City of Love
by Kaira Rouda
Her heart is empty in the new life she’s living.
Charlotte Taylor knows she’s gorgeous. She’s been told that all her life. Since she was a child, her mom, a former model and Miss Georgia, has been grooming her for a professional modeling career and tomorrow, she’ll sign with the top agency in New York City. It should be a dream come true.
Alone, and unhappy, she doesn’t know where to turn.
Hale Scott works long hours as a chef at the hottest restaurant in Manhattan. It should be his dream job, serving hip food to the coolest crowd in the city. The only problem is his boss. The highlight of his evening is the gorgeous woman he keeps making eye contact with, sitting at the table closest to the kitchen. She looks sad and lonely and he hopes she’s still there when the dinner rush subsides.
Charlotte and Hale find an instant connection but a relationship is the last thing Charlotte needs and the only thing Hale wants. Can they find a way to stay together in the overwhelming city, or can they find their own city of love?
Cameo by: Siena Remington from Melissa Foster’s Flames of Love
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CITY OF LOVE
Hale moved in close to Charlotte, but rather than feeling discomfort, she was excited by his body so close to hers. Her back pressed against the rear of the elevator and Hale placed his hands on either side of her face, leaning his face down so it was mere inches from hers.
“Charlotte. It’s fine.” Hale reached his hand out and brushed her hair back from her face. “You’re safe with me. I promise.” She saw kindness and respect in Hale’s eyes, but she also saw desire lingering just below the surface. Taking a deep breath, she tried to calm down.
“You’re right. I don’t know why I’m so nervous. I guess it’s because I’ve never done something like this before.” Embarrassed, Charlotte lowered her eyes and studied the marble floor of the elevator.
“You’re so amazing.” Hale said as he placed his hand gently under her chin and tipped it up, forcing her to meet his gaze. Gently, he dipped his head and brushed his lips gently against hers. Once, and then again, each brush of his lips taking her breath away.
Her mouth opened for him and he deepened the kiss, his hand closing around her hair at the base of her neck. His other hand pressed into the small of her back, where she could feel the heat of his touch through her winter coat. She could also feel the swell of his desire against her belly as he pressed in close against her. The kiss was gentle and hot, both at the same time, as her tongue played with his.
Breaking the kiss as the elevator doors opened at her floor, Charlotte was so dizzy she wasn’t sure if she could walk. He slid his strong arm around her waist and helped her into the hallway.
“Wow,” she said. That was the best, most intense kiss she’d ever experienced.
Kaira Rouda is a USA Today bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary women's fiction and sexy modern romance novels that sparkle with humor and heart. Her women's fiction titles include HERE, HOME, HOPE, ALL THE DIFFERENCE and IN THE MIRROR. Her bestselling short story is titled, A MOTHER'S DAY. Kaira's work has won the Indie Excellence Award, USA Book Awards, the Reader's Choice Awards and honorable mention in the Writer's Digest International Book Awards. Her books have been widely reviewed and featured in leading magazines.
Her sexy contemporary romance series set on INDIGO ISLAND includes: WEEKEND WITH THE TYCOON, Book 1; HER FORBIDDEN LOVE, Book 2; THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS, Book 3; and THE BILLIONAIRE'S BID, Book 4. Each of these novellas can be read as a stand alone, or enjoyed as a series. Her new series is set in LAGUNA BEACH and includes: LAGUNA NIGHTS, Book 1; LAGUNA HEIGHTS, Book 2; and LAGUNA LIGHTS, Book 3 coming winter 2015. She also helped launch Melissa Foster's The Remington's Kindle World with her bestselling novella, SPOTLIGHT ON LOVE, and is part of Carly Phillips Dare to Love Kindle World with THE CELEBRITY DARE.
Her nonfiction titles, REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs, and REAL YOU FOR AUTHORS: 8 Essentials for Women Writers (available for free download on her website) continue to inspire.
She lives in Southern California with her husband and four almost-grown kids, and is at work on her next novel. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook at Kaira Rouda Books and on her website, KairaRouda.com.