We're half-way to Christmas so I'm celebrating early by showcasing a snippet of my bestselling romantic suspense novel, WhiteOut, set in gorgeous Steamboat Springs, Colorado during the holidays.
Scintillating Sunday Blog Hop where multiple authors share 8 paragraphs of one of their works that capture the word 'scintillating.' Enjoy!
She pushed away from her side of the pool, waded toward him, staying submerged up to her chin in warmth, used her hands to push his thighs apart, and slipped between them. If he wanted to have his mind blown, she could do that.
Without looking away from his gaze, she snagged the flask from his fingers and took a long sip without flinching.
His focus dropped to the curve of her breasts that floated above the surface and pressed against his chest. He dropped his hands to her hips and grinned. "And here I thought you were shy."
"Why? Because I didn't drop to my knees the first time you said hello?" She slid a wet finger down his face and traced it across his lips.
"I've enjoyed my fair share of après ski soaks," his fingers trailed up her spine before untying the strings of her bikini, "but this isn't a hook-up. I want more than one night with you."
"Why?" She tilted her head to the side so she could see his eyes more clearly in the twilight and steam.
"Because it's taken me months to get to this point and I'm not going back to square one." He rubbed his knuckles along the shark tattoo on her left ribcage. "I like you and your special brand of crazy."
Her smiled faded. He liked her in a way that no one had in a very long time. Fame had found her at sixteen and she'd spent half her life in a glittery bubble filled with beautiful people saying all the right things to feed her ego. But this—being here with Ryan in the half-light with moisture beading their faces and large snow flakes falling against solar lights while his fingers caressed her skin and his eyes looked into hers—this felt like a dream.
She's been erased.
As a protected witness, Brandi Simms has given up everything that made her unique to start over in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Blending into the background isn't easy, but it's vital for survival. When her handsome yet incorrigible neighbor—former Olympic skier turned cowboy—decides her aloof attitude is a challenge rather than a deterrent, she knows the only right thing to do is resist.
The secrets she hides are deadly.
Ryan Landry isn't accustomed to rejection. Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, he's the local hero who came home to run a ranch and be near his family. The mysterious neighbor who seems content to hang out with dogs rather than humans haunts his fantasies and ignites that competitive drive that led him to the world stage.
He's not one to give up.
When her dangerous past catches up to Brandi, Ryan is determined to break through her secrets to find the truth no matter what the cost. Trapped in a whiteout blizzard with unseen threats lurking in the snow, will they get a chance to create a new beginning or will Brandi's past be the death of them?