"Are you crazy?" Audrey hissed under her breath.
A smile lifted the corners of Charli Sutton's
lips. "Maybe, but I've never been more
sexually...stimulated as this." Her hand rose to touch her
breast through her tank top with a beer advertisement
plastered all over the front. With near-giddy anticipation,
she glanced around at the people lounging in lawn chairs
outside Ed Judson's new two-story ranch house. If she
hadn't RSVP'd a week ago, she'd have skipped Ed's house-
warming barbeque to prepare for the night ahead.
"You should have called the cops," her boss and best
Charli's brows rose, her eyes widening. "You think a
would have joined and made it a threesome?" She bit back
the laughter bubbling up inside at Audrey's horrified
"No. I'd hope he'd arrest the bastards for gang
you." Her voice rose with each word.
Kendall Mason glanced in their direction, a worried
frown pressing her eyebrows together.
With a reassuring smile, Charli wiggled her fingers at
Kendall then dragged Audrey farther away from the
group. "Shhh. I was not raped."
"You willingly let two men pretending to be cops cuff
you, blindfold you and do carnal things to your body on a
Charli cringed at the recounting of the events. "That
does sound awful, doesn't it?" But the sensuality of the
experience flooded her. She couldn't hold back the smile
for long, it burst through, her chest swelling with
excitement. "I haven't been this turned-on in months.
years." She flung out her arms and spun in a circle
laughing, staggering to a stop, still grinning. "You know
the best part?"
"What, that youâ€™ve completely lost your mind?"
"Yes, no. That we have another," Charli frowned,
hesitating before she finished the sentence, "date,
"Date?" Audrey shook her head. "Is that what you call
fucking in a pool and on the highway?"
With a shrug, Charli looked away. "Well, sort of."
"Did you go out to dinner?"
"Did you have a drink?" Audrey crossed both arms over
her chest, a foot tapping the ground.
Charli didn't like the way this conversation was going.
Mostly because Audrey had a point. She held her breath,
knowing the next question Audrey would ask.
"Did they bother to tell you their names?"
To Audrey that had to be the deal breaker.
To Charli, that had been what made the last two mad,
crazy, insane nights so incredible. A shiver ran over her
skin. She still didn't know who her cowboys were.
Especially her cowboy number one, or as she'd dubbed
him...the Original Sin.
"Got you on that one, did I?" Audrey nodded, her mouth
drawn into a smug line.
That warm tingly feeling bubbled up in Charli again and
she hugged her arms around herself. "Nope. I still don't
know his name and right now, I don't care. I like the
mystery. That fact makes me crazy with lust."
With a shake of her head, Audrey sighed. "You're
"Yeah," Charli agreed without remorse. "I am."
"Well, there's only one thing left to do?"
"Yes, ma'am. I have to go with you on your date."
"I beg your pardon?"
Audrey grinned. "What kind of friend would I be if I
didn't protect you from a man determined to take advantage
"Oh, honey." Charli shook her head. "I want him to
advantage of me. Please, don't do me any favors."
Her friend smiled. "Okay, but I don't like all this
secrecy. I wonder what he's hiding beneath his hat."
"Who cares? He makes me smile." Especially when he
touched her in all the right places.
"He or they?"
"Mostly himâ€”the Original Sin."