Emma, a free-spirited bookstore owner in Orlando, keeps her business afloat with innovative ideas. Her most popular evening event is Story Brothel, where customers can pay writers to read aloud to them in a story-time for two, complete with cocktails. Despite the name, the event is usually tame.
But things take a steamy turn when a handsome, urbane businessman hires Emma for a session in a private cabana. Daringly, she shares with him a reading of her erotica. Soon both of them are feeling the effects … and Emma’s wondering what kind of lover is underneath his expensive suit.
Caleb may be a billionaire real estate mogul, but he’s never been captivated by a woman as he is by the lovely, quirky Emma. Her rockabilly vintage dresses make him long to strip them off and do very wicked things to her. And her refusal to share her personal life only makes him more curious.
Soon the couple are spending every available moment together. But Emma’s building is in danger of being razed out from under her bookstore … and worse, Caleb may be behind her problems. Can she trust him with her life as she does with her body? Or will the prickly walls built during her harsh past keep them apart?
**This is a stand-alone novella. But Caleb and Emma's journey will continue in the summer of 2016...**
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“And the bedroom,” he said, opening a door to reveal an all-white room with near-black wood accents. One wall was lined floor-to-ceiling with books, which was impressive. He hadn’t been bullshitting about being a reader, like so many guys did.
“Are those windows behind the curtains?” I asked, pointing to the heavy, white drapes lining two walls.
He nodded and walked in, pausing at the nightstand and flashing me an intense stare. “Come.”
Wow, this was only a hookup. Maybe he didn’t even intend to have dinner. My smile faded. Sex was all he wanted. Sure, it was what I assumed I’d wanted, too. Now, I was a tangle of double standards and mixed emotions as I made my way toward the bed. Why did I care so much about what he wanted?
The blood whooshed in my ears as I eyed the large platform bed, covered in a simple white duvet. He touched a button on a remote and the curtains on both walls parted to reveal a bank of glass and a sliding door on one end. I pressed my hand to my chest when I saw the view. “Oh! My goodness.”
“Here,” he said, sliding open one side of the glass. I stepped outside, and a warm wind caressed my skin. I stared, open-mouthed, at the miles of twinkling lights that stretched before us in the darkness. It was as if all of Florida was below, the entire flat state at our feet.
“The balcony wraps all the way around the condo. I thought we’d eat outside, it’s so warm out.”
I mumbled in agreement, still stunned by the view. “There’s the big Ferris wheel,” I said, pointing at the Orlando Eye and leaning onto the balcony rail. “So Disney must be west…” I searched in the distance.
“There.” He stood behind me and pointed, his body pressed against mine. I leaned back into the hard wall of his chest and shivered from the heat emanating from him. He rested one big hand on the balcony railing next to mine, and with his other hand, swept my hair away from my neck. A pleasurable shudder traveled through my body.
“Look. What do you see?” His murmur was like a kiss, one I desperately craved.
“Um, I see lights and darkness and…” The feel of his lips along the outer edge of my ear short-circuited my thoughts.
His hand went to my chin, and he tilted it a few inches to the right. I was shocked how he’d just taken charge of my body, and my thoughts, with a single motion.
“There.” His hand slowly caressed my neck. Every inch of my skin sparkled like the lights that carpeted our view.
I gasped when I saw the magical bursts of blue and red and green in the air. “The fireworks! You can see Disney’s nightly fireworks show from here.”
I realized I sounded unnatural—at least for me. A little breathless and giddy. Because I was.
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During the day, Tamara Lush writes news as a journalist with The Associated Press. At night, she writes fictional romance tales about complicated, sexy men and the women who love them.
Her first full-length novel, HOT SHADE, was published in September 2015 with Boroughs Publishing Group. INTO THE HEAT is her second full-length novel and it’s also with Boroughs.
TELL ME A STORY is Tamara’s first novella. It’s the first episode of The Story Series, a five-novella serial about a bookstore owner who reads erotica to a billionaire during a literary event in Florida.
When Tamara isn’t reporting, writing or reading, she’s doing yoga, cooking for her Italian husband or chasing her dogs on a beach on Florida's Gulf Coast. She loves connecting with people on social media.
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