by Marie Astor
Twenty-eight-year old Annabel Green is about to tie the knot with her college love, an aspiring author Jeremy Blake, but her plans for an ideal wedding are rudely interrupted when she catches Jeremy kissing his gorgeous book agent.
Shell-shocked by Jeremy’s betrayal, Annabel retreats into the quiet routine of TV dinners and solitary evenings. It is then that Annabel’s best friend, fashion designer Lilly Clayton, sets herself on a mission to draw Annabel out of her shell. In an attempt to persuade Annabel to keep an open mind on dating, Lilly takes Annabel for a stunning makeover, but after Annabel passes on a date with a dashing entrepreneur, Lilly decides that more drastic measures are needed. Lilly invites Annabel to see a palm reader who gives Annabel a lucky charm that is supposed to help her find true love.
A few weeks later, Annabel meets a new love interest, and as the two embark on a whirlwind romance, she starts to believe in the power of the talisman the palm reader has given her. But what Annabel doesn’t know is that Lilly is hiding a secret that could unravel her faith in her newly found luck in love.
Etienne pulled out a chair for her and took his seat beside her. “First things first.” He reached for the bottle of champagne in the ice bucket and expertly popped the cork. Then he filled Annabel’s glass as well as his own. “To a wonderful night.”
Annabel nodded, blushing slightly as she raised her glass to the toast. As she took a sip of the golden, bubbling liquid, her eyes met Etienne’s intent gaze, and she felt her body quiver all over.
“So how long do we have in this place?” Annabel asked after they finished their meal. It was a delicious supper: duck pate for appetizer, elk for main course and profiteroles for desert.
“We have all night.” Etienne’s eyes looked at her intently as he drained his champagne glass. “Would you like to see the rest of the place?”
They walked into the next room, which must have served as the master bedroom at one time. The walls were lined with exquisite tapestries, and in the middle of the room stood a vast bed with a tapestry canopy of royal blue.
“Look at how magnificent the tapestries are,” Annabel murmured, sensing Etienne’s hands around her waist.
“Yes, they are absolutely magnificent,” he whispered.
Annabel felt Etienne’s lips on the nape of her neck and turned around.
“You are not even looking!” she exclaimed in playful indignation.
“Guilty.” He nodded. “But in my defense, I was distracted by a much more beautiful view.” He leaned in closer, his lips running along the right side of her neck and then the left.
Annabel gasped for breath as Etienne’s hands swept over her body. It’s too bad we are in a museum, she thought, wishing they could make love right here and now on this vast, magnificent bed.
Etienne’s caresses became more intense, and now he was kissing her on the mouth, his rock-hard body pressing against her. It was getting hotter by the minute, and Annabel’s head was swimming. All she could think of was how much she wanted Etienne. A distant voice inside her reminded her that at any minute someone could walk in on them, but she no longer cared.
“I want you,” she whispered. “Make love to me now.”
“I thought you would never ask,” Etienne’s voice was hoarse with desire. With one swift motion, he lifted her into his arms and carried her onto the bed.
What if we get caught? The last remnants of reason rang in Annabel’s mind, but the urges of her body drowned out the caution of her mind, and she gladly gave in to Etienne’s caresses.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Marie Astor is the author of contemporary romance novels This Tangled Thing Called Love, Lucky Charm, On the Rim of Love, romantic suspense, To Catch a Bad Guy, and a short story collection, A Dress in a Window. Marie is also the author of young adult fantasy adventure novel, Over the Mountain and Back.
Books by Marie Astor:
This Tangled Thing Called Love – a contemporary romance about overcoming one’s inhibitions, learning to tango, and finding one’s true love match.
Lucky Charm – a humorous contemporary romance about love, luck and friendship.
On the Rim of Love – a contemporary romance about the unexpected power of love.
A Dress in a Window – a collection of short stories about love, coincidences, and fate.
Over the Mountain and Back – young adult fantasy adventure novel about a boy who takes his snowboard for a ride and finds himself in a magical, hidden world he never knew existed.
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