Ana Seger first meets Ben Scalia over an Internet message board dedicated to her favorite band and is immediately charmed by his humor and good-nature. Even when she learns Ben is a few years younger than her, she continues talking to him though email, chat rooms, and even on the phone. Driven by strong lust, she agrees to meet him at a concert, but she’s unprepared for the reality of their age difference, and more, the strength of her desire for him. She tries to end their affair before it can begin, but Ben is more than ready to fight for her, and a chance to show her how good they could be together.
...“Add in the tall, hot brunette with the gorgeous smile, and I should be all set,” he finished.
“Hot and gorgeous? I hope you’re not disappointed.”
“You’re the one who told me about the smile,” Ben teased. “Have you been holding out on me?”
“Well, my dentist does compliment me every time I go in to get my teeth cleaned. I know he must be telling the truth, because he always sounds vaguely disappointed.”
“And I’m positive about the rest, so nothing to worry about.” He paused. When he spoke again, his voice had gone soft. “I’m really looking forward to next week, Ana. These past three weeks have been…unexpected.”
“I know exactly what you mean,” she said, matching his tone. “It feels like I’m spending every free second checking my email, or writing an email, or chatting, or just thinking about you.”
“Are you going to slap me if the first thing I do is kiss you?”
“I guess it depends on the second thing you do,” Ana teased, biting back her initial response of Please do.
“Probably kiss you again. I think if I distracted you too much from the concert, I’d ruin any chance I have at a second date.”
“It depends on when you distract me. The Solar Kittens are the opening act, and I wouldn’t mind missing their set.”
“I’ll remember that.” Something creaked. Was it a bed? Was he still in his bedroom? Oh, God, he was lying down, she was sure of it. “I’m probably torturing myself by wearing the leather when I’m going to be a walking hard-on all night, but it’ll be worth it.”
“The part of me that loves leather pants appreciates your sacrifice. Because, from where I’m standing, it’ll be very worth it.” She sat on the edge of the bed instead of returning to the couch. If he was going to stay in his bedroom, then she would stay in hers. “So is the phone call turning into everything you’d hoped it would be?”
“More. I got a date out of it, I got to hear your sexy voice, I can’t think of anything that’ll make it better. Oh, wait. Yes, I can.”
It might have been her imagination, but she thought his voice went even lower. “What?”
“Getting to hear you come.” His breath came out in a long, slow shudder, followed by a soft groan. “What did you end up deciding to wear for this, Ana? Something that’ll let you touch yourself?”
“Yes. I chose a T-shirt and shorts but…I’ve already lost the T-shirt,” she admitted, leaning back against her pillows. “And I started on the couch, but I’m in bed now.”
“No shirt means your nipples are hard.” Three weeks of e-mails and chatting had attuned him far better to her habits than she’d thought. “Someone’s a little excited.”
“It’s your voice,” she breathed. “I don’t know how your students concentrate on math when you talk. I wouldn’t be able to. And the fact you’re naked.”
He chuckled again. God, she was going to come just from the sound of that. “I don’t teach naked. Believe it or not, that’s frowned upon. And somehow, I think droning on about factorials isn’t quite as sexy as talking about kissing you, or licking you, or what it might feel like to fuck you.”
Ana would disagree. She’d listen to him drone on about factorials, or the stock exchange, or the yellow pages, if that’s what made him happy. “We should test that. You can start by talking about licking me, and I’ll tell you how sexy you sound.”
His bed squeaked again, and a drawer opened and closed. “Sounds like good solid science to me. Do you know where I’d start, Ana? The corner of your mouth. Because I’m kissing you first, and the first thing I’ll do when I stop is slide there.”
Ana closed her eyes, her free hand skimming over one hard nipple. She cupped her breast like she imagined he would, squeezing the flesh gently. “I can already feel it,” she murmured. “Feel you.”
“After that…” His voice was barely a murmur, yet every single word was etched in crystal clarity. “I go to your jaw, then your ear, and then I pause, and I just breathe for a minute because I love the way your shampoo smells, the way it tickles my nose and makes me think of spooning with you. That’s how I see us after, you know. When we’re both exhausted, and we’re lying there, just kind of drifting. But that comes later. Right now, all I want to do is taste every inch of your skin. And I start licking down your neck to your shoulder...”