Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Review: Cooper by Harper Sloan



Title: Cooper (Corps Security #4)
Author: Harper Sloan
Publisher: Harper Sloan
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
Page Count: 224
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars



Blurb:

Do you take me seriously? Because I don’t. I use my jokes and easygoing personality to hide the pain I’ve felt since he took his last breath. I’m adrift without my partner in crime, my best friend…my brother. I can taste the vengeance just within my grasp.

Until she barges into my life. Promising me happiness and a peace I’ve been craving for years. She is the sun to my darkness, the happy to my despair.

But she holds secrets. Just like I do. She holds hers close, where I just pray mine don’t rock the walls we’re trying to build.

Now I’m stuck at a crossroads between my desire for revenge and my craving for her and the life we could have together—and I have no idea which road I should travel.

All I know with crystal clear certainty is that the past has the power to destroy it all.


My Review:

We all thought we knew Zeke Cooper, and he surprised us when he took a bullet for Emmy. When his brother, Asher, shows up our eyes are opened even more. As the older of the two, Asher took the job of protecting Coop seriously. In his story we find out that he feels guilty for not being there to save his brother. During his childhood he was the protector. He saved Coop. So to find that this time he just could not, hit him hard. Enter Chelcie, the one person who can bring Asher back. She holds a connection to Coop and Asher's heart. Asher must get past the darkness of his past in order to have a future.

Harper Sloan is a fantastic writer. Sloan is able to take the reader inside the story and connect with the characters. Her writing is strong, focused and entertaining. It is a joy for any reader to read.
Her best character has to be Maddox Locke. Yes, fans of Locke will see him in this book.

Cooper's story is emotional, loving and sexy. The reader is going to want to cry along with the characters and then wish they had their own Asher. I recommend than any lover of romance read this series. Psst... be sure to read them in order to get the full effect. Corps Series is for readers 18+ due to the hot sexy guys on the pages. ;)


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Corps Security Series Reading Order


Axel (Corps Security #1)


Cage (Corps Security #2)


Beck (Corps Security #3)


Uncaged (Corps Security #3.5 )


Cooper (Corps Security #4)

Coming Soon........Locke(Corps Security #5)

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Cover Reveal: Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin

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We are so pleased to finally share this gorgeous and much awaited cover for Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin.


 

Queen of Someday (Stolen Empire Book 1)


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Release Day: October 7, 2014


Published by: Clean Teen Publishing


Genre- YA Historical Fiction


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Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophia will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.


Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.

Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.

In a battle for the soul of a nation, will love or destiny reign supreme?

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Sherry D. Ficklin



Sherry's-an-Author-030Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.


She is the author of The Gods of Fate Trilogy now available from Dragonfly Publishing. Her previously self-published novel After Burn: Military Brats has been acquired by Harlequin and will be released in 2014 with a second book in that series to follow. Her YA steampunk novel, EXTRACTED: The Lost Imperials book 1, co-written with Tyler H. Jolley is now available everywhere books are sold and her newest YA novel, Losing Logan, is now available from Clean Teen Publishing.


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A Note From The Author:


The true story of Catherine the Great is one fraught with betrayal, intrigue, and romance. While a good deal of my story is drawn from actual people and events, I have been very liberal in the rearrangement of dates, events, and places. Whenever possible I took my cues from her own words, intermixing my own thoughts and ideas. My thought upon the creation of the book was simple. I looked at the woman she was when she claimed the crown and then wondered, how did an innocent girl from Germany become such a force of nature? Most people aren’t born cold or ambitious, but have circumstances that forge them into those people. And that was the story I wanted to tell in this book. I wanted to see the events in her early life that would have changed her into the person she became, and not knowing the truth of that story, I simply made something up. That is what we, as writers, do best.


If you are curious about the real history behind Catherine, I suggest heading to your local library and doing a bit of research. This is not meant to be a historically accurate representation, but a flight of fancy, one that I hope you, dear reader, will enjoy as much as I have.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Important Issue, Please Read

This post today is a little different. It is not about a book I have read or an author that I love. This is about an important issue. Many of you do not know this but I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. I am an advocate for speaking out and seeking help. It had come to my attention not to long ago that here in the wonderful state of North Carolina, sex offenders can be on social media.  What?! You ask. Why are "people", and I use the word loosely, allowed to be on these networks and prey on more victims?


When I went about researching this to find and answer, this is what I got.  By taking away their right to social media, we are taking away their right to free speech.


I loved how in that whole statement it was about the perpetrator's rights but never the victim's. Sexual predators are taking away the victim's rights. Their right to live. Their right to choose. Their right to be free. When you are sexually assaulted in any way it strips you of those rights. You have to fight for them back. But here a sex offender is allowed to have rights. Why?


So I took it upon myself to right my congress, governor and Senate. I hear back from one senator. They basically thanked me for writing but stated that it would be too costly to pursue this.


So while our government is wasting our money on trying to stop same-sex marriage, they can not spend a penny to stop sex offenders from being on social media. Wow government, it is good to see you have your priorities straight.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Book Tour, Review & Giveaway: Hook Me by Chelle Bliss




Title: Hook Me (Men of Inked, #2)

Author: Chelle Bliss

Genre: Erotic, Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 6, 2014



Synopsis



Michael Gallo found his calling in life – he wants to kick ass. He works at Inked as a piercer, but spends his mornings training and dreaming of winning an UFC championship. Michael is the road to achieving his goal when a chance encounter alters his world forever. The title is no longer enough – he must capture the woman of his dreams. 



Dr. Mia Greco is dedicated to saving lives and helping those less fortunate. She doesn’t have time to meet Mr. Right with her busy schedule. She buries herself in her work and helping humanity. Fate steps in and sweeps the carpet out from under her. She tries to deny the pull to him, a man that uses his fists for gain, but the universe won’t let her walk away so easy and Michael isn’t one to take no for an answer.



He has a secret that may rip them apart. There are forces bigger than them at work; drawing them in and making their worlds collide – not letting either one of them walk away.




My Review

Ms. Bliss takes the reader on an entertaining adventure with Michael and Mia. You fall in love with the characters and at the same time laugh at their antics. Michael is one of the hottest characters because not only is he sexy as hell but has a heart of gold. Especially when it comes to Mia.

The two best characters, other than Michael, would have to be Mrs. Gallo and Tammy. Mrs. Gallo because of her straight forward way of talking to her children. Plus she has grandbabies on the brain all the time. Tammy, well you would expect to hate her because she is the supposed "villain". But Tammy is coo coo crazy in a funny way and you end up laughing at most of the things she does.


My overall thoughts of this book are that it lives up to it's predecessor. The Men of Inked is an awesome series and I look forward to reading more books. I highly recommend this one but only to readers that are 18+ due to HOT and STEAMY scenes. ;) 


My Rating is 5 out of 5 Stars

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Hook Me - Excerpt


His hand rested against my back, pulling me closer, and I became lost in his kiss. The feel of his rough thumb pad as he stroked my face made my body feel on fire. The sound of the rain beating against the truck, the thunder rumbling outside, and our breath frantic and quick, filled the cab.


I climbed in his lap as he gripped my ass and pulled my bottom to him. I could feel his hardness against me and I ached to feel him inside.


I couldn’t deny myself any longer.


“Take me home, Michael. Stay with me tonight.” I didn’t even have to think about it.


I wanted him.


The light touches, commanding kisses, and the feel of his hardness had me wanting more, needing it.


“Mia, I don’t know if that’s a good idea,” he whispered against my lips.


“I want to feel your skin against me. Remind me what it feels like to be loved, Michael. Show me the beauty and make me forget.” I held myself up and stared in his eyes.
“Please,” I begged.



His fingers swept against my cheek and I leaned into his touch, closing my eyes. “I’ll do anything you ask,” he said.

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Synopsis


Suzy’s a control freak and has her life mapped out - work hard, find a man with a stable job, and live happily ever after. She’s content with the status quo, but her plan comes to a screeching halt when he enters her life and turns it upside down.


City gave up on love when his heart was crushed in college, preferring to be the typical bachelor. He spends his nights hopping from one bed to another and his days working at his family tattoo shop, Inked. A chance encounter on a dark road makes him question what he had sworn off forever – a relationship.


A night of passion and lust causes them to question everything. Is City the knight in shining armor to the damsel in distress? Can their relationship survive when a fantasy falls apart and a secret comes out that changes everything?



About Chelle


Chelle is an avid reader; consuming contemporary romance, dark reads, young adult, and all things erotica. She wants to create a book filled with characters that readers could relate to with real world problems and matching wallets.



Chelle loves to travel and her favorite cities are New Orleans and Paris. She currently lives in Florida with her amazing boyfriend. He’s showed her the love and passion that she has poured onto the page.




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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Book Blitz and Giveaway: The Eye of Tanúb by M.E Cunningham

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Title: The Eye of Tanúb

Series:  Into Terratir Series # 1

Author:  M. E. Cunningham

Published:  June 13th, 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing

Word Count:  77,000

Genre:  YA Fantasy Adventure

Content Warning:  Non-gratuitous violence

Recommended Age:  14+

 

Synopsis:

Everyone thinks she’s crazy. And maybe she is. But Lauren Marriott knows her journey into Terratir happened. It was real, and she’s writing all down in frightening detail.

She has no patience for her brother Zach and his passion for stupid computer games until she finds a mysterious pendant in his room, pulsating with magical power. Lauren wants it, not realizing it’s a portal between this world and one of monsters, sorcerers, and dangerous quests.

Never in her wildest dreams could she have imagined what she’d find in the terrifying world of The Warlord—death at every turn, but also a love stronger than time itself.

In order to escape Terratir, Lauren, Zach, and their new found friends, must complete the impossible quest for the Eye of Tanúb, a relic of immense power, which The Warlord has already stolen for himself.



Excerpt:


I stood on the threshold, looking out over a wide valley dotted with trees and


boulders and even a couple of small buildings. Our teammates cheered, running to steal


the other team's flag. Zach followed them down a steep hill and over the verdant valley


that separated the Guild's home base from the Legion's.


I could hear the enemy before I saw them, their battle howls penetrating through


a cloud of fear that was slowly developing like a storm in my mind, chilling my blood. I


watched Zach slow as soon as he saw them too, and then stop dead in his tracks.


My mouth went dry.


The Legion had giant werewolves with black chain mail on their team, saliva


dripping from their exposed fangs. Zombie sorcerers, decked out in colorful magical


robes, their skin dangling in clumps from their faces. Finally, the dark-skinned drows


came screaming across the field, their daggers glinting in the sun.


I didn't know we'd be fighting fierce monsters and demonic beings. Suddenly, the


battlegrounds didn't seem so exciting. I quickly hid behind a large rock, panting in fear,


because the doors to the battlegrounds had shut and there was no way out. My teammates


met up with the enemy in the center of the valley and battled hand to hand.



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M.E. Cunningham came from a land, far, far away, and ended up on a little farm in northern Utah, living with numerous magical creatures: horses, chickens, dogs, cats, and a goat. Cunningham began writing quite by accident, the fall through the fabric of time dropped M.E. into the mysterious land of Terratir.

Terratir is not the first magical realm Cunningham has discovered, but it is the only one to be written about so far. Favorite topics include ghosts, monsters, dragons, and magic. Cunningham also likes TV, going to the movies, and camping in the mountains as long as there are no spiders, mosquitoes, or ticks.

Cunningham’s first book, Reluctant Guardian, was published in August 2013. While always in search of the strange and unexplainable, this author will write each story as it is discovered. Be on the look out!


 

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  • Reader's choice of Clean Teen Publishing eBook and bookmark swag pack. 


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Sunday, June 8, 2014

New Re-Release: Rumors by Erica Kiefer

NEW RE-RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT! 

 

We are pleased to announce that Rumors by Erica Kiefer has been expanded into a full length novel. Better yet— it's still FREE! Not only did Rumors expand, but it got a brand new cover too! Check out the new and improved full length version of Rumors, A Lingering Echoes Prequel by Erica Kiefer today! 

 


 

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Seventeen-year-old Allie Collins would rather hide behind rumors than face the truth—her life will never be the same as it was before the accident. As a star athlete grieving in the shadows, she hopes to find normalcy in boys and basketball. When her best friend sets her up with the popular Shane Moretti, Allie drags her feet, reluctant for added complications. Then she decides that dating Shane would be the perfect shield from last summer’s tragedy. However, what starts as a mere distraction proves much more complex. As Shane leads Allie into questionable situations, gossip continues to swirl.

 

Battling for her own identity while barricading painful emotions, Allie won’t escape her senior year without new wounds. After all, tragedy is no stranger to her. The events that unfold will draw readers deep into a well of emotion in Rumors, a Lingering Echoes Prequel.

 

Did you already read Rumors? Are you wondering what has changed in this new edition? The new re-release of Rumors has more than 20,000 words and additional scenes added to better tell Allie's story before she meets Damien in Lingering Echoes. Also, if you have any trouble getting the new version from Amazon, you can either remove the book from your device and upload it again or you can upload the new Kindle version from Smashwords. Both copies are free. The updated version of Rumors will be coming soon to the Nook and iBookStore.  

 


 

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BY: Erica Kiefer

New Adult Contemporary Romance

(Also Young Adult Appropriate.)

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“You can’t change the past… no matter how much you want to.”

 

If only Allie Collins could go back to that tragic day one year ago, perhaps she could escape the guilt that haunts her. In reality, there was no altering her cousin’s death or the role she played. 

 

Then she meets Damien Michaels, a dark-haired stranger on a dirt bike, who seems to watch Allie and know more about her than he should. Veiling his own secrets, including a mysterious scar and unexplained tattoo, Allie knows she shouldn’t trust him—especially as she digs up a past Damien desperately wants to forget. She also doesn’t believe in summer romances, yet she finds her attraction to him growing beyond his striking grey eyes. Unfortunately, Allie discovers too late that he is hiding a dark past which is far from over, endangering her life and those she loves."



 



About the Author: 






Erica Kiefer was born on Christmas Eve in Southern California to an American father whose ancestors arrived from Europe during colonial times and a Thai mother who moved to the US during high school. Adding to her rich and varied heritage, Erica grew up living abroad in Asia, including Taiwan, Fiji, Thailand and Indonesia. She gained a great respect for the beautiful mosaic of cultures found in various parts of the world. After graduating from International School Bangkok, she attended Brigham Young University in Utah, where she earned a degree in Recreation Therapy. Her career as a Recreation Therapist has allowed her to work with at-risk youth since 2007. 



 

Erica made the best decision of her life by marrying her husband in 2005 and is currently a mother of three, one of whom awaits her in heaven. Erica also loves singing, reading, writing and satisfying her sweet-tooth with chocolate-chip cookies. Playing collegiate rugby was one of the most memorable experiences of her life, thus far. 

 

Erica's first book, Lingering Echoes, was signed by Clean Teen Publishing in 2013. 



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Friday, June 6, 2014

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Hook Me by Chelle Bliss



Title: Hook Me (Men of Inked, #2)

Author: Chelle Bliss

Genre: Erotic, Contemporary Romance

Expected Release Date: June 7, 2014



Synopsis

 

Michael Gallo found his calling in life – he wants to kick ass. He works at Inked as a piercer, but spends his mornings training and dreaming of winning an UFC championship. Michael is the road to achieving his goal when a chance encounter alters his world forever. The title is no longer enough – he must capture the woman of his dreams.

 

Dr. Mia Greco is dedicated to saving lives and helping those less fortunate. She doesn’t have time to meet Mr. Right with her busy schedule. She buries herself in her work and helping humanity. Fate steps in and sweeps the carpet out from under her. She tries to deny the pull to him, a man that uses his fists for gain, but the universe won’t let her walk away so easy and Michael isn’t one to take no for an answer.

 

He has a  secret that may rip them apart. There are forces bigger than them at work; drawing them in and making their worlds collide – not letting either one of them walk away.


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Hook Me - Excerpt



The latch snapped. I could do this. The nearness of him dulled my fear.




His fingers brushed against my mound, sending an electric current through my body, as he grabbed the latched. “Safe and secure,” he said, pulling on the latch with a chuckle.




I opened my eyes and looked down at him. “I wouldn’t use either of those words right now,” I said as I smacked his shoulder.




I wasn’t talking about parasailing either.




“Come on, beautiful. There’s no turning back now. Up ya go,” he said, grabbing my legs and throwing me my over his shoulder.




I squealed as I flopped against his body, my chest colliding with his shoulder. I smacked his back; bouncing as I kicked trying to break free. “Put me down!” I yelled and laughed.




“My view is too damn good to do that, Doc,” he said and swatted my ass.




“Pig.” I reached down and tried pinched his ass.




Fucker was rock solid and I could barely get enough between my fingers.




“Nice try,” he said, unaffected by my effort and swatting me on the ass again.




I yelped, the sting from palm making me wish I could reach back and rub the tender spot. “Ugh,” I said as I bounced and grew slack in his arms, finally defeated.




The beach disappeared as he stepped on the boat. “Will you put me down now, please?” I asked, trying to sound sweet as sugar.




“If I must,” he said before placing a light kiss against my hip.




I closed my eyes and tried not to think about it, about him. The feel of his mouth against skin that hadn’t been touched in so long had me at my breaking point.




He wrapped his arms around my legs, pushing the harness into me, before pulling my body down against him. He controlled the speed, making the journey to my feet as drawn out as possible.




By the time my feet touched the boat I forgot how scared I had been. The sexual frustration I felt trumped everything. “You’re not safe,” I whispered as I looked up at him with one eye, the sun behind his head almost blinding me.




He laughed, pulling me against his shaking body. “Doc, I’ll make sure you survive the trip up there.” He bent down rubbing his nose against mine.




“It’s not the ride I’m talking about, Michael.”




“I know.” He smiled and kissed me, his lips shaking under mine from the laughter still rumbling through his chest.

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Synopsis

 

Suzy’s a control freak and has her life mapped out - work hard, find a man with a stable job, and live happily ever after. She’s content with the status quo, but her plan comes to a screeching halt when he enters her life and turns it upside down.

 

City gave up on love when his heart was crushed in college, preferring to be the typical bachelor. He spends his nights hopping from one bed to another and his days working at his family tattoo shop, Inked. A chance encounter on a dark road makes him question what he had sworn off forever – a relationship.

 

A night of passion and lust causes them to question everything. Is City the knight in shining armor to the damsel in distress? Can their relationship survive when a fantasy falls apart and a secret comes out that changes everything?



About Chelle


Chelle is an avid reader; consuming contemporary romance, dark reads, young adult, and all things erotica. She wants to create a book filled with characters that readers could relate to with real world problems and matching wallets.

 

Chelle loves to travel and her favorite cities are New Orleans and Paris. She currently lives in Florida with her amazing boyfriend. He’s showed her the love and passion that she has poured onto the page.




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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Release Day Blitz: Romancing Lorelei by June Stevens

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OAK HOLLOW SERIES #2


ISBN: 9781310267628


Romancing Lorelei is a STAND ALONE novella in the Oak Hollow Series.



RL_PRomo3RL_FINAL_400X600She doesn't believe in love...He fell in love at first sight.


The moment he laid eyes on her, Kaden McAllister knew there was something special about Lorelei. After spending one incredible night with her, he knew he wanted her in his life. But the next morning she was gone, without even giving him her last name. When he finally finds her can he convince her there can be much more between them than sex?


Lorelei isn't interested in falling in love with anyone, ever. Yet, she can't deny that something deeper lurks beneath the intense sexual attraction that sizzles between her and Kaden, She agrees to get to know him, but can she put her past behind her and open herself up to the possibilities of love?



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MEPINUPDJ Westerfield is a wife, step-mom, sister, auntie, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, friend, and Mommy to four adorable and mischievous four-legged babies.


She writes non-fiction, blogs, and co-hosts an internet radio show as DJ Westerfield. She also works as a consultant for independent authors and creates crafts and jewelry she sells on her online store, Hydeaway Cottage.


DJ uses the pseudonym June Stevens to write fiction in a variety of genres including contemporary romance, romantic suspense, romantic fantasy, paranormal romance, urban fantasy. You can find out more about her and WHY she uses both of her names on her website.


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RL_PRomo1“Kaden, we don’t have a relationship. We’ve had sex and I’ve met your family. That’s all.”


“Exactly. The two biggest relationship hurdles and we’ve already passed them and we are still talking. Neither of us has run away screaming, yet. I think we are making great progress.”

Lorelei shook her head, her lips twitching into a smile. “You’re a nutcase.”

“Probably. Yet, here you are, still in my truck.” He reached out and took her chin between his fingers and turned her face so that they were eye to eye. His silly grin had melted and his eyes were intense and unreadable. “Lorelei, I know we’ve gone about all of this a little backwards, and maybe we don’t have a relationship yet, but I would like for us to develop one.”

“Kaden…”

“Let me finish,” he cut her off, leaning in just a bit closer. His and slid from her chin to clasp her hand between them. “You are beautiful and sexy and since the first moment I saw you I’ve been fascinated. That night between us, that wasn’t like me either. I was so incredibly hot for you I couldn’t think straight. I thought that if I could have you then I could get you out of my head. So I arranged with Kath and Jack to use their tent. But that all too brief night was more than I imagined possible, and then you were gone the next morning without a word. You have haunted me every moment of every day since.”

Every molecule of oxygen in the car seemed evaporate. Lorelei’s chest tightened and her throat closed, and even if she could have spoken her brain was too fogged to put together a coherent sentence. No one had ever said anything like this to her. Ever. She didn’t know if she should laugh in his face or melt into a puddle at his feet. Before she could decide, he went on.

“You don’t want me to think you sleep with just anyone, but I need you to know that I don’t think that. And more than that, I need you to know that I don’t just want sex from you. As a matter of fact, I don’t want to have sex with you again. Well, not for a little while at least. That’s why I didn’t go any further than I did earlier today. It’s true that I find you so incredibly sexy it’s hard to think straight sometimes, but, there is more to what I feel than that. You are funny and sweet and your smile breaks my heart. I don’t know even a millionth of what there is to know about you, but I do know that I want to know it all.”

There was a long pause where there was no sound in the truck except for their breaths. Then Lorelei pulled her hand from his and took a deep breath. “I still think you may have me confused for another type of girl. I know I said I’m not casual about sex, but I’m not quite that serious about it either. What I meant was I am usually very picky about who I sleep with. I usually go on a minimum of three dates to make sure we are on the same wavelength. But I don’t require a serious relationship to have a sexual one.”

Kaden’s eyebrows furrowed quizzically. “So, what you are saying is that you’ll have sex with me, but you won’t date me?”

Yes, that is exactly what she was saying. Wasn’t it? She wasn’t really sure of anything. She definitely wanted to get him in bed again, she couldn’t deny that. But, she had also had a lot of fund with Kaden and his family tonight. “I’m not really the “know everything about you” type of girl. Before tonight I’ve never met the family of anyone I’ve dated. It’s just not who I am.”
“You know, there’s a first time for everything. And how can you really know you’re not that kind of girl if you’ve never tried it?” He didn’t give her time to respond. He grabbed her hand again, lacing their fingers together, and went on. “Lorelei, I just want to date you, not skin you and eat you for breakfast. It’s not that scary. We go to the movies, dancing, out to eat, you know the things people normally do when they are getting to know each other. Let me romance you a little. What’s the worst that could happen?”
“I could detest you.”

“Or you could really like me, even fall in love with me,” he grinned and waggled his eyebrows at her.

Yeah, that was actually the worst thing that could happen. The last thing she needed was to fall in love and get her heart ripped out. Yet, he was so cute when he was trying to be endearing. And so sexy. Even with the word “love” in the air, which would normally be a splash of cold water to her libido, sitting so near him had every one of her nerve ends tingling.

She let out a huff of air. “Okay. I’ll date you. But I’m not making any promises, and I definitely don’t want you to make any.”
Kaden didn’t respond with words. Instead he slid his to the back of her neck and pulled her to him. When his lips met hers something hot and needy exploded inside her. She leaned into him, letting him deepen the kiss. For a long moment they explored each other through taste and touch. When he finally pulled back she was weak and breathless. That kiss had certainly felt like a promise, she just didn’t know of what.

“Will you come in?” she asked hopefully, her voice barely more than a whisper.

“No. I meant it. No sex for a while. I want to get to know you without sex muddling things up.” He straightened in his seat and slumped back, groaning. “I can’t open your door for you. If I get out of this truck, I won’t get back in until morning.”

Lorelei flashed him a sexy grin. “That would be okay.”

“Stop trying to seduce me, you sultry siren,” he laughed, leaning over to drop a chaste kiss on her forehead. “Go on. I’ll call you tomorrow.”

Lorelei laughed and slid out of the truck, then walked around to his door. When he rolled down his window to see what she wanted she said, “I just wanted to tell you I had a good time tonight.” Then she reached up and slid her hand to the back of his neck like he had done to her a few moments ago and pulled him down into a hot, searing kiss. When she pulled away she had to put her hand on the truck for a moment to steady herself. “Sweet dreams,” she called over her shoulder as she walked to the door, letting her hips sway just a little more than usual.

She heard him say “Siren” and smiled to herself knowing he was affected by the kiss as she was. She just hoped he couldn’t see the way her hand shook as she fumbled with the lock. Finally she got the damn thing to work and let herself in, closing the door behind her. Once she’d reset the alarm, she slumped against the door replaying his words in her head and wondering what she’d gotten herself into.

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