IN FORBIDDEN TERRITORY Silhouette Desire by Shawna Delacorte reissued by Harlequin in ebook
G-EXCERPT #2: (About Tyler)
‘‘My family…’’ Ty took a deep breath, held it a moment, then exhaled. The word dysfunctional immediately leaped to his mind. He was an only child who had been raised with money and privilege, but it was not a substitute for the type of closeness Mac had with his family—the type Angie had just described. The predominant memory from his early years was the constant fighting between his mother and father. His parents had finally divorced when he was in high school, but it hadn’t stopped their ongoing battles.
And then there had been his disastrous two-year marriage shortly after he had graduated from college. Hardly a day had gone by without some sort of argument or at the very least enough tension to fill a football stadium. Family? A happy, loving marriage and close family was something he had never seen or experienced firsthand. It was something he would have said didn’t exist if it weren’t for the single exception of Mac and his family. But marriage and emotional closeness were things he would never know and he didn’t want to try to capture it with another attempt at a relationship—an attempt he knew would be doomed to failure from the beginning.
He extended what he hoped would be a confident smile. ‘‘I was an only child, born and raised in Seattle. My parents both live in the Seattle area, my mother in Bellevue and my father on Mercer Island. I think that about covers it.’’
(What Does Tyler Want?)
Ty and Angie reached the restaurant. It was a bright, sunny autumn day and they were seated outside on the deck. After they ordered lunch he leaned back in his chair in an attempt to project a casual appearance, something far removed from the uneasiness churning inside him. ‘‘So what have you been doing with yourself since you were that little girl?’’
A teasing grin played at the corners of her mouth. ‘‘Mostly I’ve been trying to get everyone to stop thinking of me as that little girl.’’
Was she making fun of him? At that moment his mind was so muddled he didn’t know what to think. His gaze slowly traveled across her features again, pausing a moment to take in the way the fabric of her blouse caressed the curve of her breasts. He finally settled on her tantalizing mouth, a mouth that deserved to be kissed long, hard and often.
‘‘What else have you been up to besides not being ten anymore?’’ His voice held a huskiness he wasn’t happy with. He cocked his head as he made eye contact with her. A shiver of anxiety worked its way up his back followed by a shiver of uncertainty. Just pizza and a movie with Mac’s kid sister—what had he gotten himself into? He was not sure about this anymore, not sure at all.
He flashed a dazzling smile as he blatantly did a visual trace of every line and curve she possessed. The two-piece red swimsuit revealed a body that would send any man’s senses skyrocketing. The heat churned low inside him as the blood rushed hot and fast through his veins. ‘‘You…in that swimsuit…’’ His voice contained a huskiness he couldn’t hide. ‘‘That’s a sight that could make grown men tremble.’’ And he was no exception.
‘‘Thank you.’’ The crimson tinge of embarrassment spread across her cheeks and forehead.
He held out his hand to her, but noticed the moment’s hesitation before she took it. She was not the only one filled with uncertainty. He had set up dinner and an evening that screamed seduction and could only lead to sensual pleasure. But suddenly he was very unsure of himself. He didn’t know how to proceed, or whether he should proceed at all. To say he felt reticent would be an understatement of monumental proportions. He knew exactly what he wanted, but his loyalty to Mac continued to play havoc with his conscience.
He was torn. He suspected he was too involved as far as keeping an emotional distance from her was concerned. Suspected…that was a laugh. He didn’t suspect—he knew.
IN FORBIDDEN TERRITORY, a Silhouette Desire by Shawna Delacorte, is a Harlequin reissue in ebook available at http://ebooks.eharlequin.com (do search for author name Shawna Delacorte). Also available at Barnes and Noble in NookBooks www.bn.com and Amazon for Kindle www.amazon.com Information is available on my website www.shawnadelacorte.com
Filling in as a guide and companion for his best friend’s kid sister was cramping Tyler Farrell’s bachelor lifestyle. At least, until a drop-dead-gorgeous, very-grown-up Angie melted his bones with one searing kiss. She was supposed to be off-limits…but Tyler liked playing with fire.
Angie wanted to prove she wasn’t a child anymore. And what better way to do so than a no-strings affair with Tyler-the perfect love ’em and leave ’em guy? Except that the closer she got to Tyler, the hotter the attraction burned and the harder she fell in love. Somehow she had to convince commitment-phobic Tyler that she was his to claim–permanently!