Release Date: April 12th
“Sometimes things have to be destroyed to make space for better things,” she replied with a wink, linking her arm with mine and leading me into the shop. “Out with the old and in with the new, I say.”
“Ladies,” Sarah announced above the humdrum when we stepped into the salon. It sounded like there were twenty vacuum cleaners going in there, but when the women turned to face us I realized they were just hairdryers.
Paired with the voices of the customers who were trying to chat with their stylists above the noise of the equipment, it was absolute chaos. Sarah managed to get their attention and rested her hand on my bicep. “Allow me to present Mr. Jeremy Lovett. Dear Jeremy here is going to be in and out over the next few weeks ‘cause he’s going to be seeing to those renovations I told y’all about in the back. Don’t ogle him openly, we wouldn’t want to scare him away.”
I inwardly groaned at her words, but I was distracted by the last hair stylist who’d turned to face us when we entered. Clear green eyes met mine, staring out at the world between long, thick lashes that framed her slightly round eyes. She was a slip of a woman with what looked to be banging body, though it was hidden by a relatively modest wine red dress.
Her short black hair was cut in a messy style that ended with little wisps below her ears. A bold red streak shot through the dark locks, a shade brighter than her dress. Chunky black jewelry adorned her wrists, and her face was free of makeup.
She was beautiful, so refreshing and mesmerizing it was difficult to tear my eyes away from her. In the back of my mind, it also registered that she looked vaguely familiar. I felt as I knew her, I just didn’t know where from. Surely though, if I’d met her before I wouldn’t have forgotten her, not someone who looked like her.
One look at her was like a jolt to my system. My eyes drank her in, and it felt as if a flame licked through the air between us. The hum of hair dyers, the voices around us and all eyes turned my way didn’t shift my focus. It wasn’t until Sarah said something that I snapped my eyes free.
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