The purpose here is to spotlight a few lines or a few paragraphs from a new release or backlisted title. This way my readers get to sample some delicious snippets and I'll do my best to tease, titillate and tantalize you into the weekend.
So the tease: It's the Week of Memorial Day so I thought I'd tease you with a bit from DARWIN'S EVOLUTION, book 1 in the Ultimate Recon series. This is a military romance, and Sadie Hawkins is on a train, heading home after retiring from the Marines. A hot guy has fallen asleep on her shoulder while on the train, but the way he wakes up lets her know he's military too.
The announcement from the PA startled the man sleeping on Sadie’s shoulder and he froze, taking a moment to assess his surroundings. She understood this form of waking up, and remained still to give him time.
Eventually he turned his head and looked up at her with the most glorious hazel eyes she’d ever seen in a man. Or ever noticed, Hawkins. Most men were just men to her. Big, small, skinny, stout, clean-cut, shaggy, lumbering or graceful, they were merely the male of the species. She didn’t notice them unless they didn’t do the job required of them, whatever it was.
But the hazel eyes staring at her from no more than eight inches away held intelligence, amusement, chagrin, and unconscious beauty. And she fell into them before she could stop herself.
“Beg your pardon, ma’am.” The voice belonging to the man held warmth and depth as he righted himself. “I hope I didn’t drool on your shoulder.”
She shook her head, struck dumb with the intensity of his focus and the beauty in his face. She rarely looked at men as anything other than people she worked with, but somehow this man had stepped inside her circle of awareness and she appreciated him as a heterosexual woman.
When he raised his eyebrows at her silence, she cleared her throat and brought her wandering libido to heel.
“No, sir, I think my shoulder has remained dry and you looked like you could use the rest. I didn’t mind giving a fellow serviceman a safe harbor.”
His attention on her sharpened and it stole her breath as he scanned her scoop-necked t-shirt and denim capris. Yeah, she hadn’t dressed like a marine, but she still wore her hair in the tight bun at the base of her neck and her dogtags on a titanium herringbone chain around her neck. The chain was her one concession to vanity.
“You’re in the service, ma’am?” His mild drawl did things to her heart and pussy she’d rarely experienced, and she allowed the feelings to bounce around inside a little.
“Yes, sir. United States Marine Corps...retired.” It seemed wrong to say that, but she’d served her twenty and elected to move on.
“I thought marines never really retired.” He gave her a warm smile, mellowing some of his intensity.
“Oh, we don’t. But we have to say we do to keep the administrative types happy.”
He laughed and her toes curled in boots. They weren’t standard issue, but they were strong, sturdy, and had Vibram soles, and gave plenty of space for curling toes.
“Good to know. I’m U.S. Navy, retired. Cyrus Finch.” He held out his hand and she took it, feeling the weapons calluses on his palm. “Pleased to meet you...”
“Master—uh, Sadie Hawkins, once a marine, always a marine.” She’d been introducing herself with her rank for so long it came without thinking. Time to start thinking of myself as more than just a Marine. “Good to meet you to, Mr. Finch.”
“Well hell, I’ve already slept with you, you might as well call me Cyrus.” He shot her an amused grin that caused the whole toe-curling thing again.
Sadie laughed. “Was it good for you?”
“Yes, ma’am. Best sleeping I’ve done in a while, truth be told.”
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