New York Minute
by Melinda Dozier
Shy accountant Veronica Bass is determined to live it up a little before settling down with a perfectly respectable man to live a perfectly respectable life, just the way her mother wants.
So when rock star Diego Diaz flashes his bedroom eyes at her during a wedding reception, Veronica swallows her shyness and leads him to the nearest hotel room. Now this total sex god keeps popping up in her life, and she finds herself telling some not-so-little white lies to keep him interested.
Diego’s world evolves around music, women throwing themselves at him, and having fun. His lifestyle hasn’t allowed him to find the right girl to settle down with until now, but his own secret stands in the way of forming a lasting relationship with Veronica.
Is their love destined to last for only a New York minute?
Read an excerpt:
He removed the key out of his pocket. “Room 707.”
She stopped in her tracks and blinked at him. “Really? It’s a palindrome.”
“When numbers read the same forward and backward.” She grabbed his hand and dragged him across the gold, diamond-patterned carpet to the door. “Want to know something else?”
He supported his shoulder against the door jam and smiled at her. He liked that she became talkative about random things—not his career, his life or the other crap women tried to get out of him. “Of course.”
“I kind of have a fascination with the number seven. It follows me everywhere.”
She inserted his key into the slot and opened the hotel room door. “Come in and find out.” She walked in backward, pulling him in by the tie. A thoughtful smile curved her mouth, those damn red lips taunting him. He still hadn’t even kissed this woman.
The door slowly closed behind them and he walked her toward the huge king-size bed behind them until she perched on the edge of the mattress. For a second, anxiety crossed her face, her gaze avoiding him.
Okay, he’d take it slow. “Let’s find some drinks.”
He pulled out three mini-bottles of hard liquor from the mini-fridge and held them up. “You won’t believe what I found.”
She lifted a sexy eyebrow in response.
“Jack Daniels … Old Number 7.”
“See what I mean? Number seven and I are old friends.” Before he could open the bottles, Vero was in front of him, her long, dark hair out of the ponytail, curled around her shoulders.
She pushed him against the armoire, opened his jacket, and her hands roamed over his dress shirt. Her long fingers trembled, and it reassured him that she didn’t always do this. Her words said one thing, but her actions conveyed another. She was a novice at seduction. He loved her hesitant yet obvious desire to lure him in.
He bent down the few inches to touch her lips with his. A lightning bolt of energy shot through his body. Her body was like heaven, her lips soft, pliable, accepting and eager. His heart beat faster and he hardened even more than he thought possible. Damn, it’d been too long.
He grabbed her waist, the curve of her hips under his fingers, and pushed her against the desk next to them. When her lips opened, he delved deeper with his tongue. She still tasted of whiskey and a whole other unique flavor. It turned him on more to know she had a taste that was all hers—and his for the night.
Her voice quavered when he pulled back. “I hope I’m doing this right.”
“Keep doing what you’re doing. It’s perfect.” Again, her uncertainty was a clear indication of who she truly was. She didn’t seduce him to get in the limelight. She wanted him for him, just as badly as he wanted her.
Melinda Dozier is a multi-published contemporary romance author represented by Blue Ridge Literary Agency. After hectic days of teaching English to middle school students, Melinda finds time to write and read in the evenings. She lives in Guatemala, Central America with her husband/college sweetheart who brings "mucho amor" to her life. Melinda enjoys being the queen of her household and dreams of being pampered fully by her three boys once they are grown. Melinda's guilty pleasures include reality TV, traveling, blogging and playing Zynga games.
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