Love in Bloom (De La Fuente Family #3)(8)

By: Lexi Buchanan

Sadie had always been the voice of reason, which was why her question had been expected. “Are you sure it’s a good idea, Erin? Usually you come back in tears.” Sadie had been there for her through the past months and she knew how much being someone else took out of Erin.

She followed Sadie into the living room and slid onto the sofa next to her. She picked at the black, fraying fabric and frowned at how Mateo would be surprised by her cheap one-bedroom apartment and cheap furniture. Caprice didn’t belong here but her shadow had been on it for over a year. She sighed before she answered, “I honestly don’t know. But what I do know is that Mateo is giving me a chance when there isn’t any need. We could have broken up at his apartment but, instead, he asked me to his brother’s wedding, which I do want to attend. I’ve never been to a wedding before so I was kind of excited about it, when he offered.”

“I’m just worried about you.”

“I appreciate that.” Erin took her friend’s hand in hers. “I’ve promised Mateo that I’ll be on my best behavior, but what he doesn’t know is that I’m going to go as Erin and not Caprice.”

Sadie sat back and looked at her. “You’re serious? You’re going as the girl next door, instead of queen-slut-bitch.”

Erin rolled her eyes. “I wasn’t a slut.” She sighed. “Look, I’ll have to keep the name Caprice, but everything else will be me. I want to enjoy the wedding and I certainly don’t want to upset anyone when it’s a joyous occasion.”

“Won’t they think that’s odd? One minute you’re queen bitch and the next you’re…well…you.” Sadie took her hands back and waved them around in front of Erin. “I mean, there’s nothing wrong with you and everyone will love you, but won’t Mateo have a lot of questions?” Sadie gave her a once over and then laughed, “I bet the hunk of a man won’t be able to keep his eyes off you.” Sadie laughed again as she moved to the kitchen as the oven timer called her.

Erin wondered about Mateo because she’d certainly felt his reaction to her being on his lap. He’d been hard and solid, which had surprised her as much as it probably had him.

She’d dreamed about him lots of times before, but after his erection had poked her in the ass, she hadn’t been able to think about anything else. She’d wondered what he’d look like naked. Wondered what his penis looked like when fully aroused—what it tasted like.

“Oh,” Sadie chuckled, “this is going to be good with how red you are.” She popped the lid on two beers, setting them out on the countertop. “C’mon, spill.”

“Nothing to tell.” Erin looked everywhere but at her friend.

“Like hell there isn’t. Give it up Erin, you know I’ll get it out of you eventually.”

“If you must know, I was thinking about Mateo,” Erin admitted. “And things.”

“Hmm.” Sadie passed her a plate of steaming lasagna and a beer before she retrieved her own. “That’s telling.”

Erin hid her face and then shoveled some food into her mouth so she had an excuse not to talk. As she chewed, she asked, “Did you finish that report?”

Sadie waved her fork at Erin. “No way are you changing the subject…I want to know about Mateo and why you went bright red.” She grinned.

Erin moaned, she might as well tell her, and then they’d be able to eat in peace. “At his apartment,” she winced, “I got carried away when he said I could go to the wedding. I may have, um, thrown myself onto his lap and hugged him. Maybe I kissed his cheek…twice, as well, all while sitting on his lap.”

“Oh, my.” Sadie picked up a magazine and fanned herself. “More… What did he do? Say?

Erin laughed even though she was embarrassed. “He didn’t really do anything, but he may have gotten hard with me wiggling around on his lap.”

There! She’d said it.

“He poked you in the ass with his dick.” Sadie chuckled and placed her plate of food on the coffee table in front of them while she continued to laugh. She was clearly finding it amusing. “So, what did you do?”

Erin rolled her eyes. “It was then that I realized just where I was and what I was doing so I jumped up and ran from his apartment.”

“You didn’t?” Sadie’s eyes sparkled with amusement. “That is so funny.” She picked her food up again. “Next time, don’t run. Stay and tease the beast. You can’t stay a virgin forever and just imagine having Mateo De La Fuente between your legs. He’s so delicious.”