From the first day I met Racer McKay, I knew our interaction was going to be incredibly brief. First impressions really do matter and unfortunately, I didn’t make a very good one.
At the time, I didn’t think much of it. I was never going to see this man again, right?
Wrong! When I’m met with the opportunity of a lifetime, there is only one man in the state of New York who can assist me. And can you guess who it is?
But what I don’t realize is he needs me just as much as I need him. I have money he’s desperate for, and he holds the key to making my dreams come true.
So, we reluctantly join forces.
Our pranks turn from sarcastic banter, to sexual tension and lust-filled glances. Bickering matches quickly morph into slow burn moments. We’re hot, we’re cold. We push and pull. I need him, I don’t want him. We’re on the verge of combusting with an agreement dangling dangerously between us. Neither one of us can afford to lose one another and yet, we’re finding it quite hard to decipher the line that rests between love and hate.
*Twisted Twosome is a stand alone romantic comedy.
“So, are you ready for tonight?” Madison asks.
The heat of the sun intensifies with the mention of tonight. It’s beating down on
me, building up the pressure, circling me in an inferno of what’s to come.
I don’t think I’ve ever been more nervous in my entire life. Even when I was
forced to go with Danny Leshay to senior prom because it was part of my
father’s business deal with a client. My dad buys out a lumberyard, and in
return, I have to go with the guy’s son to prom. Thoughts of being stabbed and
murdered on the side of the road by someone I didn’t know terrified me.
“I’m prepared but so freaking nervous.” I turn on my side and face Madison. “I
have that sinking feeling he’s going to say no.”
“How can he say no, G? You’ve run through your presentation a million times.
I’ve seen it. You are solid with all your numbers, with your projections; it’s an
“To any other businessman, my presentation is an easy yes, but to my dad . . . I
have this horrible feeling it’s going to be a hard pass.”
And that’s the honest truth. He’s a good man, but when it comes to me, I’m his
little girl, not an aspiring entrepreneur.
“You might be surprised.” Madison takes a big sip from her drink. “He wasn’t
happy at first about you going to Northwestern and earning your master’s in
business, but he changed his mind about that.”
I roll my eyes. “Yeah, because on paper, I’m more appealing to one of the
‘husbands’ my dad has chosen for me. An educated girl is a girl with goals and
motivation, one that will be able to participate with knowledgeable
commentary in dry, pointless conversations at charitable events. My entire life
leading to this point has been a long and drawn-out finishing school run, and
operated by my father, preparing me for the very moment I meet the one man I
can stand at his side, woo his clients, and be the trophy wife I’ve been morphed
into.” I set my drink on the table between us and rest my hands under my
cheek. “I want so much more, Madison.”
“If you had red hair and was brushing it with a fork right now, I would think
you were the little mermaid.”
“I’m serious.” I laugh just as cursing from a thousand men breaks up our little
From the side of the pool where renovations for the pool house are taking
place, the lone construction worker is holding his finger between his jean-clad
Madison sits up and lifts her sunglasses to get a look at the commotion. “Did
you hammer a nail into your finger over there?”
The man who’s been working on the building for a few weekends looks up at
us. His head is covered by a backward black baseball cap, his chest is bronze
from working many hours outside this summer, and it’s hard not to notice the
corded muscles wrapped around his entire body, from his chiseled stomach to
his powerful biceps. To be honest, it hasn’t been a chore watching him these
last few weekends.
What’s-His- Name looks up and pops his finger in his mouth, sucking on it as
his body ripples under the brightness of the sun.
“Damn,” Madison mutters under her breath just as the man pops his finger out
of his mouth. “Mama likes.”
Unable to hear Madison slowly discredit his self-respect, he gruffly says, “I’m
good.” Not giving us a second thought, he shakes his hand and turns back
toward his project.
Never having spoken to the man—I’ve only seen him around—I cautiously say,
“You sure? Kind of looks like you’re hurt.”
Slowly he turns his head in my direction, his eyes cutting me a look of
indignation. “I’m good, Princess. No need to set your cocktail down to check
Pardon me? Was that attitude?
I sit up, my legs straddling my lounge chair and tip my sunglasses up so he can
see my dissatisfaction in his choice of words. “It’s Georgiana, not princess.”
Picking up his hammer, he shoves it in a holster attached to his side and says,
“Could have fooled me.”
“Oooooo,” Madison says as if she’s in grade school. “Burned.” She sits back in
her chair, taking a sip of her drink as if she’s preparing for the show of a
lifetime, one she might just get.
Slowly, I set my drink down and stand. I adjust the fabric of my swimsuit
bottom so it’s covering my ass and saunter over to the man, now sorting nails
as he casually glances in my direction.
When I stand in front of him, I watch his eyes travel over my barely covered
frame until he meets me head-on. His staggering height doesn’t intimidate me,
even though he towers over my petite frame. He appears strong and powerful
with a hard set in his jaw.
“What did you say?” I ask, a hand on my hip.
Not giving me his complete attention, he says, “You heard what I said or else
you wouldn’t be over here trying to put on a front.”
“Put on a front?” My voice sounds a little shrill from the accusation. “I’m not
putting on a front.”
“Yeah?” He pulls a rag from his back pocket, lifts his hat, and wipes his brow.
His blond hair sticks up in all different directions with beads of sweat at the tips
that aren’t covered by his hat. “So you’re not trying to act intimidating in front
of your friend? You know, push around the hired help to make yourself feel
“Excuse me?” Two seconds ago I was irritated, now I’m mad. “How dare you
make such an awful accusation about me. You don’t know a thing about me.”
“I know enough,” he answers and turns around to nail another board for the
new siding. His incessant hammering has ensured a headache all morning.
“Hey.” I poke his sweaty back, trying to ignore how amazingly tight it feels
under my index finger. “I suggest if you want to keep your job you show a little
Whoa, can we all say it together? Georgiana, you’re a bitch. The words felt
dirty leaving my mouth. I really don’t act like this, like my—gulp—parents, but
I’m tired, anxious about meeting with my dad, and irritated. It’s a cataclysmic
combination and when that happens, nothing good comes from it. I’m about to
apologize when he starts to go off on me.
“Respect? You want to talk respect?” He spins on his heel and holds up his
hammer. “What do you know about respect, Princess? From where I see it, you
know nothing. Every weekend I’ve been here, you’ve ordered people around,
watching them wait on you hand and foot, complained about not having any
money, gossiped about every bad boob job in town, and have yet to be pleasant
to anyone who stands an inch beneath you.” He goes to hammer again but turns
around once more and says, “And the heels you just had to wear out to the pool
ripped a fucking hole in my nail gun hose, giving me no other option than to
nail these boards by hand, adding on time I can’t afford. So, Princess, excuse
me for upsetting you, but I’m sticking with the nickname. It fits you to a T. Oh,
and just so you know, sandals. Sandals are the proper footwear you should be
wearing around the pool.” He rolls his eyes, turns around, and starts hammering
another nail into the siding of the pool house.
How dare he!
“That’s what you think I am? Some whiney brat?”
“If the unnecessary high heel fits, Princess.”
Unsure of what to do. I stomp my foot and say, “Well, I’m not.”
Pretty sure my reaction just solidified his assumption.
“Tantrums don’t work on me; try your daddy.” He continues to hammer away,
his back muscles shimmering with each movement.
“Maybe I will. We’ll see what he has to say about this little conversation.”
He places another nail against the board and starts hammering. “Wouldn’t be
shocked if you did. You step on my hose, ruin my chances of getting this
project done today, which only prolongs my time here, cutting down on my
chance to make more money since I’m getting paid a flat rate, and now you
want to get me fired. Sounds about right. Can’t take the blame for anything.”
No one has ever been so disrespectful to me.
“How was I supposed to know I stepped on your stupid hosey thing?”
“Maybe if you pay attention to people and objects around you, you may have noticed.”
“You’re a jerk, you know that?” He has me all wrong, and it is really bothering
me that he pictures me as a spoiled, inconsiderate, self-consumed brat. That’s not who I am at all.
“How do you figure? Because the way I see it, you’re the jerk.” His body fully
turns around to face me, challenge in his eyes, maybe a bit of humor at the
corner of his lips as he awaits my answer.
Holding my chin high, I say, “Because, instead of having a hissy fit like a
petulant child, you could have come over to me and said, ‘Miss Westbrook,
sorry to bother you, but you seem to have poked a hole in my hose.’ But instead
you decided to stew over here and then pick on me when I was trying to see if
you were okay from your inability to hammer a nail into a piece of wood
properly. It’s called being an adult.”
He studies me, hands on his hips, not showing any kind of reaction. “Being an
adult, huh? And you think you’re an expert at that?”
“I would say I’m well-versed in the topic.”
He nods, his teeth biting down on his lower lip as his eyes flick to where
Madison is sitting. “Well-versed, interesting. Tell me, when did adults start
eating dinosaur chicken nuggets for lunch?”
Just when I’m about to reply, Madison calls out, “Nuggies are ready, G. Come
eat T-Rex’s arms with me. Roar!”
I shut my eyes tight, willing for this moment to disappear, maybe praying for
the ground to swallow me whole due to Madison’s poor timing. The infuriating
man says with a smile, “Your nuggies are ready, Princess. Don’t want them