliding into a concerned expression.

I give him a dubious look. Cole has always been there for me, but this isn't a breakup, a skinned knee, or my parents going through a nasty divorce. It's not the death of my sweet grandmother the night of the blackout during a wicked thunder and lightning storm, either. A shiver moves through me — the pets I care for at the clinic aren't the only ones afraid of bad weather.

This is me, not-so-brave Reese Scott, jumping into the water with a handful of hungry sharks, and last time I checked, Cole was a lot of things, but a shark-fighter was not one of them. Which begs the question, why is he on this trip with me, anyway? Yeah, he's an athlete who runs wilderness tours in Colorado, and he's a level-six white water rafting guide, but this trip is supposed to be all about celebrating the second half of my twenties in an epic way — that is, finding a hot guy and having back-bending sex before returning home. How the heck can that happen with Cole hanging around? Not that I really plan on having sex with anyone. After getting dumped by my fiancé, I am so over men. Seriously, he thought I was trying to turn him into something he wasn't? When did wanting to add a little fun and spontaneity to the relationship become me trying to change him? Jerk.

Cole, while he might be the epitome of fun and spontaneity, shouldn't be here with me. I can stand on my own two feet without him hovering over me all the time, thank you very much. I have been doing it since he left New York to work in Colorado a year ago, right after I got engaged. He only returned home last month, temporarily leaving a job he loves to work with his uncle in construction to make ends meet while visiting — or rather, while keeping a close eye on me. But I can't think about that right now because the captain is waving me over. Apparently, it's my turn to jump to my death.

Even though my insides are in chaos, I try to appear calm, and take soothing breaths, in through the nose and out through the mouth.

"Hey," Cole says, and when I turn back to him, he's standing over me, rubbing his knuckles over my arm in a comforting manner. Presenting composure — even though this is Cole, and nothing gets by him when it comes to me — I lift my chin to meet his gaze. When he turns those ocean-blue eyes on me, as deep and complex as the Atlantic waters crashing against the side of the vessel, I feel a measure of calm. Cole really is a good guy, a great catch. Why the hell isn't he taken already?

Because he's an adventure seeker and has no desire to get serious or put down roots.

Oh, right.

Cole dips his head, and those kissable lips of his are right there, near my mouth. If I wanted to kiss him all I'd have to do is go up on my tiptoes. But I don't want to kiss him. This is my best friend. I'm not sure why I suddenly need to keep reminding myself of that.

Get yourself together, girl.

"You're in good hands. I promise," he says as he continues to run his knuckles along my arm. Oh, he has good hands, all right. A shiver races down my spine.

What the hell? He's touched me a million times and I've never gotten all tingly before — and what the hell is going on with my nipples? Seriously, enough already! Must be nerves from this adventure. Has to be. It's the only logical explanation. Then again, it could be because I haven't had sex in, like, forever.

"Come on — we need to suit up." Cole holds my shoulders and turns me toward the back of the boat, where the crew and wetsuits await. He follows me closely, the warmth of his body chasing back the cold in mine. I stare into the water as I get sized for a wetsuit, boots, and hoodie. Cole and I both climb into the gear and listen to the instructions as we, and six other thrill-seekers step into the cage.

I rest my feet on the platform and move closer to Cole. He smiles at me and adjusts my eye goggles. The crew slowly lowers the cage into the water, the big white flotation devices attached to it keeping it buoyant. Our heads remain above surface, and I don't have to hold my breath and dip under if I don't want to, but I've come too far to back down. Plus, if I chicken out now, it will only give Cole ammunition, and he's teased me enough for one day — in far too many ways. From the boat, the guide fills a rubber seal-shaped decoy with chum, and my stomach sort of turns. Great, any second now I'm going to lose two things: my lunch and my dignity.

Cole nudges me and points down. I submerge to see a big freaking shark, with big freaking teeth clamping onto the side of the cage. I panic, and I'm about ready to scramble back onto the boat when Cole wraps his arms around me and pushes upward until we burst through the surface.

"Oh my God," I shriek.

"Pretty cool, right?"

"Cool?" Was he serious? "That scared the crap out of me."

"Yeah, but now you know you're safe. They can't get in. Come on, let's go back under."

I mull that over for a quick second. I guess it was kind of cool, and the shark couldn't get near me. I look at the structure surrounding me and feel a little more confident.

"Okay." I suck in another breath and go under with Cole. He keeps his arm around me, and I slide mine around him to keep him close.

More sharks come, and while it is scary, it is kind of exciting, too. A shark hits the cage and it jolts me, but Cole is right there holding tight — protecting and helping me out — like always. I steal a glance and find him looking at me, not the set of teeth trying to get at us. He smiles, and it's weird how my heart seems to skip a beat. I probably never would have climbed into this cage if it weren't for him. Maybe I do need him more than I let on. Maybe that's why the friend who drew my name sent Cole along — so I'd go through with it.

The truth is, I missed him so much when he left New York. His departure ripped my heart in two, but who was I to hold him back? Yeah, we were close, the tightest of friends, but I was engaged and he needed to find himself, live his own life.

Cole looks away, but before he does, I catch something in his eyes. Something that just might resemble ... desire. My pulse jumps a notch and my entire body tightens. Confusing feelings surface, and I can't believe how girly I am in my reaction to him.

You are a girl.

Not to Cole, though.

Surely I'm mistaken. Must be the water on my goggles, obscuring my vision and making me see things that aren't there. Cole doesn't think of me as anything other than the pig-tailed tomboy next door. And I don't think of him as anything other than the scrawny boy who lived beside me — one who always protected me, helped me with everything, and grew into a smoking hot guy with a killer body that I suddenly can't seem to keep my eyes — or hands — off of.

Oh shit.

CHAPTER 2

Cole

I stretch out on the catamaran, and I can't help but smile at Reese as she bites into her chicken wrap and chews like she hasn't had a meal in days. "Cage diving really builds up an appetite, huh?"

She nods, and her big brown eyes go wide. "That was actually kind of fun."

"Want to do it again tomorrow?" I ask.

Her hand stills just as she's about to take another bite. She lifts her head, but her act of bravado isn't fooling me. "I would, but we're hitting the Spookdraai hiking trail tomorrow. Then the day after we have that African wildlife tour and game drive safari. All part of my dossier, remember?"

I laugh and nudge her chin with my fist. "I remember. You were brave today, Reesey Piecey." I gave her that nickname when we were kids, partly because her name is Reese and partly because she is as sweet as those little chocolate candies she's always popping into her mouth.

"I'm brave every day," she counters, then chews her sandwich. She swallows and adds, "I just don't know why one of my friends would put me in a dangerous situation where I had to prove it. I mean, I like animals and all, but still."

My gaze moves over her face as she takes a drink and continues to talk about this adventure she's on. My stomach tightens as I listen. She always tries to present a brave face, but she doesn't have to pretend anything with me. I know her better than she knows herself, and she's been through a lot over the last few years, which makes me feel like a total and utter prick for taking off to Colorado. But fuck, how could I have stayed in New York? Watching her with that asshole Jared nearly fucking killed me. Every time he touched her, kissed her, walked into a room with her, it was all I could do not to punch him in the face. I never liked the guy. Then again, I never liked any guy she dated.

How could I, when I had a secret crush on her for years? But no way am I about to jeopardize our friendship by telling her. She thinks of me only as a friend, and I couldn't risk losing her by spilling my guts. Besides that, I'm not the guy for her. She's the white picket fence and family kind of girl, where I'm an adrenaline junkie out for the next adventure. There hasn't been a guy in my family who could settle down, not even my father. Bastard left when we were just kids.

I toss the last of my wrap into my mouth and take a long pull from my water bottle. I shift and rest my back against the catamaran as we head back to shore. Around us, the others are taking their lunch to the back of the vessel to watch the video of the dive, but I'd rather hang out and enjoy the sunshine for a bit longer with Reese. I missed her so goddamn much when I was away.

"I want to hear me more about this pact you made with your friends," I say. She's told me bits and pieces, but I get the feeling she's still holding information from me, which is weird because she tells me everything. Or at least she used to.

"What do you want to know?"

I lean into her, and when my leg touches hers, she flinches. The movement is slight, but I still notice it, even when others might not have. Okay, what the hell was that all about? When did she ever not want me to touch her? Shit, I hope she didn't see the way I was looking at her earlier. Usually I can keep my shit together, but seeing her big eyes, wide and excited beneath the mask, looking so adorable as she faced a shark, fucked me over big time. All I wanted to do was pull her against me and kiss the hell out of her.

I clear my throat. "Well, Olivia ended up staying in Italy with Gio, and Kennedy hooked up with Sean in London and now the two are living together in Chicago. Are you all on a marriage quest or something?"

"Not ... exactly," she says and crinkles her nose.

"Then what exactly?"

She shrugs like it's nothing, which makes me realize it is something. Now I want to know all the more.

"It's silly," she says.

"Tell me."

She huffs. "You're not going to let this go, are you?"

"No."

She throws one hand up in surrender. "Fine, we're supposed to find a man and have epic sex. Those two girls had deeper feelings for the men they chose to have sex with — heck, they were already in love, which is why they're still together after the adventure."

My stomach punches into my throat. "You've got to be fucking kidding me. Whose idea was this, anyway? Harper's?" She always was the wild one in the group. She'd hit on me a few times, but I wasn't interested. Sure, I fooled around. A lot. But that was only to try to keep my mind off Reece. Didn't fucking work.

She nods. "Yeah, but we all agreed to it."

I give a hard shake of my head, and my damp hair falls into my eyes. I shove it back. "No way are you having sex with some stranger, Reese." Her gaze jerks to mine and she gives me a strange look. Shit. "You're in a foreign country and it's dangerous," I add, to cover how I really feel.

"You're right," she says, a look of sadness on her face as she stares off into the distance. "I'm not."

My stomach squeezes. Christ, I really need to beat the hell out of Jared for hurting her.

"Good," I say. Tension eases from my shoulders to know she's not going to do something dangerous. Christ, if she wants epic sex, I can give her that.

Wait! What?

"And it's not because it's dangerous. It's because I'm off men. Done with relationships."

I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I can't stomach the thought of her with another man, but if she's off men, done with relationships, then she'll never be mine.

She'll never be yours, anyway, asshole. She doesn't like you like that, and you're not the guy for her.

Still, Jared is definitely getting a beatdown when I get home. He'd hurt her so badly she no longer believes in true love and happily ever after. Fucker. Even if I were going to make a move on her, offer her epic sex, which I'm clearly not going to, I couldn't do it now, anyway. Not when she's hurting and still upset over the breakup.

Wanting to lighten her mood, I say, "Well, if you're off men, at least you're in the right profession."

"What do you mean? How does being a veterinarian help me?"

"You don't have to go far to start collecting cats." She whacks me, but it does bring a smile to her face. Then, at the same time, we say, "Mrs. Jones."

I shake my head. "That woman was bat-shit crazy." Christ, when we were kids, we all used to take the long way to the playground to avoid her house at the end of the street.

Reese smacks her palm to her forehead. "God, I'm going to turn out just like Mrs. Jones, aren't I?"

(Continues…)



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Under Pressure 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So sad the dossier books are done they were wonderful to read & kept my interest I loved them
LaurieBeemer More than 1 year ago
Cathyrn Fox has another winner on her hands. I love the relationship between Reese and Cole, Sexy, sweet, and hot are just a few words to describe this book. Some of the scenes that the author wrote about may the chemistry between the two sound so sexy and romantic. The author does such a great job describing Cole, you cannot help but cheer for him and maybe wish you were Reese. Thank you NetGalley and Cathryn Fox for allowing me to read and write a honest review of this book.
LightningCityBookReview More than 1 year ago
"Under Pressure" is a fun, super sexy Friends-to-Lovers romance in Cathryn Fox's Dossier series. In general the Dossier series is Ultra Steamy and they get hotter with each book. This third installment features an Adventure guide Hero and a easily scared veterinarian Heroine. Reese and her friends made a New Years Resolution to be daring with their sex lives. Each girl drew a name and must plan a birthday adventure with sexy potential for their 'chosen' friend. Reese's adventure begins with a cage dive in shark infested African waters. Luckily the friend who put together her 'dossier' made sure her best friend, Cole Rayburn, would be there for her. Cole moved to Colorado when Reese got engaged. But once Reese's engagement failed Cole returned to New York City. Now that Cole's returned Reese is seeing how hot he's gotten. But as always Cole's only interested in her friendship. Reese and Cole have been best friends since they were little kids. They were each other's support through parental divorces, sickness, death, and storms. Cole knows Reese better than she does herself and vice-versa. When Reese got engaged to her douche-y fiancé Cole moved to Colorado and became an Adventure Guide. Now that Reese's ex dumped her Cole has moved back to New York City. It seems like all of the activities on Reese's itinerary seem to make her more aware of Cole's hotness. Rock hard abs shown off during the Great White Shark cage dive. Strong, warm arms around her in the haunted cave. Not to mention Cole's intelligence when Reese needs cooling down when the hotel's A/C goes out. Ice, ice, baby. Reese's positive Cole still sees her as the chubby little tomboy. She's certain he's never, and will never, see her as a romantic interest. Cathryn Fox is a Sex Scene Savant! Not only Steamy, but Fun and weighty with Emotion. "Under Pressure" is the perfect Best Friends to Lovers romance: amusing, thoughtful, and spicy. So far the Dossier Series is "practically perfect in every way". Both the Hero and Heroine are likable, charming, and sympathetic. The book is short, sweet, and steamy so the storyline is rather simple and straight forward. To read the entire review please visit: http://wp.me/p4XqxF-28C This novel was provided, voluntarily read, and honestly reviewed.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
Cole Cole Cole!!! What a perfect man!!! He was caring, protective, hilarious, gentle, and wickedly hot. I loved him throughout this whole story. The friends to lovers theme was utter perfection in this book. I adored the nicknames, the teasing, the knowing each other better than anyone, their cute pasts together. This novella was jam packed with a great little story. Major swooning for Cole! Reece was pretty great too, trying to step outside her comfort zones. But Cole truly captured my heart in this story. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Katie-Face More than 1 year ago
Cathryn Fox continues the thrilling and sexy adventures of a group of girlfriends in Under Pressure! In book 3 of this series, we travel to South Africa to go cage diving with sharks, explore haunted caves along the cliffs of the Spookdraai Mountains, and even go to an endangered species ranch! All this adventure, to help Reese Scott learn how to be brave, take risks, live a little - and realize that her life long best friend Cole Rayburn is the perfect guy for her. An adrenaline junkie by nature, Cole is more than happy to accompany Reese on her African adventure...especially when he realizes that the more-than-friendly feelings he has towards her are shared by Reese as well. But can he convince Reese to take a leap of faith with him, and try being more than friends? WOW. Just wow. Cathryn Fox is an insta-buy author for me, especially with this novella series! So much heat, so much adventure, so much passion packed into a novella - how can you NOT be wowed! My only complaint is that I wish the book was longer! I love how BOTH Reese and Cole are nervous to take the first step into changing their friendship into something more....but once they do, the sparks light a wild fire of passion! Their hesitations felt real, not fabricated. Real concerns by level-headed adults, trying to make their way in the world: will this ruin a friendship that has existed since childhood? And they live/work on opposite sides of the country - can they ask each other to give that up? How far would you go, and what would you risk, to convince the love of your life that you are perfect for each other? Bravo Cathryn Fox! I can't wait to see what new exciting place we travel to (and what sexy times come from it) in the next installment in this series!! XOXO
Chelon More than 1 year ago
Quick, sexy, best friend, HEA read. Everything happens fast due to the characters having a long previous history, so you don't get to really know the characters. There are a few steamy scenes, but most of the book the characters are inside their heads doing that constant yes no back and forth. I wish this was longer because I could like like the characters if they had some other interactions or something.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
This is a fast-paced read with plenty of steam. Cole and Reese have been friends forever but when they go on a trip together to swim with sharks, attraction sparks. Great characters and a great story. A good read.
KristieK More than 1 year ago
Under Pressure By: Cathryn Fox ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 Review by Kristie K A friends to lovers romance so deliciously seductive and sweet, Cathryn Fox brings the heat in this Dossier novel… The third installment of the steamy Dossier Series, Under Pressure follows Reese Scott on her adventure-filled, BFF-funded vacation to South Africa to swim with the sharks…literally. The only odd catch to this vacation, is that her unbelievably sexy best friend Cole Rayburn is along for the ride. Though Reese is thrilled to have Cole's strength and comfort on this adventure, the idea behind these trips was for the girls to meet someone and have unbelievable sex…a little awkward with Cole along. At least, until Reese realizes that her best friend has definitely grown up well…and her thoughts are moving way south of platonic. Little does Reese know that Cole is just waiting for his chance, and when he gets it…sparks will fly. With each new installment, I love the Dossier Series even more! Under Pressure is my favorite so far…though I may have said that with House Rules as well…hmmmmm. Anyhow, Cathryn Fox totally knows how to write a sexy and fun friends to lovers romance. I was captivated from the first page to the last! Reese isn't really quiet and shy, but she isn’t much for adventure, so this trip to swim with the sharks and see the sights of South Africa is definitely out of her comfort zone. I loved her spunk, her quick wit and adorable personality. Reese has such a big heart, and love for her friends it’s palpable. Her connection to Cole is something most of us only dream of, and when it becomes something more, the chemistry is off the charts. Cole is probably one of my favorite leading men thus far. His heart is so full and pure, with nothing but love for Reese. Their relationship so real, so authentic and true. Needless to say, Ms. Fox has knocked it out of the park again, and I absolutely CANNOT WAIT for the next one… Kristie K
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
the third entry in the dossier stories, under pressure, finds best friends cole and reese on a vacation of a lifetime in mexico. it's a short and sexy read about two friends who have always been each other's person. reese is not usually adventurous, and she's had a crush on cole forever. but she thinks he only sees her as his chubby childhood friend and he's a photographer who is not just around gorgeous women but travels the world and leads an exciting life. but this trip is about getting reese out of her comfort zone. so when trapped in a shark tank with cole she lets her guard drop and lets him see her attraction to him. and he is blown away. because he's always been a little bit in love with reese, and she never seemed interested in him. but this shift in attitude is something he can't stay away from. so they both jump. and what they discover, beyond an amazing sexual chemistry, is that it is amazing to fall in love with your best friend. **under pressure will publish on september 4, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (scorched) in exchange for my honest review.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
I'm loving this Dossier series from Cathryn. She writes some serious steam as it is and this little books are jammed back with it along with great storylines. The premise of the series which was actually Harpers idea but they all agreed, to throw their names into a pile and everyone picks a name. The person sends whoever they have picked on a trip or some type of adventure that suits them to a T, with the qualification that they have "Epic" sex while on their trip. This book is about Cole and Reese, friends since childhood she's a Veterinarian and lives in NY. Cole is an adrenaline junkie and moved from NY to Colorado last year to be a white water/wilderness guide. You find out in part the actual reason why he left NY in the story. One of the main points of interest here is why the anonymous sender sent Cole along with Reese. They travel to Africa and Cole pushes her past her boundaries as he always has, but all the while making her feel safe. The story takes off when he pushes a couple other boundaries and holy hell it's hot. I really liked Cole and Reese as well. Also that the book focused on just them and their relationship. Yes you should read it along with the first two books of the series. Cathryn always writes a great story. 4.5 stars **arc from NetGalley and Entangled in exchange for a fair review**
MBurton More than 1 year ago
For a novellla, this had maximum impact. It's exactly what I look for when I need something in between longer reads. The author did a fantastic job of relaying a lifetime connection between these main characters in one moment of time. The connection and the heat is felt and you don't question why these friends didn't become lovers sooner. That it was just a matter of the right time for these two. This was a great shortie! ARC provided by NetGalley.
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
Under Pressure is book three in the Dossier series by Cathryn Fox. After reading the second book in this series, I have been looking forward to seeing who gets to go on their adventure next, and it’s Reese’s turn! Reese Scott is a veterinarian and is also nursing a broken heart from a broken engagement. Her name came up for the next adventure vacation. She is being sent to Mexico. Along with an assortment of excursions, she is scheduled to go cage diving with the sharks. She is also supposed to have wild sex with anyone she chooses from the resort. Good thing they also sent along her very best friend, Cole. He would help her to have the courage to go through with it. Cole has been away until recently and she is so glad he’s back in New York where she lives. She missed him. But when they are on the boat, getting ready for the dive, she sees him without his shirt on and realizes this isn’t the Cole from her childhood. This Cole is all grown up, and boy is he grown up. She feels a fluttering in her belly that is completely the wrong feeling you are supposed to have for your best friend. “Best friends don’t look at each other like that, right? Must be the tropical air.” Cole Rayburn has had a huge crush on Reese most of his life. But he never told her. He didn’t want to jeopardize their friendship. He had to leave, though, when she got engaged. He just couldn’t take it any more. But now that she is free again, he came back to help her. The problem is she has sworn off men. But when they are on the boat getting ready for the dive, he’s sure he sees something new in her eyes, a new awareness, a longing, a heat. Could it be that she is seeing him in a new way? But Cole is a thrill seeker. Reese deserves more. She wants the whole picket fence thing. He can’t be what she needs, what she deserves. It doesn’t take long, though, for these two to give in to the electricity charging between them. Can they just enjoy the sex while on vacation, then go home and everything go back to the way it was before? Is that what they want? Or do they want more? This is a short, oh so very sexy, story of two people that went from friends to lovers. There had always been something lacking before in their relationships or hook ups. They never understood it until now. Because maybe the thing they were lacking, the someone they were lacking, was right there in front of them all along. Their best friend. I love Cathryn Fox’s work and this did not disappoint. If you are looking for a short, hot, diversion from everyday life, this is for you.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Cathryn Fox does not do tame. Her stories are naughty, shocking and intense. Under Pressure is not afraid to pack on the seduction. Reese and Cole are a lesson in adventure just waiting to be explored. Dangerous liaisons are around every corner. Get ready for the thrill of a lifetime.