Bella, RR, Five Angels
Watching these two fall in love and deal with not only who they are now, but how the past shaped them, and what they want for the future was one of the best afternoon's I've spent reading.
TOP PICK FROM THE ROMANCE REVIEWS!!!!
From the Inside Flap
He studied her for a moment, no expression on his face. Then, he placed his hand on the wall next to her head and leaned closer, as he did in the elevator. Gawd, he smelled good. Earthy and sensual, and all wrapped up in a dominant package of a man. She shouldn't want to attract him, but everything in her being was telling her to do anything to get him in her bed.
"What stunt are you talking about?"
For a moment, all she could do was look at his mouth as he spoke. His lips were full, sensual, and utterly irresistible.
She shook herself and tried to remember what they had been talking about. Great, now she had to embarrass herself with an explanation. She didn't want to do this. She understood she wasn't attractive to men like Rome. That she could live with. Having to admit it to him out loud was more than a little awkward. Talk about humiliating.
"I understand that a woman like me would never attract you--"
"What do you mean by that?"
She glanced up and realized he looked genuinely surprised.
"Nothing. Just understand I can play a role, and I won't get all sappy on you. I want this guy as much as you do."
Again he was silent. She hated that, hated the way he looked at her. It was as if he was completely perplexed by her. "Play a role?"
She rolled her eyes and pulled her keycard out, not able to look at him anymore. She was damned tired and ready to collapse. Add this embarrassment to the mix, and she just wanted to crawl under the covers and forget most of the day.
"When we're out of the public eye, I understand. You don't have to play the role of my lover behind the scenes. It'll be easier if we have parameters."
"Callahan." His voice was quiet nevertheless commanding.
"Look at me." The order was soft but definitely not to be ignored. She couldn't if she'd wanted to. His deep, resonate voice wrapped around her senses and forced her to do his bidding.
When she finally made eye contact, her whole body went hot again. The intense look had her trying to swallow, but she found her mouth dry. He slipped his free hand up to cup her jaw. Without saying a word, he bent his head down and brushed his mouth against hers. She could feel the heat of him through their layers of clothing.
He leaned even closer, and she could feel his erection. There was no mistaking that. Just feeling the hot, long length of him had every hormone in her body jumping to attention, ready to serve. When he pulled back, it took a few moments for her to open her eyes again.
The fire in his eyes was still there. His cheeks were flushed, and she could tell there was a little more than just playacting involved.
"Just so you know. Guys like me can be attracted to women like you."