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Today I'm offering a peek at an upcoming release. This is a dark romance titled UNYIELDING - Tortured Love 1.
Merrick and Lynda are married, but each one had their own reasons for going through with the wedding...
Lynda kept her word. Merrick watched her smile for the endless pictures in the park, and for all intents and purposes, she looked every bit the adoring, happy bride. When the photographers insisted they take a series of pictures kissing, he hesitated only a split second before smashing his lips against hers.
Time to find out whether she truly hates you.
Amidst the cat calls and whistles, he probed her soft lips with his tongue, knowing André would have a hiss fit when he saw her smeared lipstick, but not giving a shit. Even the uncertainty he glimpsed in her eyes before he moved in for the kiss couldn’t spoil this for him.
She finally parted her lips and he pushed his tongue inside, trying to hold back the surge of hormones. She tasted like peppermint, and it was then he realized she must have mints stashed somewhere in the folds of her dress. Had she done that for him, knowing they’d have to do this multiple times today for the media?
He cupped her face, and nearly lost it when she moaned softly into his open mouth and put her arms around him. So much for the doubt he’d seen in her eyes earlier, and that sarcastic comment in the limo about doing what real married couples do. She might be in this for the money and the social standing, but her body said something different. She didn’t hate physical contact with him.
But what would that mean in the long run? That the cold, distant marriage he’d envisioned was wrong? Or did it merely mean she enjoyed kissing him and that’s as far as she’d take it? They would need to discuss the terms. He’d treat it like the business arrangement it was and outline what they expected of each other. That’s the only way something like this wouldn’t drive him batshit.
One thing was certain. His days of casual dating and casual sexual encounters were over. The last thing he’d ever do was give the media that kind of fuel. So unless he could convince his beautiful bride to let him do more than kiss her, he was in for a lot of jacking off.
When he released the kiss, her eyes were filled with surprise and fear. What the hell? Merrick kept his gaze on her face because the cameras were still clicking. He leaned close to whisper in her ear, “You don’t have to be afraid of me.”
“Thank you.” Her voice was all breathy, and it caused him actual physical pain to hear it. Why the hell was she afraid of kissing him? Had he been too forceful, or had he completely misinterpreted her responses?
On the heels of those thoughts came Todd’s words, explaining exactly why his daughter had agreed to this. So that was it, then. The reason for the fear. This was a business proposal and she had expected no intimacy of any kind.
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