Tempted by a Kiss
a short story
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Finalist, 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards (The Romance Reviews)
The Wild Rose Press
December 4, 2015
Mel Thompson just dumped her cheating ex after two years together. Now she’s determined to understand the allure of casual sex by having a steamy fling of her own at a notoriously raunchy underground club. When her best friend, Adam Caras, catches on to her plan, he makes a surprising offer to derail her. If she wants a hot fling, he’ll give it to her.
Who better than Adam, renowned lady-killer, to demonstrate the erotic pleasures of a one night stand? Sex could ruin their friendship, but after a soul-searing kiss, Mel fears one night may never be enough.
Read an excerpt
This time, he offered me his hand, palm up. I stared at it. My stomach fluttered, though I had no clue why. I’d danced with Adam a number of times, at weddings and parties.
A strange warmth rushed through me, but evaporated in an instant. The hand, the one attached to the arm of my best friend, waited patiently. I settled my palm in his. He curled his fingers around my hand. I hopped off the stool and let him guide me toward the dance floor. The music had segued from an up-tempo number to a slow, seductive beat with an enticing melody, played on exotic instruments. The song conjured visions of a Middle Eastern palace, belly dancers, and hot, dark men with lascivious intentions.
We sidled between the other dancers, wending our way across the dance floor on the hunt for a vacant slot. At last, we broke out of the masses into a cramped space just wide enough for the two of us, forcing me to move closer to Adam. He pivoted on his heels to face me and, keeping my hand in his, lifted it in a ballroom dancing position. His other hand lightly rested on my hip. This was what I expected from a dance with Adam. Then he dragged me into him, my body suddenly crushed against his heat. My heart skipped. The strobes had given way to soft, pulsing, golden lights. In the twilight of the floor, I couldn’t make out his expression. Entwined with Adam, aware of every hard line of his muscles, I was paralyzed.
Praise for Tempted by a Kiss
An explosive, sensually erotic short story that leaves you breathless. […] The love scenes leave you begging for more and the characters are engaging. There are lots of sensual scenes to stir the imagination, and dialogue between the characters tells you more about their personalities than in depth descriptions. […] I can’t wait for her next book.Kerliza Foon
A relentlessly sexy, friends-turned-lovers story. Well written and excellently paced, Tempted by a Kiss slowly turns up the heat between Mel and Adam, leaving the reader wanting more until the very end.Adelaide Rose
I highly recommend this story.
I got emotionally involved right away and hoped the characters would get together. For a short book, this delivers the heat, too. Whew!!
This short story is HOT! From the moment Adam showed up to spend Mel’s birthday with her, the chemistry between them steamed up the pages!Deanna Hite