Publication date: January 16th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
One night left my heart shattered and my reputation ruined, and now my only hope is to transfer to another university far from home. Although I’m a champion figure skater and am used to succeeding, I can’t dump the burden of distrust and intimacy I’m carrying.
But when I literally crash into the cocky captain of the hockey team, sparks fly, and the attraction is as undeniable as it is unwanted.
No way is this arrogant hottie the one to help me move past my fears. Or is he…?
Overwhelmed with guilt and remorse, I can’t forget the tragic accident that killed my first love. To avoid ever feeling that kind of agonizing loss again, I vow to stick with one-night stands with every puck bunny who glides my way and focus on keeping my position on the hockey team.
But after I meet a feisty figure skater and am then thrown together with her as a lab partner, I find I want to melt the icy walls we’ve built around our hearts.
If we don’t strangle each other first.
“Dak?” I whisper, staring at his beautiful, peaceful face. I don’t get any response, so I try again a bit louder, but quiet enough not to interrupt the comforting tranquility of the moment. “Dak? Are you sleeping?”
“Hmm bfflltr,” he stirs and makes an attempt at the English language, at least I think it’s English. I’m envious at his ability to fall into such a deep sleep so fast. It doesn’t matter how tired I am, once my head touches the pillow, thoughts come whirling through my head and I lay there in an immobile dance with my brain, spinning around the thoughts of things I need to get done. And I need Dak to join in my current thought process because it concerns him in a big way.
“Dak.” I touch his face softly and his drowsy eyes flutter open. His lids blink a couple of times like he’s trying to focus on what he’s seeing.
“Trace,” he says in a gravelly voice. “Are you okay?”
“Yes. I’m fine.” I shift so I’m facing him. We’re so close our noses are almost touching. “I thought about what I want.”
“What’s that, baby girl?” He brushes a strand of hair behind my ear and I quiver at his touch. Sparks of electricity shoot out to every part of my body. I resist the overwhelming urge to push closer to him and press my body against his.
“I want to have sex with you.” I’m still whispering, but my words are resolute. Dak is the first guy whose touch hasn’t sent me running, the first guy I could let get close in a long time. This feels so right. He blinks a few more times in rapid succession and bolts straight up to a seated position.
“What? What now? Can you repeat that, because I’m pretty sure I’m in some kind of sleep-induced coma?” He runs his hand back through his sexy bed-tousled hair. Between his suggestive disheveled appearance and the adorable look of confusion on his face, I’m already so turned on I need to rub my legs together to soothe the longing for him.
“I said I want us to have sex,” I state a little louder because I want to be perfectly clear.
“What are you talking about?”
“Wow. You definitely must still be asleep if you don’t know what ‘have sex with me’ means.” Even though I’m a jumbled mess of nerves because of what I’m suggesting, I can’t help giggle at the way his confused expression has morphed into one of disbelief.
“I know what that means.” He blows out a big breath and there’s no doubt, he’s definitely wide awake now. “But why are you asking me? I thought you said you weren’t into casual sex and it was too soon after what the dickhead put you through for any kind of relationship, anyway?”
“Right.” I sit up cross-legged in front of him.
“Soooo?” He leans toward me and glares at me through wide eyes, like he’s waiting for the big reveal on how I managed to sustain a complete mental breakdown in the past half hour.
“I’m not ready for a relationship, that’s why this is perfect. Don’t you see? Things in the universe are lined up perfectly.”
“Tracey. Baby. You’ll forgive me. I have no idea what you’re talking about.” He scrubs a hand down his face. “That seems to happen a lot when you’re talking to me,” he mumbles through his fingers. “I know there’s this unbelievable attraction between us, but how exactly did you go from ‘go away and leave me the f… alone’ to ‘I want to have sex with you’ in a few days?”
As a lover of the northeast US, my husband and I moved to the Poconos several years ago to open a Chiropractic Clinic. Four children and a menagerie of animals later, I have finally found time to fulfill my lifelong dream of writing novels. A dreamer at heart, romance is—of course—the genre I spend most of my time writing and reading into the wee hours of the morning. However, if it’s a good book, any genre can keep me immersed in the story for hours.
When I’m not juggling work responsibilities and writing, I enjoy baking, knitting, traveling, hiking the beautiful hills and woods around my home and spending time with my family.
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