We all have things for bad boys but what we really want is a redeemed bad boy. One who has tasted all the freedoms but found out that what he really wanted was one woman to love and cherish (if only we are that woman). The guy who has tattoos and a dangerous air about him, maybe longish hair and a strong chin or washboard abs but who doesn't spend hours at the gym or in the bathroom in front of the mirror because he'd rather make you breakfast in bed.
Mindy McKinley has created a reformed bad boy in Seb Adams. He's been there and done that, traveling the world as a famous musician but is finally ready for his one true love...and I'm not talking about his saxaphone!
Her life is uncomplicated. He’s about to turn it upside down with a single kiss.
Growing up as the daughter of a world-famous violinist has had its drawbacks for Maelie Barre. After spending most of her life trying to build a name for herself separate from her father’s, she finally has her dream job as a respected violin teacher. With a pedagogy book in the works, everything seems to be falling into place until an incredibly hot saxophonist moves into the studio next to hers.
Sebastian Adams is struggling. After an epic, alcohol-infused fall from grace as the best tenor saxophonist in the country, he finds himself teaching private lessons back home in Chicago until he can prove he’s recovered. To his shock, teaching is not the walk in the park he thought it would be and when his tightly wound studio neighbor starts appearing in his dreams, he is certain he’s finally lost it.
A couple of arguments and an unexpectedly hot kiss later, they can’t deny their attraction. But can Maelie let Seb turn her quiet life upside down? And how far will Seb go to keep her in his arms?
She looked at him. “I suppose I should thank you.”
“I mean, you could say I was a hero, getting you home safely and all,” he answered with a grin.
“I guess.” She caught his eyes in a way that made his stomach pull. “If you take out the revenge and blackmail, it was almost a nice evening.”
He laughed. “Almost?”
She held up her gloved forefinger and thumb to indicate a small amount. “Almost.”
“I’ll take that as a win.”
Jesus, this woman and her mouth. With a shake of his head, he did the only thing he could think to do in response, he slipped one of his hands up across her cheek, tilted her face toward his, and kissed her as he had wanted to since he’d met her.
She gasped in surprise at first but then melted into the moment with a moan that hardened him instantly. He deepened the kiss, drawing his tongue slowly across hers, the friction rolled through him in waves. Jesus, she tasted good. Before long, both of his hands were on her, pulling her closer, savoring every bit of her.
She opened to him, surprising him with an urgency that matched his own. His breath was gone, and when she brushed her gloved fingers against his jaw, he felt dizzy.
He broke away from her, utterly out of breath a few minutes later, and just gazed into her big brown eyes. They were searching his for answers, explanations. But he didn’t have any. Instead he ran his thumb over her kiss-pink lips and said softly, “Come on, I’ll walk you to your door.”
She pressed those lips together and looked as if she was going to say something but thought better of it and shook her head. “You don’t have to.” She moved to unbuckle her belt, effectively breaking the spell they had been in.
She turned to him with an expression he couldn’t quite read. “This was not a date.”
“I know,” he repeated, reaching out to brush a hair from her cheek. “And that was not a kiss.”
Mindy McKinley is a Contemporary Romance author, avid reader, and cellist.
She lives in the Midwest with her drummer husband and two adorable cats. In her life outside of writing, she is a music teacher, a small business owner, and a professional musician.
No matter where she is in her busy life, her mind is always on her writing. She finds inspiration in everyday moments and joy in putting words in just the right order.
If you’re interested in learning more about Mindy’s writing, visit her website at www.mindymckinley.com for information on current books, upcoming projects, and a blog.