Today on First Kiss Friday, we welcome romance author, Anni Fife, and an excerpt from her Steamy Contemporary Romantic Suspense novel, “Luke’s Redemption (A King Security Novel Book 1).”
Chased by her criminal kingpin father, Katya Dalca runs to New Orleans and straight into the arms of Luke Hunter. Sucked into the carnal world of the French Quarter, she succumbs to Luke’s potent sexuality. He not only steals her breath, he steals her heart, and the only leverage she has against her father. She’s left with no choice but to pick up the pieces and rebuild her life alone.
Undercover DEA agent Luke Hunter thought his newest assignment—recover a stolen flash drive to gain the trust of the Russian mob—was like any other. But his target brings him to his knees, and after one taste of her intoxicating beauty, he's in too deep. Doing his job means walking away, leaving his heart behind with nothing but a promise to reunite. It's a promise he can't keep.
When Katya's past reaches out and her world unravels, her only hope is the one man she is most vulnerable to—Luke.
First Kiss Excerpt
(Note: When Katya first meets Luke, he is operating undercover as Michael.)
And just when I thought it couldn’t get any hotter, the opening cords of Muddy Water’s “I Just Want To Make Love To You” slid over us with all of its sensual power. Michael turned me to face him and took the empty bourbon glass from my hand. I didn’t notice where he put it because both his arms wrapped around me and pulled me tight up against him. I went up on tiptoes to meet his descending mouth. And then, with the classic blues song thick in the air, he claimed me.
And it was a claiming!
His mouth fused with mine, and a place deep inside me unfurled in response. Waves of heat cascaded through me as his tongue swept into my mouth. It filled my senses and created a voracious need that I knew, with absolute certainty, only he could ever fill. I clung to his shirt when he pulled back slightly, feeling the warmth of his hand on my jaw. When his thumb feathered my cheek I forced my eyes open. I could feel his breath kiss my lips.
“Jesus, babe!” he whispered hoarsely.
I couldn’t speak.
His hand threaded into my hair, pulling my face impossibly closer and his lips settled back on mine. This time he went slower, our tongues endlessly entwining with each other. The people around us faded away as his kiss consumed me. I couldn’t get enough.
His taste was intoxicating.
Then he caught my lower lip between his teeth and bit me, gently. My knees sagged and he was forced to catch my weight, pressing me tightly to his body. His erection beneath his jeans pressed into me and wetness surged between my legs.
Oh God! Unable to stop myself I whimpered into his mouth.
His hand fisted my hair and he pulled my head back, not so gently. His eyes were liquid ink and he was breathing so deeply his nostrils were flaring. Completely ensnared, I was a willing partner to whatever he wanted to do with me.
“It’s time to go, baby.” His voice was deep and husky. “Come on.” He pulled me through the crowd and out on to the street. In the cool air, he removed his jacket and slipped it over my shoulders. It enveloped my much smaller frame and I pulled the leather around me, inhaling his spicy, masculine scent. It settled around me like a cocoon. And I felt safe. Protected.
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