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Megan Ryder is on the blog today, sharing with us an excerpt of her new release Something Borrowed. Check it out and don’t forget to follow this blog, leave a comment, then enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post.
In Something Borrowed by Megan Ryder, Brigid Anderson is a second-year lawyer on a fast track to making partner. With the weight of her siblings’ success on her shoulders, Brigid feels like she needs to prove something–to herself and to her parents. Her life is running smoothly and all according to plan…until she meets Grady.
Grady Coughlin understands focus and ambition, having taken over his father’s contracting business and building it into a successful historic preservation business on his own. After a blind date with Brigid that ends in explosive passion, they embark on a friends with benefits relationship. But as Grady establishes himself in the business world, he decides he wants more and wants it with Brigid.
On the eve of her best friend’s wedding, with her promotion to partner dangling within reach, Brigid believes Grady isn’t the best partner to suit her career ambition. But Grady and her heart don’t agree and she must decide if she should stick to the safety of the plan or find the courage to pursue what she really wants.
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He walked her backwards a few steps until her knees hit the mattress. She sat back on the bed and he followed her down across the bed, lying next to her, lips dipping into the notch at the base of her throat, then lower to trace the edge of the lace of her tank top with his tongue. She shuddered, her breath jagged and rough.
He ran a hand under her top to cup her breast, his thumb running over the sensitive tip, once then twice. She jerked, pushing into his hand with a plea. “Please, Grady. Stop teasing.”
He grinned against her skin, loving the teasing as opposed to their usual hurried, almost frenetic sex. “What do you want, Brigid? This?” he kissed the gently swelling mounds. “Or this?” He nipped her then soothed the sting with little licks. “Or this?”
He moved down and captured her other nipple in his mouth through the cotton top, biting down lightly, then sucking. Her breath caught in her throat and her back bowed under him, almost bucking him off.
“Oh no, we can’t have that. You need to stay still, Brigid.” He draped a leg across her lower body, and she arched into him, trying to get closer.
“Grady, please.” Her breathy whisper made him grin.
He tugged her tank up, baring her breasts completely and caressed the swollen mounds, plumping them. He teased one nipple with tiny lashes of his tongue and teeth while his fingers twisted and tormented the other, then he switched until she writhed on the bed, pleading for more. Only then did he make his way down her stomach, skimming the creamy skin until he met the lace of her boy shorts.
“Did I ever tell you how sexy I find these?”
“And I was just wishing I had sexier lingerie with me,” she whispered.
“Not on my account. I find the lace edging on these, bisecting your ass, hotter than a thong any day of the week. Don’t ever change on my account, Brigid.”
She froze under him and he paused. “But I am changing. You’re changing me.”
He realized in an instant that he had made a tactical error, threw her out of the moment. He quickly moved up her body, settled his lower body between her thighs and framed her face with his hands, forcing her to look at him.
“Brigid, I only want you to be happy. If you don’t want to change, you don’t have to. I love you the way you are.”
Her eyes opened wide and he could see panic reflected in them. “You love me?”
He cursed in his head. So not the way to tell her that. Actually, it was probably the best way to scare her off. But the words were out there. “Yes, I do. And I don’t expect you to say it back. Not now, only when you’re ready. No pressure.”
Her freak out hadn’t lessened at his words. “I don’t know what to say. Thank you doesn’t seem quite right. I care about you but I’m not sure I can say I love you. Not now.”
He suppressed the disappointment, knowing full well how emotions were for her, knowing how he had put her on the spot. But he had faith that she had deeper feeling for him, deeper than caring. Or maybe that was hope. No, he wasn’t going there. He was all in and had to believe that Brigid would get there. Or this was all for nothing.
She wrapped her hands around his neck and pulled him down for a deep, sensual kiss, pulling him back into the moment. “But I want to give this a try, Grady. I truly care about you, more than I ever thought possible. Can you give me a chance?”
“I’ll give you all the time you need.”
And in that instant, she took charge of their interlude, wrapping a leg around his waist and flipping him onto his back, a seductive smile on her face.
“Now, where were we?”
Author info: Ever since Megan Ryder discovered Jude Deveraux and Judith McNaught while sneaking around the “forbidden” romance section of the library one day after school, she has been voraciously devouring romance novels of all types. Now a romance author in her own right, Megan pens sexy contemporary novels all about family and hot lovin’ with the boy next door. She lives in Connecticut, spending her days as a technical writer and her spare time divided between her addiction to knitting and reading.