Susan X Meagher
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A failed relationship with a high-profile politician taught Kit the beast has claws. For self-preservation, she retreats into the shadows of the internet.
At a charity dinner, Kit meets Bailey Jones, a strikingly pretty software engineer who turns heads with her androgynous sense of style. Bailey challenges Kit’s priorities and her preconceived beliefs about herself. As they begin to fall in love, Bailey reveals that being out and proud as a couple is integral to her happiness.
But once Kit gives up her cherished privacy, there’s no turning back. Can a woman who values her anonymity like a treasure abandon it for the sake of love?
minutes.” “How drunk are you?” Kit whispered as their server approached. She turned to him and said, “We haven’t had time to look at the menu. Why don’t you bring us another round while we do?” She winked at Bailey as he left. “I’ve gotta catch up. We’ll put one glass in front of you, but I’m gonna drink it. If you have any more you might start singing.” She chuckled softly. “You do that, you know. When you’ve had too much to drink you can’t stop yourself.” Kit seemed pretty much like herself,
her pan. “I’m not sure I have a good answer. Uhm…” She let her gaze travel around the room, clearly trying to satisfy Bailey, but looking absolutely clueless. “Have you always felt this distant?” Her brow furrowed for a moment. “I guess not. I got an apartment in Boston after I finished college. For a while, a couple of years, I spent a lot of time in Needham.” “That’s where your parents live?” “Uh-huh. Where I grew up. Emily had her first baby by then, and she was over all of the time.
about it for a minute. I think the truth is that you’re on the lookout for the disapproving looks and rude comments. You worry about them. I don’t. And from what you’ve said about Bailey, she doesn’t either. So…you’re projecting your worries onto us, and you just don’t need to.” He paused for a second, and looked a little unsure of himself when he concluded, “You need to consider whether you’re worried about us—or about what people think of you for being with a lesbian or a black man.” She bent
dangle. “This is from Nat.” Her arms closed around Kit, pulling her in tightly. Then Bailey’s lips captured hers and she breathed in, loving the scent of her partner. Finally breaking apart, Kit said, “I didn’t know Natalie felt that way about me.” She placed a playful kiss on Bailey’s chin. “Other than sending an inappropriately sexy kiss, how’s she doing?” “Good. She was all excited because she got tagged in the Daily Lineup.” She paused, then gave Kit a curious look. “Do you even read it
made me mad.” “But I’m not too straight.” She put a hand on her shoulder and pulled her close. “If I was super straight, I wouldn’t do this.” Gently, she touched Bailey’s lips with her own, holding the kiss for a few seconds. A soft purr sprang from Bailey’s lungs. “Niiiiice.” They were mere inches apart, and Kit looked for the sharp intelligence she usually saw in Bailey’s clear eyes. It wasn’t leaping out at her, but it was still there, just muted. “This is nice.” It was so damned nice to