It’s getting colder in New York, which means one thing: huddling by the heater in your apartment and praying it actually works. We do, however, have a quick cheat we’re willing to share just for today: It’s this totally heartwarming and ever-so-slightly steamy excerpt of Marie Harte’s A Sure Thing!
They ate in silence for a few bites, and he felt it safe to change the subject. “Ah, so all that talk about the self-defense class. Did you like it?”
“Don’t sound so surprised. We know what we’re doing.”
“What surprised me most was that you two never talked down to us. You never tried to act tough and manly, as if you know better. You explained, you broke things down, and you put the power to act in our hands.” She considered him, and her intensity stripped him bare. “You’re doing the class for your sister.”
“I mentioned that.” Not in so many words, but Ava was smart. She’d put the clues together.
“Not in so many words.”
Like she read my mind. He cleared his throat and pushed his po’boy aside. “Hope is my little sister. Lately she’s been dating some real bozos. I don’t want to see her get hurt, so we’re teaching her how to physically stand up for herself. I mean, hell, she’s smaller than you.”
“I’m not small.”