Submitting To The Rancher by BJ Wane

One of my very favorite authors, BJ Wane has a new book and a new series out. Submitting to The Rancher is the first book in BJ’s Cowboy Doms series. If book one is indicative of the rest of the series, I’m looking forward to the rest!

Though there have been numerous complaints on the length of the story, I thought it was just right. While some of the subjects could have been dragged out more, it was a fun romp of a story. Sydney is a 5 star chef who is on the run from her uncle who wants her inheritance. He’s willing to go to any length to get it. She ends up getting lost on her way to her new job, (a common ocurance) and happens to see the goings on at a BDSM club.

She meets up with her boss, who ends up getting her out of trouble more often than not, getting her and her bottom into hot water.

BJ’s foray into cowboy romance has started off with a bang! And I’m excited to read about the rest of the ranch’s hot doms!

5 Stars!!!

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Claiming Mia by BJ Wane

Claiming Mia
by
BJ Wane
I’m excited to announce the release of Claiming Mia available on both Amazon and Blushing Books.
Claiming Mia is an erotic romance and suspense containing both BDSM and spanking scenes, it is also a stand alone read.
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This Frenemies to Lovers story is written by the iconical BJ Wane. Unlike the stupendous Virginia Bluebloods series {Luckily now available in one terrific book, (Which I just bought to have all of my favorites under one roof so-to speak.) And also unlike the Miami Masters series(again, so much yumminess) Mia is a standalone. For now I hope.

Mia runs a nursery/flower service, and she’s been rather irked to see sherriff Nolan MacGregor and having to send flowers to his flavors of the week, so she gets into a confrontation with him whenever she sees him. But after two run-ins out on the town, Nolan decides to act on the passion he’s had with the crazy woman he’s had feelings for, for the last 10  years and shows her a little of what it means to be his.

But his job will come back to haunt them both and they will need to rely on their training and wits to get her through what’s next.Will Love Lost survive?

I think you want the answer to that as much as I did. BJ strikes another homerun out of the park with this standalone!

5 Stars!

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Blurb for Claiming Mia
Newly divorced Mia Reynolds doesn’t like Chief Nolan MacGregor. His arrogance gets under her skin, but it’s her body’s instant reaction every time he levels that cobalt gaze upon her or hints at giving her what he keeps insisting she wants that really gets to her. After her husband’s betrayal, she’s sworn off getting involved with anyone, and certainly isn’t
going to trust her fragile heart with the town’s reformed bad boy.

Nolan wants Mia and refuses to let her prickly stubbornness stand in his way. Once he entices her into an affair and shows her the benefits of submitting to him, her off-the-charts responses prove he was right all along – she is the one for him. When his investigation into an illegal drug ring implicates Mia’s business, he never stops believing in her innocence.

When the Feds go around him, Mia refuses to believe he hadn’t been with her just to keep an eye on her and her nursery for proof the drugs were coming in on the trucks carrying her landscaping orders.

Mia’s reluctance to trust Nolan completely lands her in trouble with a drug trafficker and it isn’t until she is kidnapped that she realizes what her insecurities and refusal to let go of the past might have cost her…

Publisher’s Note: This steamy contemporary romance contains elements of power exchange.
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An excerpt taken from
Claiming Mia
Thirty minutes later, she stood reaching for a potted vase sitting on the top shelf in the showroom when the bell over the door pealed.  Before she could climb off the short stool, hard hands clasped her waist and lifted her down as if she weighed nothing.  Flustered, she looked up, gritted her teeth and shifted in uncomfortable awareness when her eyes met Chief Nolan MacGregor’s amused gaze.  Okay, she admitted it wasn’t the man’s physical appearance she objected to.  What woman wouldn’t look twice at a six foot two, broad shouldered, slim hipped man who wore a Stetson tipped low enough to draw the eyes to the slit of his cobalt blue gaze?  No, it was the arrogant dominance he wore like a comfortable coat that put her on edge whenever he entered her place, more so now he was crowding her against the shelves and making her even more aware of that ripped body.  She much preferred easy-going, polite men.

Wishing it was anyone but him, she stated with a huff, “You’re crowding me, Chief.”

Those sensuous lips curved in a slow smile as he stepped back.  “I wouldn’t make you so uncomfortable if you’d let yourself cut loose with me.”

Damn.  There went that warm flush spreading through her body when he thumbed back his hat far enough for those enigmatic, blue eyes to zero in on her with a long perusal.  He made no effort to hide the appreciative trail he took from her braided, dark brown hair to her sneaker-clad feet.  How one look from him could make her dormant body sit up and take notice when she didn’t even like the man was beyond her.  She sure as heck didn’t like it.  She’d never been one to be ruled by baser urges, instead preferring a positive connection with a man or woman before embarking on a friendship, something that was definitely lacking between her and the chief.

Shuffling behind the counter, Mia breathed a sigh of relief once she put the wide, butcher block space between them.  She glanced up, way up at the only man who’d been able to get under her skin.  There wasn’t one thing she could pinpoint that rubbed her the wrong way; instead, it seemed to be the uneasy combination of arrogance, dominance and male magnetism she objected to, and her betraying body’s response to those undesirable traits.  There was no use denying the way her pulse spiked under the slow stroke of his ice-blue eyes that was as potent as a caress, a reaction she should be used to by now since it had been occurring from the moment she first set eyes on him kissing that woman all those years ago.

“Thanks, Chief, but I have enough on my plate right now to keep me from even thinking about being added to your long list of conquests,” she returned primly, ignoring his taunting smirk.  “Thank you for your order.  Trish has it ready for you.”
She pulled the vase forward.

“I didn’t peg you as the type to listen to small town rumors, Ms. Reynolds.”  He nodded at the colorful arrangement.  “Nice, thank you.  I’m glad I caught you in.”  The way he drew out Ms. Reynolds in a slow drawl hinted he knew about the finalization of her divorce.  He and every other citizen in Whitetail.

Reaching into his breast pocket, Chief McGregor pulled out two tickets and slid them across the counter toward her.  Tilting his hat back even further, he offered her a better view of his rugged face bronzed by sun and wind and capped with coal black hair tinted grey around his forehead.  “You haven’t paid these.”

“I’m sorry, I’ve been so busy, I forgot.”  Picking up the parking tickets, she winced at the fines.  Her habit of pulling over and parking wherever it was convenient to expedite her errands resulted in a parking fine more often than not.  That was just one of Pete’s constant complaints that went along with her always being in a hurry.  “I can come in later this afternoon and take care of them.”

Leaning on the counter, he replied in that deep voice that never failed to curl her toes.  “See that you do.  Or, better yet, don’t.  Now that you’re officially free, it’ll give me a good excuse to offer you a choice of consequences.”

The corners of his mouth kicked up in another smile, but she couldn’t miss the hint of a threat behind his words that set her heart to hammering with uncertainty.  That didn’t concern her near as much as the sudden warm gush between her legs.

She didn’t even like the man, for pity’s sake, and she really didn’t care for his forward insinuations.

More News:

I will have a new release, Submitting to the Rancher, out January 4th 2019, which introduces a new series for $0.99 and at the end of January 2019, you will be able to purchase the boxset for the Magnolia Island Trilogy at a discounted, low price.

Eagle by Janie Crouch

 

 

Title: Eagle

A Linear Tactical Standalone

Author: Janie Crouch

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 30, 2018

 

Blurb

 

Finn Bollinger.
Military codename: EAGLE.
A single dad, a
warrior, a hero.
For Charlotte Devereux he’s also the man whose heart she broke years
before. And now, he’s her only chance for survival.
When former Special Forces soldier Finn Bollinger is asked to help with
an undercover mission, he’s up for the task. His job teaching survival skills
to civilians at Linear Tactical keeps him sharp, and he can still handle
himself in the field. 
But the Army damn well didn’t teach Finn how
to handle Charlotte Devereux. She’s back and she’s all sorts of bad
news. 
Charlotte can’t change the past. Can’t change the choices she made or
the fact that they cost her everything. All she can do is endure the fallout.
Even if that means putting her future in the hands of Finn, the man who has
every right to want to destroy her.
And can in so many more ways than he thinks.
When Finn’s undercover mission goes impossibly wrong, he’ll have to
depend on Charlotte’s strength in order to survive. But everyone has a
breaking point.
He’s fighting
for what’s right.
She’s fighting
just to survive… 
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The second book in Janie Crouch’s Linear Tactical series is all about second chances. Charlotte “Charlie” Devereaux is back in town, and Finn Ballinger wants to know why. She’s come to tutor his son, but she has a master’s  degree in education.
Things have gone very wrong for Charlie, and all she wants is to get her life back as a teacher, and maybe for Finn to believe in her again. But someone wants her finished, and it’s up to Finn and linear Tactical to find out.
This was a fun read, even though there were a few times I wanted to throttle Finn.

5starreview

 

 

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Author Bio
USA TODAY
bestselling author Janie Crouch writes what she loves to read: passionate
romantic suspense.  She is a winner and/or finalist of multiple
romance literary awards including the Golden Quill Award for Best Romantic
Suspense, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the RITA© Award by the
Romance Writers of America.
Janie
recently relocated with her husband and their four teenagers to Germany (due to
her husband’s job as support for the U.S. Military), after living in Virginia for
nearly 20 years. When she’s not listening to the voices in her head—and even
when she is—she enjoys engaging in all sorts of crazy adventures (200-mile
relay races; Ironman Triathlons, treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp)
traveling, and movies of all kinds. 

 

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Sir’s Rise by Red Phoenix

 

Title: Sir’s Rise

Series: Rise of the Dominants #1

Author: Red Phoenix
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: November 6, 2018
Blurb
Explosive and hot! 
I know her unspoken
desire when she gives me that coy look before disappearing into the row of
library books…
I’ve always had the
natural ability to unlock a woman’s hidden desires, but my life takes a
complete 180 when I’m introduced to my true calling.
In my journey to
become a Master, I make it my mission to indulge my submissives, as well as
challenge them.
But I’ve discovered
something equally valuable in the process. Family.
When everything
I’ve worked for is threatened, I am ready to fight—and I am a man who will do
whatever it takes to protect what’s mine.
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I have to say, I have always been a huge fan of Red Phoenix’s, and her series about Brie’s Submission is one of my absolute favorite. Now, we get to see a whole new perspective! We go back in time a bit to when Sir Thane Davis was just college kid Thane Davis.

We see from his view how he meets his college roommate, his vodka swilling lab partner and more! It was a blast getting to see back to the early days back before Sir and Brie.

I totally LOVED this series and I cannot WAIT to see what comes next in this trilogy.

5starreview

 

Purchase Links
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Excerpt
From the 1st Chapter: Surprise
Encounter
(The
Library Scene)
I watch
with interest as she gives me a flirtatious grin, adjusting her glasses before
getting up and heading to the reference section of the library. She’s wearing a
midline skirt that is conservative but still sways enticingly as she walks away
from me.
Taking her
cue, I set down my pen and leave my calculations on the table a few minutes
later. I survey the other students here, noting that they all seem preoccupied
and are not interested in what I am doing.
The
librarian, however, stares me intently as I walk past her. I give her a slight
nod, acknowledging her station, and watch with a sense of satisfaction as she
blushes.
Heading
deep into the reference section, I find my chestnut beauty hidden in the back.
A smile spreads across her face as I approach.
As she
opens her mouth to speak, I put my finger on those red lips and shake my head.
There will be no words between us.
I replace
my finger with my lips, pressing my mouth against hers.
Kissing her
gently at first, I feel her body respond to mine, and I slip my tongue into her
mouth.
She moans
softly, so I pull away shaking my head. The only way this continues is if she
stays totally silent.
Looking at
me with those sultry eyes, she tilts her chin up, begging for another kiss.
I claim
those sensual lips again while my hand begins exploring her curves. As my hand
moves downward, I grasp her waist, pulling her against me so she can feel my
growing excitement.
It has been
a while since I’ve felt the thrill of penetration, and my cock aches in
anticipation of it.
Hiking up
her skirt, I push her back against the shelves, the scent of old books
surrounding us as I feel between her legs. Her panties are already wet, letting
me know she’d been fantasizing about this encounter ever since she sat down
next to me.
Naughty girl…
I slip my
hand under the thin material and struggle not to groan when I feel the slick
warmth of her pussy. My body burns with desire.
Knowing
time is of the essence, I slip her panties down to her knees and unzip my
jeans.  I pull a condom from my wallet
and watch her eyes widen as I roll it down over my hard shaft.
Sliding the
head of my cock against her tight opening, I take a few moments to build up the
sexual tension. The sound of a low cough echoing from somewhere in the library
only adds to the excitement of what we are about to do.
Looking
deep into her eyes, I lift her leg to open her pussy to me and slowly push my
cock into her.
She makes
the barest of sounds and I immediately pull out, raising my eyebrow. Looking at
me desperately, she bites her lip to show she’s serious about keeping silent.
I kiss
those red lips again as I slide my shaft back into her, pushing even deeper.
She trembles with need when I begin thrusting. The excitement of having sex in
the college library has both our hearts racing.
The small
beads of perspiration on her skin cause those sexy glasses to slip down the
bridge of her nose. I take them off and carefully set them on a shelf before
gripping her buttocks tight. I begin stroking her deeper while keeping eye
contact as I climb toward climax.
I want her
to join me and pull out slightly so I can reach down between her legs and play
with her swollen clit while I continue to thrust into her with my hard cock.
Unfortunately,
the cougher seems to be on the move and, by the sound of it, he’s headed
straight toward us.
It seems
the idea of being caught turns my chestnut beauty on, because her pupils grow
wider just before I feel her pussy squeeze my shaft with her orgasm. My body
instinctually responds, thrusting deeper as I follow with my own climax.
I quickly
pull out, slipping my cock back into my pants, condom and all. She barely has
time to pull up her panties and fix her skirt before he walks by our section.
I lean into
her, kissing her passionately to hide the reason for her panting breath, then
turn to give the guy a hard stare, letting him know he’s interrupted us.
He shrugs,
giving me an apologetic grin before covering his mouth and wandering off amid
another bout of coughing.
I look down
at her and smile as I gently place the glasses back on her face. Giving her one
last kiss, I signal that she should leave first. She glances back at me with
that coy grin just before disappearing around the corner.

 

Author Bio
Over Two Million readers have enjoyed Red’s stories.

USA Today Bestselling Author Red Phoenix is an award-winning romance author who
gained popularity with her series, Brie’s Submission.

She also happens to be a submissive in real life and began
writing Brie’s story so people everywhere could find out just how fun BDSM can
be.

 

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Cover Reveal:Black Light: Fearless by Maren Smith💕

Knotty Girl Reviews is squirming in our seats for this hot new release in the Black Light Series!

Black Light: Fearless by Maren Smith

Coming November 16

He was the last thing she thought she needed, but she was everything he wanted.

Abused and alone, Kitty had no idea how far she’d have to flee after she finally got the courage to run. She never would have guessed she’d end up halfway around the world, or in the home — much less the arms — of dominant Australian whip-master, Noah Carver.

He knows she’s damaged, that she needs safety and time to heal, but the way her submission calls to him has Noah thinking more about what could be between them than her history.

The only question now is what she fears more: standing up to her abusive ex-dom, or staying with a man she’s afraid to love?

About Maren Smith

Fortunate enough to live with my Daddy Dom, I am a Little, coffee whore, pain slut, administrator at my local BDSM dungeon, resident of the wilds of freakin’ Kansas (still don’t know how I ended up here) and submissive to the love of my life. An International and USA Bestselling Author, I have penned more than 120 novels, novellas and short stories, and am the author of the Masters of the Castle series.

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Cassie’s Temptation by Annie Becker

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All she wants is a peaceful life. To live on her brother’s quiet Wisconsin farm and write romance novels. But one night, fate intervenes.

When ex-reporter Cassie Martin overhears a heated argument between two men, her curiosity moves into high gear. And when one of them mentions a mysterious disappearance and “manipulating time,” she has to have answers.

Aaron Reegan is the head of security at a secret facility in the Wisconsin countryside. When he happens to meet local writer Cassie Martin, sparks fly, as they realize they share dark steamy tastes. He never once questions her innocence or her motives.

Until the moment he realizes he’s been betrayed.

A chance meeting… a technology that makes the Manhattan Project look tame… and suddenly Aaron is chasing Cassie back to fourteenth century France. To save her? Aaron had thought he’d met the woman he was going to spend the rest of his life with. But now, his only choice is to kill her.

“Outlander” meets “Fifty Shades of Gray,” Cassie’s Temptation is the first book in Time Bridge series. If you love steamy romance, time travel adventure, a smart-as-a whip heroine, and the sexiest hero to step out of the pages of a book in a long while, don’t miss “Cassie.” Mature readers comfortable with darker themes only please.

About Annie

Annie Becker is an American author of adventure romance, stories with smart feisty heroines (who don’t always make the best choices), smoking hot alpha heroes, and plots that are edgy and raw… just a bit outside of the mainstream. Time travel, mysterious artifacts, underwater archaeology, alien abduction, EMP survival… you’ll find all of these in an Annie Becker adventure romance!

Annie, with a co-author, won Romantic Times’ Awards “Best New Historical Romance” and “Best Romantic Adventure” in the 1980s. The duo penned several books that are widely regarded as some of the best “bodice rippers” of all time. After leaving romance writing for many years, she’s back – with a vengeance – and ready to take readers on wild adventures to places that are all too real.

Annie splits her time between her home in Colorado, her son’s home in Virginia and her daughter’s home in London. She loves cats, dogs, her children, her grandchildren, and her husband.

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Website: https://anniebecker.net

 

More Than Crave You by Shayla Black

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Logical. Rich. Driven. And he wants her. . .

More Than Crave You, an all-new sexy standalone from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shayla Black is available now!

04 MoreThanCraveYou

I’m Evan Cook—billionaire tech entrepreneur and widower. Professionally, I’ve got it all. But since my wife died, my personal life has fallen apart. Remarrying seems like the obvious answer, so I place an ad. I’m not asking for much. The ideal woman only needs to be smart, organized, pretty, and helpful—both in and out of bed—without expecting romance. I never thought to look right in front of me…but it turns out that Nia Wright, my sexy, sassy assistant, just might be the perfect candidate.

After an unexpectedly hot night together, I’m ready to stop interviewing strangers and simply marry her. On paper, she ticks every box on my list. Best of all, she’s far too sensible to fall for me. I didn’t see the flaw in my logic until it was too late. I never thought I’d lose my heart for the first time. And I definitely never imagined Nia could consume me. But she’s harboring a secret that could tear us apart. Can I prove I more than crave her before it’s too late?

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The fourth book in Shayla’s More Than Words series deals with widower billionaire Evan Cook. He’s not looking for love, but he is looking for a wife who will fit a specific set of roles, but not love. When he sets his assistant Nia to the task, she lets him know he has it all wrong. And after Evan’s friends take him out one night, he realizes that Nia just might fit the bill. This was an enjoyable read, though not my favorite series by Shayla

4starreview

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Excerpt:

I charge down the hall toward what might be the stupidest mistake of my life.

I move through the sea of bodies, shrugging past the Latina dancer, a few of the French maids, then bump into my assistant’s handsy dance partner. I stare him down. He looks at me blankly. One thing I realize instantly? My gaydar is absolutely silent. He’s every bit as straight as I am.

As he hovers protectively around Nia’s dressing room, I snarl and shoulder my way past him.

He grabs my arm. “Where do you think you’re going?”

“To see Nia. Let go.”

His eyes narrow. “Is she expecting you?”

No. In fact, I’m about to shock the hell out of her. I don’t know if I’ll be unwelcome, but I’m going to test Bas’s theory that she wants me. If he’s right…this could get messy really fast.

I shake him off, barrel inside the room, and shut the door. Behind me, I immediately hear the asshole jimmying the knob. I throw my weight against the portal to keep him out and lock it behind me.

Nia whirls to the sound of my intrusion, dressed in an inch of stage makeup, a silky white robe—and nothing else.

The moment she recognizes me, her mouth drops open. Shock spreads across her face. “E-Evan?”

“Nia.” I can’t find more words. I can’t do anything except stare and put one foot in front of the other. I certainly can’t defuse the anger and possessiveness I know I have no right to feel.

“What are you doing here?”

“That’s my question for you,” I growl. “Why the fuck are you taking your clothes off for strangers?”

She rears back and blinks at me. I don’t think she’s ever heard me curse. I keep the office professional, totally aboveboard. But I can’t manage decorum now when she’s breathing hard and her nipples are poking her thin robe.

She raises her chin and glares at me. Everything about her demeanor is like waving a red cape in front of a bull.

“It’s burlesque, not stripping,” she snaps. “I don’t do this for money. I do it because I enjoy dancing.”

“Yeah? You enjoy that asshole’s hands all over you, too?” Even though the logical side of my brain tells me I’m way out of line, I point at the door behind me and stalk closer to her. “You enjoy sex standing up with him?”

Her nostrils flare. Her mouth presses into a firm line. “Last time I checked, boss, I don’t have to justify my personal life to you.”

The fact she’s right only pisses me off more. “You do when your behavior reflects badly on Stratus Solutions.”

She shoots me a quelling glare. “You’ll have to do better than that. No one in the audience knows who I am. I never take off my mask and I never use my real name. Nothing I do on stage can taint your reputation.” Arms crossed over her chest, she saunters closer. “Why don’t you be honest and tell me what’s really bothering you? I know you’re not this mad simply because I was dressed a little risqué and gyrated on stage with Kyle?”

I debate the wisdom of blurting the truth. The rational part of my brain tells me to shut up, leave, and act on Monday like nothing happened tonight. Every other part of me knows that ship has sailed. My cock is especially eager to lay my cards on the table, grab Nia in my arms…and not worry about what happens next.

“You’re right. I’m mad because I think you’ve fucked him.”

She jerks as if I’ve slapped her. “Not that it’s any of your business, but we haven’t been together in almost two years. Thanks for letting me know you think I’m a whore.”

Hearing I was right royally pisses me off. Having her put words in my mouth kills what’s left of my patience, stripping away anything resembling professional civility.

I try not to squeeze her arms as I drag her close. “I never said that. Or thought it. I’m telling you that I can’t stand knowing he’s touched you. I don’t like the fact you still have anything to do with him. I don’t even understand why I’m here yelling and angry. I’m just…”

How the hell do I put the storm raging inside me into words? No clue, but I need to get it all out somehow or I’m going to explode.

“Jealous?” Soft surprise crosses her face.

Something about her confusion rips the confession from me. “Yes.”

“Because you…want me?”

I grit my teeth and try again to think through the wisdom of spilling all this to her. But I can’t keep it in. The softness of warm silk and hot woman under my palms almost undoes me. “Yes. I know I shouldn’t. I’ve spent forty-eight hours telling myself what I’m feeling is ridiculous and I can’t allow this—whatever it is—into our perfectly comfortable, efficient working relationship. But I can’t turn it off. I can’t fight it. I can’t pretend it doesn’t exist.”

“Is that what you’d rather do? Bury your head in the sand and not feel it?” She looks hurt.

Her expression makes me feel like an asshole. Nia always asks insightful questions. Why should now be different?

I shake my head. “For the first time in months—maybe years—I feel alive.”

Nia stares at me in silence, her gaze fused to mine. I swear I see a hundred thoughts whip through her head. For once, I can’t read a single one.

“Say something.” If she doesn’t soon, I don’t know what I’ll do. I don’t even know if I can be responsible for what happens next.

“Have you been drinking?”

“Not enough to drown out how much I want you.”

“In spite of your opinion about my sexual past? And what about our working relationship?”

She’s not wrong, but they’re barbed questions. I have to maneuver around them carefully. “Nothing matters to me except touching you right now.”

Before Nia can chew on my answer and remember all the reasons she should say no, I pull her against me. She gasps. The instant her soft body makes contact with my hard, aching cock, I groan and hold her tighter, cupping her face and lowering my mouth to her parted lips.

About Shayla:

Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than sixty novels. For nearly twenty years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages.

Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past eight years.

Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her daughter, and two spoiled tabbies. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

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