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Owe him a favor.
I promise, you’ll regret it.
I step back just as the door swings open with force, and a rock hard body fills up the empty space. My gaze starts at the top, noting the firm grip he has on the molding. The muscles strain against his taut skin, flexing as he leans forward, cocking his head to the side. His face—
This is bad—really, really bad.
His scowl curves up into a lazy grin.
“Waitress,” he purrs. His voice has this melody of a luring song— one meant to pull you in and destroy your heart in a matter of seconds.
It doesn’t affect me, though.
“Dick at table forty-three, the princess who needed his steak warmed.”
Slap me with a stupid sticker because I have lost my damn mind. Why in the hell did I just say that? Yes, he was the rude-ass who insisted I warm up his food, and yes, he’s the one I dumped said food on, but that was yesterday, and I have moved on. Hopefully, so has he.
“Dick, huh?” He drops one of his massive arms and rubs a spot just above—ah damn, his nipple is pierced. Not to mention the whole right side of his ribs are covered in a massive tribal tattoo. Even on his left, a smaller tattoo wraps from his back and ends on his stomach, teasing me to gaze longingly at the ridiculous set of six-pack abs between them.
Why is life not fair?
I drag in a deep breath and try to let any animosity of yesterday go. “Can we start over?”
That lazy grin of his falls in an instant. “No.”
No. Okay. Well, that’s not good.
Sighing, I watch as his body goes rigid, and his arm goes back to the top of the door frame, blocking any view behind him. His icy blue eyes stare back at me unyielding and hard, not the
same guy that grinned when he first saw me. “I’m sorry about last night.” Hopefully, my sincerity will soften him.
“What can I do for you?”
Okay, so we’re going with a hard no on being softened.
With no hint of emotion, other than the apparent tone of boredom, one can surmise that Maverick will not be bought with sweetness and apologies. I’m going with plan B, which I’m making up as I go.
“Are you Maverick?” I could have said that a little stronger and without the slight tremor.
He drops his hands and reaches into his back pocket, producing a handful of playing cards. Oh no. I’m not prepared for it to get real this fast. What if those two idiots in class were right? What if I’m never the same after this?
“How much is it worth to you?” He drawls, producing a marker.
A self-proclaimed reader enthusiast, Kristy started her writing journey back in 2009, reading and writing when her daughter was napping. Establishing her place in Corporate America (because something had to pay the bills), writing became her dirty, late-night secret.
[I received a digital arc for an honest review]
IOU by Kristy Marie is a New Adult romance that is guaranteed to entertain.
After finding her boyfriend cheating with her roommate she accidentally starts a fire that leaves her kicked out with no place to live. Her only friend in the situation is the firefighters who showed up at her worst moment. Desperation leads her to ask legendary Maverick for a favor she’ll just owe him a favor of his choice in return. Rumors label him as untouchable and someone not to mess with. Ainsley sees there’s a different person under the surface, and she doesn’t mind raking up his IOU’s but hopes she’s not making another mistake when it comes to guys.
“Oooh. I kind of like Mr. Lexington on his knees – feels all queen like.”
IOU is a quick read with lots of laughs and a good amount of steam. Ainsley is crazy in the best way possible and that’s probably because I see a lot of myself in her lol it’s always refreshing to see someone embrace the crazy. Her reactions can sky rocket from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other and it kept the story interesting. Maverick took me a little to warm up to but towards the end everything all his actions showed how much he had grown to care for Ainsley. They were sweet and fun together. The ending and epilogue were completely satisfying and perfect for the characters.
“I want everything from Ainsley James. Every second of crazy. Every angry word.“
Another great romance by Kristy Marie. She is definitely an author whose releases I always look forward to.