About DATING ROULETTE
Seven chances to win my heart.
It’s not hard –
Don’t put ketchup on your eggs.
Don’t wear tasseled loafers.
For the love of all that’s Holy, don’t ogle the waitress.
Yet no one can get it right.
It’s Bexley’s game.
Correction – it’s her life.
A constant rotation of dates.
You might get one; you might get seven.
No one has ever gotten to eight.
There’s only one rule –
Don’t commit a dating sin.
I’ve watched for years and bided my time.
Now, it’s my turn to play.
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She pulls her feet away, tucking them beneath her, and props an arm on the back of the couch. After brushing a wayward curl from my forehead, she meets my eyes again. “What is going on in your head tonight? Talk to me, Tris.”
“Start with telling me why you made me promise not to date without talking to you first.”
Reaching forward, I caress her cheek, and she leans into my touch. “Date me next.”
I use the tone she calls the commanding one, and her eyes dilate. Fuck…it really does turn her on. How did I never notice that?
“Tristan, that’s a really bad idea.”
“Why? For starters, you’re my best friend.”
“Exactly.” My fingers weave through her hair, and she moves closer to me. “If it doesn’t work, we’ll be fine, I promise. I won’t let this get in the way of our friendship.”
“You say that now but-”
I bring my finger to her lips to silence her. “No buts; we’ve been through so much already. We can handle seven dates.”
“You’re assuming you’ll make it to the seventh date.” As I smile, she gasps. “That’s why you made me promise.”
I’m about to lay all my cards on the table. “Yes. Bexley, I want my chance to win your heart.”
Her eyes close for a long moment, but my hand is still at the base of her neck, my fingers entwined in her curls. “I’m scared, Tris. What if you do something that’s a deal breaker?”
“That’s always a possibility, but if I do it in the first six dates, you have to let it go. If I do it on the seventh, well, that’s a risk I’m willing to take, I suppose. Either way, nothing is going to come between us. Nothing.”
The air snaps between us. This has become a defining moment in our relationship, but it’s one I think, deep down, we both knew was inevitable.
“Would tonight count as our first date?” She still hasn’t opened her eyes.
“That depends. Do you kiss on your first dates?”
Her eyes finally snap open, and I’m met with a lust-filled gaze. Damn, I’ve never seen this look on her, but now I don’t ever want to see her without it. “Sometimes, I do.”
“Well, if you want a kiss good night, then we can count this as our first date. Otherwise, tomorrow can be our first date.”
The rise and fall of her chest becomes noticeable as her breathing increases. She squirms, and I realize she’s turned on. Part of me wants her to say no, this isn’t our first date, because I’d love for it to be special to her. But another part of me wants to take her mouth with mine and kiss her until morning.
“Are you a good kisser?” she whispers, inching even closer to me. Bexley watches intently as I lick my lips ever so slightly, moistening what I want to give her.
“I’ve never had any complaints, but there’s always a first time for everything.” I cup the back of her neck and pull her closer to me – so close, she’s only a whisper from my lips. “It’s your call. What do you want to do?”
She moves forward and presses her lips tentatively against mine. In the course of every relationship, there is a make-or-break moment, and this one is ours – I feel it to my core as her apricot scent envelops me. I’m a lost cause.
“First date it is,” I whisper against them before wrapping my free arm around her waist and pulling her even closer.
BlueSeal’s Review of Dating Roulette
Dating Roulette is a stand-alone contemporary romance by D. Kelly.. She has written a fun perspective of the whole best friends to lovers scenario. Don’t roll your eyes…I know that the “best friends to lovers” thing has been done many times before but D. Kelly’s storyline is different from others so don’t judge before you read this. It is HOT outside so, grab a cool beverage and let’s chat about D. Kelly’s Dating Roulette.
Tristan has been waiting on the sidelines for 10 years. Waiting, watching, learning…loving. Bexley, his best friend since high school, has dating rules. No man has ever made it past seven dates leaving Bexley in a constant rotation of men. Tristan has finally had enough and decides to man up and throw his hat in the game but it is not a game for Tristian. Tristan knows the game. He’s memorized the steps and knows what not to do. He’s determined to make it to date eight but more importantly, he’s determined to end up with a lifetime of dates.
Bexley is not looking to just date…she’s looking for husband material and she’s able to determine sooner than most when a man is not going to be able to give her that timeless love that her parents have. She has no use for casual dating unless she sees a future. There is also one huge caveat…her future husband has to accept her friendship with Tristian or he’s out like all of the others. Tristian is her best friend but there are times when she has fantasized about him being more especially when he uses that commanding tone of voice. That voice is hot and turns her on.
D. Kelly has created a beautifully deep character in Tristan. His past breaks my heart (don’t worry, no spoilers here) but his love for Bexley is something beautiful. I could not put this book down and found myself reading long into the night…well morning and think that this is one that should be on everyone’s summer reading list. My rating of D. Kelly’s Dating Roulette is 4.5 out of 5 propellers.
About D. KELLY
Kelly, author of The Acceptance Series, The Illusion Series, and standalone companion novels Chasing Cassidy and Sharing Rylee, was born and raised in Southern California. She’s a wife, mom, dog lover, taxi, problem fixer, and extreme multi-tasker. She married her high school sweetheart and is her kids’ biggest fan.
Kelly has been writing since she was young and took joy in spinning stories to her childhood friends. Margaritas and sarcasm make her smile, she loves the beach but hates the sand, and she believes Starbucks makes any day better.
A contemporary romance writer, D. Kelly’s stories revolve around friendship and the bond it creates, strengthening the love of the people who share it.