Carlene Love Flores is a big fan of the stars (especially Orion), honest music (especially Depeche Mode), and her traveling family (no favorites there-she loves them all). These things have always inspired her to think up stories and continue to do so. Carlene feels honored to be a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Washington DC Romance Writers (WRWDC), and The Waterworld Mermaids. She currently lives in the D.C. area where she can often be found listening to live music and looking up at the sky on clear nights. If she could touch someone’s heart with her writing the way others have done for her, she’d say truly there never lived a luckier girl. ;)
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He leaned in to her back until his nose brushed up against her sweet neck, nuzzling little circles in her fine baby hairs. Tiny goose bumps rose across her skin so he breathed his warm breath in an effort to chase away the chill. She squirmed, sending his muscles into tight spasms. God, this was so wrong but he needed it so bad. Fucking bananas karma.
“I was twenty-six,” he said, dropping into her neck a fraction more with each word.
“And you never wanted to kiss her?”
He should pull back from her, at least an inch or two, to answer but he was so close to finding the exact right spot. “No, I can honestly say I didn’t.” He waited to plant his lips in the sweet spot since tickling her with his nose seemed to be so pleasing. He should not be doing this. The craziest part was that he knew it. But just like during the talk they’d had in his room, he couldn’t seal himself off from her right now and she wasn’t saying no.
“Well knowing my sister, I bet there were times when she wanted to kiss you.”
“There may have been a couple times but she quickly got over it.” Even he could hear the haste in which he’d delivered that one. To keep the slow rhythm he refused to lose with her, he slowed to a pause and then answered. Hell, maybe he was just trying to scare her straight. This is the real me, I will take you and you will regret it. Here’s a little taste.
“You know I never wanted to kiss your sister, but you on the other hand. I’m not gonna lie, I could definitely kiss you. I won’t, of course.”
“You have a great accent,” he said. As much as he’d love to keep her talking just so he could hear her southern quirky drawl, it was time to start winding down.
“So do you,” she said.
“I really like your voice, Lily.” He was about to say But I can’t lick and talk at the same time so let’s shush now and we’ll get to that talk later, when she made a tiny movement that pressed her neck into his lips. Their little word play was helping her relax so he held off on asking for her silence.
“I like yours too.”
“I like your mouth,” he said.
“I like your…lips.”
“Lily, I changed my mind. I am going to kiss you.”
“Jaxon, what are we doing?”
“Talking.” He blew another breath into his favorite little place on earth right now.
Excerpt from Sin's Flower ©2013 by Carlene Love Flores. All rights reserved.
Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Evernight (July 9, 2013)
When Jaxon James, a sexy rock star and struggling single-father, is invited to ditch California and spend Christmas in Tennessee with his estranged family, he hesitantly accepts for his young daughter’s sake. But his attraction to his best friend’s baby sister, Lily Elstone, threatens to unravel the bonds he’s made for his daughter. The honorable thing to do would be to give up Lily. But his instincts are telling him she’s exactly the one who could bring light to his life and the missing fire to his bed. Unfortunately, Lily's too sweet for his world. He fears his rock and roll life style will taint her. How far are Jaxon and Lily willing to go to find what’s missing at home?
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