Author: Callie Croix
Genre: Contemporary erotica
Synopsis: On leave for Thanksgiving, the last thing marine lieutenant Talia Barnett expects to find is Liam Brodie waiting for her at the airport. He’s had a starring role in her fantasies for the past two years, and although she’d love to make them a reality, she has a dark secret that prevents her from taking things further.
A former marine, Liam’s specialty is planning tactical operations, and that’s just what he plans to do to win Talia. The woman has kept him at arm’s length for too long, and this time he’s finally going to claim her—body and heart.
What begins as comfort quickly turns hot. When Liam shows Talia a hint of the dominant nature inside him, the submissive part of her flares to life. Though she desires him, she’s going back on deployment and doesn’t want to dump all her drama on him. Will he find a way to break through the protective walls around her heart and convince her they have a future that goes far beyond the bedroom?
Review: I was drawn in to Talia’s story immediately, which is key in a short story. 😀
If you’re looking for a great read with erotic love scenes thrown in and you don’t have all weekend, then THIS is the book for you.
Callie Croix had me rooting for Talia to get her wish for some ‘one-on-one’ time with Liam from Chapter 1 and their journey to a ‘happy ending’ was one I would re-read any time.
Excerpt: “Liam climbed out of the driver’s side (of the truck and) Talia’s mouth went dry.
Well over six-feet tall, wearing faded jeans and a black leather jacket that stretched across his broad shoulders, the sight of him took her breath away. He’d done many years and tours in the Corps, and it showed in the way he carried himself. His whole bearing screamed military, that absolute air of confidence, his self-assurance in everything he did sexy as hell.
It left her weak in the knees everytime she saw him.
His short black hair gleamed in the sunlight; his skin tanned a golden brown, probably from his most recent stint as a military contractor in Afghanistan. Those dark, melted-chocolate eyes crinkled at the corners as he smiled at her.
A warm tingle flooded her body, suffusing her with sudden heat until she barely noticed the cold wind tugging at her.
“Hey Tal,” he said hen she got close enough, reaching out to pull her into a hug.
Talia automatically wound her arms around his neck and returned the embrace, fighting the need to press up against all that hard muscle and bury her face in his neck the way she’d dreamed of for so long. God, he felt good. Her skin was overly ensitive, her nipples tightening in response to his nearness. He smelled fantastic, clean and masculine, his arms strong and familiar around her. Caring and protective. Even this platonic embrace made her wish she could indulge in her fantasies of him just once. Without a doubt e’d be every bit as amazing in bed as she’d always imagined.”