Title: Breathe You In
Author: Lily Harlem
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
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Soul-aching desire was only the first layer of emotion around a secret I had to keep for all of time.
If the road to heaven starts in hell, then I was ready to start climbing my way out and Ruben Strong was the man to accompany me. With his devastating good looks, seductively sexy charm and lust for adrenaline, he was sure to make it a sensual and erotic experience as well as one to re-awake the passionate, throw-caution-to-the-wind woman I’d once been.
I’d given Ruben something, though, without him realizing, and that gift had come from the man I’d loved before. But I couldn’t tell Ruben. I had to keep that a tight secret even on the nights our naked bodies wound together, sought out pleasure and hit the dizzy heights of ecstasy—because Ruben had my husband’s heart, literally, and that heart was still in love with me, so it seemed, and now I was in love with Ruben.
Emotions tangled with bliss and fears were locked away as I surrendered to the touch of Ruben’s hands, the taste of his skin and the sounds of his pleasure. I couldn’t deny that Ruben had brought me back to life the same way I had him, and there was no way I was giving up that feeling, not for anyone.
Publisher's Note: This book was previously self-published. It has been expanded, revised and re-edited for release with Totally Bound Publishing.
Excerpt . . .
“Yes.” He stroked my cheek. “It’s us now.”
“I want everyone to know it.”
“Me too.” He smiled.
“So you’ll come?”
“Absolutely. And I’ll be on my best behavior.”
I rolled my eyes. “Right, because the girls are always so well behaved.”
“What I mean is, I won’t do any of this.”
Suddenly I was on my back and he was over me. I giggled and wrapped my arms around his neck, my legs around his thighs. “I should think not, Mr. Strong, and certainly not in church.”
“Mmm, but maybe later, at the reception.” He pressed a kiss to my lips. He tasted of wine and the salty crisps we’d been eating. “In our hotel room, maybe then I’ll have my wicked way with you and do all the things I’ve been dreaming of doing.”
“I’ve unleashed a monster,” I said with a smile then groaned when the hardness of his cock, through our jeans, surged against my mound.
“You really want to see my monster?”
“I think I’d better. See if it can ever be tamed.”
He kissed me again, slanting his head and probing deep. He swept his hand up the inside of my T-shirt, squeezed my breast then tweaked my nipple through my thin bra.
I became lost in him. Every sense was focused on Ruben. A hungry need settled between my legs.
“I want you now,” he whispered hotly. “Here.”
We’d made love several times since he’d left hospital, but in bed, at mine—quiet, slow, intense, the same as the first time. I wasn’t complaining, it was wonderful, but this was new, this was middle-of-the-day sex, and damn, I wanted some.
“Yes,” I said, “fuck me.”
He raised his head, stared down at me. A devilish smile curled his lips. “Say that again.”
“What?” I pushed his flopping hair back from his forehead.
“What you just asked me to do.”
Ah, he likes dirty talk. I can do that. “Fuck me, Ruben, fuck me now, make me come, make me scream your name.”
“Oh, Jesus.” His mouth went slack. “Get naked.” He reached for his top, yanked it off, his face now a picture of urgency.
I did the same with my T-shirt, wriggling on the sofa then tossing the material aside.
He dipped his head to my chest, tugging at my bra.
“Oi! Get a room!” shouted a deep, bellowing but distanced voice through the window.
We both froze.
“Shit,” Ruben said, screening my body with his. “What the…?”
I looked outside. Not thirty feet from the flat was a huge basket with two men in it. A massive flame burned bright behind them, sending an orange glow over their bodies. They wore flat caps but didn’t look particularly old—one had a black moustache, the other was holding a rope.
“I have got a bloody room,” Ruben shouted. “Bugger off!”
The men laughed, the flame burned brighter, and they started to lift upward.
“Have fun,” the one with the moustache called with a wave.
“We will,” I shouted, managing to wave back as they went from view.
Ruben looked down at me. “I’m really sorry about that, I had no idea they’d come so close.”
I swatted his shoulder and smiled. “It was funny, they couldn’t believe their eyes. They thought they were going to see some action.”
“Pervs.” Ruben grinned. “Now, where were we?”
“You were just about to fuck me.”
“Damn, you have such a filthy mouth.”
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As you can tell, Ruben isn’t too pleased at having visitors when he’s just getting down to the serious business of seducing his new woman, but Katie soon distracts him. I loved this scene, it was playful and sexy and things just get hotter for this gorgeous couple. I hope you’ll check out Breathe You In, and also here’s a link to the balloon festival, if you’re ever near Northampton, England in August, it’s well worth a visit.
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A word from Lily . . .
Thank you for inviting me today it’s great to be here. I’ve brought my new contemporary erotic romance novel with me, Breathe You In. Breathe You In is part of Totally Bounds “What’s Her Secret” range and certainly packs a punch in the secret department. Yep, it’s a whopper!
I’m not spoiling it by giving some of it away right now because the secret is revealed to the reader very early on. Katie, the heroine, is a young widow having tragically lost her husband in a construction site accident. She made the brave and honourable decision when he was in ITU to donate his organs.
A handsome young man who was wasting away because of cardiac disease received a new heart. This generous gift had changed his life around. It really was a miracle for him and he’s fast becoming the adrenaline-junkie, laugh a minute guy he was before.
The secret is that Katie, when still shrouded with grief decided to hunt this man, Ruben out. She became obsessed with finding out who had Matt’s heart. In the UK there are all kinds of legal and ethical issues that stop this happening. But Katie didn’t think about that, she was on a mission. She bypassed the transplant coordination team and didn’t think about any of the implications.
What she doesn’t expect is to find herself very attracted to Ruben – the first man she’s felt anything for since Matt – or that he’d fall head over heels for her!
Please don’t think this is a depressing book that lingers on Katie’s grief, it doesn’t, what it’s about is hope, finding love again, new romance, new partners to enjoy sexy times with. Though of course, there is always the big secret between them…
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About the Author . . .
Lily's stories are made up of colourful characters exploring their sexuality and sensuality in a safe, consensual way. With the bedroom door left wide open the reader can hang on for the ride and Lily hopes by reading sensual romance people will be brave enough to try something new themselves? After all, life's too short to be anything other than fully satisfied.