This, the first of my trilogy, is where I got my start in romance. Quite contemporary, with several surprises mixed in. Here’s an excerpt. Comment for a chance to win:
“I find that so hard to believe,” Markie said of Mike’s comments. “You have done everything so naturally. Maybe girls around here have come to expect to be treated the way you treat me, but in all my life, I’ve only seen a glimpse of manners like yours. And that was only in the movies. You are honest and genuine.”
Mike quickly drank half of his coffee. “I’ve never been with anyone who deserved it as much as you. I know that if you return to the city, I will no longer settle for just anyone.”
“We don’t need to worry about that right now.”
“No, we don’t. We have the present. And right now, I’m the luckiest man on Earth.”
Markie sat there, genuine shock raising her eyebrows. She was unable to open her mouth, much less comment on what Mike had just said.
Mike took one more sip. “I’d better go. I am saying things I didn’t want you to know.”
Markie scraped up enough presence of mind to ask, “Why not?”
“Because anytime I open my heart, I get stomped on. I guess I’ve come to expect it. But even when expected, it doesn’t make it any softer. You have a good night, Markie. I’ll call you tomorrow.” He stood and walked toward the hallway.
In one fell swoop, Mike had changed the game in Markie’s eyes. She was so caught up in the moment she’d let all her walls crumble. “Mike?” she pleaded as she got up from her chair.
He stopped and turned around.
They both stood looking at each other in silence for a long moment. Suddenly, Markie rushed to him, wrapped her arms around him, her lips seizing his. In a frenzy, she moved her arms all over him, her tongue lashing against his with a ferocious appetite.