I’m very excited to be sharing this outtake from Three Daves by Nicki Elson, and she explains how it came about…
“My first published novel, Three Daves, is limited to the the female lead’s POV. While writing a few key scenes, I felt like I needed to get deeper inside the head of one of the male leads, so I wrote out a few scenes from the story in his first person POV. I’m excited to share this one in honor of Bookish Temptations’ Blogiversary!”
I clench my jaw and stare at the black, glossy windshield, trying not to listen to the slurping noises coming from the backseat of the packed car. There’s nothing I can do about it. Jen’s a big girl and makes her own decisions.
But Dave? Why does it have to be Dave?
God, that sucked when he asked me for her number. But what was I supposed to do? Ellie was sitting there, glaring at me. I had to give it to him. Besides, what right did I have to keep that from him? It’s not like Jen isn’t ever going to date a few jerks. I certainly wasn’t any prince. But why does it have to be Dave?
She must have detached her mouth from his, because he groans out to Jason to take them to his place. My heart stops. But Jen is quick to assert that she’ll be going back to her apartment. Good for her. She’s not going to fall into Dave’s seductive trap. I realize I’m actually smiling when Ellie gives me an odd look.
We get to Jen’s building and Dave doesn’t even get out of the car to walk her to her door. What an asshole. I’m so proud of Jen, though. If she’s able to resist Amazing Dave, she’s going to be okay.
With her gone and off of Dave, the air in the car is thinner, breathable. I turn and look at Ellie. She smiles and nuzzles into me. She feels nice. Ellie is like a cat. Independent, sleek, and aloof. She has sharp claws, but she has her soft side, too.
And Ellie is tough as nails. She flares, but she’s made of stone and can’t be burned. I know anything bad I do to her might piss her off, but it won’t hurt her, not really. Jen acts strong; Jen is strong, but Jen can also break. I watched her break last year. Even while she put up all that armor against me, I watched her break. I didn’t like it, and I won’t do it again.
If Dave breaks her, I will break him.
Without realizing it, I’ve returned my gaze to the window. Ellie turns my face back toward her and touches her lips to my chin. She wants to have sex tonight. Who am I to say no? We’ve been sleeping together since day one, which I was all for, but it’s strange. It’s like it isn’t much more than kissing to us. At this point, I don’t think that’s going to change. No matter how long we’re together, sex with her will never be more than taking care of physical urges. Tonight that thought strikes me as sad. Even though Jen and I had only been engaging in lessons, it had always felt like it meant something. Something neither of us ever wanted to talk about.
Ellie runs her hand slowly, seductively down my arm. I’ll take her home and I’ll make love to her…and I’ll try not to think about Jen.
Nicki has provided the following e-books for our giveaway: Three Daves, Divine Temptation, and Hans & Greta.
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