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Title: Petty Officer Cameron Drake
Navy SEAL Cameron Drake agreed to come home for his high school reunion. Signing up for a bachelor auction was not part of the deal. Unless Hope Goodwin agreed to outbid all the other women in Diver’s Cove, Oregon, for a night with him.
Hope had always had a thing for bad boy Cam. A fantasy fling with the sexy SEAL might just get him out of her system. But would her heart still be intact once this sizzling reunion was over?
“Well, hello there,” greeted an appreciative masculine voice. “If it isn’t the Princess of Roosevelt High.”
Yes! Hope Goodwin had been waiting for this moment since the Diver’s Cove Community Center Benefit was announced. It could even be said—although she’d deny it—that as community development liaison, she’d planned the entire benefit for the sole purpose of seeing one particular person. And she’d be happy to play his princess as long as he was the sexy prince she rode on while the sun set.
Ready to share that flirty—and yes, carefully rehearsed—comeback, Hope turned so quickly that she almost fell out of her Valentino Rock-Stud t-straps. Her heart raced and her smile glittered as bright as the chandeliers overhead.
She was glad her lipstick was matte. Gloss would have been too slick to keep her smile from falling away.
“Hi.” A surreptitious glance at the name tag kept her going. “Marty. Um, how nice of you to join us for the benefit. I hope you’ve been well.”
In a voice carefully modulated to carry to as many people as possible, former football quarterback Marty Edwards told her all the impressive things he’d done over the last ten years since he’d graduated high school and left the small town of Diver’s Cove, Oregon.
While he got down to the details of his boasting, Hope surreptitiously searched the ballroom.
Already close to three hundred people here already, the crowd was thick. But she was sure she’d have no trouble spotting the man she was looking for. Granted, she hadn’t set sight on Cameron Drake in real life in eight years, but she’d know him anywhere. She should. She’d slept with his picture under her pillow for two years in high school.
He’d been the sexy bad boy from the wrong side of town. Intriguing at a distance, then after he’d helped her out when she’d been sixteen, he’d been more. He’d been real. Gruff and sweet and oh-so-tempting. The off-limits troublemaker who’d inspired fantasies hotter than Hope had known what to do with at that tender age.
And before she’d been able to find out, he’d left town.