Immediately after One Night Stand was finished, I began work on the next one – Caleb’s story. I knew what I always knew when starting a project. I knew the characters and the basic idea for the story I wanted to tell. What I didn’t anticipate was how fantastically male Caleb Martin would be. (That’s my fancy way of saying he was a giant pain in my ass.) And I say that knowing Caleb would tell you the exact thing about me. And that’s okay. It’s our common ground. 🙂
However, for months, Caleb and I went round and round until I did the only thing a woman could do when dealing with a difficult male.
I cut him off. No, really. I set him aside and wrote another book.
My husband played baseball and I’m a fan (of baseball and of my husband). I’d been playing around with an idea for a series featuring rock hard, sexy athletes. What better time to get the party started?
Enter Garrett Donovan. Superstar baseball player with a killer smile and smooth Southern charm…all rolled up in a gorgeous package. (heh, I said package). I spent last spring writing Garrett’s story, putting the final touches on it not long after One Night Stand was released. (Writing and publishing are not fast processes…well…for me anyway).
My “shift and divert” endeavor was successful in providing Caleb and I the distance we needed to regroup. I’d by no means abandoned Caleb, but a writer’s choices aren’t always easy. I had to ask myself…what’s best for the story? In this case, stepping back for a bit was just the ticket.
The way I see it, it was a total win-win. Caleb and I are solid and moving along quite nicely and now I get to share Garrett with you too!
And I hope you enjoy Garrett as much as I do. 🙂 And because I love you all, here is an exclusive, never-seen-before, sneak peek.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Garrett Donovan…
For baseball superstar Garrett Donovan, his contract with the New York Empire baseball team meant he’d finally have the means to secure a future for his family. He should focus on that…not on the sassy, beautiful Jessa Montgomery — or what she looks like naked. Getting involved with the daughter of the Empire’s owner would be career suicide. Jessa is a distraction he can’t afford.
Her father had warned her never to get involved with his athletes, so his request that she keep an eye on his new star player came straight out of left field. The last thing Jessa needs is another spoiled, egotistical ball player to deal with. But Garrett is none of those things. His no-nonsense attitude and smooth Southern charm make her blood burn and her knees weak. Giving into temptation, she is consumed by the pleasure she finds in Garrett’s arms.
Jessa wants to protect his career. Garrett won’t let anything get in the way of their passion.
A passion that could cost him everything.
Exclusive (Unedited) Excerpt:
“What a sweet talker you are, Garrett Donovan. One day, that silver tongue of yours is gonna get you in trouble.”
His husky chuckle rumbled through her legs and traveled to her core. “Tonight, if I’m lucky.”
“Like I said.” She moved back down his spine, shifting her body until she straddled his legs. Tiny hairs tickled her skin as she cupped the cheeks of his ass. Firm, like the rest of him.
She dug her fingers into his flesh, kneading the fine globes until he grew restless. She swatted him and jolted as his head whipped around.
“What do you think you’re doing, princess?”
She soothed the skin with the palm of her hand. “Couldn’t resist.” Distracted, she watched as blood reached the surface and turned his ass cheek a light pink.
“That’s twice you’ve popped my ass. I think a little retribution is in order.”
The pulse of her heart pounded heavy in her ears. His words worried and excited her at the same time. She wasn’t worried he’d hurt her. Never that. She worried what it said about her that she was so ready to play this little game. What would he think when he found her swollen and wet? Would he think less of her?
No. Of course he wouldn’t. Every time they’d been together, he’d encouraged, complimented, and praised her. This could be an opportunity to push her limits, and maybe his too.
She’d started it and she wasn’t about to chicken out now.
She eased her leg over, sliding off him, then the bed. “What kind of retribution?”
His gaze followed her, eyes flashing with a hunger she felt clear to her toes.
“The kind that puts my palm on your bare ass. Among other places.” He rolled over and pushed from the bed, standing his full height. He twisted once to the left, then to the right, testing the muscles she’d worked. His cock, swollen and thick, hung heavy between his legs. Moisture beaded at its tip and she fought the urge to drop to her knees and take him in her mouth.
“Because you’ve been so generous this evening,” he fisted his length and stroked once, twice. “I’ll give you a three second head start.”
Jessa couldn’t pull her gaze away from his hand. The dominance in the way he spoke, the confidence in the way he gripped himself, shifted something inside her. The knowledge that she wanted this, wanted Garrett more than she’d ever thought possible, heightened the anticipation. She licked her lips and inhaled slowly.
Her eyes darted left, right, as she wondered if he really expected her to run. The wicked gleam in his eye told her yes. He expected her to run, and was prepared to give chase.
Jessa backed away as he made to circle around her. The door at her back, she knew this was her only chance.
Coming May 20! (pun intended)
Until next time!