Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Deliver Me by Kathleen Lawless Excerpt

Deliver Me by Kathleen Lawless

Raised on a small Arkansas farm, Maddie Winston craves excitement, but an escaped convict seeking shelter in her barn is more adventure than she bargained for. Determined to help the brooding stranger clear his name, Maddie impulsively joins Judson Burke on a dangerous journey to his Texas home and find herself the victim of relentless passion.

When the prison wagon transporting Judson crashed, he fled, praying for a chance to prove he is innocent of his wife's murder. Betrayed by his past desires, all Jud wants now is his freedom--until his beautiful traveling companion convinces him that love is the only thing worth fighting for.


"Maddy? Are you all right?"
"No," she said, a breathless catch in her voice.
"What's the matter? Did I hurt you?"
"No," she said even more breathlessly. And placing her hand firmly on the back of his head, she pulled his lips down to meet hers.
What on earth was she doing?
Who cared?
Jud's hot mouth on hers moved with a consuming urgency which felt marvelous - much too marvelous to pull away. Somewhere in the back of her mind she heard a whisper trying to make itself heard.
Was this the way to elicit Jud's trust?
But the message was lost, drowned out by the thrilling, almost frightening rush of excitement which flooded her insides and saturated her limbs.
She scarcely noticed the hard tile floor beneath her, insignificant in comparison to the myriad of other sensations. The delightful weight of Jud stretched atop her. The way his breath mingled with hers. The eroticism of a day's growth of whiskers brushing her skin. She was on fire - awash with feelings, hurtling out of control toward a breath-stealing, forbidden precipice.
Jud's tongue mated with hers with all the easy familiarity of an old friend, encouraging her timid exploration of the inside of his mouth. She felt him groan deep in his throat and thread his fingers through her hair, a response which galvanized her to heightened boldness as she met and matched the pressure of his kiss. Her back arched to maximize the tingling sensation as the tips of her nipples brushed his chest.
He was wearing far too many clothes. They both were. And when they drew apart, gasping for air, he inserted one leg between hers - exquisite torture. It was her turn to groan aloud, to ride a fresh outpour of simmering heat that turned her limbs to jelly.
"Easy." Jud pushed her hair back from her face with unsteady hands. "It's better when you go slow."
"Show me," she said, biting her lip against the frustration as he levered himself off of her. He unfastened his shirt. Catching her hands in his, he guided them to his exposed chest.
Her fingers curled, then slowly unfurled against this new tactile sensation, hardened muscle beneath a smattering of impossibly soft body hair.
Her mouth formed a round “O” of delight as she continued to explore him. When she heard his breath catch, her movements grew bolder and swept across his chest to his shoulders. The light glinted on the gold band adorning her fourth finger, triggering a wild streak of possessiveness. Her husband.
Her man.
With an age-old instinct her pelvis rocked forward until it collided with his. She could feel the turgid length of him, hard and hot. She heard the way he sucked in his breath when she moved invitingly against him, sharing a need, a hunger she'd never known before.
His hand shook as he slid two fingers beneath the neckline of her gown to find the soft swell of her breasts and tease the taut straining buds of her nipples. She felt a stab of fiery excitement ripple through her womb to the juncture of her thighs.
He freed her breasts from the confines of her bodice and lightly, reverently lapped at the nipples, a soft suckling that made her aware of a warm wetness between her legs. When she braced herself against him, intending to ask him to stop, his greedy lips devoured hers and she was lost.
She didn't want him to stop.
Not ever.

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