Excerpt from Smoking Hot!
So, as many of you know, I’m participating in a super-sexy boxed set that releases on Monday 4/21. SEALS of SUMMER has contributions by NYT, USA Today and national bestselling authors… ten SEAL novels and novellas in all. You can pre-order the set from Amazon now at its temporary sales price.
SMOKING HOT is my fourth Smoke Jumper book and I’ve got to admit… I’ve got a weakness for Tye and Katie. Katie, with her bad French and kick ass shoes, just might be my favorite heroine so far.
“You know how Kade is,” Katie said, staring at Tye like a Who Wants To Be A Millionaire player down to her final lifeline.
Was, he wanted to say to her, but he’d done enough damage already. He wasn’t going to disillusion her, not over coffee and brownies. So he nodded and waited for her to continue.
“And I know most everyone thinks he’s not coming home.”
“But?” He could absolutely hear the but.
“But I think he is. I believe he is. He sent me an email right before he disappeared.”
“What kind of an email?” He racked his brain, trying to remember if Kade had spilled any details. Mentioned anything important.
She blushed slightly. “A bucket list. He made a list of all the things he wanted to do before he died.”
Tye didn’t make lists of things he wanted to do tomorrow or the day after. In his line of work, tomorrow was a dicey proposition and time could run out all too fast. If there was something he wanted to do, he did it.
He eyed the woman sitting across from him.
Right now, he wanted Katie Lawson. In his arms. In his bed. Hell he’d take her sprawled across the coffee shop table, and that was one hell of an image.
“I’m going to do everything on that list,” she announced.
Then blushed. What the hell was on that list?
“You going to show me?”
She chewed her lower lip and dove back into the brownie bag. He recognized a deflection when he saw it.
When she’d chewed, swallowed and run out of brownie, she answered his question with one of her own. “You want to do it with me?”
She blushed. “That didn’t come out right, did it?”
“Depends on what you’re offering.”
He wished like hell sex was on the menu. He’d sweep her off her feet, carry her out of this coffee shop right now if that was what she was really offering. The pink painting her cheeks, however, said he was going home alone again tonight.
“The bucket list,” she enunciated. “Do you want to help me check the remaining stuff off?”
“So that would be a no to having sex?” He set his coffee cup down on the table. Jesus, making her blush was fun. Her whole face was on fire now.
She waved a hand. “Sex isn’t first on Kade’s list.”
“You sure your fiancé was a SEAL?”
He shouldn’t tease her. On the other hand—his eyes narrowed—what exactly was on that list? Because it sure sounded to him like sex might actually be on it. Near the bottom, maybe, but that sounded like Kade alright.
“Positive.” She leaned towards him. “Will you help me with this?”
“Would swimming with sharks and running a marathon figure on this hypothetical list?”
She smiled. Sweetly. Which was definitely his first warning. “You bet. Kade put some good things on there. Are you in?”
He held out a hand. “I want to see the list.”
“I don’t have it with me.”
He recognized a lie when he heard one. “Bring it.”
“Later.” She stood up, clearly having decided on a strategic retreat. Since he really wasn’t ready to let her go, he shot out a hand and captured her wrist in his fingers. Katie Lawson had the softest skin, even if her pulse beat a get-out-of-Dodge rhythm. Busting her was fine and he had all the time in the world for the next two months. He stroked his thumb over the pale veins and considered his next move.
“Do you mind?” she asked, tugging on her wrist. “I’m attached.”
“Katie.” He pitched his voice low. “You know I’m going to see that list, right?”