All Rebecca wants when she finally gets to college is to focus on her studies and nothing more. That is, until she meets the drop-dead gorgeous Logan and his equally hot best friend Drew. Now she’s caught between the college’s two star football players and neither will back down. Things are about to get very complicated…and very steamy!
Age Rating: 18+
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“Hey Becca! Open your eyes, sleepyhead! We’re almost to our hotel.”
I woke up startled. Ugh, my neck hurt. How did I manage to fall asleep during a thirty-minute ride? I turned my head and looked at my best friend, Kate.
She practically jumped with excitement, sitting behind the steering wheel of my Prius.
“Why are you yelling?”
“Are you kidding me?! Tomorrow you and I will be settling into our dorm, and tonight we are going to our first college party at the infamous Kappa Alpha fraternity! I don’t even know which I am more excited about!”
“Let me guess? I bet it’s the partaaay!” I laughed because she noticed my sarcastic tone of voice and frowned.
“You’re no fun!”
“Sorry, Kate, I promise to behave.”
“I honestly can’t believe that our parents let us leave for college before tomorrow’s move-in day. I thought we would be coming here with them in tow, but I guess the fact that we’re both 18 and never got into any trouble, they let it slide! I’m glad they don’t know our secrets!”
She winked at me, and I laughed.
“So, tonight is the party, and it will probably be my first one-night stand at college. Tomorrow, we will meet our parents and get settled into our dormitory!”
“Do we need to go to the party? Maybe we could just take a walk around town and find our way to the dormitory?”
“Rebecca Dawson, you’re starting to piss me off! We had a deal! You promised me you would go with me to this fucking party, and you will go with me. Even if I have to drag you there!”
“Okay, Kitty Kate, I give up. No need for violence!”
“Good girl, you know I love you. Besides, why do you need to walk around town? Home is only thirty minutes away. We have been here hundreds of times, and it’s a small town, nothing like the Big Apple, where you can be lost within a few minutes!”
“You have a solid point, girl. How long until we get to our hotel? I need to use the bathroom badly.”
“First you fell asleep, now you want to pee… Where is my best friend and what did you do to her, old lady?”
“Shut up, Kate!” I smacked her thigh lightly, and she laughed.
“Well, thanks to my driving skills, we’re here! Go check us in, and I will park your car.”
I groaned but followed her orders. Kate caught up with me as I strolled to our room.
I took my time using the bathroom and then walked back into the room, to find Kate already in her lacy red underwear and staring at two dresses on the bed.
“You should go with the strapless pink dress. You look sexy in it.” I plopped myself down on my bed and looked at my friend. Her nose wrinkled with concern.
“Do you really think so?”
“Yeah, but you will need to choose a strapless bra.”
“Consider it done.”
Kate laughed, unclasped her straps from the bra, and put on the pink dress I suggested. She looked stunning and unbelievably sexy.
Red curls enveloped her baby doll face, with her full lips and light green eyes. She already had makeup on and it only made her look more beautiful and more mature. But I guess that was her intention. We will be freshmen at the party, and she didn’t want that fact to stand out to everyone.
“You look perfect, Kate. That dress hugs all your curves in all the right places, and your cleavage… God, I almost pity the boys at the party!”
Kate spun in front of the mirror, looking at herself from all sides. She winked at her reflection and turned to me.
“Yeah, I am dressed to impress and seduce one of the fraternity guys tonight! Are you sure that my round ass looks good in it?” She threw me a questioning look, and I nodded with a smile, which she returned.
“Becca, I can’t believe that in three days we will start college! It’s like my dream come true! I am going to study with my best friend in the whole world, and we both are finally single!”
She shut up almost immediately and looked at me for my reaction. I shrugged my shoulders; I didn’t want to think about my newly single life tonight.
Kate noticed my movement and said, trying to ease the atmosphere.
“The most important question now, is what are you planning to wear tonight?”
I shrugged my shoulders again because truth be told, I didn’t care.
I didn’t want to go to this party, and I would have been perfectly fine arriving here with my parents tomorrow. But Kate made me come, she drove us here and even chose this hotel for the night. I sighed.
“I brought only one dress with me. This.”
I dug in my travel bag and dragged out a white summer dress. It was a scalloped lace A-silhouette dress with ¾ sleeves, and it served as a contrast to my tanned skin.
I changed into it without hesitation and without waiting for Kate’s approval. I knew she wanted us to be sexy tonight, but I was going to look lovely. I put on blue flats and let my brown hair down, tossing it a little. As my hair often was braided, it was a little curled at the ends now, just as I loved it.
“Please, tell me that at least you will let me do your makeup?”
“No, I am good,” I answered.
I applied colorless lip gloss to moisten my lips and added green push-up mascara to my eyelashes.
Kate and I were both green-eyed, but my eyes were a darker green color. My mom had always told me that my eyes were almost emerald green.
When she saw me for the first time, she thought that my name should be Dorothy. Thanks to my grandmother, she didn’t let her do that. I loved my name, my full name actually—Rebecca—but as most of my friends called me Becca, I got used to that.
“Well, I must say. You look stunning, even in this boring dress.”
I pouted my lips at Kate, and she laughed.
“It’s a lovely dress, but I was hoping for something sexier, you know. But I guess, as long as this dress highlights your slim waist, big boobs and long legs—I’m okay with it. Even if your round hips and tight ass will stay hidden from everyone.”
“We always have your ass and hips on display, right?” I winked at her and walked to the door. “Do you even know where this party is?”
“You forgot that I had a spring-fling with a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity last year? Of course, I know,” Kate answered and walked next to me.
She put her hand on my hip. “Ready?”
“Always.” I smiled, and we exited our room.
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Kate and I walked down the street, and as we neared the college campus, I heard the sounds of the party. Loud music could be perfectly heard, even from a distance.
“So, what’s our plan for tonight? Are we mingling or just having fun?”
“How about both? I think most of the older students already arrived… I hope to meet some guys from the football team. If we are lucky, Jones will be here. He’s gorgeous and hot! Even one look at him makes me wet, and I am sure I am not the only one!”
“Who is Jones?” I arched my eyebrow at her with a question in my eyes.
“Becca, I can’t believe it! Your ignorance is amazing!” Kate laughed and rolled her eyes at me. “Jones is the star of our college’s football team, and he’s the best quarterback the team has had in several years! I heard that after graduation, he could even be drafted to the NFL.”
I flinched after I heard the word “quarterback.”
The memories of Adam flooded my mind. He was my boyfriend for two years and also was the quarterback on our high school football team.
He was my first serious boyfriend; I gave him all of myself and I was sure that he was the one for me. How stupid was I? Very.
He started cheating on me a short time after I lost my virginity to him. Our relationship ended with my heart being broken when he dumped me one month before graduation. He told me that I just couldn’t satisfy him in bed, no matter how hard I tried.
So he just chose what was best for him and dumped me for one of the meanest girls in our class. They had been fucking behind my back for several months before Adam finally decided to be honest with me. How generous of him! Fucking asshole!
“Becca, are you still sulking because of dickhead Adam Farrell?”
“No, Kate. Honestly. You remember that everyone expected me to have a public breakdown, but I held my head high and didn’t show any of them how painful his betrayal was for me. That helped me to overcome my pain.
“It’s just strange. He was a big part of my life for two years, and I loved him. I thought that we were fine and our sex life was perfect… I was wrong about both.
“Now I think that maybe I am frigid or not sexy enough… Ugh, I don’t know! Every time I hear the word… My mind is blank, and ‘I am not sexy enough’ flashes in my head like a neon light.”
“Don’t you see yourself in the mirror? You’re stunning with your big emerald eyes! You have a perfect, curvaceous body. Your body is like a guitar! I even envy your boobs and long legs! And ass!” She linked our arms and tugged me closer to her.
“I am beautiful. I know that. But what if I am not good in bed? What if Adam was right, and I can’t satisfy any men?”
“Adam is a jerk, and he didn’t deserve a precious girlfriend like you! Believe me, Becca, I have a feeling that you will find your perfect guy here. I don’t know why, but you know my intuition. It’s always right!”
“Here is hoping.” I hugged my best friend and smiled at her. “So, I guess you want to get laid tonight? Maybe I could talk you out of it? Just drinking and dancing?”
“Nah. I have been waiting for this party for too long. Becca, I know that there is no sex for you tonight, but at least, promise me you’ll try to have fun?”
“Will do, Kitty Kate, will do.” I laughed at her pouting lips as she marched us to the front door of the fraternity house, which was wide open. People were everywhere; they laughed and drank from their red cups.
Kate and I had been at the party for almost forty minutes and we already caught the attention of two guys.
I wasn’t interested in either of them, but Kate found one of them attractive, so I shut my mouth and tried to be nice. One of them was Liam, and another was Caiden, but I wasn’t sure who was who.
As I said, I wasn’t interested. Kate dragged me to dance a little, and the guys followed us to the dance floor. Soon enough, Kate was locking lips with her admirer.
I saw the other guy looking in my direction with a suggestive smirk , and I decided to go to find the bathroom.
After I wandered a little through the house, I finally found it. Thank goodness, it was empty. When I was on my way back to the living room, where Kate was, I saw a room off to the right.
The door was open, and the lights were dimmed. I heard laughter. I was curious, so I walked into the room and stopped, leaning my side on the doorframe.
There were people all around, but what caught my attention was a group resting on two couches in the middle of the room.
They were playing cards, they were drinking, and they didn’t give a damn about the people around them, who were watching them play.
I don’t know what made me stay here, maybe the atmosphere of the room or the guys playing cards. I stood with a red cup in my hand, taking each of the guys on the couch in my view.
They were athletes, probably football players; they all looked muscular and huge. They were popular and loved by girls. I could tell just observing them.
Some of the girls were sitting on the laps of guys, some on the back of the sofa, a few girls lingered near the walls.
As I kept looking at everyone from the group, a guy with a short haircut, who was sitting with his back turned to me, shifted a little, and my eyes landed on the most gorgeous guy I had ever seen.
He had been engaged in the game, with a concentrated look on his face, but at the same time he had a radiant smile.
The guy had a strong jawline with a little stubble, his nose was straight but slightly crooked, and as for his lips, they were deliciously full.
And God, the guy had dimples, so cute and so unbelievably sexy. He was relaxed, but still, his bulging biceps were on display, and I even caught the sight of a tattoo on his right forearm.
His muscular chest was visible through his tight white t-shirt, which hugged him perfectly and gave me a wave of electricity as my eyes roamed over his body.
His hair was dark brown, and it was cut short, but still a little messy. I didn’t have the slightest idea who he was, but I knew one thing, he was a leader among this group, a star.
The other guys looked at him almost with admiration in their eyes.
I was staring at him so long, that he finally locked his eyes with me. I lost myself in them. They were almost black, with thick black eyelashes.
I held his gaze like it was the most important thing for me to do tonight. He blinked. I won.
But his eyes shifted down, roaming over my body, lingering a little on my chest and my long legs, then they were back to bore into my eyes again.
I felt hot, like the air in the room became charged with heat. As we continued staring at each other, I felt another wave of heat, but this time between my legs.
I felt as my panties started to become wet, my clit was aching with desire. I wanted this guy. Badly. I had never felt like this before. I knew nothing about him, but it didn’t matter.
He could walk up to me and take me right here at this door, and I wouldn’t say a word in protest. Shit! What was going on, really? He just looked at me. What would happen if he decided to talk to me?
I crossed my legs and shifted a little. I needed to take control of my stupid body. The guy saw my actions and smirked. He was aware of his effect on me. Asshole!
A blond guy, who was sitting near the guy with dimples that I couldn’t take my eyes off of, clapped on his back, returning his attention to the game.
I felt so weak in my knees, so I didn’t even have the power to leave the room. I stayed.
More people arrived in the room, some came, others went, and I just stood there, trying to wrap my brain around the thing that happened here.
The guy didn’t look my way anymore, and I honestly felt disappointed. He liked what he saw, I could tell by the way his eyes lingered on my body. So why didn’t he try to approach me?
I didn’t understand anything right now. I was confused.
Just then, I felt someone’s hands land on my waist, pulling my back against their chest. I had no idea what was going on, but I was scared. I felt the guy holding me start to grind me over his arousal.
I tried to wiggle out of this embrace, but it was no use. The guy behind me was too strong. I felt a hot breath on my neck and caught the scent of alcohol, the fear inside me started to turn to anger.
“Hey, hey, babe. It’s me, Liam. Why did you leave me all alone for so long? We were having a good time together, so I thought maybe you were lost, and I was right.”
Who the hell was Liam?! Then, I realized that he was one of the guys from the beginning of the party. But I didn’t want him!
He was the reason why I left the living room and stayed here in the first place. Anger started to overcome me. I tried to push his hands off of me, but his grip only tightened.
He firmly held me to the spot. I felt him become harder behind me, and my cheeks flushed. His one hand stayed on my stomach, another one cupped my breast and squeezed it hard. I flinched.
He was groping and harassing me right here in a fully crowded room, and I couldn’t even manage to say a word!
When I closed my eyes to try to calm down and collect my strength to push this freak off of me, I sensed someone’s presence in front of me. I heard a deep and low voice; it sounded demanding.
“What’s your problem, Matthews? This girl doesn’t look like she’s enjoying your attention.”
I opened my eyes and felt relief. It was the guy I had been watching. He was taller than me, around 6 feet three inches, I would guess, with broad shoulders.
His hands were folded over his chest, showing his well defined biceps. He wasn’t relaxed now, he was tense, like a predator, ready to strike.
Despite all the stress, I felt the heat between my legs again. I couldn’t believe myself. This guy had been making me hot and in need of release.
I was imprisoned by his eyes before, and now I felt intimidated by his presence.
This feeling was too new to me, and I didn’t understand it—the only thing I wanted right now was to run away from this party.
Liam’s hands dropped from my sides, but only to tug me to his hips. I felt dizzy and nauseous. The need to run away was only intensifying with every second.
“You’re wrong, dude. She’s just new in town and a little shy. Give me some time alone with her, and she will be begging for my attention.”
“I don’t think so. Let her go, Matthews.”
His voice was calm, but with notes of power. Shivers ran down my spine. I took a moment and looked him over again. He was stunning, his look was all about masculinity and pure sex.
And also, there was his natural charm, with his damn dimples. I was attracted to him on the animalistic level, so raw and so unconstrained.
I was sure now that he was a football player, every bit of his physique was screaming it. I imagined him without his t-shirt, and I swallowed, my breathing becoming rough.
I would have given anything in the world to have him. My body arched to him, acting on its own. I didn’t have any power over my fucking body. The desire was painful, and it overwhelmed me.
I was going nuts. The atmosphere was intense, and I was fantasizing about this gorgeous man before my eyes. These feelings started to freak me out even more than this creep beside me.
“Bro, what the fuck? That is no way to talk to your guest.”
Finally, Liam let go of me and stared at the guy. But he wasn’t alone, already, the blond guy and a guy in a baseball cap stood on both sides of him. Wow, talk about stunning guys.
The blond guy was different from the guy with dimples, but he was dangerously gorgeous too.
Looking at him, I just knew in an instant that he would bring trouble with him, that he would break a girl’s heart and would move on, without even looking back at her.
The face of the guy in the baseball cap was hidden, as there wasn’t enough light in the room, but he wasn’t smaller than the other two.
I think they all were over 6 feet 3 or 4 inches tall, with hot and muscular bodies. This trinity looked impressive, and they were the real deal.
“Exactly. This is our house. You do as we say or get the hell out of here.”
“Whatever. She’s not worth it.” Liam spat and turned to leave. I sighed with relief and relaxed, leaning my side on the doorframe again. All three men were looking after him; everyone in the room was quiet.
“Go after him. Make sure he’s out of here,” the guy with the dimples said to the guy in the cap.
I didn’t even know their names, so I gave them nicknames. The blond looked me over with a seductive grin on his lips and a strange glint in his eyes and returned to the couch while I brought my gaze to the one who was studying me this whole time.
“Are you good? He didn’t hurt you, right?” I felt kindness in his words and smiled. He was a good guy; I just knew it. He cared.
“Yeah, thank you.”
He shrugged his shoulders, to show me it wasn’t a big deal. The problem was on the surface. His actions were a big deal to me.
“I don’t remember seeing you before.”
“Well, he was right about one thing. It is my first year here. Guess it’s not starting off so good for me.”
“Don’t let one asshole ruin your first college party.”
He smiled at me. Damn, with that smile and his dimples, he was even hotter. His eyes once again imprisoned me. I wanted him to kiss me, to devour me with his luscious lips. I imagined his big hands cupping my ass or his tongue on my breasts.
We were silently staring at each other for a few minutes. I saw that his eyes weren’t black as I thought they were before; they were brown with hints of gold. And what I saw in them gave me goosebumps.
The guy wanted me. His desire was almost the same as mine. As I realized this, heat spread through my whole body. I was ready to tell him “yes”, as soon as he decided to ask me, but then I heard a voice. The blond was calling him back to the game. The moment was ruined.
“Logan, are you planning to stand there all night? We were in the middle of something, or did you forget already?”
Okay, at least I know his name. It’s Logan.
“Prepare to get your ass kicked, Drew, because I will win. Again.”
The blond was Drew, point taken. Logan answered without even looking back. He nodded at me, and the next moment I was all alone at the door frame. I stayed.
I was waiting for him to invite me to the couch. He didn’t. I waited for him to look at me again. He didn’t. He acted like I didn’t even exist anymore. I was nothing to him.
These words echoed in my mind as I rushed to leave this house. Tears streamed down my face when I was on the street. Fucking Adam made me question myself, made me feel vulnerable in front of men.
Even if I was beautiful, even if I worked hard on my body, it wasn’t enough. I knew that I saw the desire in Logan’s eyes, but it didn’t matter.
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