Today I’m sharing a snippet from a story that isn’t new, but is Christmas-related, so if you want a sexy book that’ll help get you in a Christmassy mood, check out Cupid!
Cassius was quickly growing used to Carina’s outspoken manner, and he merely poked his tongue out at her, eliciting another giggle.
“Well, you’re definitely going to live, so do you want to call whomever it was you were going to call, and I’ll go and make you a drink? Are you warm enough?”
Smiling gratefully, Carina nodded. “Yes, please. To the call and the drink. And yes, I’m warm enough, thanks. Luckily you came to my aid before my clothes soaked up too much snow. Thank you.”
Giving a curt nod of acknowledgment, he stood and retrieved her phone, passing it to her. “What would you like to drink? Tea, coffee, hot chocolate?”
“Ooh,” Carina said, her eyes lighting up, “could I have a hot chocolate? Is it Cadbury’s?”
Cassius snorted. “Bloody hell, you’re fussy aren’t you? You’ll be asking for it in my finest bone china next!”
He gave her a mock glare and had to restrain a smile as her eyes widened. He’d obviously convinced her he really was annoyed. Pausing for a beat, he then grinned at her. “I’m only teasing you. You’re in luck, it is Cadbury’s. My favourite.”
Carina beamed back. “Seriously? Mine too!” She looked down, then up at him through her lashes. “I don’t suppose you have marshmallows, too?”
Cassius laughed. “Sure. And while I’m in the kitchen, I’ll see if I can rustle up Brad Pitt to deliver it to you, shall I?”
“No, it’s okay,” Carina said, giggling. “Brad Pitt does nothing for me. You’re more than adequate, Cassius.”
He thought he saw her blush as she spoke, and wondered if she was attracted to him. He certainly hoped so. He hadn’t thought of her in that way when he’d first seen her—he was too focussed on getting her inside and making sure she was all right. But now as she sat barefoot on his sofa, making demands about hot chocolate and marshmallows, he came to the conclusion that she was damn cute, and he’d like to get to know her better. Providing she was single, of course.
“Flatterer,” he said before he could stop himself, “don’t let your boyfriend catch you saying things like that. You’ll get me into trouble.”
This time there was no mistaking the blush. She gave him a wry grin. “There’s no one to get you into trouble with, I’m afraid. I asked Santa to leave a hot, nice guy under my tree this year, but he didn’t come through for me.”
A smorgasbord of feelings whirled through Cassius’s mind. First, disbelief that this brunette beauty was single. Second, delight that she was: now he just had to summon up the courage to ask her out. Third, a feeling of awkwardness that she’d mentioned his boss. Somehow it felt too close to home, though he knew she was only making a joke. Santa only delivered presents to children. Though if it was up to him, he’d give Carina anything she wanted, for Christmas and otherwise.
“I know the feeling.” He gave a small smile and apologetic shrug before walking hastily into the kitchen. If he’d stood there much longer, he would have opened his mouth and said something stupid. And as much as he fancied her, he wasn’t going to win any affection from her by blurting out something idiotic.
No, he’d keep his cool and ask her out properly when he went back into the living room. He grinned. He may have been lamenting the fact that he never received anything through the post aside from bills and junk mail, but right at this moment in time, he didn’t mind. Whatever it was that Simon had ordered couldn’t beat what Cassius had received—a totally hot, single woman in his living room. One he had every intention of dating—if she wanted him.
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Lucy Felthouse is the award-winning author of erotic romance novels Stately Pleasures (named in the top 5 of Cliterati.co.uk’s 100 Modern Erotic Classics That You’ve Never Heard Of, and an Amazon bestseller), Eyes Wide Open (winner of the Love Romances Café’s Best Ménage Book 2015 award, and an Amazon bestseller) and The Persecution of the Wolves. Including novels, short stories and novellas, she has over 150 publications to her name. She owns Erotica For All, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more about her writing at http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk, or on Twitter or Facebook. Sign up for automatic updates on Amazon or BookBub. You can also subscribe to her monthly newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9