A Contemporary Romance/Thriller
By Alexandra Richland
BONUS CONTENT includes four short stories written exclusively for this release. "Pleasant But Not Nice" takes a closer look at the friendship between Kelly Sheridan and Denim Jacobson prior to Sara Peters' arrival in New York. "The Five R's" accompanies Sean Mavis and Christopher Maida on a stakeout and reveals their initial impressions of Kelly and Denim. "Dust" is an intimate look at Trenton Merrick's relief efforts in Haiti days after the devastating earthquake. "The Celibate Spy" transports us back to 1968 when Randall Wolverhampton takes on his first mission as a junior agent in MI6, Britain's foreign intelligence agency. PLUS the first chapter of the upcoming sequel to Frontline coming in 2014.
After closing the door, Trenton approaches and presses his palms to the wall on either side of my head. The sound of my pounding heart fills my ears. I drop my arms to my sides and push my head back as far as I can, breathing deeply. His stare looks dark, intense . . . needy.
Goose bumps explode on my skin as he pins me against the wall with his body and brushes his lips to my ear. “First of all, don’t you ever yell at me in front of my men again, do you understand?”
I open my mouth to protest, but he hushes me.
“Secondly . . .” He skims his nose across my cheek. “Regarding my behavior at the diner, I was distracted by something going on at work. You deserved better treatment and I apologize.”
He pulls back, his hands still planted against the wall. Heat surges through me as I focus on his mouth.
“I need to kiss you, Sara.” His husky declaration snaps me to attention. “And you’re going to let me, courtship be damned.”
Trenton licks his lips and dips his head, pressing a kiss to my collarbone. I gasp and close my eyes. A wave of warm breath dances across my neck as he moves higher . . . higher . . . every soft kiss tangling me tighter in his web of power, passion, and possession.
Moaning, begging, I roll my body against him. He meets me thrust for thrust; his grunt and groans sound wanton . . . animalistic.
When Trenton’s kisses disappear, I open my eyes, desperate to see him as well as feel him. His eyes are screwed shut, his lips slightly parted as he undulates with me, his expression occupied by his pleasure—pleasure I give him.
I brush my hand to the side of his face. His eyes fly open and meet mine, his tumultuous gaze holding me in place just as strongly as his body. We both still, our heavy pants rolling through the dense hallway air.
“Sara.” My name is spoken in a breathless murmur.
Trenton grabs my wrist and lowers my arm. As our lips reunite, I move my hand to his arousal and stroke him over his pants. He shudders against me. His lips fall from mine and he drops his face to my shoulder.
“Only you have the power to destroy me, Sara.” He places a kiss to the side of my neck. “Only you.”
About the Author
Alexandra Richland spends rotating twelve-hour shifts working as a registered nurse at a Toronto hospital, indulging in her love of science and medicine, and caring for patients with their own unique tales to tell. When she is not on duty, Alexandra escapes into her own imagination. Therein lies a fantasy world of thrilling adventure, gorgeous men, classic Hollywood glamour, exotic getaways, and a seductive dose of romance. Alexandra captures these stories in her popular novels, The Starlight Trilogy and Frontline, and her short story, Gilded Cage.
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STARLIGHT Summary (one of my other books included in the giveaway):
October 1952 finds eighteen-year-old Marie Bates relocating from her rainy hometown in the Pacific Northwest to the sun-soaked streets of Los Angeles, California. Marie's plans for a teaching career take an unexpected turn when she's asked to film a screen test at a major motion picture studio.
Renamed Elizabeth Sutton by the studio heads, she lands her first role as an extra. On set, Elizabeth spies Aidan Evans, a rebellious, twenty-three-year-old Method actor from New York. Aidan is branded as a stuck-up troublemaker by his famous Hollywood peers, but Elizabeth suspects a tragic secret lurks behind his steely facade.
As their careers hit the fast track and friendship evolves into romance, the expectations of Hollywood stardom threaten to shine a spotlight on Aidan's dark past before he can make peace with it. Elizabeth must help Aidan confront the painful event that shattered his life and conquer a terrifying truth before it destroys him and their future together.
The first book in the Starlight Trilogy, Starlight is a story of love and redemption set against the backdrop of the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age.
Five Reasons To Read Starlight:
1. A sweeping technicolor tale of forbidden romance.
2. A detailed homage to the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema.
3. Cameos from many of your favorite classic film stars.
4. Transformation of a small town girl to silver screen starlet through Hollywood’s unforgiving lens.
5. Close-up of a 1950s bad boy channeling a tragic past and the stress of sudden super stardom through the art of Method acting.
GILDED CAGE Summary (My short story included in the giveaway along with Starlight and Frontline):
A shy young woman, a reckless rock star, and one rainy night in Seattle that sets them both free.
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