Publisher: Resplendence Publishing
Release Date: February 10, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Valentine’s Day Romance
Word Count: 20k
Heat Level: 2 Flames
Parker Townsend raised his children alone after he lost his beloved wife to cancer. When his two little hellions placed a ‘Mom Wanted’ ad in the local paper, Parker found himself roped into an unwanted blind date.
Claire Lauer answered the want ad with few expectations and met Parker on Valentine’s Day, a day she hated with a passion. As an animal rights activist and a divorcée, she felt more comfortable with a placard in her hand than in the company of a handsome man with emotional baggage.
After a protest takes a turn for the worse, she seeks shelter in her date’s arms and loses time in his bed. Will Parker and Claire find the courage to lay their fragile hearts on the chopping block by morning, or will they forever live in a world of gray?
Parker didn’t care about Glenn’s speech, not when he needed to find Claire and make sure she was safe. Police sirens wailed in the distance—someone probably called them before the tiger prowled free which is how they arrived so soon—and he finally spotted his wayward date. Claire climbed up on the cab of Glenn’s truck as though for a better vantage point and waved her arms in the air. He forced his way to her, relief flooded through his veins like a drug, and he reached up to help her down.
“Stuff like this doesn’t happen often, Parker. It’s just a crazy night.”
She braced her hands on his shoulders as she slid down the length of his body. People shoved past them in an attempt to flee before the police arrived or to escape a freed tiger out for blood, and Parker tightened his arms around her before she had the chance to fly the coop. Claire gripped the lapels of his jacket with her fists, a strange gleam lit her eyes like blue fire, and she kissed him as though her life depended on it. His head swayed from the fevered onslaught of her lips and her body pressed against his, but he couldn’t savor the moment.
Red and blue lights flashed down the street and headed right toward them.
Parker kissed her once more and pulled out to collapse beside her. Claire snuggled on his chest as he opened his arms to hold her close. His heart beat strong under her ear and she breathed in his scent.
“I swear, Claire, you’re never gonna leave this bed. That was awesome.”
Her pride swelled. “Good to hear, but I plan to tie you to the headboard so you can’t leave.”
“I’m down with that. Scarves, belts or ties, it’s your choice.”
“Hmm? I might take you up on that next time.” A squeal almost strangled her as Parker pushed her back on the mattress and seized her mouth. Stars danced in her vision and the storm in her blood fired up again. He leaned up, gave her a wink, and she tried to stifle a giggle with her hands.
“I love your flirty giggle. Do you know how sexy it is?”
Claire nodded, not in the least modest, and relaxed on the pillows. “Has anyone ever told you you’re a great kisser?”
“A few women, maybe, but I’m only as good as the woman who kisses me back. And, baby, you’re a damn fine kisser.”
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