A Fine Mess by Kelly Siskind
Series: Over The Top, #2
On Sale: August 2, 2016
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Some guys should come with a warning label…
Sawyer West is Mr. One-Night Stand. He doesn't do relationships or promises or feelings. He's never cared enough to get involved. Until Lily Roberts. She's sweet and shy and sexy as sin, and resisting her is testing his self-control. She believes Sawyer can be a better man, and for the first time in his life, he wants to be. But change isn't easy, and Sawyer would do anything to protect Lily from his past self. Even break his own heart…
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She holds up her new treasure. “Found a good one.” The blue stone in the center of the ring catches the light of a nearby lamp, the thick band decorated with filigree.
“Okay,” I say. “You first.”
She swallows and peeks at me from below her lashes. “There was this man.” Another swallow. “He was a soldier about to be shipped off to war.” She scrapes her teeth over her bottom lip. “He bought this ring but didn’t propose to his girl before he left. He was afraid. He didn’t think he’d do right by her. But he held on to it during every battle, and every horrible night. When he got home and realized he was being foolish”—she looks at me with glassy eyes—“the girl had fallen for someone else.”
Single Lily fights dirty.
My pulse kicks up a notch as I approach her. I stop a foot away and hold out my hand. “The ring, please.”
Trembling slightly, she places it in my palm, her fingers grazing my skin.
“A man,” I say, turning the band over, “proposed to the girl of his dreams with this ring.” I step closer. “He worshipped her. I mean, she was hot as fuck”—eye roll numero cinco—“but they were meant to be, like real soul mates. Then the unthinkable happened.” I shift my feet until there’s barely an inch between us.
Self-control at DEFCON 2.
“What happened?” she whispers.
I grin. “A car fell on her. Freak accident. Dropped from the second story of a parking garage. Nasty mess.” I grab her hand and place the ring on her finger as she mumbles something about my maturity. I knock her toe with mine. “Quiet. I’m not done.” Numero seis. I clear my throat. “Although the man loved his wife more than anything, he pawned the ring. He knew it was special. He hoped the next person to buy it could be as lucky in love as he was.”
That stops the eye rolls.
She looks at the ring, then at me, then back and forth again.
Her lips part. Her chest rises.
Sirens ring: DEFCON 1.
I’m a thrill seeker. Cliff jumping, fast cars, steep slopes—you name it, I love it. The adrenaline rush gives me Spidey-sense, and my pulse shoots from one hundred to 220 in ten seconds flat.
Leaning in to kiss Lily is like skydiving without a chute.
I don’t give her time to turn me down, not a moment for either of us to overthink. Heart in my throat, I taste her lips. Yep, strawberry. She’s soft and tentative, then eager, a whimper escaping when our tongues swipe. I grip her harder and walk until I have her pressed against a table. She tugs my hair. I grab her ass. The next whimper is louder, the sound shredding what’s left of my self-control. I need to hear what other sounds she makes, need to hear her fall apart. Will she chant my name or pray to her maker? Will she scream or groan? Our mouths move faster, hands greedier, my jeans barely containing me. If I don’t stop soon, we’ll be giving these antiques enough stories for another century.
By the time I pull away, she’s swallowed my heart.
The Authors Top 5 Favorite Books
Top 5 List: Top 5 favorite books
I’m an eclectic reader, which means my top-five list is diverse. I’m also digging deep and listing books that have left their mark on me for one reason or another.
In fifth place is Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance. This novel is one I disappeared into. There was no happily ever after. It seriously gutted me. But these characters and their lives were so vivid and heartbreaking I couldn’t put it down. It’s also like ten thousand pages, so it kept me busy for a while.
Another lengthy read sits in fourth place. Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead knocked me on my butt. Howard Roark was such a fascinating hero, his views on architecture riveting, and Rand painted her heroines with such a strong brush. Reading a novel written in 1943 with powerful female characters was inspiring.
Twilight slides into my third spot, and I’ll lump the whole series into this answer. I mean, there’s Edward and Jacob and Edward and Jacob, and did I mention there’s Edward and Jacob? I plowed through this series early in my romance-novel-reading days. It sucked me in and kept me up into the wee hours of the morning. If you’re wondering, I’m team Jacob.
Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park is perfection on paper and fills spot number two. Something about this story slipped under my skin. It made me melt and feel things, and it hurt my heart. It’s simple and beautiful, and will remain forever on my favorite’s shelf.
My top read is Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth. I read this bad boy (another kajillion-page book) in high school. It was THE novel that turned me onto reading. His world of cathedrals and intrigue and love and war had me devouring each page.
About the Author
A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in Northern Ontario. When she's not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head.
She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings-Gummy Bears heal all. She's also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.
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