Sunday, May 26, 2013

Blow Out Memorial Day Sale on Book by Shara Azod!!!!

Limited Time Only!!!! 

Prices on all books listed below slashed!!! (Sales prices are as listed. All eBooks will return to regular prices 5/28/2013) 

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Publication Date: January 19, 2013
Series: sWet
For three tortuous years Parson has been watching Dontae, trying desperately to figure out exactly what is it that makes her tick but she never gives him an inch. At least not until he finds himself having the upper hand, and small but VERY descriptive account of every one of her fantasies. Fantasies that she's written about HIM
Price: $0.50

Publication Date: March 20, 2013
Series: sWet
 Everyone has desires. Whether they're broadcasted for the world to see or secretly hidden away in a little black book. Dontae has the second of the two and as of late her lover has been more than generous in helping her fulfill every one of them. But Parson also knows her well enough to guess that she has more than one sordid list of naughty hopes. The question is, can he possibly be up for the challenge of the Little Black Book 2?
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Publication Date: April 28, 2013
Series: Blooming
Pasqual Chevalier had never found himself wanting for something that was unattainable. As one of the many offspring from one of the most powerful and prestigious names in the south, he was—in a word—entitled. To money, to women, to whatever his heart wanted. So why was it so hard to obtain the one thing he'd wanted for the longest but never had the ability to admit out loud--the heart of a women he's desired for years? Too stubborn to open his mouth and say the words, he finds himself in a precarious position after a wild night with an unnamed woman leaves his cousin Rayce hot and cold with him and asking Pasqual to look after a pregnant friend...who happens to be one Rhonda MacDaniels; the same woman Pasqual has been carrying a torch for. Now he has to question himself as to why her taste, touch and scent seem so familiar...and why he has such a strong yearning to take the role of her unborn child's father.
Price: $2.99
Publication Date: July 22, 2012
Series: Just Cowboys

Zedidiah Stone was feared. The crime rate in Lauréa, Texas was minuscule because of him. Long term relationships held no interest to him, and good girls were a bore. He liked his life just fine the way it was. The sweet, sexy temptation of Yvonne Winters was going to stay just that- a temptation. He would not touch, he would not take her, he would not-
Aww hell, he had to have her.
Price: $1.50

Publication Date: July 22, 2012
Series: Just Cowboys

Gilly is sick and tired of Eli Travis treating her like a damn boy. She’s going to force him to recognize she’s a fully grown woman, one way or another. Donning her skimpiest dress and highest heels, Gilly flounces her bountiful curves right in front of his face, then proceeds to ignore him. Let the hard-headed cowboy take that!
When the hell did Gilly grow up, and what the hell is she doing going out dressed to catch a man? As far as Eli is concerned, there will be only one man in Gilly's life, and damn it, that man is him.
Price: $1.00
Publication Date: July 22, 2012
Series: Just Cowboys
Tex Westley might just be getting back in town but he was about to make the passions in Lauréa go supernova. In his thirty odd years Tex had made plenty of mistakes; however, the biggest mistake he ever made was not recognizing that Alexandria Lourdes was the one and only woman for him and always had been. He'd left Lauréa in search of something more only to realize that everything had been right before him the entire time. Now that he was back in town he wasn’t about to waste anymore time claiming Alexandria. His feisty, little librarian was about to be ambushed by one determined cowboy. This time, he wasn't about to let her slip away.
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Publication Date: July 13, 2012
Series: Weddings

Like a bad dream Reese has return to torment China. It was bad enough she’d spent most of her college years deeply in lust with the oaf, only to find him in bed with her roommates. Both of them. Now he seemed to have developed classic foot in mouth disease. Oh she just could not wait until the travesty that was her best friend’s wedding was over so she could go back to never having to see the best man, her nemeses, ever again.
Okay, so he couldn’t seem to say the right thing. But China knew him. Why didn’t she cut him some slack. After all, she had blithely ignored him all through college as he bent over backward trying to catch her eye. This time he wasn’t going to let her go. This time she would see him, the real him; not just the stupid things he said. Now if he could only get the groom to call of this wedding as an added bonus…
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Publication Date: June 16, 2011
 Skylar Moore had been looking for a new, exciting job. Taking a position as a civilian contractor in the middle of a war zone was probably a tad extreme, but it was the best decision she had ever made. How could she complain when she had not one, but two of the sexiest body guards/escorts on the face of the earth. Majors Ashe Marshall and Shannon O’Shea were the finest damn Marines in the entire Corps. It was hard to pretend she wasn’t interested in more than an escort to local Afghan villages. The problem was which one did she like the most? There was no way she could choose. Luckily she didn’t have to…
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Publication Date: August 6, 2011
Series: Naughty Bites
 Aina was running scared. Everywhere she looked, there was Master Sergeant Daiki Wakahisa, looking so fine it made her weak in the knees. Knowing she couldn’t have him, she chose to run, vacating any area he was at. Little did she know the Master Sergeant was watching, and counting the second when he could make her his.
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Publication Date: April 29, 2011
Series: Naughty Bites
Letticia was pulling the tiger by its tale by verbally sparring with Sergeant Woodcock, she knew that, but she just couldn’t seem to stop herself. The man drove her wild with want and if she couldn’t have him, the least she could do was irritate the hell out of him. Ross wasn’t sure whether Miss Morgan understood what she was asking for, but the longer she talked, the more he became convinced he was the man to give her exactly what she needed.
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Publication Date: April 29, 2012
Series: Stand Alone
Twenty-four hours can change your life.
In twenty-four hours one can find what was thought lost...forever,
Emotions long dormant can flame to life,
Secrets and lies can be revealed to destroy one relationship,
but build another.
Twenty-four hours can restore love and hope,
In twenty-four hours one can find the beginning of Happily Ever After.
Kimber has spent the last nine years looking for the child she was told died at birth. She’d always known it wasn’t true. She’d always known deep down that her daughter had survived, but her father had done too good a job in hiding her baby from her.
Finally exhausted from her almost decade-long search, Kimber returns to her hometown looking for a way to bury the past and start again. The last person she ever expected to run into is her daughter, who’s been living with Kimber’s high-school sweetheart for nine heartbreaking years!
Price: $2.99
Publication Date: March 23, 2012
Series: Stand Alone

There was only one chance to get away from the horrible future that awaited her. Deja had to take it, no matter the danger. Sneaking out of the apartment in the middle of the night was not the best choice. The city was full of predators just like the one she was running from. The last person she would ever expect to run into was a man like Dieter von Blucher.
Dieter hadn't been a criminal for quite some time. There was no word for men like him. He inhabited a sphere beyond right and wrong. He was a law on to himself. He never expected to be moved by anyone, let alone the beautiful innocent that ran right into his arms on a cold winter night.
Price: $2.99
Publication Date: June 28, 2011
Series: Stand Alone

Inescapable- The attraction was instant, immediate, too inescapable for either to resist.
Inexplicable- Delilah was a stripper, trying to make a better life for herself. Edward was a professor from old money trying to save his nephew from a femme fatale. They had nothing in common, no reason to come together, no reason to love one another.
Irrepressible- No matter how Delilah tried to deny her feelings for Edward, he would not allow her to run away from what they both couldn’t deny. As passion crackled and flamed between them, Delilah found herself swept away by Edward with a ferocity that would not be denied.
Irresistible- Sometimes love will not be denied. Sometime passion will not be tamed. Two forces come together and cannot break apart.
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Publication Date: March 1, 2011
Series: Stand Alone
Kennedy is just plain tired. Her long time, live-in boyfriend is lazy, trifling and a cheat. She keeps telling herself that one day she is going to leave, that one day her future will start. But as the years fly by that one day never comes. There is never enough money, never an opportunity. Trudging along her depressing existence, she runs headfirst into her one day in the form of one seriously fine former Marine and hometown hero.
Emory couldn’t explain it. There was something about Kennedy that touched down to his core. It wasn’t just her beauty, but the woman haunting his every thought. It killed him to see her working her fingers to the bone for a man that didn’t deserve her. All he wanted to do was gather her in his arms and make it all better. But how could he if she refused to lean on him, even just a little?
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Series: Anchors Away

Bobbi is a woman used to being on her own. She never allows anything to ruffle her feathers and depends on no man for anything.
Grayson is a man who knew what he wanted, and he wanted Bobbi. He just wished she would let down her guard and let him in. While she might have given him her body, it was her trust he was after.
But when a danger lurks, there was only one place Bobbi can think to go. Straight into Grayson's arms. There she learns life isn't always shades of gray.
Price: $1.50
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
Series: Anchors Away

Pippa hated military fighter pilots. Virtually all she knew were arrogant, know-it-all bastards who thought that the sun rose and fell on them. And then there was Captain Seth Austin. Undoubtedly, one of the best pilots she was acquainted with, she could find no fault with the way that he treated the crew or his plane. But she could fault him for his infectious smile and those wicked hazel eyes as they were interfering with her hate of him. If only she didn’t lust after the man, her world would be just fine.
A man good at calculations, Seth couldn’t figure out Petty Officer Pippa Tanner. An easygoing guy, everyone liked him. And then there was Pippa - the one woman that he couldn’t stop thinking about. Everything about her drew him in and he'd draw her in if only she would give him half a chance to change her mind.
Tired of her constant barbs and casual dismissal, Seth decides to take matters into his own hands. Although Pippa finally surrenders to his passionate demands, she keeps a firm hold on her heart. How can Seth convince Pippa that there was nothing casual about their love?
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Series: Anchors Away

Chain of Command
Her enlistment up, Adanna Ingles is about to start her life anew. Not only is she leaving the ship that has been her home for the last four years, she’s leaving California. There isn't a thing she was going to miss about her life in the Navy. Well, except her Division Officer, Commander Ian Stewart. Ian was beyond hot, but Navy regulations being what they were, she had to be content with simply looking. From the first day he boarded, Ian had been watching Adanna . There was no way that he could touch, but oh, how he wanted to. After spending the last eighteen months being tempted, she was being discharged. Finally, he would be able to let her know how he really feel, how he has always felt.
When Adanna accepts a ride from her former boss, she had no idea that she was sealing her fate. It soon became obvious that he was offering her more than just a ride. Instead of trying to run, she throws caution to the wind and decides to , go along for the ride.
She never knew love could bloom from attraction long suppressed. But can she truly believe that this isn't simply some wild fantasy for Ian? Can she trust the passion between them? Or is it just a passing flame?
Red Skies at Night
Teane McGowan was damn good at her job. An engineman in the United States Navy, she worked hard in a male-dominated rate. Able to fix anything, she didn’t waste time complaining but neither did she back down. … Except from her desire for Chief Petty Officer Brett Olden her work center supervisor.
Working late in the Engine Shop while underway, Teane decides to throw caution to the wind and release some of her pent up tension. Little did she know the object of her desire was present and watching with rapt fascination.
Brett Olden could not believe his eyes. Teane was one of his best workers, which wouldn’t have been a problem if she wasn’t also one of the sexiest women he’d ever encountered. He’d always played by the rules and thus kept it professional even when his body and libido demanded otherwise. But that was before this moment. What was he supposed to do when confronted with visions of a naked Teane taking a dip in the shop's oversized sink? It wasn't the bathing in the sink that got him so much, everyone did that. It was what she was doing in that sink that had him floored. She was self-pleasuring and he was her muse. While he’d spent the last few months fantasizing about her; she was fantasizing about him. Who knew that they’d had the same fantasies?
Now that the secret was out, there was no way to put the genie back in the bottle. Once he heard her call out his name while peaking, there was no way Brett could walk away. It was a good thing that she didn’t want him to.
Fraternization in the armed forces was a serious offense , The lovers had to tread carefully. Although Brett tried to protect Teane, he had to make a choice-his career, or the woman he loves.
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Georgie had always been on the outside looking in. As the bastard daughter of the man who ran the local juke joint, there was little hope of a respectable life in store for her. Especially after she caught the eye of Beau Dupuis, son the richest man in all of South Georgia. All he could offer her is a nice house hidden away on his families plantation, but Georgie yearned for more.
Beau had never had to wanted for a thing. He got what he wanted, and what he wanted was Georgie Willard. For her, Beau would break all the rules, defy all of society just to be with her. Little did they both know what the fickle hands of fate had in store. Through war and strife, Beau would have to fight to keep Georgie’s love.
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Publication Date: November 19, 2009
Nika believes the mysterious man who tends his garden with such love deserves to be made immortal. As long as he spends eternity with her. Ares, God of War, was just looking for a little down time. He found a delightful nymph to make his goddess instead.
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Publication Date: June 26, 2009
With a fierceness and determination that inhabits most volunteers, Rolanda swelled with pride as she followed her dreams of helping her fellow world citizens as she trekked across the globe to Afghanistan. What awaited her instead was a mysterious sheik that looked and breathed as if he were ripped from pages of the erotic romances which were her guilty pleasure. With her future on the line, she began to spin one tale each night for one thousand and one nights in order to secure her freedom. But what kind of freedom did he mean? Biding her time, Rolanda spun him the First Night's tale while subconsciously plotting her escape. . . In the land of Frumos, nothing is quite what it seems - as was true with infamous brothers Valentin and Drago
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Publication Date: March 30, 2011
In New Orleans, where old Southern lineages root as deep and tangled as the haughty Cypress, two powerful families become entrenched in a battle to preserve pedigrees. For the past nine years, Thierry Chevalier, the strikingly handsome, well-bred, polished son of one of the oldest, most powerful white families in Louisiana, has been harboring an impassioned desire to captivate the woman of his dreams. His desire, Angelique Dubois. Graceful, delicate and sensually delectable, Angelique seems as unattainable as she is desirous: the daughter of New Orleans' mayor; member of a proud Black Creole family; and engaged to another man. But when opportunity opens, their fates are magnetized. The tempest of passion, power and pride that erupts is more sweeping than a steamy Gulf Coast monsoon.
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Publication Date: March 28, 2011
With a family like his, Remy had learned not to take anything too seriously and to never let them see him sweat. He had learned long ago to hide his feelings behind laughter and his desires behind snark. Until Regina. There was something about the lovely doctor that went way beyond having a little fun. She brought out things he didn’t know how to deal with and made him face a past he thought dead. Remy decides it is definitely time for some therapy, and he knows just the doctor to see.
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Publication Date: March 27, 2011

Return to New Orleans...
On the outside, she is fire and ice. But cool, calm, and collected Katrina Smith isn't all that she seems. Like a rippling pool, waves from her past continue to shake her inside.
Aubrey had always been the studious one, but Katrina finds that his depth of knowledge goes far deeper than just books. He knows how to set her body ablaze while calming the storms in her sea. But can their love survive the maelstrom of trouble that finds them?
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Publication Date: March 26, 2011

Jade had forever been seen as the good girl, the one who is always in the shadows, never in the forefront. She may have yearned in her heart, but would never expect to have caught the eye of not one, but two men from the power Chevalier clan. She certainly would never imagine them fighting over her. Although Rance may be the man she has always dreamed of, Didier may be the safer of the two. Especially with someone wanted her away from Rance so badly they were willing to try to kill her to do it.
Rance Chevalier had a lot to hide. But not even the darkness of his past can stop him from claiming the woman who set his body and soul on fire. He would fight his own past, the unseen threat to her life and even his own flesh and blood who thinks to take her for his own to make Jade forever his.
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Publication Date: March 25, 2011
 Solange was in trouble. There was no way out, she was caught. Yes, she had been blackmailing her cousin’s no-good fiancé, but she had never meant for anyone to get hurt-not physically. Determined not to beg, she would accept her punishment like a woman. That DID NOT mean cowing or begging however, not even to the powerful Chevalier family. Beaumont and Boden knew they had found a rare treasure. All they had to do was break through that shell Solange surrounded herself in. But first they had to get her to trust them with her secrets, and eventually her heart.
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Publication Date: May 20, 2011

Soleil is completely disgusted by how Didier moons after her cousin. Such a waste! And he was one seriously fine male specimen too. If only he were a bit more... alpha. Lord, what was she thinking? An Alpha male would completely take over her life. If he were interested, that is, which Didier wasn’t.
Didi can't figure out what put the burr under Soleil's saddle. She was always gives him the cold shoulder, evil looks, and he could’ve sworn she might’ve actually flipped him off a time or two. What was worse, her hostility only made him hard.Finding a way underneath her considerable defenses isn’t easy. Especially once he finds out she believes he holds a torch for her cousin, Jade.
It was quite a shock for Soleil to find out Didier not only wanted her, but he wanted her for keeps. Too bad she can’t be kept. What Soleil doesn't know is Didier is just like all the other men in his family. Once he decides he wants something, there is no stopping him.
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Publication Date: March 31, 2011
Complete collection of all five of the Chevalier books in limited edition ebook sold exclusively here for a limited time. Includes Thierry's Angel, Remy Goes to Therapy, The Taming of Katrina, Forever Jade and Lessons for Solange. Retail value $20.95
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         Part I
Publication Date: March 19, 2011
Is Arienne Chevalier, Lady Rienne to one and all, vicious? Undoubtedly. Is she wicked? Without a doubt. Is she evil? You can bet on it. But what made her the way she is today? The deep origins of her villainy may never be known, but how she climbed to power is a riveting ride. Told in snippets from the first moment Arienne met her own Chevalier man, witness Lady Rienne’s rise to power, and see all that she lost on her way to the top. 
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    Part II
Publication Date: March 18, 2011
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      Part III
Publication Date: March 17, 2011
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    Part IV
Publication Date: March 16, 2011
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Thursday, May 23, 2013

New Blooming Releases!

Spring is Blooming...
Two heart warming tales of love.

Other titles in the Blooming series. 

Luciano “The Philly Brawler” Antonelli was a fighter. He fought on the streets as a kid, he fought in business as a man, he fought in the ring as a world champion. As his gift graduated, so did his way of thinking. His fighting never stopped, just his methods. Twenty odd years later and he’s found himself fighting for something entirely different—the heart of a woman he’s wanted from the first moment he heard her voice. The second opportunity knocks, he takes a leap composed from faith and bravado, succeeding. Perhaps a little too much. Now he’s thinking up lullabies and trying to determine how to convince radio star Samara Blackwell that he wants her for more than just the life they’ve created resting on the inside of her ever growing belly. Is this one battle where he’ll have to call a draw? If the behavior of his obstinate little media queen is any indication than it just might be. But he’d never backed down from stepping in the ring with anyone. And he’s not about to start now.


The Prefect's Babyby Marteeka Karland

When Astra meets a mysterious, handsome stranger at a ball in honor of her father’s honored guests, she lives in the moment. A lifetime of sheltering makes her reckless. The sexy stranger makes her long for something... more.

Unfortunately “more” leaves her in a delicate condition. And her handsome stranger turns out to be the very Prefect her father needs an alliance with.

Galen is taken with the beautiful daughter of the king. The alliance he came to form with this planet could rest with his ability to control his wayward feelings. Astra’s pull, however, is more than he wants to resist.

Now he just has to convince her family he’s the one for her...


Monday, May 6, 2013

One Night with Pasqual -- Hump Day HUMP

Pasqual Chevalier had never found himself wanting for something that was unattainable. As one of the many offspring from one of the most powerful and prestigious names in the south, he was—in a word—entitled. To money, to women, to whatever his heart wanted. So why was it so hard to obtain the one thing he'd wanted for the longest but never had the ability to admit out loud--the heart of a women he's desired for years? Too stubborn to open his mouth and say the words, he finds himself in a precarious position after a wild night with an unnamed woman leaves his cousin Rayce hot and cold with him and asking Pasqual to look after a pregnant friend...who happens to be one Rhonda MacDaniels; the same woman Pasqual has been carrying a torch for. Now he has to question himself as to why her taste, touch and scent seem so familiar...and why he has such a strong yearning to take the role of her unborn child's father.


The door had barely clicked closed before Rhonda found herself pushed up against it, then lifted in exceedingly strong arms. Unable to do anything else, she wrapped her legs around Pas’ waist, trying to anchor herself. She didn’t have to worry about it. As his mouth swooped down to capture her, he cupped her buttocks, lifting her to his rigid, swollen crotch. Intuitively her hips rocked in small circles as Pas ruthlessly pressed his shaft against her. Okay, the fantasy was something she had always wanted, but this reality? His kiss wasn’t passionate, it was consuming. He pillaged, stealing her breath, her sense of self, even.

The kiss went on until she felt as if she were melting on the inside, her entire body supported entirely by his arms and the solid surface behind her. But even as he freed her lips, his own never ceased assaulting her senses, moving down the front of the simple dress she wore. Gripping the V-neck on either side, Pasqual ripped the poor (okay, yes, cheap) material down the middle without pausing, leaving Rhonda to gasp at the action, thrilled down to her soaking pussy and beyond by the act.

Rough hands kneaded her breasts, placing exquisite pressure on the nerve endings located there. His teeth scraped her nipples before he sucked them inside his hot mouth, causing tiny quakes deep inside her pussy. Her head fell back against the door with a thump as Pasqual’s hands slid down her body to her crotch. His fingers unerringly found her clit, pressing the sodden cotton of her panties against the hardened, sensitive nubbin, deliberately sending all her senses into overdrive.

It was so hard to breathe, so hard to do much but clutch at Pasqual’s head as he ravished her utterly. His fingers played with her through her underwear until her gulps of air turned into tormented moans, her hips bucking wildly to increase the delicious agitation.

“Ummm, Rhonnie, I like watching you come.” The deep voice was muffled, his voice causing vibrations against her skin as he didn’t bother to release her breast from his greedy mouth.

Her eyes snapped open. He was watching her? Sure enough, the lapis lazuli orbs watched her face intently. Curiously, knowing he watched her fueled her own desire. Her body reflexively spasmed as a small orgasm washed over her, but did nothing to relieve the intense erotic pressure building inside her. In fact, it only increased the desperate need for more, deeper, harder.

“I think I want to taste you as I make you come,” Pasqual purred at her. Oh, God, did he even know how his words made the yearning so much worse? “Would you like that, baby?”

“Yes, please.” She wasn’t even sure he meant for her to answer that, but hell, yes, she wanted that.

Instead of lowering her to the the floor, or at least carrying her over to the bed, Pasqual dropped to his knees, slinging her legs over his shoulders. At first he didn’t even move her panties aside, but bit her crotch lightly before sucking the upper part of her pussy, clit and all, while pressing his fingers against the lower part. Rhonda let out a keening wail, clutching his hair in a death grip. Sweet baby Lord, she was so freaking close!

“Please, Pas! I need more!”

Why wasn’t he filling her already? She really needed his tongue, his fingers, glory to the saints above, his cock deep inside her. There needed to be penetration, damn it! Why wasn’t he getting on that?

“I know, sugar,” Pas murmured, casually pulling the crotch of her undies to the side. His fingers did a slow, lazy stroke against the seam of her cunt while he blew against it. “So wet for me. Aren’t you a delight?”

Pasqual Chevalier thought she was a delight? Saints have mercy, that was as much of a turn-on as what he was doing to her body. But thankfully he didn’t waste much more time, lowering his mouth to her needy pussy. The feeling was so much more wickedly erotic than she had been expecting. In her dreams it was wonderful, but the reality was beyond mere words. His mouth moved in a carnal kiss, his tongue moving inside her channel as his lips massaged all the surrounding area. Anchoring her shoulders against the door she moved in rhythm with his mouth, the last of her inhibitions fleeing with the expert touch of the man she had longed fantasized about.

Pasqual feasted on her flesh as if it were his last meal. Relentlessly, he drove her to heights that seemed inconceivable, first with just his tongue, then he used his fingers, driving inside her in quick, deep thrusts, his fingers curving up slightly to reach the spot that made her scream with wild abandon, clawing at his shoulders as she shuddered in ecstasy over and over again. Rhonda was barely conscious by the time he rose again, carrying her to his bed. His lips claimed hers again, sharing the taste of her own release. There was no thought of turning away, of rejecting the claim he clearly had on her body. The eroticism of it all only made her hungrier for more.

“I want to taste you.” Rhonda surprised herself by uttering the longing out loud.

“Later. I need you.”

One Night With Pasqual

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Pasqual Chevalier had never found himself wanting for something that was unattainable. As one of the many offspring from one of the most powerful and prestigious names in the south, he was—in a word—entitled. To money, to women, to whatever his heart wanted. So why was it so hard to obtain the one thing he'd wanted for the longest but never had the ability to admit out loud--the heart of a women he's desired for years? Too stubborn to open his mouth and say the words, he finds himself in a precarious position after a wild night with an unnamed woman leaves his cousin Rayce hot and cold with him and asking Pasqual to look after a pregnant friend...who happens to be one Rhonda MacDaniels; the same woman Pasqual has been carrying a torch for. Now he has to question himself as to why her taste, touch and scent seem so familiar...and why he has such a strong yearning to take the role of her unborn child's father.


Driving up to the house, Pasqual cringed at the condition of the place. The small, blue-and-white shotgun house had no real front yard to speak of. There was a little patch of what appeared to be lovingly tended dirt out front. The paint was peeling a bit, but it looked clean. There was a small, clean, but old Toyota in the driveway. At least he knew she was home.
Walking up to the door caused the neighbors’ dogs to bark in a frenzy behind a chain link fence. Rottweilers. Drug-house early warning system. This was bad. Rayce should’ve thrown the woman over his shoulders and forcibly removed her from the area. Pasqual didn’t give a damn what the circumstances of the birth was, no Chevalier was going to live like this while there was family to assist. Squaring his jaw, he pounded on the front door, prepared to do whatever the hell he had to in order to get Rhonda to see she couldn’t possibly live here any longer.
When the door swung open abruptly, Pasqual momentarily forgot to breathe. As a young adult, Rhonda had been cute, pretty even. As a full grown woman, she was beautiful. Not stunning in a model kind of way. Just, well, just beautiful. With her almond-shaped brown eyes all round with anxiety, she looked like a scared little doe, ready to run. Shit, he had scared her with his he-man act. She probably thought it was the cops at her door, given the way he’d damn near knocked it down.
“Pasqual? What are you doing here?”
Her voice had changed slightly too. It was still sweet, laced with that unique New Orleans accent, but it was slightly huskier, having shed the too-young pitch so common in young girls. That voice seemed vaguely familiar, as if he had heard it recently. But that wasn’t possible. He hadn’t seen Rhonda in years. She’d all but dropped out of sight after the death of her parents. They had never been more than passing acquaintances, so there was no reason he would’ve sought her out. Still, an internal alert went off deep in the recesses of his brain.
Perhaps he could’ve reasoned it out if his attention hadn’t been snagged by her unexpected beauty. He could clearly see the attraction Rayce must’ve felt. In fact, a twinge of jealousy rose as the slight breeze molded the thin cotton of a oversized dress to her frame. For a minute, he forgot why he was standing on her doorstep. Until he saw the small baby bump where her hand was now massaging gently.
Oh, right. She was pregnant.