About IN OTHER WORDS: Dexter We became close friends in college. When Sinclair returns home to Dallas after two years in New York, I introduce her to my best friend Cole. The good-looking playboy ballplayer is the perfect kind of guy for the woman I’m sure would never be interested in me…even if seeing them…
Ella Jones decided she wanted her 21st birthday to go out with a big bang. Boy, did that happen! She had a one night stand with her best friend, Ryan Owen. Somehow, they were able to return to their easy going relationship–until Ryan spends the summer in Australia and returns with a new buddy, Liam George. For some reason, Ryan does everything possible to prevent Ella from having a relationship with Liam even though Ryan has a girlfriend.
But what happens when Ryan breaks up with his girlfriend and tries to keep Liam away from Ella? The girl he has been in love with since Freshmen year but was too chicken to say anything. Why does he have this gut wrenching feeling every time Liam is near Ella? How can he make it stop? Instead of admitting his feelings for Ella and developing a relationship, he turns her into a second one-night stand. Can they return to their easy going relationship after another one night stand? They realize that things can’t return to how they once were. Ryan thinks that Ella returned to Liam after their night together during Spring Break, but Ella really broke things off with Liam. When the trip is over, Ryan returns to his annoying ex.
Jack Darcy appears to have it all–a rich surgeon from an influential family of doctors and researchers. Oh and he is drop dead gorgeous with high end condo. But yet, Jack is incredibly single. Without a single prospect. It doesn’t help that he keeps screwing up every first date. How was he supposed to know that his date was NOT pregnant?! Or that he would blank out and forget the name of his date. It’s not his fault that he ordered a meat lover’s pizza while on a date with a vegan. Why would a vegan agree to a pizza date? Jack is awkward around women with the exception of his best friend, Allie Jenkins. Allie and Jack have known each other since birth. Ok, more like a few weeks later. But still. Their parents work together and are friends. Jack is a few years older than Allie but that doesn’t stop Jack from dreaming about her. He hopes that she can help him. More importantly, he hopes that all these lessons lead him to her heart. He thought that would be crystal clear to Allie after a disastrous double date where their dates ended up making out in the hallway. But instead that made her even more determined. He was determined to show her how he felt.
Lainey Shelbourne is a fiesty, determined woman, who knows what she wants. For awhile, it was just having a few flirtations and hook-ups while she finished her degree. One serious hook-up with a hot right wing hockey player from Vegas. Every time they where in Minnesota, they would get together. But when it came to becoming serious…well, let’s just say that a certain right winger became a ghost. He broke up with her right after a hook up on the team bus when she asked for more.
Now, she is living with her sister and her soon-to-be brother-in-law, Brent Oliver. She can only take so many spa days and lunches with her sister before she’s going to claw someone’s eyes out–namely her beloved sister’s. She takes a job as a cocktail waitress at one of the many casinos in Vegas. Her “uniform” makes Nolan a bit uncomfortable. She secretly loved it. Why not show him what he passed up on–until they have sex in her room minutes after walking in the door. That’s when she decides that she’s going to friend-zone Nolan. Hopefully, she can hold out. Lord he looks gorgeous on the ice. Even better when they are sitting by his pool. If they can learn to build a friendship, they can build a lasting relationship together. Right?