By Opal Carew. Danielle, Jake and Trey were inseparable back in college. They used to tell each other everything—except for one big secret Danielle always kept hidden. That even though they were best friends, Danielle always had a huge crush on them. But it was a harmless, hopeless crush, because the two men were in love…with each other. Years later, Danielle learns a startling truth.
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Years later, Danielle learns a startling truth. Yet when erotic fantasy becomes reality, life gets complicated fast. Despite Jake and Trey's rocky past, it's clear to Danielle that they're still deeply in love with each other.
The trouble is, now Danielle's falling for them too…. While she writes, she listens to inspirational music, lights candles and keeps crystals near. Before devoting herself to her passion as a writer, Opal spent 15 years as a software analyst, and she has a degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. She lives with her husband and two sons in Ontario, Canada.
One Danielle Rayne wheeled her suitcase into the elevator and turned around. As the doors closed, her gaze caught on two tall, attractive men, one with short tousled sandy blond hair and one with light brown hair neatly tied back in a ponytail.
They were crossing the hotel lobby toward the reception desk, both stylishly dressed in slim-fi t jeans. Oh my God. Trey and Jake. The two men she had fantasized about for almost fi f-teen years. Two men who had haunted her dreams. Kissing her. Holding her. Her cheeks fl ushed as hot, sweaty images from those dreams rippled through her mind. The older woman standing beside her glanced her way.
She took a deep breath and tried to steady her racing heart. As much as she yearned to be with Jake. Because Jake and Trey were in love. At least, they used to be. When she knew them in college. Were they still together? They had arrived at the hotel together. A lot of the old gang would be here. Old friend? Well, more like an acquaintance now. Danielle had always intended to write her back, but never seemed to get around to it. Well, no use beating herself up about it.
She was here now and that was all that mattered. The elevator doors opened on the fi fteenth fl oor. She smiled at the lady beside her and stepped from the elevator, then pulled her suitcase behind her down the long hallway toward her room. I hope you enjoy your stay. She swept her long waves of silky hair back over her shoulder, then glanced up to see his gaze directed at her. She smiled luminously, then returned her gaze to her current client, but Trey could tell the woman was interested.
Very interested. The elevator doors whooshed open and he followed Trey inside. She heard male voices in the hall and peered out the peephole. Jake and Trey walked by her room. Good heavens, they were on the same floor. In fact, since hers was the second-to- last room from the end, they must be in the room next to hers, or across the hall from that one.
They were definitely still together, Danielle decided. She smiled. They had been so in love in college, and that had had a big impact on her. She heard a door open, then click closed. Although she would love it if the men were free and single. Nothing in her life had been stable, and the thought that someone else could make a go of a relationship, could actually find another person to depend on, to love, and who loved him back.
Trey crossed the lobby toward the lounge, then stepped into the dimly lit room and glanced around. You look lovely this eve ning. The form-fitting bodice set off her slim fi gure. She was sexy and feminine, and definite interest sparkled in her grayish blue eyes. His warm brown eyes that glittered with golden specks, his strong square jaw, his full sensual lips. They lived in the same town—even worked at the same place— yet hardly saw each other.
Jake just found it too hard to see Trey and not be with him. Georgia from reception. Jake noticed two drinks on the table. Georgia said something to Trey and he laughed; then he glanced up and saw Jake approach the table. And why not? She was beautiful and sexy.
Trey smiled. They stepped outside into the warm eve ning. The waiter arrived with a carafe of red wine, two stemmed glasses, and a basket of fresh-baked bread. He set the bread on the table, then filled the glasses.
Both Trey and Jake ordered the house specialty. The waiter scooped up the menus and went on his way. The waiter arrived with their salads. Sounds serious. She ended it a week later. Start a family. Have a normal life. Before that, I was seeing a guy named Rico. Jake pushed back stray stands of hair that had escaped his ponytail. Was that a friendly interest, or could it be more? The guy was pretty emotional. I finally had to end it. Finding the right person.
Making a go of it. Do you think you ever will? Harmony had found someone she loved and whom she would spend her life with. She was proof it could be done. Jake glanced at Trey. If only he could find someone in his life who thought he was special. Trey leaned forward. Remember Danielle Rayne from fi rst year? She and Harmony were pretty close friends.
Financial considerations. Excerpted from Forbidden Heat by Opal Carew. Published in January by St. Martin's Press.