The Great Pick Up Line
Welcome Monica Burns as they share their Great Pick Up Line from Forever Mine.
Take it away Monica!
Instead, she pushed herself up out of the water and stepped out of the tub. She turned toward the free-standing towel rack to reach for her towel, but it was missing.
“Is this what you’re looking for?”
The deep timbre of Nicholas’ voice made Victoria whirl around clumsily causing her to pitched forward. A split-second later, strong arms saved her from hitting the floor. Heat suffused her skin as he held her tight against him. One large hand pressed into her back as the other cupped one cheek of her buttocks.
Her heart hammering a wild rhythm in her chest, she saw desire flash across his face as his hand left her bottom to stroke her shoulder then trail his fingers down her arm. The moment his hand brushed against her breast, Victoria regained partial control of her sense. With a shudder she pushed him away and freed herself from his grasp. She tugged the towel out of his hand then spun away from him to wrap the towel around her before facing him again.
“What are you doing in here?” she rasped as a small smile curved his lips.
Emerald eyes met hers as his gaze drifted downward and back up to her face. The look said he’d burned an imprint of her body in his head. God, when he looked at her like that, she wanted to drag him to her bed. She gulped as her gaze locked with his. Nicholas’ smile widened as if he knew he had only to crook his finger at her, and she would obey his command without protest. Tension careened through her as she remembered what he’d done with his fingers the last time they were alone together.
“I should have someone paint you like this.” There was a seductive quality to his voice that shot a pleasurable heat through her body. “No, not a towel. A sheet draped around you as if you’d just emerged from my bed.”
“I need to dress,” she said breathlessly.
“Perhaps I should stay and help.”
The sinfully mouth-watering suggestion made her heart skip a beat. God, help her. All she had to do was take two steps forward, and she’d be in his arms. Her throat threatened to close at the thought. The room was steamy with a tangible moist heat layering her skin. If the man didn’t leave soon, odds were he’d have her any way he wanted. Something she was certain Nicholas wouldn’t mind one bit.
The thought made her mouth water, and she drew in a quick breath. Making love with this man wouldn’t be a quick wham bam thank you ma’am. It would be a long, drawn out pleasure fest, and he didn’t have that kind of time. The minute everyone downstairs put two and two together their surprise at her riding skills would be small in comparison to the idea that Nicholas had made love to a woman everyone knew he despised.
“No,” she said between clenched teeth. “I can manage on my own.”
“I’ve played ladies’ maid before.”
The amused irony in his voice was like a splash of cold water in her face. A dark and vicious jealousy curled its way through her limbs. The idea of him with another woman made her stomach roil, and she struggled to comprehend why she suddenly felt as though her heart was breaking.
Forever Mine by Monica Burns
2015 GOLD MEDAL Winner, Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards;
2015 BRONZE MEDAL Winner, IPPY Awards;
USA Today HEA Blog 2015 Must-Read
WARNING: This book contains a proper English earl, whose frozen heart hides a tortured soul, and a feisty modern-day heroine determined to convince the man she’s not the woman he thinks she is. With an endearing cast of characters this multiple award-winner is sure to earn a place on the keeper shelf.
Thrown back to the year 1897, Victoria Ashton is mistaken for, and forced to impersonate, the spiteful, unfaithful Countess of Guildford, who’s been missing for three weeks. Despite Victoria’s attempts to convince the earl she’s not his wife, her double’s infidelity and lies make it difficult, especially when Victoria falls in love with a man who loathes her.
Nicholas Thornhill, Earl of Guildford, is plagued with rumors he murdered his missing wife. When she unexpectedly reappears, he scoffs at her latest in a long string of lies. But the changes in Victoria make him to alter his opinion as he forges a bond with her that crosses the boundaries of time.
NOTE: This book is a 125,000 words. For readers who do not enjoy sex scenes, there is 3.75% (16 pgs out of 443) of sexual content in this book.
About Monica Burns
Monica Burns is a bestselling author of spicy historical and paranormal romance. She has written for Penguin/Berkley Sensation, Samhain, and is now Indie. At the age of nine, Monica displayed an aptitude for psychic abilities. It was then she wrote her first romance and signed it by Monica Burns. She’s bought four houses based on her dreams and been within $500 of all sale/purchases pricing. No she hasn’t been able to predict lottery numbers, although she sure wishes she could.
A woman with eclectic tastes, Monica is a terrific cook. Her chocolate chips at Christmas are in high demand, her cream puffs are mouth-watering, and her chili tends to make sweat break out on foreheads. Her bucket list includes visiting Chiddingstone, England; Rome, Italy; and Sicily to see the house where her great-grandmother was born. She’s proud of her Italian/German ancestry. Another bucket list item is her desire to drive a black Lamborghini on the flats out west at 120 mph or faster. She also wants to ride more roller coasters. When she’s 83, she plans on jumping out of an airplane, with a parachute of course. She figures at that age she’ll have lived a good life and going out with a splat is the same as going out with a bang.
Her historical book awards include the 2011 RT BookReviews Reviewers Choice Award and the 2012 Gayle Wilson Heart of Excellence Award for Pleasure Me, and the 2011 PRISM Best of the Best award for Assassin’s Heart. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica is a survivor who believes every hero and heroine deserves a HEA (Happily Ever After), especially if she’s writing the story.