Behind closed doors, the real games begin…
Winning it big.
That’s the name of the game at Las Vegas’s Liege Hotel and Casino, where the hottest fantasies hinge on a roll of the dice…and the tantalizing knowledge that anything could happen before sunrise.
Cocktail waitress Carinna wants a man to tie her up, not tie her down. Little does she know that her most willing partner yet has something else planned for this fiery Latina bombshell.
Dahlia is a burlesque dancer with a brain for business and a bod for sin. Her latest admirer may be a sweet-talking Casanova, but despite what he thinks she’s not giving anything away free.
Meanwhile, Amy has the perfect plan to rob the Liege Casino blind…until the intimidating owner catches her red-handed. Now she knows she’s going to pay… with both pleasure and pain.
Professional shill Cassidy is ready to experience a breathless rendezvous with her “friend with benefits.” But when he proposes five delicious nights of sexy blackjack, the stakes have never been so high.
My story is Stripped. I came up with the idea while, not so surprisingly, I was on a trip with my husband to Las Vegas and we went to Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce – a fabulous old style burlesque show/lounge in the Mandalay Bay. I came back, ready to write the book and my agent called and asked if I’d be interested in being part of a Vegas themed anthology pitch. I think for me, it was meant to happen and I’m glad it did.
Anyway – an excerpt of Stripped exists right behind the cut!
WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS: STRIPPED BY LAUREN DANE
Copyright 2008, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, Harlequin Enterprises
Releasing May 1
After dinner, they cleaned the kitchen as a team and retired to her couch, which thankfully, was cozy enough to keep her close.
“I talked an awful lot about myself tonight. I want to know more about you and your family. Your brother. What you were like growing up. I know you grew up in Boston but also said you spent a lot of time here in Las Vegas. What was that like? You’ve told me some but I’d like to know more.”
He took her wine glass and put it on the end table and turned her chin so that she faced him. “That’s for our next date. Right now, I need to kiss you. I’ve thought about little else since last night about five seconds after I kissed you last.”
“Oh.” Not for the first time, Dahlia wondered at his ability to render her speechless and giddy. It made her wary, she wasn’t sure she liked anyone having that much of an affect on her. At the same time, it felt wonderful to drop her guard and let someone get close. The intensity and depth of the things he made her feel brought everything to do with him into vivid focus. She’d locked herself away for years after the experience at Warner Industries. Since then she’d just stayed focused on school.
Her gaze locked with his for long moments as his thumb brushed along the space on her neck just below her ear.
Leaning in, he took her lips.
He started slow, his mouth brushing lightly over hers, his lips warm and soft. The edge of his beard tickled her but it wasn’t scratchy. A shiver went through her as she imagined how it would feel against the soft skin of her inner thighs.
Without meaning to, a soft moan escaped her and he pulled her closer as his tongue slipped into her mouth. The kiss was sure without being overly aggressive. His taste marked her, filled her.
“God, more,” he gasped, bringing her astride him.
Her skirt rose up to her thighs and pleasure arced up her spine as her pussy settled over the hard line of his cock. He rolled his hips, grinding himself into her as his tongue lazily stroked into her mouth.
The cool silk of his hair tickled her hands as she held him. With a last tug of her bottom lip between his teeth, he moved to her chin and across her jaw line to her ear. His palms slid down her back to her waist, holding her to him as he rolled himself into her.
Heat began to build as his movements brought him over her clit through her panties. She was so damned turned on she wondered if she’d come just from that contact. That brief concern melted as he moved his mouth down her neck and her head fell back.