✍🏻 Professor Romance’s 5 ⭐️ Review: CD Reiss’s Mafia King ✍🏻

Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Misogyny is synonymous with mafia romance. As readers of it, we lie to ourselves, renaming a mafia hero an “alpha-hole” or “anti-hero” to cover our discomfort, accepting and entreating him for more alpha-esque behavior because we deem it “hot.”

Let’s be real about CD Reiss’s Mafia Bride, the first book of Reiss’s mafia trilogy. It’s a captivity narrative, one where the hero is already entranced with the heroine. But it’s love from forced proximity.  And it should make readers uncomfortable, but under Reiss’s deft hand, it titillates and excites more than it does anything else because the promise of the antihero’s redemption through love is a siren’s call to a romance reader’s heart.

CD Reiss’s Mafia King is a cavalcade of emotions. With the cliffhanger of Mafia Bride, you enter Reiss’s newest story with trepidation. The feelings professed by Reiss’s Santino late in Mafia Bride now seem disingenuous, and Violetta’s heart has been broken, so you tiptoe into Mafia King with a hand over your eyes simultaneously peeking through your fingers. Reiss has invested you in Santino and Violetta’s journey. 

But Mafia King shows us the depth of Violetta’s character. That misogyny I speak of at the beginning of this review is interrogated in Mafia King. The discomfort we’ve felt reading mafia romance is placed under a microscope and Reiss weaves her magic in pointing to problems while trying to find a solution. 

This book is more $ex, more drama, and more story but it is still far from the end. In fact, Reiss leaves her readers with a bigger cliffie than the first book. But the true gem of this book is Violetta’s persistence and power. The kingly status of Santino from the first book is now eclipsed with the burgeoning stately queenliness of Violetta. 

With the turn of the final page of Mafia King, I groaned in agony.  I hope I survive until later in the year when Mafia Queen is released because CD Reiss seriously left her readers hanging by our fingernails with her newest book.

In love and romance, 

Professor A

✍🏻 Professor Romance’s 4.5 ⭐️ Review: Monica Murphy’s The Sophomore ✍🏻

Overall Grade: 4.5 ⭐️

Okay, okay, okay…I want to be transparent with this review. Now, I’ve been reading Monica Murphy’s The Callahans series and most recently the College Years series. And I find myself confused by it. On the one hand, I’m not a huge fan of the style of the books. They oftentimes state directly the actions of the story, but they lack the emotional edge necessary to invest in the characters. But Monica Murphy is brilliant with these stories in that she’s created a group identity with her characters that 1) makes you want to read all of the characters’ stories and 2) there is enough titillation and interest in the type of story afforded each character. She piques this curiosity in her readers that they can’t help but want to read her stories even when the style feels stilted in its presentation. At least, those are my feelings. 

When I finished The Sophomore, Jackson and Ellie’s story, I left it with an emotional investment in Murphy’s story in a way that I haven’t felt since, I think, Eli and Ava’s books. I will admit that the beginning of this book annoyed me. Jackson’s indifference and then interest in Ellie is frustrating. His aloofness coupled with Ellie’s inability to say “I’ve had enough” and stick to it made me want to throw my phone at the wall. And I know readers love that kind of stuff. I like it to a point, but Ellie initially reads like a doormat, and I needed her to walk away sooner than she did. However, about the 50% mark, something changes. Well, actually, it’s Jackson who metamorphosizes. The indifferent rockstar finally begins to show the depth of his emotions. At the beginning of The Sophomore, honestly, there isn’t much that is likable about him. He’s a contradiction. He wants music; he doesn’t want it. He wants to play football; he doesn’t really need it. He knows Ellie is the only person who cares about him; she’s too good for him. His friends give him a hard time, yet they are co-dependent in their friendship. Then, the middle of the book hits, and a new Jackson arises. Now, I’ll be honest, some readers might be annoyed at the distance Jackson travels in his characterization so quickly, but I loved it because, like Ellie notices, his capacity to love her existed. He just needed to commit to it. 

That’s actually the focus of The Sophomore: Jackson’s need to commit. Once he does, the story transforms into something you don’t quite expect. Some of that stilted style falls away, and it’s replaced with song lyrics that offer up Jackson’s true emotions. Murphy’s style unravels along with Jackson’s indifference, and the last half of The Sophomore becomes this ode to love. 

In the end, I found myself enamored with Jackson and Ellie’s story. Thus far, I think it’s my favorite with Eli and Ava’s coming up in a close second. Now, I’m ready for Caleb’s. Will Monica Murphy offer up a tamed Caleb? We will have to wait to find out. 

In love and romance,

Professor A

✍🏻 Professor Romance’s 4.5 ⭐️ Review: Meghan Quinn’s The Perfect Catch ✍🏻

Overall Grade: 4.5 ⭐️

There are three distinct truths about Meghan Quinn’s The Perfect Catch that should be the sole impetuses for reading this book:

  1. There is absolutely nothing better than a grumpy, closed-off hero who is changed forever by a persistent, intelligent, scheming woman.
  2. Sports romance is some of the best romance out there. In the world of Meghan Quinn, it’s a perfect mixture of comical and touching. One minute you find yourself laughing at the antics of her baseball players; the next, you find tears in your eyes because the gravity of her story hits you in the heart. 
  3. This book, while funny in moments, is actually one of her more serious books I’ve read recently. I was actually surprised at the seriousness of The Perfect Catch, and it made for a read where I found myself emotionally invested in Walker and Kate. Even more, it also was pretty steamy throughout. 

So, to be very succinct I LOVED The Perfect Catch. There is nothing I love more than a crabby, cranky, mean-spirited hero who is faced with a woman who can see more in him. Even when my stomach swooped at every mean thing he says to Kate…even when I can feel Kate’s dejection…even when all seems lost in this story, I love the journey of a man who has built brick after brick of protection around his emotions. A story such as Walker and Kate’s is a reminder that people experience deep hurts, and they simply need a person or people to invest in them. With persistence and perseverance, the Walkers of the world can find love, and in a story such as this, they love at a depth that makes you swoon. And that is definitely the case with The Perfect Catch. 

Kate is the type of heroine that you can’t help but adore in romance. She has endured loss, and she has been tenacious in living her best life. She is the first person in the book to recognize the soft underbelly of Walker. She simply persists in helping him live his best life, and you can’t help but adore her. 

This story is also a forbidden love story, and oh my word…Quinn makes you work for Walker and Kate’s every touch. This is some serious slow-burn with so much anticipation built into it. The eroticism of this book lies in Walker and Kate’s build-up. It’s the best part of the book. It’s also the part of the book that can be the most frustrating because you want these two to be together. You need them to be together because they make each other better versions of themselves. But…Quinn makes you work hard for a happy ending in The Perfect Catch

Now, there is a little bit of a twist to this story. I will reveal nothing here, but it comes from out of nowhere, and it feels a little unnecessary. I appreciate it, though, but it’s the reason I wouldn’t call this a solid 5 star read. 

If you’re like me and you love Meghan Quinn’s baseball players, GRAB Walker’s story in The Perfect Catch. You will NOT regret this one.
In love and romance,

Professor A

✍🏻 Professor Romance’s 4⭐️ Review: Andi Burns’s Goalkeeper ✍🏻

Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

I think it’s almost standard that the parents stink in any New Adult romance. That isn’t a literal statement; rather, one propogated through the foolishness of parents to live vicariously through their children or place unrealistic expectations because they don’t properly “see” their kids. Time and time again, the parents are either absent or the reason for their children’s psychological breakdown in any NA/YA romance. And Andi Burns’s contribution to the Moo U series, Goalkeeper, is no different. In fact, it becomes the tie that binds her hero, Spencer, and her heroine, Paige together. 

Spencer is the goalkeeper for the illustrious Moo U Men’s Hockey Team. With a father who has never outgrown his hockey dad expectations, Spencer’s life is hockey and school. He’s already been drafted, but he’s unsure if he should spend another year in college OR take his place on the team that drafted him. He eats, breathes, and sleeps hockey, sometimes to the detriment of his relationships with his teammates. One night, his teammate entices him with a party in the hockey house (he’s already a resident, but he tends to forgo the parties). Thinking he will only stay for a short while, he finds himself invested when Paige and her friend show up at the party. Paige is the social butterfly of the party scene. She is gorgeous, and she’s caught Spencer’s eye previously. When the two are paired up for a racy game of Jenga, their connection is instantaneous…until Spencer messes everything up. Awkward and shy, he avoids Paige only to find themselves in the same speech class, a class that is the bane of this shy guy’s existence. With her natural effervecence and given that she’s a beauty vlogger, Paige has the ability to help Spencer through this class. They partner up…and the rest is history with these two. Unfortunately, their parents, the villains of this story <smirk>, love to complicate their lives, and this causes a problem with these two. Will their relationship survive those parental expectations?

Throughout Goalkeeper, I loved Spencer and Paige, individually and as a couple. They see each other when no one else does. For the most part, they support each other, and they are completely drawn into each other. There is some back and forth at the beginning of the story, mostly because Spencer is so inept at relationships. However, it’s Paige’s independence and drive that saves them. When they eventually unravel, which is necessary for any romance, it isn’t incredibly profound and, I’ll be honest, it feels a bit manufactured for these two. They really do fall heavily for each other, so their trouble doesn’t feel organic to the story. However, given this is a romance, everything is remedied in the end. 

Beyond the romance, this story is really about young people choosing their best lives. Spencer and Paige struggle with their parents’ expectations, and it muddles them. When they finally decide their lives on their own terms, Spencer and Paige become better people. I find this message to be an important one in the age of super-achievement and generational differences. 

Overall, I found the story between Paige and Spencer delightful. I enjoyed Goalkeeper, and I think it’s a solid end for the Moo U series. 

In love and romance, 

Professor A

✍🏻 Blog Tour: J. Kenner’s 1,001 Dark Nights novella, Memories of You – another story from the Stark Security world ✍🏻

Memories of You, an all new sexy second chance Stark Security novella from New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner and 1,001 Dark Nights, is out now!

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Hollywood consultant Renly Cooper is fed up with relationships. His recent breakup with a leading lady played out across the tabloids, and the former Navy Seal is more than ready to focus on his new position as an agent at the elite Stark Security agency. He’s expecting international stakes. Instead, his first assignment is to protect one of Damien Stark’s friends from a stalker. A woman who, to his delight, turns out to be one of his closest childhood friends.

After a foray into online dating puts tech genius Abby Jones in danger, she needs a bodyguard, and her business partner, Nikki Fairchild Stark, enlists help from Stark Security. When the assigned agent turns out to be her best friend from junior high—and her first crush—she’s thrilled to discover he’s even more delicious now. She hopes one sexy night can turn into more, but Renly is firmly in the friends-with-benefits camp.

As the threat to Abby increases, she tries to keep her growing feelings for Renly at bay. But as the sparks between them burn even hotter, can they go from friends to lovers when the first order of business is simply to keep Abby alive?

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Excerpt

In the rearview mirror, I watch as he gets off the bike, then walks toward me across the lot. I get out and meet him at the rear of the car. 

“I haven’t got a single quarter,” he says. “Do you?”

I laugh. “Not a one. But I do have a credit card.” I’m about to walk over to that side and start the system running, but he gets there first, sliding in his card and then grinning at me as the machinery starts rumbling. 

This particular car wash has a hose on each side of the stall. I’ve always assumed that was so that you don’t have to drag a dirty hose over your newly cleaned half in order to wash the other side. Now I consider another purpose. 

Renly apparently has the same thought, because I see the gleam in his eyes as he goes to the far side, then grabs the coiled hose, his hand poised on the nozzle. 

“Don’t you even think about it,” I say, going for my own hose.

His eyes widen, all innocent and guileless. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” 

I burst out laughing. Then, still laughing, I pull the trigger on my own hose and spray him, accidentally getting him full-on in the crotch.

“Seriously?” he says. “Sweetheart, you are so going to pay for that.”

“Phhbbt.” I dance away from the spray he aims at me.  “I would have thought someone in the military would have a faster reaction time.” 

He aims again, and this time manages to completely soak the T-shirt I’d worn to work this morning. “Hey!” I protest. “This is a genuine discount bin Old Navy T-shirt. How dare you defile it?”

“Well, it fits you very nicely,” he says, letting his eyes skim over me in what I know is an exaggerated leer. 

I glance down, realizing that since I knew I was going to be the only one in the office today, I hadn’t bothered to wear a bra. That’s something I can usually get away with, but in a wet T-shirt, even my barely-B-cup breasts look pretty perky.

I roll my eyes. “Perv.”

“I apologize for nothing.”

About J. Kenner

J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over one hundred novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit.

JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A six time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy) and in 2017 for Wicked Dirty in the same category. Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development as a television show.

Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages.

In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.

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✍🏻 Meghan Quinn’s The Perfect Catch is LIVE. If you adore a grumpy hero with walls protecting his emotions AND a heroine who knocks those walls down, then you will ADORE this story. I did. ✍🏻

THE PERFECT CATCH by Meghan Quinn

Release Date: June 10th

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Forbidden Romance

Workplace Romance

Slow Burn with an EXTREMELY hot end

Baseball player with all the ALPHA swoon

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“Kiss me. Just this once . . . please Walker.”

Those whispered words were my undoing . . .

As the most hated player in baseball, I had two options: either clean up my image or pack my bags. Being traded wasn’t an option which only meant one thing, I had to become compliant.

That’s how I found myself sharing a small bistro table with Kate Chapman, the Chicago Bobbies newest PR Manager. Devastatingly beautiful, vastly intelligent, and incredibly cunning, she knows exactly how to handle my grumpy demeanor.

It was supposed to be simple. Book some PR events, show up, smile for the camera, and be done. But one massive mistake on my end sends me into the trenches with Kate, forcing me to open up to her.

Innocent glances turn into cordial encounters.

Secret touches turn into tempting invitations.

And dangerous nights alone turn into consuming desperation.

I’ve never wanted a woman as much as I want her. And I know she wants me, but there’s a no fraternizing with the players rule. Neither of us can afford to lose our jobs, but we also can’t seem to keep our hands off each other either.

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EXCERPT:

I slip on my clothes, going for a pair of jeans and a long-sleeved Henley. I push the sleeves up, still heated from the shower. I leave my hat in my locker, opting for a quick swab of styling pomade through my hair. I couldn’t care less what I look like, but Coach always likes us to be somewhat presentable after a game in case we run into any press.

Hungry and ready for my bed, I head out of the locker room and am making my way toward the players’ exit when a throat clears behind me. I glance over my shoulder to find Kate Chapman standing against the wall, her purse draped over her shoulder and a beautiful smile gracing her delicately freckled face.

She quickly gives me a once-over and says, “It was the socks.”

I can’t help it, I let out a low chuckle while slowly shaking my head and turning toward her. Hands in my pockets, I say, “It wasn’t the socks.”

Her mouth drops open in disbelief as she approaches me. “It was so the socks.” She points her finger at me.

“Don’t even deny it.”

“It was all my practice.”

“Yeah, practice with me. Just admit it, Rockwell, you had fun last night, the socks were a good luck charm, and you played your ass off tonight.”

I don’t believe in superstitions, which is unheard of when it comes to a baseball player, but I’ve never geared my play around being a habitual player, either. Instead, I do what feels right. So, believing in socks having a special power and helping me gather some hits tonight—nah, not real. But I will say this—having my socks up reminded me why I was behind that plate. It reminded me of being small again and taking joy in the little things.

Was it the socks? Maybe.

Was it the thought of the girl standing in front of me?

Maybe a little more.

“It wasn’t the socks.”

Her head falls back as she groans. “You’re so stubborn.” She makes eye contact with me again. “Do you realize that?”

“Yeah.” I rock on my heels, trying not to stare at her too much.

Just picture me pitching to you.

When I said that would be too distracting, I meant it. With her softly curled hair and her gorgeous smile that doesn’t seem to ever falter—unless I’m a total dick and walk out on her—she’s caught my eye.

She’s starting to imprint herself on my brain.

She’s starting to make me feel shit I shouldn’t be feeling.

“Well, I’m—”

“What are you doing right now?” I ask out of the blue, surprising myself, and her.

“Uh, I was going to give you a hard time and then go home?” she says with a hint of question at the end.

I nod at her. “Hungry?”

She eyes me suspiciously. “Starving.”

“Want to get some food?”

She chews on her bottom lip, thinking about her answer, and I know it’s not in a joking around way, but more so she’s afraid. Afraid of me, possibly. Afraid for her job, most likely.

So, I add, “You know, to discuss business.”

It’s against team policy to fraternize with the players. I know that, she knows that, but, for the life of me, after seeing that infectious joy on her face, I had to ask her. I had to try to spend more time with her.

“Well, if it’s business . . .” She smiles brightly and then nods behind her. “Follow me.”

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✍🏻 Have you been waiting for Monica Murphy’s The Sophomore? Jackson Rivers is HERE. Run and grab this story NOW. ✍🏻

 

The Sophomore by Monica Murphy is now live!

Jackson Rivers.

My not so secret crush.

He’s popular. Gorgeous. Talented.

Also my biggest weakness.

I’ve stood by him for years. Been a friend every time he needed one, but he doesn’t see me. Not like I want him to.

Move on, my friends said. Find someone new. Someone who sees your worth. Someone who gets you. I know they’re right. I’m only a friend to him. He’s never going to see me like I see him. So I take their advice, and try to move on.

But Jackson is always right there. In my face. Running to my rescue. And when I meet someone else, Jackson isn’t having it. For some reason, he’s suddenly determined to stay in my life. Right by my side.

Now he says he wants me, but does he want an actual relationship? Or is that he can’t stand the thought of losing me to another guy?

It’s time to find out what Jackson truly wants…and I’m going to make him work for it.

For me.

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Monica Murphy is a New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling romance author. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and have sold over two million copies worldwide. Both a traditionally published and independently published author, she writes young adult, new adult and contemporary romance. She’s also known as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson.

A native Californian, she lives on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere with her husband, two kids, one dog, and four cats. When she’s not writing, she’s an assistant coach for her daughter’s high school cheer team, which is a two season sport. Meaning, she’s at practice with a bunch of teenage girls all the time. Or she’s at a football game. Or a basketball game. Maybe someday, she’ll even write about this experience.

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✍🏻 Xavier Neal’s Just Out of Reach is out NOW. Grab this re-release of Neal’s popular story from The Just Series. ✍🏻

JUST OUT OF REACH (The Just Series #1) by Xavier Neal

Re-Release: June 10th

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Blurb:

From best-selling author Xavier Neal comes a slow-burn romance that’s full of the unexpected…

They say all the best things in life are free.

I say all the best things in life are easy.

That is until easy gets me put on house arrest where I’m stuck with an estranged aunt, a needy cat, and drinking lemonade instead of tequila.

Easy suddenly becomes hard.

I basically have to sweat to get paid.

I finally realize that great cheesecake doesn’t magically materialize.

And I have to deal with a law-appointed babysitter constantly showing up to c-block my chance of proving to the drop-dead gorgeous neighbor – who I want screaming my name every night – that I’m more than just the crime I committed.

All the best things in life may be easy, but I’m slowly learning that all the greatest require real work.

Real effort.

And most importantly, real sacrifice.

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Xavier Neal is a best-selling romance author who enjoys hopping from sub genre to sub genre like a game of Hopscotch she can’t resist.

In between writing, she loves to read (everything from romance to self improvement books), watch movies (old and new), eat too much Tex-Mex (her Chuy’s t-shirt collection is out of control), and watch AHL hockey games LIVE (preferably against the glass whenever possible).

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✍🏻 Check out the cover for K. Webster’s taboo The Wild. You can grab it in the summer boxes from the Dangerous Romance Club. ✍🏻

Dangerous Romance Club is thrilled to present the exclusive edition of The Wild by K Webster! This special edition is the perfect collector’s item for a taboo romance book lover. You can get them in the Dangerous Romance Club summer boxes — the STANDARD, GRAND, and LUXE size comes with The Wild.

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Blurb:

I brought them to the wilderness because we couldn’t cope with our reality.

The plan was to make a new life that didn’t include heartache.

No people. No technology. No interference.

Just us.

A chance to piece together what was broken.

But the wilderness is untamed and harsh.

Brutal and unforgiving.

It doesn’t give a damn about your feelings.

Tragedy lives there too.

No escaping the truths that won’t let you go.

All you can do is survive where love, no matter how beastly, is the only thing you can truly count on.

Confusing. Wrong. Twisted. Beautiful. Sick.

Love is wild.

And we’re going to set it free.

Warning:

The Wild is an extremely taboo story. Most will find that the themes in this book will make you incredibly uncomfortable. This book is only for the brave, the open-minded, and the ones who crave love in even the most dismal of situations. Extreme sexual themes and violence in certain scenes, which could trigger emotional distress, are found in this story. If you are sensitive to heavy taboo themes, then this story is not for you.

About K. Webster:

K Webster is a USA Today Bestselling author. Her titles have claimed many bestseller tags in numerous categories, are translated in multiple languages, and have been adapted into audiobooks. She lives in “Tornado Alley” with her husband, two children, and her baby dog named Blue. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and researching aliens.

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One moment in the spotlight.

For months I stood by, an understudy waiting in the wings, preparing for my time to shine.
I never imagined he would watch in the audience that night.
Canon Holt.
Famous film director.
Fascinating. Talented. Fine.
Before I could catch my breath, everything changed.
I went from backstage Broadway to center stage Hollywood.
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Canon casts me in a star-studded Harlem Renaissance biopic, catapulting me into another stratosphere.

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Forbidden attraction, scandal and circumstances beyond my control jeopardize my dream.
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Excerpt

“Turn around.”

It’s a guttural command.
 He bends me over the arm of the couch, and my hands hit the cushion for support, to steady myself. At the sound of the condom tearing, my inner muscles contract, bracing for him. He spreads my cheeks and, slipping his whole hand between my legs, cups the trembling flesh. I’m unprepared for the swipe of his tongue. For the subtle abrasion of his beard scraping the inner skin of my thighs. For the sound of him eating me. I push back against his face, helpless, no shame. Digging my nails into the cushions, I widen my legs to give me more, to take more for myself. He grips my thighs, holding me steady for his devouring mouth until, with a sob that sails over the rooftop, over the city, I contract around his delving tongue. The orgasm hits hard, tightening the muscles in my thighs and calves. With staccato breaths, I bury my face in the couch, biting my lip to the point of pain.


“Canon,” I beg. “Stop teasing me and—”


He shoves in, and the words tumble back down my throat, recessing into the shock of this pleasure.


“Jesus.” Need shreds my voice to ribbons. 


He coasts his hand up my back, gently cuffs my neck. Ass in the air, I rise up on my toes, begging for breath, petitioning for more dick. He gives it to me, pushing impossibly deeper.


“So damn good,” he grunts behind me.


I hope I never get over how perfect he feels inside me, like I was molded to his specifications. Shaped for his dimensions. I moan and reach my hand back to pull at one of my cheeks, widening the way for his cock. It feels like he goes where no dick has gone before, deeper, better. Somehow I feel each thrust in my heart. His every touch plays on my emotions, and tears sting my eyes. His hand tightens at my hip, and he slides the other hand up my arm, finds my hand on the couch and laces our fingers together. He sets a frenetic pace that sends the blood singing through my body again. The cushion absorbs my scream as I come, and I punish the soft cotton with clawing nails. With his voice strangled, his fingers fisted in my hair, he comes. 


Collapsing against my back, a heavy, happy burden, his breath stilted and warm at my neck, he snakes one muscled arm around my middle, clutching me. After the urgent, feral coupling, it’s a cherishing hold. I cross my arm over his at my waist and tangle our fingers. It’s fragile and sweet, this moment, like flakes of sugar disintegrating on your tongue when you’ve barely had time to taste.

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About Kennedy Ryan

A USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Kennedy Ryan and her writings have been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, Cosmo, TIME, O Mag and many others. A RITA® Award winner, Kennedy writes empowered women from all walks of life and centers those who have found themselves perennially on the margins of traditional storytelling.

Her Hoops Series (Long Shot, Block Shot and Hook Shot) and All the King’s Men Series (The Kingmaker, The Rebel King and Queen Move) have been optioned for television.

An autism mom, Kennedy co-founded LIFT 4 Autism, an annual charitable initiative, and has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for autism families. She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son.

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