Friday, 20 January 2012
Author Spotlight - Excerpt from "Opposites Attract"
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Enjoy the excerpt!
THE SET UP: Holly and Brett are in Paris for the weekend courtesy of the 'Opposites Attract' agency. They've just spent the evening touring the city with their parents and are about to return to their hotel.
Brett's hand grasped her arm and pulled her back in the shadows as their parents walked towards the waiting taxi. "You're not tired, are you? I thought we might walk back to the hotel. Maybe grab a coffee on the way."
She couldn't make the excuse of having on unsuitable shoes and didn't think she could convincingly claim the awareness zinging through her was fatigue. Before she could deny him. Brett shouted over to his father.
"We'll catch you later. Don't wait for us. We're going to walk a while and see some more sights."
There was no protest from her mother. What a surprise. Good old Mum might as well have handed her to Brett on a plate.
The black car drove away, leaving them alone on the street. Brett grabbed Holly's hand and strode off, dragging her along at his fast pace.
What was with the man?
After several minutes he slowed down, stared around and headed off again in front of the Trocadero fountains. Out of the blue, he stopped at one of the pavement cafés.
Holly resented being dragged around like a mongrel, and she hated taking orders. She opened her mouth to complain, but something in his no-nonsense tone made her obey. She stayed quiet as he ordered two coffees in perfect French. Well, at least she couldn't tell the difference between his accent and the waiter's.
She sipped her drink while he stared down at the table and didn't speak. Finally, Holly couldn't stand it any more. "So what's your problem now? You dragged me here and now you're glaring at the coffee cup as if it contains arsenic. If you can't be better company, I'll get a taxi and leave you to your sulk."
Brett flung his head up. "You're dense, aren't you?"
She didn't answer because he plainly didn't mean her to.
"Come on. I'll walk you home." He growled the words, making her wonder if there was some kind of latent madness in him she should worry about.
He jerked her to her feet, spilling his untouched cup. Holly watched the liquid spread over the glass table and drip off the edge to the pavement beneath.
"Why? You wanted to walk and see some more of the city..."
"No, I didn't." He fixed her with an angry stare.
"Well, that's what you said. What do you really want?"
Brett gave an exasperated sigh. "You must be the most obtuse woman on the planet. This is what I want."
He seized her face with his strong hands and pulled her close. Brett's fingers pressed into her skin and his mouth covered her lips.
At first, his kisses were hard and demanding. Just when she would have pulled away, he changed tactics and nipped gently at her lips with his teeth. The wild sensations about drove Holly out of her mind and she moaned with pleasure. His tongue teased her lips until she gave way and allowed him in. She tasted whisky and passion, and she couldn't get enough. Her skin tingled everywhere Brett touched as one large hand moved down her spine.
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