Good morning! It’s Teaser Tuesday and I’ve got a little something for you from UNDER THE BOARDWALK, my contribution to the SUMMER HEAT Contemporary Romance Box Set. This set has 16 – count ’em 16! – sexy stories by 16 amazing authors!
I have to tell you that UNDER THE BOARDWALK is one sexy story – hotter than a ghost pepper – five alarm hot 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥! But it’s also a very emotional story about two people who are trying to find their way back to each other after the demands of life pull them apart. I hope you’ll enjoy it.
Natalie Ramirez has spent less and less time with her husband over the last year and more and more time alone. She longs for the happy days of summer when she and Chase would pass the time together on the beach and under the boardwalk, exploring the passion that simmered between them as hot as any summer sun.
Chase Smith had to work hard for everything he ever had, including his wife Natalie. His wife had never wanted for anything in her life and Chase didn’t want to disappoint her. But somewhere along the way, Chase lost sight of the most important thing she wanted: his love.
A passionate night under the boardwalk brought them together, but can Chase and Natalie rekindle that lost love and save their marriage?
At the far entrance to the Casino, the start of the Asbury Park boardwalk loomed large and he knew that once he stepped out onto it, there was no turning back from tonight.
But he didn’t want to turn back. He wanted Natalie back in his life. Back in his bed.
He pushed ahead, his gaze skipping from face-to-face in the crowd until it seemed to part before him like the Red Sea and there she was, standing by the railing.
After a month apart, he drank in her beauty like a thirsty man at a desert oasis.
Her cream-colored dress hugged her sexy curves, but the skirt was loose and billowing in the ocean breeze. Her longish caramel-colored hair was loose and wafted around her face. As he watched, she tilted her head back, eyes closed, and a peaceful smile crept over her lush lips.
She was so lovely. So beautiful. Warmth pooled in his gut at the sight of her just as it had nearly a decade earlier, when he’d first seen her on this very same boardwalk.
He took a deep breath, fighting back desire and fear, and walked toward her.
Natalie sensed his presence and as she dipped her head and opened her eyes, she caught sight of him from the corner of her eye.
Or at least she thought it was him and resisted the urge to do a double take. When he reached her side, she finally allowed herself to face him and savored the view of every inch of him.
Being a desk jockey hadn’t added a pound to the long lean body she’d lusted over when she’d first seen him that fateful summer. And the tight black jeans and T-shirt accentuated every sculpted muscle far better than his usual preppy-style clothes.
“Chase. You look . . . different,” she said, a hint of awkward in her tone, as she leaned forward and skimmed a restrained
kiss on his cheek.
“I’ll take that as a compliment,” Chase said, an uncertain smile on his lips, and took hold of her hand.
“You look stunning. Is this dress from your new line?” he asked and applied gentle pressure to guide her into a little twirl.
Natalie fought back the pleasure at his words and at the intensity in his cerulean gaze. “Actually, I made it just for tonight. I’m glad you like it.”
The blue of his eyes darkened to almost midnight as he raked his gaze up and down her body hungrily.
“I like . . . a lot,” he said, the tones of his voice low and strumming alive desire in her core. Maybe if they still shared passion, just maybe, they could find a way back to the couple they once had been.
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