Where to begin...James has written about teasing, and so incredibly good at it he is.I think I shall focus on something quite different this time.
It's been said that women look for men who remind them of their fathers. The so-called experts also say that a child of a broken home will tend to have commitment issues. That's Chloe. Her father left when she was seven years old and never looked back. She never heard from him again, didn't know what happened to him. She never understood why he left her. So now, in her adult relationships, she has become a self-fulfilling prophecy. She expects those relationships to fail, and so they do. In fact, Chloe has always had a tendency to choose men who are completely unsuited to her--like the notorious Rat Bastard, who is indirectly responsible for her meeting and falling in love with Gabriel.
It's a long story.
The trouble is, even though Gabriel is the right man for her, and she falls deeply in love with him, Chloe is afraid. She believes that once they discard the anonymity that has shielded her throughout their wild and crazy sex games, he will reject her, just as her father did. When Gabriel proposes they meet face-to-face, Chloe postpones that meeting twice, leading Gabriel to believe she does not take their relationship as seriously as he does. He has no way of knowing that it's fear that drives her to withdraw, not a lack of interest.