I’m teasing from my brand new FREE read, Desire Protected.
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In this tease, you’ll find the opening scene.
Nadia swept through her kitchen. She long ago stopped feeling guilty about all the money Ethan had poured into it. The room was simply a dream. Too bad the reason behind her new kitchen was a nightmare. A man had almost died where she was standing. Shivering all over, she scurried over the spot to the fridge to grab the yogurt and milk.
The only thing better was Ethan’s kitchen at his place. If they ever actually got married, it would be hers as well. Until then, this kitchen would do just fine. She skimmed her fingers over the sparkle in the light granite and admired the deep sink on her way to the island. After tossing a banana and a cup of blueberries in her blender along with the yogurt and milk, she set it all to whirl.
“Good morning, beautiful.” Ethan strolled in, wrapped his arms around her from behind and kissed her cheek.
She stopped the blender. “Good morning, sweetheart. You’re looking fine today.” Maybe she should ask him about their wedding plans, their nonexistent plans. She wanted nothing elaborate but she wanted to plan it with him.
“You’re looking good enough to eat.” He swept her hair from her shoulder and sucked on her neck.
The warm moist heat of his mouth and his firm hand rubbing her ass had her forgetting entirely what she was doing. “It’s good I don’t work for you anymore.”
“We’d never get anything done.” He let her go and turned to the shelf behind them, probably to fetch a coffee mug.
She rubbed her forehead and focused on the blender in front of her. “What was I doing? Oh right, smoothies.” She pulled her to-go cups from the shelves. “I made enough for you this morning.”
“No more stealing from you. Well then,” he smacked her ass, “I will have to find something else to steal.”
She turned and wrapped her arms around him. “You’ve got my attention.”
“I could push my morning meetings back.” He lifted the edge of her skirt.
“I shouldn’t.” She leaned into him. “Today is Sam’s first full day and he’s meeting me at my office.” She moaned as she kissed his chin. Sam was her first security hire since stepping into her new job as Human Resources Manager for Aidan Clery. He was an assassin just like Ethan but the boys had it all worked out. Their business didn’t touch Nadia. The office where she and the general staff worked was separate from his security office. Her staff knew the bare minimum about his clients. It was a don’t ask, don’t tell situation, making it the perfect arrangement.
“Can’t Aidan handle it?” He reached between her legs and stroked her panties. “It’s been too long since we went AWOL.” He sucked on her earlobe.
“I know. That reminds me.” She tugged on his chin. “You promised to take me dancing.”
“Yes.” He nipped her bottom lip. “Same club where I found you playing hooky?”
“Oh yeah.” All thoughts regarding her responsibilities flew out the window. He’d lit a fuse within her. Now, she’d probably think of nothing but him all day.
His phone buzzed signaling a new text message, taking them out of the moment. After a quick check of his phone, he stepped back. “I need to deal with this.” He kissed her sweetly, and then walked out of the kitchen. He put his phone to his ear and said, “You want me to do what?”
She tried not to think about what Ethan did for a living. His work was important and so damn dangerous. It helped to think about the people he saved from horrendous situations. His last client had lived through countless death threats and repeated beatings from her husband. Luckily, they no longer had to worry about that in the future. The abuser was long gone from this world, he may not have died in her kitchen but he did shortly after, and the client was alive and healing.
Nadia poured the smoothie into the cups and set about cleaning up her mess.
“I have to go.” Ethan shuffled into the kitchen. His gaze bounced from one place to another. She couldn’t remember ever seeing him so unnerved. “I’ll call you later.”
“Okay.” She knew better than to push him for information. Questions about their wedding would have to wait too. There was always a reason to put it off. She put her full concentration into wiping the counter.
He caressed her cheek. “How about I take you out to dinner tonight?”
“That sounds nice.” She rubbed his hand and let him go.
Nadia Duskin has already found her hero and she’s determined not to lose him…
Ethan Wright has just been handed one of the most disturbing jobs of his career, killing a vicious madam who’s tricking her employees and selling them to human traffickers. He’s determined to take the woman out, and all is going according to plan, until Nadia shows up and everything veers off course. Now he must find a way to complete his mission and save the woman he loves.
Be Warned: spanking, light BDSM
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Awesome tease. Can’t wait to find out what he has to do.
Awesome snippet as always, S.J.!
Ah, the fateful smoothies… Love this story!
Okay, Ethan is definitely a sexy distraction, but I want to know about the guy that was killed in the kitchen. I don’t think i could go in there even after all the renovations. Great tease!
Wow, something is definitely up. Good tease, SJ. 🙂
Fab snippet, and I LOVED this story. S.J. 😀 x
This was such a fabulous story!! 🙂