Excerpt: Daring to Wish by Tracey Rogers (Contemporary Romance)
Eve froze mid-turn, halted by his husky command and the tingle radiating from his hand lightly grasping her wrist. She met his gaze and realized how wrong she'd been. He was a million miles away from being uncomplicated. The startling blue of his eyes revealed depths Eve could only imagine drowning in.
"Did you say…nice?" He leaned closer. "I would say that was a lot better than nice. I'm sure if we tried again we could manage spectacular. Don't you agree?" he drawled.
Maybe nice had been the wrong word to choose Eve relented as she noted his husky tone. It was infinitely better than nice. Try amazing! Her breath hitched as she thought of his kiss again. Knowing he enjoyed it too sent a surge of pleasure through her that settled deep within her belly. Obviously she could do some things right.
If she intended to fulfill her wishes she was going to have to find some confidence from somewhere—and fast! At the moment her confidence seemed to be firmly in the area of her knickers.
Running and hiding now seemed out of the question. Maybe confidence practice would be the lesser of two evils? She paused before facing Mr. Hotness for confidence lesson one.
"Hmm…" She pretended to consider. "Maybe you're right. However, as this was a dare I'm afraid it was a one time opportunity," she added with mock apology. "So I guess we'll never know."
"You kissed me for a dare?" His brow arched.
Eve nodded. "Uh-huh. My dare was to kiss a stranger."
"A dare, huh? I feel so…so violated." He clutched his free hand to his chest in feigned hurt, although his eyes brimmed with humor and a smile tugged at the corner of his delicious mouth.
"Don't be offended. I did actually choose you," she blurted before forgetting her cool, calm, and confident aim.
"So you really thought you could violate me then run?"
"That was my plan, yes," she said with a confidence she didn't quite feel, especially as she was distracted by the thumb lightly stroking her wrist.
"And I didn't even try to play hard to get. Guess you got lucky."
"Or maybe you did," she countered without thought, mortified as a blush warmed her cheeks at his responding grin.
"Tell me, do you like to be dared?"
Her eyes widened at the loaded question. "I…I find a challenge hard to resist."
"Damn good thing I'm a challenge."
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