CATCH ME by Jennifer Probst
October 27, 2015
Steele Brothers series, #1
Rick Steele has avoided relationships since he caught his fiancée cheating, but when his friend refers him to the exclusive agency, FANTA-C to experience the night of his dreams, he’s not prepared for his emotional and physical reaction to his date. Tara shows him a raw passion and honesty he’s never encountered. For the first time, Rick wants more than one night, but he needs to catch her first…
Tara Denton escaped a brutal past and needs one night with a stranger to get beyond her sexual and emotional limitations. On the brink of recovering her strength and independence, she wants nothing to do with a relationship. But Rick Steele does more than rock her body…he rocks her heart. Tara has to make a choice, but is she ready to get caught?
“Rick.” Another quirk of amusement curved his lips. “I think we should at least be on a first name basis, don’t you?”
His drawl reminded her of smoke, sex, and sweat. Tara nodded. “Oh, yes, of course. Rick. Well, I just wanted to let you know it will be perfectly acceptable if you’d like to cancel. I’m not sure if you saw my photo or read my requirements, but I understand if you decide to leave after our drinks.”
He took a long pull of his beer, then pushed away from the table and studied her with interest. “You don’t like me?”
Tara sputtered with embarrassment. “Um, no! I like you. I just don’t think I’m the type you expected for a, for a…”
“One night stand?” he finished.
She nodded again. “Yes, that’s right.” She forced a smile. “Please don’t feel bad. I appreciate you meeting me.”
One brow shot up. “That’s quite polite of you. But unnecessary.” A wolfish grin transformed his face. A rush of sexual heat squeezed through her blood and settled between her thighs in an ache. “You see, Tara, I’m just counting the minutes until I get you into bed.”
The breath whooshed out of her lungs. She blinked in confusion. Had she heard him correctly? No, he seemed to be staring at her with an open sort of…hunger. Nerves and arousal mingled and fought for dominance. She took another gulp of her drink, and then looked him squarely in the eye.
He laughed. The sound raked across her ears in a caress, the husky notes causing a low throb. Her body revved up like a racecar ready to shoot from the starting gate. She’d specifically requested a gentle, unassuming man who could slowly introduce her body again to the art of lovemaking. How long had it been since she’d desired a man? Most of the time, Tara needed to force herself out of the bodily deep freeze with her vibrator. Men usually caused a subconscious fear to drain away any lingering passion.
But not Rick Steele.
Hell, he’d probably command her body and soul if he got the chance. His dominant personality seeped from his aura, causing her panties to be wet with anticipation. But why on earth would this type of man ever be attracted to her?
She waited with curiosity for his response.
“I think the question is more like why wouldn’t I. You have a body to die for, and in a matter of two minutes, you’ve made me laugh. Let’s just say I’m dying to find out how many shades of blue your eyes will turn when I thrust between your thighs.”
Hot color flooded her face. She shook her head. Maybe FANTA C hadn’t told him her background. Damnit, she thought the man meeting her would know a bit about her past and what he faced. Tara gritted her teeth and made herself lift her chin in pride. “I’m sorry, but you must not have heard. I don’t, I don’t have a good body. Something happened to me and I have several deep scars that are quite… well… ugly. The man I met tonight was supposed to know that.”
Those intense eyes of his turned ice cold. His voice lashed like a whip across tender flesh. “I know about your scars, Tara. I will not allow you to call them ugly again in my presence. Scars are the evidence of survival and life. Now, I’d suggest we continue with a much more pleasant conversation in my suite.”
He dropped a few bills on the table, stood up, and offered his hand.
Seconds ticked by. Tara swallowed around the lump in her throat. Her gut screamed in warning, but the moment she touched his hand, she sensed she’d lose all control over this date, and be led down a path Frost would term the road less travelled.
Tara placed her hand in his and allowed him to lead her out.
Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.
She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com.
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