About The Heart of Things...
One man knows what he wants, and he's willing to go to any lengths to make her his. J.L. Campbell brings us a spicy excerpt from an island romance today on Marvelous March. Leave a comment on the post to be entered into the giveaway.
After a year-long Jamaica-Miami romance, Douglas Blythe succeeds in putting a ring on Khalila Skyers’ finger. Though gun-shy, Khalila is willing to marry Douglas, under one condition. She wants a baby.
Doug can’t go back on his promise to give her anything she wants but sees trouble on the horizon with two teenage girls, a hectic business schedule, a devious ex-wife, plus a household turned upside down by a baby he doesn’t want.
Their commitment to each other is unquestionable, but will this couple’s differences bind them together…or force them apart?
Dinner consisted of us talking about what my daughters were doing and the strides Khalila was making with her business. We watched television and sipped wine, to Khalila’s disgust.
I deliberately kept things at my pace to enhance her excitement.
At bedtime, she showed me exactly why I missed having her with me each night. I took my time making love to her and prolonged the tension between us, until we both crashed over the edge in a sweaty pile. As she continued to shudder, I pulled out the ring I’d stuck under the pillow and slipped it on her finger. “I love you, Khalila. Marry me…please.”
She curled her fist, then flexed her fingers and brought the ring close to her face to peer at the 24-karat gold ring with a cluster of diamonds nestled in a channel. The diamonds, arranged in a circle, winked as flashes of light danced off them.
Khalila’s mouth opened and she licked her lips. Then she curled on her side, faced me, and sighed.
I kissed her, knowing she was coming up with something I didn’t want to hear.
“I’m not taking no for an answer,” I said, letting my breath out in a harsh gust. “You know how I feel about what we’re doing. I haven’t pressured you, but I want you for keeps. You know what.”
She sighed again. “Yes, I do.”
“So, what’s keeping you from making me a happy man?”
Our eyes met in the darkness broken by the light from the window, and she cupped my cheek. “I’m not ready to tell you. Let’s sleep on it tonight and we’ll talk in the morning.”
I pulled away to look at her. “You’re kidding me, right?”
She shook her head as she trailed a finger down my stomach. “I’ve never been more serious.”
When her hand found its target, I sucked in a deep breath and cleared the huskiness from my throat. “You’re gonna play dirty too?”
Her laughter was soft and sultry. “If that’s what you call it.”
“With all this diversion you’re doing, this has to be something big.”
She refused to look at me as she traced a path to my belly button, but her smug expression told me she had a secret. “Stop fishing and let’s enjoy each other.”
I brushed her neck with my moustache, and as she shivered, I whispered, “Whatever you want, Kally.”
She moaned and pulled me closer. “I like the sound of that.”
I kissed the soft globes of her breasts, mumbling in between. “As long as you’re gonna marry me, you can have anything you like.”
She gripped my head between her hands to look me in the eyes. “Anything?”
Without hesitation, I nodded. “Anything.”
J.L. Campbell is an award-winning Jamaican author who has written over thirty books. She writes contemporary and sweet romance, romantic suspense, women's fiction, as well as new and young adult novels.
Campbell, who features Jamaican culture in her stories, is fascinated with the island's flora and has hundreds of photos in her collection. She is a certified editor and also writes non-fiction.
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