Henry Baumgartner’s in trouble. He used to be a big fish in a little pond, but now he’s in college, and the world sure seems a lot bigger!
Instead of passing him because of his athletic ability like they did in high school, he discovers his professors actually mean it when they say he needs to do the work or he's going to fail his classes—and be kicked off the all-star hockey team.
Turns out, Henry’s been keeping a secret, and while he desperately continues to try to keep it, from the girl he’s got a crush on, from his roommate who’s after the same girl, from his parents and teachers and coaches, he knows he can’t go on keeping it forever.
So when his parents hire him a tutor, he turns to this angel of mercy for help, but little does he realize that Mrs. Toni Franklin is going to complicate his life in ways he never could have foreseen...
Warnings: This title contains graphic language and sex.
Word Count: 57,617
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"If you’re looking for a gripping story where the characters will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat, get you all hot and bothered during the bout of explicit sex...make you hate the villain, cheer on the hero...and warm your heart from the love that the hero and heroine find in their Happily Ever...this is the book to read. Bravo Ms. Kitt! "
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Next to him, Toni uncrossed her legs, her leg brushing his jean-clad one. He could look down and see her knees, exposed, the shape of her body in the seat, lean but curvy. Sexy.
Stop it, he told himself. It was seeing Libby, he reasoned, after the amazing game he’d played, that had him feeling so excited. He was just still flying high, and the presence of the woman beside him was nothing but a physical reminder.
Henry tore his eyes away from his professor’s legs and looked back to the movie. Christ, they were going at it! The girl on screen moaned, arching, and he didn’t need subtitles to figure out what was going on. It made him squirm in his seat, feeling Toni shift beside him.
When she leaned in to ask, “Does this make you uncomfortable?” he actually jumped.
He swallowed, glancing at her, then back at the screen. “Sort of.”
“Why?” She was close enough he could feel her breath against his cheek.
“Because you’re here,” he admitted.
“Why does that make a difference?” Her words were soft, whispered, hot against his skin.
“I don’t know.” He wanted to say what he was really thinking, how much the girl on the screen reminded him of a younger version of her, but he didn’t dare. He couldn’t tell her the truth—that watching two people having sex on-screen made him think about her, imagining…well…
“I think you do,” she insisted and he stiffened when he felt her hand on his knee, squeezing gently. This wasn’t happening. That’s what he told himself, looking up to see the sex scene over, but he still couldn’t breathe.
Instead of saying anything, he mirrored her, putting his own hand on her knee, squeezing. He felt her tense and glanced up to see her looking not at the screen, but at his hand on her leg.
“Henry.” Her voice was barely a whisper as she met his eyes in the darkness.
“Sorry,” he said. But his hand moved on its own, nudging her skirt up to mid-thigh.
Her thigh was bare. He was touching skin and could feel the heat of her. Crazy. That was all that registered in his brain. This was crazy. Not happening. A dream.
But it wasn’t. Her skin was like silk. And the hand on his was massaging gently. “What are we doing?” he breathed.
He heard her swallow, saw her throat work when she did, before she whispered, “That’s a good question.”
“Toni…” He turned toward her, seeing her lick her lips, watching her mouth glistening in the light and shadow.
“You’re not paying attention to the movie,” she said, looking up at the screen as if she was actually focused there.
She wasn’t wearing stockings. He couldn’t think about anything else. “What movie?”
“You should pay attention,” she admonished him, but her hand was inching upward. It was nearing his crotch. Oh my god, it really was.
He shook his head, his gaze dipping down to the V of her button-down blouse. Her breasts had to be her second-best feature, full and round. She wore her clothes in the latest fashion, dark colored bras with light colored blouses, and it only accentuated at them more. “I can’t.”
“What’s distracting you?” She was trying to stay in teacher-mode, asking all the right questions. Part of his issue with reading was staying focused, not letting the outside world get in the way. But it wasn’t the outside world that was the problem. And she damned well knew it, he was sure of that fact. He couldn’t quite believe it, but he couldn’t deny the hand nudging against the inseam of his jeans.
“You’re distracting me.” He whispered the words against the soft shell of her ear, feeling the tickle of her hair against his nose. “What would you say if I told you…”
His hand moved up on her thigh and he felt her clench, heard her gasp, but she half-turned toward him, shifting in her chair. “If you told me what…?”
“If I told you…” His lips moved against her cheek as he spoke.
“Henry…” Her voice turned to pleading.
“I just…” He closed his eyes, breathing in her scent. She was so close in the dark, he could feel her breath, coming too fast. “I can’t stop thinking about it.”
She turned her head toward him, just slightly.“About what?”
“Kissing you.” That wasn’t all he was thinking about. Not by a long shot. But it was a start. He felt the corner of her mouth against his lips, could almost taste her.
“So do it,” she breathed, bridging the gap and capturing his mouth with hers, the kiss hitting him with a force he hadn’t known possible.
This book was added to our catalog on Wednesday 27 July, 2011.