Saturday, April 12, 2014

'Praline Dreams (Shara Azod's Flavors)' by Reana Malori


Reese Michaels and Dana St. John had been friends since grade school but allowed teenage angst and raging hormones to pull them apart. After years of denying his feelings, Reese has decided that he is no longer willing to wait. He knows that it's time to make Dana to realize that she is the only woman for him. His plan of seduction reconnects two people who have filled each other’s dreams. Will one night be enough or will Reese and Dana discover that your first love is the one you never truly forget.

Reese watched the woman he loved as she gathered up her belongings and prepared to leave her classroom for the summer break. He still couldn’t believe this beautiful woman was his—well, almost his. Sadly, no matter how much he had tried to regain their closeness after that horrible day when his teenage hormones had taken control of his mouth, things had changed. They had never spoken about that incident in his family room again, even though he knew they should have. At the time, he figured if Dana had been really bothered by what he said, she would have said something. Boy had he been wrong.

They had still hung out quite a bit during his senior and her junior year of high school, but the frequency of her freely given smiles and hugs had diminished. When he had left for college in the summer, their calls and visits became more sporadic over time. The college had only been two hours away, but as a young college jock with a football scholarship, there were too many new things for him to try and too many girls to date. He knew it was the experience of being on his own that had truly made his first year unforgettable. For nine straight months, he had been a single college student having the time of his life.

However, during that first year he was away at college, the relationship between him and Dana had changed even more. Just before she came to the same university that next fall, there was a span of time when they had not seen each other for almost six months. Well, there was the one day in between when she graduated high school, but that was it. That much time apart was definitely not normal for them, but he didn’t think it was odd because there was always a legitimate reason for her to be away when he came home. A weekend trip to the summer home of a friend, spending the night at a girl’s night out, or simply other plans that would take her out of his presence for the entire day. On those occasions, she would usually come home too late to justify a polite social visit and leave before he had a chance to make it over to her house the next morning.

It wasn’t until much later that he realized things had gone horribly wrong. He had called his parents one Friday night and told them he was coming down for the weekend. His only mission was to see Dana and spend time with his best friend. Sure, they talked on the phone weekly, even if it was for only ten minutes.

Since he had left for school, their time spent together had been so few and far between. Then, he suddenly realized that he missed her. Not in the “she’s a family friend, but more of an annoying sister” way. No, this was in an “ache in his heart, gut-wrenching, and breath-halting missing her” way and he was tired of spending time apart. When he thought about how long it had truly been since they had actually hung out, he didn’t like it one bit.

Asking his parents to keep his visit a secret from Dana, he told them he had wanted to surprise her. Talking on the phone with Dana the night before, he had told her that he would be staying on campus that weekend because he had too much homework to do and needed to study. With a memory like an elephant, he vividly recalled her saying that she was going to be home that weekend because of a test on Monday. However, what he didn’t count on was his parents talking with the St. John’s that evening, and Dana overhearing the conversation.

When he showed up at Dana’s door the next day, Mrs. St. John had a look on her face that told him that the news would not be good. Apparently, Dana had come downstairs earlier that morning with an overnight bag slung over one shoulder. She had begged her father to let her spend the night at Keisha’s house so they could study for a test on Monday. Her father had eventually said yes and so off she went.

His face must have reflected his shock and disappointment. He felt her hand on his shoulder and her whispered words reached him, “Reese, I know you wanted to see her. I’m not sure what happened. It’s been so long since the two of you have spent time together. It’s such a pity she ran out of here so fast this morning. Baby, is everything okay with the two of you?” 
Although he might not remember much, he knew that he had responded to her. He loved her like a favorite aunt and although words like, “Sure. No problem. I’m certain I’ll see her before I leave again,” fell from his lips, he wasn’t sure she believed him. In all honesty, he wasn’t sure he believed the words either.

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Come join me as I explore my inner thoughts and create a world where anything is possible. My focus is interracial romance and I firmly believe that LOVE in all its forms should be celebrated. While I have dreams of world domination, I'm willing to settle for being one of the best interracial romance erotica writers on the market. My goal is to weave a story that pulls the reader into my world and share in my universe, even if only for a short time.

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