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Melting Miss McCool

Carnal Passions

Heat Rating: STEAMY
Word Count: 26,000
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Nicknamed ‘McCool’ by her colleagues, Kerry-Lee McKenzie has had her fill of men and bad relationships until she runs across Benjamin Grant, the one man who crawls firmly under her skin and refuses to let go. Ben is determined to find the woman smoldering under the cool, calm exterior and isn’t above using a little unfair carnal persuasion.

With Kerry doing her best to keep Ben at arm’s length and Ben working hard to close the distance, love is always a step or two away. It isn’t until her hormonally charged best friend interferes that Kerry finally realizes that first impressions aren’t always accurate, and absence really does make the heart grow fonder.


"Kerry?" she queried softly. "It's three a.m. What are you still doing up?"

"I kissed him." Kerry stared at her roommate with that deer-in-the-headlight look. "He was spouting off some crap about me being an ice queen so I kissed him."

"O…kay," she said tentatively. Switching on a table lamp, Susan eyed the red head, sitting cross-legged in the corner of the sofa, a pillow clutched to her chest. She sat down beside her friend and took Kerry's icy fingers between hers, massaging them gently until the warmth returned. "Start from the beginning, and don't miss one single smutty detail."

She withdrew her fingers and cradled her head in her hands. "I can't believe I did that. How am I going to face him at work now?"

"Wait one second," Sue's eyebrows drew together in a frown. "You kissed someone from work tonight?"

Kerry nodded woodenly.


Another nod.

"Who dammit?"

Her eyes darted nervously to her friend. "Dr. Webster."

"Dr. Webster was here? And you kissed him?"

"Uh huh. I kissed him."

"Holy cow!"

Kerry nodded again and clutched her pillow tighter. "He called me a lesbian and an ice queen. I had to defend myself."

Susan snickered and held up a hand. "Okay stop. Why did he accuse you of being a lesbian?"

"He said it was common knowledge that I didn't date and that the inference of course was that I was a lesbo. That was when I lost it and grabbed him. Next thing I knew, my tongue was in his mouth."

"You sure showed him." There was a trace of laughter in Susan's voice.

A faint sparkle made its way into Kerry's eyes. "Apparently I did. He looked quite surprised when I closed the door in his face."

"You didn't?"

"Yup, I did."

"That's my girl." Susan nodded with a smile. "Always leave 'em wanting more."