So what's up for grabs now? Not one, not two, not even three, but FOUR signed paperbacks of the new edition of Down to You, which comes out July 2nd, along with Bad Boys postcards and a raffle ticket to go with each, which I'll be using to draw for an Everything for Us ARC in August. OMG I'm so excited just thinking about that! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Anywho, you get the idea, right?
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And just so you know, I'll be leaving for Nashville and UtopYA Con on Wednesday the 26th, so you might notice that I'm curiously absent. I'll be there until Friday when I leave for Orlando to attend Book Bash on Saturday the 29th. After that, I'll be heading back to Nashville on Sunday for the Passionistas signing at the Barnes and Noble-Vanderbilt. OMG what a crazy and fabulous week ahead! *dances around* Luckily, I thrive on crazy;)
Now, for those of you who missed it, this is the role-played scene between Cash and Olivia. I thought it might answer a question I know many of you have. *winks* Just know that this is intended for mature readers, 18 and over, and it contains spoilers. If that's all fine and good with you, then enjoy!!
THE STRANGER IN MY BEDROOM
(Olivia) In Cash's apartment behind Dual, I slip on one of his shirts, as I so often do. And I muse. I’ve never asked Cash about that first night we were together, when he crept into my room, but I’ve always wondered what he was thinking. Thoughts of what that first time was like have me feeling suddenly too warm for clothes.
Olivia: “So that night you came into my room…”
(Cash) I glance at Olivia as she comes out of the bathroom wearing my shirt. I can tell by the way she’s looking at me that she’s been having dirty thoughts. She gets this flushed look about her when she’s turned on. And tonight she’s gonna bring me along for the ride. We both know I’m always up for a hot ride.
Cash: “What about that night?”
(Cash) I take a step toward her
(Olivia) He’s moving closer. He’s already with me, thinking back to that night, to the way it felt that first time.
Olivia: “What were you thinking? I mean, who were you trying to be?”
(Olivia) Cash takes another step toward me.
Cash: “I wasn’t trying to be anybody. I was being myself.”
(Olivia) I take a step away, back toward the bed.
Olivia: “But you must’ve known that I would be wondering which brother you were.”
(Cash) I take another step toward her. My blood is already on fire just thinking about what it was like to sneak into her room that night. To devour her for the first time. To make her mine.
Cash: “Yes, I knew. But I knew it didn't matter. I knew that I was the best of both people you were attracted to. Everything you couldn’t resist in BOTH of us. I knew, whichever you chose, I’d win. And I did.”
(Olivia) The backs of my knees hit the bed and I stop
(Cash) I take one last step. My chest is brushing hers and she has to look up to see my eyes.
(Olivia) I’m breathless when he’s this close, when he has that look in his eye. Even after all this time.
Olivia: “Then why didn’t you say something? Why let me wonder?”
(Cash) I shrug.
Cash: “I didn’t know if you were ready for both yet. I would’ve been whoever and whatever you needed me to be that night. Anything to feel your body against mine.”
(Cash) I reach up and part the shirt she’s wearing. She wears it before bed. Unbuttoned. With nothing underneath but panties.
(Olivia) I feel the cool air hit my skin when he pushes the shirt off my shoulders.
Olivia: “What did it feel like for you? The first time you touched me?”
(Olivia) I know I’m pushing him, teasing him like this. But he likes it. And so do I.
(Cash) Even after all this time, no one can make me as hard and as desperate as Olivia.
Cash: “It felt like heaven. Like I’d died and gone to heaven. And gotten everything I’d wished for.”
(Cash) I cup both her perfect breasts and squeeze. Not hard, but just enough to make her catch her breath.
Cash: “I remember thinking that these would make any man drop to his knees and beg.”
(Cash) I give her nipples a little pinch and I hear her gasp.
Cash: “And that. That little noise that you make when something feels really good… I love that.”
(Olivia) Cash groans and I resist the urge to close my eyes and throw my head, even though my body is on fire.
Olivia: “Then what?’ I whisper. “Then what did you feel?”
Cash: “I felt hungry.”
(Cash) I bend my head and suck one of her nipples into my mouth. When she threads her fingers into my hair and pulls, it takes all my willpower not to throw her on the bed and drive my body into hers as hard as I can. Right. This. Minute.
(Olivia) Suddenly Cash raises his head. The glint in his eye tells me that he’s turning the tables. Now it’s Cash that will be doing the teasing. He drops to one knee in front of me.
Cash: “I kept thinking about what you would taste like, what it would be like to watch your face when I make you come for the first time.”
(Cash) I run my hands up the insides of her thighs. She spreads them just enough that I can kiss the damp cotton of her panties.
(Olivia) I’m breathless as drags my panties down my legs. With weak knees, I step out of them.
Olivia: “But you didn’t get to see that. You couldn’t see my face.”
Cash: “No, but I got something even better.”
Olivia: “What’s that?”
Cash: “I got to feel what it’s like to be inside you. When there are no distractions. Not even sight. I could only feel. How hot you were. How wet you were. How your nipples grazed my chest and how they tasted in my mouth.”
(Olivia) I can barely stand. I want so much for him to touch me that my bones are weak with it.
Cash: “How about you? Do you remember exactly how it felt, the first time I licked you?”
(Cash) I can hear her heavy breathing. I can see by her heavy eyes that she’s coming close to the end of her rope.
Cash: “Then tell me.”
Olivia: “The tip of your tongue was so hot. All I could think of was that I didn’t want you to stop. Ever.”
(Cash) Even as she talks, I’m kissing her stomach, her hips, her thighs, everywhere but where she needs it most.
Cash: “Then what?”
(Cash) I know the lines are blurring. She’s trapped in a world between that night and what she wants right now.
(Olivia) I can’t think when he’s touching me like this. All I know is that I need him. I need him inside me. Nothing else will soothe this ache.
Olivia: “Then, when I thought I couldn’t take it anymore, you used your fingers. But still, it wasn’t enough.”
(Cash) I ease one finger into her and she moans.
Cash: “Like this?”
Olivia: “Yes. Just like that.”
Cash: “And then what?”
(Olivia) I’m getting carried away. So much faster than I expected. There are things I want to say. Things I need to say.
(Olivia) His name on my lips is caught somewhere between a whisper and a moan.
(Cash) I growl, ready to put thought aside and devour her from the outside in.
(Olivia) I wind my fingers around his wrist to make him stop. It’s one of the hardest things in the world—to make him stop when I want nothing more than for him to continue.
Olivia: “I need you to know something.”
(Cash) My hand is still against her, my finger unmoving inside her. Her hot, wet body is squeezing me, begging me for more. So much more. But she’s fighting it.
(Cash) I’m so hard, I ache with the need to be deep inside her.
Cash: “What’s that?”
(Olivia) I look down into his eyes, eyes I once thought were black as sin. I feel everything about me melt—my body, my heart, my soul.
Olivia: “Even though my head was telling me that I should want Nash, you know I always wanted you, right?”
(Cash) So this is what’s been bothering her.
Cash: “Of course I know that, Olivia. I’m both. I always knew you loved both sides of me.”
Olivia: “But if there HAD been two of you, I’d have picked you.”
(Cash) Easing my finger from inside Olivia, I stand to brush my lips across hers.
Cash: “I know, baby. But you never had to. For as long as I live, I’ll be everything you ever need if it kills me. I’ll be your bad boy. I’ll be your knight in shining armor. I’ll be the guy you can take home to dad. And I’ll be the guy who still makes love to you with him in the next room. I’m your man, Olivia. All yours.”
(Olivia) I smile up into his handsome face, feeling both breathlessly passionate and desperately in love.
Olivia: “And I’m all yours. Every day. Forever.”
(Cash) I sweep Olivia off her feet and throw her onto the bed. She squeals in delight.
Cash: “Now that you’re done clearing the air, I have something I’d like to show you.”
(Cash) Olivia grins up at me, the twinkle back in her eye.
Olivia: “You do? And what’s that?”
(Cash) I put one knee on the bed and crawl toward her.
Cash: “It’s a surprise. A really big surprise.”
(Cash) Olivia angles her head on the pillow to watch me as I reach to unbutton my pants. She brings one finger to her mouth and slips the tip between her teeth. I love it when she does that.
(Cash) As a matter of fact, I love everything she does. Because she’s mine. And I’m hers. And we were meant to be together. Forever.