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moment Stacey hovered, then she stepped up to him and pulled him close in a hug
that shouted nothing but gratitude.
her female frame to him, relishing the last moment of having her like this. She
turned her face into his neck, her breathing softly caressing his skin, her
nose leading a delicate trail on which a sigh followed. Right there where his
pulse beat. Where her fingers had held him earlier. Held his heart.
eyes, feeling himself slip. His hands, which until that moment had rested on
her back, inched lower, to the curve where back became butt. Stacey didn’t stir
but somehow came closer, her lips higher, her sweet scent more intense as he
inhaled against her temple.
the most delicate of skin to capture her lips with his own. She didn’t hesitate
but kissed him back with equal unhurried intent, mooring against him, rising
with slow breaths against his body in a mimic of water in a quiet harbour. He
felt himself swell against her, his hands idling lower to where he could spread
his fingers, kiss his palms over her softest curves and anchor her to him.
he pressed her to him, knowing she’d feel him now, unable to stop himself. He
should stop, but instead he kissed her deeper, with wonderment at how intimate
the simple gesture seemed as she opened for him and their tongues slowly
intertwined, raking together his deep sexual desire for her, making him moan
into her mouth, which she echoed back.
bit and made way for this moment of unavoidable collision. And he caved into
it, into her warmth and heart. For deep down, he was starved.
Karlson writes sensual, emotional, and evocative contemporary romance, often set
in far-flung settings. She used to work in the travel industry before turning
to full-time writing. Her first book, Perfect Mistake, was a finalist for the
Daphne Award for Romantic Suspense and won the Kathryn Hayes award in 2019. All
her novels can be read as standalone, although she tends to write about
siblings because family dynamics are so intriguing. Taking readers on a journey
of their own with her books is part of the plot. Bon voyage!