Sundays are for brunch…and a little booty if you’ve joined me today for our weekly saucy snippet!
Leslie North writes super fun sexy novellas that she releases rapid fire to my utter pleasure. These short escapes are fun in the most frisky way so when I saw the new North endorsed novel by Katie Knight, I nabbed it right away. I was a little concerned by the title, I assumed it would be about some jacked Seal and some barely grown young woman he was “responsible” for, and I almost never- ever like that sort of trope. I don’t really know why, it just isn’t my jam. But- lucky for me, this isn’t that and boy was just the treat I needed. Which was a relief because I am also not really into the “Seal romance” craze. LOL I’ll wax un-poetic about them too- but on another day! heh!
Former Navy SEAL Jed Tremayne knows discipline, hard work, and how to carry a rifle. So when his two best friends die suddenly and leave their daughter, Nala, in his care, Jed’s a little out of his element. Though he wants desperately to connect with her, Nala has withdrawn further and further into her books. Jed just needs a little help, and decides to hire a nanny, and who better than someone who loves to read as much as Nala does? Sure, Tess Frederick is a bit too intriguing, a little too sexy in an adorably unconscious way, but she instantly connects with Nala so Jeb gives her the job.
Tess likes things ordered. But lately, her well-planned life has descended into a bit of chaos. Haunted by the suicide death of her former lover, and recovering from her bookstore going out of business, an open position for a private tutor seems like the perfect job to take while she figures out the rest of her life. Nala is an adorable and intelligent little girl and the two have an instant connection. Her guardian, Jed, is another matter altogether. Too good-looking. Too intense. And too sexy by far. If Tess can just get through the next few weeks with her heart intact, all will be well. The thing with hearts, though, no matter how hard she tries, she can’t seem to turn hers off.
But as Jed and Tess begin to fall for each other, an unknown danger threatens their burgeoning love, a danger that blindsides them both and threatens their very lives—and the life of the little girl they both love. Can two broken souls find the strength to conquer this dark menace or will they be lost in the fight to survive?
“Is this what you want, Tess?” The question hurt him to ask, with his pulse thudding in his ears and his cock aching. He felt her responding to him, but if she wasn’t certain she wanted him, best to know now. All his old insecurities and childhood fears came rushing back full force. He’d let himself be open with her, let himself be vulnerable. In the past, all that had gotten him was a world of pain in return. He had no reason to believe it would be any different now. Except, this was Tess. Warm, wonderful Tess who’d never once given him reason not to trust her. She bit her lip and he tracked the tiny movement with his gaze. They were still locked together intimately, though several layers of clothing separated them. With every breath, every movement, she rubbed against him, driving his need higher. It had been so long, too long, since he’d been with anyone, let alone a woman like Tess who made him want to experience everything. He wasn’t ready to call this love yet, but damn. It felt so good, whatever it was.
Finally, she gave a tiny nod and traced her fingers through the short, dark hair at his nape. “Yes.”
“Yes, what?” he managed to croak out, passion making him sound more like a bullfrog than a man.
“Yes, I want this.” She cupped his cheeks and gave him a watery smile. “I want you, Jed”…“We need to be quiet,” she whispered near his ear, making him shiver. “We don’t want Nala to hear.”
He growled low, kissing his wa down her neck to her collarbone then to her breasts. He gently licked and sucked one taut pink nipple while toying with the other with his fingers. “I’ll do my best if you will.” She dug her fingers into his shoulders and pressed her body closer to his, silently inviting him to do more. Jed was happy to oblige…She reached down between them to stroke the outline of his hard cock through his jeans, unable to resist any longer. That move earned her a fierce groan, followed by an even fiercer kiss to muffle the sound.
“God, Tess. When you touch me like that, you make me crazy,” Jed whispered, his warm breath fanning her face. “Keep doing it.”
She couldn’t fight her wicked grin. “Yes, sir.”
Undoing the button at his waistband, Tess slowly lowered his zipper then slid her hand inside to cup him through the soft cotton of his boxer briefs. Jed closed his eyes and pressed himself harder into her grasp. “That’s it, darling. Touch me.” Using the play of emotions across his face as her guide, she began to work him through the material, tracing her thumb across the blunt head of his cock, the material damp from the moisture leaking from his tip. The need to taste him beat strong within her, but there’d be time enough for that later. Having a fully functioning, and fully aroused male with her again was both thrilling and a bit terrifying. What if she’d lost her ability to orgasm from doing things the normal way? What if Jed found her lacking? What if…. Before her analytical brain got too carried away, Jed muttered a curse under his breath and pushed away from her, standing beside the sofa to strip off his jeans and briefs before doing the same with her. The sight of his erection, long and thick and glistening at the tip with another pearl of moisture made her moan. Heat flushed her body and molten need pooled low in her belly and between her legs. She wanted him, wanted this, more than she could remember wanting anything for a long, long time…
At the first trace of his tongue over her slick folds, she bit back a moan and closed her eyes. As he nuzzled her most sensitive flesh and inserted first one, then two fingers into her wet channel, she arched hard against him, her fingers sliding through his short dark hair to clutch him to her. Then her mind blanked as he licked and teased her swollen clit, bright surges of sensation zinging through her like sunshine. It was incredible, it was too much, it was…. Her climax hit hard, making her shake and buck beneath Jed’s steadying hands. He moaned low against her, enjoying this as much as she was. He continued to nuzzle her through the last waves of pleasure, then kissed his way back up her body. He rose up onto his arms, his hands pushing down into the cushions beside her and his gaze intense…
“Please, Jed. I need you too.” She bent her legs and wrapped them back around his waist, urging him on as he positioned himself at her wet entrance then entered her in one long thrust. Buried hilt deep inside her, Jed froze, resting his forehead against Tess’s, their breath mingling as they both adjusted to all these new sensations of his cock filling her. Then, she began moving beneath him, tiny movements at first, sparking fireworks of pleasure inside her. Jed quickly took her lead, withdrawing slowly almost to his tip before driving back inside her. Soon, he’d set up a steady rhythm that had them both teetering on the brink of orgasm far too fast. Tess wanted this to last forever. She wanted him to make her come again before she exploded. She wanted to thank him for easing her loneliness and demand that he be with her like this every night of the week. In the end though, all she could do was hold him closer and tighter, forcing him to bury himself faster and deeper inside her body as her second climax loomed closer and closer…
“That was… mind-blowing.” “Yeah.” She blinked up at the ceiling, searching for the right words to describe how she felt. Cared for, beautiful, special. All of the above. But also unsure and unsettled. With Theo, and before in her past relationships, she’d always been the caretaker—the one in charge. Even now, technically, that was her job. To take care of Nala, and of Jed, by proxy. Having him take control of her passion and take care of her tonight was… different. Not unwelcome, but not quite comfortable emotionally either. Total relaxation in her body wooed her toward sleep, yet her mind continued to race. Her heart felt flayed open, completely vulnerable, despite her promise not to fall for him.
Tonight was fun. Tonight was temporary. Tonight was two lonely people enjoying each other’s company and bodies for a while.
Ugh, I enjoyed this one guys!
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