This is from Out of Time (releasing in mid June 2012 -- this inspirational has a sensual rating)
Excerpt used by permission of author, Michelle Sutton.
Tears filled her eyes and she covered her mouth. "It's so beautiful."
"Not as beautiful as you are," he whispered. "Can I help you put it on?"
She nodded and lifted her hair so he could clip the chain without it getting caught in back.
He leaned close as he put the necklace on her. She could smell his minty breath and felt its warmth on her cheek. Now would be a good time to give him a real kiss, right? Her heart pounded as she slowly turned her head.
Donny lowered his arms once the necklace had been secured. She dropped her hair and studied him, noting how he hadn't moved away from her like he often did.
Maybe it was the fact they were dressed up and ready to go out that had her nervous.
She'd been this close to Donny a number of times, but had never felt scared before. Not like she did right now.
His gaze dropped to her lips, but he made no attempt to close the space between them.
When he did kiss her, it was often a brief peck when he picked her up or brought her home. He'd kept his hands to himself and treated her with complete respect.
She admired his restraint, but for once she wished he couldn't control himself. It would make things so much easier for her right now. What would he think if she kissed him first?
Rather than waiting until she lost her nerve, she plunged ahead and said, "Merry Christmas."
He smiled, until she inched closer.
Her lips captured his with as much emotion as she could offer. Her fingers tangled in the hair at the nape of his neck and she pulled him closer. The scent of his aftershave made her dizzy with desire. Whatever scent he wore on his skin made him even more irresistible.
With a soft moan in his throat, Donny tugged her closer. He parted his lips like he wanted to taste her and ran his tongue over her lips. She relaxed in his arms while his tongue slipped inside and explored. What a heady, sensual feeling they made as their mouths moved over each other in a way that made her pulse pound. She could get lost in the sensation of their lips caressing and his tongue gliding over hers in an intimate dance.
To get even closer, she scooted until she sat on his lap. She couldn't miss his arousal, which made her passion spark to life until she groaned.
Parts of her body heated that she never knew kissing could ignite. She felt herself contemplating things they could do right now. Things she'd told herself they would not do. So why had she changed her mind? His kisses were like a drug, and she was hooked.
The way he kissed her made her rules seem silly. Kissing shouldn't feel this good, but it did. In fact, kissing Donny was sinfully delicious. Their contact was so sensual and alluring; she couldn't help but want to experience more. This was the reason she needed to stay away from him. She never should have opened the door through sensual kissing. Now it was too late.
He shifted on the couch as she eased away from him. He captured her gaze and said, "Wow. Was that my Christmas gift?"
She licked her lips and moved so she sat up straight and in the process she'd inched a bit further from him. She knew if she didn't create some space between them soon they would get into serious trouble.
"Yeah, it was."
Donny ruffled his bangs and blew out a tense breath. "What took you so long?"
She blinked. "What do you mean?"
He shrugged. "I've been waiting for months for you to feel comfortable enough to kiss me, and wow, when you finally did, it was enough to set me on fire."
A shy grin tugged at her lips. "I'm sorry. I don't mean to tease you."
"Don't be sorry. It was amazing. Maybe because I wasn't expecting it."
"Maybe." She grinned. "Or maybe our chemistry is just right."
His eyes grew serious as he studied her a moment. "I'm not sure what to do about my feelings for you. They keep growing. You said you didn't want to be more than friends. Have you changed your mind? 'Cause I am so ready for more if you are."
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