Archive | May 2014

Overwhelmed by You, Tear Asunder, Nashoda Rose.


Overwhelmed by You (Tear Asunder)

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Overwhelmed by You, Tear Asunder, Nashoda Rose.
Review from Jeannie zelos book reviews

I love the sometimes OTT drama and emotion that New Adult books provide. I like to vary my reading, jumping around genres and sometimes I just need that deeper emotion, even when it means suspending realism, that New Adult provides. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and was pleased to get this second one for review.
So, book one was Logan and Emily, and in that book we met Kat and Ream. Kat is Emily’s long time best friend, and a huge support to her after all the terror of the trauma she went through. It was clear she and band member Ream had a fling that ended badly – every time they met there were some really acrimonious words, but we never really got to know what had happened. It’s over two years now since that happened, and Kat has recently started dating local gallery owner Lance. He’s suave and charming, but so far they’ve done no more than a handful of dates and some chaste kisses. Kats very protective of herself after she opened up to Ream and he left…now he and the band are back, finished their tour and living at the farm for the next year. Logan tells them both they need to sort things out, stop the agreesive bitching, but it seems they can’t meet without sparks flying and not always in a good way. Ream isn’t happy about Lance, but Kat is clear – he had his chance and discarded her.
So we’ve a book full of deep emotion, dark secrets ( what exactly did she tell Ream that made him leave and her feel so discarded, and left her so cross, edgy, self protective) and lots of edge of seat danger. The story plays out quickly, jumping from one incident of drama into the next, barely pausing. That moment when Kat sees….that was heartbreaking, and I was wracking my brains trying to come up with plausible reasons, mentally shouting “no- no – nooo..!!!”. It seemed so clear cut though – but good authors like Nashoda seem to revel in making us believe something is – when it isn’t…confused? You will be 😉 That was just a perfect example of what I love about the NA genre, so cleverly written to make me think something that led to heartbreak and so much more.
This genre is full of events that aren’t particularly realistic, but the reader needs to suspend cynicism to get the best enjoyment and so it was here. There’s enough realism worked in to make events feel genuine, even if your brain says “no that wouldn’t/couldn’t happen” It’s a great read, one I enjoyed, sex; hot, sensual, erotic scenes, and a decent backstory bringing us more of the story and characters introduced in the first book. There are two more planed and I’ll be lining up to read them!
Stars: Four and a half.
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Banishing the Dark. Jenn Bennett

Banishing the Dark (The Arcadia Bell series)

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Banishing the Dark. Jenn Bennett
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
Well, this series has been on my TBR list for ages, I’d seen reviews and it sounded perfect, but I’d not actually got round to buying and reading any of them. So starting in with the final book could have been a real duff move. In truth I didn’t know this was the last book when I requested it, and I’ve jumped in and enjoyed long running other series.
So how did I get on – well, loved it. Fabulous writing, just enough information for me to be able to follow the story, ( I had read samples from earlier books, and reviews so I had some idea of what had happened) and a plot that was just perfect. Real characters too – oh Lon, what a fabulous man and Jupe, his son, he was a great lad. Having had my own teens his reactions were spot on, teens do think they’re always right, rules are made to be broken, parents are overprotective etc etc and yet he was such a lovely lad, when he could have been a jerk. Somehow he trod the right side of the line, and I really enjoyed his character. Then of course there’s star of the series Cady, what problems she has. Her life seems to have lurched from one crisis to another, with parents that defy belief in their evilness. Yet she’s still kind to others, thoughtful, always trying to stop anyone from getting hurt, when all the while she’s got to try to stop her murderous mother from taking over her body and destroying her.
Its a fabulous mix of plot, action, sub plots, and humour; blended with evilness and spells, demons and deception and magic that has been covering up some frightening and dangerous secrets that Lon and Cady need to uncover before its too late. I really enjoyed the journey, the mix of people, the adventures and danger, the drama and emotion, and of course the romance side. There are times when I really felt for Lon, when it’s heartbreaking what he has to do and the effects it has..can’t say more without spoiling, but I really hurt for him at that point. It’s priced at £4.41 for 384 pages, so a good long novel for those who like me want to get really deep into a story, and this length also allows Jenn to get fully into some complex story-lines. I’m in a way sad that this is the end, and yet applaud Jenn for ending it on a high instead of stringing out into books that don’t really work well, as sadly too many authors seem to be doing. Some series can bear numerous books, some need the closure of the plot that this one has. I certainly want to read earlier books now, as this one has shown me it’ll be a series I could read and enjoy over and over. One for the keepers file and I’ll look out for other novels by this author.
Stars: Five.
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Aftershock, Desiree Holt.


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Aftershock, Desiree Holt.
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
My first Desiree Holt book – and what a great read it was. I love erotic romance with a solid story, and this uses a rock band romance to back it up – and that another hook for me 😉
Anyway Sydney, she’s a great lead. She’s dragged herself to a point in her career where everthing is crucial. She’s had a Plan for success mapped out for years, been following it rigidly and now she’s at the point where its all coming together. She’s had a tough upbringing, and her aunt had a huge ( negative) impact on her, telling her constantly that relationships were a no no for success, that a man would drag her down. So she’d been undeviating in her approach, worked really hard and boyfreinds are out…then she meets Rick!
Rick too has worked hard for success. His band are a tight team, they are now verging on breaking through to the big time, and though Mark has his fiancee Emma, the others are single but keep it clean. In fact Rick avoids any kind of complication – he thinks there’s no room in his life for anyone if he’s to take the band to the top. Then he meets their new PR person Sydney!
When they first meet its like the band name – Lightnin. The tension between them is electric, sparks arc and the attraction is visceral, they both feel it right down to their bones. I loved them as a couple. The way they get together slowly, each wondering what they should do, can they stop how they feel, does the other person feel the same, then – one kiss – and its a race to get naked and lost in each other. They’re both aware that they need to keep this quiet – it wasn’t what either of them planned, and they want time to absorb it and ensure it doesn’t affect their careers. The love scenes, and they are just that, not just sex but really loving, though incredibly erotic and electric,are so real that the reader can almost feel the steam between them, the heat they generate. It’s really well done. Desiree write erotica as well as romance, and I’ll certainly look out for more of her books, she has the art of writing sex scenes down perfectly, full of sensuality and varied, not just one of those clothes off, a few quick pumps, couple of screams and its over….Then of course the spoke is thrown in, and it’s chaos. You can see where its going to come from, and waiting for that moment and wondering what will happen next is a nailbiting, tension filled read.
It’s a great story, full of realism, and though I know nothing of the rock industry and touring it feels very real. Add in those sensual love scenes and its a winner for me. One to keep.
Stars: Five, cracking read.
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Dark Refuge, Kate Douglas

Dark Refuge, Kate Douglas
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
This is the fourth book in Kate’s erotic paranormal series, and follows the preceding ones by building on the stories and experiences of the Chanku, a shapeshifting group. For many years people did not know they were part of this group, then it was discovered by accident, the pack formed and now the second generation, the children of those who had thought they were simply human but felt like misfits, are growing up.
We meet the Alpha’s son Gabe and daughter of the Alpha’s close friend Emeline in this book, along with mated couple Alex and Anna, who all combine to rescue girls caught up in a human trafficking ring. There are big surprises here when the rescue is mounted, and Emy and Gabe grow very close, very quickly. Gabe always looked upon her as a little sister but she’s not been home to the Packs Montana stronghold for many years, having difficulties with her parents. Gabe realises little Emy is now very grown up and gorgeous Emy, and they quickly become lovers and more…there’s some ways to go though before they get a happy ending, with Emy having some darkness inside that she feels deeply but doesn’t understand. We meet Goddess Eve briefly who steps in to help a rescue when things go wrong.
As always with the Chanku the stories are very sexual and erotic, with both group and same sex scenes, and if these offend you then beware as they form an integral part of the pack nature.
I liked Gabe and Emy, enjoyed the story but the mystisism that first attracted me to this series seems to be getting less prevalent, with the shapeshifting part of the heritage beome the main feature. It’s a fun read, an interesting storyline and shows well how much prejudice there is ( I know its fantasy but if it were real what happens here is exactly what would happen).
Stars: Four, solid story as always.
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War: Allie’s War Episodes 24-27, JC Andrijeski

War: Allie’s War Episodes 24-27, JC Andrijeski

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews.

This series has really surpised me, on the face of it I thought its not really my sort of read, but in fact I’ve loved it. I think its because that bond between Allie and Revik is so enduring, so innate and just feels as if it’s meant to be. Which of course according to the prophecy it is!!They don’t feel like a couple together just because of a prophecy though – they’re like two halves of a whole, and its only when they are together that they are at full strentgth. I enjoy seeing the personal sides of the other characters too – Jon especially, as Allie’s brother and in right from the start its been good seeing his journey. I still tend to skip the war sections – that’s just me and a persoanl view, I do that on all books * blush *. It’s people that are important to me, and thought this section is titled War, it had plenty to keep me glued to the kindle and wondering just what was going to happen next, and to who, and when….its a story that leads to more and more questions the more I read.
So Allie is wondering whats wrong with Revik, he seems to be acting a bit oddly. She’s got some problems with her light too, and thinking about what I’d read in a previous book I finally ( eventually – just before it was revealed) worked it out….I love that, how snippets of information, small clues in an earlier book, get picked up and run with on later epsiodes. Like I said, I love it when these two are togther, which they were for much of this book, and to add to that Jon and Wreg are developing their realtionship too….lots of sexy interludes once again. Seer sex is more than human sex, with so much of the emotional, mental and physical involved all at the same time. Its no wonder they go a bit crazy at times!
Throw in the problems they’ve got with the out of control disease spreading everywhere round the world, which seems to be blamed on Allie and her people, enemies from every corner, knowing that they simply must win, losing means disaster for humanity, the end of Allie and many of her people and goes against their purpose. Its a really stressful time for all of them and tempers are at the edge. Shadow though seems to be calling the shots, however hard they try. He’s got War on his side now and Ditrini, who they’ve captured, warns he’s coming for Allie next. This time I really felt for the first time that the chance they may not beat him was very, very real.
Its a great read again, full of drama and detail, intermixed with tiny persoanl moments that make these people seem so real. It reminds us that even when facing death people still need to eat, dream and make love. Seers are like the rest of us, and plans go wrong, disasters happen but they still need all the mundane side of living.

The end….ah that made me cry. Not since book four ( I think it was ) where Revik told Allie to leave ( and that was gut wrenching) have I felt so emotional about this book. Its rare I really get moved to tears, I need all that drama and deep emotional connection to my reading but actual tears..not often, but this series has done it twice now!
I’ve the next book ready to read and review and then…like everyone else I’m waiting for JC to write more, to lead us in to the finish. I’m not sure how many more books there are but it feels as though we’re on the home stretch now.
Stars: Again a fabulous read, full of all the things I love. Its a very dense novel to read – they all are, no light and fluffy read between other jobs this series. Its one the reader really needs to concentrate on. Its fabulously priced considering just how long each part is, 500 pages or so, and gives hours of magical reading, engrossed in another world.
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Let it Ride. L C Chase.

Let It Ride (Pickup Men)


Let it Ride. L C Chase.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

I loved the first book in this series Pickup Men, and we meet Tripp, Marty and Kent again in this book which concentrates on rider Bridge and paramedic Eric. Eric quite new to the group, and he’s had a tough background, abandoned by his family because he was gay, in and out of foster homes since, and no lovers have stayed the course so far. He’s decided he’ll protect himslef by not getting close to a lover again and he values greatly the freindship he has with this group.
Bridge though – straight man he thought though he’d has one flirt with a guy as a teen. He’s been with girls since and then he met Eric last season and can think of nothing else. He invades his thinking daily, even his dreams so he has accepted that he’s not straight but Bi, though can he persuade Eric he’s serious. Eric – he’s worreid about losing his friendship if things go wrong – that whats happened in the past. When lover leave so do their families and friends and he’s alone again. He doesn’t want to risk losing his friends here…somehow Bridge persuades him it’ll be ok and they find a way forward. Cue some hot and sensual action – then – despair and it’s very moving and tearful. Poor Bridge, he was heartbroken…I felt for him so much, and yet I understood Eric too. I love it when authors can do that, make the reader symapthise and understand each persons view, even though they are rooting for a different result.
It’s a beautiful love story, feels very real, and the problem of losing connections when relationships break up applies to everyone, not just Gay couples, its always something where so many people lose out 😦 Though I really enjoyed this novel it didn’t quite hook me as much as Pick-up Men did. A good read but not quite a five star one.
Stars: Four.
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The Golden Key Chronicles, A.J. Nuest

The Golden Key Chronicles


The Golden Key Chronicles, A.J. Nuest

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

This was originally released as a series of four novellas, now you can get it as a complete novel, 360 pages for just 69p. Bargain! I much prefer to read a tale in one book. It’s a fantasy romance set in both the present day, and back in time in another world, where magic is normal and various creatures roam….
Rowena is an antiques dealer and has brought home an armoire. She finds a hidden comparement with the gold key, which her friend Violet tells her is very valuable and a genuine antique. It turns out to be the key to another world, where Rowena is destined to save a realm from destruction…she doesn’t know that of course and its up to Caedmon to convince her. At first like most of us she thinks she’s being pranked, but gradually comes to believe the story, and follows Caedmon into his kingdom. There they undergo adverntures, disasters, capture and escapes, and they each undergo huge challenges before they can finally be together.
It’s a fun read, more like a YA ( maybe it is? I didn’t check..) but that fine for me as I do enjoy some well written YA from time to time. It’s a real escapist read, taking the reader on an adventure into the past via the present.
I loved the rapport between Caedmon and Rowena, how she struggled with her lost memories but didn’t just sit back and wait for rescue, but worked for it herself. That meant when Caedmon did return, even though she didn’t remember him and didn’t trust him, she had the skills they needed to fulfill the prophecy.
It’s a good read for young and older readers, probably not one I’d re read but it was an enjoyable way of losing several hours.
Stars: four, solid fantasy fun.
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Edit: today (25/05/2014)  just noticed its only 69pence…i don’t know how long this offer is for so I’d get it now if it’s your sort of read.

Awaken, A Spiral of Bliss Novel (Book Three), Nina Lane.

Awaken: A Spiral of Bliss Novel (Book Three)


Awaken, A Spiral of Bliss Novel (Book Three), Nina Lane.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
So, book three, the home stretch. I’m sort of sad that it finsishes, and yet excited to see how it ends. Dean and Liv feel so real to me. The great thing agbout trilogies ( and series) is that it allows the length for some really inventive, creative narrating, and lets us get to know the characters involved fully. I hate waiting though, so I was really fortunate to get all three parts for review so I could read them back to back. Thats how I love to read trilogies and series, without months of gap where I lose the thread of the plots and the momentum of the emotion. This trilogy is packed with emotion and solid drama and reading this way means I feel that all the way through.
So, poor Dean and Liv, cicumstances have forced a temporary separation on them, with Dean being on a dig in Italy….they have phone sex, cyber sex and help-yourself sex, but erotic though it is for them its not a patch on the real thing they agree. They really miss each other, not just for sex! But for that companionship, for how whole they feel together. The issues that forced the separation won’t seem to go away and then grow in intensity, creating friction for both of them as they can’t talk to anyone about it. To add to that Liv’s mum turns up – Dean isn’t happy about that either. He’s so full of need for control, and it seems as if he feels everything is slipping away, and he just can’t handle that. Liv though – she really grows in this final part, gaining a confidence she never thought she’s had. It’s backed by the enduring love she knows Dean has for her. Whatever their problems they both know that the love they share is special, its not just a one life thing but an enduring soul mate type density that is bone deep, in every part of them from the skin to the soul..I love that about them, I love the way Dean calls her Beauty. Love, Darling, Beautiful, Honey, even that awful (to me ) overused US Baby term – they’re all kind of throwaway, generic terms but Beauty – its not something usually said and it feels really special when he calls Liv that. A term kept just for her. He’s such a great man, strong and attractive, and so full of romantic ideas to show Liv just how much he thinks of her.
Liv was a bit lost in the earlier parts, slowly growing in confidence, but not really going anywear. She keeps thinking about how little she’s achieved, fearing she’ll end up like her mum, with nothing to show for her life. She’s much stronger though, and as Dean reminds her, she pulled herself out of that life of her mums’ at a very early age. Then despite setbacks stuck to her plans, faced her fears and through all that they managed to find each other and be together. Now she’s in a new venture, and finally feels she’s achieved something worthwhile. They are still battling the thing that separated them though..Dean is back now, but still constrained in what he’s allowed to do and where he can go, and with her mum also around there’s potential for so much tension.
Well, I though I knew what was going to happen, then it looked like it was going in another direction and then….all change again, right at the final moment, and made for a fantastic, perfect conclusion. Its been a great ride with Liv and Dean, and there characters are ones that will stay with me for a very long time. Books that are well worth reading, full of real people, emotional dramas and satisfying conclusions. Definitely a trio to keep for re reading.
Stars: Five again. Not a simple, easy, light read but a trilogy that pulls at emotions and makes the reader think deeply about problems and solutions. Throw in all the hot, erotic, racy sex and its a winner all the way.
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When Lightning Strikes, Credence Curse, Sedona Venez


When Lightning Strikes, Credence Curse, Sedona Venez
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews.
I loved the first part of this series, and was looking forward to this novel. Somehow though it didn’t grab me as much as book one, its still a good read, don’t get me wrong, but there were quite a few niggles for me. I still don’t like the girls mum/aunt – irritating personalities, and they seem to turn Storm and Light from ladies into truculent teenagers when they are with them, and it just feels so wrong.
Anyway, this continues the murder and break-in investigations…Light finds out more about her background, and she’s in danger so local hottie wolfshifter Ryker agrees to protect her. He’s Alpha of the local pack and Lord of Souls…something like that – it means he rules over all the shifters, and he’s currently got his hands full broking for peace within all the different types of Others. He’s got the hots for Light, but only does casual, nothing permanent for him, and his usual taste is for Submissive ladies and Light is anything but! Still, she’s got it bad for him too, but hates his arrogance. Somehow though they find a way to get together and after all the hot, erotic sex talk they create lots of steam…
Knox and Storm from the last book are here too, along with half vampire lawyer Reason and a few other shifters. It’s a decent read, good basic story leading on and deeper from book one, allied to a good sexy romance, but I still got irritated by the aunt and mum, Light’s constant sharpness, even when people were helping her she was snarky and unappeciative and Rykers constant arrogant attitude. I understood their problems but think Light was overly rude at times. Ryker – I liked him, even though he had that Alpha arrogance, he’d been put into a position of heavy responsibility which he never wanted, but accepted as it was the right thing to do. The ending…arghh…dammit, the dreaded cliffhanger – I so HATE those…by time book three is out I’ve got past the momentum of the drama and it falls flat. I feel i’ve only got half a story, nothing is yet concluded and I feel I’ve just been left in limbo, hence the lower stars. Still, that’s just me, others don’t mind them.
Overall its a fun, sexy read, story cointiues well from book one, it has a damn cliffhanger though…
Stars: three and a half.

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I’d do anything to keep my mother alive.

Anything, including ask Ian Kerr for help. I don’t know much about him, except that he has more money than some small countries. And he’s willing to spend it on me. Just one catch: there’s a string attached, and not just the one I feel pulling me into his arms and his bed. There’s also the plan for revenge he wants my help with.

Every time he says my name, it makes my body shiver and my heart stutter. I know he’s going to wreck me, know there won’t be anything left of me but lust and sensation by the time he’s done with me, but even though I can see the heartbreak coming towards me like a train, ready to crash into me, I can’t get out of the way. I want what he makes me feel. Want what he’s offering.

This may have started out as something to save my mother, but now…now it’s about what he makes me feel. I’m in danger of losing everything that’s important. Worse? Ian’s whispered words and hot caresses are making me believe that’s okay.


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“Bad morning?”

The question comes from a rich deep voice to my right. Some stupid actor, probably. The notes of his voice are perfectly modulated as if he spent years perfecting the tone and depth to reach the biggest audience.

“Yeah, what’s it to you?” I challenge because I’m not in the mood to be chatted up by some wannabe in an off, off Broadway production who wants to try out some new lines on a messenger girl.

My sneering gaze melts right off my face when it lands on the owner of the voice. Dark haired and dark eyed, the stranger gives me a slow smile as I take him in. He’s tall, much taller than my five foot four inch frame. I have to trek upward to see the entire package.

And there’s so much to appreciate from his trim waist to the wide shoulders encased in a gray wool suit coat that fits him so well I wonder if he was sewn into it. Tiny stitches on the lapel mark it’s expensive provenance. A dark tanned neck gives way to a firm chin and lush lips.

Bee stung is the description that I’ve heard used to describe the same look on super models. Those lips are about the only soft thing on his face. Those lips and a hollow on the side of his face that appears when those plush lips curve upward. The divot is too shallow and wide to be termed a dimple, but it’s just as devastating.

One hand is stuck in a pocket and his jacket is pushed behind the hand to reveal a flat stomach. No desk paunch on this guy. There’s an intense sexual aura about him. The nonchalant stance, the dark gaze, the lush lips are all an invitation to rip the buttons of his snowy white shirt apart and see exactly what lies underneath all of those fabrics.

I stick a thumb under my jaw under the guise of giving my chin a scratch just to make sure my mouth is closed. This guy? He can practice lines with me all he wants.


“What makes you think I’ll be done with you?” He says and he moves my hands upward until they meet in an arch above my head and he can grip my wrists in one big fist. Free, his left hand slides down my arm, leaving a trail of goose bumps in his wake. His mouth is on my chin, my jaw, and then my neck. He’s tasting me, pressing the flat of his tongue against my racing pulse. “Maybe I’ll never be done with you and your solid gold pussy.” At the last word, he closes his mouth over that pulse point and sucks hard. The only thing holding me up is his hand around my wrist. He pumps his thigh against me and an involuntary moan escapes my lips.

“I don’t care,” I manage to choke out this obvious lie because my body cares a lot. “I’m not a toy. You don’t get to put me in Barbie’s expensive town home and play with me until you’re bored. I’m a fucking real person and my mom’s a real person. And we don’t need this shit right now.”

He doesn’t stop my diatribe but he doesn’t lift his mouth from my skin either. He’s sucking hard at the spot where my neck curves into my shoulder and his hand is under my ass, moving me backward and forward along his thigh. His other hand has worked its way under my shirt and is palming my breast, a large thumb rubbing my nipple. I realize my hands are free and that I’ve been holding them above my head while he rubs all over me. When I drop my hands to his shoulders I find I can’t push him anyway. Instead, I’m using his shoulders as leverage to grind down on his thigh.

The nerve endings of my sex are hyper sensitized and I swear I can feel every thread of his superfine wool pants. His leg moves, a tiny hitch, but it interrupts the rhythm and removes the pressure. “Don’t you stop,” I threaten him, all the heat in my tone has turned from anger to throaty desire.

“Shh, bunny, I got you.” He lifts me completely and spins me around. I have no option but to wrap my legs around him. A few quick steps and we’re in another bedroom with one giant bed and nothing much else. He tumbles me back onto the bed and then lowers himself on top of me, and there’s nothing in my field of vision but the hard planes of his face and the ruddy flush of desire on the high points of his cheekbones. He looks fierce and hungry.

Before I can capture another thought, his mouth is on mine and his hand is pushing aside the lace of my soaked panties. I’m moaning from both the feel of his thick tongue inside of my mouth and the sensation of one and then two of his fingers thrusting inside me. Sucking hard on his tongue, I lift my hips to grind against his hand.

His free hand spears my hair and tugs my head back as if he can’t get his tongue deep enough inside me. He tastes of spearmint and earthiness, of true desire. My whole body is alive and it’s straining toward him, toward completion. I brace my feet against the mattress, seeking more pressure. Breaking away from his mouth, I pant, “Harder. Fuck me harder with your fingers.”

I give him a quick once over. His suit is ruined. He never took even his coat off when he finger fucked me and I’m guessing the fragile wool wasn’t meant to be worn during any intense physical encounters. There are creases in the arms and shoulders were I clutched him and was that a … stain on his thigh. I ducked my head to hide my embarrassment. “You owe me a lot of explanations.”

“I’ll be here when you’re done. Come back and we’ll talk.”

I give him an absent nod but it’s not sufficient of a response for him. He strides over and tips my head back. “I’m having this suit bronzed, you know.”

My cheeks heat because I know he’s referring to the mark in the wool made from my arousal. He leans down and gives me a hard kiss. “Come back here tonight.” It’s a demand and not a question.