Beautiful Assassin 3: The Queen

Good morning reading family! I have news! Book 3 in my Beautiful Assassin series is available for pre-order. Beautiful Assassin started out as a short story challenge I posted on Facebook in a quick freestyle story. At the time a lot of authors were posting short story challenges so it was just something fun I participated in.The response I received to Beautiful Assassin for more is how we are here at book 3.

Let me tell you what Beautiful Assassin is.

It’s gritty
Suspenseful
Fast-paced
A romantic thriller.
A roller coaster (in a good way lol.)
It involves gun running
Violence (Not between the h/h)
Sex (The way I like it. 👅)
Profanity
It has a mafia style feel to it.
Celine is a hit woman and Queen of a crime organization.

If I compared Beautiful Assassin to a movie it would be, Mr. and Mrs. Smith. And maybe a little bit of John Wick, except a fly ass black woman and her king. I had an absolute blast writing this story and reading over it. I loved every second of this ride. If you trust my writing then you gotta get into this series. I hope you take a chance on Beautiful Assassin and read!

Book 1 for 99 cents here> https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XVJM9SN
Book 2 on sale here > https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06ZXVFSHP/
Book 3 preorder here > https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZXN2ZTN/

(Pay no attention to the preorder date it’s coming as early as next week!) 🤩

Dare to Indulge

Good morning reading family. Can I jump-start your week with a little treat? 

But wait! Before I do that, did you hear? I won two amazing literary awards. One for the Beverly Jenkins Author of The Year and the other the Rochelle Alers Best Series for the Falling for a Rose series!

I AM STILL totally stoked. I just can’t believe it but I am so thankful to BRAB bookclub and it’s members for the recognition. It is amazing. *dreamy sigh* Lol.

Okay, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about that treat.

I’m on the road to publish 40 books by the end of this year. If you’re following me on social media, then you know I’m currently at 37. 

See slideshow below.

All of my books can be found on Amazon!

Towards the end of the summer I made a personal vow.

1 – Short story

1 – Novella

1 – Novel

And I will reach my goal! So we have arrived to today. I’ve added a short story to my Lunch Break Series.

The Lunch Break Series is not a continuation of the same story in parts. It is a series of standalone short stories that you can enjoy on your lunch break hour. These stories are written purely for your quick gratification.


He was the only man she’d ever loved…

When CEO Monica Stratton needs to make an appearance that could catapult her career to new heights, she sends her assistant to pick out a chaperone from the agency—a discreet escort service with the finest gentlemen money can buy.

But when the man on her doorstep turns out to be the only one to make her pulse thump recklessly, the evening will take her on a passionate ride to surrender, one she may wish will never end. 

Do you dare to indulge? ➡️ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZCK71HC

In The Heart of a Valentine

One of your favorite family’s is now available on audio!

Hunter, Xavier, Lance, Raphael, and you even get a taste of the Rose men from my Falling for a Rose series in the novella, A Game-Changing Christmas. 

I know I might be a bit bias but baby, these men are yummy! Jakobi Diem is giving us dominant alpha male vibes as he narrates some of our favorite men.  

Wesleigh Siobhan has had me laughing, crying, and in all kinds of heartfelt moods with her narration as our favorite women, best friends, moms, and aunts! 

If you haven’t had a chance to dive into this series on audio, you should try it! With Audible, you can get a free trial when you join. Not only that, but I’m going to give away two copies of the entire audiobook series as it stands now. One through five! 

How to win:

Head over to >>Twitter<< 

And in a post, tell me why you love my In The Heart of a Valentine Series! Make sure to use this hashtag 

#WhyILoveInTheHeartOfAValentine

My retweet will enter you into the giveaway! 

Giveaway ends 10.9.2019 at 6 pm est.

Side note: If you’ve purchased this series on audio, then your entry will go toward signed copies of books 1 – 5 instead.

*** Whenever you’re done, listening, or reading, if you’ll take a moment and leave a review, it’ll let me know you’re enjoying this series in multiple formats. Ebook, paperback, and audio! Then maybe the Falling for a Rose series will be on audiobook next! ***

Teaser Tuesday – Everlasting Desire

Hey reading family! Today I bring you an un-edited teaser of Everlasting Desire for your reading pleasure. As you may be aware, Everlasting Desire is a part of a three book series and the other books, Heart’s Desire, and Soul’s Desire, is written by best selling, award winning author’s Delaney Diamond and Sharon C. Cooper.

Our books are currently available for pre-order, and here’s a sneak peek into my contribution to the series. Enjoy! 💋

The rise of a new day

Warm arms, strong and muscular wrapped Jada in a shell. Her heart skipped a beat, and she turned, slowly facing a rugged goatee. Her eyes ran up his lips, so succulent and tempting, over a strong nose, into dark brown eyes—a glimmer of hazel sparkling in the depth of his gaze.

“You’re… awake,” she announced.

His arms pulled her tight.

“I am,” he responded, his unblinking stare, piercing.

“I know that look and before you ask, can I brush my teeth first?”

If she admitted to herself that being this close to him was causing absolute wreckage on her spirit, maybe he would grant her request a little faster.

“Please?”

He eyed her a second longer, considered denying her request because this was typical Jada. She wanted to hide from him, and there was so much that needed to be said.

“We need to talk.”

“I know, and we will,” she moved to slip out of his arms, and he released her, with frustration in a sigh that dispersed on his lips.

Running into the sanctuary of his master bathroom, Jada shut the door without bothering to lock it, knowing Solomon wouldn’t interrupt whatever quiet moment was needed. He was so considering. Always on the lookout for others and making sure at every moment that Jada was good or possessed what she needed.

Not only that, but their friendship, from the moment they met in grade school, grew, as their fondness for one another developed. Their similarities became more apparent, and they exercised those commonalities daily. Like adding martial arts to their regular exercise regimen or watching dark rom-com movies like A Thin Line Between Love and Hate. It was their all-time favorite. They’d hit the streets for any political front-runner they believed in and even had the pleasure of being partners on daytime game shows like Family Feud.

But most importantly, Jada and Solomon had been able to do with one another, something that they’d yet to accomplish with anyone else. They recognized each other’s differences and understood that those distinctions played a vital role in their individual character. Whether it was Jada’s need to unplug every appliance or electronic in the house because she swore the energy used from them while they were off was money that could be saved, to Solomon walking out of the room and leaving the light’s on because he would return shortly or that it slipped his mind.

Regardless of which, instead of demanding the other get with the program, they individually worked on their own accord to bring ease to the other’s anxiety by being mindful of those instances.

 It was everything she needed in a mate. He was everything she needed.

That thought made Jada shake her head and push off the door and make her way over cold Italian marble tile to the glass shower door. She reached for the nozzle and checked the temperature of the water as her thoughts rewound to yesterday, then last night.

Marcus.

Jada had the hard evidence to prove that he’d been cheating on her. As she added the camera to the stuffed animal he’d purchased for her birthday the day before, second thoughts had riddled Jada’s mind. But she needed to know. More importantly, she was desperate to find out if her assumptions were just that.

But they hadn’t been. And the raw, ugly truth made Jada lift her hand to her chest and massage a thumb between her breasts as if to console the pain that rested there.

It was time to leave him once and for all. But that wasn’t the biggest issue of yesterday.

She kissed her best friend and remembered it as if she was sober and full of sound mind when she’d lifted into his mouth.

Excuses taunted her.

You were drunk. You needed consoling. You wanted to feel loved again.

And even after all of those half-truths floated around her mind, Jada shed her clothes and stepped into the downpour of crushing water, knowing, it was something else altogether.

“What is happening?” She murmured, exhaling while entertaining risky possibilities.

Release Date: 9.5.19

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Heart’s Desire 💋

Co-workers Nathan Crenshaw and Janice Livingston once had a passionate relationship that went up in flames and created a strained environment at their place of employment. Since then Janice has tried to move on. Unfortunately, they have to work together, and unfortunately, she’s still very attracted to Nathan.

Nathan can’t forget his connection with Janice—a connection he hasn’t experienced with any other woman. After an earth-shattering kiss rekindles their flame, will these two finally get it right—or will an outside force get in the way?

Soul’s Desire 💋

Some past loves can stand the test of time…

Ballet dancer Soul Carrington has lived her dream of traveling the world. But the past year has been one life hurdle after another until she moves back to Atlanta. Now life is looking up, especially when she comes face to face with a past love. A man who makes her heart dance pirouettes and her body pulse with desire.

Not a day has gone by that police officer Micah Olsen hasn’t longed for his first love. However, their encounter in Atlanta is not accidental. Yet, against his better judgment, he has to let her believe it is, which isn’t easy. All of the emotions he once felt for her return with a vengeance. Their attraction is more powerful than ever, and when hot kisses turn into heated nights, Micah knows he has to come clean. But will it be too late?

Unparalleled Love Series

𝐇𝐞𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲! 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐟𝐚𝐥𝐥, 𝐰𝐞 𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐞 𝐣𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐲𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐮𝐧𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞.

𝐎𝐨𝐡 𝐥𝐚 𝐥𝐚… 💋

𝐈’𝐯𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐔𝐒𝐀 𝐓𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭s𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫 𝐃𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐲 𝐃𝐢𝐚𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭s𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐧 𝐂. 𝐂𝐨𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐧 𝐚 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞, 𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐞, 𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐢𝐳𝐳𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞. 𝐂𝐚𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐢𝐭’𝐬 𝐡𝐨𝐭 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞! 𝐍𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚 𝐩𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐲 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭, 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐫𝐞.

𝐌𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐉𝐚𝐝𝐚 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐬𝐨𝐧

𝑼𝒑 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑪𝒐𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑰𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒐𝒓 𝑫𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒈𝒏𝒆𝒓

𝑨𝒕𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒂 𝑮𝒆𝒐𝒓𝒈𝒊𝒂 𝑵𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒆

𝑺𝒑𝒆𝒍𝒎𝒂𝒏 𝑪𝒐𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒈𝒆 𝑨𝒍𝒖𝒎𝒏𝒂

𝑩𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒇𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒔

5’6 150 𝑷𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒔

𝑾𝒂𝒍𝒕𝒛𝒆𝒓

𝑩𝒓𝒐𝒌𝒆𝒏 𝑯𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒆𝒅

𝑷𝒓𝒐𝒇𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝑪𝒐𝒏𝒇𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕

𝑳𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝑰𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒕, 𝑺𝒐𝒍𝒐𝒎𝒐𝒏 𝑴𝒄𝑩𝒓𝒊𝒅𝒆


𝐌𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐒𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐦𝐨𝐧 𝐌𝐜𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐞

𝑨𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒅-𝑾𝒊𝒏𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑴𝒂𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝑪𝒉𝒆𝒇

𝑪𝒍𝒂𝒓𝒌 𝑨𝒕𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒂 𝑼𝒏𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒊𝒕𝒚 𝑨𝒍𝒖𝒎𝒏𝒊

𝑨𝒕𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒂 𝑮𝒆𝒐𝒓𝒈𝒊𝒂 𝑵𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒆

𝑷𝒉𝒊𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒑𝒊𝒔𝒕

𝑾𝒂𝒍𝒕𝒛𝒆𝒓

𝑪𝒐𝒎𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒆𝒓

6’3 260 𝑷𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒆

𝑯𝒂𝒔 𝒂 𝒔𝒐𝒇𝒕 𝒔𝒑𝒐𝒕 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒃𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒇𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒅.

𝑳𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝑰𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒕, 𝑱𝒂𝒅𝒂 𝑾𝒊𝒍𝒔𝒐𝒏

𝑨 𝒅𝒆𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒅 𝒎𝒂𝒏


𝐈𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮’𝐯𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐦𝐲 𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐰𝐨 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐬, 𝐇𝐞𝐫 𝐍𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐲 𝐒𝐮𝐢𝐭𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐠𝐨𝐭 𝐚 𝐠𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐉𝐚𝐝𝐚 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐦𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐭 𝐰𝐞𝐝𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠. 𝐈𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐧’𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐬, 𝐧𝐨 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬, 𝐈 𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐲 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐬 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐬𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮’𝐥𝐥 𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐛𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫. 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐬, 𝐲𝐨𝐮’𝐥𝐥 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐉𝐚𝐝𝐚 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐦𝐨𝐧’𝐬 𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐥 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐫𝐞. 💋

𝐅𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐦𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐦𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐚 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐮𝐩𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐫𝐞.

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Award-winning and bestselling author, Sharon C. Cooper, is a romance-a-holic – loving anything that involves romance with a happily-ever-after, whether in books, movies, or real life. Sharon writes contemporary romance, as well as romantic suspense and enjoys rainy days, carpet picnics, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. She’s been nominated for numerous awards and is the recipient of an Emma Award for Romantic Suspense of the Year 2015 (All You’ll Ever Need), BRAB- Breakout Author of the Year 2014, and BRAB – Book Wifey of the Year 2018 (Vindicated). When Sharon is not writing or working, she’s hanging out with her amazing husband, doing volunteer work or reading a good book (a romance of course). To read more about Sharon and her novels, visit,

https://www.sharoncooper.net/


Delaney Diamond is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sweet, sensual, passionate romance novels, born and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She reads romance novels, mysteries, thrillers, and a fair amount of nonfiction. When she’s not busy reading or writing, she’s in the kitchen trying out new recipes, dining at one of her favorite restaurants, or traveling to an interesting locale. To get sneak peeks, notices of sale prices, and find out about new releases, visit her website and join her mailing list. Enjoy free reads and the first chapter of all her novels at,

www.delaneydiamond.com

𝑹𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒆 𝒅𝒂𝒕𝒆: 𝑺𝒆𝒑𝒕𝒆𝒎𝒃𝒆𝒓 5, 2019

𝐈 𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐝𝐲𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐜 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬!

𝑻𝒉𝒓𝒆𝒆 𝒇𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒔. 𝑨 𝒎𝒂𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒕. 𝑫𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒓𝒆, 𝒖𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒉𝒊𝒃𝒊𝒕𝒆𝒅.

𝑼𝒏𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒅 𝑳𝒐𝒗𝒆, 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒔.

A look inside Her Naughty Suitor

A Pool Fête

Ten minutes. That’s all the time it had taken to enter the pool area. With the sun no longer a beacon of light in the sky, the nightlife of Bali in full swing, Eden sauntered across the brick cemented ground, past a line of firepits that were stationed along the out skirted pathway of the swimming pool. Heat from the flames warmed the atmosphere, carrying soft winds in a mingling current against the palm trees.

Guests lounged, some in small circles, some holding discreet conversations, while others laughed out loud and made a show of their spirited dialogue.

Eden felt the rouse of her nerves settle against her skin before she saw him. But it didn’t take longer than a mere blink and turn of her head to connect with Derek’s golden brown gaze. He was crowded with three men and four women that laughed and swatted playfully as his group reveled in their entertaining banter.

  With his attention on her, Derek’s lips moved at the group, and with one proceeding step, his stroll carried the strength of his muscular physique on a path in Eden’s direction.

She inhaled a soft breath, carrying her eyes over the snug fit of his unbuttoned white oxford shirt. Broad shoulders stretched the material with each influential move toward her, and the pectoral build of his torso teased Eden’s eyes as they traveled down his navel, aware of the bulge in his shorts as her gaze settled on the beach sandals on his feet.

Eden’s nerves were even more galvanized now, and it was then that she realized the type of trouble that truly lied ahead.

“I missed you,” Derek said, slipping an arm around her waist as he drew her into the shield of his embrace.

A wide-spread smile transformed her mouth, lifting the sparkle in her eye as she moved her hands up his chest and around his neck.

“Is that so?”

“Damn right it is.”

A heavy chuckle eased off her lips.

“I missed you as well.”

“Did you?”

Eden nodded, her cheeks stretched with heat. “I did.”

“Then what took you so long to get to me, woman?”

Eden tilted her head to the side. “I couldn’t figure out which swimsuit to wear.”

Derek sucked off his teeth, his gaze roaming over the silk wrap she wore.

“And what did you decide?”

Eden took a step out of his arms, then another as she unfolded the tie that held the garment closed. When it opened, she blocked the second thoughts that flooded her mind, removing the wrap from her shoulders. It fell to the ground into a pool at her feet, but Derek’s dark gaze never made it there—frozen as he took in every inch of her striking curvaceous form.

Covered in a swarm of heat, his pulse hitching, and heart slamming, Derek murmured a vile oath, his life suddenly endangered under the rickety knock tumbling in his chest.

It had taken massive effort for Eden to stand poised as he watched her, but she was breaking under his silence, her nerves getting the better of her. She glanced at the pool, suddenly interested in hiding beneath the warmth of its aqua blue shelter. And without warning, she slipped off her heels, took the three steps to the edge, and dived right in, calmed by the exhilarating rush of its wave.

On her heels, Derek stripped the shirt off his back, his arms outstretched as he took on the same plunge as she. Eden swam with the grace of a mermaid, and when she rose from the surface at the back of the pool, she was covered in shadow.

Her eyes fluttered open, water running down her face as she was suddenly engulfed in rock hard arms and a heated sheet of muscle that was Derek’s chest.

A growl trekked from his mouth. “What exactly are you trying to do to me in this sexy ass swimsuit?”

Her ears tingled, the coolness of his breath thrilling as it flowed down her wet neck.

“I was hoping,” she said, her backside rubbing into his crotch, “that maybe, you’d like it.” Her hips wined, unearthing a sweltering fire that attacked their loins.

Derek spun Eden in his arms, his mouth dropping to her nose.

“Mona Lisa…” He gritted his teeth, the lock of his jaw containing his sudden urge to swallow her mouth and fuck Eden with unstrained vigor against the wall of the pool.

“What? Don’t you like it?”

His gaze drove over the architecture of her feminine face, watching her eyes flutter innocently and wickedly simultaneously.

“Like doesn’t begin to describe what I feel regarding anything concerning you. But especially, this…” He sucked his teeth, reining in his thunderous heart. “You’re so fuckin’ perfect.”

Eden’s pussy thumped, her breath hitched, and her eyes became expressively adoring. She was completely unhinged around Derek. For whatever hand fate was dealing her, Eden couldn’t control herself, wanting, yearning, craving to connect with him. It was the same voodoo she felt at her family’s annual Christmas party that had her seizing in his grasp as he fed off her plum with the deep thrusts of his tongue.

June 13, 2019

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