Stephanie is in a self-inflicted dating slump. She's like the Hindenburg of relationships: every time she starts getting close to a guy, she makes sure the romance crashes and burns.
So she's thrown herself into her work as a graphic designer, trying to forget romance entirely. At least until she's sent to a technology conference and meets Damien Balloch, the most gorgeous guy she's ever laid eyes on.
He seems way out of Stephanie's league, but to her surprise he's really into her. Things heat up for the couple in the bedroom, and she might be falling in love. Can Stephanie overcome her fear of commitment and let a real connection form with Damien, or will this hookup end in heartbreak as she tries to run away from her feelings?
Length: Approx. 19,000 words.
CAUTION, EXPLICIT SEX (18+): This book contains emotional sex scenes that are really hot and steamy, with lots of graphic detail.
I was absolutely sure that I knew what was just about to happen. I wasn’t the sort of girl who usually lets it happen, but today I felt differently. I was up for a one-afternoon stand with this beautiful man, and I wasn’t waiting for the third date. My body had chosen for me already. I just needed to go along for the ride.
“Let me freshen up,” I told him.
The bathroom in this hotel was a work of beauty. I stripped out of my business clothes and got completely naked. If this was going to happen, I was really going for it. I wrapped myself in one of the extra-fluffy white robes, and peeked shyly out the door.
Damien rustled through his suitcase when I emerged wearing only the robe. He had his back to me. I noticed he’d put on a new shirt, and I thought that was funny since I was just going to take it off of him again.
“I know this little coffee place around the corner, and I was thinking it might be fun to go get a cup. If you want, that is.” Then he turned around and spotted me in the robe. I could see the shock register on his face. I felt the blood rush to mine.
“Oh,” I mumbled, blushing furiously, realizing that I had completely misread the situation. I started to back away, then turned to flee back into the bathroom. How had I completely miffed this? He’d invited me to his room. I assumed he wanted me. Oh, God, I was mortified.
Then I sensed the warmth of him right behind me. He smelled like the ocean.
I leaned back into him, and he wrapped one hand gently around my waist. It slipped into my robe, soft against the nakedness of my belly. He smelled my hair. I could feel the bulge of his desire pressing into me.
“I see what you’ve got in mind,” he whispered.
He turned me gently. I was so embarrassed that I couldn’t look him in the face. But he gently tilted my chin up so that I peered into his eyes.
“Is this happening?” he asked. I put my hand over his, felt myself warming for him.
He gazed down at me with his sparkling green eyes and I felt myself melting again, my inhibitions of a moment ago forgotten. His eyes captured me. I couldn’t look away, like a doe caught in the bright lights of a car.
“Stephanie, you look beautiful,” he said to me. He didn’t need to say anything else. I didn’t know anything about this man, but already he had me. Nobody called me Stephanie, but on Damien’s lips it sounded like my true name.
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Published May 10, 2011
by Sudozine Media.
Erotica, Literature & Fiction.