Under the Boardwalk: A Dazzling Collection of All New Summertime Love Stories

Under the Boardwalk: A Dazzling Collection of All New Summertime Love Stories by Geralyn Dawson Read Free Book Online

Book: Under the Boardwalk: A Dazzling Collection of All New Summertime Love Stories by Geralyn Dawson Read Free Book Online
Authors: Geralyn Dawson
Tags: Fiction, General, Suspense, Romance, Thrillers, Anthologies (Multiple Authors)
moved restlessly, as if he wanted to grind his hips against her.
    He didn't say anything, for which she was grateful. Innate caution told her to slow down, while instinct screamed at her, urging her to mate with him; it was fated, anyway, so why wait? What would waiting accomplish? The outcome was the same, no matter the timetable. Torn between the two, she hesitated, not quite willing yet to take such a large step no matter what the fates said.
    "This is scary," she muttered against his throat.
    "No joke." He buried his face against her hair. "This must be what it feels like to get hit by that famous ton of bricks."
    The knowledge that he was as rattled as she wasn't very reassuring, because she would have liked for one of them to be in control.
    "We don't know each other." Neither did she know with whom she was arguing, him or herself. All she knew was that, for one of the few times in her life, she wasn't certain of herself. She didn't like the feeling. One of the foundation bricks of her life, her very self, was her knowledge of herself and other people;
not
to know was if that foundation was being shaken.
    "We'll work on that." His lips brushed her temple. "We don't have to rush into anything."
    But when he
did
know her, would he still want her? She worried at that, feeling, not for the first time, the weight of her differentness. She came with so much excess baggage that a lot of men would think she was more trouble than she was worth.
    That thought gave her the strength to push gently at his shoulders. He released her immediately, stepping back. Lilah took a deep breath and pushed her hair out of her face, trying not to look, at him, but the dear, dark red of passion emanating from him was almost impossible to ignore. "I'd better get those biscuits in the oven," she said, stepping around him. "Just sit down out of my way and I'll have supper ready in a jiffy."
    "I'll stand, thank you," he said wryly.
    She couldn't help it; she had to look, meeting his rueful blue gaze in perfect understanding. The dark red of his aura was still glowing hot and clear, especially in the groin area, though more blue was beginning to show through in the aura around his head.
    But he did move out of her way, leaning against the wall by the door. She put the biscuits into the oven and opened a big can of beef stew, dumping the contents into a pot and placing that on top of the stove. The simple meal would have to be enough, because she wasn't about to go out into the storm to chase down a chicken for supper. The biscuits could cool, and the beef stew could simmer until he got hungry again.
    He was watching her. She felt his gaze, his utter male focus on her. Being female wasn't something to which she gave a great deal of thought, but under that intent study she was suddenly, acutely aware of her body, of the way her breasts lifted with each breath, of the folds between her legs where he would enter. She didn't have to look down to know her nipples were tightly beaded, or at the front of his pants to know his erection hadn't yet subsided.
    His unabashed arousal did more to turn her on than any sweet nothing he could have whispered. Something had to be done to lessen the sensual tension, or she would shortly find herself on her back. She cleared her throat, mentally searching for a neutral topic.
    "How did a nice Texas boy end up in Alabama?" She already knew; Jo had told her. But it was the only thing she could think of, and at least the question would get him to talking.
    "My mother was from Dothan."
    No further explanation followed. Deciding he needed more prodding, Lilah said, "Why did she move to Texas?"
    "She met my dad. He was from west Texas. Mom and a couple of friends from college were driving to California after graduation, and they had car trouble. My dad was a deputy then, and he stopped to help them. Mom never did get to California."
    That was better; he was talking. She breathed an inner sigh of relief. "Why did she come back to

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