May I introduce: @KathleenLBosman "The Dance of the Firefly"


 
The Dance of the Firefly
Kathy Bosman
 
Blurb:
 
Mix together a beautiful ballerina and ballet teacher, a sexy single dad, and a precocious-yet-sweet daughter, and emotions run high. Add racial and cultural differences, work contracts coming to an end, and hurts and memories from the past and sparks fly.
 
Rowena loves to dance but has ended up teaching ballet instead. When she helps out Cameron's difficult daughter, a bond develops between the two dancers. Cameron makes Rowena uncomfortable because he stirs up new, unwanted feelings which make no sense when he intends to leave Zambia soon when his contract ends.
 
Cameron can't resist sanguine live-wire Rowena who makes his daughter smile for the first time in years. But can he risk his heart again when memories of his late wife come back to haunt him? And Rowena has a lot more at stake in giving her all.
 


 
Excerpt
 
She'd expected him to disappear. Instead, she jumped as a shadow appeared in front of her. The man stood a foot from her. Close up, his presence seemed to permeate her. For a brief moment, her gnawing sorrow vanished, and attraction surged in like a current of potent goodness. His features were clear-cut yet contrasting: bronzed skin against almost ginger hair. It could pass for golden brown. Speckles of day-old matching beard. Light brown eyes like the earth near Lake Kariba. Sturdy posture, straight and purposeful. Broad shoulders. Strength she could rely on at this time.
She pushed the crazy thoughts away.
His expression had changed to almost lost. Patience settled upon her, sweet and refreshing after days of pure irritation at everything that moved.
"Maybe you could help Jamey."
"I'm sorry?"
He raked his fingers through his hair. There was anxiety there. Suffering. She took her leg down to give him her full attention.
"What could I do?"
"You could give her extra lessons."
"I'm full up already, Mr. Hosking. I don't have time…."
"Jamey loves to dance. Her late mother was a ballet dancer. It's her only connection with her."
Late mother! Rowena's lungs drained of air. Oh, how she could identify with her pain. Although her mother's death was recent, only six days ago, and she wasn't a child, she suddenly wanted to hug Jamey and fill her heart with love to take away the lonely hopelessness. How could she have been so impatient with the child? No wonder she was so restless. The recital had become more important than the children. Creating a good image for her studio to increase the size of her classes had taken precedence over putting something into the ones she had.
He peered into her frozen face. "I'll pay you double the price of a normal lesson. Please."
She nodded. "I will. Of course."
He instinctively grabbed her hand. "You won't regret it. Jamey's a very bright child, and she's crazy about you."
Her insides shuddered, and her toes curled at the simple contact. His hand was warm, and he squeezed a little too hard, but suddenly she wished he would keep it there. But he didn't.
"Really?"
He laughed. "Yes. She says you're so beautiful, like her mommy. You do look a bit like her." His eyes became dreamy and distant, as though a lifetime of memories passed through his mind.
A pang shot through her. Imagine a man like him loving her with the intensity he directed toward his late wife? What a selfish thought. He was still grieving.
After supper, Jamey pulled Rowena down the passage.
"Wow," she said. "What a pretty room." She wasn't just saying it. Cameron had put everything into his daughter's space: Disney Princess curtains and matching duvet set, with fluffy soft toys displayed on floating shelves shaped as crowns. In the corner sat a four-poster, with a pink net cascading down the sides, a requirement in Zambia to keep malaria mosquitoes away at night. The nets were inconvenient, but Cameron had used hers to add a dreamy effect.
"Even your mosquito net has lacy edges," she said, picking up a corner and fingering the sturdy lace. "Where did you get it?"
"My daddy asked a lady to make it girly."
"He's very kind."
"Look at my Barbie dolls. I have three ballerina ones. This one…." Her voice went quiet, almost reverent. "My mommy bought me this one a few months before she died. Her legs and arms bend, and she has a second pair of ballet shoes. Some black ones."
"Now that's pretty. I love black ballet shoes."
"Really?"
"I did my first principal role with black ballet shoes. I was the bad witch in a show we danced in."
Jamey stared at her. "Why did you want to be the witch?"
She suppressed a laugh. "I didn't want to be a bad person, but the role was the hardest, and I considered it a privilege to be chosen."
"Did you get a curtain call?"
"We all did. My teacher did a great job in writing the story and choreographing the ballet steps for us. The dance was so popular, we even did it in front of the president of Zambia."
"Wow. My mommy used to dance in front of thousands of people. She was very popular."
"What was her name?"
"She used her old name for her ballet name. Samantha Palmer."
"Oh." Rowena swallowed a lump in her throat. Samantha Palmer had been a well-known prima ballerina who danced for the South African Ballet Theatre, now called the South African Msanzi Ballet Company. She should know. She'd tried to get in there, with no success. Samantha had been one of her idols. The most graceful, delicate dancer she'd ever watched. Her role in Romeo and Juliet had been the highlight of her career, giving her international recognition. That had been five years ago. How long ago had she died? How had she died?
"Your mommy was a very talented dancer. You must have inherited some of her talent."
"You think so?" Jamey asked. "It's hard, though."
"What?"
"Trying to dance like her."
Her breath hitched. The girl had a difficult act to follow.
"You don't have to dance like her. You must dance your own way. Everyone has his or her own style. You need to work on your strengths and concentrate on what you can do."
Jamey nodded. "But Daddy misses watching Mommy. I've seen him play her ballets on the DVD player all through the night. If I could dance like her, maybe Daddy would be happy again."
She suppressed a gasp. No wonder the kid had hated her ballet lessons. The pressure had been enormous on her.
"Your daddy is happy with you being a child and having fun. You don't have to be too serious with your ballet, yet. It takes years to learn how to dance like your mother did."
She nodded, her lips quivering.
"Your mommy would have wanted you to enjoy ballet. She wouldn't want it to be something hard and too serious."
"I suppose."
"And it's not your mommy's ballet Daddy misses," she said, taking Jamey into her arms and giving her a tight squeeze. "It's her company at home. He watches her so he can remember her as a person."
Jamey's face was wet with tears.
"I'm sorry your mommy died." Rowena wiped a tear away with her hand. "My mommy died a few days ago. I miss her so much." She swallowed the lump in her throat. "I can imagine how you must miss her, being a kid."
"I do."
"But your daddy loves you whole bunches. He cares for you deeply."
Jamey jumped off her lap and grabbed a puzzle. "This is my favorite. It's of a hedgehog and a mole."
"It's cute." Rowena was relieved to get away from the difficult subject of her deceased mother. She couldn't bear to see how much it hurt Jamey not to have her mother with her. As much as she hated being without her mom, at least she'd had her growing up.
"We can make the jigsaw on the table in the lounge while the others watch rugby. I can hear them all cheering in there." She lowered her voice to a whisper. "Don't tell anyone, but I hate rugby."
The girl giggled. "Me, too."
She linked pinky fingers with Jamey. "Perfect. Then we can build the picture together and pretend to watch. Okay?"
The child nodded, the box gripped in her arms, her eyes shining. The smile came back, and Rowena let out a breath she hadn't known she'd been holding. How could she become so attached to a kid so quickly? Something weird had happened. From worst student to tiny friend, a miracle had occurred. How could she push her new little friend away because her father made her feel uncomfortable—and too aware of her womanhood?
 
Author Bio:
 
Kathy loves reading and writing even more. She homeschools her three kids, so in between unsuccessfully explaining the difference between subject and predicate or how to divide fractions, she enters an imaginary world of troubled and passionate characters whose stories take over the page. Kathy lives in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, where the summers are hot, the winters cool, and bugs thrive. Her first published novel, Wedding Gown Girl, came out in 2012 with Astraea Press. She belongs to the Romance Writers of South Africa Group (ROSA) which has been her greatest support and inspiration the last few years.
 
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#MFRWHook for ~~I think I love you~~ 02/09/15 #amreading #mustread


 
 Happy "Book Hook" Day
May I 'hook' you on "I think I love you"
my latest release in the Australian Sport Stars series? 
 
 
 

 
"I think I love you" is set in Melbourne, in the wonderful country of Australia.    

 

   
 
I hope you get hooked by this Snippet
 
Blurb:
Markus DeLeon and Sarah Winter’s lives couldn’t be more different… After three years away as the goalkeeper for an English soccer club, Markus has been happy to be back in Australia. He’d missed his family and friends, including Sarah. He’s known her since childhood, and often protected her from the teasing of other children and the troubling consequences of a broken home.

When they attend their friends’ wedding, a new light is cast on their friendship… Sarah is fresh out of a bad relationship, and Markus has always been the one she can confide in. Maybe it’s the magic of the wedding—or how stunning he looks in a tux—but the attraction between them intensifies in ways they’d never imagined.

But sometimes when risking what you have, you might lose everything… Following a passionate encounter, Markus isn’t sure how to handle this new aspect of his relationship with Sarah, and literally flees the scene for the coast. Sarah is unsure how to react to his sudden departure, but is soon knocked off course by misunderstandings and a frightening family emergency.

Markus realises his mistake and wants to make things right, but he also faces obstacles. He’s been offered an exciting new job, and an attractive newcomer to the neighbourhood is eager to claim his attention, though the last thing Markus needs is another confusing relationship.
Can Sarah and Markus face the fear and doubt—and the potential loss of their lifelong friendship—to give their love a chance?

   
 
Today's hook
Sarah let out another long breath before she decided what to tell him, if anything at all. Markus had always been a very good friend. More than that. He’d always been there for her, during good and bad times. Especially during bad times.
“I walked in on Timmy with another woman yesterday afternoon,” she said, barely audible, more embarrassed than hurt.
Markus leaned back and met her gaze. Like so often, his beautiful blue eyes conveyed such warmth and understanding.
“Ouch!” he whispered.
“C’mon, say it,” she coaxed.
“Say what?”
“You know what. The I told you so.”
The words stung like acid in her stomach. Yes, he had told her more than a couple of times that there was something iffy about Timmy. Even Ty and Oliver had noticed the vibes, but she’d been happy the last four months. She hadn’t expected that one. Not at all.
So last night she’d drowned her sorrow in that one glass of red wine too many and was paying for it now.
Markus gently pulled her a little bit closer. “I’m not saying any such thing.”
“I deserve it, though.”
A smile tugged at his lips. “Baby, no you don’t. The only person deserving something is Timmy. And that’s a big fist connecting with his face.”
Sarah laughed, but regretted it straight away. “Oh my God, Marky. Don’t make me laugh, please. I’ve got the worst hangover ever. The last glass of the red wine last night didn’t agree with me.”



 new release

5 Stars 
Book #3 of the Australian Sport Series - also the one I enjoyed the most :)
Their love story is not your regular "thrills" one - you know, the one with shivers top to bottom and bottom to top - at the first sight :) It's a beautiful story about the friendship, strong and true, turning slowly into some profound feelings. They do not realize it at first, then they do not want to realize that, finally they are too scared to admit it... :) But it gets them anyways :D

Tuesday Tales - HARDLY - Where #Authors #Write to a #prompt ~ #romance #MFRWAuthor




Welcome to Tuesday ... Welcome to Tuesday Tales ...

I'm back with Ethan's story. A quick re-cap: Addison's house was broken in, Ethan worries about here being on her own over night and grabs his swag and stays overnight.
Today's prompt is HARDLY. 

Enjoy - and feel free to leave a comment. And don't forget to click the link below to go back to the main Tuesday Tale site for more stories by very talented authors.

 

The water trickled over her face, and she relished its gentle caress. It reminded her of Ethan and how his hand had moved up and down her body the previous night in her bed. Goodness gracious, she couldn’t believe he’d been in her bed, and everything inside her had been on alert. The temptation to touch him and feel him.  
Then she recalled the terror of the morning. Finding her windows all smeared in red and the dead possum in her backyard. Of course, she’d seen dead possums before, mainly on the road, looking worse than the one in her backyard, the poor little creatures, and she’d coped. But none of them had been used as a sacrifice to scare the bejeeszus out of her.
Taking a deep breath, she tried to suppress the gag in her throat.
Suddenly Ryan popped into her thoughts. Would he be able to do something like this? But why? After all, he was the one who didn’t lose anything out of their little affair, apart from possibly his wife’s trust. She was the one who should be angry, since he’d been the cheater, not only on his wife, but also on her by keeping mum about his marriage.
Addison exhaled a long weary breath. How could she have been so blind?
But would Ryan come all the way to Fermosa Bay to make her life miserable? She shook her head slowly. There was no apparent reason for it.
She tried to keep her mind empty of any more thoughts and enjoyed the hot shower. Until the knock at the door made her jump.
“Addy, darling. It’s mum. Can I come in?”
“Mum.” She wrapped the towel around her, stepped out of the shower, and into her mother’s arms.
“Shh.” Ana rubbed her hand up and down Addy’s back. “We’ll get it all sorted.”
“Mum, it was so awful. The window. It was red. Red blood all over the window—”
“Shh.” She calmed her daughter again. “You get dressed. I’ll make a cup of tea and then we talk.”
“Mum?”
“Yes, darling?”
“Is Ethan still here?”
Her mother pushed her away slightly and met her daughter’s eyes. “The young man?”
Addy nodded and said with a sigh. “Oh, mum.”
The little smile on her mother’s lips didn’t go unnoticed. “How about we sort one situation after the other.”
“Ethan’s hardly a situation, mum.”
Ana let out a soft laugh and placed a kiss on her daughter’s forehead. “I go and make prepare the tea.”

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Snippet Sunday - FRESH BEGINNINGS 30/08/2015 #romance #amreading #Route66



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FRESH BEGINNINGS
We continue with Fresh Beginnings, Jared's story as he travels through five states
 in the US in a Motorhome. I used our itinerary from our US travels two years ago
 and wrote a romance story around in.
Jared's met Ivy, a hitchhiker ... I skipped forward a little, they're now having some lunch.
Enjoy!


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They drove into town with Ivy behind the steering wheel. She was indeed a very good driver. Ivy had no trouble steering the big vehicle through the small streets, and before he knew it, they'd stopped in a shopping parking area. It suited him as he wanted to stock up on a few items before he hit the road again.
"I suppose that's it," she said quietly.
He simply nodded. There wasn't much to say. As much as he enjoyed the little bit of company, she hadn't been a great talker and was too tense about the whole situation she was in. Whatever the situation was. He'd never asked. It wasn't any of his business. The bottom line was, he wanted to enjoy a nice holiday and not take on somebody else's problems. Bad enough that he would have an extra passenger in a few days when he made it to Utah.
"Thanks," she added and held out her hand.
He took the hand and replied, "No worries mate."
That made her smile. A smile he wouldn't forget. "Look after yourself and don't forget to eat, will ya?"
Taking her bag, she said, "The woman who will end up with you, will be one lucky lady."
He chuckled. "And I had the impression you thought of me as a criminal."
"No," she lied.
And he chuckled some more. "I'd better go. It was really nice meeting you. And I really appreciate you helping me out."
He stood and locked the doors to the motorhome. Yet, she wasn't moving.
"Ivy."
"Hmm?"
Watching her carefully, he finally said. "Your feet aren't movin'."
Her beautiful eyes filled up with tears, and Jared felt bad for pushing her. Obviously, her impression of him being a criminal couldn't have been all that bad, because she wasn't leaving. Exhaling a big breath, he met her gaze. Nothing was going to plan, so why not?
"Wanna come a little further?" he finally asked.
To his surprise, she shook her head. "No." Drawing in her lips, she stepped back and then said. "Bye, Jared."
With a guilty conscience, he watched her walk across the car park and into a distance. "Nice knowing ya," he said to himself and then went into the shopping centre.

 

 

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Book Feature: @GemSivad "Blood Stoned"


It's an absolute delight to feature fellow "SnippetSunday" Author Gem Sivad. I enjoy her weekly teasers and hope you'll check out her latest release "Blood Stoned".
 
 
 
Blood Stoned Blurb:
 
1887. Maggie Jenks, is a natural healer. She lays-hands on the sick, tends the wounded, and brings the almost dead back to life. Then she moves on. That's what usually happens anyway. When Maggie arrives in Willow Springs, New Mexico Territory, she's greeted with enough ill-health to keep her feet planted for a long visit, and enough magic in the air to make her want to stay.
 
After a strange malady sweeps down from the railroad tunnel in Raton Pass, leaving bloodless carcasses littering the ground and town citizens lingering in half-death, it takes Maggie, her shifter mate Hunter, and an amulet infused with harvested magic, to save the living from the walking undead.
 
Excerpt:
"You heard nothing last night?"
Sean's head shake deepened the puzzle. He didn't like me, but he loved all his livestock and tended his animals with the same devotion he lavished on his wife and child.
My gaze swung back to Sullivan.  I couldn't believe this monster that usually ruled the corral had stood quietly while a predator fed.
Though I had no desire to crouch on the ground next to the beast, I needed to touch the legs. Bending low, I laid hands on the right foreleg and stroked down, brushing across the seeping wounds.
"Alrighty then," I murmured as I watched the cuts scab over. Inelegant though it was, I crawled around Sullivan, attending each leg. By the time I returned to the foreleg, the scabs had dried and flaked off, leaving pink scars. 
"It can't be anything he ate. His feed's not been changed and he's either been in the barn or the corral where there's no weeds to eat." Sean's voice was gruff.  He stared hard at me, letting me know without begging, how important the bull was.
Trying not to see the desperation in his silent plea, I continued my examination, stroking the muscled shoulder and following a vein up the thick neck to the bovine jaw.
Instead of the steady sound of a healthy heart, the bull's pulse stuttered and beat in a sluggish rhythm. Not expecting much to happen in the way of healing, I settled both thumbs side by side on the vein, focusing whatever drib of power I might have on that spot.
I can't describe what happened next, other than to say I became a conduit, pumping magic through my thumbs into the bull. I stared at the connection and watched the white haze buzzing around the beast gradually change to gray. When it finally dispersed altogether, the connection ended, and my hands dropped to my sides.
"That's all I can do." I closed my eyes, tottering on my feet as I shook my head to clear it. When I opened my eyes again, it was to see the recovered animal trotting across the barn lot.
Paddy grabbed up Myrtle and the boy and whirled them around, dancing an Irish jig. Watching them, I paid no mind to the bull until I heard Sullivan snort. A quick glance his way confirmed he had his head down, pawing the ground in a challenge. Being both sapped of energy and bloated with magic, at first, I ignored the creature. 
"Maggie, move," Myrtle shrieked when the beast began a gallop across the lot. 
I stumbled backward and fell, landing on my rear in the dust. I had no chance of reaching the fence before the bull reached me. Myrtle shouted at Paddy to do something and to his credit, he picked up a pitchfork.
Whether it was to be used on his bull or me, I didn't wait to find out.
Drawing on the power I'd just harvested from the healing, I cast a protection spell to create a shield between me and the ungrateful beast. But instead of shaping itself into a wall, magic zinged from me and smacked the bull a forceful blow. Sullivan fell to his front knees. A patch of hair on his right shoulder appeared singed while another spot burst into flame.
"Well isn't that grand? The animal seems to be feeling frisky again." Myrtle remained positive, ignoring my misfired spell, while Paddy glared threats at me and beat out the blaze dancing on his prize bovine's shoulder.
"'Tis true yer a jinx." He pointed at the scorched patch of hair still smoldering. "You fix one thing and break two more. Ye've put a devil mark on my Aberdeen-Angus."
 
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Author Bio:
Hi. Nice to meet you. I'm Gem Sivad, a reclusive writer, comma phobic, and eavesdropper on the world. Although I have hermit tendencies, occasionally I come out of the writer's den to meet readers at book signing events. Hope to see you there. But in case we miss each other, you can find me at the places below. 
For book release updates and fun (or if you're an avid Words With Friends junkie) hang out with me on Face Book @ facebook.com/GemSivadAuthor. Visit my website @ gemsivad.com to read Sunday Snippets, mine and other talented authors. And of course, to take advantage of contests and give-aways, subscribe to my newsletter: gemsivad.com/dreamcatcher.

 
 
 
 
 

May I introduce: Jennifer Labelle "Broken Survivor" @1JenniferLabell



The Ups and Downs of…
 
 
There are ups and downs to every decision one makes in life, and believe me when I tell you there are plenty when you decide to write such an emotional story you can relate to. Broken Survivor was both a pleasure and a burden to finish, bittersweet. I had to stop and go back to it so many times to give myself a break it took me three times as long to write it than I normally do. Here's why…
It was based on true events.
Now please note I said it's based on true events, not exactly a true story. There is a difference and I'll try to explain. The murder actually happened the way it was stated in the book, and I can relate to Holly as I too had an abusive father, had struggles getting over the death of my mother, and going through foster care etc. but not all of the plot is fact, there is fiction in there as well, hence the 'true events' wording. 
At the same time though, this book was an amazing accomplishment for me. It's something I've always wanted to get out there, and was very healing for me to write, as I got to say my final goodbye to my own mother through it. I also love the happily ever after ending and the amazing romance that develops between Holly and Zander throughout the novel as well. It was quite the roller-coaster ride of emotions. I hope you enjoy it!
Now here is a little more about the book itself, in case you're curious.
 
 
 
Holly Hewitt is a survivor…
 
After witnessing her mother's murder, Holly was returned to her abusive father. Resorting to drugs and alcohol, she ends up landing herself in foster care, where she is separated from her sister and utterly alone.
                
Zander Harrison is the light to her darkness…
 
Zander is young, athletic, and carefree, with the support of a loving family. But when Holly is placed in foster care with his brother's in-laws, she turns his world upside down.
 
He's driven to protect her, and to show her the past has made her strong, life is worth living, and love is worth fighting for. If only he can convince her to trust him and stop resisting their mutual attraction.
 
But sometimes even love isn't enough to heal a shattered soul.
 
And all the hard work in the world can't save…
 
 
 

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Jennifer Labelle resides in Canada with her husband and three beautiful children. After her third child she became a stay at home mom. In her busy household Jennifer likes to spend her down time engrossed in the stories that she creates. She is an active reader of romance, mystery and anything paranormal. With an education in Addictions work she's decided to take a less stressful approach in life and hopes that you enjoy, as she shares some of her imagination with all of you.
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Excerpt:
Pink and orange hues filled the sky with a warm beauty while the sun set. Holly wrapped her arms around herself and lifted her face toward the sky to soak in the last few moments of the sun before the chill of the night descended upon them. This was definitely not going to be an easy talk to get through. She just hoped they'd both be okay when it was done.  Zander stepped up behind her, and she felt the heat of his body before he wrapped his arms around her from behind. The way she was drawn to him made her wonder if he had a magnetic pull, and it kind of scared her a little bit. Holly tried to enjoy the view as they were silent for a few moments.
"As much as I hate to let go, I think maybe we should sit so we can finally talk," Zander said.
She hesitated a moment before taking his hand while they walked back to his house and sat beside each other on the patio. This is it.
"First, I want to clear up earlier," Zander said. "She was just a friend, nothing more. She has only ever been a friend." He lifted their linked hands and kissed the top of hers.
"This isn't any of my business, but does she realize that? I got the impression there was much more than a friendship there." Holly held her breath and didn't exhale until after he answered her.
"Not for a really long time, and we were never a couple." His posture slumped. "Before today, I hadn't heard from her in months. She just showed up out of the blue, but I swear nothing happened."
"Why are you telling me this?" Holly shifted to face him. "So you and she were friends with benefits a while ago. I have to admit I didn't like seeing you with her, but I don't have any right to be mad. We're taking things slow, remember?"
"That's just the thing. I want to be with you, Hol. As in, I'd be staking my claim. You'd be my girlfriend, exclusive."
"I'm actually kind of glad you said that. I've recently figured out that I'm not made for casual." She bit her lip nervously. "I don't even care about your friend anymore because I sort of have some huge news, which throws going slow out the window anyway. That is, if you don't freak out and feel like you want nothing to do with me after this."
"Okay, now you're making me nervous," he joked nervously and playfully nudged her with his shoulder. "What's up?"
"You probably should be." Holly smiled weakly and then exhaled long and hard. "I didn't want a relationship when you came into the picture, and I didn't want to care for someone so much. But then there you were all sweet, caring, and persistent and screwed up my original plans. So let's get that out there." She smiled and leaned into him. Her head lay on his shoulder and she looked up at him needing to be close. "That's the best part by the way because I'm glad I've let you in. I care for you a lot. I've messed up, though. We both have. Do you remember the night at my sister's?"
"How could I forget?" His eyes lit up and she snorted.
"It was a good night, huh?" She licked her lips just thinking about it. "Well, I haven't been feeling like myself lately, so Lauren decided to take me to get a checkup…"
"O-okay, you were sick and…?" Zander's brows scrunched together in confusion, but as if he sensed her discomfort, he gave her a quick reprieve to pull herself together before she had to spit out the big news. He captured her mouth. His soft, plump lips caressed hers, then he moved to nip and suck on her bottom lip. His tongue coaxed her mouth open farther, and she tasted his mutual arousal as he probed the slit of her mouth with his tongue. One of her hands fisted in his shirt and held him closer, while the other massaged his nape and into his hair. They both moaned in the heat of the moment, and she could feel his chest rise and fall more rapidly before he pulled away.
"God, I've missed this," he said. "You get sick again and I'm coming over with some chicken soup and taking care of you.
"That sounds amazing." She smirked. "I've missed you too." Holly shifted so that she was facing him now and rested her forehead against his while they caught their breath.
"Don't go home yet. Call Lauren and let's recreate that night." He wiggled his eyebrows up and down.
"You are such a goofball. As tempting as that sounds, I need to finish what I was saying before you distract me too much." She gave him a quick peck on the lips and leaned back.
"But the distraction is so good. I can't help myself." He lifted a sexy, dark eyebrow in question. "Can we fool around a bit while you talk? I'm a great multitasker."
"I'll tell you what, if after I tell you everything I need to, you still want to fool around or more, then yes, we'll go inside your place and I'll make it worth your while." She wiggled her brows back at him and smiled as she caressed the side of his face. I just hope I don't ruin things first.
"Deal."
"Lauren might not be too happy if she finds out the truth."
"Really?" He looked at her in shock. "I find that hard to believe after her and Shelby practically pushed us together." He smiled and kissed the back of her hand. "Remind me to thank them for that one day."
"I really hope you still feel that way after you hear what I have to say."
"Quit stalling and just tell me already."
"So you know I haven't been feeling well lately, but what you don't know is why she's been on my case. She had some concerns that drove her to take me to the doctor in the first place." She leaned way back in her chair and closed her eyes.
"Is she still hung up about the new apartment?"
"In a way, I guess, but right now what's bothering her is her assumption that I might be pregnant." She peeked in his direction to gauge his reaction.
He stiffened a bit on the seat next to her and sat straighter. "Wait, what?"