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Once Upon a Love Story (MF)

Sequel to Love Story for a Snow Princess

Siren-BookStrand, Inc.

Heat Rating: SEXTREME
Word Count: 38,510
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[Siren Allure: Erotic Interracial Romance, HEA]

Caleb Tasker lost his wife to cancer, but it took him a long time to put her memory to rest. Deciding he needs a vacation, he accepts the gracious invitation of living in his friend’s Malibu home for an overdue holiday.

Delilah Ward grew up in rural Mississippi and ran away when she was sixteen, moving to Los Angeles with thoughts of being anything but the person she was born to be. But reality settled in quickly, and the bright lights of Hollywood soon faded into the dark abyss of dancing on a darkened platform.

Caleb is used to love being easy and Delilah is used to fighting against everything. They have nothing in common except a wildfire attraction that won’t let go of them. But when tough choices need to be made, will they both be able to be honest to what they really want?

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Excerpt

 

STORY EXCERPT

 

“I’m going to head to the bar,” Jake said.

“You go ahead,” Caleb replied. “I want to check out the stage.”

Jake grinned and disappeared into the crowd. As Caleb began to head toward the stage he happened to glance to his right and saw a beautiful African-American woman giving out beer to passing people. Even in the low light he could see disdain in her eyes as she smiled at the man standing in front of her. She held out a cold beer plucked from the icy casket in front of her, twisting off the cap with a deft flick of her wrist. She wore a one-piece bathing suit, scarlet red and cut high on the side, showing off her gorgeous long legs. Her black hair fell in a straight curtain past her shoulders and a silver headband held her bangs back. Her dark skin glistened under the overhead lights.

The man stuck a dollar in a tip bucket as he walked on, taking a long drink from his beer. The woman said thanks, and as she turned, the fake smile immediately slid from her lips. Before he knew what he was doing, he had walked over to where she stood passing out beer.

“Would you like one?” she said, the fake smile falling back into place.

“Sure,” he answered.

She popped the top and handed him one. When he took it, she turned back to look at the crowded room as if waiting for him to go. Only Caleb didn’t leave. He moved to the side as a couple more people came up to get beer.

“My name is Caleb,” he said, once they were alone again.

She flicked a cautious, hesitant look at him and flashed that impersonal smile.

“I’m sorry for lingering, but I don’t know anyone here,” he went on. “And you seem to hold the monopoly on manly drinks.”

“‘Glass after glass you drain to quench his thirst,’” she quoted.

“‘Each glass contains a spirit like the first,’” he quoted back without missing a beat, and he could tell he impressed her when her mouth dropped open.

“You know Ella Wheeler Wilcox?” she asked in disbelief.

“Yes. Why, is that a surprise?”

She shifted back and looked him up and down. Caleb found himself strangely aroused by her perusal. “Pardon me for saying, but you don’t look like a man who quotes female poets.”

“What kind of man do I look like?”

She pursed her lips. “I don’t know. A lumberjack?”

Caleb scratched his beard and smiled. “Close. I’m a forest ranger, actually, from Alaska.”

A man walked up and the woman opened a beer before handing it over with a flirty smile. The man winked at her, nodded at Caleb, and walked away. And as soon as he was gone the brightness of her face drained away.

“What’s your name?” he asked.

“Candy,” she answered immediately.

“Really? Well, okay.”

“What’s wrong with my name?”

“You don’t look like a Candy.”

She raised a sculptured eyebrow. “What do I look like?”

“Something classical, with maybe a touch of exotic.”

She cocked her head and stared at him. Caleb had the distinct feeling that she was sizing him up, making some type of monumental decision. “Delilah,” she finally said, slowly, as if she still wasn’t sure she wanted to tell him. Then she gave a rueful laugh. “I don’t usually tell men my real name.”

That confused him. “Why?”

Another man walked up and a smile lit up Delilah’s face for the time it took to hand him a beer. When the man walked away, like before, the smile faded from her lovely face.

“Candy is my working name,” she told him abruptly.

“This work?”

She shrugged and made a sweeping gesture with her hand, encompassing the whole room. “Weekend work. Pays well, I can keep my clothes on, and I’m home by one a.m.”

A hideous thought entered his mind. “Are you trying to tell me that you, ah, you’re a…”

She seemed to take grim amusement when words failed him. He saw her shoulders straighten as she stiffened her spine. Her dark eyes watched him, appraising him, and for some reason Caleb felt like he was on trial.

“I’m a stripper,” she told him bluntly. “At The Pink Pony. Monday through Friday. Stop by if you’d like.”

 

ADULT EXCERPT

 

“Baby, you’ve gotta stop looking at me like that,” he told her in a strangulated tone.

She licked her lips, unable to break eye contact.

He groaned and left the kitchen, walking toward her with determined strides. He looked like a man on a mission, a hunter who’d found his prey, and excitement flooded through her. Her pussy flooded, soaking her panties, and need puckered her nipples into hard buds.

As soon as he drew close enough, he reached for her. His grip was firm but not bruising and she stared up at him with wide eyes. His body was hard, firm, and she felt his cock pressing hot and heavy against her.

“You’re so beautiful,” Caleb said with a ragged breath. “I’m so hard for you, Delilah, and if I don’t kiss you right now I think I might self combust.”

“Yes, Caleb,” she moaned just as his head swooped down and his lips claimed hers.

She melted. He took a small nip on her upper lip before trailing smaller kisses across her bottom, licking each corner to coax her mouth open. As soon as she granted him access, Caleb slipped his tongue inside. There wasn’t any softness in the kiss at all. He possessed her completely, with a wildness that took her by surprise. As her tongue joined with his in exploring and tasting, her knees went weak. Caleb’s hands slipped down to grab her around her waist and settle her more firmly between his thighs. She could feel his rigid cock pulsing through their clothes and all she wanted to do was explore his impressive girth.

Slowly, his hands began to slide up, pushing her shirt up to reveal her flat tummy. His thumb brushed over her smooth skin and she shivered. She broke the kiss to moan, allowing Caleb to rain small kisses over her cheek and down her neck.

“Caleb,” she managed to gasp.

“I want you,” he whispered in her ear, taking a nip at her earlobe. “I want to take you into my bed and worship your body, lick every inch of you, have you ride me until we’re both too weak to walk. Jesus, Delilah, I’m want you so fucking much, baby.”

“Caleb, stop,” she whispered. “Please. We need to stop.”

It was like a bucket of cold water had been thrown on him. He stiffened in her arms and then the next second he was walking away from her, back toward the kitchen, hunched like a wounded bear. She was left panting, disoriented, and strangely bereft.

“I, ah, I need to go,” she told him, walking toward the door that led to the mud room.

As she passed by him, he grabbed her arm.

“Don’t go,” he murmured.

She swallowed. She was so tempted, and because of that, she needed to get away now.

“I have to go.”

His eyes were burning with arousal. Her body responded. “I want to see you again.”

“Caleb—”

“Please, Delilah. I have to see you again.”

She caved. She wanted to see him again, too. “Give me your phone.”

He slipped it out of his pocket and handed it to her. She quickly programmed her phone number into it before setting it back upon the island counter top.

She wanted to kiss him again. So very badly.

But instead she hurried out, closing the door behind her.

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