Today on First Kiss Friday, we welcome romance author, Anni Fife, and an excerpt from her Steamy Romantic Suspense novel, “Gray’s Promise (A King Security Novel 2).”
Zoey Morgan seems to have it all as a successful surgeon in Boston. However, perfection lies only on the surface. Plagued by nightmares and amnesia from a tragedy that ripped her family from her fourteen years ago, she finds the courage to reach out to the only man who can make her feel safe. She’s buried the memory of their love, but her heart—and her body—responds to the ex-marine in ways that are all too familiar.
Grayson “Gray” Walker’s heart shattered when Zoey chose another man over him. Since then, he’s built an impenetrable wall around his emotions. But from the moment she implodes back into his life, her vulnerability breaches his defenses. His skills as an elite member of the King Security team cannot shield him from the devastation of learning he might have left Zoey high and dry when she needed him most. Now, Gray must navigate the tripwire of helping her heal while protecting himself from being hurt again.
As the embers of their potent love reignite, an old threat awakens, leading to greater danger than ever before.
First Kiss Excerpt
He drew her closer, holding her head tucked into his neck. “It doesn’t matter what you do, Butterfly, or what you did.” He intentionally used the endearment. To convince her. To convince himself. “I could never hate you.”
She hiccupped. He stroked his hand down her back. She let go of his wrist and rested her hand flat against his chest. Gray breathed her in. For long moments they stayed like that, their breaths kissing each other, the music soft around them. Then the yearning began to grow, their intimacy turning into a familiar ache.
“Gray.” It was a soft whisper.
He slid his fingers into her fiery hair and tilted back her head. Her gaze was filled with longing.
“Gray,” she mouthed silently.
He settled his mouth over hers. For one interminable second, she didn’t respond. Gray touched his tongue to her bottom lip. And like a genie rubbing a magic lamp, they parted. Gently, he ran his tongue over her mouth, nibbling and kissing. Her breath hitched, and electricity sizzled through his body.
“Zoey,” he groaned.
She pushed up against him, her mouth opening to invite him in. He couldn’t resist. Gliding his tongue past her lips, he searched for more of her taste. Her tongue welcomed him, kissing up against his own. And still, he couldn’t get enough. Their tongues entwined, dancing and teasing, licking and savoring. Gray shuddered when her hands stroked up his neck. She kept going until they were buried in his hair. He pulled her flush against him and deepened their kiss.
So fragile. And so fucking perfect.
He kissed her until they were both breathless, clinging to each other. Her need matched his, a burning desire that ignited his own. The fire was going to consume them, and they weren’t ready.
He wasn’t ready.
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