TITLE – Just Realized
SERIES (& book #) – Ward Sisters, #6
AUTHOR – Lucy Gage
GENRE – Contemporary Romance/Romantic Fiction
PUBLICATION DATE – January 11, 2016
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 416 pages
PUBLISHER – Patricia Korbet
COVER ARTIST – PK Designs Editing and Graphics
She appears to be the irrepressibly happy girl. Nina Jacobs has had some rough patches in life, and men have always disappointed her. The day Owen Nichols drops into her world, the last thing she expects to happen is happily ever after.
He gravitates toward the role of knight in shining armor for damsels in distress. Sergeant Owen Nichols has a bad habit of being the rebound guy. When he meets Nina Jacobs, he recognizes the moment where preparation meets opportunity.
Some life lessons have to be earned the hard way. Owen is determined to prove worthy of Nina’s trust, and they form an unshakable bond of friendship that she can’t believe—and he dares not presume—is more. Can Owen find the courage to leap before she rediscovers her heart with someone else? Or will Nina realize that she already has everything she needs with the man who has become her best friend?
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This time, he dove in with her still on his shoulder—instead of dumping her—and she was ready for it. When they surfaced, she was laughing and he was, too. He swooped her into an embrace, leaning his face inches from hers.
She tried to pull away and he said, “Don’t. Not yet.”
“Because your ex is watching. I’m going to kiss you. Make him jealous.”
“What if I don’t want to kiss you?”
“Do you want to make him jealous?” he asked, his lips a hair from hers.
“Yes,” she breathed.
“Then let me kiss you,” he whispered. “Wrap your arms around my neck and your legs around my waist.”
“Just do it.”
He shifted his hands to her butt and pulled her pelvis to his. Heat flooded her body as the hard ridge of him rubbed her aching clit with each passing wave. “Better?” Lust coated his voice.
“Uh huh,” she muttered as he pressed his lips to hers, warm, despite the cold water, and surprisingly soft. When she swiped her tongue over his lips, tasting the ocean salt, he opened them.
His tongue danced with hers as if meant to do so. No war, no fighting, just a sensual give and take. When he pulled away, he’d left her breathless.
“Why’d you stop?” I could kiss you for hours.
He panted. “Did you want to keep going?”
“Yes.” God, yes. I might fly apart, but I don’t care.
“Okay.” He kissed her again, his luscious mouth turning her inside out. This time, he let her slide down his body, and a wave nearly toppled them.
“Did that work for you?”
To her delight, his brawny arms still held her. “Which part? Making Liam jealous or getting excited while kissing you?
Owen smiled. “I liked kissing you, too.”
Lucy Gage started her writing career under another name, but the same vivid imagination and love of books still fuels her daily life. When she’s not writing, you can find her spending time with her family in her home state of Maine, experiencing a life that helps shape her writing.
She loves to hear from fans, and appreciates that they asked about her writing while she took this last year to focus on other parts of her life. Look for her website in 2016. Ward Sisters Series Book #7, Think of Me, will arrive in 2016. Book 1 in the Vega Brothers Series—a Ward Sisters spinoff—launches later in the year.
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