Title: Baby Daddy
Author: Nelle LâAmour
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Standalone Full Length Novel
Release Date: May 15, 2017
âNelleâs comedic talent shines in Baby Daddy. I laughed, I cried, and my eReader almost caught fire from the steamy chemistry between Dee and Drake âLauren Blakely, NYT #1 Bestselling Author
A new STANDALONE romantic comedy from the New York Times Bestselling author of THAT MAN and UNFORGETTABLE.
I have three cardinal rules:
Never mix business with pleasure
Never let a woman spend the night.
Never date a woman with kids.
Kids freak me out. God only knows how many this baby daddy has. Man, what was I thinking when I was in college? Me, Drake Hanson. Godâs gift to women. Aka Donor 5262. It was a piece of cake and fifteen hundred dollars a month for my deposits (in sperm bank speak) came in handy. Wank, bank, and go. I just didnât think about the consequences. One day, some kid is going to call me Daddy and Iâm going to get hit up for child support. Big time.
Now, my father is pressuring me to settle down because the investor whoâs looking to acquire his animation company doesnât want a player running a family-oriented business. Just in time, she came along. The temp. Dee Walker. The minute the hot as sin brunette with her killer curves and those chocolate brown eyes stepped foot in my office and saved me from an ugly disaster with her magic hands, I wanted her to be mine. Except sheâs totally off limits. And thereâs someone else she loves with all her heart and soul that I canât replace.
Can my temp become my forever before my past catches up with me? Iâm willing to break all the rules.
With Tyson skating on her own close to the railing and Drake by her side, the twosome skated over to me.
âMommy, skating is SO much fun! You should try it!â
âSheâs right,â Drake chimed in.
âIâm afraid Iâll fall.â
âBut, Mommy, you have a big butt so it wonât hurt.â
Mortification raced through me. I felt myself turning as red as a beet. Kids say the darndest things, right? Wrong! My sassy almost six-year-old had no filter.
Drake broke out into hysterical laughter.
I clenched my fists. I wanted to punch him. âItâs not funny.â
âDee, you have a great butt. Now, get your ass on the ice.â
âCâmon, Mommy,â Ty pleaded. âPlease, pretty please with a cherry on top.â
Drakeâs laughter let up. âMighty, why donât you take a spin around the rink? Youâre ready to skate all by yourself. Stay close to the railing and hold on to it if you have to.â
âYay!â On my next breath, she took off. My breath caught in my throat, but she seemed to be managing just fine.
Drake stayed behind. All that separated us was the waist-high railing. He leaned into me. His sparkling blue eyes flickered with a mixture of determination and mischief while his warm breath heated my cheeks. His hands tugged playfully at the ends of my wool plaid scarf.
âArenât you going to skate with Tyson?â
He glanced in her direction. She was already halfway around the rink. âSheâs doing just fine by herself. Sheâs a total natural. She reminds me of myself at that age. I took, like her, to the ice like a penguin.â
âBut what if she falls?â
He shrugged. âSheâll get up.â He tugged again at my scarf. âCâmon, Dee, get your big beautiful butt on the ice.â
âThat does it.â
My eyes stayed on him as he skated with amazing grace and speed to the entrance of the rink, stormed off the ice, and marched my way. In a single swoop, he hauled me over his shoulders.
âWhat the hell are you doing, Drake?â
âGetting you on the ice,â he responded, marching back to the entrance, one hand gripping me right below my ass.
âPut me down!â I began to kick my feet in protest.
âBehave! And stop kicking. Skate blades are sharp and can be very dangerous. I donât want you to cut off my dick. Iâd like to keep it intact. And the same with my balls.â
Rage filled every bone in my body. The asshole! Heâd made me his captive like some kind of caveman. âStop,â I shrieked at the top of my lungs as he marched us back on the ice and then raced around the rink at breakneck speed. We quickly caught up with Tyson.
âHi, Mommy!â she yelled out as we flew by. I could hear her giggling as the whooshing sound of Drakeâs skates sung in my ears.
Speeding around the ice, draped over Drakeâs shoulder, I was getting dizzy. My arms hung loose like a ragdollâs within groping distance of his perfect buns of steel. Blood rushed to my head. Iâd had enough.
âPut me down!â I breathed out.
âAre you ready to stop acting like a brat?â
âI am not a brat!â
Without warning, he swatted my ass with his free hand. The slap stung straight through my thick leggings, but the incendiary sting strangely turned me on. A barrage of tingles blazed through me, clustering between my inner thighs.
âPut me down,â I yelled again.
He didnât say a thing. Coming to a braking halt that left a skid mark on the ice, he set me on my feet. Standing behind me, he kept his hands anchored on my waist to keep me balanced. I stood as frozen as the ice, hoping heâd never let me go. Partly because I was nervous as shit. And mostly because it felt so good to have his hands touching me. The sparks coursing through my body were definitely not going to help with skating.
âOkay, Iâm going to teach you how to skate. Trust me, youâre going to be the next Dorothy Hamill.â
I couldnât help a nervous laugh. âI. Donât. Think. So.â
He laughed his sexy laugh. âThink again.â
âSeriously, Drake, I donât think I can do this.â
âCome on. If your five-year-old daughter can, so can you.â
My eyes darted to Tyson, who was circling around the rink. Her strokes were a little awkward, but she was definitely skating. And doing it well.
âTyson is fearless,â I countered.
âWhat are you afraid of?â he breathed into my ear. The warmth of his breath sent a chill down my spine.
âOf falling.â Of falling for you.
âYou wonât. Iâve got you. Now push off with one foot and then the other.â
Trembling, I did what he asked. My legs wobbled, but I moved three feet forward. A small victory on the slippery ice.
âNice. Now do it again. But this time push from your hips, not your knees.â
âOkay,â I stammered. I did as he asked and noticed how much steadier and more powerful my strokes were. Still holding me firmly, he asked me to repeat the movements and I did so several more times. Iâd probably skated a total of twenty feet.
âYouâre doing great!â He let go of me with one hand.
Gah! Donât let go of me.
And then he tugged at my ponytail before repositioning himself so that we were side by side. He laced his fingers with mine. My heart pounding, I squeezed his hand.
âWhat are you doing?â I asked, my voice as contorted as my face.
âWhat does it look like? Iâm holding your hand. Weâre going to skate around the rink.â
âNo, Iâm not ready for this!â I protested. âI want to get off the ice.â
âFine. You can get off by yourself. Iâm going for a spin. See ya.â
To my utter horror, he let go of my hand and skirted offâskating backward, no less, the damn showoff, facing me with a Cheshire grin plastered on his face.
âPlease, Drake,â I begged.
My begging only made his grin grow bigger. âPlease what?â
âPlease donât leave me.â Iâm not sure if he heard me because my voice was so shaky and small.
His grin morphed into a wicked smile, and in a few frantic heartbeats, he was again by my side. His fingers entwined with mine once more. How warm his hand felt next to my cold and clammy one. He gave my hand a little squeeze.
âIâm never going to leave you, D-baby.â
My heart jumped. He called me baby. He probably called every girl that, but the way he said it so tenderly made me think I was the first. Following his lead, I began to skate with more confidence. Loving every minute of our togetherness.
For about the next five or so minutes, we circled the rink, Drake holding my hand, me improving with each stroke. Once or twice I turned to look at him, and somehow at those moments, his gaze met mine. No words were spoken. Just silent smiles.
Midway around the rink, my baby called out to me. âLook, Mommy. No hands!â
Half elated, half fearful, I craned my head in her direction, losing focus on my strokes. Suddenly, one of my blades caught with Drakeâs and my heart lurched in my chest at that horrible sensation that Iâwe?âwere taking a tumble. âShit,â I heard Drake mumble as the inevitable happened. On my next rapid heartbeat, I was flat on my back on the ice and he was splayed on top of me. We were a breath apart, his heart beating against mine. The warmth of his body caging mine was a sharp contrast to the cold ice beneath me.
âAre you okay?â he asked, the heat of his breath warming my cheeks.
I gazed at his face. His lips were parted, his eyes smoldering. The heat of his body was melting the ice beneath me. Melting the distance that separated us.
The weight of Drakeâs body kept me from moving. âCan you help me up?â
âNot yet. I like being on top of you.â
I like you on top too. âIt canât be that hardââ
âYeah, it is that hard. Very hard.â He rocked his hips against me.
Gah! It was hard. Very, very hard.
His eyes blazing into mine, he traced my lips with his fingertip and then leaned in closer until I could practically taste his minty breath. I could feel my heart pounding, hear my breathing grow labored. My lips parted, partly because I needed to get oxygen into my lungs and partly because I wanted him to devour them. I wanted him to kiss me so badly I could scream. As his lips were about to touchdown, a little voice caused us both to jolt. Tyson.
Giggling, she skated up to us. âYou guys look so funny!â
Yes, we were a tangled pile of arms and legs. But it was more than just the physical. Our emotions were all tangled up too.
âIâm hungry,â said my little girl.
Drakeâs eyes burned into mine. âMe too.â
âMe three.â Iâd never hungered for a man as much as I did for my new boss, Drake Hanson.
I should have felt relieved that Tyson didnât catch us kissing, but instead I felt bereft.
I am a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Los Angeles with her Prince Charming-ish husband, twin college-bound princesses, and a bevy of royal pain-in-the-butt pets. A former executive in the entertainment industry with a prestigious Humanitas Prize for promoting human dignity and freedom to my credit, I gave up playing with Barbies a long time ago, but I still enjoy playing with toys with my hubby. While I write in my PJs, I love to get dressed up and pretend Iâm Hollywood royalty. My steamy stories feature characters that will make you laugh, cry, and swoon and stay in your heart forever. Theyâre often inspired by my past life.
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