First Take by Emma Lai
First Take (Star-Taken, Book 1) Blurb:
When Rachel Harrington meets action star Stephen Raymond while treating herself to a movie, she seizes the chance to fulfill a birthday wish—a date with the handsome hero. After an amazing night, unsurprisingly, she wakes alone. A phone call from her mom that her dad is in the hospital has her filing the fantasy date away to face reality.
Upon arriving in her hometown, she finds an ex looking to make her his future wife, her dad facing open-heart surgery, and her brother suffering from personal woes he won’t share. But there’s a haven in Stephen’s unexpected call, and then in his sometimes very naughty texts, emails, and video chats. A surprise visit tumbles her head over heels into love.
But the cameras in her face every time she steps outside her door could be a show stopper. Is everyone she meets only out for a story?
Will a confession from Stephen convince her to take the fall, or will Rachel let her fears ground her?
Stephen threw his head back and laughed deep from his chest, which tickled through Rachel’s insides and left her ready to purr. Then, his smoldering gaze met hers again and her breath hitched. “Like I said, you do a number on a guy’s ego.” Supporting her weight with one hand beneath her bottom, he stepped toward the door then threw both bolts and hooked the chain.
Overkill, maybe, but it also meant he wasn’t planning on a hasty exit, which left her warm and tingly inside. Playing with the hair brushing his neck, she said, “I like your hair this length.”
“Oh?” When his sexy half smile appeared, she hesitated to lick the upturned corner. Maybe before the night was through, she’d grow bolder.
Maybe she’d start now.
She tugged his hair. “Yeah, it gives me something to grab.”
Before she could draw a breath, he had her pinned against the wall once more and his lips and tongue, along with his erection, were feeding her growing arousal. Bold moves worked on him. He slid his hands under the skirt of her dress, hooked her panties then ripped through the lace at each hip. Her gasp broke their kiss.
He caught her lower lip between his teeth and nipped it. Pleasure shot from the slight pain to sizzle along her nerves. Before she could return the favor, he released the abused lip and nuzzled her jaw. “Don’t worry. I’ll buy you new ones.”
Her heart skipped a beat. Did that mean she’d see him again after today?
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