(Out of Line #5)
by Jen McLaughlin (Diane Alberts)
Expected publication: January 26th 2015
Once burned...Finding my fiancée naked on my couch might’ve been a good thing, if her ex-boyfriend hadn’t been with her. For the past eight years I’ve been a witness to the power of true love, but after getting burned I’d decided there wasn’t any hope for me finding it for myself. Until I met Noelle Brandt in a hotel bar. Maybe it wasn’t the most romantic meeting, but the moment I met her I knew I had to have her. The more I learn about her, the more I know I’ll do whatever it takes to keep her.
I’d already found the love of my life, but I’d lost that love forever. And I’d been lost ever since. But one night a wounded man makes all of that go away. He makes me laugh, live, and feel alive. When he tells me he has no intention of letting me go, I finally begin to believe in the power of true love again. That is, until I find out who he really is…and by then, it’s far too late to correct the mistakes we’ve already made. By the time we both know the truth, the lines have already been blurred beyond recognition.
Her eyes drifted shut. Warning bells went off in my head. I wasn’t supposed to start anything with her, damn it. She’d been kind, and she deserved kindness in return.
That’s all I had been trying to do. Be kind.
But then she closed her eyes, and lifted up on her toes…and all my good intentions flew out the window. Lowering my head slowly, giving her plenty of time to push me away or turn her head aside, I moved closer until my lips were almost touching hers. “Tell me to stop if you don’t want this.”
“Riley…” She inhaled a shaky breath, her fists tightening on my shirt. “Don’t feel like you have to do this as a thank you.”
“I shouldn’t be doing this, because you deserve better.” I tightened my grip on her and caught her behind her waist, hauling her closer. Her large breasts pushed against my chest, and I groaned. “Never mistake this for what it is: the greedy actions of a greedy man. I want you. I know I shouldn’t take you, but yet…”
“You want to?” she asked, her wet lips begging to be kissed. “I want to, too.”
I dropped my forehead to hers. “Why?”
“I don’t know,” she admitted. She undid another button. “But I do.”
“I didn’t bring you up here for this,” she said breathlessly. “I don’t mind that it’s happening, but I didn’t bring you up here to seduce you.”
“And I didn’t come here to seduce you.” I brushed my lips across hers, barely touching. “Which is why I should stop.”
She tipped her face up, and I kissed her fully, without overthinking it. The second our lips touched, the world as I knew it changed all around me. Yeah, it sounded corny as shit coming from a guy, but it was true.
So fucking true.
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Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy New Adult books. Under her pen name Diane Alberts, she is a multi-published, bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, released September 6 2013, and hit the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal lists. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and a cat. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name. http://dianealberts.com/
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