[Siren Everlasting Classic: Erotic Cowboy Romance, sex toys, HEA]
Jayne Sheridan intended to wait until her wedding night to give up “the goods.” One life-threatening illness and a decade later, she’s wondering if she’ll ever get married and if she shouldn’t just “go for it” now that she’s cancer-free. Her undeniable attraction to the town tattoo artist has her contemplating getting more than a tattoo.
Seth Carter has crammed a lot of living into his years and had his heart broken in a way that he believes is irrevocable. Jayne confuses and intrigues him but he doesn’t want her to look back with regrets, so he turns down her offer. He doesn’t count on the onslaught of jealousy when Jayne decides to take matters into her own hands. Jayne is his.
When the past treads on his doorstep, can Seth handle unexpected blessings and protect the ones he holds dearest to him?
A Siren Erotic Romance
Heather Rainier is a Siren-exclusive author.
5 ANGELS: "Jayne Sheridan was saving herself for marriage when a life threatening illness changed her life forever. Now, given a second chance at life she is going to do things differently. She is immediately drawn to resident tattoo artist Seth Carter. She wants him to be the one. But Seth has his own demons from the past and tries to hold her at arm's length. Jealousy forces the issue in a satisfactory way. Will Seth's past ruin any chance they have for a future? I always love the chance to take a trip back to the Divine Creek Ranch. It is fun to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. In this case, I have seen enough tantalizing glimpses of Seth and Jayne in previous books to be excited about reading their story. The character of Jayne is so complex and Seth has such a troubled history. The two of them together though, can overcome anything. This book also explores a recurring theme in ALL books in the Divine Creek Ranch series: family. Jayne and Seth both have very strong family bonds and they are explored in this book. I love that we get to see how they each relate to their family. It gives us more insight into the characters and their past. And we can't forget the element of danger and suspense that rounds out this great story. Lives are at stake and futures could be wrecked. It just made an already spectacular book even more awesome. Once again, Ms. Rainier has delivered a sexy love story with deep emotional connections. Reading these books fills my need for love and the HEA that fairytales are made of. On a side note: I have been waiting for this book in the Divine Creek Ranch series! Not only did I finally get to read the Seth and Jayne story but this book contains a great crossover with The Lusty, Texas Collection by Cara Covington. Ms. Rainier and Ms. Covington are two of my favorite authors so I was beyond excited to read these books. The way they intertwined the series' and characters paves the way for future crossovers. You don't have to read both series' to enjoy this book, but why the heck wouldn't you?" -- Ursula, Fallen Angel Reviews
5 STARS: "Sparks flew when we first met the enigmatic tattoo artist and bashful librarian, but now it’s time to see what happens with the super hero and virginal heroine! This book picks up where Sparks Fly left off with our sexy couple Jayne and Seth. After a very sexy good night kiss on the Fourth of July, we find the duo are haunted by each other as their attraction builds. We start out with Jayne deciding to move forward with her life, after she felt it had been in suspension during her sickness over the last ten years. What better way to do that then to let the studly Seth put his hands all over her. Well, putting his artist hands on her while he’s tattooing her that is. But she’ll take what she can get to start with. While her passion is writing sexy stories about sex, love and romance Jayne is lacking knowledge in the first department. Intending to save her virginity for marriage, things fall apart and she’s left feeling awkward about it at her age. Seth is drawn to the sexy librarian who is exactly his type. She’s smart, funny and curvy for days. But more so, she pulls out his protective instinct. When he stumbles across her secret hobby, it makes his blood boil with the thought that he has the starring role in her written fantasies. He also finds out that she’s the virginal heroine in this tale. But when she offers him her most precious gift, he refuses her. He’s seen a lot of things in his travels, and regretted a lot of it and he never wants her to live with that kind of regret. But when she decides to take matters into her own hands, Seth has no choice but to claim her like he wants before someone else does. Once the two come together, holy hot pages! We watch as Jayne turns into the sexy woman she was always meant to be with the help of Seth. And we see Jayne start to heal some of the hurt that Seth has held onto from the previous years. But when a big surprise is dropped into Seth’s lap, its an unanswered prayer for Jayne and instead of her pulling away from Seth like he expects, the situation brings them closer together. With this 12th, yes 12th, installment in the Divine Creek Series by Heather Rainier, this is by far my favorite. I loved everything. I loved Jayne’s inner monologues and her humor. When she interrupts her parents on the “phone” I was laughing out loud. I loved her courage and her determination first during her sickness, but the end of the book really brought that home for readers. Seth, oh momma. Seth is my new favorite male character ever. He was sexy, sweet, brave, and loving and every other fantastic adjective you can think of. His heart of gold was worn on his very sexy tattooed arm, and even though he felt weighed down by guilt for something that he couldn’t control he never let it control him. Seth is everyone woman’s romantic dream. My favorite part of him was when he let down his guard and let his true inner Alpha male out. And let me tell you, rawr! In addition to the couple, the secondary characters were fun, and brought a lot to the page for what little time was spent on them. But the love that was shared between the couple, and their friends and family was wonderful. Ms. Rainier definitely has her niche with love being the star attraction to all her novels. She introduced a lot of new characters, and set up a few things to continue this series, and I along with many others are anxiously awaiting for what happens next in a little town of Divine." -- Plumeria, Long and Short Reviews
5 STARS: "I've never made any secret of the fact that this is one of my favorite series as I have read every single one of these books. The sense of continuity with the characters, the bonding among family members and friends and the sense of belonging that these people share are qualities that make these books special for me. I am especially happy to have read this latest story as it brings two very different people into full view, different in that one is a world reknown tatoo artist and the other a woman whose life has been ravaged by cancer, whose life experiences have been interrupted and whose acceptance by some people she thought she could count on less than noble. Jane and Seth are both people who have experienced a lot of the bad stuff that life often dishes out. Seth's emotional life has been put on hold--injured to the point that he is really questioning whether he will ever not be alone. He's reluctant to give his heart--actually reluctant isn't the word. He doesn't feel he can ever take that chance again. Jane has been put on the shelf for nearly a decade after believing that she would be married with a family by now, but the insidious invader known as cancer changed her life, her view of the future, and robbed her of a relationship she thought was forever. Now she is living in Divine, Texas, and determined to make every day count. The first thing on her list is to finally cease being a 38 year old virgin and she had come to believe that Seth, a man she had come to trust, would be the one to be her "first." Throughout this story the reader had a persistent that Seth is a man of honor, one who takes his craft seriously, who understands the health issues involved, who cares about himself and the people he loves and treasures his friends. So his refusal to be Jane's "first" comes with explanations that make a lot of sense in his mind, explanations that come with deep respect for who she is and for the fact that he doesn't want to lead her one in any way. He doesn't count on the fact that he has become more emotionally attached to Jane than he thought. This story embraces a number of characters who have sustained significant loss to cancer--the disfigurement of surgery, the ravages of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, the sense of wondering if each day or month of year will be one's last. It is about the joy that people learn to embrace when they live each day as a gift and learn the glory of being involved with others whose joie de vivre never wavers. It is another fine piece of writing from an author whose style and expertise keeps on growing, who keeps on challenging readers to look beyond the social norms and recognize that love and caring--the authentic kind--come in all forms and social configurations. It is also about the love that is possible when people come into our lives unexpectedly, who grab our hearts and won't let go and who become incredibly important. This was Seth and Jane's experience and one that could have brought deep hurt and driven them apart. Suffice it to say that this book is a delight to read, one that continues to be an enjoyment to those of us who have fallen in love with the people of Divine, Texas. It is also a credit to the author for her sensitivity to those whose lives have been impacted by cancer. She is to be commended for putting both the positive and negative aspects of this front and center in this winsome and very readable story. It's a terrific book, truly a stand alone novel, but if you haven't experienced the people of Divine yet, I highly recommend that you begin at the beginning. Whether or not you choose to do so, this will be a very fun, erotic, love-filled, heart warming read." -- Judith, The Book Binge
“Is that really how you see me? As a hero?”
Oh, hell. There goes that hope. You might as well go for it. You may crash and burn, but at least you won’t have any regrets.
“I know you’re only human. A man.” All man. Stay focused, ninny. “Yes, that’s how I see you. I heard about how you helped when Lily’s ex-husband kidnapped her. Protecting other people. Looking out for others.”
“A hero making his claim on the virgin heroine?” Her pussy quivered at the heat in his piercing blue gaze. At her mute nod, he continued, “I got…caught up in it. You’re a good storyteller.”
Her earlier adrenaline rush and embarrassment, combined with the pleasure she felt at his words, left her feeling off-balance. He stroked her knees with his fingertips.
“Think so?” She tugged at her bottom lip with her teeth, her cheeks still very hot.
“Yes. I do. Can I ask you something?” She nodded, filled with curiosity as he took time choosing his words. “Are you the virgin heroine?”
She fidgeted and diverted her gaze over his shoulder as she nodded. Her heart pounded as she waited for the amusement to cross his features, because in this “enlightened” day and age, he was bound to think she was joking.
Seth reached out a hand and gently tilted her chin so she’d meet his gaze. “That’s not something you should feel embarrassed about. I’d never know it from your writing.”
“It is embarrassing. Especially at my age. It’s unheard of.”
Seth shrugged and smiled. “True. But being pure is nothing to be ashamed of. Ever.” She wanted to howl in embarrassment at his word choice, even though he’d hit the nail on the head. “I’d planned to call you this evening to talk about the tattoo but got home too late. Do you still want to do it?”
She very much appreciated the change in the topic of conversation. “Yes. I do.”
“You didn’t say anything about it the other night but I wanted to make sure you knew that if you ever get pregnant, it’ll very likely alter the tattoo.”
“That’s not an issue. I love the design and want it just as it is.”
Checking the time on his phone, he said, “Okay. Why don’t you come after work tomorrow and we’ll do the first session. Bring the drawing with any changes you want made to the design.” He nodded at the book, indicating the sketch, which stuck out of the top. When she opened the book, the receipt from her last trip to Discretion, which she’d used as a bookmark, fell out in her lap. A slight smile crossed Seth’s lips before he schooled it, and she groaned as she grabbed it and slid it back between the pages.
“My mortification is officially complete.” A twinkle glimmered in his eyes, and she found herself giggling. “Well, now that you know everything there is to know about me, holding still for a tattoo that spans my whole torso doesn’t seem like such a big leap after all.”
“Yeah, I think we broke the ice.”
Jayne nodded. “All to hell. Yup.” At least her sense of humor was returning.
“Wear something comfortable that’s easy to get on and off.”
Jayne recalled that she’d be at least partially disrobed while he worked in close proximity to her disrobed self. Jiminy Cricket! His hands all over me! The heat started simmering inside her again at the thought.
Seth stood as she rose from the chair and stroked her warm cheek. “Don’t worry, Jayne. I’ve done tattoos on all parts of the human body. I’ll be very gentle.” His deep, quiet tone sent a wave of longing through her core. Her cunt lips swelled with arousal.
Jayne refused to contemplate how many women he’d had his hands on in the past and instead focused on the mental image of his hands on her. Hot moisture trickled from her pussy at the thought of him doing more than just tattooing her.
“I know you would. I mean—I know you will.” Jeez, way to let on what you’re thinking.
Seth paused, and a serious expression crossed his face. “If I’d known it was your journal, I never would’ve continued reading. I should’ve recognized your handwriting.”
Jayne shook her head. “I shouldn’t have left it on the desk. I was mostly upset because I thought you’d judge me for my…hobby.”
Seth grinned, showing teeth and that little dimple again, dazzling her in the process. “I kind of like your hobby.”
Hope rose in her heart. This wasn’t what she’d expected. The last time she’d been in this position, she’d become an ex-fiancée.
“You need your rest. We’ll talk some more tomorrow.” He turned as if to go.
“If I asked, would you be my first?” She didn’t know where the guts to utter the words had come from.
He turned to her and drew near. A little furrow appeared between his eyebrows as though he was troubled. “Are you asking?”
Seth stepped into the dim comfort of Jayne’s bedroom but didn’t see her. A rhythmic sound drew his attention, and he peered around the corner to what must be her bathroom. Standing nude before her vanity, she was brushing out her long hair, which made faint crackling sounds as she drew the bristles through it. Her pink-tipped breasts swayed gently with her movements, and her eyes were heavy-lidded as she gazed at her reflection.
She set the brush down on the vanity and flicked her hair over her shoulders as she reached behind her to remove the necklace she was wearing. She must’ve noticed his presence because she turned from the mirror and walked nude out of the bathroom to him. She turned her back to him and regarded him with sleepy, seductive eyes in the mirror’s reflection on her closet door nearby.
“I can’t get it off. Will you help me, please?”
When she reached back to lift her hair from her neck, the pose was provocative, and he never would’ve guessed she was innocent. Her beautiful, round breasts lifted with the action, and she shifted her weight from one foot to the other, drawing his gaze to the sleek line of her spine and the curve of her lush ass. She was still taking matters into her own tenacious hands. In her lusty, tequila-soaked brain, she was doing her best to tempt him, and it was working.
Her breath left her in light pants as he drew a fingertip up her back until his hand reached hers at the clasp of the necklace. Her delicate scent, a mixture of flowers and woman, soaked into his senses. All the reasons he’d given himself for leaving her untouched went to war with all the reasons he could think of for claiming her. They were both adults, in their midthirties, for crying out loud.
But she’s drunk, and this is not going to happen. Not tonight.
But that didn’t mean he couldn’t indulge her a little. He knew it was a slippery slope. He’d thought all bets were off when he found out she was a virgin. He wanted her to have her dream. But she was becoming his dream, and despite what he’d been through and seen in the past, maybe he wanted to be the one to give her what she craved.
He removed the necklace and placed it in the palm she held up. She laid the necklace on her dresser as he slid his hands up her rib cage, over the now-healed outlines of the tattoo, and noted that she watched in the mirror as he cupped her breasts. He’d spent three torturous hours with her laid practically bare before him the week before as he’d tattooed her and hadn’t allowed himself to touch. Tonight he touched.
The solid, sensual weight of her breasts overflowed his hands as he squeezed gently and whispered, “Don’t ever do something so dangerous again, Jayne. When I said no, I never imagined that you’d pull such a crazy stunt. Promise me, never again.”
“Because you’re mine.” He didn’t have the right to demand that of her so suddenly. They hadn’t talked of exclusivity to one another, but he damn sure wanted to when she was in her right mind.
“You said you didn’t want me, didn’t want to—”
“I never said I didn’t want you. I wanted you to have your dream, and I don’t think a drunken one-night stand is what you held out for all this time. You know I wanted you.” He wrapped his arms around her and crushed her to him so she’d be able to feel the diamond-hard shaft she’d inspired. “Never again, Jayne.”
“Never again, Seth.” The words were barely a whisper, but the relief was apparent in her eyes when her gaze met his in the mirror.
Her breathing was rapid as he trapped her nipples between his fingers and tugged while stroking her flesh. Her head fell back against his shoulder, in the little dip that her head fit into perfectly, and she stroked his forearms before raising her hands to his shoulders, letting him have his way. He breathed in the scent of her hair and pressed kisses along the column of her throat. A soft growl emitted from his throat when she rubbed her ass against his aching cock.
He released the satiny warmth of her breasts and trailed his hands down her quivering abdomen, making slow, tantalizing progress. The strands covering her mound in a neat, trimmed fashion were pure, silken seduction as his fingertips strayed downward to her cleft. His breath left him in a hiss, and his cock nearly exploded in his jeans as his fingers were bathed in the slippery-hot juices pooling from her cunt. To be able to slide his cock into that wealth of lush, hot flesh was nearly more temptation than he could bear. He slid a finger over her swollen clit, and she tensed suddenly in his arms, gulping in air and sinking her fingernails into his shoulders. Her cunt clenched spasmodically on his fingertip, and he knew she was very close to climax.
“Please don’t stop,” she whimpered softly, moving against his hand.
She turned her face to his, and he laid his lips on hers and stroked the silken recesses of her mouth. His tongue mirrored what his fingers were doing as he slid his other hand to her pussy and then trapped her clit between two fingers and caressed around and around it until she trembled on the verge. His cock burned to be inside her, and he broke out into a sweat as he fought for control.