Gamble In Gold
by Natalie Anderson
Seven years have passed since shy Lexie Peterson had her heart trampled by her teenage crush. And Luke Marchetti walks into his flat to find Lexie in a negligee, all he can think of is having a little flirt and fling. But Lexie’s determination to keep him at a distance makes him realize she deserves more than he can offer. Is one kiss enough to entice the two to take a gamble on love?
Seven years ago, Lexie had been the shy, naïve exchange student from New Zealand. She had spent six months with the Marchetti family and fell in love with the son. Only that, after he kissed her on that ferris wheel ride, he walked away and never looked back.
Seven years later, Luke found her on his flat in nothing but a negligee. All he wanted to do was for her to stay in his house, and finally make his move. Contrary to her belief, he so wanted her. But seven years ago – she was a guest in their house, an exchange student under his family’s protection and he had been warned hundreds of times, with threats to stay away from her. They are grownups now, she was her in his house, all he can think about is having a little flirt… and probably a little fling.
Lexie, however, knows what she wants and she’s not going to settle for anything less. He might have been a very good kisser and can sweep her off her feet. But after what she has been through for a couple of months – she knew she deserves better than a roll in the hay.
This one was a short – when I say short, it’s really short – SWEET read. It’s something you can insert between reads that can make you swoon even in its little pages. I like the characters, especially Lexie on how she outgrown her shyness and being naïve, I like that she won’t settle for anything less and was brave enough to tell him what she wants. Gamble in Gold was my breather in some heavy novels I have been reading and I have enjoyed every single pages of it!
*ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.
“So how come you’re home?” Lexie briefly looked away as she finally broached the question. “Dani said you were going to be away for a month.” Her focus darted back to him. “Did you forget something?” She nervously babbled as he started to watch her far too intently. “Are you going back to Hertfordshire tonight?”
He shook his head. “Not tonight.”
Not tonight? So where did that leave her then? Because as lovely as Luke’s apartment was, there was only one bedroom. Only one bed. A huge one, yes, but only the one and there was just no going there. Not with him. Not ever.
Trouble was, this was London during the summer of the world’s biggest sporting extravaganza. While there was some accommodation in town, you had to pay kabillions for it. Lexie didn’t have kabillions.
She’d figure out something. Anything. “Oh. Okay. Well, now that you’re back to see to Mango, I’ll just get my stuff and—”
“You’re not going anywhere tonight.”
“I can’t stay here now,” she puffed, instantly breathless.
“Sure you can.” Luke suddenly smiled, his entire face lighting up. “We have to share, that’s all.”
Lexie blinked at him goldfish-style. Her mind was goldfish-blank too. Because his eyes had some wicked glint dancing in their depths. Share? Share what exactly?
“You can stay here.” He spelled it out slowly. “With me.”
USA TODAY bestseller Natalie Anderson writes fun, frisky, feels-good contemporary romance for Entangled Publishing, Harlequin Mills & Boon and independently. With over twenty-five books published and over two million sold, she's been a Romantic Times Award nominee & a finalist for the R*BY (Romantic Book of the Year).
She lives in Christchurch, New Zealand with her husband and four children.Find out more at her website http://www.natalie-anderson.com and be sure to sign up for her newsletter.
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