Blog Tour Extract: A Country Rivalry by Sasha Morgan

A Country Rivalry by Sasha Morgan

Publisher: Aria
Publication Date: 19th march 2019
Format: Ebook
ASIN: B07KRKZPHY

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Description

Life in the beautiful Cotswolds village of Treweham could never be described as boring, but the arrival of a documentary film crew means that things are even busier than normal.

For the ever-so dashing Lord of the Manor Tobias Cavendish-Blake and his new wife Megan, it’s a great advertising opportunity as they’ve recently opened up their home, Treweham Hall, to the public. And for the chef at the local pub The Templar, Finula, the arrival of the brooding director Marcus Devlin, means her love life is looking up.

Whilst at the racing stables, jockey and trainer Dylan Delaney is hoping the exposure will help him find new owners and horses for him and his partner Flora to train. But there is more to Marcus Devlin than meets the eye, and he has very personal reasons for heading to the Cotswolds.

And once his plans become clear, life in Treweham may never be the same again.


About The Author

Sasha lives in a rural, coastal village in Lancashire with her husband and Labrador dog. She has always written stories from a very young age and finds her fictional world so much more exciting than the real one.

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Extract

Tobias raised his glass. ‘To the last night of our honeymoon.’

Megan raised hers to his. ‘And the beginning of our lives together. Cheers.’

It had been a magical holiday, spent in tranquil, rural Normandy in an enormous farmhouse oozing with character. The ancient beams, stone walls and huge open fireplaces had been a welcome sight for the newlyweds, as had the south-facing terrace, which caught the sun all day. But what made the farmhouse so special was the garden and its wild Parma violets growing in abundance. Their sweet aroma had hit Megan immediately, transporting her back in time and bringing to mind memories of her gran, who always wore the fragrance of violets.

None of this was coincidence, of course. Tobias had known exactly what he was doing when booking the accommodation. It had been Ted, Megan’s grandfather, who had told him about the farmhouse and the part it played in his life years ago during the war. It was here that the kind French family had helped him recuperate from his injuries. He had lived with them for almost a year, as his lost memory slowly eased its way back to life, and the smell of Parma violets had given him the jolt he needed to recover the faded memories of his first love, Grace, Megan’s grandmother. Now the farmhouse was a luxurious B & B, which retained its rustic charm. Tobias had been thorough in his research and, with Ted’s help, he had managed to track it down and make his wife’s honeymoon all the more special for the sentimental link.

Together Tobias and Megan had lazed by the still, turquoise pool, walked through the wooded valley, meandered through the busy market square, eaten fine French cuisine and drunk rich, fruity wine in the dusk by candlelight, listening to the cicadas. They had all they needed: each other and the promise of a family on the way. As Lord Cavendish-Blake and the new custodian to the ancestral home, Treweham Hall, it fell on Tobias’ head to produce an heir, an obligation he had fulfilled with Megan a month before marrying her. They had yet to announce the good news, choosing to keep it secret for the moment.

For Tobias, this was a cherished time. Having been dubbed a ‘wild child’ in his youth, along with his two close friends, Seamus Fox and Dylan Delany, his meeting Megan only seven months ago and falling head over heels in love was somewhat out of character, or so the tabloids would have their readers believe. According to them ‘Lord Cavendish-Blake-the-rake’ had been untameable, a hell-raiser, who, together with Seamus, had been nicknamed ‘the Heir and the Fox’. Their antics had been reported in many a newspaper, but now it appeared they had been tamed and disciplined, just like the stallions they rode. Seamus was now the obedient husband to the fiery Tatum, who was more than capable of cracking the whip, and a doting father to their two little girls. Tobias was the love-struck new husband to Megan, who had moved into Treweham village last spring after inheriting her grandmother’s cottage.

Megan had worked in the local pub, The Templar, becoming close friends to Finula, who was the landlord’s daughter and who couldn’t speak highly enough of Tobias and his family. Megan had been instantly attracted to the dark-haired, green-eyed, devilishly handsome lord, who made her laugh. She also fell for the caring, compassionate side to him that had never been described in the papers. It had been a whirlwind romance, leaving Megan a touch dizzy. Tobias had provided practical help whilst renovating her grandmother’s cottage and offered emotional support when she had discovered the truth about who her granddad actually was. He’d made no secret of his attraction towards her either, and despite her wariness of his notorious past, his charm had won her. And when she had realised she was pregnant, her whole being had well and truly spun.

For Tobias, it was simply the icing on the cake; all he ever wanted. He’d craved a deep, loving relationship and yearned for children, especially when witnessing how happy his best friend, Seamus, was with his wife and two daughters. From the moment he first set eyes on Megan he knew she had to be his. He’d fallen under the spell of her brown, almond-shaped eyes, her freckled, button nose and silky, brown hair cut neatly into a bob. The feeling he had wasn’t just lust, of that he was certain. He found her company refreshing; she often made him laugh and her quiet confidence gave her a pleasant self-assuredness, not like the brash, overbearing women who had thrown themselves at him. Her interest in his upbringing hadn’t been crass, it was genuine, his background being a total contrast to her own. Despite his reputation and all the glamorous girlfriends that had been pictured on his arm, he had only felt like this once before. He had previously been engaged to another local girl, years ago. Tragically she had been hit and killed by a drunk driver, leaving Tobias heartbroken. The press still hadn’t relented, choosing to home in on a young man’s desperate grief. In the end Tobias had retaliated and given them something to write about, each exploit getting more daring and outrageous than the next. Now it was different: now he had settled down.

Tobias raised his glass. ‘To the last night of our honeymoon.’

Megan raised hers to his. ‘And the beginning of our lives together. Cheers.’

It had been a magical holiday, spent in tranquil, rural Normandy in an enormous farmhouse oozing with character. The ancient beams, stone walls and huge open fireplaces had been a welcome sight for the newlyweds, as had the south-facing terrace, which caught the sun all day. But what made the farmhouse so special was the garden and its wild Parma violets growing in abundance. Their sweet aroma had hit Megan immediately, transporting her back in time and bringing to mind memories of her gran, who always wore the fragrance of violets.

None of this was coincidence, of course. Tobias had known exactly what he was doing when booking the accommodation. It had been Ted, Megan’s grandfather, who had told him about the farmhouse and the part it played in his life years ago during the war. It was here that the kind French family had helped him recuperate from his injuries. He had lived with them for almost a year, as his lost memory slowly eased its way back to life, and the smell of Parma violets had given him the jolt he needed to recover the faded memories of his first love, Grace, Megan’s grandmother. Now the farmhouse was a luxurious B & B, which retained its rustic charm. Tobias had been thorough in his research and, with Ted’s help, he had managed to track it down and make his wife’s honeymoon all the more special for the sentimental link.

Together Tobias and Megan had lazed by the still, turquoise pool, walked through the wooded valley, meandered through the busy market square, eaten fine French cuisine and drunk rich, fruity wine in the dusk by candlelight, listening to the cicadas. They had all they needed: each other and the promise of a family on the way. As Lord Cavendish-Blake and the new custodian to the ancestral home, Treweham Hall, it fell on Tobias’ head to produce an heir, an obligation he had fulfilled with Megan a month before marrying her. They had yet to announce the good news, choosing to keep it secret for the moment.

For Tobias, this was a cherished time. Having been dubbed a ‘wild child’ in his youth, along with his two close friends, Seamus Fox and Dylan Delany, his meeting Megan only seven months ago and falling head over heels in love was somewhat out of character, or so the tabloids would have their readers believe. According to them ‘Lord Cavendish-Blake-the-rake’ had been untameable, a hell-raiser, who, together with Seamus, had been nicknamed ‘the Heir and the Fox’. Their antics had been reported in many a newspaper, but now it appeared they had been tamed and disciplined, just like the stallions they rode. Seamus was now the obedient husband to the fiery Tatum, who was more than capable of cracking the whip, and a doting father to their two little girls. Tobias was the love-struck new husband to Megan, who had moved into Treweham village last spring after inheriting her grandmother’s cottage.

Megan had worked in the local pub, The Templar, becoming close friends to Finula, who was the landlord’s daughter and who couldn’t speak highly enough of Tobias and his family. Megan had been instantly attracted to the dark-haired, green-eyed, devilishly handsome lord, who made her laugh. She also fell for the caring, compassionate side to him that had never been described in the papers. It had been a whirlwind romance, leaving Megan a touch dizzy. Tobias had provided practical help whilst renovating her grandmother’s cottage and offered emotional support when she had discovered the truth about who her granddad actually was. He’d made no secret of his attraction towards her either, and despite her wariness of his notorious past, his charm had won her. And when she had realised she was pregnant, her whole being had well and truly spun.

For Tobias, it was simply the icing on the cake; all he ever wanted. He’d craved a deep, loving relationship and yearned for children, especially when witnessing how happy his best friend, Seamus, was with his wife and two daughters. From the moment he first set eyes on Megan he knew she had to be his. He’d fallen under the spell of her brown, almond-shaped eyes, her freckled, button nose and silky, brown hair cut neatly into a bob. The feeling he had wasn’t just lust, of that he was certain. He found her company refreshing; she often made him laugh and her quiet confidence gave her a pleasant self-assuredness, not like the brash, overbearing women who had thrown themselves at him. Her interest in his upbringing hadn’t been crass, it was genuine, his background being a total contrast to her own. Despite his reputation and all the glamorous girlfriends that had been pictured on his arm, he had only felt like this once before. He had previously been engaged to another local girl, years ago. Tragically she had been hit and killed by a drunk driver, leaving Tobias heartbroken. The press still hadn’t relented, choosing to home in on a young man’s desperate grief. In the end Tobias had retaliated and given them something to write about, each exploit getting more daring and outrageous than the next. Now it was different: now he had settled down.


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#CoverReveal: A Twist of Fate by Summerita Rhayne @SummeritaRhayne

Today I’m xcited to be bringing you this absolutely beauty of a cover!! I’m telling you, it’s stunning!! The colours are just amazing.

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Release Day Blitz: Worth Fighting For by Amanda Kelley

Today we have the release blitz for Amanda Kelley’s Worth Fighting For! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy today!

Title: WORTH FIGHTING FOR

Author: Amanda Kelley

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Worth Fighting For:

Nothing in Kellen O’Connell’s life has come easy. He knows better than anyone that if you want something, you better fight for it.   When he finds himself drawn to a feisty kindergarten teacher, he realizes he’s going to have to fight harder than ever if he wants to know her secrets.   On the outside, Ali Crawford has it all. The perfect job. Great friends. A wonderful family. But she has demons, just like everyone else. There are things she’s never given a voice to, and they are relentlessly chipping away at her conscience.   Will she have the courage to trust the magnetic, if not annoyingly infuriating, Kellen with her past? Or will she let it ruin the best thing she’s ever known, as it turns her into someone she doesn’t even recognize?   If they can learn to trust each other, they might just find something worth fighting for.   *Intended for readers 18 years of age and up due to mature content.

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While the kids were held captive by one of the men donning a heavy tan fire suit, Ali felt someone come stand beside her. She glanced to her right and found Kellen. He seemed much bigger, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with her, than he had the other day. Ali wouldn’t consider herself short, and he still had at least six inches on her. “You doin’ okay?” he whispered, keeping his eyes trained forward. “Aces. Why do you ask?” “Oh, I don’t know. Could have something to do with the pale skin and choppy breathing. Or maybe it’s the way you’re swaying on your feet.” Crap. She hadn’t thought it was so noticeable. She caught the eye of one of her students who’d turned to talk to the boy next to him and motioned for him to be quiet and pay attention before she whispered back, barely moving her lips, “Occupational hazard. I’m fine.” “Of course you are, but why don’t you have a seat before you fall over?” Ali gritted her teeth. More than a little annoyed that he’d noticed. Annoyed that she felt like crap. Annoyed that he’d ordered her around. And annoyed that the pills were barely keeping her on her feet. “I said, I’m fine.” “Whatever you say, Ali Cat.” “Excuse me? Did you just call me an alley cat?” When he didn’t respond, she glanced up at him and found him completely relaxed, calmly watching the firemen who began taking questions from the kids. That only annoyed her further. “You know, in polite society, people don’t go around pointing out how crappy someone else looks.” “And, if you’d retract your claws a little, you’d realize I never said you looked crappy. I was simply asking if you were feeling okay.” Double crap. Ali closed her eyes. He was right, and she was being a bitch again. She had ninety more minutes before she could head home and quarantine herself—and her bitchiness—in a hot bath where she couldn’t infect anyone else. But there was something she needed to do first. “I’m sorry.” “Accepted,” Kellen easily returned. “No, not just for today,” she continued. “For last week in front of the diner. I was snippy that day, too, and you didn’t deserve it then any more than you deserve it now.” “Has everyone been graced with your sunny demeanor lately, or am I just that lucky?” She huffed out a surprised laugh. “You’ve been luckier than most.” “Any particular reason?” None that she was going to share. “Luck of the draw, I guess.” “Fair enough.” “And I appreciate your concern. Thank you for checking on me.” See, I can be nice.     About the Author: Amanda was raised in a small town in Wyoming where she met and married her high school sweetheart. Today, they live in Northern Colorado where she is lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mom to two incredible sons. When she is not attempting to write awesome love stories, she spends her days as a chauffeur, alarm clock, maid, nurse, chef, counselor, cheerleader, referee, finder of shoes and homework, giver of hugs, and pet whisperer. And she wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Cover Reveal: Making Home With You by Claire Raye

Today we have the cover reveal of MAKING HOME WITH YOU by Claire Raye! Check out this fantastic new contemporary romance, and be sure to grab your copy April 24th!

Title: Making Home With You

Author: Claire Raye

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Day: April 24th

About Making Home With You:

Finn O’Loughlin is the strong silent type, and as Rockport’s chief of police he’s also the town’s most eligible bachelor. But the last thing he’s interested in is a relationship. But the last thing he’s interested in is a relationship. That is until he hooks up with an enigmatic blonde in the bathroom of his family’s pub. Longing to see her again, she reappears on New Year’s Eve and Finn is shocked to realize who she is. Worried about their secret relationship, they continue in private…until they get caught in the act.   With everything out in public, Finn finally feels at ease, content and surprisingly happy in his new relationship. But, with Finn now off the market, he discovers that not everyone is happy about the situation and soon becomes haunted by a past hook-up who refuses to let go.   Desperate to keep all of this from becoming town gossip, Finn tries to protect his new girlfriend by hiding all of the drama he’s dealing with. Unbeknownst to him though, she’s dealing with problems of her own in the form of a sleazy new boss who doesn’t take no for an answer.   What happens when outside forces trying to pull them apart, collide? Will Finn be able to hold onto this new-found happiness with the first woman to ever captivate him. Or will past regrets and new dangers threaten their happiness?

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Exclusive Excerpt:

I look up at the clock for what feels like the millionth time. It’s after nine and Finn still isn’t here, the bar is beginning to fill with costume-clad people and I wonder if I’ve made a mistake pushing the fact that I wanted Finn to wear a costume, let alone join me at the party. But it isn’t such an extreme request surely; it’s a party for his brother and future sister-in-law. I tug at my costume as it rides up a little, cutting into my hips and making it slightly uncomfortable. “He doesn’t really like parties. You’ll get used to it,” a voice says from behind me. When I turn around Kelsey is standing there with a small smile on her face, but it’s just for show. It’s almost like she’s trying to reassure me that it isn’t my fault Finn has yet to show up. Part of me assumed he’d use work as an excuse to avoid tonight. But another part of me, the one that likes to think Finn and I have something, needs him to show up. To show me that he enjoys spending time with me despite his hatred of costumes and crowds. That he wants to be with me regardless. “Seriously…” Kelsey says but stops short and I see her eyes widen, and when I hear Beck yell out, “You’ve got to be fucking kidding me?” my eyes instantly gravitate toward the entrance to the bar. I see him, standing, scanning the crowd, searching for someone, searching for me. In that moment my heart stops and everything around me falls silent. I feel his eyes on me, his smile grows as he takes me in and all I can focus on is him walking over to where I’m standing. Navigating the crowded room and ignoring the comments and the women who attempt to stop him. “That boy loves you,” Kelsey says, her mouth close to my ear. “Look at his face!” “What?” I ask, appalled by her reaction to Finn’s arrival. “Don’t act like you don’t know,” she says, giving my side a little pinch before she bails, leaving me speechless. He loves me? I think as Finn finally stops in front of me, his smile even broader than before. He can’t possibly love me or could he?  

About the Author:

Not only is Claire Raye a really sweet pen name, it’s actually a pen name for two sarcastic best friends who met through their mutual love of reading. After bonding over books (and wine and cheese), they decided to take the plunge and see if they could write a book together and ta dah… The Rockport Beach Series was born! In addition to their shared love of food and dropping an occasional (read, a lot of) f bombs, the writing duo that is Claire Raye like to write about strong, sassy females who aren’t afraid to say what’s on their mind and the overprotective men who fall in love with them. While Claire Raye’s resting bitch face might be strong, she always makes sure her alpha males are stronger!   Writing The Rockport Beach Series has been so much fun, even if Book two needed a shared vacation, a stolen bottle of champagne and far too much vodka and POG to get it back on track! Both halves of Claire Raye are married and both of her husbands have a cheeky side that gets plenty of airtime in her books. From their smart mouths to their witty one-liners, there’s plenty of material to use for all those alpha males she loves to write about.   While Claire Raye isn’t sure she’ll ever reveal who she really is – there’s just something about your co-workers knowing you write erotic love scenes that makes having a pen name that much easier – she’s definitely going to keep on writing. Plans are already underway for the next series, which is sure to feature plenty of sass, steam and humor, and of course, a happily ever after!  

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Cover Reveal: Broken Beats by D. Kelly

We are so excited to be revealing the cover to BROKEN BEATS, the next Illusion Series standalone from D. Kelly. Readers have been begging for Darren’s story and now it’s finally coming – be sure to pre-order your copy today!

 

Model: Graham Nation Cover Designer: Regina Wamba – Mae I Design

About BROKEN BEATS

Darren – Single father Widower Retired Three things I never thought I’d be by thirty, yet all my daily reality. This is not the life I would have chosen, but it’s the hand I’ve been dealt. I love my daughter. I loved Belle. I’m not interested in more heartache. Relationships are a thing of the past. Until I meet her – She’s the awakening I desperately need, but one I’m not sure I deserve.

Haddie – Everything happens for a reason. Time heals all wounds. You’re too young to give up on love. They say that, but they’re wrong. My world crumbled forever when my fiancé died. Then I met him – He’s flawed in the same ways. Broken in the same places. Scared of the same things. He looks at me like I’m his salvation. And I want to be, but an open heart means risking a broken one.

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About D. KELLY

Kelly, author of The Acceptance Series, The Illusion Series, and standalone companion novels Chasing Cassidy and Sharing Rylee, was born and raised in Southern California. She’s a wife, mom, dog lover, taxi, problem fixer, and extreme multi-tasker. She married her high school sweetheart and is her kids’ biggest fan. Kelly has been writing since she was young and took joy in spinning stories to her childhood friends. Margaritas and sarcasm make her smile, she loves the beach but hates the sand, and she believes Starbucks makes any day better. A contemporary romance writer, D. Kelly’s stories revolve around friendship and the bond it creates, strengthening the love of the people who share it. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Newsletter | BookBub

Mini Reviews #18

For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne:  While an easy, read in a day, sort of book, I found the main character, Heather, a little predictable. She came across as needy, desperate and just a little too nice at times. Her chemistry with Josh though was there. It did feel real. I liked Josh, and his sense of humour. He came across as a light hearted bloke, but had his own walls and secrets. A easy, light hearted romantic read for a dark, wet, disgusting day. This is the second in a series, but can be read as a standalone. I’m strangely looking forward to the third on another rain filled afternoon.

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Release Blitz: Rogue Wave by J. Bengtsson

We are so excited to be sharing the release of ROGUE WAVE, the next standalone in J. Bengtsson’s beloved Cake series. Be sure to grab your copy today or read it for free with Kindle Unlimited!

 

About ROGUE WAVE

A love story that survives the test of time.

Keith McKallister is the king of the stoners. You know the type. Every school has one – the hot, fun, dopey guy beloved by the student body but despised by, well, just about everyone else. He spends his early mornings in the ocean and his days trying to get to class on time. Life is as easy as it gets until one poor choice too many catches up with him and he’s forced to reevaluate his path.

Samantha Anderson sits in the front row. You know the type. Every school has one – the quiet, faceless, studious girl who fears the taunts of her peers and fades into the background. Life has never been simple for Samantha, and it’s about to get a little more complicated when Keith slides into the seat beside her with a partnership plan designed for his benefit only. But what Keith brings to the table is more than either of them could imagine.

Sometimes the person you least expect to make a difference will change your life forever. Sometimes the person you love the most might be better off without you.

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Read a short excerpt from ROGUE WAVE

 

“What’s wrong?” he asked.

“Nothing’s wrong. It’s just – I’ve never been kissed before. If, you know, that’s what you were going to do. Maybe you weren’t, and I totally misread the whole thing, and if I did, I’m sorry, but…”

Once I caught the grin on Keith’s face, I stopped rambling.

“I was going to kiss you, but I didn’t realize you needed to make an outline first.”

“More like a rough draft,” I added playfully.

“I’m thinking getting you into bed would take a full dissertation.”

“Whoa. You need to slow down, Keith. I won’t go past a term paper with you.”

“We’ll see about that,” he answered confidently.

His playfulness drew a smile to my lips. “No, we won’t.”

He grabbed me again, and before I could think, he pressed a quick kiss to my lips. “There. Now you’ve been kissed. Stop making it weird.”

He let me go, picked up his surfboard, and started jogging toward the water.

My fingers found my lips and I grinned like a loon before picking up my own board and chasing after him.

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About J. BENGTSSON

A professional stay-at-home-mom for twenty-one years, Jill started her writing career in 2016 after reading a really bad rockstar romance. Although she had no previous writing experience and no desire to become an author, Jill was convinced she could write a better story.

And so began Cake: A Love Story. She wrote the novel for fun and added every single thing she’d ever wanted to read in a romance. Embarrassed by her newfound hobby, Jill kept her writing a secret from her family.

When the story was complete, she turned to Amazon to get the feedback she desired. Not thinking the book would ever sell, Jill planned to pull Cake off Amazon once it got a review or two but that never happened because, within a week of its release, Cake began to soar up the bestseller charts. Not only was Jill shocked by Cake’s success but now she had a whole new burgeoning career on her hands…and some explaining to do. Needless to say, the news of Jill’s secret book bay came as a complete shock to her husband and three children.

Jill is now a full-time writer.

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Release Day Launch: I Dream of Spiders by Elle Keating

Today we have the release blitz for Elle Keating’s I DREAM OF  SPIDERS! Check it out and be sure to order your copy today!

Title: I Dream of Spiders

Author: Elle Keating

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

About I Dream of Spiders:

The move to the remote town of Quarry Hill, Pennsylvania was supposed to help Griffin McGuire start over and forget the two people who betrayed him. As a paramedic at the local hospital, he would still have to interact with people, but the rest of the time he could hole himself away in the secluded cabin he was renting. It was perfect. For the first time in over a year, he felt like he could finally breathe.

That was until he met her.

A woman who doesn’t know her own name or why she was covered in blood and standing in the middle of the road when he found her. Griffin knows he should contact the police, but something is preventing him from going to the authorities. It doesn’t take long for him to realize that he was correct in trusting his instincts. Every time she falls asleep, she dreams and another memory is unlocked. Memories that are horrific and make him want to protect and hide her from the world.

 

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I can’t keep doing this to him. He has a life and most likely a girlfriend. Tomorrow I will leave. I will ask to borrow some money and get far away from him. He has done enough. I will make it on my own. I get out of bed and creep down the hall to tell him my plan. I expect to find him in the kitchen, maybe needing a late-night snack, not the bathroom. Because why wouldn’t he have just used the master bath? The sound of heavy breathing snaps up my attention and I look toward the hall bathroom. The light isn’t on but I hear a barely audible groan on the other side of the cracked door. I push it open and watch the man I have fantasized about for the past few days working his cock with one hand while he steadies himself by holding onto the sink. I can’t stop staring. He is so big, so aroused…and so am I. I want him. I want to be the one making him groan and pant. Without warning, he turns and our eyes lock.

“Leave, Clare.” I can’t move. “Go back to bed,” he commands, his tone desperate. His hand stills and he releases his cock. “Please,” he utters, his voice gruff, as if he is in pain.

My feet unlock from the imaginary vise they have been in and I step toward him. We don’t break eye contact, even when I grip his cock and stroke him from root to tip. I’m not sure if I have ever done this before or if I am even doing it correctly, but the way his breathing hitches and his eyes flutter tell me that I am doing something right. I pump him harder, swirling the wet tip with the pad of my thumb. His hips sway and his pants become more erratic. I am seconds away from dropping to my knees when he suddenly grabs my wrist.

“We can’t,” he says, his eyes boring into mine.

“Why? Is it because of Corinne?” I ask. He blinks several times and shakes his head. “Your girlfriend?”

“I don’t have a girlfriend.”

“But I thought…”

“Corinne’s my sister.”

He doesn’t have a girlfriend. Which means…

He pries my fingers from his cock and tucks himself back into his pants. He moves past me and steps out of the bathroom. Like a fool, I follow him. “Oh. I get it now. You just don’t want me,” I say.

He stops and faces me. “Is that what you think? That I don’t want you?”

“You stopped me…you said we can’t…”

“We can’t because you belong to someone else. You remembered him today, caught a glimpse of the man you admitted loving, and I’ll be damned if he is who you are thinking of as I sink into you. I won’t share you. I’m not built that way.”

I feel like complete shit. Griffin is doing the noble thing, protecting my virtue and his heart. I am such a bitch.

Dylan is important to me. I care for him. Love him. But in what way? If it is a romantic type of love, then why didn’t I feel guilty when I touched Griffin? Or when I think about him taking me, claiming me? Griffin turns and walks to the living room. I pathetically escape to the bedroom. I am no longer afraid of the nightmares that could plague me if I even manage to fall asleep tonight. No, what I fear are the dreams I may have of the man who has just protected me from myself.

 

About the Author:

Elle Keating is the author of romance novels with sexy heroes and fierce females. Her first book, Thrill of the Chase (Dangerous Love, #1), was published by Forever Romance’s digital imprint, Forever Yours, in 2015. Cut to the Chase (Dangerous Love, #2) soon followed. Most recently, Elle self-published Wanting More (Dangerous Love, #3), Back to the Start (Dangerous Love, #4) Feels Like Falling (Dangerous Love, #5) and the standalone novel, Keeping His Commandments.

When Elle isn’t torturing her heroes and heroines (don’t worry, there’s always a happily ever after), she is a public school administrator and enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children in New Jersey. For more on Elle and her books, visit ellekeating.com.

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