What better way to choose a great book for your weekend escape than by reading a sexy excerpt?
That’s the idea behind my feature, CABR Presents Temptation Thursdays
Today’s excerpt is from SWEET TEXAS FIRE by Nicole Flockton.
Small Town. Big Secrets. Welcome to Sweet Ridge.
Gage Cooper has always wanted the family cabin. Not only for the oil on the property, but as a way to prove to his father that Gage’s past doesn’t define his future. When his dad wills the land to stranger Charlotte Wilkinson and all Gage gets is a mysterious key, he’s determined to do anything to get his rightful inheritance back.
Charlotte Wilkinson never expected to inherit a piece of property in Sweet Ridge, Texas—the Aussie businesswoman is focused on building an environmental analyst career here in the States. But the moment arrogant oil-man Gage Cooper walks into her office accusing her of seducing his father, all plans for selling the property to him fly out the window.
Then fate threatens to send her back to Australia and the dueling duo are forced to accept a fake marriage to keep their dreams alive. But as they discover common ground and a surprising chemistry together, suddenly Gage must decide what’s worth more: the land he’s always coveted or a future with Charlotte.
Nicole’s introduction to her TEMPTATION THURSDAYS excerpt from “Sweet Texas Fire”:
Gage and Charlotte have just headed to Vegas to get married. They’re enjoying their dinner when it comes to having some wedding cupcakes for dessert and things start to heat up a little bit with the newly married couple.
EXCERPT from “Sweet Texas Fire”:
Here you go.” He lifted the lids to display matching bride and groom cupcakes. “It may not be fancy, but what is a wedding without wedding cake?”
“Please don’t tell me you’re going to smash this in my face. I don’t get that tradition. It’s not something we’ve ever done in Australia.”
“Oh, I wouldn’t dream of it. Why ruin a perfectly good cake by doing that? I’d much rather eat it. Although”—he smiled wickedly at her—“I’m all up for sharing.”
“Settle down, Cowboy. I don’t share my cake with anyone.”
“Not even your brand-new husband?”
“Nope, not even with him.”
“Maybe I will smash my cake in your face then,” he mused.
She quirked an eyebrow and a challenging look entered her eyes. “You do recall me saying I have three brothers, don’t you?”
He held his hands up, cupcake and all, in surrender. “Fine, forget I said that.”
“Good.” She was about to take a bite when he remembered something else.
“Wait, don’t do anything yet.”
Without waiting for a response, Gage strode into his bedroom, fished out his phone from the top drawer, and popped it into the holder in the top of the clock radio. A few seconds later music wafted through the room.
“Perfect,” he murmured to himself as he walked back to the balcony and sat down. He picked up his cupcake and broke a bite off for Charlotte. “You want a taste?”
Instead of taking it from his fingers like he thought she would, she scooted her chair around so they were sitting side by side. He bit back a groan as her leg brushed his, sending the sparks of desire that he thought he had under control firing through him again. The temptation to take possession of her increased when she took the piece of the cake from his fingers and moaned in appreciation.
“This is good cake. Here, try mine.” She repeated his action and held it out. Gage wrapped his fingers around her wrist and directed her hand toward his mouth. He kept his eyes locked with hers, satisfied with the way they opened wider when he took the cake she held out and swirled his tongue around her fingers.
Oh yes, perhaps Charlotte wasn’t as immune to him as she thought she was. Maybe he could entice her to reconsider the boundaries she’d set down.
They continued to feed each other morsels of cake until a familiar tune played on his iPod. He grabbed a napkin, passed one to her, and wiped his hands.
“How about we dance?” he suggested.
Charlotte cocked her head and smiled at him when she recognized the tune. “This is Macy, isn’t it?”
“Yep, and it’s the song we danced to at the Silver Spurs. Seems appropriate we tick off another wedding tradition.”
He pulled her into his embrace and started swaying to the music. There wasn’t a lot of room on the balcony with the table set up there, but they made do. It was just nice to holdCharlotte in his arms again.
“You know something?” she mumbled against his neck.
“You keep doing things like this, and I could almost believe you’re a hopeless romantic.”“
I’ll let you in on a secret, Red.”
“I was channel-surfing the other night, and came across the movie My Best Friend’s Wedding. I got my cues from there.”
“Thank goodness for Julia Roberts, then.”
“You know what else I discovered from watching that movie?”
“I’m afraid to ask”
“The bride and groom have to kiss on the dance floor.”
He lowered his head and touched his lips to hers again. Her taste was sweet and tart from the cake and champagne. It was addictive and he wanted more. He trailed his hands downher back until they rested on the curve of her ass. He pulled her a little tighter in his arms,so there was not an inch of space between them as his mouth roved over hers. Her mouth opened beneath his. He swallowed her moan of pleasure as his hand moved from her ass up to the underside of her breast. He pushed his hips into her, blatantly announcing how much he wanted her.
He broke their connection, his breath coming in harsh, rapid pants. “Can you feel how much I want you? It doesn’t make sense to me. I don’t know if it makes sense to you. Let me make love to you, Charlotte.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bestselling author Nicole Flockton writes sexy contemporary romances, seducing you one kiss at a time as you turn the pages. Nicole likes nothing better than taking charactersand creating unique situations where they fight to find their true love.
On her first school report her teacher noted “Nicole likes to tell her own stories”. It wasn’t until after the birth of her first child and after having fun on a romance communityforum that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book.
Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and two fabulous kids. She also enjoys watching sports and, of course, reading.
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