Tuesday, November 13, 2018

EXCERPT: Do You Feel It Too? By Nicola Rendell

 

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BLURB A hot summer night is perfect for feeling your way in the dark…
For urban-legend hunter and television host Gabe Powers, it’s business—investigate the most notorious haunted places in Savannah. Then he meets his new sound engineer, a dewy Georgia peach who may just turn this gig into (im)pure pleasure. All it takes is one night for them to conjure floor-rattling, wall-banging moans…but they’re not from the ghosts.
Blame the rippling abs, the cocky swagger, the granite jawline, the whole muscle-bulging package, but Gabe is bringing out good-girl Lily Jameson’s dirty side. Damn her code-of-conduct contract—this isn’t just a molten-hot fling.
There’s just one kink in the relationship they’ve been avoiding: soon they’ll be going their separate ways. Lily’s home is in Savannah, and Gabe is a globe-trotter at heart. For them to be together, they’ll both have to upend their so-very-different worlds and face their fears in the process. And suddenly things don’t feel so Georgia peachy keen at all.


EXCERPT Halfway up the steps, I slid my hand around her waist from behind. She stopped and I took one more step up so my hips were even with hers. I was rock hard in my pants, and I let her feel it between her ass cheeks. She groaned and held on to the railing more tightly. White knuckles. Fuck yes.
“You’re going to need to keep doing that,” I told her as I sheltered her with my body, the curve of my abs and chest pressed against her back. I slid my hand up to her tits and pinched her nipple through her dress.
“Keep doing what?” she asked. Her voice was thick with heat and desire. Not so soft and gentle anymore. I placed my hand over hers on the banister. “Keep hanging on tight.”
She let her head drop down, and I swept her hair over one shoulder. I placed my lips at the curve where her neck met her shoulder and looked down into her cleavage. I was torn—part of me wanted to ravage her, part of me wanted to worship her.
There was plenty of time for both.
I undid her delicate zipper tooth by tooth. It sounded every bit as good as I’d imagined it would. She was holding her breath as I did it, tipping her head to the side to get me to keep kissing her. Fuck knew I wanted to. But I needed her to know that this wasn’t going to be all tenderness either, and I needed there to be no doubt that no matter how bad I wanted her, I was the one running this show. Once I had her zipper undone, I hiked her dress up and yanked her hips back into mine, making her gasp. The ripples of the impact made her ass tremble. She bent forward as her dress slid from her shoulders. She supported herself with her palms on the stairs, her fingertips on the edge of the step. Her dress slid off her into a flowery circle at her feet, revealing a black thong. With a tiny red bow that I hadn’t been able to see earlier.
“I’m keeping these.”

About the Author 

Bestselling author Nicola Rendell loves writing naughty romantic comedies. After receiving a handful of degrees from a handful of places, she now works as a professor in New England. Nicola’s work has been featured in USA Today’s Happy Ever After and the Huffington Post. She loves to cook, sew, and play the piano. Her hobbies might make her sound like an old lady, but she’s totally okay with that. She is represented by Emily Sylvan Kim at the Prospect Agency.

Monday, November 12, 2018

REVIEW: Misadventures With A Professor by Sierra Simone

 
REVIEW:

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I'll always and forever buy anything Sierra Simone publishes. Every single thing she writes is well written and manages to be the most perfectly delicious distraction from my every day life that I can't one click fast enough when it's time to order. Misadventures with a Professor was so wonderfully naughty and I can tell that she had a blast writing it (which she confirmed in her latest newsletter) and I had a blast reading it. While it's a novella length read, it felt completely developed--the characters were fleshed out and not once did the pacing feel rushed or that something was undone. My only wish is that I had more--and not necessarily of this novel...just more unread Sierra Simone on my kindle because I adore everything she puts out.

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Synopsis:

***MISADVENTURES ARE STANDALONE ROMANCES THAT CAN BE READ IN ANY ORDER***

Zandy Lynch never planned on going to grad school a virgin. So when her professor father finds her a job abroad as a research assistant the summer before she starts her master’s program, she sees her chance. She’s got one night in London to lose her V-card to a Mr. Darcy lookalike before she has to join some ancient professor in the country.

Oliver Graeme is not looking forward to having some American co-ed hovering around while he’s trying to work, but he owes her father the favor, and besides, his office is an untidy mess of uncatalogued research. He needs the help. Still, he decides to take the edge off his frustration while visiting a colleague in London, and winds up having the sexiest, sweetest night of his life with a stranger, who vanishes in the morning without a trace…

To Zandy’s shock when she arrives at Professor Graeme’s house a day later, the door isn’t opened by a fussy old scholar, but by the wild, passionate man she met in London. Cold and reserved by day, Oliver is ferociously greedy with her at night, and it’s not long before Zandy finds herself falling for both versions of him―the aloof professor and the generous, rough lover. The trouble is that summer only lasts so long, and Zandy already has a plane ticket waiting to take her home…

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Misadventures is a romantic series of spicy standalone novels, each written or co-written by some of the best names in romance. The stories are scandalous, refreshing, and, of course, incredibly sexy. They’re the perfect bedside read, a ‘quick blush’ for the reader who loves a page-turning romance.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

October 2018 Favorites



As per usual, this post is super duper late. I'm not sure what the deal with 2018 was, but I COULD NOT GET IT TOGETHER.

*shrugs*

This will most likely be our last Favorites post of the year. The next one will be a recap of the entire year in the hopes that you have some ideas for holiday shopping..or using those holiday gift cards. If you see something that looks great, click on the cover and it'll take you to Amazon. Want more from our review? Click on the linked title and you'll see what we thought!




Long Live the Beautiful Hearts by Emma Scott was a magnificent and emotional conclusion to the Beautiful Hearts duet.

Player by Staci Hart was the perfect blend of music, humor, angst, and swoon. If only I could get her to write me into the pages of her novels...can you imagine the adventure? I think I'd love it!

Cards of Love by Sierra Simone--I die for everything this woman writes. In this case, a short take on Merlin to add to her American Queen saga. Loved it.

Sadie by Courtney Summers--This is a little bit of a cheat because I read it in October but didn't post it until November...but considering this whole list is wayyyyyy late, oh well. Courtney Summers writes the grittiest, truth bomb novels and I live for each one.

REVIEW: Sadie by Courtney Summers

OUR REVIEW:

I knew when I saw that Courtney Summers was working on Sadie that I'd have to have it. I knew I'd read it and that it would meld itself to me, just like All the Rage did. I was right. From the first page I was hooked--the interesting set up of the podcast giving us the background that sometimes Sadie's narrative couldn't (just as her narrative sometimes gave us the narrative the podcast couldn't) + the bone deep melancholy, grief, and madness that seems to live in Sadie = my whole weekend living in the world that Courtney Summers created. I couldn't get enough and I had to know what happened so I stayed up late, woke up early, and read until I finished it. ...or did it finish me? Gahhhh the ending. I can't decide how I want it to play out beyond the last word. Am I realist or am I a hope-filled dreamer? What does Courtney Summers envision? I wish I knew.

Anyway.

I love that the publisher created The Girls as a companion to Sadie. I haven't listened to it yet but I'm intrigued by what I'm missing --or is it just the episodes as they were in the novel? I don't know. It's on my list of things to do.

What I do know is that while I couldn't live in the gritty, sad, angry space that Summers's characters find themselves in, I recognize that I'm lucky that I haven't had to and I hate that anyone ever has or would have to live there. And as much as I hate that those spaces exist, I love that she's written about them, made me feel so much and think really hard about how being a woman in the world isn't a singular experience. That there are things that unite us all and things that many of us don't know about.

Courtney Summers's novels make me feel angry and empowered and I want everyone I know to read them so that they see what I've seen, feel what I've felt, and wants to change the world like her characters inspire me to want to do.

Buy it on AMAZON.

Synopsis:

New York Times bestseller! 

4 Starred Reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, Booklist, Publishers Weekly!
"Sadie: a novel for readers of any age, and a character as indelible as a scar. Flat-out dazzling." A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
"Sadie is an electrifying, high-stakes road trip. Clear your schedule. You're not going anywhere until you've reached the end." —Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of There's Someone Inside Your House and Anna and the French Kiss 

"A haunting, gut-wrenching, and relentlessly compelling read." —Veronica Roth, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Carve the Mark and the Divergent series
A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial—like podcast following the clues she's left behind. And an ending you won't be able to stop talking about.
Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.
But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.
When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late.
Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

REVIEW: Heartbreak Warfare by Kate Stewart and Heather Orgeron



We are celebrating the release of HEARTBREAK WARFARE by Heather M. Orgeron & Kate Stewart! Don't forget to one-click this heart-stopping, emotional story today!

OUR REVIEW:

Heartbreak Warfare is the latest novel by Kate Stewart and a new writing partner, Heather Orgeron. It's an angsty read, which if you look at the blurb makes sense, right? As with several of Kate Stewart's recent releases, there's a love triangle, though I think this one goes further than any of the others. So, if you're NOT A FAN of cheating or there being three people in a two people relationship, then this is probably not the book for you. Although, in defense of the characters, there is a situation that makes the cheating thing more palatable than you might suspect...and the way it's handled makes it feel very realistic. It's painful and conflicting and not always fun to read because of the pain and conflict these characters are put through.

If I'm going to be honest, I have very mixed feelings about this novel. I liked the realism, the military and war backdrop, the depiction of the struggles the three of these characters faced, and the resolution. I especially liked how truthful the mental health aspect was written--there were no quick fixes and easy solutions and I think that's something that's hard to accept for all of us. I had a harder time, sometimes, feeling as deeply for them as many other readers seem to feel. Sometimes I felt a little disconnected from the big emotions and there were times when the writing was a little bumpy for me, which is probably to be expected when two writers are blending their styles and voices into one narrative.


Overall, Heartbreak Warfare is getting glowing reviews from seemingly everyone and it's definitely filling a void in the contemporary romance world. Readers are connecting with so many different aspects of this novel which tells me that my disconnect is definitely on me and not on anything else.


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Blurb:
Briggs,

Remember when we parted ways in Germany? It was the day I broke your heart. What you didn't know was that I was breaking mine too.

I thought they’d be enough–my husband and my son. That I’d get home and everything would go back to the way it was . . .

Before the war.
Before the ambush.
Before you.

But, no matter how hard I try, I can’t erase the trauma we shared. I can’t seem to forget the way my heart beat in time with yours.

The truth is I’m lost without you.

I thought the nightmare was over when they pulled us from that hole in the ground, but nothing could have prepared me for the war I’d face at home.
I know it’s selfish of me to ask, but, please, I have to see you one last time. . .

All my love,
Scottie



About the Author:

Heather M. Orgeron is a Cajun girl with a big heart and a passion for romance. She married her high school sweetheart two months after graduation and her life has been a fairytale ever since. She’s the queen of her castle, reigning over five sons and one bossy little princess who has made it her mission in life to steal her Momma’s throne. When she’s not writing, you will find her hidden beneath mounds of laundry and piles of dirty dishes or locked in her tower(aka the bathroom) soaking in the tub with a good book. She’s always been an avid reader and has recently discovered a love for cultivating romantic stories of her own.
http://www.heathermorgeron.com


A Texas native, Kate Stewart lives in North Carolina with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. She pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it's what she loves as a reader. Kate is a lover of all things '80s and '90s, especially John Hughes films and rap. She dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity, and on occasion, does very well at whiskey.

Contact Kate- Email-authorkatestewart@gmail.com

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Friday, November 2, 2018

REVIEW: Royally Yours by Emma Chase

     

OUR REVIEW:

I've really, really loved this series. I love the complete fantasy world of Wessco and the royal family--I mean who wouldn't? You get to plunge into something so very different than the reality of the world today and imagine what it would be like to be the ruler of a kingdom. In addition to that, Emma Chase writes characters who are just interesting to read; I find that I consume her novels in hours because I can't seem to stop reading once I start. 

Royally Yours was no different--I was completely taken with getting to know Lenora as a young princess--so different than the Queen we know in the first three novels in the series. She's so much more than I gave her credit for and her story before she met Edward, and after, was so much more emotional than I expected--I legit had tears in sections and that is definitely not something I expected from a novelist who usually makes me cackle with laughter (yet another reason I enjoy Emma Chase's works--just when I think I know what to expect, she does something unexpected). 

After reading Royally Yours I want to reread the entire series to see if my perspective of Lenora would change. I think I always suspected she was much more than what she seemed to be and now I know she is--and I'm wondering what hints I missed in the other novels. 

Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen—the first Queen of Wessco. It’s a big deal. When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning. What she isn’t…is married. It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want. Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty. Even Queens. Especially them. ** Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer—climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants—until family devotion brings him home. And a sacred promise keeps him there. To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad—or become his greatest adventure. ** Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace—mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever. Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story. This is theirs.    

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 Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine. WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | NEWSLETTER | TWITTER | GOODREADS | READER FAN GROUP    

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

REVIEW: The Day the Jerk Started Falling by Max Monroe


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Rule number one: don’t fall for your best friend’s brother.

Rule number two: don’t fall for jerks.

But rules go out the window the day the jerk starts falling...

The Jerk Duet is complete!

The Day the Jerk Started Falling, the fun and flirty conclusion of The Jerk Duet, from New York Times bestselling author Max Monroe is available NOW!

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OUR REVIEW:

Book two if this pairing, The Day the Jerk Started Falling, starts with Ollie's perspective of their love story and it's just as entertaining as you might suspect; there were lots of smiles and smirks and swoons happening. And then about half way through, we get to see the present day and what I thought was going to an entertaining and fairly smooth journey through Lucky and Ollie's romance suddenly had my blood pressure racing as I felt like I was in the novel watching the seconds tick away and what was going to happennnnnnn?!!! SPOILER ALERT: there's a happy ending.



Max Monroe novels are full of smiles and fun and the whole podcast set up in this duet was a fresh and relevant take on how to tell a story. 

My name is Oliver Arsen, but my mates call me Ollie.
I live hard and love harder, and it’s love that usually gets me in the most trouble.
According to the greater population, I’m the ultimate jerk.
My affection tends to be short-lived—a quality I’ve been assured multiple times by the fairer sex isn’t becoming—and the leaving part of loving and leaving has always come natural.
At least, it used to.
Until her.
Luciana Wright.
She’s an American bombshell and my sister’s best friend—a woman so wrong for
me, it’s written in the waves.
And she’s the reason we’re all here.
The reason I have to go back to explain how it all went wrong.
To the day the jerk started falling.
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Excerpt:

Podcast Series: The Day the Jerk Started Falling with Oliver Arsen Dating is easy, mates. The women are plentiful, the opportunities abundant, and the fun endless. I’ve taken a woman night surfing—only to end up using the board and the motion of the water for another purpose—jetted over to New Zealand for a two-day holiday with another, and given more than one a fair tour of my bedroom. No effort overspent, I enjoyed every moment of it. I live hard and love harder, but it’s the second one that usually gets me in the most trouble. My affection tends to be short-lived—a quality I’ve been assured multiple times by the fairer sex isn’t becoming. Basically, according to the greater population, I’m the ultimate jerk. And if you grouped the lot of my past conquests together and set me ablaze, not one of them would piss on me to save my life. Taking the next step, having a long-term relationship, has never been my forte. Commitment is hard. The thought of a one-woman wank for the rest of my life has barely ever been conceivable, let alone possible, and I have to blame that for how badly it all went. When I look back at my behavior, there has to be a reason. A reason, friends, that when it came to Luciana Wright, I fucked it all up. I’ve been cursed out, stomped on, slapped. Had my balls volleyed, spat on, and punched. And even, on one occasion, nearly run over by a car with a madwoman behind the wheel. But I’ve never been through the brutal torture of love. Until Lucky. She’s an American bombshell and my sister’s best friend—a woman so wrong for me, it should be written in the waves. And she’s the reason we’re all here. The exact reason why I strong-armed the lovely, albeit slightly hard-ass, editor of this fantastic website to let an Aussie bloke like me prattle on about his love woes. [chuckles] Vanessa, if you’re listening, I’m certain your balls are bigger than just about every man out there. And trust me, that is a compliment. [chuckles again] Also, thank you for your hospitality via podcast permission. It is much appreciated. And you, dear listeners, you should know that for the next God only knows how many episodes of this podcast series, I’m going to spend my time talking directly to Lucky. If you’re not her, but you’d like to keep listening, I urge you to help me. Help me by hearing me out. Help me by relating to my story. Help me plead my case. And to really prepare yourself to get the whole tale from both sides, listen to her podcast first. [distinct pause] I had you in my grasp, Lucky, but now it’s fallen apart. And in order to explain how it happened—to explain myself—I feel like I have to go back to the day it all began. To the day the jerk started falling.
About Max Monroe:
A secret duo of romance authors team up under the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling pseudonym Max Monroe to bring you sexy, laugh-out-loud reads. Max Monroe is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of more than ten contemporary romance titles. Favorite writing partners and long time friends, Max and Monroe strive to live and write all the fun, sexy swoon so often missing from their Facebook newsfeed. Sarcastic by nature, their two writing souls feel like they’ve found their other half. This is their most favorite adventure thus far.
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Monday, October 29, 2018

REVIEW: The Legacy by Dylan Allen

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“Hands down, one of my fav reads this year!”

- Ilsa Madden-Mills, Wall Street Journal bestselling author

The Legacy, an all-new steamy contemporary romance standalone from Dylan Allen is available NOW!

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OUR REVIEW:

Shel: The Legacy reminds me of when I deep dived into contemporary romance in 2013. Remember that time in contemporary romance? Everything felt like a delicious escape--the characters lived these lives that were so far removed from the lives we live, whether it was jet-setting across the country or world, or over the top drama, or tension that was exploding off the page, those novels could just pull you in. This new novel by Dylan Allen feels similar. The wealthy hero, Hayes, meets the less than wealthy heroine, Confidence, and the sparks start flying. They clash. They're mouthy. He's bossy. She's sassy. They're both sexy and smart and stubborn and a lot of fun to read. She teaches him how to notice the world around him and he teaches her to open her eyes to things she fails to notice, too. Throw in some drama, Italy + Houston, and some seriously sexy times and you've got a hot weekend read. Court: This book is one of our favorite escapes, right? I seriously enjoyed it and could not put it down. The scenes are hot and all that we're looking for...but they also have a lot of other things too. There is some levity that brings about good conversation and really two people having conversations and being able to get to know each other and go from a enemies to friends to lovers state and it was very enjoyable to read. I always love when preconceived notions of someone get thrown out the window and when the layers are pulled back both characters are able to learn things about themselves in the process. Great writing, and a fun story make a great weekend like Shelley said! 


Shel: The Legacy is full of heart and passion and for those readers who've been around for a while, we bet you'll see it as a modern day throwback to those early indie days. Court: Yep and we love it! 


He's the king of all he surveys.
Except her.
Exiled for 15 years, Hayes Rivers has finally assumed his place as head of Houston’s oldest and most powerful family.
Now, they call him King.
A legacy of wealth and prestige are his to claim.
As age-old rivalries, long-buried secrets, and generations of betrayal threaten his birthright, he finds himself in a battle for control of his family’s future.
When he meets Confidence, she’s a sweet distraction.
Everything he shouldn’t want.
But after a weekend of passion and surprising intimacy,
he realizes she's everything he needs
He holds the keys to a kingdom,
But he covets the key to her heart.
And he'll stop at nothing to claim his queen.
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He rakes his eyes down my body. My white blouse feels thin under his heated gaze. I shift in my shoes when he lingers on my hips. “You’ve missed me,” he says. “I haven’t,’’ I lie. “If I touched your pussy, what would I feel?” he asks. “That’s one question you won’t be answering tonight.” “I want to touch you.” He dips his head and kisses my cheek. His hand grips my hip. “You’ll feel better when I’ve made you come,” he whispers against my cheek. He moves so fast that my ass is up on the edge of the sink before I can protest. “Do you want me to stop?” he asks. His finger trails up my leg and stops at my knee. Blood rushes in my ears, heat pools between my thighs. “Of course not,” I breathe. His fingers slip under the hem of my shorts and I grab his fingers. “But I’m going to ask you to anyway.” His eyes fly up to mine in surprise, but there’s no anger there. In fact, I think what I see is respect. “Why?” he asks and stands back up. If it could speak, my vagina would be cursing me out. “Because what I want isn’t what I need, Hayes.” “Why are they mutually exclusive?” “I don’t want to just be your partner in bed,” I admit. “Oh, Tesoro,” he sighs and drags his nose across my temple before he moves us back to facing each other. He cups my face in his hands and presses a soft kiss to my lips before he pulls back. “There’s not a pussy in this world I’d fall on my knees for. Not even yours,” he says, the fierce love and tenderness in his eyes stealing my breath. His eyes never leaving mine, he continues. “But for this, Tesoro…” His palms cover the space between my breasts and my heart kicks against the wall of my chest, desperate to find its way into the hand of the man it loves. “For the love of the most brilliant woman I’ve ever met.” He kisses me again. “I would spend the rest of my life on my fucking knees.” And then, my big, strong, beautiful man brings my entire world to a halt. He drops to his knees in front of me. On the floor of the public restroom. “Hayes, get up.” I tug his arm. “Please.” He grips my hips and presses his face in between my legs and inhales. “Goddamn.” His groan vibrates against me and moisture blooms beneath his mouth and nose. “I love the way your pussy smells. I fucking miss the way it tastes. I’m dying to feel it gripping my cock.” He rubs his nose against my clit and pleasure skitters, like the kiss of butterfly wings, all over my body. I thread my fingers into his thick, silky hair just as he leans away and stares up at me with that same fierceness. But now, it’s laced with need. He has the look of a predator, and I wish he would hurry up and catch me. “I want to plant my flag there so that everyone knows it’s mine. But, it’s not even in the top five of my favorite things about you, Confidence. And it’s certainly not the only thing I want.” He looks up at me through his honest, smart eyes, and the rest of the world falls away. “Oh, Hayes …” I trace the line of his strong brows and sweep down the slope of his nose. “I want your fire. I want your courage; I want your loyalty. I want your anger, your disdain, your disappointment.” I brush a lock of hair off his forehead. “I want you smiles; I want your laughter. I want you fighting for my team. And yes, I want your pussy. Every day.” He squeezes my hips, and I want to give him everything he’s just asked me for. But … “I can’t.” I shake my head, caught between my fear and my love and feeling like neither one of them are serving me well right now. “You won’t,” he chides me gently, but with real reproach in his voice. “But I understand.” He cuts off my protest. “You want to protect yourself. But you can’t. Not from me. Not from us. It’s all or nothing. And as long as we’re alive, it will never be nothing.” “Hayes, don’t …” I pull back slightly and shake my head. I don’t know what to say. “I know,” he says with real regret in his eyes. “I fucked up. But, I am not that asshole who treated you like you were nothing. I’m not ashamed of anything except that something I did made you feel like you were less than the miraculous person I know I’ll never deserve,” he says. My hand comes to my chest and my fingers clutch the front of my blouse. “Oh, Hayes,” is all I can manage. “But, I need you to understand—” His eyes go from pleading to demanding in a blink. “That you thought I was hiding something?” I interject. “No,” he says sharply. “That I’m responsible for my entire family. Not just the ones that are alive right now. But the ones who will be alive in a hundred years. I just had to keep the estate intact because I lost sight of that once and married someone who I barely knew.” “Well, I’m not her,” I remind him. “I know that … and I knew it in Italy, too. By the time the report came, I didn’t care what it said.” “Why not?” I ask. “I already knew everything that I needed to about you. You’re the woman who leans in when most people lean away,” he says. I want so badly to throw my arms around his neck and tell him it’s okay. That I see him, and that I’ll always lean in. “I’m going to show you why us. How us. I’m asking for a lot. Your future. Your love. Your loyalty. Your body. Your children. Your life,” he says. “But I’m offering you the same things in return.”

About Dylan Allen
Dylan Allen is a Texas girl with a serious case of wanderlust. A self-proclaimed happily ever junkie, she loves creating stories where her characters chase their own happy endings. When she isn’t writing or reading, eating or cooking, she and her family are planning their next adventure. Dylan Allen

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