Golden Beach, #2
Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Date of Publication: October 26, 2015
Number of pages: 302
Cover Artist: Ramona Lockwood
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Valerie Peters is done with bad boys and ready to start living for herself. She’s determined to settle for nothing less than a romantic, sweeps-you-off-your-feet, nice-guy. So when a sexy firefighter with the hottest reputation in town saves her from near-drowning, there’s no doubt he’s everything she shouldn't want.
Donovan’s looks and image have kept his nights entertaining and his ring finger empty. One night stands serve as a short-term distraction to the flashbacks of his past he increasingly struggles to ignore. But a chance encounter with his best friend’s sister makes him realize that one night is no longer enough.
Together they discover that bad can actually be the best and forever is worth everything.
The drive was all of ten minutes.
Ten... excruciatingly slow... minutes.
Valerie needed Donovan. She needed to be surrounded by him; his taste, his scent, the feel of his skin on hers. At every stoplight, she let out a slight annoyed breath.
His hand never left her leg.
His thumb traced small circles on the outside of her knee.
His fingers played up and down her thigh, driving her wild.
"Once we do this, sweetheart, it's just you and me. No one else." His voice was rough as he parked in front of his building.
"No one else."
They walked hand in hand.
Ten steps to the elevator.
Both staring straight ahead.
As the doors closed, flashes of the last time they were in this enclosure together ran through her mind. Heat crept up her body, causing her to squirm ever so slightly.
"I'm trying like hell to control myself, sweetheart. You keep squirming like that and I'll have you up against this elevator in less than a second."
Her heart jumped into her throat and she swallowed. He released her hand and stepped away from her, leaning casually against the elevator wall. As she turned her eyes to him, the sexual energy crackled between them and she prayed the doors would open soon. She watched as his tongue darted out to wet his lips and couldn't help but squirm against the wave of lust that hit her.
"I warned you," he said as he crossed the distance to her.
His hands captured her face and he crushed his lips to hers as the doors to the stupid elevator finally opened.
"Oh," came a soft cry from the elderly woman who stood in the hall.
Donovan and Valerie split apart. A wave of humiliation coursed through her for her obvious wantonness.
"Mrs. Mackintosh." Donovan tipped his head at his neighbor, his ears tinged pink.
As he pulled Valerie down the hall, she swore she heard Mrs. Mackintosh giggling.
At the click of the apartment door closing, he had his shirt off and she was up against the wall. His fevered kisses trailed along her neck and the exposed skin of her chest while he worked at the buttons of her silky shirt. The roughness of his fingers sent tingles through her as he freed her from the constraints of her office attire.
He looked down her body in appreciation. "Bare legs?"
"I don't like pantyhose." She shrugged. Standing there in front of him in just a bra and matching lace underwear, she should have felt exposed. Instead, she felt empowered. His eyes burned with hunger. Never had a man made her feel this important. This desired.
He kissed his way down her body until he was kneeling in front of her.
"I don't think you understand how desperately I want you."
Her heart flipped. "Maybe you should show me."
He nipped at her hip with his teeth, lightly but with enough pressure for her to know he was serious. "Bed. Now."
Please welcome Kim Loraine to Musings and Ramblings for a little Author Q&A.
*Offers Kim a cup of coffee and a plate of chocolate chip cookies.*
Hey! Thanks so much. I just had a baby and after three months of Gestational Diabetes, I’ve been DYING for cookies!
How has your writing career changed in the past year?
My professional writing career just started in 2015. In that time I’ve been published four times, signed a contract for my entire Golden Beach Series, and been so blessed to find readers!
From where have your recently drawn writing inspiration?
My books are all set in the real world so I draw inspiration from that. I always warn my friends that the crazy things they say and do may end up in my books.
Which of the four seasons best suits your personality and why?
I love spring. It’s very like me, it warms up gradually and by the end is bright and energetic. I can be outgoing and bubbly, but truly, I need my own time.
Describe your perfect day.
Hmm, I’d have to say April 25th because it’s not too hot and not too cold. All you need is a light jacket.
Just kidding. Honestly, a day when I can sit outside in the sun and write without distraction would be my perfect day.
Which five characters from novels would you have dinner with?
Jamie Fraser from Outlander, because, come on ... he’s perfect.
Bridget Jones. She seems like she’d be hilarious.
Lestat, so I could say I survived dinner with a real vampire.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas from J.D. Robb’s In Death series. She’s so bad ass, maybe she could teach me something about self defense.
Henry from The Time Traveler’s Wife. Because ... TIME TRAVEL!
Bonus Fun Question:
A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
I brought the tequila. Where’s Benedict Cumberbatch? I need to teach him a thing or two about how to pronounce PENGUIN.
Thanks for sharing with us today. Any final words of wisdom to pass along?
Just a huge thank you for hosting me! Renovation will be on sale for 0.99 through April 22nd. I love hearing from readers. Please don’t hesitate to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Loraine is the author of the “Golden Beach” series, including “Restoration” (2015) and “Renovation” (2015). She started writing at a young age, scribbling down song lyrics, short stories, and poems she was too afraid to share with anyone. Busy working as a music teacher in her Pacific Northwest hometown, it wasn’t until her family of four picked up everything and moved to beautiful Japan that she decided to finally take the plunge and send her characters out into the world.
The central theme in Kim’s books is self-discovery, whether that is found through taking risks, breaking down walls, or admitting mistakes. Kim likes to write characters that seem like someone you actually know, who find that life is a journey not without its challenges.
When not writing Kim spends her time with her husband, chasing around their crazy kids, exploring Japan, and binge-watching Doctor Who on Netflix.
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