Today the spotlight is on Delaney Diamond’s latest release, Perfect – book 2 of the Johnson Family series. The Johnson family is based in Seattle about a billionaire family of siblings running a beer and restaurant company called Johnson Enterprises.
Does the end justify the means?
Cyrus Johnson is rich, powerful, and used to getting his way. When his estranged wife shows up at his office demanding a divorce once and for all, he not only refuses, he makes a demand of his own.
Daniella Barrett-Johnson has little bargaining power where Cyrus is concerned, and he’s already used his vast financial resources to prolong their divorce and keep her tied to him. Her only hope is to give him what he wants, but if she does, how will she ever be able to leave him for good?
In this scene, Cyrus asks Daniella to prove she’s no longer attracted to him. Things don’t go so well…
Her breathing arrested for a nanosecond, but she quickly recovered. “How am I supposed to do that?”
“We kissed at The Savory Date.”
“That was a peck on the lips. I want you to give me a real kiss, and if you don’t feel anything, then we do it your way.”
“No.” She backed up a couple of feet. It was a trap, one that would ensnare her for sure. “I don’t have to prove anything to you.”
“Scared?” The softly spoken word was filled with mocking challenge.
“I told you before I’m not afraid of you.” She lifted her chin with a boldness she was far from feeling.
“Then give me a kiss.” He ate the distance between them with one long stride. “One little kiss, and if you prove me wrong, we do this your way.”
She lowered her lids against the seductive quality of his voice and stared down at the rich burgundy carpet. Her breathing had already grown fractured at the mere thought of kissing him.
“You know this color lipstick is my favorite,” he said. His fingertip swept the seam of her lips and made them tingle. “It’s distracting. Is that why you wore it? So you could distract me?”
She’d forgotten she was wearing ruby red lipstick. In truth he preferred her to be au naturale, but when she wasn’t his favorite color lipstick was ruby red. He said the color gave her lips a fullness and plumpness which turned her mouth into an invitation, begging to be kissed.
“I didn’t wear it for you,” she said.
He took her hand, and a shiver of awareness raced up her arm. He ran the blunt tip of his thumb over the spot where her rings used to be. Her pulse started to dance, faster and faster. “One little kiss, Dani.” He pressed his lips to the back of her fingers.
The inside of her belly trembled, as if a family of moths had taken up residence there. He pulled her closer, and she went to him with little resistance. She was shaking. She wanted him to kiss her. Badly.
One hand went to her back and trailed up and down her spine in a slow caress. Despite his cold, cruel nature in business, Cyrus was a sensual man and a master of seduction.
He drew her closer until she pressed against him. He was semi-erect, fitting because she was semi-wet.
Against the stimulus of his hard chest, her nipples pebbled and her breathing became shallow. She felt his hard strength and fought the reaction the best she could, not wanting to give him the satisfaction of being right.
“One little kiss, Dani.” His breath brushed her mouth and created a tingling sensation across the skin of her lips. “One little kiss for your husband.”
It wouldn’t be one little kiss. She knew it and was certain he did, too. He would consume her, because that’s what he did. She lost all sense of the present and time when caught up in his arms.
Cyrus lowered his head, and in the next instant their lips fused together. This kiss was different from the one at the restaurant. It was tender, even affectionate, and Daniella leaned in, enjoying the flavor of him way too much. She held onto his biceps, the power and strength of his arms sending little darts of pleasure along her spine.
Engulfed in the thrill of touching him again, she was unable to move away, and she certainly didn’t want to. His lips were warm, and little by little he increased the pressure against hers. The hand at her back dipped to her backside and tightened. She gasped into his mouth, the blossom of heat invading her thighs.
When he lifted his head, she felt bereft, and he must have felt it too, because his nostrils flared and he groaned—the sound in the back of his throat so low she almost didn’t hear it. Need flashed in his half-closed eyes. He dipped his head again and heaven help her, she lifted her mouth to meet his and parted her lips for his invasion.
Here’s the info on the giveaway:
Prize: One lucky winner will receive an autographed copy of (1) the first book in the Johnson Family series, Unforgettable (2) an autographed copy of Endless Summer Nights, a Harlequin anthology that features Delaney’s story Heartbreak in Rio.
Eligibility: You must be a subscriber to the RNIC newsletter.
How to enter: Answer this question in the comments below: If you were married to a billionaire, what’s the one thing you would have to splurge on and buy?
Deadline: Sunday, October 5, 2014, 11:59pm EST
Note: By participating in this contest, the winner has given permission to RNIC to share his/her name and email address with the person conducting the contest so they can forward the prize(s). Prize open to U.S. and international entrants.
About the Author
Delaney Diamond is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sweet, sensual, passionate romance novels. Originally from the U.S. Virgin Islands, she now lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She reads romance novels, mysteries, thrillers, and a fair amount of nonfiction. When she’s not busy reading or writing, she’s in the kitchen trying out new recipes, dining at one of her favorite restaurants, or traveling to an interesting locale. She speaks fluent conversational French and can get by in Spanish.
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