Rosalie's Player(2)

By: Ella Jade

“I can handle you.” I think.

“There’s no doubt in my mind you can handle me physically.” He spun her around to face him. “You’re the hottest babe I’ve ever met. A walking sex dream.” He smirked. “It’s here.” He tapped her forehead. “And here.” He placed his hand on her heart. “Those are the places you won’t be able to handle me.”

Her breathing picked up when he didn’t remove his hand from her chest. She was certain he could feel her heart pounding hard.

“I’m not hearts and flowers, princess.” He lowered his lips to hers. “Not now, not ever.”

She gazed into his ice blue eyes, wanting more than anything to give in and do what her body wanted.

“Do you still want me to stay?”

“No,” she whispered. “Not if it’s only going to be about sex.”

“I can respect that.” He pressed his lips to hers, kissing her softly. “I don’t like it, but I can respect it.”

“Why are you so sure it will only be about sex?” They’d spent hours getting to know one another. His personality complimented his good looks. He was carefree, fun, and full of energy. They seemed compatible, so why couldn’t it be more than sex?

“’Cause that’s all it ever is for me.” He winked before turning and opening the front door. “Safe travels back to school.”

That was that. He’d strode out of the cottage without a second glance. In a matter of a few days, he’d managed to find a way into her head, and in less than ten seconds, he’d shattered any chance she thought they might have had.

His reputation was no secret. Why had she thought she’d be any different to him? She wasn’t sure what had infuriated her more—the fact that he did nothing to hide who he was and what he wanted, or that she would rather have had him woo her into believing there would be more. He was far too confusing and would only lead to heartache.

Rosalie returned to school a few days later and never spoke to him again. Now that she was back in town, he would be hard to avoid. She promised herself she wouldn’t fall for a guy like him. He was a player. Flings and one-night stands weren’t anything new, but they were never very satisfying. There hadn’t been a steady boyfriend in her life for two years. The last thing she was looking for was a guy who wanted to use her for sex. No matter how good that sex would be.

“You’re here.” Sage barreled through the door and wrapped her arms around her sister. “I’m sorry, I meant to be here before you, but I got tied up at the station.”

Sage was the sports reporter for the local station and had a dream job of following one of the hottest baseball teams around the country. Not only did her sister have a fulfilling career, but she was in love with Nic Cordova, the Crushers’ second baseman. Rosalie adored her sister’s boyfriend, and couldn’t be happier for Sage, even if she envied her life a bit. A great job and a hot baseball player to cuddle with at night. Not a bad situation.

“I just got in,” Rosalie said. “I haven’t even unloaded my bags from the car.”

“I would have brought the guys from the team, but they have a game tonight.” Sage took her sister’s hand and led her to the couch. “The fridge is stocked, and Mom insisted I have a service come in to clean and make up the bed. She still thinks you’re twelve.”

“The place looks great.” They plopped down on the sofa, and Rosalie toed off her flip-flops and pulled her knees into her chest. “Thanks for letting me crash here.”

“Are you kidding? I have a lease on this place, so I’m happy you could take it over. Besides, I’m so excited you’re here. Nic is too.”

“I can’t wait to see him.” Rosalie and Nic always had a special connection. He started dating Sage when Rosalie was just a kid. He was the big brother she never had. “How are things between the two of you?”

“They couldn’t be better.” Sage smiled. “Things are definitely better this time around.”

They had been high school sweethearts, but when Nic’s professional career took off, they hit a bump in the road and it took them seven years to reconnect. Rosalie was happy for her sister. Nic was her forever.

“Good.” Rosalie had worked hard to get the two of them back together. “I knew you were meant to be.”

“Even when I didn’t.”

“That’s what little sisters are for.”

“Anything new with you and Holt?” Sage asked.

“Holt?” Rosalie rolled her eyes. “I haven’t spoken to him since I left Kingston in January.”