HEARTS ON FIRE is part of the SEDUCTION – ONE FORTUNE AT A TIME anthology.
Single father and firefighter, Steve Rankin has every reason to distrust flighty people, given the way his former girlfriend dropped their infant daughter on his doorstep six years ago then left to ‘find herself.’ When the fortune-teller at the Renaissance fair tells him there’s a woman who needs him, he rejects the prediction as so much idiocy from a fraud who couldn’t even predict a fire in time to save her booth from burning to the ground.
Shannon Perry isn’t looking for love, despite her friend Nadya’s prediction that a man with broad shoulders is in her future. It’s been years since Shannon has felt anything except numb, so when desire stirs in her body for the sexy firefighter with the adorable sprite of a daughter, stepping closer to the flames is too tempting to resist. From the sparks of desire, the fire burns hot and fast for both of them, but lessons learned the hard way could stand between them and a future together.
The door opened. Steve stepped inside, shutting the door behind him. His gaze landed on her. The blaze in his eyes burned her doubts to cinders. She couldn’t recall ever having a man look at her with such raw lust. She tightened her hold on the bedclothes like a drowning woman clutching a rope.
Steve tossed his keys on the dresser and toed off his shoes without taking his eyes off her. The movements were ordinary, yet intimate. The date portion of the evening was over. The time had come to put action to her words—but her feet were anchored to the spot.
“Come here.” He crooked his index finger at her. “Unless you’ve changed your mind?”
She shook her head. “No.”
“No, what? No, you won’t come over here, or no, you haven’t changed your mind?”
His voice sounded as strained as her thought processes were. “I haven’t changed my mind.”
He motioned with his hand again. “Then come over here.”
Somehow she managed to put one foot in front of the other enough times to move her in front of him. When his hands came to rest on her waist, she flinched. Surprise flashed in his eyes, but he didn’t question her jerky movement. She couldn’t tell him he was the first man to touch her in…years. He would run out the door before she could explain.
“Don’t stop,” she whispered. Please don’t stop. Though fear threatened to paralyze her, she was determined, too. Something about this man drew her. He could make the numbness go away, and she desperately wanted to feel again. “Fuck me.”
His fingers dug into her skin. Her feet left the floor. Her back met the wall, and his mouth came down on hers. His hands molded to her ass, lifting her. She wrapped her arms and legs around him and kissed him back.
He tasted of mint, and she instantly wished she could have brushed her teeth. He’d obviously popped a breath mint before coming to the room. When he broke the kiss in order to nibble his way down her neck, she forgot all about her lack of sweet breath. This was exactly what she wanted—to feel. And, oh, did she feel.
His mouth explored at will, never staying one place long enough for her to get used to the feel of him tasting her. “God, I want to eat you up,” he said, tonguing the hollow at the base of her throat. “But first things first.”
While his mouth set her skin on fire, down below, his thumbs slid beneath her panties to stroke her buttocks while his fingers crept closer to her throbbing heat. Finding her slit, he slid through the damp folds. She groaned. Closing her eyes, she let her forehead drop to his shoulder.
Oh, God. His fingers felt so good. He rimmed her opening with a blunt fingertip then dipped inside, teasing her channel until she bucked against him, wordlessly asking for more.
“So fucking wet.” He sucked her earlobe into his mouth. The not-to-gentle tug with his teeth telegraphed a message of want and need to her pussy. “I want you. Now.”
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