Step by step…
Sage McCormick never had a stable home until he joined House of Payne. It’s such a sweet gig he’s even willing to get involved in events like its annual charity auction. Everything is just about perfect, except for the newest recruit, Mads. She refuses to fit in, and he’s determined to find out why. Getting her sexy ass involved in the auction is only the first step in getting close to her… in more ways than one.
Leap of faith
The cocky charm Sage exudes like a pheromone bowls Mads over straight into his bed. But as Sage tries to coax her into thinking of the House as her new home, she realizes she has a decision to make—listen to the poison her father spews, or put her faith in the man she loves.
***This standalone contemporary romance contains lots of cursing from both the hero and heroine, multiple sex scenes, and a protective Alpha male who will use any trick in the book to get his chosen woman out of her shell. No cheating, no love triangles, no cliffhangers. HEA guaranteed, along with a satisfying epilogue. Due to adult language and sexual content, this book is not intended for people under the age of eighteen***
“Speaking of portable,” she added, turning to hand him his promised cookies, “lemon bars and red velvet crinkles. You’re going to have to hit the gym hard to work these off.”
“You think I have something to worry about?” A smile played around his lips as he set the cookies aside and grabbed her hands. Then he pressed them, palms flat, against his stomach and slowly moved them over the taut, clearly ridged muscles of what had to be a mouth-watering six-pack. “See? I wasn’t lying. I do work out to make sure my sweet tooth doesn’t get the better of me.”
She had to take a second to make sure she wouldn’t drool when she spoke. “So it would seem.”
“So? Think I should worry about getting… soft?”
“Perish the thought.” There went her heart again, tripping over itself. Who knew that another human being could cause a freaking heart condition? “I doubt I’ve ever felt anything more perfect than you. I think I’m impressed.”
His hands left hers to pull her by the hips up against him. “You think? You mean you’re not convinced?”
“It takes a lot to impress me.” Her skin lit on fire wherever they touched, and all at once the only thing she could think about was getting more of that fire and burning herself alive with it. “You’re going to have to show me more than this. A lot more.”
“And to think I believed you were skittish,” he marveled, lowering his head. “Guess I’ve still got a lot to learn about you.”
“I’m sure you’ll find I’m a very good teacher.”
“What I’m finding is that you like to talk when you should be kissing the hell out of me.”
“Ah.” She rolled up on her tiptoes, reveling in the friction between their bodies. “I should probably get on that.”
“Woman, I won’t be happy until you get on me.” He was still smiling when his mouth claimed hers and made her world explode.