On a quest to find her biological family, one woman discovers secrets more sinister than anything she could have imagined.
Adopted at three years old and raised in the United States, Lily Stevenson is taking the summer to research her past. She settles into a small Colombian village focused on uncovering her biological roots. What she doesn’t anticipate is losing her carefully guarded heart to sexy media mogul, Lance Cunningham. As the two embark on a journey to unveil the mystery of Lily’s origins, they unravel a dark past that bleeds into the present. What Lily thought was over is just beginning.
Can Lance break through a trust barrier she put up years before, or will the secrets being revealed pull them apart?
“Penny for your thoughts?” Lance says, looking at the list.
“I want to see if I can find Lorena and my grandparents. I can’t figure out why my grandparents wouldn’t have come looking for my mom at the hospital. She was only fifteen. It seems strange. I understand they were likely poor, I mean it’s not a great neighborhood. But still, something doesn’t seem right.”
“Maybe they couldn’t, or they weren’t alive or maybe they were sick or moved? There could be a whole litany of reasons why. Maybe she ran away?” he brainstorms.
“Well, we’re going to find out,” I say, feeling rather determined.
He smiles and takes my hand in his. “I have no doubt you will. But regrettably, I will need to take you back soon,” he says as he looks at the clock on the wall.
I nod and head upstairs to pack my things and shower. As I turn the faucet on and wait for the hot water, I feel Lance’s arms wrap around my waist and he pulls me against him. I can feel his hardness pressed against my back. I turn around and look up at him. He seems so much taller now as I stand naked in his arms. He grins, as though reading my mind, and in a true testament to his strength he very slowly pulls me up his body until our faces meet. I grin.
“Better,” he murmurs against my lips.
“Yes, much,” I whisper back as I wrap my legs around his waist.
He walks us into the shower and holds me under the hot water, kissing me slowly.
“I’m not sure I want to take you back this morning,” he murmurs in between kisses.
“Me either,” I sigh as I press my forehead against his.
“Do you think you could get more days off?”
“Not right now. They don’t have any other volunteers,” I explain as he lowers me until my feet hit the warmed tiles. I talk about the staff or lack thereof as he washes my hair and body. I return the favor all while continuing to talk about the kids and my time volunteering.
“You really love the kids, don’t you?” he asks with a smile.
I laugh. “Most of the time. I guess I just understand them.”
“I think I’m beginning to understand you,” he says, smiling as he brings his lips to mine. As he deepens our kiss, I feel my need for him blossom. I push myself against his hard frame, wrapping my arms around his neck and pulling him closer to me.
“Lily, we aren’t going to finish here if you keep doing that,” he says against my lips.
“I’m not on a schedule this morning,” I say, smiling back at him.
I jump up and wrap my legs around him as his arms come around me tightly. I feel protected by him, safe in our embrace. He turns and leans us against the tile shower wall. I can feel his erection against my entrance and I thrust my hips against him. He smiles at me again.
“I think I created a monster,” he says.
I smirk at him. “I want what I want. What can I say?”
“Oh really,” he says. “Greedy, are you?”
“For you,” I whisper, feeling brave at the moment.
He lifts me slightly and guides me down onto him. He makes love to me slowly, his lips never leaving mine. I get lost in our movements. I can feel his strength as his muscles strain and move against me.
S.E. Rose lives in the DMV. And if you know what that means, then you know where she lives. She currently resides with her husband, two children, and always at least two cats and usually other random creatures her children decide they need. While she works at a desk during the day, her evenings and weekends are devoted to writing and editing her romance novels. She loves all things wine, coffee, tea and dark chocolate; that’s right, dark chocolate. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, traveling, going to concerts, and reading.