She planted those big baby blues on him, causing the world around them to slow to a crawl. He lifted his hand and caressed her cheek. He loved her skin, softer than silk. Before he knew what had happened, Cara closed the last few inches and kissed him.
Her lips were the flavor of cherry lip balm and spearmint, laced in rum, a wild combination. She never wore perfume. The sweet scent surrounding him was pure and unmistakably Cara.
He groaned and deepened the kiss, tasting the remnants of liquor and cola. Why did he deny himself this? The reason hovered out of reach.
While cradling her cheek with one hand, he snaked an arm around her waist with the other, drawing her flush to his body. She clung to his chest as if assuring herself no one would take him from her.
Their mouths played, moved against each other with an edge of inexperience and a promise of unimaginable passion. Her hesitant tongue slipped past his lips, a test of his acceptance. Unable to resist her, he welcomed the caress and offered her the same eagerness. She fisted her fingers in his shirt, imbedding her nails in his chest. A welcomed pain he craved. He speared his fingers through her wavy hair and massaged her scalp. She moaned her approval, a soft, feminine whimper that almost made him shatter with release. He was lost, drowning in sensation.
Headlights flashed. A car sped by.
The disruption created a split second spotlight and a harsh reminder. A whole world existed around them, a world where honor held a position above lust and where friendship and trust meant everything. As much as he detested it, Cara hovered somewhere on the other side, well out of reach. John put her there, his message loud and clear, although no specific words were uttered; lay a hand on Cara and they were no longer brothers.
He had gone too far tonight, stepped over an invisible line, seduced by a pair of luscious, cherry-flavored lips and years of unfulfilled curiosity.
Title: Cross My Heart
Author: K.D. Friedrich
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Struggling with the emotional and physical scars of war, Marine Pete Cross returns to his hometown, Heart Falls, New York, bitter and broken. The last person he wants to see is the stubborn tomboy from his past, Cara Sands. The guy code of ethics demands he keep his hands to himself where his best friend’s sister is concerned, but Cara never got that memo. Apparently, neither did Pete’s libido, because his desire for her is stronger than ever.
Cara has no clue where the man she loves went, but she’ll do whatever it takes to bring him back. Pete tries to push Cara away with bitterness and anger, but she yanks him right back with understanding and patience. Her persistence drags them closer to an outcome that might destroy them both or show him, once and for all, the power of second chances.
K. D. Friedrich is a writer of Contemporary and Paranormal Romance. A graduate of NYIT, she earned a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in art, social science, psychology, and business. The culprit of that odd mixture was a severe case of indecision. By day, she crunches numbers, but by night, she’s busy creating interesting worlds and compelling characters, hot alpha heroes being her favorite. In 2013, she placed second in the Golden Palm contest for Paranormal Romance. She’s an overprotective mother (her daughter’s words), lifelong New Yorker, and an obsessed reader of everything romance.