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Sheâs just inherited a tattoo parlorâ¦and the hunk who comes with it.
Laurenâs in a helluva mess. Not only has she lost her corporate HR job, sheâs just inherited Wicked Brand, a struggling West Palm Beach tattoo parlorâ¦along with the virile dude who runs it. Laurenâs full-figured, sorta pretty, and wanting him badly. Dream on. Sheâs here to sell the place as quickly as possible for some much-needed cash and score a new position in the corporate world.
Danteâs sinfully hot with a killer smile and beautifully inked biceps. He sees the heat in Laurenâs eyes despite her conservative appearance, recognizing the dynamite woman she could be if sheâd just loosen up and have some wicked fun. Dominance and submission. Making love in a public place. Having her lush body always accessible to and ready for his.
Unwilling and unable to keep their hands to themselves, Lauren and Dante turn to carnal games and seduction. Until lust turns to surprising need and friendship to something deeper that might just change their futures.
âAre you here for a piercing?â He gestured to another wall filled with pictures. His biceps flexed.
Lauren wanted to touch them, feel their strength and heat.
âYou can see what we offer in those photos. We also have binders of what weâve done for past clients to give you an idea of what you might like.â
For someone who prided herself on her no-nonsense professionalism, she was having a hard time not drooling over his freaking arms. What was wrong with her? She knew better than to lust after a guy like him. That path only led to her nursing a humiliating rejection at best and a broken heart at worst. She tore her gaze from his biceps and looked at the photos he was showing her. âDo people really get their tongues tattooed?â
He grinned, showing perfect teeth. âYou bet.â
He shrugged good-naturedly. âWhy not?â
He wasnât the least bit uptight. How Lauren envied that. âHave you?â
âHave I what?â
âHad your tongue tattooed? Or are the ones on your arms the only ones you have?â
His smile broadened. He spoke conspiratorially. âI have another, though not on my tongue.â
She hoped he hadnât inked the prize behind his fly. His equipment had to be as awesome as the rest of him. No way could anyone improve on natureâs perfection.
He regarded her thoughtfully, his gaze warming her in places she hadnât thought about in far too long. Easily, he took in her short blond hair, her clothes, and her features, including the small mole near her mouth. There, he lingered. A faint smile touched his lips.
Laurenâs throat and cheeks grew hot. With his approving gaze, too much desire rushed through her, making it difficult to breathe.
He flushed, too. âLet me get those binders so you can look through them.â
âNo, donât. Please. Thatâs not why Iâm here.â
His dark eyebrows lifted. âYouâre selling something?â He glanced at her purse and looked around her, possibly for an organization caddy stuffed with her product line.
âUh no. Iâm here to take over.â
He looked lost. âAs in what?â
âThis place.â She gestured to the parlor. âI own this business and everything in it, including you.â
Tina is an Amazon and international bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for traditional publishers and indie. Booklist, Publisherâs Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic novels were Readers' Choice Award winners. Another three were named finalists in the EPIC competition. One of her erotic contemporary romances was chosen Book of the Year at the French review site Blue Moon reviews. The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for one of her erotic romances. Two of her titles received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition. Another two won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). Tina is featured in the Novel & Short Story Writerâs Market. Before penning romances, she worked at a major Hollywood production company in Story Direction.
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