By Nina Crespo
A sexy category romance novella from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…
One decadent dare, one steamy night…
It’s been a year since Jasmine Stewart dumped her cheating ex, so when her best friend dares her to have a one-night stand during a business trip to Miami, Jasmine is all in. But just as she hits her cheesy-come-ons limit, a wickedly hot former soldier comes to her rescue.
Security specialist Ethan Worth’s instincts tell him the gorgeous woman at the bar is trouble. After a sexy dance and even sexier kiss, he knows she is. But when their scintillating night leads to more, the possibility of another long distance relationship sends Jasmine running for the door.
Until the unthinkable happens. Jasmine’s company assigns her to Bode-Wynn, the military security firm where Ethan works. Forced back together, the undeniable heat between them flares to life. But sex is all it can ever be, because taking it further goes against everything Jasmine wants…and everything Ethan fears.
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The voice in her head huffed out a laugh. She should have celebrated her twenty-seventh birthday upstairs in her hotel room with a bubble bath, room service, and a movie, but instead, she’d gone all-in on her best friend Tabitha’s stupid birthday dare.
Best Birthday Ever
I’ve never quite been in Jasmine’s situation for any of my birthdays. Just like the dares between Jasmine and her best friend Tab, my birthday celebrations have started to mellow, but the one I’ll never forget happened just a few years ago.
In Mission Impossible fashion, I received a folder from my husband with instructions that included a self-destruct message. When the day arrived, he took me on an adventure with our friends that included the horse track—where I won! — followed by a gambling cruise—where I lost but had a blast. We went deep sea fishing the next day and club hopping later that night. The hours in between “assignments” were spent pool and beachside being catered to as the “birthday girl.”
That birthday trip will always stand out to me as memorable, but Jasmine and Ethan’s story have now turned it into a special reminder. In Take Me If You Dare, Jasmine and Ethan learned the lesson of not denying or delaying happiness. Every day, not just special occasions, has the potential for “hell yeah”, can’t wait, “woo-hoo”, “hold on for the ride” moments. It’s our mission to create or discover them, should we choose to accept it.
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He slanted his lips to hers and coaxed her into a slow, unhurried exploration of her mouth that made her greedy for more, but once the kiss ended, doubt crept back into her thoughts. She shoved it aside.
What she wanted was simple. No promises, no investments, just a man willing to make a dare a reality.
She eased off the barstool, braced her hands on the side of his waist for balance, and found herself in the perfect position—up close and personal with his chest. As she formulated a plan, her hand wandered, almost of its own accord, past his waistband and pressed against the zipper of his jeans.
Rising up on her toes near his ear she whispered, “And what if I want you next to me all night?”
He lightly closed his fingers around her wrist, and she leaned back to look at him.
Ethan lifted his other hand to tip up her chin, looking into her eyes in a way that almost made her believe he could see straight into her thoughts.
He stroked his thumb over her bottom lip and then brushed an unhurried kiss over the same spot. “Stick close to me. Romeo’s still on the prowl. He’s had enough drinks to make stupid feel courageous, and I’m not in the mood to educate him on the difference.”
She followed his gaze to a nearby table where the poor guy sat with three women, still not taking the hint as they ignored his presence.
Tugging her gently by the wrist, he urged her in front of him, and they walked toward the connecting restaurant. Once they were inside, they moved through the crowd and the maze of tables. Every time she stopped, his front bumped into her rear, a nice, hard reminder of what they were about to carry out.
What type of lover was he? Greedy, generous, unhurried…demanding?
The thrill of something new, something different, made her heart pound faster in anticipation.
Greg hadn’t been her first lover, but like most long-term couples, they’d slid into a comfortable routine.
A near collision with one of the servers carrying a tray caused Jasmine to lose her balance, but Ethan wrapped his arm securely around her waist. He held her upright and his arousal nudged against her hip. Warmth pooled low in her middle and quickly replaced her worries of looking like a klutz.
“Are you all right?” he asked.
Author Bio: Nina Crespo lives in Florida where she indulges in her favorite passions — the beach, kick boxing, a good glass of wine, date night with her own real-life hero and dancing. Her lifelong addiction to romance began in her teens while on a “borrowing spree” in her older sister’s bedroom where she discovered her first romance novel. Curiosity about people and places, including what’s beyond the stars, fuels her writer’s imagination. This wellspring of inspiration allows Nina to create sensual contemporary stories and steamy paranormal tales, which she hopes will feed your own addiction for love, romance, and happily ever after.
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