I talk a lot about "nice and hot" heroes in NA, and that's because I adore a truly gentle guy. I confess, though, I also love a damaged guy, one with a bit of an edge. Caleb definitely falls into the nice-yet-damaged category, and it's exactly what Romy needs. Here's an excerpt from her POV:
"One minute, we were talking about painting, and the next, he was right there, close enough for me to see the tiny spot on his jaw where he nicked himself shaving, close enough for me to see his pulse beating in the hollow of his throat.
Part of me wanted to crawl into his lap and put my mouth on his. Caleb is undeniably hot, but there’s also something about him that’s vulnerable. It’s like that part of him was calling out to me, begging me to look. Begging me to touch. Like his paintings.
Another part of me wanted to run. Alone, in a park, with a man I don’t know very well. The first time I’ve been that close to a guy in months. Not since Alex, in January, not since that night when everything exploded after weeks of agonizing simmering.
Then Caleb touched me, and it was so gentle that it melted me. His fingers smelled of turpentine and soap—he’d been painting this afternoon, maybe this evening. His skin was warm and rough and my body responded instantly. Just like that, my fears winked out and disappeared, replaced by a restless hunger. We’d been talking about sensation, about how people lose the ability to embrace something for the sheer joy of it without thinking it to death, and that’s what I wanted.
I have a right to this, I’d thought to myself. It’s time for me to experience something for my own pleasure and for no other reason. And as soon as Caleb’s fingertips slid over my skin, I knew he could give that to me."
There you go! For a teaser from Caleb's POV that I posted earlier this week, look here. If you want to read a bit more about the story behind the cover (designed by the fabulous Jennifer Rush) and hear a little more about Romy and Caleb, check out my guest posts here and here at Books Over Boys.
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