The bass of the party pulsed at the speed of snails compared to the pounding in Clara's chest. Harper and Rose chatted with the group around them, but Clara couldn't focus. She smiled and nodded to the conversation that buzzed around her, laughing when others laughed, but her mind was still soaring from her walk with Adam.
She shouldn't have left the party with him. She knew it was a mistake the moment his hand cupped the side of her face, and yet she found herself inching closer to him. She wanted him, and the thought terrified her. He was experienced while she felt more like a newborn fawn on ice skates. They were a match destined to crash. If she were lucky, she could walk away with a few minor scratches.
Chugging the last of her drink, Clara searched the crowded room. Perhaps she should tell Adam things could never go any further while she still had some liquid courage. It sounded like a good plan until she met his hazy blue eyes from across the room and everything came slamming to a halt.
He stood near the stereo, chatting with faces she didn't recognize. Although they dominated Adam's time, his attention was fixed on Clara. One long, lusty look from him and Clara’s head spinning. She fought a smile, positive that the grin would give away the wicked thoughts he stirred within her. And boy did he stir up things she never thought imaginable.
Maybe a few bumps and bruises would be worth it ...
Title: Tame The Beast
Author: Allison Smith
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Clarabelle Wright doesn’t believe in someone else creating her happily ever after. In fact, she has spent her entire life ensuring a future for herself. When the family finances fall further in debt, her big college dreams are put on hold. Beaumont University has one thing to offer, a full ride, and Clara has no other choice but to accept. She’s the reliable daughter, the responsible one. But what she truly desires is adventure and passion, and she doesn’t expect to find either at the small town university. That is until she accidentally catches the alluring eye of the Adam Beaumont. He’s entitled, careless, and a shameless flirt. Clara knows a man of his beastly reputation is nothing but trouble … trouble wrapped in gorgeous, untamed trims.
But Adam has a tempting offer to make. One that will keep his mother off his back so he can continue his regularly scheduled life filled with big parties and beautiful women. It sounds like the perfect plan until a certain beauty proves to be a much bigger challenge than he ever expected. Worse, he can’t seem to get her off his mind.
Confident that she’s too smart to fall for his games, Clara accepts. But when two headstrong forces begin to clash, someone will have to fold or break all their rules.
Allison Smith lives in North Carolina with her wonderful husband and their spoiled mutt, Bubba. When she is not diving into a new story, Allison enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and day trips to downtown Raleigh. Her love of fairy tales inspired her first published novel, Tame the Beast, which was inspired by every version of Beauty and the Beast, but completely a tale all it’s own.
Author Website – http://allisonsmithbooks.com