Electric by Emilia Winters
(The Bay Boys #1)
Publication date: June 1st 2014
Genres: Adult, Erotica, Romance
He made her feel electric. Like volts of energy fizzled through her veins, racing, constantly stimulating. It was intoxicating and thrilling. And for the first time in her life, she felt truly alive.
Heir to his family’s multi-million dollar business.
His motto? No love, no relationships. Just pure, carnal sex…no strings-attached.
When prim and efficient Kate Kennedy is hired on as Luke’s temporary assistant, her no-nonsense attitude and blatant dismissal of his advances sparks a challenge he simply can’t resist. But Luke has demons of his own and a tragedy that happened years ago continues to haunt him. Once lines are crossed and rules are broken, will past secrets keep them apart…or bind them closer together?
Note: Intended for mature audiences over 18+. This is a STANDALONE novel and can be read on its own even though it’s part of a series. No cliffhanger!
Emilia Winters has been reading and writing stories since childhood. She discovered her passion for writing romance early on and never looked back. After graduating from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in English, she happily pursued her dream of becoming a self-published author. When she's not dreaming up sizzling moments between her characters, she's either watching old reruns of The Golden Girls or drinking tea. She currently lives in California, secretly hoping for rain as she soaks up the sun.
Oh. My. God.
Kate watched, enthralled, as Luke controlled each rep with precision, even as his brow furrowed in pain and concentration. He was working out his arms…and his biceps bulged deliciously from the overexertion. Sweat gleamed off his tan skin, making his arms seem even more defined than they already were.
Kate had known the man was in shape. It was hard to ignore, especially when the jeans he wore to work showcased his thick, muscular thighs, and his shirts, while loose, highlighted his broad chest and flat abdomen. But seeing him put in the work…it was a whole different experience.
Warmth spread in her lower belly and Kate struggled to regulate her breath. Just watching his strong, powerful body was arousing. Her sex gave a throb of agreement between her thighs.
Leave! Turn away and go get breakfast, her mind screamed. But her feet remained rooted in place. Eating food was the last thing on her mind right now.
Luke finished his reps and set the free weights back into their holsters against the wall. He tugged up his shirt to wipe the sweat off his face and Kate just about fell over.
This man is a god, a descendent of Adonis himself.
His abdomen was chiseled and taut. Kate’s mouth went dry when she spied a trail of golden, crisp hairs leading into the waistband of his workout shorts. Fantasies of raking her nails through that trail bombarded her mind and she swayed on her feet in response.
And then electric blue eyes found her own.
He unlocked the doors and they slid in. It was cold inside, but he started the engine to let warm air filter in. The familiar smell of Luke—and even the old cigarette smoke smell—comforted her and she breathed it in greedily.
“Stay with me again tonight,” he requested quietly, his hands resting on the steering wheel, letting the windows defrost.
Her head snapped to him. Deep down, she wanted to. So very much. But…Luke Branford was worming his way into her heart, slowly but steadily. She feared he’d make a permanent home if she kept him too close.
Biting her lip, her indecision shone on her features. “I don’t know, Luke.”
“Stay,” he said again. “I don’t want to sleep in that bed with your smell all over the sheets, knowing you’re not there to keep me warm.”
Her breath whooshed out of her body. She could already feel herself starting to cave. The thought of curling into his body tonight was heavenly. But she still shook her head. “We have work tomorrow. I don’t have my work clothes.”
“We’ll stop by your apartment tonight so we don’t have to in the morning,” he answered simply. Everything was simple for him. She liked that about him. “Stay with me, Kate.” He switched tactics. “Just give me a ‘yes’ or a ‘no.’”
She stared at him, feeling warmth seep back into her flesh. The windows were almost completely defrosted, so he’d either take her home and say goodbye for the night or they’d go back to Luke’s. The thought of going back to her apartment left her cold. She wanted to smell sage and cedar wood when she drifted off to sleep tonight.
She made her decision.