Adam Harkness pulled himself out of poverty to become one of the world's most respected Finance professors, but at the cost of his personal life. When a well-meaning friend gifts him with a dance course, Adam decides to attend one class out of courtesy, but no more than that. He has work to do, after all - or at least, that's what he tells himself.
After being bullied in high school, Julie Stanton took refuge in her studies. But now that her hard work has paid off and Julie has found success in her job, it's time to focus on finding the same happiness in the rest of her life.
When Adam walks into the same tango class that Julie signed up for, she recognizes him immediately as the professor whom she had a crush on in college. Both Adam and Julie have proven themselves to be excellent scholars. But when the attraction between them turns into something more, will they be able to open their hearts and learn a new lesson - how to love.
One Night in Buenos Aires by Amanda K. Byrne:
Exhausted from travel, the two friends figure it won’t be a big deal to share a bed for one night—right up until they wake wrapped around each other and seconds away from, well, you know.
When the two decide to follow through on their impulse, they protect their friendship by agreeing that when the vacation’s over, the fling’s over. While Drea’s convinced it’s nothing more than a mutual itch, Joe discovers Drea might be everything he’s ever wanted. Now all he has to do is convince her that what happens in Buenos Aires doesn’t always have to stay in Buenos Aires.
“There’s a show? Cool.” He studied the runway.
“Um, yeah,” she hedged.
Before she could say another word, the same small man she’d spent most of the afternoon chatting with over glasses of wine swooped in. “Baby, you came!” Two air kisses, one beside each cheek. “And this?” He stroked Joe’s arm suggestively. “You brought me this tasty piece of man meat? Yum!”
She burst out laughing at Joe’s expression. Comical horror slid into stoic as he allowed the man to fawn all over him. The fact her new friend had a face full of makeup made it even better.
Her giggles continued while Joe glared at her, mouth pinched as he fought off a smile. He leaned forward until their noses bumped. “Careful. Or you’re gonna get it.” He flicked his tongue out and swiped her chin, and she squealed.
She plucked up her napkin and wiped her chin. “How mature.” She relaxed a fraction more. Her body might be reacting in new and scary ways to his touch, but he was Joe. Still prone to moments of juvenilism. Still making her laugh.
He put his hand on her thigh, fingers playing with the hem of her dress while they skimmed the menus. Anxiety and desire took up swords in her stomach and started battling. Higher. Off. Don’t stop. Do. She placed a hand over his, curled her fingers around it, and shifted it higher, under her dress.
His long, slim fingers flexed hard on her thigh. He lowered his menu, the question clear in his eyes. It was a fine edge she was walking. One nudge and they’d tumble over into a swirling mass of lust and heat and frenetic energy. He’d promised her, though. Promised no matter what happened between them they’d hold on to their friendship. Above all, she trusted him.
So she nodded, and his hand slid up, stroking the sensitized flesh.
My Review: 4 1/2 stars
This was such a good, but quick read. I believe it just goes to show that sometimes the best relationships can be built on friendships. Although neither Joe nor Drea planned on anything like this happening, after having to spend the night together because of a lost reservation and Joe's really good dream that turned out to be so much more - and then stopped before they went too far. Neither one planned on the feelings they would have after that morning, nor whether to act on them or not. Luckily for both of them, Drea ran into a gentleman who encouraged her. She wowed Joe, and then they wowed each other. The strange thing was that it felt right - to both of them, but Drea had a harder time accepting moving forward. I loved when Joe just put it out there for Drea, letting him know that he was okay going back to what they had, but that he really wanted to explore what they had found. It took a lot for Drea to make that leap of faith. Drea and Joe were fantastic together, and the sparks between them could ignite the sheets. Very well done Amanda, you've got a new fan and I'm looking forward to more of your work.