January Indulgence: Hearts Adrift by Ciara Knight

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Welcome to Hearts Adrift, one of the twelve books in the Indulgences series where twelve authors offer the stories of people who came to Indulgences Resort to live out their fantasy.
It’s not just a beautiful place, but also, as you will find, has magical secrets. Each fantasy will come to life, taking guests on an adventure that could change the rest of their lives.
Although each book is a standalone, I suggest that you start by reading Indulgences, The Prequel so you can meet the staff of Indulgences Resort. You’ll see some of these characters in every story.

Indulgences, The Prequel by Hildie McQueen
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January Indulgence 
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C. Knight

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Tish Wilton’s one regret is disappearing on Adam McClane seven years ago to discover life beyond their small world, but all she found was heartache and sorrow. When Indulgences Resort approves her fantasy to spend a week with her childhood sweetheart, she hopes he can forgive her not only for running away, but for a secret she carries.

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Tish has some high hopes and is also extremely nervous about seeing Adam again. She doesn’t know why he agreed to her fantasy but she is glad he did. She not only wanted to apologize for running away, she wanted a second chance. This is a favorite scene when they arrive on the island.

Tish turned, her eyes wide with obvious surprise, her reaction exactly what he’d hoped for. He’d be in control this time. He’d matured as well. He wasn’t the same skinny kid from her past. He’d bulked up from working on planes and tanned from all his time spent in the tropics for work. The breeze took hold of her hair and it blew away from her face, revealing the same perfect features he remembered― high-cheek bones, bright eyes, full lips. Lips he couldn’t wait to feel again.

He stood tall and smiled, the way women seemed to like. “Hey,” he said.

White teeth peeked out and bit at her bottom lip, sending his already revved libido into high gear. She stared back at him then released her lip from its delectable prison. “Hi.”

They stood there for a moment, analyzing each other. The aroma of coffee, liquors, and exotic spices filled the air with the promise of luxury, luxury he couldn’t wait to indulge in. He managed to find his footing and stepped toward her, offering his arm. “The cabana is ready if you’d like to enjoy the pool or ocean while we wait for our room.”

“I, uh― my suit’s in my bag and I don’t have it with me,” she said in a breathy tone.

“Suits are optional.” He winked.

She shifted between feet as her mouth fell ajar. “Um…”

If he was honest with himself, he liked being in charge, liked seeing her squirm. Payback for her leading him around like a lost puppy when they were teenagers, and then disappearing on him at eighteen. Now, it was his turn. And he’d learned a lot over the last seven years. Tish was the last, and only, girl to break his heart. He’d done the breaking in recent years. Well, saying he broke hearts sounded too egotistical. He just never allowed women to get close enough to tangle up emotions. This one week at Indulgence Island would be enough to enjoy her body, but leave his feelings out of it.

“Perhaps we could go for a walk,” she breathed more than spoke.

He pointed at her heeled shoes, the ones accentuating long legs he couldn’t wait to have wrapped around his waist. “Probably best we don’t do any hiking around the island in those.”

She glanced down then half-giggled. “Ah, right.”

The sound of a seagull overhead added to the coastal ambiance, the nostalgia of it relaxing. He’d been living inland too long. Perhaps he’d move to the coast when he returned from the island.

“How’d you get here before me?” she asked as they walked down the stone path toward the row of cabanas. “You weren’t in the jeep with me.”

“No, my business partner dropped me at the island. We own a small luxury transport business. He was making a run to pick up someone from South America, so this was on his way.”

The blue and white cabana door flapped in the wind. He drew her to a stop at the front of the structure and whirled her to face him. He didn’t allow her time to process his movements, he just pulled her tight against his body and kissed her hard. A passionate, I’m-going-to-take-you kind of kiss. When he finally released her, she stumbled back, drawing in a long breath. He lifted the cloth door to the cabana. “After you.”

Her chest rose and fell with her accentuated breathing. Did his kiss surprise her the way he’d intended? No sweet pecks on her cheek or timid nibbles until he reached her lips, the way he used to kiss her. No, they were adults now, and he no longer had to hold back.
Knight, Ciara; Knight, Ciara. Hearts Adrift: A January Indulgence (An Indulgences Novella Book 2) (Kindle Locations 107-133). Kindle Edition.

Trust is going to be a big issue here and with Tish keeping her daughter a secret this gets complicated.

A fun read, with moments of angst and concern. All surrounded by the beauty of the island and the heat it inspires.

5 Contented Purrs for Ciara!

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Coming Up

March Indulgence, Olivia Gaines
April Indulgence, Lana Williams
May Indulgence, Hildie McQueen
June Indulgence, Xyla Turner
July Indulgence, JD Monroe
August Indulgence, Kalyn Cooper
September Indulgence, Allie K. Adams
October Indulgence, Victoria Zak & D.L. Roan
November Indulgence, Tara Cromer
December Indulgence, Elizabeth Rose

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ciara-knight1   Ciara Knight

Ciara Knight writes ‘a little bit of edge and a lot of heart’ with her bestselling speculative fiction and romance stories.  Her books have secured four stars from RT book reviews, awarded Night Owl Top Picks, five stars from InD’Tale Magazine and Paranormal Romance Guild, topped the Amazon charts, featured on USA Today Blog, named book of the month by Long and Short Reviews, finales in the RONE awards, and have received rave reviews from other prominent review organizations.

At the moment, Ciara lives in suburbia with her husband, three boys, two cats and a dog, but her inner-geek girl believes it’s a farce.  In reality, her home is Serenity in disguise, awaiting orders to take her family off on a FireFly adventure.

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