We can’t wait to share this friends to lovers, fake dating romance with y’all!

 

Here are some things you can expect:

๐Ÿ’ Childhood friends to lovers

๐Ÿ’Fake engagement

๐Ÿ’Mutual pining

๐Ÿ’Small-town drama

๐Ÿ’ย Big family dynamic

 

 

Keep reading for a little sneak peek!

ETHAN POV:

Once she walks off, Grayson and I take a seat. โ€œSo you wanna hang out tonight?โ€ he asks.

โ€œCanโ€™t. Harper and I have plans,โ€ I tell him before taking a large bite of pancakes. โ€œMaybe tomorrow.โ€ย 

โ€œI wouldnโ€™t mind if you were ditchinโ€™ me for some ass but this only friends shit youโ€™re feedinโ€™ everyone doesnโ€™t cut it.โ€ย 

I chuck a piece of my food at him. โ€œShut the hell up. Youโ€™re just mad because youโ€™ll be drinkinโ€™ alone on a Friday night.โ€

โ€œAnd jerkinโ€™ off to thoughts of Kenzie,โ€ Gavin says, appearing from behind me.

โ€œDude.โ€ I glare at him as he stands next to the table. โ€œThatโ€™s my cousin.โ€ย 

โ€œLike you werenโ€™t thinkinโ€™ it.โ€ Gavin shrugs, snagging a piece of bacon off Graysonโ€™s plate. โ€œI better go check on Maize. Girls kept her up half the night and since Iโ€™m the one who got her pregnant, she threatened to castrate me at four this morning.โ€ย 

โ€œOuch. Iโ€™d take an extra plate with you just in case. Cover your junk.โ€ I snicker.

As Gavin goes to the kitchen, more of the ranch hands enter. Itโ€™s filled with guests and workers, all eating and talking.ย 

โ€œBetter watch out for Cinnamon Roll. She nearly bit off my hand this morning,โ€ Payton says as he digs into his eggs. โ€œFeisty little shit.โ€

I chuckle. โ€œDidnโ€™t work with goats in Montana?โ€ Thatโ€™s where Paytonโ€™s originally from but he grew up handling horses and cattle.

โ€œNot these breastfed, clingy types.โ€ He grunts. โ€œTexas animals are a pain in my ass.โ€ย 

โ€œBetter get used to it if youโ€™re stayinโ€™ a while,โ€ Luke interjects.

Payton shrugs but doesnโ€™t clarify how long heโ€™ll be here. Heโ€™s new to the ranch but I know his time here may only be temporary. We arenโ€™t close because when Iโ€™m not working, Iโ€™m with Harper.ย 

When Iโ€™m done eating, Maize and her workers refill the buffet. I put up my dirty dish, say my goodbyes, then leave with Grayson trailing behind me. When I make it to my truck, my phone bings with a text.

โ€œHarper?โ€ Grayson smirks as he goes to the side by side he drove here.

Harper: Iโ€™m all out of coffee! Are ya able to bring me some from the B&B? Itโ€™s an emergency! ๐Ÿ˜‰

โ€œBy the love-sick look on your face, Iโ€™d say Iโ€™m right,โ€ Grayson taunts.

โ€œShut the fuck up.โ€ I grunt, typing my response.

Ethan: Of course, be there in fifteen.

Going back inside the B&B, I run into Maize again and she gives me a suspicious look as I fill a to-go cup with coffee.

โ€œForget somethinโ€™?โ€ย 

โ€œJust grabbing it for Harper,โ€ I admit while adding creamer and sugar.ย 

โ€œYou know we all have a bet goinโ€™ on when you two will finally hook up.โ€ย 

I look at her with horror in my eyes. โ€œExcuse me? Yโ€™all better not.โ€ย 

She shrugs with a devilish grin. โ€œAccording to Grandma, all the Bishop men are as stubborn as mules. And since youโ€™re actinโ€™ like one, we started placing bets.โ€

โ€œWhat are the stakes?โ€ I ask, curious.

โ€œUp to five thousand now.โ€ย 

โ€œJesus. Prepare to lose then.โ€ I shrug as if it doesnโ€™t bother me. โ€œAnd donโ€™t let Harper know about this. Yโ€™all will embarrass her.โ€ย 

โ€œDonโ€™t worry, we wonโ€™t. We swore we wouldnโ€™t tell her until your wedding day.โ€ย 

 

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