Good Girl Page 17

The damn handyman.

I hope he liked my little song earlier today, because I meant every word.

Except for the part about his face being average.

Oh, and the part where I said his body was flubby.





Did I put on my smallest bikini just to torture him? Maybe.

But the joke’s on me, because I had absolutely not been preparing for him to return the “favor,” and now in addition to the memory of his hot kiss, I’ve got visions of his ripped body haunting my every move.

The guy’s not pretty. In fact, just about the only pretty thing about him is those long, curly eyelashes. But his upper body is perfectly sculpted, with just enough meat on him to look real.

And unlike so many of the prissy guys in L.A., Noah’s got chest hair. A light sprinkling of golden brown chest hair I want to feel scraping against my chest as he plunges into me.

I flop on my bed and throw my arms over my head.

This is a disaster. A hormonally charged disaster.

I’ve turned the AC unit in my room off for a few minutes, wanting to get some fresh air in here with the windows open. Fresh is a stretch, though. There’s a definite heat wave happening—the hot, swampy kind of heat that usually doesn’t settle over the South until August.

But the open window means that I hear Ranger’s happy bark out front just before I hear the jangle of keys and a man’s low whistle mingling in with the quiet night noises of rural Louisiana.

I frown. Noah’s left the house a few times, but always during the day and, best I can tell, always to run errands. He’s even picked up groceries a few times for me, although I suspect that’s more because he doesn’t want to deal with me and my wig again.

But he’s never left at night, and suddenly I’m desperate to know where he’s going.

Specifically, if he’s going to see a woman.

He’s never mentioned a girlfriend, but then, he doesn’t mention much. And let’s be honest—a guy doesn’t kiss like that without some experience.

Jealousy, hot and bitter, curls in my stomach.

I bolt off the bed and stick my head out the window. “Hey.”

He’s just jerked open the truck door, but he glances up warily at my greeting. “What?”

So pleasant, this one.

“Where are you going?”

“None of your business. I don’t work for you, remember?”

“Can I come?” I ask, testing him.


Definitely a woman, then. The jealousy goes from a small ember to a full-on flame.

I purse my lips. “Can I watch your TV?”

He loops an arm through the open truck window as he studies me. I can’t be sure in the darkening sky, but his hair looks slightly damp, like he just showered, and though he’s wearing his usual jeans, he’s got on a checked button-down instead of the usual T-shirt.

“I thought you were on an information diet,” he says, not bothering to keep the mockery out of his voice.

“What’s that have to do with watching TV?”

“How do I know you won’t be glued to E! or some shit, and then I’ll come home and find you blubbering after you see something about yourself you don’t like?”

I feel a little surge of panic. “Am I on E!?”

I’ve been doing a remarkable job not dwelling on what people might or might not be saying about me. Whenever the thought creeps into my head I convince myself that the story’s likely blown over by now.

But now I’m realizing it could be the opposite—that the story could have escalated. My parents and Amber are all in favor of me stepping out of the spotlight, so they wouldn’t tell me if something was going on.

“What are they saying about me?” I can’t help but ask.

“Princess, do I look like the kind of guy who watches Entertainment Tonight?”

“No,” I admit. “But you do know what it is, so that’s something. Girlfriend turn you on to it?”

“Don’t have a girlfriend.”

The jealousy in my gut calms down. Slightly.

“Then where are you going?”

He grins, his teeth flashing white in the twilight. “You fishin’ for somethin’?”

Yes, I want to know if you’re going to go hook up with some other girl when there’s a slightly desperate one right here.

“I’m just wondering if I shouldn’t contact the local news sources,” I say, draping both arms over the windowsill and leaning forward slightly, matching his casual pose and tone. “If you’re on the prowl, the least I can do is warn the female population that they may want to steer clear of your ‘kiss.’ ” I put the last word in air quotes.

“Is that right?” he drawls.

I shrug. “Too much tongue.”

Noah idly scratches under his chin with the back of his fingers. “As I remember it, you seemed to like my tongue just fine.”

I shake my head. “So sad. A mind so young, dementia settling in so soon.”

The sun’s nearly all the way gone now, and I can barely see him, but I feel his gaze as he reaches down with one hand and scratches Ranger’s head. “You can use the TV if you keep Ranger company. Also, wrote my cell number down. It’s on the counter if you need anything,” he says, moving to climb into the cab of the truck.

“What would I possibly need?” I call, strangely loath to see him leave.

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