THE ROCK by Jennifer Bernard – Release Week Blitz

Today we have the release week blitz for Jennifer Bernard’s The Rock! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy today!

 

Title: The Rock

Author: Jennifer Bernard

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

About The Rock:

As the owner of Rocky Peak’s favorite bar, easygoing Jake Rockwell is everyone’s rock and best friend. But now he needs serious help from the gorgeous and fierce investigator Olivia James—and it’s going to kill him to keep things strictly professional between them.

It’s been a long, hard-fought battle to go from naïve ex-trophy wife to respected private investigator, but Olivia has done it. She now offers her services only to women in need…but she’s made an exception for a friend. Which might possibly be the biggest mistake of her life, since Jake is as maddening as he is charming…and thoughtful…and insanely hot.

The closer they work together and the more Rockwell family secrets they expose, the harder it is for Olivia and Jake to resist their sizzling connection. But their burning almost-romance is about to go up in flames as they uncover the final revelation that could blow Jake’s world apart—forever.

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About Jennifer Bernard:

Jennifer Bernard is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. Her books have been called “an irresistible reading experience” full of “quick wit and sizzling love scenes.” A graduate of Harvard and former news promo producer, she left big city life in Los Angeles for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters.  She still hasn’t adjusted to the cold, so most often she can be found cuddling with her laptop and a cup of tea. No stranger to book success, she also writes erotic novellas under a naughty secret name that she’s happy to share with the curious.

 

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BECOMING THE BOSS by Hayley Faiman – Blog Tour

Today we have the blog tour for Hayley Faiman’s BECOMING THE BOSS! Check it out and get your copy today!

 

Title: BECOMING THE BOSS 

Author: Hayley Faiman

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

About BECOMING THE BOSS:

Luciana Rossi is untouchable, the Principessa of the Zanetti Famiglia, until one day she becomes extremely vulnerable. Unsure of who to trust, or where to turn, she follows the man that she’s had a connection with since childhood.

Gavino Santoro is hungry. He craves power, control, and Luciana. Taking over the Zanetti Famiglia has been his goal since he began climbing the ranks of one of New York’s most powerful families.

Now that the power he craves is within his grasp, he needs the wife that will complete his image of being the new Zanetti Boss. Even if he has to lie and manipulate the beautiful woman to bend her to his will.

Two people doomed by circumstance. An organization in upheaval. Nothing but uncertainty in the future. Morality is nothing but a concept. This is the beginning of the Zanetti Famiglia’s new empire.

 

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About the Author:

I was born and raised in a small farming town in California. I met my husband when I was 16 and he was 19. We married four years later and have two little boys! We lived in Oregon for a few years while he served in the US Coast Guard.

Texas is now where we call home, where our boots rest, and where we’re raising our two little boys and a chocolate lab named Optimus Prime.

 

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SCARLET MARK by Lexi C. Foss – Blog Tour

Today we have the blog tour for Lexi C Foss’ SCARLET MARK! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy of this sexy romance today!

Title: Scarlet Mark

Author: Lexi C. Foss

Genre: Romantic Suspense

 

About Scarlet Mark:

 Deceit requires punishment.

But what happens when the mark is innocent?

 

Killian “Dagger” Bedivere

 

My latest assignment has evolved into a game of deciphering whom to trust—the renowned politician who hired the Cavalieri Della Morte, or the runaway bride?

She’s gorgeous, conniving, and everything I crave in a woman.

 

She’s also my target.

 

Rule number one: Never fall for the mark.

Rule number two: Fuck rule number one.

 

Amara “Scarlet” Rose

 

I never wanted this world, but the decision wasn’t mine to make. I always belonged to him. Now there’s a new player on the board—one hell-bent on destroying all my plans.

 

He’s lethal, handsome, and everything I should fear.

 

Rule number one: Don’t trust anyone.

Rule number two: Do everything you can to survive, even if it means breaking rule number one.

And rule number three: When in doubt, kill.

 

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About Lexi C. Foss:

Lexi C. Foss is an award winning and bestselling author of paranormal romance. She loves complex plots, twists and turns, and writing fantasy with strong, realistic elements. Many of her readers comment on how her worlds feel real, and she not-so-secretly wishes they were—at least some of them.

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SCARLET MARK by Lexi C. Foss – Release Blitz

Today we have the release day blitz for Lexi C Foss’ SCARLET MARK! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy of this sexy romance today!

Title: Scarlet Mark

Author: Lexi C. Foss

Genre: Romantic Suspense

 

About Scarlet Mark:

 Deceit requires punishment.

But what happens when the mark is innocent?

 

Killian “Dagger” Bedivere

 

My latest assignment has evolved into a game of deciphering whom to trust—the renowned politician who hired the Cavalieri Della Morte, or the runaway bride?

She’s gorgeous, conniving, and everything I crave in a woman.

 

She’s also my target.

 

Rule number one: Never fall for the mark.

Rule number two: Fuck rule number one.

 

Amara “Scarlet” Rose

 

I never wanted this world, but the decision wasn’t mine to make. I always belonged to him. Now there’s a new player on the board—one hell-bent on destroying all my plans.

 

He’s lethal, handsome, and everything I should fear.

 

Rule number one: Don’t trust anyone.

Rule number two: Do everything you can to survive, even if it means breaking rule number one.

And rule number three: When in doubt, kill.

 

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Exclusive Excerpt:

“What time are you delivering me to Malcom?” I asked, applying subtle pressure to his groin. Just enough to tease and to show I knew how to handle him.

“Whenever I want,” he replied, his voice deepening. “Dead or alive.”

“But I’m worth more to you alive.” The words were more for my benefit than for his. It meant he would be hesitant to stab me—at least fatally. Of course, I’d prefer to avoid it altogether.

He smiled. “You were listening. Good girl.”

I’m going to enjoy hurting you, I decided, my mouth curling with the thought. “And what am I supposed to be finding?” I asked, tracing his sizable erection. Hmm, it seemed every part of him was well proportioned and enticing. Too bad he chose the wrong side of this battle. Because I agreed with him—we’d have fun with each other.

“All right, sweetheart. You want to play this game?”

I gave him my best innocent look. “Who says I’m playing?”

“Cute.” He smiled, dipping his chin. “Seduce away, darling. But I won’t be letting you go. I’m married to my job first and foremost. And I never fail a mission.”

 

About Lexi C. Foss:

Lexi C. Foss is an award winning and bestselling author of paranormal romance. She loves complex plots, twists and turns, and writing fantasy with strong, realistic elements. Many of her readers comment on how her worlds feel real, and she not-so-secretly wishes they were—at least some of them.

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BECOMING THE BOSS by Hayley Faiman – Release Blitz

Today we have the release blitz for Hayley Faiman’s BECOMING THE BOSS! Check it out and get your copy today!

 

Title: BECOMING THE BOSS 

Author: Hayley Faiman

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

About BECOMING THE BOSS:

Luciana Rossi is untouchable, the Principessa of the Zanetti Famiglia, until one day she becomes extremely vulnerable. Unsure of who to trust, or where to turn, she follows the man that she’s had a connection with since childhood.

Gavino Santoro is hungry. He craves power, control, and Luciana. Taking over the Zanetti Famiglia has been his goal since he began climbing the ranks of one of New York’s most powerful families.

Now that the power he craves is within his grasp, he needs the wife that will complete his image of being the new Zanetti Boss. Even if he has to lie and manipulate the beautiful woman to bend her to his will.

Two people doomed by circumstance. An organization in upheaval. Nothing but uncertainty in the future. Morality is nothing but a concept. This is the beginning of the Zanetti Famiglia’s new empire.

 

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“Nothing in this house, including the cars, the clothes, the money, or you, belongs to your father anymore. It won’t be automatically transferred to you either. It belongs to the new Boss.”

“Meaning you?” I ask, my voice barely above a whisper.

He smirks. “Nail on the head, cucciola. Get in the fucking car.”

Turning my head, I look behind me at the closed door that leads to the only house I’ve ever lived in. My life is over. The only life I’ve ever known is over. I could run to Mauro instead of getting into this car with Gavino. But I have a feeling that I would regret that immediately.

I’m not sure which devil to choose. The devil that I know without a doubt will be cruel, that I will hate with every breath that I take or the one that I’m attracted to, the one that I could easily fall for and end up completely heartbroken with.

Neither idea feels the slightest bit appealing. No matter what, I’m going to end up battered, bruised, ruined, and broken. Though I have a feeling that I was born with that fate, there would be no way around it, my father alive or dead, this is how I would always end up. Just like my mother. Buried and dead before I reach the age of forty.

Squaring my shoulders, I inhale a deep breath and walk over to the passenger side of the car. Opening the door, I sink into the soft seat. Buckling the belt, I slowly turn toward Gavino.

“I won’t hurt you, not physically. I swear it, cucciola,” he vows.

Gulping, I nod, my eyes searching his. “But you will hurt me?”

“Undoubtedly.”

 

 

About the Author:

I was born and raised in a small farming town in California. I met my husband when I was 16 and he was 19. We married four years later and have two little boys! We lived in Oregon for a few years while he served in the US Coast Guard.

Texas is now where we call home, where our boots rest, and where we’re raising our two little boys and a chocolate lab named Optimus Prime.

 

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WHITE COLLAR RANCHER by Marie Johnston – Blog Tour

Today we have the blog tour for White Collar Rancher by Marie Johnston! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy now!

 

Title: WHITE COLLAR RANCHER

Author: Marie Johnston

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About White Collar Rancher:

Justin used to rule the boardroom. Now he rules his own little plot of land, or he could if he weren’t a clueless single dad with a newborn. Desperate for help, he calls out an SOS to an old friend—the doctor who delivered his son. But the longer she’s around, the harder it is to ignore that a stunning intellect isn’t her only appeal.

It was supposed to be just two friends getting through a baby’s colic together. Only Priya has harbored way more than friendly feelings for Justin for years, and she’s struggling to keep her thoughts platonic around the scruffy, rugged rancher. It doesn’t hurt that he’s the only friendly port in a frigid small town that was supposed to welcome her back with open arms.

Justin’s sworn off women and refuses to change for anyone. Priya’s fighting to save her job and has no time to soothe male egos. So a friends-with-benefits arrangement seems like the perfect solution…except no one warned them one of the “benefits” could be a broken heart.

 

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About Marie Johnston:

 Marie Johnston writes award-winning paranormal and contemporary romance and is a RITA® Finalist. Before she was a writer, she was a microbiologist. Depending on the situation, she can be oddly unconcerned about germs or weirdly phobic. She’s also a licensed medical technician and has worked as a public health microbiologist and as a lab tech in hospital and clinic labs. Marie’s been a volunteer EMT, a college instructor, a security guard, a phlebotomist, a hotel clerk, and a coffee pourer in a bingo hall. All fodder for a writer! She has four kids and just as many cats.

 

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SOUR by Jennifer Rebecca – Excerpt Reveal

Today we have the cover reveal of SOUR  by Jennifer Woodhull! Check it out and grab your copy now!

 

Title: SOUR

Author: Jennifer Woodhull

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: June 4th   

 

About SOUR:

Tall, handsome, and eternally optimistic Noah has dated a string of gorgeous women. His best friend Elle has outlasted them all. Of course, he has no idea she’s been in love with him for years. Why would he? It’s not like she’s going to tell him. After all, she’s short and awkward, and as he’s fond of reminding her, has a sour disposition.

 

When Elle takes off on her annual ten-day vacation with her family, Noah comes to a startling realization. She’s the woman who is by his side day in and day out, whose office is across the hall, and whose house is around the corner. She has called him on his shit when he gets too cocky, and he has held her in her arms when her heart was broken. Absence must make the heart grow fonder because while she’s in Germany with her parents, he realizes that everything he has ever wanted was right there all along. Now he’s on a mission to make her realize that romance won’t ruin their friendship, but platonic friendship is ruining their relationship.

 

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I walk down the hall, and turn the corner into my room to find, to my shock and dismay, a wall of dripping wet muscle standing at the foot of my bed, toweling himself off.

I gasp, clutching my palm to the bare spot on my chest between the cups of my bra—thankfully, a t-shirt model that offers at least a little coverage. Hearing me, he turns, holding the towel just so that the most critical information is unavailable.

“Hey, you’re home!”

Noah takes three long strides toward me and leans forward to hug me. I put my palm out and it lands firmly in the middle of his perfect, muscular chest.

“You’re naked! You can’t hug me naked! It’s weird!” I exclaim.

“You’re naked too!” He argues, wrapping the towel around his waist and folding it into a not-very-secure-looking knot at the side.

I silently will the knot to fail and expose the only bit of Noah Adler that I’ve never seen, but sadly I still have not developed telekinetic powers, so nothing happens.

“There, better?” He asks, palms up.

He doesn’t give me a chance to answer and instead wraps thick, muscular forearms and defined biceps around me as he pulls me into his sculpted torso.

“I missed you!” He says, laying his cheek against the top of my head.

I wrap my arms around his midsection and look up as I give him a squeeze, carefully jutting my ass out so my belly doesn’t make contact with what I imagine is a sizable and delicious member beneath the towel he’s barely wearing.

“I missed you too. You should’ve come with us,” I say, closing my eyes as I do a happy dance on the inside because he came to see me after all.

“I’m not a Bailey. No Bailey family adventures for me,” he laughs. “But I am going to need you to tell me every detail, Ariel.”

I squirm away from him. “Well, that didn’t take long. I’m over missing you now.”

About the Author:

We all need moments of escape. With all the demands on us day in and day out, we each need something just for ourselves. Perhaps nothing provides a private moment – a brief respite from every day – like escaping into a great story. When you pick up one of my books I hope you find that place that you can escape to. Explore the streets of Paris with new heroines or fly around the world to reclaim your lost love with a favorite hero. Whether it’s the romance that takes your breath away or those climactic encounters that make your pulse race, I hope you find that solitary moment of enjoyment while lost in one of my stories.

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O’Leary Series by Shannyn Schroeder – Blog Tour

Today we have the blog tour for O’LEARY SERIES by Shannyn Schroeder! I am so excited to share this sexy series with you—including the last in the series, Hold Me Close!

Title: HOLD ME CLOSE

Author: Shannyn Schroeder

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: O’Leary’s, Book 6

About Hold Me Close:

Taming a spirited, fun-loving O’Leary may be harder than he realized…

 

After more than a year in Ireland, Maggie O’Leary is finally coming back to Chicago with a plan for her future. Confronting the tragedy that destroyed her is her first step. But to do that, she needs to work in her family’s bar–something her family doesn’t want. Luckily, her best friend, Shane Callahan, is her biggest support–and lovable in a way she doesn’t remember.

 

Determined to protect Maggie, Shane refuses to leave the bar when she’s working late. And when Maggie boldly tells him that she wants him to help her conquer her final fear—sex—Shane knows a single night together won’t be possible. The idea of a spirited Maggie in his bed is everything, but will she believe he wants her heart too?

 

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A Good Time:

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More Than This:

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Something to Prove:

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Catch Your Breathe:

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Just a Taste:

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About Shannyn Schroeder:

Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series and the For Your Love series, contemporary romances centered around large Irish-American families in Chicago and the Hot & Nerdy series about nerdy friends finding love. Look for her new series – The Dating Challenge in 2019. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.

 

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HOLD ME CLOSE by Shannyn Schroeder – Release Day Blitz

Today we have the release blitz for HOLD ME CLOSE by Shannyn Schroeder! I am so excited to share this sexy new romance with you—check out the release festivities and be sure to grab your copy today!

Title: HOLD ME CLOSE

Author: Shannyn Schroeder

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: O’Leary’s, Book 6

About Hold Me Close:

Taming a spirited, fun-loving O’Leary may be harder than he realized…

 

After more than a year in Ireland, Maggie O’Leary is finally coming back to Chicago with a plan for her future. Confronting the tragedy that destroyed her is her first step. But to do that, she needs to work in her family’s bar–something her family doesn’t want. Luckily, her best friend, Shane Callahan, is her biggest support–and lovable in a way she doesn’t remember.

 

Determined to protect Maggie, Shane refuses to leave the bar when she’s working late. And when Maggie boldly tells him that she wants him to help her conquer her final fear—sex—Shane knows a single night together won’t be possible. The idea of a spirited Maggie in his bed is everything, but will she believe he wants her heart too?

 

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Catch Up on the Series!

A Good Time:

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More Than This:

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Something to Prove:

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Catch Your Breathe:

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Just a Taste:

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Exclusive Excerpt:

Maggie stared out the window as Shane took streets through the city to get her to her mom’s house. Asking him to pick her up had been a good choice. She could’ve asked Moira, but her sister would try to talk her out of her plan. Shane was the best listener she’d ever known. He’d proven it again today. The guy even remembered the name of her therapist. Who did that?

Shane. Always Shane. He’d been there for her through the good and the really, really bad. Even when it was hard, and she’d tried to push him away because she didn’t think she could be around any guy after being raped, he stayed. Not in an obnoxious I know what’s best for you way, but in an I care about you way. Without him, she probably never would have had the guts to travel.

After he pulled up in front of her mom’s house, he put the truck in park but didn’t turn off the ignition.

“Coming in?”

He let out a small chuckle. “You decided to come home without telling your family. Then you had me pick you up from the airport. They’re going to have plenty to say, and I don’t want to be caught in the crossfire. I think I’ll head home.”

“Chicken.”

“Smart.”

“Whatever.” She yanked on the handle and jumped from the cab.

Shane met her and grabbed her suitcase. After setting it on the curb at her feet, he held her hand. “I’m glad you’re finally home.”

“You’re gonna get sick of me.”

“Never.” He slammed the door. “Give me a call if you want to get together later.”

“My family will probably fill my night. And then some. I’ll call when I need to escape.” She hefted the bag and stared at the front door. Although she knew Shane had gotten back behind the wheel, the truck didn’t move.

Of course he’d wait for her to go inside. She waved at Shane and walked up the steps. The last time she’d made this trip, she entered a living room filled with her siblings all crying. Their mother had had a heart attack and was in the hospital. The whole episode made Maggie realize how much she was missing. Not just for herself, but with her family.

As the youngest, she’d always been able to count on having her family there. It had never occurred to her that at some point they might not be. She turned the knob on the door and found resistance. She fished out her keys and let herself in.

With the door closed at her back she paused and took a slow inhale. No dinner smells. And quiet. She couldn’t remember a time when home was quiet.

“Mom?” she called, hoping her mom was there.

“What? Who is it?”

A relieved sigh joined the smile on her face. “It’s me, Maggie.”

She turned the corner and walked through the living room and dining room. Her mother stood at the door to the kitchen. The teacup in her hand shook. Maybe a surprise homecoming wasn’t the best idea.

“What’s wrong?” Eileen asked.

“Nothing. I’m home. For good.”

Her mom set her tea on the table. “When did this come about? And without so much as a phone call.”

Maggie hugged her mom and breathed in the scents of Jean Naté cologne and Estée Lauder makeup. Mom gave her a quick pat on the back.

“How do you feel?” she asked Eileen.

“Fine. Same as I have been every time you’ve asked. I’ve had enough of the coddling.” She took up her cup again and sipped before sitting at the dining room table.

 

About Shannyn Schroeder:

Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series and the For Your Love series, contemporary romances centered around large Irish-American families in Chicago and the Hot & Nerdy series about nerdy friends finding love. Look for her new series – The Dating Challenge in 2019. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.

 

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INTO TEMPTATION by Elle Keating – Cover Reveal

Today we have the gorgeous cover reveal of Elle Keating’s Into Temptation!  Check it out and be sure to preorder your copy today!

 

Title: INTO TEMPTATION

Author: Elle Keating

Genre: Paranormal romance

Release Date: June 3rd

About Into Temptation:

Twenty-eight-year-old Lilly Rains would settle for – no, embrace – the idea of Purgatory as atonement for her sins. The newly assigned parish priest has conjured less than righteous thoughts, forcing Lilly to question her sanity for being attracted to a man of the cloth and more importantly, whether she can perform her job as the principal of St. Robert’s Catholic School.

 

But the handsome and mysterious priest is not what he seems. He has been sent to retrieve Lilly’s wavering soul, preying on a faith that has been rattled by her past. But where there is darkness, there must also be light and God has decided it is time to intervene. A Guardian has been assigned to protect Lilly from the evil surrounding her. However, when the priest and the Guardian begin to pursue her for their own purposes, Lilly is left with an impossible decision.

 

Will she choose the forbidden man she loves or the Guardian who will be eternally devoted to her?

 

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“Please let me walk you home.”

“It’s just two blocks,” she said.

His hand fell away from the small of her back. “Humor me?” he asked.

Lilly rolled her eyes and smiled, “Fine.”

They started to walk toward her home when he again wondered who this Ray was. Why it had looked as if Lilly had wanted to knee Ray in the groin at the pub. They were a half block in when his curiosity got the better of him. “Is Ray your ex-boyfriend?”

“Absolutely not. Obnoxious men who can’t take no for an answer have never been a turn-on. Ray is not my type.”

“What is your type?” he asked.

She pursed her lips and hesitated.

Me. I’m what you want.

“You know, I’m not sure. I guess I haven’t found it yet. But that’s my fault. I probably should start dating.”

“Start dating?” he asked. Her choice of words captivated him.

They crossed the street, bringing them to her block. He didn’t want this conversation to end. “Um… yeah,” she said, sheepishly. She looked away and focused on the gravel beneath her feet.

A thousand questions swirled through his head. “You must miss the companionship, the intimacy a relationship can bring.”

“Well, it helps when you don’t know what you’re missing.”

Stunned, he peered over at her. She did the same thing she had done in the bar when she realized that she had misspoken. She closed her eyes and shook her head. “I can’t believe I just said that.”

“Are you telling me that you’ve never been…”

She stopped abruptly and turned toward him. “Yes.” Her fists were clenched at her sides. She looked mortified and pissed off at the same time. “This has been an enlightening night for you. In just under an hour, you have learned that your principal doesn’t attend Mass, which according to my contract is grounds for dismissal. And now, you’ve had the unfortunate experience of witnessing a twenty-eight-year-old admit she’s still a virgin.”

Something primal within awakened. Her subtle mannerisms, the way she bit her lip and twirled her hair around her fingers were enough to make his cock twitch. But now, knowing that she had never been with a man was enough to make him want to claim her right there on the sidewalk.

“I believe I never was given the opportunity to answer your question.”

She crossed her arms over her breasts and started walking toward her house. “What question?” she asked.

“You asked me if I thought the priesthood was what I had expected,” he said.

“William, don’t do this.”

“Do what?”

“Attempt to diffuse an embarrassing situation. I’d much rather go home and forget the past hour has ever happened. You know, before I told you that your principal is not a practicing Catholic and has a nonexistent sex life.”

She wasn’t trying to be humorous, but he couldn’t help but smile at her. They were nearing her house when he said, “I’m going to answer your question anyway.” He touched her arm and she stopped her brisk pace. “No, the priesthood is not what I had expected. I had anticipated that there would be moments when I would experience loneliness and long for companionship. But I underestimated that all-too-human need for intimacy.”

“But… but you’re happy? With the life you’ve chosen?” she asked. Her eyes bore into his and he could feel her searching for something.

“Yes. But each day is a struggle.” Her lips parted as if she was going to say something, and then they sealed shut. He wondered what was going through her mind. She no longer appeared embarrassed but intrigued. William was pleased that his admission, though in his mind he had swapped out ‘priesthood’ for the living hell that he was in, had stopped her from wanting to melt into the cracks of the sidewalk. Without thinking, he reached out and tucked a lock of hair behind her ear. Her breathing hitched and her lips again parted. God, he wanted to taste her. “And some days are more challenging than others.”

 

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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