I ignored her, bending over with the cue held carefully in the cradle of my forefinger and thumb. All of my attention was centred on the white in front of the black.
“Shit. Where am I going to find a cheesecake at this time of night,” Jai muttered.
My eyes flicked up and met his.
That sexy smirk and the way he looked at my form with a twinkle of delight in his bedroom gaze; that screamed dirty thoughts were happening.
What would it be like to have him stare at me like that while he put to work those hands? As he cornered me, trapping my hips with his, pressing me into the pool table just firmly enough that I could feel what was hidden behind the zipper of those snug black jeans. His hands landing on my waist before trailing downwards over my hips along the outside of my thighs till they met bare skin and the hem of my skirt. Then he would move his hips back slightly enough for my own to follow and with a quick jolt his hands gripped the sensitive flesh of the back of my thighs he threw my ass onto the tables edge and settle into the space of my separated legs. All this without moving those sexy eyes from mine.
I liked my lips.
He mimicked me.
I looked over my shoulder at Ash, breaking the spell. He coughed and shifted; my hearing super sensitive to everything in his direction along with the rest of my body that tingled in anticipation. Cool it, don’t get worked up just by a steamy minute of staring at each other.
“Are you going to finish soon?”
“Oh, yeah. I just have this shot.” Crap, I knew exactly what she wanted; a ride home.
“It’s getting late,” she said pointedly.
“What happened to your lover?” He was nowhere in sight.
“Gone to meet up with his mates.” She looked over my head and gave a tight smile to the three guys. “Sorry for stealing her away.”
“Please do,” Jai’s friend Ross begged. “She’s been hustling us.”
There was a laugh in his voice that made me smile and turn his way. “I did warn you guys.”
Angus, the one on my team clapped his hands sharply. “Don’t get cocky. You still have to make this shot.”
Jai elbowed him. “Cheesecake.”
Ross gave him a filthy look. “I’m being beat by a little girl and Angus, I don’t know if I can watch this. Just hurry up already.”
Focusing, I pulled the cue back, paused, allowed the slide of the wood to tickle my fingers as I practiced the motion a couple of times before pushing it all the way forward, the weight resting fully on my lead hand.
The impact vibrated up the cue and into my wrist. I straightened and watched the black skim the velvet, slowing as it got close to the pocket in a way that had me questioning my calculations. It continued forward to the edge before tumbling in and off the table.
“Yes!” Angus charged around the table and wrapped his arms around me in a bear hug and lifted my feet off the floor. “You beauty!” He placed me back on the ground and began to laugh in Ross’s face.
Jai moved around them, his shoulders drooped in defeat and he dropped to his knees. “I am not a worthy opponent.”
“Oh please,” I rolled my eyes but still grinned.
“Tell me, oh Mighty Hustler, where am I meant to procure the cheesecake from?”
“You’re not very perceptive.”
“What?” He blinked.
I reached out and tugged at the shoulder of his shirt. The flash heat from his body rushed up through my fingers, making my skin tingle and the palm of my hand sweat. “Get up you drama queen.” Once he was on his feet I pointed to the specials board above the bar. “This place is also a restaurant and happens to serve the second best cheesecake in town.”
“Only second best? Don’t you think you deserve the best?”
“Yes, but I’m not going to take you home with me so you can get my cheesecake out of my fridge.”
“Is that a euphemism?” He tilted his head to the side.
“You have a very strange definition of euphemism. No.”
He pursed his lips. “So I don’t even get a little bite of the best cheesecake in town? Not at all?” He smiled dirtily.
Someone’s phone went off behind me, I glanced back to see Ash leaning against the pool table, a bored expression on her face as she fingered her phone. Oops, forgot she was waiting.
“You should probably get going.”
My head whipped back to Jai.
“Those heels are probably killing her.”
“Hmm,” I fidgeted.
I didn’t want to have this end, I wanted to stay flirting all night with this guy.
“Ce, give him your number.” She moved to my side and gave me a knowing smile.
Jai laughed and reached into his pocket and pulled out a smart phone. Number given, Jai lifted the phone straight up in front of my face.
“What are you doing?” I frowned.
“Mug shot. So I don’t forget what you look like.”
“Nice,” my nose wrinkled in annoyance. “Well it was nice meeting you Jai.” I stuck my hand out.
“Give it to her,” Angus wolf whistled.
“Jai and Cecelia sitting in a tree K. I. S. S. I. N. G.” Ross sung.
My face burst into flames and I couldn’t meet his gaze.
“Please don’t slap me for this,” he dive bombed, veering to a hard right and kissed my cheek.
I inhaled sharply at the spark of contact. On impulse I turned my head.