RNIC is delighted to spotlight author Sharon C. Cooper’s latest release, Sin City Temptation! Let’s all welcome her to the blog!
Is love in the cards?
Former police officer Trinity Layton will do anything to keep her personal security business afloat—even babysit professional poker player Gunner Brooks. Bizarre incidents have been plaguing the poker tour, and Trinity has been hired to keep Gunner safe. But when the gorgeous playboy convinces her to pose as his girlfriend, she might be the one who needs protecting, as their passionate charade quickly becomes all too real.
A gambler in the game of life, Gunner has made his fortune playing for the greatest prizes. The last thing he needs during this tournament is a bodyguard hanging around, especially one as alluring as Trinity. And being together 24/7 just tripled their odds of falling for one another. Now, as Gunner prepares for the championship of his career, he’s playing for the highest stakes of all: Trinity’s heart.
Gunner blew out an exaggerated breath. “Listen,” he drew closer and grabbed her hand, pulling her up from the chair, “I’m sorry for overreacting and if I embarrassed you, I’m sorry. I know you’re more than capable of handling assholes like the guy downstairs, but the thought of him putting his hands on you…” He backed away and adjusted the baseball cap on his head. He eventually turned back to her. “I didn’t like it.”
Trinity only stared. “I don’t know what to say. Except for ‘thank you.’” She slowly approached him. “In my line of work, guys that I date just assume that I can take care of myself. So coming to my rescue or shutting down advancements from other guys never happened. Your chivalry made me feel…special.”
Gunner pulled her into his arms. “You are special. Very special.”
He lowered his head until his lips covered hers. His tongue dueled with hers and Trinity knew she should push him away, but she couldn’t. She wanted him so badly. The more time she spent with him, the weaker her defenses became. Desire and need swam through her as the battle in her head continued. It wasn’t until Gunner gripped her butt that common sense kicked in.
“We should stop,” she said and tried to push him away, but he tightened his grip.
“I don’t think so. That kiss and the one from earlier clearly show that we are attracted to each other.”
Trinity met his gaze and took a nervous swallow. Saying that she was attracted to him was an understatement. Lately he was all she thought about, whether she was awake or dreaming.
“You’re right. I am attracted to you, but we can’t do this. Whatever this is.”
With his arms still wrapped around her, he placed feathery kisses on her cheek and worked his way down her neck.
“I disagree,” he said, his voice muffled against her neck. Trinity’s eyes drifted shut as she leaned into him, totally wrapped up in how good his mouth felt against her heated skin. “I think we should explore whatever this is between us and see where it goes.”
Trinity opened her eyes and sighed. She had to stop this and she had to stop it now.
“Gunner.” She pushed against his shoulder, this time freeing herself from his grip. “I can’t do this. You’re my client and I’m so sorry if I’ve led you on. I honestly didn’t mean to. I…I…I’m sorry, we just can’t do this.”
Gunner leaned against the back of the chair. His gaze trained on her. “So what you’re saying…” He rubbed his chin. “…is that we can’t see where this will lead because I’m your client.”
She nodded. “Yeah. I have already behaved unprofessionally, and for that, I’m sorry. The kisses, neither of them, should have happened.”
“Well.” He stood and moved over to the small mini bar, pulling a bottled water from the refrigerator. “I’m sorry you feel that way. I guess there’s only one thing to do.”
Trinity tilted her head. “And what’s that?”
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About the Author:
Award-winning and bestselling author, Sharon C. Cooper, spent 10 years as a sheet metal worker. And while enjoying that unique line of work, she attended college in the evening and obtained her B.A. from Concordia University in Business Management with an emphasis in Communication. Sharon is a romance-a-holic – loving anything that involves romance with a happily-ever-after, whether in books, movies or real life. She writes contemporary romance, as well as romantic suspense and enjoys rainy days, carpet picnics, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. When Sharon is not writing or working, she’s hanging out with her amazing husband, doing volunteer work or reading a good book (a romance of course). To read more about Sharon and her novels, visit www.sharoncooper.net
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