So I thought I’d put up an excerpt from my contemporary romance NO RESERVATIONS that I co-wrote with the awesome Megan Hart. My characters, Kate and Dix are having a little tiff…
NO RESERVATIONS by MEGAN HART AND LAUREN DANE
Copyright 2009, Lauren Dane and Megan Hart
All Rights Reserved, Black Lace Publishing
Standing, Kate took a deep breath and smiled tightly at the other women in the house. â€˜I’m going to go and read for a while. Good night, everyone.’
Adrienne, Dix’s younger daughter ignored her, continuing to chatter to her mother who’d ensconced herself on the couch, right where Kate had been sitting for the last few days. Yes, Eve, the girls’ mother. Still, Kendall, the older daughter got up and hugged her.
â€˜Night, Kate. Sure you don’t want to watch this movie with us? Gerard Butler, tiny leather undies? Come on, what’s to say no in that?’
Kate laughed, liking Dix’s oldest a lot. Still, even her secret celebrity boyfriend in leather undies wasn’t enough to keep here in this wood paneled room filled with memories and Eve Dixon who’d just shown up a few hours before.
Dix looked up from his paper, surrounded by the women in his life and met her eyes. He had that look in them. Oh no he did not even think she was fucking him now! â€˜I’ll come too.’ He stood, putting the paper down.
Kate took a step away from him. â€˜No. No, it’s fine. You don’t need to and I’m going to sleep right away anyway.’ She sent him a look which he conveniently ignored.
He kissed and hugged each one of his daughters and nodded at Eve before he turned back to Kate. Grabbing her, he pulled her to his body and kissed her. It was quick but he made his point. Pickles, Kate’s not so nice nickname for the ex-wife, saw it and her eyes narrowed. Kate stifled the desire to pop her one.
â€˜Of course I don’t need to. But I’m tired and I’ve already seen this movie with you four times, I can give time number five a pass.’ The look in his eyes told Kate he wasn’t going to be swayed. He wanted what he wanted and he was certainly not above turning her into a puddle of goo if he had to.
A brittle cough interrupted their little struggle. â€˜Well okay then! Gosh I sure do appreciate you sharing the holidays with me, Katie. It’s lonely you know, being a mom without her babies,’ Pickles chirped. â€˜It’s just you and me, girls.’
Resisting, only barely, her urge to slap the shit out of Pickles for calling her KatieÂ¸ Kate dug her nails into her palms and left the room. She climbed the stairs toward their shared bedroom, the heat from his body right at her back so she couldn’t escape.
Once inside, she glared at him but he’d moved to build a fire in the fireplace.
â€˜I know you’re mad. I didn’t know she was coming. I’ll talk to her tomorrow.’ He spoke as he worked, his back to her.
â€˜Don’t talk to me with your back.’ She knew it sounded petulant but so be it. His ex-wife, a woman who seemed terminally unable to do stuff like open pickle jars without his assistance, had just shown up on the porch unannounced! And she called her Katie. She was not a Katie. And if she was, that thundertwat downstairs would not have the privilege of calling her that anyway. Over the months she and Dix had been seeing each other, the woman had gotten worse and worse. It had gotten to the point where Dix spent most of their time together at her place since Eve wouldn’t dare show up there. Unfortunately, she’d taken to showing up lots of other places and Kate found that distasteful as well as pitiable. It was beyond over between Dix and his ex, that Eve was being so pathetic now with her attempts to break him and Kate up, spoke volumes about how crazy or how clueless the woman was.
Finishing up, Dix covered the grate and turned to face her, the corner of his mouth twitching. â€˜There, it should warm up in here soon. For now, let’s preserve our body heat, shall we? I hear two people naked are good for that sort of thing.’ He tossed his sweater to the side, tousling his hair and looking very tasty. Bastard.
â€˜Well, I’m sure Pickles will be glad to snuggle up to you then. You may have noticed, Charles, I’m not in the mood. I’m going to read and then I’m going to sleep. Fully clothed.’
â€˜Do you really want me to go downstairs to a woman I ceased loving a long time ago and have been divorced from for nine years now? When you’re right here and clearly in need of a little exercise to work off your mad? I don’t want her. I want you. I always want you.’
Warmth spread through her at the way his voice lowered and then more as he traced the back of his knuckles down the line of her jaw.
â€˜I love you, Kate. I’m here with you. I am sorry she showed up, but that doesn’t mean you and I are any different than we were before she came.’
She arched a brow at him. â€˜Stop being logical. I don’t want that from you right now.’
His face softened, losing that predatory gleam he had in his eyes. He pulled her into a hug, kissing her before looking into her eyes. Christ, he made her love him so much. It didn’t scare her anymore, but he still needed to be fended off at times when he tended to try and take control of every situation.
â€˜How is it you’re even hotter when you’re being prickly? I need therapy, but I’d rather have you. I know you’re upset. I’m sorry. Do you want me to go down and make her leave?’
She sighed. â€˜Gah, you’re abominable. I told you I didn’t want to be rational right now. And you had to go and be all nice.’ She rolled her eyes and kissed him. â€˜I don’t want her here. I hate her voice. Her perfume is cloying and needy, just like she is.’ Kate groaned and pulled at her bottom lip for a moment. â€˜No. I know why you didn’t make her leave tonight. I don’t want you to put the girls in the middle.’ Pickles had done that already.
â€˜You’re a good woman, Katherine.’ The predatory gleam was back as he made very quick work of her sweater and then her bra. She sucked in a breath as he palmed her nipples. â€˜A good woman who likes my hands on her nipples.’
She shrugged. â€˜They’re just hands. Anyone’s hands would do. And we are not having sex tonight. Not with her here.’
He pushed her back and she bounced as she hit the mattress. The sounds of the movie downstairs floated up and under the door as the fire began to pop and crackle.
She was never sexier to him than when she put him and his daughters first. She didn’t know of course so it wasn’t about her manipulating it like Eve had done by showing up.
It’d been hours since he’d had her last. Since they’d fucked, hard and fast, still mainly clothed in the thick forest behind the house. Her breath had misted in the air as he’d backed her against a tree. Her body received him, the shock of her heat a stark contrast to the cold air. And still, he’d wanted her, even as the sweat on the back of his neck had cooled.
Whatever it was about her, he wanted to possess it even as he couldn’t help but let the strength of her fierce independence shine through. That she wanted to be with him, that she sought him out and let him hold her, thrilled him and comforted him at the same time.
Right then, as he divested her of her jeans and those tiny panties, but left on the over-the-knee socks she knew he got off on so much, he was far more thrilled than comforted.
â€˜I love those socks. So sexy and silly. Every time I see you I want to devour you in three greedy bites,’ he said as he got rid of the rest of his clothes and returned to her. She was still pissed, he saw it in the set of her mouth but it made seducing her, making her want his touch, making her crave his cock in her cunt, even sweeter.
â€˜I want to read.’ But she hadn’t moved, in fact her eyes were glued to his hands as he’d unzipped his jeans and pulled them down.
â€˜Hmm. I want to lick your pussy.’
In the low light, he heard, rather than saw, her breath catch. He reached out to open the curtains, silvery moonlight flooding into the room, illuminating her as she waited for him. His cock jumped against his belly when she caught her bottom lip between her teeth.
He chuckled, taking in the way her nipples stabbed skyward and not because of the cold. Her scent, of desire flushed skin and her pussy, rose to meet him as he got onto the bed beside her.
â€˜So, darling Kate, open your thighs for me.’ He leaned in and her hand rested gently against his shoulder. He wanted to laugh triumphantly, that hand was meant to push him back but neither one of them had the energy to play that game.
In the dark, in the quiet of the room with the night settled in all around, Kate couldn’t help but arch into his mouth. He left hot, wet kisses down her neck and gooseflesh in his wake. Halfheartedly, her hand rested on his shoulder where she’d been ready to shove him back. Instead, she breathed him into her lungs and let him touch her.
Any way he wanted to.
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