When two people make beautiful music together on stage, can their love survive once the curtain falls?
Linnea Larson is appalled when a Hollywood hunk is hired to star opposite her at her family’s theatre. He’s known for playing a superhero on screen, and a super stud off screen. Neither fact convinces her he’s got what it takes to share her stage. And thanks to a pact with her best friend, she never dates actors.
Luke Powell has fame, fortune, and an endless string of women, but is dissatisfied with his picture-perfect life. He escapes to his theatrical roots to find wary cast mates, a nervous best friend convinced the show will ruin Luke’s career, and an adorable costar who refuses to date him. Far from the spotlights of Hollywood, can he find happiness in the footlights of a tiny theatre?
Despite Luke dragging her into his paparazzi nightmare, Linnea can’t deny his irresistible charm. But their fling has a guaranteed expiration date. Why risk the inevitable heartbreak? Their job is to act like they’re in love, but will they decide it’s worth the leap to fall in love for real?
“But there is no way, dollface, we’re going back into rehearsal until I taste you.”
Luke’s strong arms pulled her flush against his body. They were touching everywhere—feet tangled, legs, chest .... Linnea couldn’t let herself think about the parts touching in between their legs and chest. Then he cradled her face ever so gently between his large, warm hands and kissed her.
As first kisses went, it was one for the record books. No hesitation, no slow and steady incursion. Luke’s kiss was more of a possession, a branding. His lips settled firmly on hers, and she had no choice but to be swept along for the ride. The power of his kiss lit a long-banked fire inside her. Heat gathered somewhere behind her belly button and spread out, like light rays emanating from the sun.
A moan slipped out, and Luke took the opportunity to slide his tongue in, exploring every inch of her mouth. And with every nip at her lip, with every quick lick, her layers of calm, cool reserve melted away.