Drawn to You: Volume 3

By: Vanessa Booke



“Wow, when your friend and you called me today, I wasn’t expecting to be spending the day on a yacht.”

I smile, and I’m embarrassed at the awe in his voice. When I first met my roommate Augie, he was a bit star struck at my family’s wealth, too. It’s not something I’ve ever gotten used to. Most of the time, I’m too embarrassed to invite new friends out because they’re either caught up in making eyes at my brother or mesmerized by my family’s lavish living arrangements.

“I’m glad you came.” I smile.

“Are you?”

A strange sensation fills my chest as Tyler leans into me. His gray eyes quietly assess me as I stare out at the ocean waves that break against the yacht. My gaze is distracted by the sight of Ceci walking up from the lower deck of the boat wearing a bright pink halter. The middle of it dips and hangs tightly over her breasts leaving little to the imagination. Her smile widens as she spots Tristan standing near Nicholas. My heart clenches as she sways her hips and flips her hair over her shoulder. Ceci turns more heads than I care to admit. It’s never been a problem until now.

Tristan offers her a smile and the sight of it guts me. She’s trying too hard. Her laughter is vivacious and over the top as she pushes her chest up toward Tristan. Who wouldn’t be attracted to my best friend? She’s a lot more outgoing than I am. Maybe she’s the type of women Tristan likes.

I’m so caught up in my own thoughts I barely hear Tyler trying to talk to me. It isn’t until I feel his hand grazing my shoulder that I turn. My cheeks flame as soon as I realize he’s called my name about two or three times. He steps forward closing the space between us, trapping me between him and the railing allowing him to lean forward and grab the necklace Tristan gave me between his thumb and forefinger. His eyes quietly assess it with interest. A slight jab hits me in the chest as I watch him. I’ve been wearing this necklace since Tristan gave it to me, a silent truth my heart is still claimed.

The small charm lands softly against my chest as he lets go. Tyler’s face tilts as his gaze washes over me.

“Thanks for inviting me. I kind of thought you weren’t into me after you left last night.”

A shy grin lights up his face as he brushes his fingers through his hair. Tyler’s black rebellious hair sort of makes him look like Tom Cruise in Top Gun and his sleeve of tattoos only add to his outward bad boy persona.

“Well, I’m glad you decided to join us today,” I say, avoiding his underlying question.

A throaty chuckle fills the air as I catch Tristan playfully punching Nicholas in the shoulder. If he’s too busy to notice me, then I might as well enjoy my time with Tyler.

“Do you want something to drink?” I ask.

“That would be great.”

I smile. “I think my brother brought a bottle of Dom Pérignon. I’ll go get it.”

I can feel Tyler’s eyes trained on my backside as I leave. My heart is conflicted. Part of me is happy Tyler seems so interested in me and the other half wishes it was Tristan. I’m halfway to the kitchen on the lower deck of the yacht when I hear Ceci calling to me. Surprise fills me as a bright smile flashes across her face. I thought she was pissed at me.

“Hey, how is it going with the cute bartender?”

“Fine.”

Despite my curt tone, Ceci continues babbling on about how dreamy Tyler is and how we would look so good together. Uneasiness fills me as she continues her sales pitch. I’m not sure why, but I get the feeling she really wants me to hook up with Tyler.

“So, do you like him?” she asks.

“He’s nice.”

“Just nice?”

“I don’t really know him.”

She huffs at my answer with annoyance as she combs a manicured finger through her long brown hair. I nearly yelp as she impatiently pulls me to the ice chest across the deck. She pours herself a glass of champagne and tips it back, swallowing it in one gulp. Her peculiar attitude has my head spinning as I try to figure out what’s really going on in her head.

“I think you should give him a chance. It’s not like you’re involved with anyone else, right?”

It’s a loaded question.

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