FRAGILE…now out in mass market paperback


She averted her eyes.  “Luke, don’t.  Just…don’t, okay? Just let it go.”

Cautious, keeping his movements slow, he moved a little closer.  “I dunno.  I’m going to have a hard time doing that, you see, because I think about you pretty much all the time.  I go to work hoping I’ll see you and then I feel bad because usually, I only see you when something bad has happened to one of your kids.  I’ve been wanting to ask you out pretty much since I first saw you and now I finally got you outside of work, I go and screw it up.”

The smile on her mouth looked forced, even to him.  “I’d just take it as a sign, then.  You and me wouldn’t last through one date.”

“Yes.  We would.”

He couldn’t not touch her at that point.  Closing the distance between them, he murmured, “I’m going to kiss you.  And I haven’t been this nervous about kissing a girl since I played seven minutes in heaven when I was in sixth grade.”

Her hand came up, pressed against his chest.  “Not a good idea.”

“Not doing it would be an even worse idea,” he argued.  Reaching up, he covered her hand with his, stroked his thumb up and down the inside of her wrist.  “Come on,Devon… can you tell me you haven’t ever thought about this, not even once?”

Averting her head, she said, “That’s not the point.”

Luke was quiet for a second and then he murmured, “So one dumb ass mistake on my part and you’re going to totally write all of this off?”

“There’s nothing to write off, Luke.  We haven’t even had a single date.”

A grin crooked his lips upward and he said, “My point, exactly.” Screw being nervous, he decided.  Dipping his head, he covered her lips and it took less than a second to realize Devon Manning was every bit as sweet as he’d suspected.

Under his mouth, her lips were soft and full and her taste was sweet, damn near addictive. On some level, Luke did understand addiction.

He was an adrenaline junkie and that was every bit as addictive as a drug.  ButDevon?  Man, the taste of her could easily beat that.  Screw skydiving.  Just kissing Devon Manning got his blood pumping like nothing he’d ever felt before. Cupping her chin in his hand, he angled her head to the side and deepened the kiss.

He waited for her to pull away.  The hesitation, the caution he’d expected was there but she didn’t pull away.  Luke ached to pull her closer against him, to deepen the contact.  Through their clothes, he could feel the heat of her body and he already knew how silken soft her skin was.  He needed to feel more.

Ached to feel more…

A few people have asked if BROKEN will be out be out in mass market.  That all depends on how well FRAGILE does…since it’s the first in the series.  If this one does well, yes.  If not…eh, probably not.

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