Today on First Kiss Friday, we welcome romance author, Laura Haley-McNeil, and an excerpt from the Romantic Suspense novel, “Risking Her Heart.”
Hollywood producer Trent Parker has one goal – to own the film option for the breakout novel Sunset in Maui. His problem? Actress turned producer Charisse Whitloch. She’ll do anything to produce the film. Trent can stop her, but not without getting close to her, a bond he can’t risk.
Charisse has found the film project that will prove she’s her own woman – not her father’s daughter. One person stands in her way – Trent Parker. She’s faced opposition before, but she isn’t prepared for Trent. Her charisma has softened Hollywood’s hardest hearts, but is she a match for Trent’s heart of stone?
Trent’s defenses against Charisse crumble - loving her will heal the darkness in his soul and open the door to a secret he buried long ago. When Charisse is threatened, she and Trent face her adversaries. They piece together a plot more sinister than any Hollywood movie, but the key to their survival lies in Trent’s past – the key that will lead to Trent’s destruction.
First Kiss Excerpt
“Maybe I’m not normal.” His voice rumbled through his chest and into her head.
His fingers massaged the dip in her lower back. His touch felt secure, comforting. He tipped her head back. His gaze skimmed hers then his mouth descended.
His lips were so hot, they nearly burned her skin.
The taste of him.
The feel of him.
His kiss was tender. Urgency burst through. It felt so natural, right, as if his kisses had always been part of her life.
“Charisse.” He breathed her name against her lips. He pushed his fingers through her hair.
The heat of his touch permeated her, intoxicated her. It wasn’t the frantic demand she felt when Dino touched her. She’d have felt exhausted and drained if Dino had skimmed a finger across her cheek. He was always taking.
With Trent, she felt revived, as if the power from his body infused hers. She wanted more.
He pulled away. His hands dropped to his side. Pacing away, he dragged his fingers through his hair.
She stared after him, confused and breathless. Her face burned from his beard. “I don’t under –”
He held up a hand to stop her. “It’s late. We’re both tired. We’ve seen more devastation than most people see in a lifetime. I’ll take you home.”
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