Afternoon Delight, the next standalone in the romantic and hilarious Charity Case Series by Piper Rayne is LIVE!
The perfect man for me is the one who broke my heart.
Yeah, I wish.
I’m on a mission to find myself a nice, solid, respectable man. The only problem is nice, solid, and respectable comes in a meh package and is B-O-R-I-N-G as hell.
It’s been established. I have one type. Bad Boy. I tried the other flavors, I really did. But there’s nothing like the allure of a man who takes what he wants without apology.
As if my love life isn’t dramatic enough, Dean Bennett walks into my life again thinking he’s going to win me back with his charm and charisma. He might come in a different package, but under that expensive suit he’s still the same cocky, arrogant, pompous prick who only cares about numero uno.
I’m not that naïve young girl anymore so I have to ignore the fact that the way he looks at me practically sets my panties on fire.
Everyone deserves a second chance to right a wrong. The problem? He’s not just an ex-boyfriend…
He’s my ex-husband.
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Walking through the revolving door, I’m greeted by a security desk before I can access the elevators. Shit. I should message Glen again to say I’m going to be even later than I expected.
I approach the tall man who looks as annoyed as me for being here on a Friday night. “Hello, I need to head to” —I glance at the envelope— “Heiberman and Lipe Law Firm.”
He taps a few keys. “I think they’re closed already.” His face is void of any emotion.
“Can you tell me if there’s a…” my eyes glance to the folder again. “Mr. Bennett?” The last name causes my stomach to gurgle.
“Let me call up.” He presses some buttons on the phone, listens for a second and then hangs up. “No one is answering.”
I lean over the counter, splashing on my please eat out of my hand smile. “It’s Friday. You want to go home. I want to go home. I promised my boss that I’d get these on the desk of Mr. Bennett.” I cough, bile rising up my throat with the mention of the name. Victoria is really going to have to take care of this in the future. “Can I please just go up to their floor and see if their door is unlocked?”
He shakes his head, giving me a look I’m way too familiar with, silently asking if I’m crazy.
“What can I do?” I ask. “Money? A date?” I look at his left hand. “No. Are you a fan of winter sports?” I’ll totally pull Skylar into this. “My cousin is a Winter Classics skier and her fiancé—” A large palm lands in front of my face.
“Give me your name.” His fingers position on the keyboard.
“Chelsea… Chelsea Walsh.”
He types my name in, and I smile when he pulls a visitor badge out.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you.” I take it from his hand and put it over my head.
“If no one is up there, they have a drop box beside their door. You can leave your package there.”
I thank him again and walk steadily to the elevators, dodging people desperate to start their weekend.
I end up riding the elevator by myself to the thirty-third floor. The elevator doors ding open and I file out, my head swiveling right and then left. Spotting the door with Heiberman and Lipe Law Firm, I head over to it to find a list of the names of all the associates and thankfully there’s Bennett second from the top.
Hold on Glen, I’m almost on my way.
My hand pulls on the frosted glass door and it must be my lucky day because it opens.
I step into the darkened reception area. Looking around, I find no one. Heading down a hallway, my eyes zero in on the names on the doors while peeking my head into vacant offices. Finally, after passing the conference room, I see the last name Bennett and peek my head inside to find it empty with the light on. Hopefully that means he’s in the bathroom or something.
I pull out my cell phone, seeing Glen has messaged me back, but instead of responding to his I shoot one off to my boss Hannah.
Me: Mr. Bennett isn’t here. Can I drop the envelope on his desk?
Hannah as usual, replies instantly.
Hannah: Sure. Just leave it somewhere he’ll see it first thing on Monday.
Me: Got it.
I drop my cell phone back into my purse and slowly walk across the room and place the envelope on the chair. As I straighten up, I notice a baseball sitting next to the keyboard like someone had been playing with it and just set it down.
My jaw drops and my gaze scatters across every surface, spinning around investigating each piece of art, photos, anything I can find to tell me this isn’t…
Then as though I hadn’t breathed the entire time I’ve been in this office, the smell of him hits my nostrils. The once familiar scent of the ocean breeze, his deodorant and fresh linen from his clothes. He never was a cologne guy.
Other than a picture of a dog on the table behind his desk, it’s filled with baseball memorabilia of the Cubs. A die-hard Cub’s fan certificate is framed and on display, so others know he didn’t jump on the bandwagon two years ago when they won the World Series. It’s proof that his family has borne the Cubbie fever for generations.
“Do you make it a habit of sneaking into people’s offices?” His voice is coy and flirtatious.
I squeeze my eyes shut then grip the edge of the desk before my knees give out. Shivers run up and down my spine.
Crazy train. All aboard!
“You can at least show your face,” he says, continuing his usual play. “I promise I don’t bite.”
“Unless I want you to.” I spin around, my knuckles white as they tighten on the edge of the desk.
Now it’s his jaw that slackens as he realizes his ex-wife is standing in the middle of his office.
Review by Barbara
Just when I thought these three ladies couldn’t get into any more trouble. WRONG… The authors once again have written a great storyline that will have you laughing, smiling and wanting to shake our heroine a time or two as you read book two of the Charity Case Series. While this is Chelsea and Dean’s story, all the main characters of the series as well as a few from the last series are all present and the author let us catch up on their lives as well - I absolutely LOVE this touch.
Chelsea and Dean have a past, a short lived married past that is. They married in Vegas and well youth and Vegas don’t always mix and divorce soon followed. Fast forward 5 years. Dean is no longer the hopeful pro jock but is a successful tax attorney. A tax attorney that just happens to be doing pro-bono work for RISE, Chelsea’s place of employment. Coincidence or planned on his part? Needless to say when they bump into each other Sparks fly…. both the good kind and the bad, but one thing is for sure the pull between them is still there. A feeling Dean wants to explore but Chelsea refuses. To Chelsea, old sparks are not enough for a new beginning or 2nd chance, one broken heart is enough for her, not to mention, old tigers don’t lose their stripes, do they?
The authors will take you on a journey of love, heartbreak and mending while you laughing, cry and smile through the pages. 2 Thumbs up for a great read. One that I highly recommend. If you haven’t read book 1, Manic Monday, I highly recommend reading it first. While it’s not a Have to, it will sure make this great read flow a lot easier. Kudo’s to the authors for another amazing job well done and I am soooooo looking forward to Hannah’s story (book 3 in this delightful series).
Review by Kathy
Afternoon Delight is a proper title for this book as it was a total Delight to read. Not only is reading Chelsea and Dean's story a wonderful read, but it was so much fun catching up with the characters from two other series who are intertwined in some way or another, into this story. This story line, as is with all of Piper Rayne's stories, is brilliantly written, giving you so much more than just words to carry you through the story, it brings you through the life of the characters, no matter how stormy, how heartbreaking, how stressful, how angst filled, or how funny it is. The words bring the characters to life, bringing you into their inner circle, making you a part of their lives. Chelsea and Dean's story is no different. You find yourself siding with both of these characters as they try and find their way back to one another, even if at first, Chelsea wanted nothing to do with the beautiful man she was once married to. But sometimes, you can't keep the past buried completely and feelings that were once deeply buried, or have turned into anger, will not stay where you put them and you find them resurfacing and not in a way you would have wanted. First loves die hard, and true love will always find a way.
These characters are beautifully written and well defined, yet a bit complex. Dean is handsome and has grown into a new man, a wonderful man, who has changed so very much from the young man, a kid really, when he was married to Chelsea. He has changed very much and has to try and prove to Chelsea that he is a much better man today than he was when they were together the first time. Chelsea is beautiful, strong, smart and has never lost the love for her former husband. She's just kept it dormant, until Dean begins pushing his way back into her life and begins to show her just how much he has changed. But there are still some things in their past that needs to be brought out and dealt with before their Happily Ever After can actually happen. Can they move past these things or will on thing in particular be what ends them forever? All we can do is hold their hands and walk the path with them through their story.
This is a wonderful story! One that will reunite you with the characters you loved from previous series and will not only give you these two character's story, but will update you on Victoria and Reed's life and bring a bit more of Hannah's story that is to come next. I adored this story and I cannot recommend it highly enough. I hope that you will read the Bedroom Games and the Modern Love series before this one, if only to know who the other characters are that will join in on this story. It's not necessary, but it will make you enjoy this series that much more. Go ahead, click that button and get them!
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About Piper Rayne
Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have "Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle" (okay...you caught us, that's our tagline). A little about us... We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We're both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We're both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.
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