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Chapter 9

Just because he’d made Charley like him again, and sounded amazing on the radio, did not mean she and Dylan had resolved anything. Why did he have to be such a hard-luck case? Charley was a sucker for an underdog story. Not that Dylan should have been an underdog in anything.

He had the looks, the voice, and the songwriting chops to stand with any artist on the charts, past or present. In fact, she’d have bet that next to the term the whole package in the dictionary would be Dylan’s picture. Was the term the whole package even in the dictionary? Maybe not, but if it was, his face would be there.

The moment he’d finished the song, which was upbeat and catchy as all get-out, Charley thanked him for coming into the studio, encouraged listeners to request and download the song, and then fired off the Alabama tune up next in the computer.

Before she and Dylan had removed their headphones, the door flew open and the three men returned, along with Sharita from the PR team, who’d been snapping pictures through the window to the hall while Dylan played.

“Good job, everybody,” praised John. “That’s the way to debut a song, Dylan. The listeners will light up the phones in no time.”

No comment was made about Charley’s interviewing skills.

“Charley deserves the credit,” Dylan replied. “Pretty sure she could tell that I was nervous, and she put me right at ease.”

The boy could spin a yarn with the best of them. Four seconds before she’d cracked her microphone, she’d nearly cracked him in the jaw.

“Of course,” John agreed. “Charley made you look good.”

“Doing my job,” she muttered, setting her headphones on the console.

Fluttering like a hummingbird on steroids, the schmoozing manager shook the record exec’s hand as if he were pumping a well. “Once Dylan packs up his guitar, we’ll head to the conference room to meet some of our staff and snap pictures with our newest star.”

Charley was happy to avoid the photo shoot—and any further conversation with her guest, in public or in private. They’d established their positions, formed a tolerable truce, and could now retreat to their respective corners, never to cross paths again.

With three songs scheduled back-to-back, she took the opportunity to visit the ladies’ room, certain that Dylan would be long gone by the time she returned. Stepping into the hall, she pivoted toward the restroom.

“Hey,” Dylan called from behind her. “Can I talk to you a second?”

Charley sighed as she turned around. “There isn’t much left to say at this point. You think I’m a heartless floozy, and I think you’re a gifted actor who manipulates the truth to suit his needs. We’re both a little wrong, but got some awesome sex out of it, so let’s call it even.”

His laughter took her by surprise. “You really are the most interesting woman I’ve ever met.”

“Glad I could show you a new side to half the population. Now if you’ll excuse me . . .”

“Go out with me,” he said.

Sweet bread and butter, the man didn’t know when to quit.

“Why would I do that?”

“Because you like me,” Dylan declared with unwavering confidence and a tell me you don’t grin. “And because I should have been up-front about my singing, and you shouldn’t have cut out while I was sleeping. So let’s start over. I promise to have you home and in bed by midnight. Alone,” he clarified.

A big fat no teetered on the tip of Charley’s tongue. She’d fled Dylan’s bed for a reason. A very good reason. Only she couldn’t quite remember that reason with him hovering all hot and sexy and smelling like an apple crisp closed in a cedar chest.

A combination that made her think of home, and then feel guilty for thinking of sex and Grandpa’s farm at the same time.

“I’m not sure you can call a do-over once two people have slept together.”

With a twinkle in his eye, he said, “But we haven’t slept together, remember?”

Now he had her on a technicality.


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