Nicola Harding is known throughout the world by only one name - Nico - for her catchy, sensual pop songs. Only, what no one knows about the twenty-five year old singer is that her sex-kitten image is totally false. After a terrible betrayal by a man who loved fame far more than he ever loved her, she vows not to let anyone else get close enough to find out who she really is...or hurt her again. Especially not the gorgeous stranger she meets at a nightclub, even though the hunger - and the sinful promises - in his dark eyes make her want to spill all her secrets.
One night is all Nicola and Marcus agree to share with each other. But nothing goes as they plan when instead of simply tangling limbs, they find a deeper connection than either of them could have anticipated. And even though they both try to fight it, growing emotions - and sizzling attraction - keep drawing them closer together.
Close enough for them to wonder if stealing one more secret moment together can ever be enough?
We have had a glance at Marcus in Book 1 ‘The Look of Love’. He is the oldest brother, who has a good head on his shoulder and is responsible. He never had a chance at childhood or to ‘live his life’ as he was forced to grow up when their father died. But when his plans start to fail and his picture perfect life seems impossible, Marcus decides to take a night off and head off to the pub. There he catches the eye of Nicola, a sensational pop artist. Burdened by the cost of her fame, Nicola finds Marcus a refreshing change. Each trying to forget their lives for a night, end up together with each other. Rest as they say is history.
I have to say, Marcus has a certain charm that really attracted me. His sense of family and responsibility was really endearing. Nicole is still struggling to ‘move on’ from her last disastrous relationship. It was actually a ‘match made in heaven’ as they were just right for each other. Though things don’t really go smoothly and they keep pushing each other away, what matters is that they do end up with each other. I thought that Marcus’s plan to show Nicole that they can work it out was really sweet. Also, his dominating side did take me by surprise.
With every book, I am starting to like the Sullivan family more and each book makes me want to know more about them. It is really a heart warming story that I quite enjoyed reading.
Marcus Sullivan was known for his patience. After helping to raise his seven siblings, he’d learned to wait out tantrums, fistfights, even tears.
But tonight, he was all out of patience.
He’d come to the club tonight to find a woman, to proposition her, to claim her for one no-holds-barred night, but he’d been watching the dancers for long enough to know that he wasn’t going to take a single one of them to bed. None of the women who’d walked in through the thick red curtain in the past thirty minutes had been contenders, either.
Until, suddenly, the curtain parted… and she walked in.
Marcus felt like a fist had slammed straight into his gut.
The woman was young, mid-twenties probably, and so beautiful it almost hurt to look at her. Her black leather dress left nothing to his imagination, fitting her like a second skin with wide cut-outs that ran down the side of her insane curves.
She was the one.
As she stood in the doorway and slowly scanned the crowd, every eye in the room was on her. She was magnetic, had that special something that made it impossible to pull your eyes away from her.
And then her eyes met his, illuminated by a beam of light in the dark room, and although Marcus hadn’t drunk nearly enough at Chase’s engagement party to be unsteady on his feet, one look at those clear blue eyes had him fighting for balance.
What was wrong with him?
He needed to remember, at all times, what tonight was about. Pleasure. Not emotion. Not a relationship. It was okay for certain parts of his body below the waist to react like a match had been lit from nothing more than looking at the woman. Everything else was off-limits. He wasn’t looking for a woman to respect.
And he definitely wasn’t going to fall in love.
The dangerous curves began to shift beneath the thin layer of leather as she moved straight toward him, never once breaking stride, even in impossibly high heels. Marcus couldn’t miss the challenge in her gaze, a look that asked if he was man enough to handle her.
He’d always liked his women tall and slim, not barely coming up to his chest like this one. A voice in his head told him she was way too young for him, young enough that if this were any other night, he’d walk away from her now.
But he wasn’t planning on walking away from whatever this woman offered. Not until first light.
And definitely not until he’d had his fill of those curves.
...Excerpt from FROM THIS MOMENT ON by Bella Andre ©2012.
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