Title: Wine & Whiskey
Author: Nikki Belaire
Series: Surviving Absolution
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 7, 2015
No longer controlled by her mother, manager, or former fiancé, pop star Shae Armstrong steps out on her own and into the path of Nick DeMarco, a wealthy investor with alleged ties to organized crime and real childhood scars to overcome. She wants to take it slow. He needs her now, in his life and in his bed.
Nick’s enemies threaten her career, her friendships, even her sanity, but not her heart – the one thing Nick holds precious. He proves his love is real, and she stops running. Until everything around them falls apart, including him. He swore he would never hurt her. Instead, he almost destroys them both.
Buoyed by her new-found confidence and strength his love instills in her, Shae makes a dangerous choice, sacrificing her happiness for his, just like he always does for her. Unable to let her break the connection between them, Nick accepts the trust she places in him, the depth of her love giving him the courage to try again.
Now that she’s found her own voice and helped him see who he really is, can Shae survive the challenges of living in Nick’s world?
After putting the last pan in the drying rack, he walks over to her, creating ripples of anticipation in her chest. “So, does that mean you’re going to let me in your life a little?”
She nods and slowly parts her knees so he can move closer. Sliding his hands around her lower back, he pulls her to him, eliminating all the space between them. Her pulse races as she straddles him, her dress bunched around her hips. Swirling sensations overwhelm her—the coolness of the countertop penetrating through her thin, cotton panties, the rough denim of his jeans on her thighs, his strong hands radiating warmth on her back.
Lifting her hand, she traces the outline of his face with her fingertip. His eyes burn into hers as she glides from his temple, down his strong jaw, and across his dimpled chin, resting on his lips. Whispering her name against her finger, he stiffens when she rubs back and forth. He leans forward and kisses her hungrily, moaning as she parts her lips, welcoming his tongue, fueling the fire he flames in her. Her body trembles with the need for his hands to touch her bare skin, to know she wants everything he craves from her. He fists her hair, his lips gliding to her ear. “Stay with me tonight.”
A shiver shudders through her body at his whisper. She wants to say yes so badly. “I can’t.”
Nikki writes contemporary romantic thrillers and admits to a weakness for alpha males and bad boys, especially ones who can’t live without the strong women they love. She spends more time in her characters’ lives than her own. But, when she’s in the real world, her passions include reading, wine appreciating, running, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
The first book of Nikki’s Surviving Absolution series is Wine & Whiskey, which launches in April 2015 through Secret Cravings Publishing. Heat level: three flames.