Today I'm sharing a snippet of Daring to Wish with you. This book was loads of fun to write and I have a soft spot for Lucas, my daring hero. Hope you enjoy him too!
Sinking his head back into the soft padding of grass, Lucas let out a long sigh of relief and satisfaction through lips that curved upward into a grin; relief that they’d had a safe landing and the satisfaction that his last jump had been a spine-tingling thrill. Their jump had been amazing. Well, it was for him, he thought, suddenly aware that since her loud whoop Eve had been silent. No screams, no yells, and no laughter. Not even a small amount of swearing, which was not uncommon for jump newbies. Most uncommon though was silence he realized as he yanked off his headgear and goggles. Not only was she silent but she was motionless too.
What the hell?
Her body remained lax as she lay on top of him. Lucas raked a hand through his hair as he stared down her length in confusion. She hadn’t lost consciousness. He knew that because she’d moved with him as she angled her limbs. He hadn’t felt her body go limp.
Lucas tensed. Was she in shock? He flattened his forearms against the ground, bracing himself to push their bodies into a sitting position. He paused as he felt a hint of movement.
“Eve, are you okay?” Impatiently he batted away the fabric of the chute as it billowed over their bodies, obscuring his view.
“Eve!” he repeated anxiously. Her response was a shudder that reverberated through his body. A shudder that increased in intensity until the tempo managed to jerk her shoulders rhythmically.
What the... Lucas’s confused thoughts were interrupted by soft gasps of breath.
Oh, thank God, she’s just crying.
Aw hell, she’s crying.
So adrenaline wasn’t her thing. Eve’s dose of adrenaline must have translated into fight-or-flight mode, Lucas decided as she began to squirm against him. Her bottom was wriggling against parts of him that were already sensitive to her closeness. She twisted side to side, tugging off her headgear as she tried to move away, her gasps becoming sharper.
“Eve—wait,” Lucas said as he slid his hands in between them. “I need to release you.” Quickly locating the four clips of the harness, he deftly released them. As soon as she was freed he could hold her and soothe her in his arms. And apologize…profusely.
Suddenly that intention was abandoned as Eve flipped herself over, bracing her arms at both sides of his shoulders and gazing down at him.
Hell, she wasn’t crying. She was laughing! Unrestrained laughter. It bubbled from her. A rich, throaty sound that warmed him through. A sound Lucas absorbed within him as her lips captured his.
“That. Was. Amazing,” she punctuated breathlessly with kisses peppering along the curve of his lips.
“Eve—” Eve what? Stop? Don’t stop?
Ah, don’t stop, he decided as her tongue made a gentle sweep inside his mouth, igniting a flurry of sensation.
So adrenaline was her thing.
Lucas used a huge chunk of willpower to break away from her kiss. “Eve, what do you think you’re doing?” he asked reluctantly as her mouth nibbled his jaw. He didn’t really want an answer in case she reconsidered and stopped. His hands gripped her hips, holding her away from his groin, but having already used up most of his self-control, he couldn’t bring himself to push her away any farther.
She paused and green eyes brimming with vibrancy and excitement met his. “I’m doing what you told me.”
“Ah...remind me?” asked Lucas, his brain too fogged to form thought processes.
“I’m not thinking. I’m feeling.”
What happens when you dare to wish?
In an effort to regain her independence and break out of her shell, shy Eve Ward writes a daring wish list of all the things she wants to do before her thirtieth birthday. It's a good thing the list is for her eyes only, because some of the items are pretty risqué.
Adrenaline junkie Lucas Riley becomes Eve's "victim" in a kiss-a-stranger dare, and she thinks he's perfect for her one-night-with-a-stranger wish.
With Eve, Lucas thinks he's found the distraction he needs before he has to say goodbye to his bad boy image. When he finds Eve's sexy wish list, he can't keep himself from giving into temptation and sneaking a peek, and wish number eight is impossible for him to resist. Being good can wait.
Eve is thrilled when, out of the blue, Lucas offers to take her skydiving. Her sexy stranger has helped her tick so many wishes off her secret list. Her confidence has grown and now she's having fun both in and out of the bedroom. It seems too good to be true…is it? She can't shake the niggling suspicion that something's not quite right.
Content Warning: contains dizzying heights and sensual sex