Loving Summer – A Summer for Love H0p!

A Summer for love blog hopI don’t know about you, but where I live we had a very long, very cold, very hard winter. So maybe more than ever before, I’m very happy to see spring blooming all around me. I hope we have a long, not-too-hot (in other words, perfect) summer ahead of us!

To me, summer is about only have to wear one layer of clothes, about smelling food grilling when I get home from work, about vacations and mosquitos and ice cream and eating outdoors and green, green everywhere. I’m not much of a gardener (unlike my character Rhys!) but I do love seeing all the colorful flowers and the grass that emerges from underneath the snow and the trees that explode in various shades of green.

What do you love about summer? Let us know in the comments!

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My book The Reluctant Billionaire is currently part of a boxed set of BBW romances. I hope you enjoy this scene where Rhys and Sophie take an evening walk through his gardens.

The Reluctant Billionaire

They walked down a path lined with bushes and flowerbeds–petunias and roses and gardenias of all different colors. The path led to a little bridge over a pond, then into a sleepy area with big trees and benches. A fire pit sat in the middle, though no fire was lit tonight.

“Here we are. It’s a great place for night time parties, which is why the fire pit’s here.” He steered her toward one of the benches. “Let’s sit. The flowers won’t bloom quite yet.”

Oh, no. He wanted them to wait here while the flowers bloomed? That could take a long time, couldn’t it? “I really need to get back.”

He pulled her down onto the bench. “Oh, come on. This’ll be worth it.” He slung an arm around the back of the seat so it brushed her shoulders. His thigh lay against hers and his fingers stroked her arm.

Her stomach fluttered. Torture. That’s what this was. She’d wanted some distance so she could figure out what she wanted, and she’d gotten the opposite. No distance; instead, she felt like she was drowning in him. “How’s work?” she stammered.

“It’s fine.” He paused. A long pause. Nearly long enough for her to want to fill the silence. “I’m going to have to go to New York for a while on business.” His fingers continued to rub her arm. “I’d like to call you while I’m gone, if I could.”

She shifted to face him, dislodging his hand. “Rhys. We’re not dating. We can’t. You know that.”

“What I know is that you’re not even giving us a chance. What’s the worst that could happen? The very, very worst?”

She took a breath but didn’t answer.

“I’m serious. Tell me what the worst that could happen is. I’ll go first. We could fall in love and then something horrible could happen and we could be torn apart, never to be together again, and I could be so distraught that I commit hara-kiri. And with my death, my company will fail and all the people who work for me will lose their jobs and one of them will be so upset he’ll invent a death ray that blows up the earth and everyone will die. Well, except for me, because I’ll already be dead.”

She tried to swallow her laughter. “That’s ridiculous.”

“So’s this idea that we can’t date. So go ahead. Your turn.”

She couldn’t do this. “What–you want me to make something up where everyone dies at the end?”

“Or whatever your version of ‘worst thing ever’ is. And then when you see how ridiculous it is, you’ll be able to see this whole thing in perspective.” His arm dropped down the back of the seat to rest around her hips, its warmth surrounding her and causing a riot of excited tingles all through her.

She’d had enough. “Do you always have to do that? Touch me? Don’t you know how hard this is?”

He leaned into her so fast she didn’t even see him move, cupping her face, their foreheads just an inch or two away from each other. “I know exactly how hard this is. Do you? Do you know how bad I want you? Want to touch you, kiss you–hell, just want to be around you?”

She didn’t know what to say. In the second that she hesitated, he leaned forward and pressed his lips against hers. When he pulled back, he didn’t go far. “Just give us a chance, Soph.” Then he kissed her again, softer this time. Their lips parted and his tongue slipped into her mouth, tangling with hers.

She couldn’t force herself to pull away. She should; she knew she should. But it felt so good to be held in his arms, so right, and she wanted to stay there forever and forget the rest of the world existed.

Rhys’ arm tightened around her back, pulling her closer. Twining her arms around his neck, she let him draw her in. With a groan, he dragged her onto his lap, ending with one arm around her waist and the other hand threaded through her hair to hold her in place as their kiss deepened even further.

She forgot…everything. She forgot her reasons for needing to stay away from him. She forgot that she shouldn’t be doing this. She forgot her name. Instead, she pulled him closer and opened to him, ready to give him the world if he’d just keep kissing her like that.

Rhys broke the kiss, pulling back by a hair. When he spoke, his lips were still so close they brushed against hers with every word. “Let’s go back to the house. To my room.” His eyes, so close to hers, were dilated with desire, his breathing ragged.

She could only imagine what he saw when he looked at her. She still couldn’t think straight, but she knew this was her only chance to stop this. But why did she want to? She couldn’t remember.

Rhys’ hand cupped her cheek again. With a groan, he pulled her back into a kiss. She gripped his shoulders to hold on as he plundered her mouth.

But as she held him, she remembered. The last time she’d felt like this, she’d thought it would last forever. And then she’d lost everything, bit by bit…her pride, her job, her child. A thread of fear wormed its way through her gut. What if this was the same? Rhys may not intentionally hurt her, but he lived in a different world. He couldn’t possibly mean this to last forever. So she’d get hurt. Again.

Pushing him away hurt too, but she did it. “We shouldn’t.”



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57 thoughts on “Loving Summer – A Summer for Love H0p!

  1. Cindy Mucha Barton says:

    I look forward to Allergies, mowing the yard, kids home from school and bored. I also look forward to June bugs and mosquitoes and ants galore. Fresh veggies and fruit and grilling out and my flowers blooming!

    cmucha319 AT yahoo DOT com

  2. lisa romero says:

    lisamarie romero… lisamarie.romero@yahoo.com

  3. VeronikaDream says:

    Thank you for the giveaway and excerpt!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  4. Riding my horses early in the morning while the kids are still asleep before it gets too hot.

    ~Angela Christina Archer

  5. Ray says:

    I love the warm weather of the summer.

    (I am entering your Rafflecopter using a different email id than the one below.)


  6. Anne says:

    I enjoyed this anthology.

    Anne M.

  7. Deborah Close
    dcpooh55 (at) cox (dot) net

    Thank you

  8. We had a long winter and barely any spring at all. I feel cheated.

    Liza O’Connor

  9. H.B. says:

    I like the clear sky and the longer days.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  10. Mary Preston says:

    It is wonderful when the sun comes back.

  11. DENISE SMITH says:

    thanks for the giveaway DENISE226@VERIZON.NET

  12. jodi marinich says:

    i like clear sky

  13. Kristi Van Howling says:

    I love fishing,gardening, horseback riding, and smelling the fresh air.

  14. Amy W says:

    Looks like a great way to enjoy a day of vacation.

  15. Andrea Minier says:

    Have not read all of the books yet, but love them so far.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    The excerpts sure make me want to sit down and read them all right away

  16. Susan Eaton says:

    I love the warmth ( I am always cold), camping & grilling.

  17. Jennifer Smith says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love summer because it means beach time and pool time on Sundays! 🙂
    Jennifer Smith

  18. Sadie says:

    Thank you for the giveaway

  19. Gail Fuhlman says:

    I have year round allergies, but the get worst during spring and summer. Great giveaway!

  20. melissa c says:

    I’m gonna miss our winter weather. Its too hot here in the summer.
    melissa crisp
    leighannecrisp at yahoo dot com

  21. Mary Mooney says:

    I love everything about summer, sun, fun, fishing, swimming, camping, beach, spending time with friends.

    starchaser88 zero 8 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  22. Jill P says:

    I love the summer heat!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    jasdarts at hotmail dot come

  23. Daniel M says:

    love to go mountain biking in the nice weather – Daniel M regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  24. Kat Rellim says:

    I love the heat and bbq’s!!!


  25. Victoria Alexander says:

    Thanks for the great giveaways!!

    velastarr926 *at* aol *dot* com

  26. Jessica says:

    Jessica Ranallo

    My favorite thing about summer is that at my work, it is our slow time so we get to flex and leave early. Other than that, summer where I live is too hot at numbers already past 110!

  27. JanaL says:

    Sounds like so many great reads. Thanks for the giveaway.

  28. Cindy says:

    I love swimming in the summer. Also being able to get outside with the kids.

  29. erinf1 says:

    walking the dog 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  30. Robbie B says:

    I love being able to spend more time with my grandson in the summer because he is out of school. I also love the fresh vegetables that you can get .

  31. bn100 says:

    Going to the beach


  32. Robbie B says:

    I love to spend more time with my grandson while he is out of school. I also like the fresh fruits and vegetables.

    Robbie Bauldree

  33. Bobbi Kinion says:

    Thank you for the chance.
    Bobbi Kinion

  34. Sandy Scheer says:

    Summer is spending days at the pool with my grandkids.

  35. Stephanie F. says:

    Summer is grilling out, going to the beach and sitting on the back porch in my comfy chair reading.

    Stephanie Fredrick

  36. Rhiannon says:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! I always need some good summer reads!

  37. Michelle O'Neill says:

    I loved this box t it had great reads. Mdoneill01@yahoo.com
    To all the authors
    Keep up the good work!!

  38. Tia says:

    Tia Dalley
    videoclimber AT yahoo DOT com

  39. Sue says:

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  40. Jen B says:

    I love that it’s warm, and all the flowers blooming.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

  41. BookAttict says:

    I live in Florida where we have 3 seasons — Kinda Hot, Hot and Hella Hot…but reading on the beach is almost a year-round acrtivity!

    Thanks for the amazing excerpt & giveaway!
    Elizabeth Hyatt
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  42. JOYE says:

    Surfed in from another site. Glad I did. Your books sound really good.

  43. Angie D says:

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!!
    Angie D
    bangersis at msn dot com

  44. Wanda C. says:

    What I love about the summer is being able to go swimming. wcraig5432 @ yahoo.com

  45. Leslie Rodriguez says:

    Thank you so very much. esseboo@yahoo.com

  46. Tamera McIntosh says:

    Thank you so much !

  47. Elise-Maria Barton says:

    This summer I get my 8 yo granddaughter all to myself! Looking forward to lazy days at the beach, horesback riding, zoo trips and diving lessons. Thanks for a great summer giveaway.

    Elise-Maria Barton
    ilookfamous at yahoo dot com

  48. Katrina says:

    I love going to the beach! Yay sunshine and waves!
    Also, I love that boxed set!
    oneagainst at hotmail dot com

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