Naughty and Nice Day One – Excerpt: BELIEVE

Copyright 2010, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, Carina Press
Releasing December 6 – alone and jointly in the Naughty and Nice Anthology!

Their cabin was indeed isolated, though they all were. The windows faced the valley below. Nothing but sky and trees. The last bit of any stress he’d had fell away as he dropped their bags and turned to take the place in.

Naked beams. He smiled and slid his gaze to her, finding her looking at them too, a flush on her cheeks.

In two steps he was pressing himself to her body, leaning to speak in a hoarse whisper, his mouth against the sensitive shell of her ear. “Does that make you wet?” He circled her, noting her shiver and the hitch of her breath. “I’m going to have you right there. Arms above your head, bound up for my pleasure.”

She swallowed hard and met his gaze. “Yes.”

He hummed, the electricity between them licking his skin, igniting the need never far from the surface.


It was a whisper but every cell in his body stood at attention, ready to serve her, to bring her anything she wanted.

“Baby, I promise I’ve got lots in store for you. First things first. Out of your traveling clothes. You know what I like. I’m going to build a fire to get the room warmed up.”

She tiptoed up to brush her lips along his before she moved away to change.

Rori’s hands trembled just a bit, as she pulled her boots off, followed by her jeans and the hoodie she’d worn to keep warm on the drive up. He liked her breasts free. So that’s how she kept them at home and that’s definitely how she’d be high up in the mountains, far away from intrusions and interruptions.

Anticipation raised gooseflesh as she changed into the thin, pale sweater that hugged her boobs just right. The deep vee exposed the curves of each breast and when she leaned just right, he’d get a glimpse of her nipple and the ring.

Knowing she’d be on display just for him always made her hot. She changed into a loose, thigh length skirt, another thing he liked because it gave him access to her pussy at all times. She left on the panties, his favorite kind. Barely there, sheer with side ties.

She tied her hair up and back and headed into the main room to watch and objectify him while he built the fire.

There he was, on his knees in a pair of faded blue jeans, T-shirt riding up a bit in the back, enough to see a slice of golden-brown skin she knew would be warm and taut, muscled.

His shoulders rippled as he moved the logs and she leaned back against the chair, just taking him in. So masculine. Handsome to the point of nearly being pretty. His wheat-blond hair always just a bit too long. But long enough to drag her fingers through. Thick and soft. Enough to grab to haul him closer when they kissed, or to urge him higher as he kissed the back of her knees.

He moved with a predator’s grace. Strong and sure. Watching him build that fire was the very definition of masculine. She exhaled slowly, letting the desire to take a big bite out of him wash through her system.

He turned and locked his gaze on her. The light from the flames cast him even sexier than usual as shadows played over his features. “Darlin’, when you look at me like that it gets me all tangled up inside.”

Today’s prize is a copy of my Samhain holiday themed novella – To Do List in digital format! All you need to do to enter is to tell me if you like holiday themed stories and if so, do you have any recommendations? I’ll choose a winner tomorrow AM!

42 comments to “Naughty and Nice Day One – Excerpt: BELIEVE”

  1. Kwana
    November 29th, 2010 at 7:52 am · Link

    I never used to but now I think I do. As long as the story is right and not too sweet.

  2. michellekCanada
    November 29th, 2010 at 7:55 am · Link

    Yes I totally love holiday themed stories. Puts me right in the holiday spirit.
    I recently purchased “Believe” (not your Believe) an anthology of Christmas stories by some fairly new authors. I love to try out new talent and I totally loved the stories. (especially the one by Margaret Ethridge) It was only 2.99 on Amazon so it was an amazing deal.
    I also recently got for FREE a story called Holiday Bound by Beth Kery which was also awesome.

    I have your Believe on preorder at Amazon for my Kindle and I can’t wait!

  3. Tanya1224
    November 29th, 2010 at 7:58 am · Link

    I’m not a huge fan of Holiday themed books because its usually not as intense as I like. All the action and craziness. Atleast not any that I have read so far. I know I can’t judge by just the few books I read so I’m always willing to try more. Please include me into your contest. Thanks!

  4. Monica/Monie
    November 29th, 2010 at 8:22 am · Link

    That is….hot! Can’t wait to read it!
    I enjoyed “Santa Baby” by Jennifer Crusie & friends.

  5. Jessica S
    November 29th, 2010 at 8:34 am · Link

    Ah I love a good tease and you always please Lauren….
    To be honest I haven’t read a holiday themed story yet. Believe will be my first. I’m just breaking into the contemporary romance books. I’ll be looking forward to checking out everyones suggestions. I only finished second chances couple of weeks ago, can’t wait for Believe. 😉

  6. Christine
    November 29th, 2010 at 8:41 am · Link

    Sure what’s not to love about a holiday themed story.

  7. CrystalGB
    November 29th, 2010 at 8:56 am · Link

    I do like Christmas themed stories. I recently read Sheryl Wood’s A Chesapeake Shores Christmas and enjoyed it.

  8. elaing8
    November 29th, 2010 at 9:52 am · Link

    Great excerpt.
    I do like holiday themed stories.I really like Holidays are Hell and A Highlander Christmas.I will be redaing The perfect Gift Anthology soon.

  9. Carlie A.
    November 29th, 2010 at 11:03 am · Link

    Let’s see…

    For paranormal fans:

    The Christmas Knight by Michele Sinclair


    For erotica fans:

    An Insatiable X’mas Gift by CJ. Starr

    Those are my choices.

    Thanks, Lauren!

  10. Estella
    November 29th, 2010 at 2:00 pm · Link

    I do enjoy holiday themed stories. Just finished Lakeshore Christmas by Susan Wiggs.

  11. Jane
    November 29th, 2010 at 2:00 pm · Link

    I do enjoy holiday themed stories. One of my favorites is Lisa Plumley’s “Home for the Holidays.”

  12. Jeanette Juan
    November 29th, 2010 at 2:21 pm · Link

    I love holiday themed stories and one of my favorites is Dark Celebration: A Carpathian Reunion by Christine Feehan

  13. Heather F.
    November 29th, 2010 at 2:42 pm · Link

    It depends on the story and how much the holiday plays a part in it.

  14. Jimena Diez
    November 29th, 2010 at 2:56 pm · Link

    I have only read one holiday and I really liked it. It’s called The Year of Living Shamelessly by Susanna Carr. It’s set around Christmas and New Years, it’s a fast and enjoyable read.

  15. Rebecca C
    November 29th, 2010 at 3:38 pm · Link

    I love holiday themed stories, especially ones from my favorite authors. I loved the holidays with the Chases and Browns. I’m counting the days to Believe. I also enjoy holiday stories by Lori Foster, Sandra Hill, janet Chapman, Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Lora Leigh.

  16. SUsan R
    November 29th, 2010 at 3:51 pm · Link

    I do love holiday themed books. There is just something about people coming together during the holdays with all that christmas-ness going on around them. *sigh*

    Love the anthologies! My fav last year was Hot for the Holidays. And Debbie Macomber has a lot of great holiday stories out.

  17. Brandy W
    November 29th, 2010 at 4:03 pm · Link

    I love holiday books and not just christmas. Halloween, Valentine’s Day, New Years.

    I’m like Susan and love anthologies.
    Kissing Santa Claus with HelenKay Dimon, Jill Shalvis & Donna Kauffmann

    To All A Good Night by the same group above

  18. Jessica R.
    November 29th, 2010 at 4:06 pm · Link

    I LOVE holiday themed novels…. I save them throughout the year when I find them or when new ones come out to read during this time. They are a good escape during this hectic time of yea. 😀

  19. TriciaB
    November 29th, 2010 at 4:42 pm · Link

    I haven’t read many holiday themed novels, but am inspired to do so this year to try to feel more holidayish!

  20. Kimberly
    November 29th, 2010 at 5:35 pm · Link

    I LOVE holiday themed books. They really help get me in the spirit of the season! There are times when they inspire me on gift giving ideas too! Can’t beat that!

    It’s hard to pick one holiday themed book when I’m put on the spot like this! It depends on my mood. I would have to say if I’m wanting warm and fuzzy it would be A Holiday of Love by Jude Deveraux, Judith McNaught & Julie Garwood. If I want HOT! it would definitely have to be something racier! I can’t remember the title, but it started at a Christmas party and contained mistle toe! 😳

  21. Heather S
    November 29th, 2010 at 5:45 pm · Link

    I do like holiday themed stories. They are even more up lifting than the regular romance to me. Makes me want to sing Christmas carols! One I love to read over and over is Nalini Singh’s Stroke of Enticement in the Magical Christmas Cat anthology. Love all the stories in that book, actually.

  22. Cathy C
    November 29th, 2010 at 6:13 pm · Link

    I do like holidat-themed stories. There is a lot of angst (and happiness) that can be mined from the holidays 🙂

  23. Heather Brewer
    November 29th, 2010 at 6:33 pm · Link

    I love Holiday themed stories but I really only like to read them during that specific holiday. I love happy endings or hot stories but don’t really want them to b sappy.

  24. Heather
    November 29th, 2010 at 6:46 pm · Link

    I love holiday stories, but there are only a few that I will read out of season. But a HEA at Christmas-time, it just adds that special something.

  25. Lindsey Ekland
    November 29th, 2010 at 7:29 pm · Link

    I enjoy holiday themed stories. Always try to pick up the free Samhain stories by my favorite authors.

  26. Diane Sadler
    November 29th, 2010 at 7:43 pm · Link

    Oh! Hot excerpt!
    Yes I do enjoy themed books but Christmas stories are the sweetest. I remember an old one by Linda Howard, don’t remember the title right now but it was so cute.

  27. Rachel Riddles
    November 29th, 2010 at 7:44 pm · Link

    I love holiday themed stories!!! Especially christmas I think its because its a time for endless possibilities. My fave christmas reads are Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor. It was a really sweet read. I know we’re talking more grown up stories but I still love T’was the night before christmas.

  28. Oriela J
    November 29th, 2010 at 8:16 pm · Link

    I love Holiday theme romances especially those based around Christmas….One of my favs would have to be Glory, Glory by Linda Lael Miller.

  29. Bridget
    November 29th, 2010 at 8:32 pm · Link

    There’s nothing better than a good holiday romance. I just read “The Naughty List” by Donna Kauffman, Cynthia Eden and Susan Fox.

  30. GladysMP
    November 29th, 2010 at 8:35 pm · Link

    I love Christmas themed stories and especially reading them at this season of the year. I would recommend The Christmas Gift by Diane Craver. This is the first one of my books that my husband ever picked up on his own and read. I heard him laughing and asked him what he was reading And he said, “This book I’m reading.” When he finished the book, he stated it was “Outstanding.”

  31. GladysMP
    November 29th, 2010 at 8:40 pm · Link

    Oops! Diane Craver’s book is titled “A Christmas Gift,” not “The Christmas Gift.” I should have checked the cover and not trusted my memory.

  32. Pam W
    November 29th, 2010 at 8:54 pm · Link

    Holiday themed books or stories have to be bigger than just the hoiday. I love a story being told that happens to include the holiday. Good storytellers can make the holiday an exciting addition to the tale, rather than the star of the show. I really enjoyed The Magical Christmas Cat, an anthology with stories from Nalini Singh, Lora Leigh, Erin McCarthy and Linda Winstead Jones.

  33. Angie
    November 29th, 2010 at 8:58 pm · Link

    I love holiday themed books. My favorite is “To Do List” by Lauren Dane. 🙂 I just love how Rafe and Belle’s family had their own sets of traditions and how it sorta let the other one know how important he/she was by inviting them. 🙂

  34. Linda Henderson
    November 29th, 2010 at 10:04 pm · Link

    I enjoy reading holiday stories any time of year. Right now I’m waiting to get Kissing Santa Claus by Donna Kauffman, Jill Shalvis and Helen Kay Dimon.

  35. Lori T
    November 29th, 2010 at 10:46 pm · Link

    I do like holiday stories and one of my favorites is Mackenzie’s Magic. You just gotta love those Mackenzies!

  36. Kimberly
    November 30th, 2010 at 12:05 am · Link

    It actually depends. Holiday themed novels are hit and miss, even within an anthology. I don’t have any recommendations as unless they are part of a series I don’t really remember them.

  37. Michelle B
    November 30th, 2010 at 2:03 am · Link

    I love Holiday stories, though I don’t have any I can recommend at the moment.

  38. savonna
    November 30th, 2010 at 4:15 am · Link

    I do enjoy holiday themed novels. It’s been a really long time since I’ve read one. Time to go digging through the boxes of books to find them!

  39. Kristin
    November 30th, 2010 at 11:45 am · Link

    I LOVE them!

    I just bought The Magical Christmas Cat last week, featuring shorts by Lora Leigh, Nalini Singh, and more.

    There’s just something fun about getting into the holiday spirit by reading erotic Christmas themed stories! It’s also a great way to discover authors I haven’t read before!

  40. Himeko
    December 2nd, 2010 at 12:56 pm · Link

    I love holiday themed stories…I think I’m going to go get To Do List right now. 😀

  41. Pamk
    December 2nd, 2010 at 8:58 pm · Link

    I love holiday themed books but its been a long time since I’ve read one.

  42. Susan C.
    December 2nd, 2010 at 9:21 pm · Link

    I like holiday themed books, particularly if it is a follow on to a book I’ve already read with the same characters.