Saturday, November 05, 2011

Snippet Saturday--Setting

It's Snippet Saturday and this time around the theme is 'setting'. I've decided to go with a public setting from Touching Lace. In this excerpt, Nick and Lacey are at the gym working out. At least, that's what they're supposed to be doing. Nick has other ideas.

SPECIAL NOTE: Throughout the month of November, Touching Lace is being offering for FREE on the Nook and Kindle devices. Sweet, huh?

And be sure to leave me a comment at the end of this post becuase I'm giving away 5 print copies of Pleasure Bound! Winners will be announced next Saturday! :)

“Damn, woman, are you trying to kill me?”

“What’s the matter, Nick? Am I too much woman for you?”

“Not a chance, baby. You and I are a perfect fit.” His voice dropped an octave as he leaned toward her to whisper, “You’ll soon see just how perfect.”

“Nick,” Lacey groused, “focus, damn it.”

They’d been working out for only half an hour and she was having the hardest time keeping his mind off her and on their exercise routine. Now, as they did crunches side by side, he kept looking over at her, groaning and saying completely inappropriate things. It obliterated her concentration, and she was growing increasingly warm. Unfortunately, the burn had nothing to do with their workout and everything to do with Nick.

“Oh believe me, I’m totally focused.”

“Nick,” she said in warning.

He placed his palm to her lower abs. The movement thrust Lacey back into her dream as she remembered him doing the very same thing while they made love. She dropped down onto the floor and looked at him. “What are you doing?”

“You promised an answer for me. I’ve yet to receive one.”

“Will you let me finish working out first?”

“I don’t think I can stand the suspense. Please, I need to know if you’re willing to let me help you get over this silly fear you have of being an inadequate lover.”

“Yes!” Lacey blurted.

“Yes?” Nick’s voice sounded harsh, as if raked over hot coals.

“Yes. I want you to…instruct me,” she explained, her stomach clenching tight.

“Fuck, Lacey.”

Nick’s hand began to massage her stomach, and she nearly forgot where they were. She quickly put her palm over his, stopping his actions. “We’re in a gym full of people here.”

Nick looked around them then back at her, a cocky grin on his handsome face. “Everyone else is in the main area, baby. We’re all alone back here in your little private workout room.”

“We need to finish exercising. Don’t we?” All of a sudden, she wasn’t so sure. His hand had drifted downward and it cupped her mound through her black workout shorts.

“We’ll get a workout, don’t worry. For now, I just want to touch you. May I?”

“Yes,” she said breathlessly. “I suppose that wouldn’t be too bad.”

The carnal expression that spread across Nick’s face wasn’t at all reassuring. The little lopsided tilt to his sensual lips gave her body an inner jolt, which went clear to her toes. Nick was so clever in his movements, too, and Lacey had the feeling he would be the most adept man when it came to foreplay. As his mouth skimmed below her ear, touching a particularly sensitive spot, she became aware of one other thing. She really didn’t want to think too much about how he’d come by such expertise. Enjoy and learn, she reminded herself. This was only the first in many such moments. Once Nick was through with her, Lacey would have the confidence to get any man she wanted.

Which was exactly why they were doing this.

If that were the case then why was she so easily imagining Nick making love to her, as opposed to what he would really be doing, which was teaching her? Helping her get over some insecurities. Lovemaking didn’t have anything to do with it.

That was a given.

Her thoughts scattered to the farthest corners of the earth as Nick’s fingers found their way beneath her shorts. “Damn, I can’t believe I’m touching lace.”

“I’m wearing cotton,” she mumbled.

“Mmm, yes you are.”

Then his fingers moved past her panties as he stroked the curls of her mound. It was such a forbidden thing for Lacey, making out in her place of business. She always left her feminine side outside the gym. Here she was a personal trainer. She helped men and women alike learn to live a healthy lifestyle. Only now, all she saw was Nick. All she felt was his overheated skin, his breath against her neck. All she smelled was the potent mixture of sweat and man and desire. She was more aroused than she’d ever been, and he hadn’t done a single thing but touch.

“Nick, please,” Lacey found herself pleading.

Nick leaned over her until he was staring directly into her half-closed eyes and growled, “Please what, baby?” He skimmed his thumb over her clitoris and asked teasingly, “Please do this?”

She wanted to speak, really she did, but his touch was electric. Lacey was a marionette, and only Nick had the power to make her come alive.

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  1. Anonymous12:21 PM

    thats still one of my favorite parts of the book :)

  2. Hot Damn!! I need to read this book :)

    And thanks for the giveaway of Pleasure Bound

  3. I loved the Vaughn series. I've read So Sensitive, it was so hot by the way, and can't wait to read Pleasure Bound. Thanks for all the great books.


  4. Just started reading it and love it already! Can barely put it down. :)

    Thank you for the giveaway!
    claudigc at msn dot com

  5. OH.MY.GAWD! Okay - I had to re write this a few times! This sounds hot and I can't wait to read it!!!! Thanks for such the generous giveaway!

  6. OMG. That was so hot. :P Touching Lace is a great read.

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  7. LOVE the Vaughn series!! My fav is Taking Chloe!

    Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!



  8. That was just plain HOT!!!
    I downloaded it for my kindle!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!!!


  9. Anonymous9:17 AM

    Sounds awesome. I downloaded a copy to my Nook. Thank you for the giveaway.

  10. I loved this series! It was was got me hooked on you ;) can't wait to read more from you -thanks for the giveaway. Xoxox

  11. Have this book and I really need to read it now. I love working out and flirting in the same place..very sexy scene Anne :)

  12. Okay, now i'm going to have to get a cup of ice water before I can get back to work. What great writing!

  13. I got my copy! It will look good next to the others on my kindle! After reading that excerpt I really can't wait to read it!


  14. Hot excerpt! I loved this book.

  15. awesome excerpt

  16. Anonymous10:05 PM

    I love this series Anne.

    Thanks for the opportunity at the giveaway!

    Shari (

  17. Anonymous10:21 PM

    I downloaded my copy for my Nook when I found it was available. It was HOT!!! But I have several of your Books & they are all Smokin', requiring a fan & a glass of ice water while reading any one of them. Anne, you sure can put your readers in a VERY HOT Fantasy World & Pleassszzzeee don''t stop anytime soon. ;)
    Take care & Happy Writing,

  18. Wow what an excerpt. I know I want more.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  19. Got my copy and will be reading it very soon. Thanks for all the lovely times so far, and those to come.

  20. That was a HAWT excerpt! Whew!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  21. *sigh* Always a treat, Anne!

  22. melina love1:34 AM

    Omg! I absolutely loved the novel! Youve just became one of my favorite authors! >~<

  23. melina love1:36 AM

    ^^^^^ Ohh! I forgot to leave my email! Silly me :)