Hump Day Hook 16

Welcome to the Hump Day Hook Hop for February 20th, 2013! With this blog hop, each author posts one(ish) paragraph from a WIP or finished book for all to see and - we hope! - leave a comment.

I have something new for you today: a short excerpt from a steamy romantic suspense I am writing with the working title of Lilac Lane (I'm terrible with titles). Mason is the police detective investigating a "suspicious incident" - on Lilac Lane - reported by Alicia, who is dealing with some major trust issues....

      Mason laid a soft kiss on her mouth, tugging her bottom lip gently between his teeth. He lifted his face just enough to look at her. In time, he could teach her to trust again, at least to trust him, but it would take patience and perseverance. He thought she might be worth the effort.

“If you want me to stop, he told her, if you really mean it, say ‘apple.’”
     Alicia furrowed her brow and blinked before meeting his stare directly. “But I told you to stop.”
     “Yeah, but you didn’t mean it.” The color rushing into her cheeks proved him right. “I will only stop if you say ‘apple.’ Understand?”
     She responded with a single slow nod, never taking her eyes off him. When he covered her mouth with his, he ran his tongue along the seam of her lips until she opened for him. He wrapped both arms around her then, holding her tight, and she placed her hands on his shoulders. As his tongue swirled around inside her mouth, she leaned against him and released a low, moaning sigh. He allowed the kiss to continue and to deepen, in part because he wanted to prevent her from using the safety word, but primarily because he didn’t want to relinquish her delicious mouth.

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  1. I hope he doesn't give her cause to say "apple" :) nice hook!

  2. Hmm, is there some significance to the apple, or was it just a random word he came up with? I'm intrigued. Great hook!

  3. Oh, I like the intrigue of a safe word. But I hope she doesn’t use it. Sexy! :)

  4. Hi there! My name is Mandy or meryvamp, and I'm new to HDH. Just wanted to drop in and say hi... and leave you a comment :)

    Oh, trust issues... I have those XD She's definitely a relatable character. "He thought she might be worth the effort." Love this line. He sounds... a bit arrogant. I mean, what makes him worth the effort? Can't wait to read more about these characters.

  5. He's one clever guy. And his tactics seems to work. A delicious snippet, Colette.

  6. Very erotic! Love the choice of safe word. Too!

  7. He forgot to tell her she couldn't say apple after he started kissing her...

  8. Great hook - love that safe word, too ;)

  9. Ooooh, nice. I definitely want to see more of this! Very intriguing...and hot. :)

  10. Sounding pretty darn hot! Good work...

  11. Wonderful the safe word reference-and that it was apple!

  12. Always interesting when a safe word is introduced. :)

  13. His character is intriguing. If she starts to say "ap--" maybe he can kiss away the "ple."

  14. "Apple!" How hard is it to say? Especially to a man who is imposing safe words without negotiation. Interesting possibilities here, but I feel he needs a slap.

  15. Interesting safe word. Nice, sexy hook! :)

  16. It's intriguing. I'm wondering how he got close enough to kiss her despite her trust issues. Honestly, I have mixed feelings about Mason right now...not sure I'm quite willing to trust him. Maybe he knows exactly how to put her at ease and help her overcome her issues...or maybe he's about to make a major blunder and push her too far beyond her comfort zone. At this point, I can't say I approve of his "tactics".


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