By: Ashley Blake

Jake and I spent the entire day seeing some amazing parts of New York City. There was no way we could see everything in one day, but we did manage to see a lot. We ate lunch at Lombardi’s Pizza on Spring Street and we were both so full when we left, our previously somewhat leisurely pace had slowed to a crawl. Jake and I held hands as we walked very slowly together.

“I am so full, I don’t have to eat for days! I’ll probably just have a drink at dinner tonight with your brother and Sarah.”

Jake laughed. “You’ll be hungry by dinner time, trust me.”

“What time are we meeting them for dinner?”

“They are coming to my place for drinks first around 7:00, I hired a bartender, and then we’ll all go to the restaurant. We have reservations for 9:00.”

“I can’t wait to see Joshua again, it’s been so long…too long. And Sarah, I have to thank her for helping you see the light!” I playfully bumped his hip with mine and knocked him off balance for a second. He tried to grab me and I pulled away from him, laughing, as he chased me down the street.

We spent the rest of the afternoon tooling around the city, taking the train to parts of the city I had never been to before. At around 5:00 we headed back to Jake’s so that we could shower and get ready for the night.


I wore a simple, but sexy, black spaghetti strap dress and strappy sandals. I was standing in front of the mirror in the guest bathroom putting the finishing touches on my hair when Jake emerged from his room wearing black slacks and a sky blue button down shirt. His thick, dark hair was still slightly damp from the shower but looked perfect. He was breathtakingly gorgeous. He stopped to look at me, his eyes taking in all of me. He walked over to me and put his arms around me from behind and caught my eyes in the mirror. “Lauren, you look stunning, so beautiful.”

“Thank you. You don’t look so bad yourself Mr. Hunter.”

He turned me around and his hands gently cradled my face as he leaned in to kiss me. My arms started to crawl up around his neck when we heard a knock at the door. Jake slowly pulled away and held my gaze. His soft, sexy voice was filled with lust. “We will pick up where we left off later tonight.” He walked off to answer the door.

His touch and his words had me on fire and, although I was looking forward to the evening with Joshua and Sarah, I couldn’t wait to get back to his place later that night.

“Well, well, it’s nice to see you stranger!” Joshua had a huge grin on his face and pulled me into a big hug.

“It’s good to see you too Joshua! It’s been so long!”

“Yes, too long if you ask me.” He shot a quick look over to Jake. “Lauren I would like for you to meet my girlfriend Sarah.”

Sarah was not what I pictured for Joshua at all. She was pretty in a very natural way and not flashy at all. I had only heard good things about her from Jake and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Joshua had found a smart, confident woman.

Sarah had a big smile on her face and reached out to give me a hug. “It is so nice to finally meet you Lauren. I have heard so many wonderful things about you from Jake.”

“It’s nice to meet you too Sarah. I’ve heard great things about you as well.”

“Great things? Well then they are all true!”

I liked her instantly. She had great energy and I could tell that she was down to earth.

“Shall we get some drinks and relax on the balcony for a bit?”

We followed Jake onto the balcony and the bartender came out to get our orders. While we waited for our drinks we chatted and Sarah and I got to know each other better.

“So Lauren, Jake tells me you are a successful lawyer in Chicago. How do you like it there?” Joshua leaned back in his chair and his resemblance to Jake was striking. Both men were so good-looking.

“I love it there, I really do. It feels like home and I love my job. Eventually I want to branch out on my own and have my own law firm.”

“Oh, really? Have you thought about whether or not you want to have employees?” Joshua seemed genuinely interested.

“I’m not sure yet. I just know that I want to work for myself. And you? How are things with Hunter International?”

“Things are good for the most part. We have a small issue that needs to be ironed out rather quickly. But I am confident that it will be taken care of.”

He was very vague, but I knew he was referring to the situation with Vivienne. I didn’t push it because I didn’t want to upset anyone.

Jake changed the subject back to me. “So, you say you want to own your own law firm. Does it have to be in Chicago?”

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