Demand (Careless Whispers Book 2) by Lisa Renee Jones
Date of Publication: May 31, 2016
The sexy, breathtaking mystery continues in New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones's stunning second novel in the suspenseful Careless Whispers series--where shocking revelations will reveal themselves and nothing, and no one, will ever be the same.
Still struggling with amnesia, Ella questions everything she's known about Kayden Wilkens--the alluring stranger who claims to have found her unconscious in an alleyway. But was he truly a stranger--or did Kayden know her before his supposed rescue? Tormented by the potential betrayal he denies, with fleeting memories of a bombshell in her recent past, Ella must face a hard reality. Every action has consequences . . . and trusting Kayden, the one thing she most desires, might result in the direst consequences of all.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series, which is now in development for a television show to be produced by Suzanne Todd of Team Todd (Alice in Wonderland). Suzanne Todd on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara's character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy - a modern girl we all can identify with. I'm thrilled to develop a television show that will tell Sara's whole story - her life, her work, her friends, and her sexuality. In addition to the success of Lisa's INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is presently working on a dark, edgy new series, Dirty Money, for St. Martin's Press. Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women's Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine. Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on Twitter and Facebook daily.
EXCERPT ONE Crossing behind the couch toward the kitchen, I find myself remembering those naked, intimate moments with Kayden only a short time ago. The passion. The trust I'd felt for him. And then his words: "We both want more. Until we don't." The words send a surge of adrenaline and nerves through my body. The scent of freshly brewed coffee teases my nostrils as I reach the kitchen, where I immediately find Kayden standing behind the island. But it's not him that makes my heart lurch, as usual. It's my gun that's lying on the counter between us. And when I should perhaps step backward I find myself charging forward to claim the other side of the counter. "What is that for?" "You thought you needed it earlier," he says. "I want you to have it now." My fingers curl on the tiled counter. "Do I need it?" "That's for you to decide." "That isn't the answer I want." His jaw sets hard. "If you're expecting an answer you'll want, you'd better pick up that gun." We stare at each other, a push and pull between us that has nothing to do with fear or intimidation, and everything to do with a bond we both know is being tested. "I know what you're doing." "What am I doing?" "The same thing you did outside that church, when you helped me hold the gun to your chest." "Which is what?" "Offering me the façade of control." "You holding a loaded gun on me in no way equals a façade." "I know you now," I counter. "You don't give up control, even when you say you are." He rests his hands on the counter, one turned just enough for me to catch a glimpse of the hawk inked on his wrist, its wings spread, the mark of a man whose rules of many must dictate his actions. "There are two sides to this coin," he says, his words drawing my attention, his pale blue eyes piercing mine. "The me with you, and the me with everyone else." "We barely knew each other at the church." "I'd already decided you were mine. You just didn't know it yet." EXCERPT TWO "You are all kinds of tattooed hotness, Kayden Wilkens. Hawk." His lips curve. "Is that you talking or the wine?" "It's called liquid courage." "You're adorably drunk." I stroke his cheek, which feels much better than mine. "But you're here, and you are The Hawk and I know I'm safe." "You are safe with me, Ella." "I am, but you're dangerous to everyone else." His expression sobers. "Is that what you think of me?" "Don't go getting serious on a drunk person. I didn't mean that negatively—you're everyone's protector." I grab his T-shirt. "I meant that the bad guys are in trouble when they piss you off. And I meant it like you're a badass, thus the ‘you're sexy' comment. Wait. Did I say that or think that? I'm saying it now. You're sexy." He flattens his hand at the small of my back. "Badass?" "Badass." "Do you know how badly I want to be inside you right now? Right here?" His hands go to my sides, traveling to my breasts, his thumbs stroking my nipples to hard peaks. I grab his hands as my cheeks flush. "Too bad I wore jeans. You'll have to behave." "Will I?" he asks, flicking my nipple. I grab his wrists, firming my voice. "Stop, because yes, you do. I am not getting undressed in public." He reaches down and fingers the easily undone laces that line the front of my jeans. "I'll settle for you having an orgasm until we get home." I reach for his hand. "I can't have an orgasm in public, either," I say, but my body betrays me, my sex clenched and wet. "That sounds like a challenge—and this is barely public." He pulls several of my laces loose. "I told Niccolo I couldn't command you to orgasm. I want to try." "You can," I assure him. "You can pretty much just look at me and I'm wet." "Are you telling me you're wet now?" "Very—so take me home and do something about it." His hand goes to my jaw and he drags my gaze to his. "I never thought I'd use the word home again—let alone have a woman I want to use it with. I love you, Ella." "I love you too—" He slips his fingers beneath the laces and suddenly they're intimately pressed to my sex. "That was unfair!" "You're not wearing panties," he observes, slipping a finger inside me. "Kayden—" "And you are very, very wet." His head lowers, lips at my ear. "I would kill to feel you around me right now." I pant, and my sex clenches around his fingers. "You're about to embarrass me." "No one can see us." "That's not what I mean. I mean—" He thumbs my clit and presses another finger inside me. "I'm going to come really fast." He kisses me, a deep slide of his tongue, and oh . . . oh . . .
Kasper thinks he hates her.
Donovan thinks he loves her.
Logan thinks he owns her.
Sweet Jayne is a complicated girl…
She needs Kasper.
She hides from Donovan.
She has a plan for Logan.
But maybe complicated Jayne isn’t so sweet after all…
In fact, she might just be the biggest villain of them all.
WARNING: Story contains dark taboo themes and violence both sexual and physical which could trigger emotional distress in reader.
About K. Webster
K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.
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Defeating evil will require Reagan to place her trust in unexpected allies and reconsider the loyalties of her inner circle.
A team is only as strong as its weakest link.
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But his connections and powers run deep.
Reagan’s pack must come together and be willing to sacrifice everything to save mankind. But along the way, she’ll suffer heartache.
Anguish for herself and those closest to her.
Still, nothing can stop what has been foretold. Fate has determined the end game, but divine intervention supports the victor.
Tia Silverthorne Bach has been married to her college sweetheart for twenty years, has three beautiful girls, and adores living in sunny California. Her daughters were born in Chicago, San Diego, and Baltimore; and she feels fortunate to have called many places home. She believes in fairy tales and happy endings and is an avid reader and rabid grammar hound.
She is an award-winning, multi-genre author and an Editor for Indie Books Gone Wild. From an early age, she escaped into books and believes they can be the source of healing and strength. If she’s not writing, you can find her on the tennis court, at the movies, reading a good book, or spooning Jif peanut butter right out of the jar.
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HOW TO UNBREAK A
HEART by USA Today bestseller Jennie Marts
Rule: If you
love her, don’t let her go.
cowboy, Trip Turner finally has a chance to correct the mistakes he made when
he let the woman he loved walk out of his life twelve years ago. But now that
Bre Wilson is back, will he be able to unbreak her heart?
He tried to keep the images of Bre
Wilson from flooding his mind, but they were there—hell, they were always
there—under the surface, like the ache in a sore tooth. A reminder of the woman
he’d never been able to forget.
Rule: A real man
doesn’t buy respect, he earns it.
playboy Jake Jericho thinks he has it all, until one phone call reminds him
otherwise. Can one week in disguise reform this trust fund playboy, or will his
deception destroy the only real love he’s ever known?
“Feel that?” He pressed her hand
to his chest. She felt heat. She felt his heartbeat racing. She felt too much.
“That’s me, Harper. That’s my heart going ninety miles an hour just because
you’re standing in front of me. I’m still me, regardless of what my name is.”
Stefano and Roxie resist the heat flaring between them or will working together
force them to face their rocky past and give them the happily ever after they
Stefano swallowed. Hard. His new
employees talked to him, but it turned into background noise. Moisture
evaporated from his throat, and even before his brain named her, his body
responded. Roxie Sullivan. Those two words were the blood thrumming through his
veins. They were the tight string stretching across his shoulder blades.
Olympic mountain bike champion Ryder Bennett and his public relations rep
Addison Carrington keep things professional between them this time around, or
will they risk a sexy scandal for a chance at love?
He lowered his mouth to hers,
intending to give her a simple brush across the lips. One that danced on the
edge of friendship, and skimmed around the border of his desire and stopped
short of leading to more than they could handle. But when they connected, she
felt so right and sweet in his arms that all of his good intentions shot into
the stratosphere and flew over the Montana mountain range.
Rule: A real man
never lies, especially to a woman.
Preston ran out on the woman he loved twelve years ago, but now he's back to
prove he's a changed man. However, Rayne can't risk getting her heart broken by
the cowboy again.
He was so close she could feel
his warm breath against her ear and, in spite of how much she wanted to hate
him, she leaned back against into him, letting his strength support her, like
she always had. Ty had been her rock from the day they’d met. It was instinct
for her body to crave his touch, but she knew she had to fight it. His lips
brushed the shell of her ear, and a shiver of longing raced down her spine. “I
left Saddle Creek for you, Rayne, but I’ve come back for the same reason. I
lied when I left. I loved you then, Rayne.” His voice was husky with emotion,
making her entire body quiver from the inside. “I’ve never stopped loving you.”
Rule: A real man
always puts his best foot forward…
always planned to steal her heart, but she left him on base. It’s the bottom of
the ninth, and Charity is up to bat. Can she tell her two-all stars the truth
or will a foul end her best chance?
Surprise flickered in his blue
eyes, and she dropped her gaze to study his very kissable mouth. On that
thought, she pushed out of the chair and he let his hand fall away. For a
moment, hurt turned down the corners of his mouth and fresh regret stung her.
She hadn’t meant to react so badly.
Catching his hand before he could
walk away, she searched for the buoyant mood she’d had earlier. “I’m sorry.
Maybe I am tired. I didn’t mean to snap. The coffee smells good…care to have a
cup and watch me eat one of the cupcakes I made?” They’d been a final surprise
of the day, Andie had adored hers but, based on his earlier comment regarding
his diet, it hadn’t surprised Charity when he’d declined one of his own.
His tongue swiped over his lower
lip. “Watch you eat a cupcake?”
HEARTBREAKER TO LOVE by Hayson Manning
Rule: A real man
never touches the hired help.
Savannah teach serial heartbreaker Walker to be domesticated in ten days and
convince him that maybe they can have a shot at a ‘them’ or can Walker convince
Savannah there can be a ‘them’ on his terms only?
“Savannah, I know you’re checking
“You’ll need a couple of Sherpas
to climb your Mount Everest ego because I was not checking you out.”
He turned and grinned. “I don’t
have an issue with you checking me out. I just wondered if you liked the view?”
Well, only a blind nun wouldn’t
mind taking in that view.