BY CHANCE, a steamy standalone romantic comedy in the Poison & Wine Series by Sigal Ehrlich, is available now!
About BY CHANCE:
There’s so much going on in Vicky’s life. A demanding job as the only female VP at a male-dominated company, good times with her tight-knit group of best ladies, and of course, her fabulous dating life. A committed relationship is somewhere near the bottom of Vicky’s list of life goals. A massive fan of new beginnings and the thrill of being swooned off her feet, Vicky has the perfect formula: date, for a limited period, and never exclusively.
Not many people go to sleep anonymous and wake up the next morning a worldwide sensation. With a voice that melts hearts, and a dangerously lethal smile, Ricky’s overnight fame means he can have anyone he wants, but the one he wants isn’t into a serious relationship. To make matters worse, pursuing her goes against his record contract stipulation to remain single.
Opposites don’t simply attract – they detonate.
When a forbidden sizzling affair sparks between the music industry’s newest heartthrob and an ambitious corporate world prodigy, it brings along an ageless question – would you give up your dreams for a chance with The One?
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I walk over to the opposite corner of the counter to set the wine aside and get two glasses, saying, “Alexa, play mix list.” At the same time, Ricky turns on the faucet to wash his hands. A few things still need minor tweaking in my apartment, as every new property does, and the very noisy faucet is one of them. My command gets a little swallowed by the squeaky faucet, and when Alexa responds, it takes me a little too long to realize what she says. Somehow mix list turns into wish list, and the smart device starts from the top.
“You have twenty-five items on you wish list.” Only when it starts reciting the actual list do I make sense of what I’m hearing.
“Number twenty-five, sleeping with Ricky. Number twenty-four, going back to Jutland—”
“Alexa,” I yelp, and the damn device pauses, waiting for my command. A little thing I added to the list to amuse myself last night comes back to bite me in the butt with a vengeance. The guy making me dinner halts at once, dropping the knife to the cutting board with a little thud.
Ricky turns to look at me with arms folded across his chest, his lips tipped at the side. He cocks his head; his eyes crinkle at the sides. “No need for wishing, babe. All you have to do is ask.” He then adds, “Or breathe.”
Enough’s enough with this stupidly attractive guy thinking he has me wrapped around his finger. It’s time I took back control over whatever this is between us. I fold my arms across my chest, face him, and say, “Take your shirt off.”
His surprise is a blink-and-you-miss-it fleeting expression on his face. He quickly recovers and wordlessly moves his hands to the hem of his shirt and pulls it off in one fluid motion.
A hallelujah chorus is starting in my head to the sight before me. The broad chest, defined muscles, and full-sleeve tattoo dominating his right arm, with a beautifully detailed compass covering the shoulder.
Bringing his pointer finger forward, he gestures for me to remove my shirt, rasping, “Quid pro quo, babe.”
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About the Author
Sigal Ehrlich is a bestselling author of refreshing, fun, and sweet romance books. She loves books, cold weather, and the occasional bubbly drink. Living as an expat for most of her life, Sigal has been lucky enough to visit many exotic places and meet some unique people from all corners of the world, while experiencing the sweet triumphs and travails of trying to acclimate to new "homes." Currently, Sigal calls the Czech Republic home where she lives with her husband and three kids.