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Olivia Dare, executive director of the Miami Thunder, and team travel director Dylan Rhodes share more than just a passion for football. Their chemistry is explosive–their feelings for each other intense. Yet Olivia has ended things for reasons he still can’t fathom and she won’t explain.
Unwilling to let something special go so easily, Dylan has been pursuing Olivia ever since. When the Pro-Bowl takes them to the tropical paradise of Hawaii, Dylan is determined to make sure their time together isn’t all business. What happens in paradise is life altering but once Olivia admits her deepest secret and fear, will Dylan still want the forever he’s been pushing for?
Olivia has some issues with getting close to a man, largely due to her father and his treatment of her and her siblings. She was getting too involved with Dylan and backed away.
Dylan didn’t understand and he’s not one to give up easily. He’s determined to break down Olivia’s walls. He loves her and isn’t going anywhere a point he makes very clear at her birthday party and the day after.
This is a favorite scene.
The door swung open, and Dylan strode in. Speak of the devil, she thought.
Today was casual, no meetings, meaning he wore a pair of black slacks and a white collared shirt open at the neck, revealing a sprinkling of his dark—mouthwatering—hair. His sleeves were rolled up, and she found that even his forearms were muscular and sexy.
“Morning, sunshine.” He treated her to a heart-stopping smile.
She swallowed hard. “Good morning.”
“Got a minute?” he asked.
He shut the door behind him. “You look sexy in those glasses.”
With shaking hands, she pulled them off, suddenly self-conscious.
“You’re sexy without them too.” He started toward her desk, where his gift sat front and center.
It was too much to hope he wouldn’t notice.
The big grin on his face told her she was out of luck.
He sat on the corner of her desk and folded his arms across his chest. “So?” he asked, his knowing gaze on the incriminating box.
Better to face it head on, she decided. “Thank you, Dylan. It’s beautiful.”
“But you’re not wearing it.” His lips turned down, and she suddenly felt awful and didn’t want to disappoint him or hurt his feelings.
“I was just about to put it on.” His gaze held hers for more than a few seconds before he picked up the velvet box and took out the necklace. “Turn,” he said in a gruff voice.
She stood and pivoted around. He stepped up behind her, his body heat already testing her resolve.
She tilted her head forward and raised her long hair off her neck, allowing him to slide the necklace in place and engage the small hook. Instead of him moving away, she suddenly sensed him closer.
His breath fanned her neck, warm air causing a wave of arousal to nearly knock her off her feet.
“What are you—” She couldn’t continue, not when his lips skimmed her neck, and her words morphed into more of a moan. His mouth was warm, and he lingered, inhaling her where she stood. Her nipples puckered beneath the silk of her tank, and she grabbed on to the desk for support.
“Do you want to know why I gave this to you? Why I call you sunshine?” His words vibrated against her skin, but he didn’t give her a chance to reply. “It’s because when I come in to work every morning, seeing you lights up my day.”
Oh God. “That’s—”
“Corny but true.” He grasped her shoulders to keep her steady and rimmed her outer ear with his tongue.
He lit a fuse that ran straight to her core. Suddenly that was all she was aware of, the pulsing of her sex, her damp panties, and her heavy breasts, all three achy and needing his touch more than her next breath.
She wanted to turn, throw herself into his arms, and kiss him for all she was worth. Wrap her legs around his waist and—
A quick knock and her door opened wide. Riley, her sister-in-law, strode in, speaking as she walked. “I wanted to talk to you about—Oh!” She came to a halt. Took in Olivia and Dylan, and a big smile crossed her face. “Looks like I’m interrupting,” she said but made no move to leave.
Olivia tried to step away, but Dylan’s hands on her arms held her tight.
“Dylan and I were just—umm . . . I mean, Dylan came to discuss the trip to Arizona for the Pro Bowl, didn’t you?” she asked in a rush, grasping for a business-related reason for him to be in her office. Not that anything would explain how close they stood or how his lips had been on her neck . . .
Dylan merely looked amused. “Apparently, yes. I’m here to talk about the trip.” He stepped away, but his hand dropped, skimming Olivia’s lower back. “We can pick this discussion up at lunch,” he said.
“Lunch?” she asked, parroting his words because her entire body was still tingling, unable to process what had just happened between them. What would have happened if Riley hadn’t barged in?
It wasn’t much. It was everything. Shit.
“Lunch,” he stated. “I’ll come get you at noon.” He turned to her and winked.
She ignored that in favor of his overbearing push to make plans she hadn’t agreed to. “Don’t I get a say?” she asked. “What if I already have plans?”
Ignoring Riley’s amused grin, Dylan met her gaze. “I gave you a say for the last couple of months. I decided that it’s my turn. See you at noon.” His fingers glided over her hand as he walked out. “Nice to see you, Riley,” he said, disappearing out the door.
Phillips, Carly. Dare to Touch (Dare to Love Book 3). CP Publishing. Kindle Locations (147-190). Kindle Edition.
This relationship has a lot of ups and downs even as the two of them deal with a young player and his interfering family at the Pro Bowl.
Lots of romance, some suspense and plenty of heat will keep you turning the pages.
I am starting my re-read of the next book now.
5 Contented Purrs for Carly!
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Carly Phillips is the N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels featuring hot men, strong women and the emotionally compelling stories her readers have come to expect and love.
Carly’s career spans over a decade and a half with various New York publishing houses, and she is now an Indie author who runs her own business and loves every exciting minute of her publishing journey. Carly is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs (two wheaten terriers and one mutant Havanese) who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers.