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"Kayla’s best friend Marcus returned from Kuwait just in time to celebrate her fortieth birthday. She never expected to cry about it or let him comfort her with sex, but that’s what happened.
The next day Marcus confessed the feelings he’d had for her all along and then gave her the best lovemaking of her life. After spending her week-long “staycation” in bed with Marcus, can Kayla let him leave when he’s transferred to Alaska? She won’t go with him. The career she worked so hard to build is something she loves too."
"“What’s the matter? I can tell you you’re beautiful if I want to. You are.”
She tried to act casually but averted her eyes. “Oh, I’m sure. My eyes are probably puffy and bloodshot. My hair…”
She reached up and stroked her coarse, mousy brown, pixie cut. A good chunk of it had shot up in the air while the back was plastered flat against her head. “Oh lovely. What is it about fortieth birthdays that can turn happily single, independent women into simpering idiots?”
Marcus smiled and shook his head. “Why are you being so hard on yourself? I enjoyed the hell out of last night. We made love, Kayla. Face the fact that we’re not able to undo that. I, for one, wouldn’t want to and if you think our relationship isn’t going to change, you’re still asleep and dreaming.” He reached over, cupped her chin and stoked her cheek with his thumb. “I intend to treat you right and make you want to do what we did a lot more often.”"