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In the tropical Florida heat, a man with deadly secrets falls for a lovely, inquisitive reporter.
When an Italian journalist’s expose of his country’s mafia puts him on the run for his life, he hides out in an exclusive Florida Keys enclave. But his defenses are breached by a reporter searching out the scoop of her life. Can he convince her to trade headlines for the passion growing between them … or will her investigation open the gates to peril from his past?
After Luca Rossi lost everything to the Italian mafia, he used all his skills to write a stunning expose, and managed to put a key don on trial for his life. But now Luca must hide out on the Florida coast until justice is served in Italy. All is well, until he meets a lovely young American reporter who won’t stop asking questions about who he is. Soon he’s fighting the urge to hush her with a kiss … and much, much more.
Skylar Shaw took a job with a small Florida paper determined to make her mark on the journalistic world. She may spend her days writing up alligator scares and human interest stories, but when she meets a handsome mystery man on the beach, she’s not afraid to dig into his past, and the danger stalking him from across the seas. There’s just one problem … will her efforts help Luca, or bring danger straight to him?
Luca knows all too well the journalistic drive to keep digging. Can he trust his lovely Skylar to keep his secrets, or must he push her away to save both their lives?
“Tu sei bellissima,” he whispered, dragging out each word. He kissed her again, hard, and took a handful of her wet hair and moved her head so that her ear was next to his mouth. “That’s Italian and it means, ‘You are gorgeous.’”
Her hands were suddenly in his hair, sliding down his neck, over his biceps. It had been too long since he’d had sex. The last time was three months ago, in Argentina at a backpackers hostel when he was lonely and a little drunk. Even before he kissed that waitress, he knew it was wrong because he felt nothing, only a release of energy when he climaxed. With Skylar, he knew it was wrong also, but in so many different ways and for so many different reasons.
“Your hair,” he murmured. He skimmed his hands along her bare back under the water, and the blue shimmer of the pool danced on her skin. “Look at how beautiful it is floating in the water. You’re a mermaid.”
He gathered the ends of her floating tresses and captured her bottom lip in his mouth, but she squeezed his shoulders and slipped out of his kiss. “A mermaid. Yeah, right.”
“Okay, how about a sirena, luring me to danger? Is that better? A siren?” Luca grinned wide and pressed his mouth to hers again. He hadn’t wanted a woman this much in years. Maybe not ever. Their bodies made ripples in the water. His hands drifted low, down to her round ass, and he squeezed. God, her body felt incredible in his hands. And she was dangerous. His little siren. “Let’s move to a drier spot.”
She unwrapped her limbs from his body, and he led her out of the water. They stood there on the tiled pool deck for a moment, not kissing, just staring at each other while droplets of water ran down their legs. Luca played with Skylar’s long hair, tugging it and running his hands carefully over the damp, chestnut waves.
“I can’t wait to play with you all night long,” he murmured. “Can’t wait to watch that beautiful mouth of yours kissing and licking and sucking every part of me.”
She opened her mouth in surprise. “Wow.”
“Nothing. You’re just…very forward, that’s all.”
“Do you like that?” he murmured.
Her eyes drifted down and she stroked his bare chest with a hesitant touch. She explored the ridges of his muscles, her fingertips fluttering across his pectorals and pausing to circle his nipples, but she said nothing.
“You’re stunning, Skylar Shaw,” he said to draw her out of her shell.
“You’re pretty stunning yourself, Luca-without-a-last-name.”
During the day, Tamara Lush writes news as a journalist with The Associated Press. At night, she writes fictional romance tales about complicated, sexy men and the women who love them.
Her first full-length novel, HOT SHADE, was published in September 2015 with Boroughs Publishing Group. INTO THE HEAT is her second full-length novel and it’s also with Boroughs.
TELL ME A STORY is Tamara’s first novella. It’s the first episode of The Story Series, a five-novella serial about a bookstore owner who reads erotica to a billionaire during a literary event in Florida.
When Tamara isn’t reporting, writing or reading, she’s doing yoga, cooking for her Italian husband or chasing her dogs on a beach on Florida’s Gulf Coast. She loves connecting with people on social media.