Wednesday, January 30, 2008
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~ The Apple of His Eye
The Golden Rule of Friendship: Do not covet thy best friend’s fiancée.
An easy rule for Shane Gallagher to obey when he first meets Eden, as staid and business-minded as his friend she was about to marry. But when she starts blossoming before his eyes, can Shane stay away from the forbidden fruit?
“You don't have to do this.”
“You're starting to sound like a broken record there, Gallagher.”
Shane didn't care. He held firm to Eden's arm, balancing her as they made their way to the homemade ice rink in the backyard.
“I'll be fine. Honest.”
Even though a grin sparkled in her eyes, her earlier trepidation when he mentioned skating at Rockefeller Center concerned him. Added to the fact she wore an old pair of men's hockey skates instead of a better fitting lady's skate, he planned to stick close—very close. How would he explain returning a bruised and battered fiancée back to Brad? The bruised and battered part wasn't pleasant—neither was the returning part. Not a thought he was willing to dwell on at the moment, especially when he had more important things to take care of.
He stepped onto the ice first. There wasn't a winter day in his childhood memories and beyond that didn't have half the neighborhood out here skating at the homemade 'Gallagher rink'. All his siblings, sisters included, grew up in various hockey leagues.
Holding her securely, he stepped over the short rim. “Okay, watch your step here. Hold onto my arm and....whoa!”
He grabbed for Eden as one of her skates slid out from under her. Keeping his own balance was a chore as they danced a farcical pirouette. Her laughter bounced off the glass surface, crashing like a body check into his chest and effectively toppling him onto the ice. He ended up on his back with Eden clasped atop his chest, her infectious giggles fanning his chin.
“Sorry. I caught my toe on the rim.”
Her gaze sparkled down at him. The tip of her tongue darted out to wet rose-colored lips as her breath warmed his face.
Cold seeping into his back brought him back to reality. The reality that she was a taken woman. Taken by his best friend.
For the only time he could remember, Shane was honestly jealous of Brad.
This was a bad idea.
Carefully, he disentangled himself and got them to their feet. “Look, we should go back inside.” Where he could put a table or, better yet, a whole room between them for safety. His or hers, he couldn't be sure.
“No, please. I've got it now, see.”
She let go of his arm and stood alone. He kept his hands at the ready even though her balance seemed much better. In fact, she looked remarkably relaxed.
Eden's gaze danced to the others practicing their slap shots. “Do you have a stick I could use?”
“Whoa there, Gretzky,” Shane chuckled. “Let's get you skating first before you try your hand at a stick.”
“What? You mean like this?”
He grasped at empty air when she suddenly pushed away to slide smoothly backwards. A mischievous glitter twinkled up to him as she swayed her hips, propelling herself faster. Before he could say her name, Eden skidded to a stop and returned to him all in one fluid movement, ending with a small spray of ice shavings over his own skates.
Why that little...
Crossing his arms over his chest, he narrowed his gaze. “I thought you said you can't skate?”
“Can't skate? Can't skate? Nope, I don't recall actually saying those words,” she mimicked. Eden zipped around him in a circle, her laughter trailing after her like fairy dust. “I believe what I said was 'it'd been a while'. Years in fact. Guess it is like riding a bike after all, huh?”
When she stopped, Shane took his turn, unable to stop himself from assessing the snug jeans under the ski-bunny attire as he slowly circled her. “What other tricks do you have up your sleeve, Ms. Rossi?”
“Wouldn't be much fun if I told you all my secrets, now, would it?”
He slid off to the far side and retrieved two hockey sticks. “All right, Red. Let's see what you got.”
Praise for The Apple of His Eye
4 Lips from Two Lips Reviews!
Shane is shocked by his best friend Brad’s marriage plans. Brad plans to marry business woman Eden. Their marriage is for purely practical reasons. There is no love of passion between Brad and Eden.
Shane agrees to show Eden around before the wedding while Brad is called to work. Shane quickly sees through Eden’s business persona to the woman underneath and it isn’t long before he begins to yearn to make her his. But, best friends don’t steal their best friend’s girl. Even if she is the love of his life.
I truly enjoyed The Apple of His Eye by Stacy Dawn. Shane tries his best to show Eden how great marriage can be when entering into it for the right reasons. The book really flows well. Stacy Dawn shows true talent for constructing a fast paced passionate novel. Her characters feel like real people and I liked them all.
Stacy Dawn is an author to watch!
Written by Tara Renee,
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Thursday, January 17, 2008
~ The Truth about Daydreams
I, Lexi Harper, college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Network Cyber Security, used to have a sound mind, until I returned to my hometown of Fodders Creek and attended the Malloy’s cookout. Eagerly looking forward to greet as an adult, Brad Malloy, the man of my daydreams…which still persist to this day—I hadn’t counted on his younger brother, Sammy, my childhood partner in crime, to have transformed into a super hero hunk capable of attracting my signal.
Did I waste all those years Brad-worshiping when I should’ve noticed my best friend? I realized the answer the moment I discovered the truth about daydreams.
The Truth about Daydreams
“Oh, Lexi…you’re my world, my love, my life,” Brad said, his lips on my neck nuzzling a path to my ear.
Goosebumps raced down my body in search of my toes. I’d waited a decade to hear Brad Malloy profess his love and hardly believed his acknowledgement was finally happening.
Firm lips heated a trail along my jaw, and my heart beat faster the nearer his lips moved toward my mouth. The kiss I’d longed for…hoped for…ached for. His mouth inched closer…closer…
No! I groaned as Brad and his full, tender lips faded away, replaced by my assistant’s wrinkled forehead.
“Lexi. You’re wanted on line one.”
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Thursday, January 3, 2008
Sky Purington's The King's Druidess is an enchanting read.
Chiomara Ruadh, Druidess of Ulster, will not be swayed from prophecy. If the Gods of Ireland request that she couple with the king, so be it. If it is also their wish that he marry another woman, who is Chiomara, a simple Druid, to stand in their way?
Erc Breac, king of the Dal'Raida, can only think of Chiomara. Her beauty is surreal and the tales that follow her across the land unsurpassed. But that is not enough when faced with the obligations of a king. His people must come first. His future wife and queen, Macha, must come first. Yet, fate is a slippery thing. Will Erc risk the whole of his kingdom for what lays in his heart?
Chiomara walked around the stones and stood beside the oak. Her back was straight and her head high as she waited. It was the full moon that gave his face to her first. He stood tall and beautiful at the edge of the tree line. She had not seen Erc Breac, king of Dal'Riada, for many years. He said nothing but came to her. His eyes were of the earth, deep brown and thickly lashed.
At arms length, he stopped. "Druidess, you are even lovelier than I remember."
She lifted her hand and touched his bare chest. "Were we not still macdacht, children when we last met?"
His muscles rippled at the contact and his hand covered hers. "We were as you say, but we are grown now. And we are both led to this place at this time."
Erc's heart beat strong beneath her fingertips and his heat scorched her blood. "So we meet with one purpose."
His hands came up to her hood and pulled it back gently. "I can not promise you that."
The rumble of Erc's soul encased his fingers as they ran the length of her hair. Sifted through the platinum depths of it until the pleasure of his touch drew her closer.
She breathed the prophecy through eager lips. "Do they not foretell us coming together for one purpose?"
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