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Release Blitz with Review: Love Again (Cowboys and Angels #4) by Kelly Elliott

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Jonathon Turner is going to be the death of me.

Maybe not the death of me…but my panties for sure! They seem to disintegrate the moment he touches me. Looks at me. Smiles at me. Talks to me.

It’s more than physical. He’s breaking through an impenetrable wall.

There’s a problem though—he’s younger than me.

Six. Years. Younger.

Let’s not forget he’s also one of my brother’s best friends.

Oh, the other problem I forgot to mention…

I never wanted to fall in love again.

But you know what they say….never say never.

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My Review

“In that moment I knew I would forever be addicted to Jonathon’s kisses. To his touch.”

“You’ve ignited my heart, Waylynn.”

“Do you realize you have ignited a spark so deep inside of me, that no matter how much you push me away, it only burns deeper? You can try and disappear, but I swear to God, Waylynn Parker, I will wait for you a thousand years if I have to. There will never be anyone I love like I love you.”

“Sometimes we need to let the hurt bring us to our knees before we can start healing.”

Love Again is an emotionally charged second chance romance that will give you all the feels and will make you fall helplessly in love…

Love Again is the fourth book in the Cowboys and Angels Series and follows the story of Waylynn and Jonathon. Waylynn has burned by love in the past and is desperately trying to move on. A big part of moving on is making her dreams become a reality. First order of business is getting her dance studio off the ground. What she didn’t see coming was Jonathon. Jonathon is everything that she could possibly want. Smart. Handsome. Successful. The problem….He’s her brother’s best friend and he’s six years younger than her. Despite all of that, Waylynn can’t help fall for Jonathon. He is everything that she could ever want, if only Waylynn would be willing to risk her heart again…

Love Again is a passionate and all consuming second chance romance. This story is filled with highs and lows and a love that will last a lifetime. This story was refreshing with a bit of a forbidden flair. I loved the age difference and the electrifying chemistry. I fell in love with Waylynn and Jonathon instantly. Their story swept me off their feet and pulled at my heart. Jonathon is the ultimate swoon-worthy book-boyfriend.

Love Again is so much more than a love story. It’s a story of family and friendship. It is a story of hope and loss. A story of never giving up on your dreams. A story of learning to love again and new beginnings. I was taken on the most amazing emotional journey and I loved every second of it.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

EXCERPT

“Do y’all know what you want to eat or should I give you a few minutes?”

When the waitress handed me the sample of wine, I downed it. She tried to hide her chuckle but failed. “Yep, it’s good. Now pour me a big glass.”

“I think we need a few minutes, Evie,” Jonathon said.

“Sure! No problem. I’ll leave you lovebirds alone.”

I choked on the wine as Evie spun walked to another table. Setting the glass down, I glared at Jonathon. “What in the hell was that?”

He shrugged. “Evie being hopeful, that’s all.”

“Hopeful of what?”

With a knock-my-panties-right-off-of-me smile, he replied, “Us.”

Leaning closer, I whispered, “You say that like we’re an item.”

He poured a glass of wine and held it up. “I hope by the end of dinner we are.”

My eyes closed. “You drive me insane, Turner.”

With a grunt, he put the wine glass down. “No, you drive me insane. It was your flirty little text that had me in my hotel room with my hand around my cock.”

A lady behind us cleared her throat.

“Shut up!” I whispered loudly.

Frustration bubbled inside every time I looked at him. Was sexual frustration what got him in that fight? A small part of me hoped it had been.

“You told your family about me?” I asked, changing the subject.

Jonathon half shrugged. “I might have mentioned you at a family dinner.”

“What did you say?”

A mischievous smile played across his face. “Well, I didn’t tell them I got caught fucking one of my clients.”

My stomach dropped. “Stop being crass,” I said before adding in a lower voice, “Save that shit for the bedroom.”

His brows rose. “You like the dirty talk, do you?”

It was my turn to shrug. “I don’t know. I’ve never experienced a man talking dirty to me in bed before.”

“Is that a challenge, Waylynn?”

Taking a sip of my wine, I replied, “Do you want it to be?”

He leaned forward, his eyes full of hope. “Do you want it to be? I think you already know how much I want you.”

My teeth dug into my lip as I let the corner of my mouth rise into a slight smile. “I mean, it would be a shame for me to have gone panty-less for nothing.”

Jonathon hooked my chair with his foot and pulled me closer. When his hand touched my leg, I let out a gasp. “A little jumpy there, babe?”

“Don’t call me babe.” I looked around the restaurant. Not a single person was looking in our direction. The long black tablecloth was hiding the fact that Jonathon’s fingers were moving up the inside of my thigh.

“Spread your legs open…babe.”

Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings.

Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few.

Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012.

Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings.

To find out more about Kelly and her books, you can find her through her website.

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Release Blitz with Review: One Wild Night by A.L. Jackson & Rebecca Shea

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One Wild Night

A flirty, sexy contemporary romance from bestselling authors, A.L. Jackson and

Rebecca Shea . . .

“A fun, flirty, and fire-hot, feel-good romance” –Karen, Bookalicious Babes

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It’s here!!!!!! ONE WILD NIGHT is LIVE! 

It’s fun.

It’s flirty.

It’s sexy.

And yep, it’ll still give you the feels!

I had an absolute blast writing this collaboration with one of my very best friends, Rebecca Shea, and we’re so proud to bring it to you. It’s a departure from what we typically write, but there is something about it that just hit the spot 😉

I hope you love Paxton and Kaylee’s super fun, sexy story ❤

xoxo – Amy

Blurb:

A flirty, sexy contemporary romance from bestselling authors, A.L. Jackson and Rebecca Shea . . . 

Kaylee Rose Burton, kindergarten teacher, has never been a believer in fantasies.

Living in L.A. her entire life, she knows the glitz and glam of Hollywood is just an illusion.

That is until she stumbles head first into the arms of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor.

It was just another day for Paxton Myles on the red carpet until the blue-eyed beauty literally stumbles at his feet.

A single glimpse in her innocent eyes and he knows he has to have her.

After one night of unbridled passion, Kaylee slips away to live her quite life, but the paparazzi has other ideas.

When Kaylee’s world comes crashing down, can Paxton convinceher that their one wild night could turn into forever?


My Review

“It was as if she held the entire world in the palm of her hand. Every room she walked into, she owned. Every conversation,  she commanded. All of it with a flick if her hand and a twitch of her smile. Magnetic.”

“It takes three steps to get to her. Three steps before her bright blue eyes look up at me. Three steps is all it takes for me to decide this girl is going to be mine.”

“Everything about her is beautiful and has me wanting her. I want to know this woman inside and out. The nervous look in her eyes, the vulnerability written across her face…and the way her body reacts to me, tells me she’s scared, but she’s trusting me. Everything about her is perfect. “

“No man had ever affected me the way Paxton Myles had. He ruined me in the best ways. I honestly doubted another could compare. And there was just something about him…something more than that megawatt smile and his mind-blowing kisses.”

One Wild Night is the story that I have been waiting for. From the moment I heard that A.L. Jackson and Rebecca Shea were teaming up to write a novel together, I have been anxiously waiting to get my greedy hands on it. And let me tell you, these ladies do not disappoint. Their writing is flawless and blends seamlessly. Their unique writing styles shining through, providing me with one incredible romance.  One Wild Night was all that and a bag of chips. This book left me with the most ridiculous smile on my face and a totally full heart.

One Wild Night is a quick and sexy read. It was fun, flirty and so full of heart and of coure swoon worthy. This romance hit the ground running and completely stole my heart. Paxton and Kaylee were so easy to fall in love with. They were two people from two totally different worlds who were just destined for each other. They just fit and things were just effortless between the two of them. Their connection was instant and their romance a total whirlwind, but I honestly couldn’t get enough of these two together.

I loved everything about this story from beginning to end and fell helplessly in love with Kaylee and Paxton. I couldn’t help but have a smile on my face and root for their happily ever after. Kaylee and Paxton’s story was the perfect romance to spend the afternoon getting lost in. All I can say is give me more. I can’t wait to see what these two bring to the table next.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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Review: Inescapable Fate by Hanleigh Bradley

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When Georgia Kentley breaks up with her long-term boyfriend Darren over Christmas, she really can’t wait to return to work on the 27th of December.

The excitement dies when she meets her new boss, Walker Trent. DCI Trent is a misogynistic pain in the arse. Being a young police officer, Georgia has met her fair share of men who don’t understand that she can hold her own. Every single time she has proven them wrong.

Will she be able to prove to Walker Trent just how capable she is or will she get herself into a heap of trouble, danger and chaos? And when chaos ensues who will be there to save her?

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My Review

One of the things that first drew me to this book was the cover. There was just something about it that called to me and made me want to seek out the synopsis for it. And once I read the synopsis, I was hooked. I knew I just had to check this book and I was pleasantly surprised by it.

Inescapable Fate follows the story of Trent and Georgia. When Georgia’s boyfriend breaks up with her on Christmas Day, it totally turns her world upside down. No one saw it coming and no one was more surprised by it than Georgia. She needs a distraction and can not wait to lose herself in her work. However, when her new boss enters the scene, her drive to return to work leaves. Trent is difficult and doesn’t think that Georgia can hack it. And that just makes Georgia want to prove him wrong….

Inescapable Fate is a quick and easy read. It is fast paced and the plot is intriguing. I loved getting to know the characters and I loved the way that Georgia’s co-workers supported her and wanted to protect her. I wasn’t a total fan of Trent in the beginning, but he did win me over in the end. I loved watching him discover just how amazing Georgia was and just how well she could hold her own. I also really enjoyed the chemistry between Georgia and Trent. They had a great pull and certainly burned up the pages together.

Overall, I thought this book was an enjoyable read. I devoured it in just one sitting. I can not wait to get my hands on the next book and see how things play out for Georgia and Trent.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: Never Been Good (Bad Boys Gone Good #2) by Christi Barth

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Flynn Maguire isn’t really a bad guy. Sure, he worked for the mob, but he ran a legitimate business—on paper anyway—and it paid enough to keep his brother out of the lifestyle. Until they turned on him. Now he’s stuck in Witness Protection, tending bar in Nowheresville Oregon… and pissed the life he knew is gone. The only bright spot? Fantasizing about his quiet, secretive, beautiful coworker.

Sierra Williams is a woman on the run. All she wants now is to settle into small town life… and ignore the brooding, sexy bartender who can’t seem to take his eyes off her. Flynn’s bad-boy vibe pushes all her buttons, but Sierra fell for the wrong man once already. She can’t afford to let her guard down again. Except Flynn’s tough exterior is slowly melting away to reveal the sweet man beneath and their attraction is too strong to resist.

Sierra and Flynn are falling fast, but they’re both keeping so many secrets. The truth could ruin everything… unless a girl who’s a little bad is perfect for a guy who’s never really been good.

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My Review

“People are often more than just what they look like.”

Never Been Good is the second book in the Bad Boys Gone Good Series. Never Been Good follows the story of Flynn and Sierra and can totally be read as a stand-alone novel.

Flynn is still reeling from having his world turned upside down. He’s kinda sorta a bad guy, but mostly a good guy. Sure his past wasn’t on the up and up, what with his connections to the mob and all. But, he ran his own business and did what he could to keep his family out of it…..that is until it all went wrong. Flynn now finds himself stuck in a life he never wanted or planned for. The only highlight to his life now is Sierra. Sierra is mysterious in her own way. Quiet, secretive and keeps to herself. She too is on the run and wants nothing more than to forget her past. The last thing she needs is the sexy, brooding bartender, Flynn. Flynn pushes all her buttons and reminds Sierra of how good it is to live. Sierra can’t afford to let her guard down, but Flynn doesn’t make it easy for her. Soon, Sierra will see that behind this bad boy exterior is a man with a heart of gold. The chemistry between Flynn and Sierra is intense and impossible to ignore. Will these two give in to the passion that is between them? Or will their secrets and pasts catch up to them and ruin everything?? There’s only one way to find out….

Never Been Good is my first book by this author and it definitely won’t be my last. Never Been Good is the perfect book to curl up with and just spend the day getting lost in. It’s the perfect mix of sexy and sweet with a bit of suspense too. The characters are intriguing and have excellent chemistry. They pull you into the story immediately and make you want to learn more about them. I loved getting to know Flynn and Sierra. They were so similar and I think that is part of what made them work so well together. They had secrets and had told so many lies to protect their pasts. They were both hesitant to get involved with someone, but recognized that their connection was too strong to ignore. I really enjoyed seeing their story come together and found myself rooting for these two to find their happily ever after.

Overall, I thought this book was an enjoyable read. From secrets and lies to sexy and sweet with a little drama in between, this book has a little something for everyone. As I previously stated, this is my first book by this author and I’m looking forward to checking out more from her in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

 

Blog Tour with Review: Risen (Blood Eternal #1) by Cole Gibson

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Fans of Vampire Diaries and Twilight will be thirsting for this latest vampire addiction…

My aunt has been kidnapped by vampires, and it’s up to me to save her. Only…I had no idea vampires existed. None. Nada. I’m more of a reader than a fighter, and even though I’d been wishing to escape my boring existence in the middle of nowhere, I’d give anything to have it back now if it meant my aunt was safe.

Then there’s the vampire Sebastian, who seems slightly nicer than most of the bloodsuckers I’ve run into so far. Yes, he’s the hottest being I’ve ever come across, but there’s no way I can trust him. He swears he’s helping me get answers, but there’s more to his story. Now I’m a key pawn in a raging vampire war, and I need to pick the right ally.

But my chances of surviving this war are slim at best, when the side I choose might be the one that wants me dead the most.

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My Review

“I Surrender to the music. I become the notes drifting from my fingers, filling the cabin and spilling out into the night. It’s only in this moment, alone in the darkness inside my head, that I finally feel safe. “

“The answers we seek might be the only things that can save us now.”

Risen follows the story of Charlie and Sebastian. Charlie has always wanted more out of her life. She is bored with the status quo and wants nothing more than to venture out into the world. That is until one day, Charlie’s whole world is turned upside down. Charlie is suddenly thrown into a world that she never knew existed. Sebastian promises to give Charlie answers, but Charlie isn’t too sure if Sebastian can be trusted. You see, Sebastian is a vampire and only time will tell if he is on the right side of the vampire war…

Risen was a quick and easy read for me. The story hit the ground running and captivated me from the very first page. I thought the story-line was fresh and intriguing. I wanted to know more and needed answers to all my burning questions. I liked learning about the different vampire clans and what started the war. I thought this book had a lot of action and it kept me on my toes. And while there was some romance, it was definitely the slow burn kind and not the main focus of the story. My only issue with the book was the ending. I felt like it ended rather abruptly and left a lot of issues unresolved. It wasn’t your typical cliffhanger ending.

Overall, I thought this book was a fun read. It was a different take on vampires with a slow burning romance. I still have a lot of questions that will hopefully be answered when the next book comes out. This is my first novel by Cole Gibson and I look forward to checking out more of her work in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via the publisher & NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Excerpt from Risen:

“Don’t say it like that, Charlie. I wanted to protect you.” She tugs on the edge of my cardigan, pulling me toward her. “I love you. You’re the most important thing in my life, do you understand?”

There’s a desperation in her eyes that tightens my throat. Swallowing hard, I nod.

She lets go of me with a sigh. “Maybe I took it too far.” She sweeps her dreadlocks over her shoulder and twists them tightly. “All I’ve ever wanted was to keep you safe.”

Safe. The world spirals, cold and slippery, down my spine. “What are you so afraid of?”

She opens her mouth only to shut it again.

Jax growls.

We turn as he claws at the door.

“The only thing there is to be afraid of,” she whispers. “The monsters.”

About Cole Gibsen:


Growing up, Cole Gibsen couldn’t decide what she loved more—dogs or books. Rather than choose, she decided to devote her life to both! Dog trainer (wrangler) by day and author by night, she’s the author of more than ten books with more on the way. www.colegibsen.com

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Review: Double Score by K.L. Grayson

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There’s nothing I love more than scoring.

I know what you’re probably thinking, but I’m talking about goals, not men. My entire life revolves around three things: soccer, and my two best friends, Ryan and Grant.

I’ve loved them since they were rowdy boys tearing up the town. Growing up, we shared everything from popsicles and toys to hopes, dreams, and the occasional jail cell. Now that we’re older, they’ve been known to share women.

But they haven’t shared me.

Never me.

Until now.

College is over. So is soccer. And I only have one goal in mind…scoring double.

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My Review

Known for her emotionally driven and all consuming love stories, K.L. Grayson has a naughty side that she has unleashed upon her readers. For quite some time now,  K.L. Grayson has teasing us about a naughty little short story she has been working on and boy, does she she ever pull out all the stops with Double Score! Double Score is unlike anything K.L. Grayson has ever written before.

Double Score is a well written, quick and completely sexy read. I mean this book is crazy sexy and scorching hot….And boy do I ever mean scorching. This book is so hot, it will have you fanning yourself and leave you blushing. Definitely a book to lock yourself away in your room with.

Double Trouble is a consuming love story between three friends. Their story is intense, filled with insta-love and is 100% naughty. There truly are no words for the sexiness that K.L. Grayson has brought to this story. Even with all the sexiness, K.L. Grayson still delivers a romance that is filled with a lot of heart and that will keep you begging for more. Now, I will warn you this book might not be everyones cup of tea, but if you’re a fan of K.L. Grayson’s writing and are looking for something different and a whole lot of spicy, then I definitely think you should check this book out. Double Trouble is loads of fun, a bit naughty and totally sexy….

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Review and Excerpt Tour: The Secret Thief by Nina Lane

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Behind his beautiful eyes
Lay a thousand secrets and lies.
But my own secrets are all laid bare
The twisted reality of a disgraceful affair.

I once deciphered the mysteries hidden in art
Then mistakes and desire tore me apart.

Now I’m shipwrecked at the end of the earth
Desperate again to prove my worth.

The lighthouse keeper is a stranger to me
Yet one night with him sets me free.

We find ourselves united by the stars above
Both of us needing the salvation of love.

Until our secrets and shame continue to build
And what was flourishing will soon be killed.

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My Review

“She’s the first spark in years. The one who will set his world on fire.”

“I want to know him. The wish, the new secret, forms in my mind like watercolors flowing together.”

“Flynn Alverton kissed me. No, he claimed me in a deep possessive kiss that shook the ground beneath my feet.”

“Somewhere deep inside me, in a corner of my soul I’ve forgotten about, a change is taking place.  Maybe it started a long time ago. It feels both scary and exhilarating, even painful. A seed breaking open, an oak tree shedding brittle leaves, a wound knitting into a scar. It’s the realization that I wasn’t destroyed or defeated after all, not in the most secret part of my heart. No one ever had that kind of power over me.”

The Secret Thief is one of those stories that you never see coming. The words will consume you, leaving you spellbound in a fairytale esq plot. Good vs Evil. Overcoming the past. Solving the puzzle to see the answers. Being brought back to life. Remembering to fight for what’s important. Slaying the dragons, so that true love can stand a chance. Yes, in a way, The Secret Thief was like living and breathing a modern fairytale.

From the moment you pick up The Secret Thief, you are sucked into Eve and Flynn’s story. There are so many questions, secrets and answers I found myself dying for. I wanted to know more about this characters; more about everything. This story-line so unique, so unlike anything I’ve read. I was hopelessly glued to the pages and could not put it down. From mysterious pasts to intriguing secrets to an unforgettable passion, The Secret Thief checked off all my boxes and then some. I loved the tension and anticipation of the story. I loved the interactions between Eve and Flynn. Nina Lane did an incredible job building their story and created an amazing slow burning romance that will cast a spell on your heart and leave you breathless in anticipation.

I enjoyed every moment of The Secret Thief, from beginning to end. This story is so unique and is truly special. The Secret Thief is one of those books that you’ll try to figure out, but it keeps you guessing. It’s unpredictable and brilliantly written. It is filled with lots of delicious twists, mystery, angst, passion and sexy good times. The characters are real, flawed and have their own demons they are trying to put to rest. They make you feel so many things and have you burning through the pages to see just how their story will end. Will good defeat evil? Will true love conquer all? You’ll just have to pick up this book and find out for yourself…

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

EXCERPT

The minute Flynn opens the workroom door, my whole body zings with excitement and anticipation. Even with his dark frown, the remoteness surrounding him like an aura, the clipped tone of his voice, I react to him as if he were stroking my hair and whispering sweet nothings in my ear.

Jeremy hadn’t come close to eliciting anything even close to this…which is exactly the reason I’ll go out with him again, if he asks me. Jeremy is solid, grounded, honest. Everything about Flynn is a mystery and a fantasy. I’d gotten caught up in a fantasy with David—whose “mystery” had been a lie—and I’d paid the price.

Never again.

“How was your weekend?” I set my satchel and lunch bag on the desk.

“Fine. Yours?”

“Great.” I give him a once-over, looking for evidence of an encounter with a chick, but while he looks edible in his worn jeans and T-shirt, like a warm, rumpled bed I could nestle right into, his demeanor is as impassive as ever.

Does he ever smile? Every now and then I’ve caught a glimpse of amusement, a twitch of his mouth, but I’ve yet to see him fully smile.

“Any special instructions for today?” I turn on the laptop computer and open my notebook.

“Stay away from Jeremy King.”

Shock bolts down my spine. I jerk my head up to stare at him. He’s watching me with a narrowed gaze, his mouth set in a stern line.

“Um…what?” I can’t get another word out.

“Stay away from him,” Flynn repeats. “He’s not good for you.”

Irritation breaks past my shock. “How would you know who is or isn’t good for me? You’ve barely said twenty words to me the whole week I’ve been working here.”

“I don’t need to say anything to know the facts.” His tone hardens. “I don’t want you around him.”

“Well, you have no right to tell me that,” I retort. “How did you know I went on a date with him anyway?”

His jaw tightens. “You think people around here don’t take notice when their favorite son is out having dinner with the new girl in town?”

Christ. I experience a sudden longing for the cold anonymity of a big city.

“I know people are talking about me,” I snap. “But I refuse to let gossip dictate what I can and can’t do. And for your information, Jeremy knows about what happened to me, and it didn’t seem to bother him.”

“That’s not the point. You can’t work for me and see him.”

My shoulders tense. I focus on the computer, hitting the key to bring up the database software.

“My date with Jeremy has nothing to do with my work here,” I reply stiffly. “I didn’t, and won’t, tell him anything about the job or the fact that you’re my employer. You don’t need to worry about breach of contract.”

“This isn’t about the damned contract.” His voice is suddenly sharp.

He steps closer to me, his soapy, warm scent filling my nose. I hold my ground, not wanting him to see me weaken even though I’m melting inside at his nearness. Impassive though he is on the exterior, I can almost feel the energy coursing through him, his heavy strong heartbeat, the rush of his blood.

“I don’t want you around King,” he repeats.

“Does your animosity have something to do with him wanting to sell the lighthouse?”

“I’m not answering questions.” His gray eyes turn the color of metal. “I’m telling you to stay away from him.”

My pulse races. “You don’t have that right.”

“I’m your boss.”
“That doesn’t mean you can make that demand.” The words snap out of my mouth without thought. “And if you think you can threaten to fire me over this, then step back, mister, because I’ve been through the worst wrongful termination I can imagine. And even though my employer fucking won that battle, I still have plenty of fight left in me. I’ll put on my gloves and go another round with you, if I have to.”

Wow. Go, Eve.

I’m breathing fast, and my knees are quaking with sudden fear that he’ll make me prove my bold statement. I dig my fingernails into my palms. The air between us sparks with electricity. I force myself to hold my ground, to look directly at him and—

Admiration flashes in his eyes, like a silver comet streaking across the sky. His stern expression doesn’t change, but that brief glimpse of warmth eases the tension knotting my shoulders.

“I’m not going to fire you.” His voice is measured and controlled. “But I will not have you seeing King.”

“You don’t like him, so that means I have to stay away from him?” I ask. “Sorry, no. He’s one of the few people in this town who has been nice to me, and I enjoyed our date. I refuse to discount the possibility of Jeremy being my first real friend here.”
Flynn’s jaw clenches. “He wants to be more than your friend.”

“I know.” I put my hands on my hips and look him in the eye. “He even kissed me.”

Anger crashes over his features, and a vein throbs in his forehead. If I didn’t know better, I’d think he was jealous.

But I do know better. He’s mad because I’m refusing to do something he wants me to do. Despite, or maybe because of, his isolated lifestyle, Flynn is clearly a man accustomed to getting what he wants.

“He kissed you.” The word grind out of his mouth like broken glass.

“Yes. And I kissed him back. Like our date, it was nice. Nice hasn’t been the norm in my life lately.”
“I could kiss you,” Flynn retorts, his hands fisting. “But it wouldn’t nice.”

“Oh yeah?” My heart kicks into gear, blood rushing through my veins. “What would it be, then?”

He pulls in a breath, his gaze settling on my mouth. “Hot.”

“Prove it.” Borne of my endless nighttime fantasies, the dare flies out of me without thought of the potential repercussions.

Before I can take another breath, he grabs my shoulders and pulls me against him. I freeze, stunned by the reality of a moment I’d imagined more times than I can count—the sensation of his body against mine. And God, he feels exactly the way I’d imagined, a solid wall of heat and muscle pulsing with life. Rock-hard arms that could wrap around me so tightly nothing would get past them.

He stares down at me, his steel-like gaze sparking with intent like iron striking stone. I can’t move, can’t breathe, can’t think.

Then his mouth crashes down on mine, an onslaught, a possession, a claiming. Hunger bursts through me, a desire so sharp and intense it destroys all my defenses in one fell swoop. I moan, everything inside me weakening and aching for more. He slides a hand to my lower back, fitting our bodies together. I yield everywhere, my curves softening against him, any thought of resistance dissolving in a haze of disbelief and craving.

I part my lips tentatively, let him inside. My head spins with the taste of him—something decadent and forbidden. Our tongues touch, breath mingling. Arousal floods me, swift and hard, as if all the fantasies in which I’ve indulged have primed me for this moment. I bring my hands up to his face, his stubble coarse against my palms, slide them down to the sides of his neck where his pulse throbs heavily. He’s like the sea—mysterious, unpredictable, powerful. I could get lost in him, drown, let him sweep me away to a distant land where no one knows who I am and what I’ve done.

He lifts his head, breaking our kiss and stepping away from me at the same time. Heavy breaths saw from his chest, and his eyes are darkened to black. I bring a shaking hand to my mouth, suddenly unsure if the kiss just happened or if I’m like Alice in Wonderland, spinning downward, lost in my intricate imagination.

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances about professors, bad boys, candy makers, and protective alpha males who find themselves consumed with love for one woman alone. Originally from California, Nina holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she’s that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.

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