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Into the Heat Synopsis:A veteran and his first love meet again. Can they help each other heal on the Florida beach? Leo Villeneuve joined the Marines and shipped off to Afghanistan because that’s what the men in his family do. And, if he’s honest, he was running from the family upheaval caused by his teen summer love’s pregnancy scare. Hard to say who was angrier, his father or her mother. He spent months in an earthly hell of heat, dust and battle before being wounded both physically and emotionally. Now the Marine is back on Palmira Island to open a new bakery for his family’s business. But even if his first love is still here, Leo’s not sure she’ll want anything to do with a veteran suffering from PTSD so bad that he walks in his sleep — and possibly worse. If only he could remember the night the local recruiting office burned down … and whether he had anything to do with it. Jessica Clarke was the girl left behind when her young lover was whisked away by his wealthy family. She put her life back together, and helped run her mom’s bed-and-breakfast on Palmira Island. She still loves the inn, but now she must make it a success on her own, and against opposition from her sister, who wants to sell. Still reeling from their mother’s death, Jess discovered her fiancé was cheating on her. And just when Jess thinks her life can’t get any worse, Leo is back on Palmira Island. An older, more manly, more secretive Leo. The flame between them burns brighter than ever, but why does Leo coax her close, only to pull away? And will he still want her when he learns her secret anguish?
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She removed her hand, and his stomach knotted because he craved more of her touch. “I’m sorry that happened to you,” she murmured. She pointed to the colorful, sexy mermaid with the blonde hair on his other arm, on his good shoulder. With her index finger she traced the length of the art, sending intense shivers through him. This he could feel, and it was almost too much to bear.
“What about this one?” she murmured, tapping on the mermaid.
He swallowed, and his voice came out in a rasp. He’d got- ten the tattoo after basic training in South Carolina one rainy night when he was thinking of her.
“That’s for a girl I once knew. The first time I kissed her, it was on the beach in Florida. About five years ago.”
Her eyes flew to his, wide with surprise. Without thinking, he reached out and put his hand on her jaw and pulled her toward him. He captured her mouth roughly, wanting only to feel the heat of her lips and tongue as pleasure raced through his body. Kissing her couldn’t erase the past, but maybe it would make him forget, for just a few minutes, everything.
The kiss was filled with longing and need, and all the famil- iarity of her washed through him. She tasted like mint and tea and bread, but also distinctly like Jessica, a sweetness that he had ached for years to savor again. A noise that started in her throat as a surprised squeak ended in a throaty moan and made him hard. She kissed him back with fierce passion, and her hands gathered his T-shirt and pulled him close.
The kiss, and the way their tongues swirled, was better than his memories. This was nothing like when they were teenagers, nothing like their first hesitant encounter. This was an adult kiss, a real kiss, a kiss of clear lust and pure, needy pain. And because she was tall and solid, she fit into his big body just right. Nothing had felt this good in years.
About Tamara Lush: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.
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