Series: The Wheeler Brothers, #2
Publication date: March 12th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Jake Wheeler doesn’t date. He has a one and done rule. Some would say he’s a player but he disagrees. He’s always upfront with a girl, letting her know he’s not interested in a relationship. That is until he meets Ivy.
A talented carpenter who can hold her own on a construction site, Ivy worked for Jake last summer. He asked her out but she turned him down. Now, months later, Jake is ready to try again. He can’t get this girl out of his head and he needs to figure out why. When he asks her out he assumes she’ll say no again, so he’s shocked when she actually says yes.
After the first date, Jake knows he’s in trouble. Ivy is actually someone he could see himself being with, for a lot longer than a night. But what Jake doesn’t know is that Ivy’s only going out with him to prove she’s not the girl for him. She’s dated his type before and doesn’t want to do it again. But is Jake really the player she thinks he is? And if not, is she willing to trust him with her heart?
Author’s Note: Give Us a Chance is a standalone and book two of The Wheeler Brothers, a series of standalone novels that each feature a different brother. Next to Me, featuring Jake’s older brother, Nash, is book one.
I go to the kitchen and grab some glasses. “What can I get you to drink?”
Ivy walks over and meets me by the sink. “I’ll just have some water.” She takes the glass from me, and when she turns on the water, the sprayer comes loose and shoots water all over both of us.
“Shit!” She laughs as I grab the sprayer and shut off the faucet. “Sorry. I didn’t mean to do that.”
My shirt is soaked and so is hers.
“You sure about that?” I lean back against the counter, folding my arms over my chest.
“What do you mean?”
“I think you did it on purpose.” I smile.
She puts her hands on her hips. “And why would I do that?”
“So you could parade around my apartment topless and make me take my shirt off.”
She laughs. “Yeah. That was my master plan.” She rolls her eyes. “Do you have a dryer in this place?”
“No. I go to the laundromat. The machines downstairs never work, and when they do work, they’re always full.”
“You got a t-shirt I could wear?”
“You sure you need one? It’s hot in here. You might want to go with the topless option.”
She smiles. “T-shirt please.”
“Follow me.” I take her down to my bedroom and over to the closet. “There’s some in here and some in the dresser. Take your pick.”
She picks out a light blue one that I’ve had for a while. The cotton is worn and really soft, which is why I still have it.
“Can you turn around while I change?” she asks.
“Why?” I unbutton her shirt, kissing her as I do. “I already saw you topless.”
“We shouldn’t do this in here,” she says looking back at the bed.
“You’re probably right.” I lead her into the hall and continue undressing her.
She laughs. “This isn’t much better. We’re right next to the bedroom.” She pushes me away. “Just let me do it. You work on your own shirt.”
I smile at her as I unbutton it. “You could’ve just asked me to take it off instead of soaking me with water.”
“It was an accident,” she insists. “I swear.”
“Uh-huh.” I give her a smug grin as I take off my shirt because her eyes are now glued to my chest. I love it when she looks at me like that. With lust, desire. When other girls look at me that way, it does nothing to me. But when Ivy does, it arouses me, makes me want to please her, and put that blissful smile on her face that appeared after what I did to her on the couch.
As I go back in my bedroom, she says, “Are you putting on another shirt?”
“Yeah,” I call back. “Why?”
“Did you not want me to?” I come back out to the hall and see her wearing my t-shirt. It’s huge on her but I like seeing her in it.
She eyes my chest. “I just…well, you were saying it was hot in here so I thought maybe you wouldn’t want one.”
I chuckle. “Then I’ll leave it off.”
Allie Everhart is a hopeless romantic who writes books about love. Allie has authored fifteen novels, including The Jade Series, a college romance that follows the story of Jade and Garret as they deal with numerous obstacles trying to tear them apart. Her other series, The Kensingtons, is a romantic suspense series. Her standalone romance novels include Next to Me, and her latest book, Give Us a Chance.