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For this week's entry, we authors are tasked with sharing a scene with sexual tension.
My excerpt is from an upcoming release, An Idyllic Affair, co-written with my alter ego, ML Skye, for the Ellipses Press branded anthology Insula Ara ~ Sanctuary Island.
She didn't care that her captain stood only a few feet away. She peeled off her sticky shirt and dropped it on the floor. Then she scrabbled out of her pants, leaving them in a heap on her way to what she hoped would be heavenly bliss. She spared a quick glance in his direction before stripping off her underwear to climb inside the quickly filling tub.
Linnea settled back with a hum of pleasure. Everything drained away. Her cranky mood and her aching muscles… instantly gone. Unable to resist, she ducked under the water, completely submerged for a moment then came back up, a huge smile on her face. She flipped her hair back, leaned against the tub, and sighed with contentment.
Geoff chuckled. "I might have to look into installing one of these on the Charming Lady."
If he did, she'd probably agree to bear his children.
Geoff stooped down and Linn had a hard time wondering how he kept the towel secure. She refused to look over the side of the tub… she'd already been caught staring once.
The captain had no such qualms. He dipped a finger in the steaming water then trailed it over her shoulder and down her arm.
He angled his head a bit. "You look very happy." His eyes met hers and she shivered under the intense study from him.
Dragging her gaze away, she tried to get back on an even keel. "It wouldn't be fair, you know." His questioning scowl made her feel back in control. "To Marcus and Shane. Something tells me I'd be the only one who'd welcome a lovely tub."
There might have been a flash of disappointment in his eyes, but he masked it quickly.
Her lips curved. "I, uh… appreciate the thought though."
Geoff acknowledged her words with a brief nod then studied her in silent contemplation—long enough she wanted to squirm under the scrutiny. It made her very much aware of her naked state—and his damned close to nude one.
The long, lean thigh she'd been trying not to look at drew her attention and she had to remind herself—ruefully—they didn't mix work and recreation.
I hope you enjoyed the tension.
Anthology Blurb: Legend tells of a mysterious island called Sanctuary, inhabited by people who have been to hell and back—and lived to tell the tale.
It goes on to say, that if someone needs help, if they are truly without hope, island will come to them in their darkest hour and help them find the way.
But the assistance comes with a price. Their heart and soul may be lost to the island in the process.
Book Blurb: Privateers by trade, Geoff MacLeod and Linnea Jensen find sanctuary on Insula Ara, a mysterious island full of wonder and a tinge of darkness. When Geoff and Linnea embark on a quest to retrieve a badly needed part for their ship, they find their deep attraction for each other hard to resist, and under the spell of the island, they have to tread carefully or succumb to the swirling undercurrents.
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