Being lush keeps her safe, being lovely keeps his attention.
Claire doesn’t trust men. Ever since her high school boyfriend forced himself on her, she’s struggled to let a man close. To make sure no man would ever put her in that position again she gained weight. She was happier not living in fear.
Somehow, though, Aidan snuck through her defenses. He became her friend first, getting to know her and earning her trust. Then he started asking her out.
She said no, of course, but she wanted to say yes.
But, really, a guy that looked like Aidan wasn’t really serious about dating her. They were friends. He liked her, yes, but asking her out was simply a confidence booster. She knew he didn’t mean anything by it.
Until Aidan makes it clear he’s not joking. He’s not just saying he wants to go out with her. He’s really, honestly interested.
The only thing to figure out is if Claire’s gotten to know him well enough that she’ll trust him. And if Aidan is the man she hopes he is, or the man she fears in the darkness.
Excerpt from Lush & Lovely
When Aidan pulled out the second cupcake he took the first bite. He held it to me without a word and I took another bite. He watched my lips as I chewed and my eyes drifted closed, enjoying the glorious flavors and the feel of the sexy man pressed against my body. I knew he was enjoying himself too, that or he had a gun in his pocket.
Aidan took another bite then held up the last of the cupcake to me. He cocked his eyebrow at me, daring me to take it. I knew what it meant. I knew what he wanted. I knew what I wanted.
I wanted to lick his fingers clean. And not just because they were covered in icing.
I closed my eyes, unable to look into his, and let my mouth fall open. His fingers drifted between my lips, preceded by the last bite of our cupcake. I wrapped my tongue around the bite and pulled it free from his fingers then ran my tongue over the pads of his fingers, wondering what he’d done to make them so rough, and sexy. I always loved a man who knew how to work with his hands.
I swirled my tongue around the tips of his finger and thumb, drawing every last bit of icing from him, then let my teeth close against the pads, nipping his skin. His soft moan tore through me and my eyes flashed open to meet his, full of need and pleasure. The same thing I’d see if I looked in a mirror.
Gently I pulled back from Aidan and he slid his fingers from my mouth. He looked down at my mouth as if he was trying to decide what to do. A small sound escaped either Charlie or Lexi and we both turned toward them.
Embarrassment flooded me when I took in the shocked looks on their faces. “Uh, excuse me a minute,” Aidan mumbled then took off for the bathroom at the back of the store.
Without him keeping me pressed into the counter I nearly fell over. I closed my eyes and tried to regain my equilibrium but I only saw Aidan’s soft brown eyes.