Jared dropped his arms, and reached out to lift her chin so he could see what she was thinking. “First, he’s not my friend. And second,” He pulled her toward him and gave in to the temptation to peck at those kissable lips until she softened for him. A groan escaped. His arms tightened, tipping her back and up to meet mouth to mouth, his body hardening in a passion-fueled rush. His hands moved down to her plump ass and squeezed, lifting her against him. When her tongue flicked out delicately to taste him, Jared swore. If they weren’t in such a public place he’d have her down on the ground under that willow tree right now. There’d be no stopping. He felt like a horny teenager again.
Reluctant, he slowed their momentum, and with a last lingering kiss, lifted his head to gaze into her flushed face. Her eyes slid open and were a green to rival the deepest mountain meadow. He could lie in their depths for an eternity and it still wouldn’t be long enough.
Hard to say which one of them was more shocked. Annie’s eyes grew wide and her still glistening mouth dropped open. His heart refused to beat, his hands grew clammy, and his forehead broke out in a sweat. The breeze quit blowing and the birds went silent. It seemed as if the whole world hushed.
One small word and yet it carried the power to bring him to his knees. Holy shit. Jared stared into her smiling, crying face highlighted by an impossibly blue sky, and his whole world narrowed down to this moment. Unexpected tears welled up, blurring his vision, and he blinked rapidly, trying to keep her in focus. Her hands held within his, shook so hard he could barely hold on. She sank to meet him face to face and wiped the moisture from his cheeks with trembling fingers before swiping at her own eyes.
“Yes?” he whispered, not believing his ears. Not sure where the words had come from, only that it felt right. More than right.
Her smile peeked out and warmed the air between them with its glow. “Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.”
Excerpt from The Rebel's Redemption by Jacquie Biggar
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"This anthology consists of twelve wonderful stories with the inherent theme of love and war contained in them. Out of the twelve authors, Uvi Poznansky is the only one that I was familiar with previously. So, in addition to becoming acquainted with new authors in this set, my 'to be read' pile has grown considerably. That is not a bad thing with the wind chill of a minus 10 as I write this review!!"