It's another March Madness giveaway, and Sheryl Lister is back with Tender Kisses. It's a sweet and tender moment between friends. Or are they? You be the judge. Read on and leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway.
Excerpt from TENDER KISSES
“Look, I don’t…” Her eyes widened and her sentence trailed off. “Justin. What…what are you doing here?” She had forgotten she’d given him her address.
“Can I come in?”
She hesitated for a split second before backing up and waving him in. She closed the door and leaned against it. His gaze burned a slow path down her body and back up and Siobhan felt a sudden need to cover herself.
Since she didn’t have plans to leave the house, she’d put on an old pair of cut-off jean shorts that revealed more than they covered, and a tank top. “I wasn’t expecting company, so… Anyway, you never answered my question.”
“You canceled our date…by text,” Justin said, as if that explained it all. “Why?”
If anything, she had expected him to call in response to her text, not show up at her house. “I told you, I have a lot of work I have to finish.”
“It’s Saturday, Siobhan.” He closed the distance between them, braced one hand on the door above her head and brought his face within six inches of hers. “You’re going to have to do better than that, baby.”
Siobhan’s breath caught and her pulse spiked.
“Did I say or do something wrong?”
She shook her head.
“I thought we had a good time both times at the coffee shop.”
“But, what? When two people enjoy each other’s company it seems logical that they’d want to spend more time together.”
“Justin, I think you’re a really nice guy, but I don’t want to lead you on or give you the impression I want anything from you other than friendship.”
A slow grin tilted the corners of his mouth. “And you think by us going to dinner and a movie, I’ll think you want more than friendship.”
“What if I promise I won’t assume you want anything other than a good time? Then will you go out with me?”
“What about you? What do you want?”
“All I want is to spend the evening with a beautiful woman.” Justin eased close enough for their breaths to mingle. “So, Ms. Hunter, will you go out with me?”
With his lips so near and his eyes locked on hers, Siobhan could barely form a coherent thought, let alone answer him. Everything inside her screamed no, but she heard herself answer, “Yes,” just before his mouth came crashing down on hers. Unlike the previous kisses they had shared, this one was more urgent and demanding. She felt her control slipping and pulled back.
“I made reservations for six-thirty,” he whispered against her lips. “That way we’ll have plenty of time to see one of the later showings at the theater.”
Still trying to get her heart rate under control, she said, “I need to change my clothes.”
He moved back.
“You can wait in here.” She led him to the family room. “Can I get you something to drink?”
Justin took a seat on her recliner. “No, thank you. This is really nice. Did you decorate it yourself?”
“With a little help from my sister.” She had chosen neutral beiges and tans with splashes of coral to complement the stone fireplace. “I’ll be right back.”
In her bedroom, Siobhan paced and rubbed her temples. “What are you doing, Siobhan?” she mumbled.
“All it took was a stupid kiss and you’re going back on your word.” But, damn the man could kiss.
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Sheryl Lister has enjoyed reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She writes contemporary and inspirational romance and romantic suspense. Her first novel, Just To Be With You, earned her a 2015 Romance Slam Jam nomination for Debut Author of the Year, and she was awarded 2015 Best New Author of Building Relationships Around Books (Online Book Club). When she's not reading, writing or playing chauffeur, Sheryl can be found on a date with her husband or in the kitchen creating appetizers and bite-sized desserts. Sheryl resides in California and is a wife, mother of three daughters and one son-in-love and a grandmother to an adorable grandson.
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