From the moment she met him, Ella Peterson had questions. As always, though, she’s too shy to ask.
Older and sexy as hell, mysterious Adam Brook soon sweeps sheltered Ella off her feet; but is he as perfect as he appears to be, or is there more to him than he’s telling her?
Ella’s world has already turned upside down after moving from England to rural Kansas. She and her sisters were hoping for a more secure future, but instead find that life can be tough when jobs are scarce and the stakes often higher than anticipated.
When events spiral out of Ella’s control, she learns the person she needs to rely on most is herself and her instincts on who to trust in the future.
It’s just that her instincts are screaming at her to trust Adam; it’s what he tells her that makes that a problem.
‘Don’t be nervous, Ella, it’s only me, right?’ He reassures me and brings his lips up close to my ear. ‘Everyone has a first time once, baby,’ he murmurs. ‘Mine was in a car park when I was fifteen.’
Oh dear God. I swallow. Now is not the moment for me to be reminded how much older and more experienced he is if his aim is for me to relax. He ducks his head so he can see under my fringe hanging like a curtain to shade my eyes and he smiles warmly at me. It coaxes me into a shy smile back and his face lights up at my response.
‘That’s better, beautiful, your eyes are so pretty when you smile.’ He’s not giving me fake flattery; he’s genuine. His words make me blush but I don’t look away and he gives my knickers a light tug to ease them under my bottom until they stop halfway down my thighs as he’s kneeling between my legs. It’s so damn sexy; I try not to stare at him quite so awestruck. He strokes my hair back from my face and tucks it behind my ear.
‘You need to relax, baby, or I’ll bruise you,’ he says gently. I gulp and nod, keeping my eyes glued to his as my breathing shallows. As his eyes wander down to my chest I notice that his own breathing is far from controlled, I’ve been so caught up with how I’m feeling, I hadn’t noticed.
‘I told you I’d take care of you, you trust me, right?’
‘Yes.’ I breathe immediately. I do trust him.
‘Then relax, it hurts a bit the first time but I’ll be gentle with you, we’ll do this together,’ he whispers against my mouth and I almost convulse on the bed. His breath is sweet and warm and he dazzles me. A large part of my brain is wondering if this gorgeous man is really here, with me.
Julia is an avid reader of all things romance, and she has read hundreds of books across a variety of sub-genres and began writing her own novels in 2018. Four books are currently in various stages of editing and completion, the first of which is finished and will be on sale in spring 2020.
Julia has always been passionate about languages and fiction and has a degree in Languages and Trade and an A-Level in English Literature. When Julia is not writing or editing her own novels, she usually has her nose in books by other authors and is otherwise kept busy caring for her family, going to the gym and carrying out her day job. Julia lives on the South Coast of England with her two children, husband and cats.
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