Published by Snow House Books on December 2, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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Also by this author: A Hot Winter
explicit/steamy scenes that are intended for mature readers*
Emma Slate married her
high school sweetheart at twenty and lost him at twenty-two. Now she
has built a cozy, safe life for herself that includes everything but
romance. When Matt, a handsome young contractor, begins work at her
house, she tries to ignore the spark between them and keep her feelings in
Matt Winter should
know better than to get involved with a girl who is moving out of state in a few
short weeks. Especially one who is so guarded. There are
so many reasons why he shouldn't go there...so why can't they stay away
from each other?
A sizzling love story
from the author of Constructing Us.
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“All right, honest conversation,” she said after a moment that was quiet, but rife with tension. “Yes. I was flirting with you in the store–but only because I never thought I’d see you again.”
“You never wanted to see me again?” He sounded somewhere between incredulous and insulted. “Damn, Emma!”
“No, no,” she clarified, rapidly shaking her head, “this is coming out wrong. I just meant I thought you were a random handsome guy with a hot body, end of story.”
Every male impulse in him intensified when he heard those words. Handsome? Hot body? This was definitely going to happen.
“I never knew you’d end up working at my house…and driving me crazy everyday,” Emma mumbled partly under her breath. Still, Matt heard every word. And he was itching to grab her.
He stepped closer–close enough for their bodies to touch. Finally. His cock stiffened as his chest grazed Emma’s back. “Driving you crazy?” Matt repeated, bringing his mouth closer to her ear. “Here I thought I was being nice all this time.”
She let out an unsteady breath. “You know what I mean.”
“No,” he said, his voice low and urgent as his hands slid onto her waist. “Explain it to me.”
Already he felt the sexual tension burning between them; what would it be like once he kissed her? She had to feel it, too. Though she still stubbornly had her back to him, she hadn’t moved away, not even a centimeter.
When she spoke, her voice was a soft, breathy sort of whisper that sounded as aroused as he felt. “I admit I find you…attractive…”
“Mmm-hmm,” he murmured, tugging her lower body against his as he leaned down to nuzzle her neck.
Softly, Emma gasped, before continuing, “But…since I’m moving in just a couple weeks, there’s no point to…anything…” She let out a tiny little moan when Matt grazed her neck with his teeth. “I-I hope you understand.”
“I understand perfectly,” he said, his mouth against her ear. “You’re attracted to me,” he recapped, skipping the rest of what she’d said.
“And I’m deeply attracted to you,” he murmured, as he tightened his grip on her waist and nudged her bottom with his cock. When Emma moaned again, Matt seized the opportunity. He slid a hand into her hair and angled her head toward him, urging her to turn around.
“Matt, please…” she implored, half-turned, her greenish eyes looking almost troubled as she gazed up into his face.
Pausing, he tried to regain his sanity. Obviously he’d never want to push Emma into something she didn’t want. “Are you saying you don’t want me to kiss you right now?” he asked.
“What I want doesn’t matter.”
“Like hell it doesn’t,” he nearly snapped. Why was she making this so complicated?
“It’s part of being an adult,” Emma said, casting her eyes down, her voice faint. “We can’t always have what we want. That’s life.”
“Believe me, I know that,” Matt told her. “If I could have what I want, then we wouldn’t be having this conversation–I would’ve been kissing you all this time. I would be doing the crossword puzzle with you every morning. I would be fixing that screwed-up weather-stripping, just so you’d be warm. I would grab you and pull you onto my lap…” With her eyes widening, Emma’s mouth fell open, as Matt dipped his head lower and finished, “If I could have what I want, then I’d already be running my hands inside your panties right now.”
“Matt…” she whispered helplessly, wetting her lips as her face rose to meet his.
A Hot Winter, in Five Words
A Hot Winter in five words? Palpable, electric and almost inevitable. I was really happy with this story, because Matt and Emma fall for each other in the most natural, heartfelt way. The sexual attraction between them quickly goes beyond the physical, and neither is prepared for it.
Fun Facts about A Hot Winter
- I didn’t originally intend to write this story, but Matt and Emma seemed to have instant chemistry in my first book, Constructing Us, so I was compelled to explore them as a couple. They ended up being perfect for each other (though it’s a ride to get there!).
- My “soundtrack” for the book includes songs that fit Matt & Emma so well! Like “Teenage Dream” (Katy Perry), “Safe and Sound” (Capital Cities), “Am I wrong” (Nico & Vinz), “Everybody Talks” (Neon Trees), “Green Eyes” (Coldplay), and “Everything Has Changed” (Taylor Swift).
- I’ve always been crazy about Christmas & love setting stories during that time–especially when they are set in snowy Boston.
- Tragan and Andy, along with other familiar faces from Constructing Us, are back in A Hot Winter.
- Though my books have overlapping characters, they are all standalone novels–no cliffhangers!
Getting to Know Matt and Emma
There’s a current of attraction between Matt and Emma when they first meet, but neither knows who the other is. Once they discover the connection (to Tragan and Andy), they try to dial it back–especially once Matt begins work on Emma’s house. But it’s virtually impossible not to be aware of each other or to keep their distance. First of all, it’s hard not to be Matt’s friend. And of course that initial attraction is always there–and building every time they’re together, despite Emma’s determination to keep things platonic. Something that works in their favor is that while Matt is four years younger than Emma, he is strong and responsible, with a maturity and a protective nature–exactly what she needs!