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Red-haired Petey Cavanaugh is a sculptor who welds steel and glass creations. A young widow, she lives on her in-laws’ sheep ranch in Montana where she helps out during the day, working on her art at night.
Looking to raise money to expand the ranch’s business, she gratefully accepts her art school roommate’s offer of a gallery show in Manhattan. It’s been years since she was in the city, and she’s happy to visit her old friend.
Nik is in New York on business. He’s been traveling for nearly a month, enduring endless meetings, attending obligatory dinners, and battling jet-lag. On his way to yet another business dinner, his world collides with Petey’s one rainy Manhattan night.
Their mutual attraction is immediate, but Nik’s skeptical. Could it possibly be that this gorgeous, enchanting artist has no idea that he’s Europe’s most eligible prince?
Spending time with Petey is Nik’s first-ever taste of ordinary. What will happen when she finds out the truth?
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In honor of Valentine’s Day, how about a steamy excerpt?
He pulled her closer, gently running his thumb across her lips. “So pretty,” he breathed before plunging his mouth to hers. She responded to his fervor, reaching to stroke his cheek, to tangle her fingers in the hair behind his ears.
Wrapping an arm around her waist, he pulled her astride his lap, never breaking their kiss. Gripping her ass, he pulled her closer, aware of his burgeoning erection. She rested her hands on his shoulders, grinding against him as she deepened the kiss.
The car stopped and the driver cleared his throat. “We’re here, sir.”
Breathless, they froze. In a husky voice, she said, “Do you want to come in?”
Eyes locked on hers, he nodded. “Yes. I would definitely like to come in.”
When the car door was opened, Petey stepped out onto the sidewalk in front of Jules’ apartment. Nik followed, murmuring something Petey didn’t catch to the driver, who nodded, closed the door, and returned to the driver’s seat. Petey looked to Nik questioningly.
“I told him I’d call when I’m ready to return to the hotel.”
Together, they made their way up the steps to the front door. Nik paused, putting a hand on Petey’s shoulder. “I don’t have…“ He raised his eyebrows. “I didn’t have the thought that I’d need…“
Petey’s eyes widened. “Oh,” she said, as she got his meaning.
He hooked a thumb in the direction of the car. “I could have Lars go—“
“God, no!” she exclaimed, mortified. “I’m sure Jules will have condoms.”
Red-faced, she unlocked the front door and let them into the entry. Taking his hand, she led him to the steps he’d climbed earlier in the evening. Four flights of stairs later at Jules’s apartment, she glanced up at him, blushing again as she unlocked the door and they quietly went inside.
A small lamp in the far corner and the light over the stove prevented the living room from being completely dark. Glancing around as she closed the door, she saw Jules’ black overcoat hanging over the arm of a chair in the living room, and her bedroom door was closed. Jules is home, she thought.
She turned to Nik, who took her hand and drew her closer, planting a soft kiss on her lips.
“Would you like some wine?” she whispered.
He nodded, so she carefully set her bag in the chair by Jules’ coat and crossed to the small refrigerator. She took out a nearly full bottle of sauvignon blanc, and retrieved a pair of wine glassed from the cupboard over the fridge. These she handed to Nik, nodding to the black iron spiral staircase. “Go ahead upstairs,” she whispered. “I’ll find the…” She raised her eyebrows and nodded toward the bathroom.
Taking the wine and glasses, he kissed her again and softly padded up the stairs.
When she heard his footfalls on the loft above, Petey slipped off her ankle boots and tiptoed to the bathroom. Gingerly, she opened the door to the medicine cabinet, but didn’t see what she was looking for. Squatting, she opened the cabinet beneath the sink and frantically sorted through the various items there, with no luck.
“Shit!” She wondered if she should have let Nik ask the driver to go to the 24-hour pharmacy down the street after all.
Petey froze. She heard it again.
Peeking out the bathroom door, she saw that Jules’ bedroom door was cracked open and an extended hand proffered a box of condoms.
Petey took the box, scanning it quickly. “Magnum? Seriously?” she whispered.
Jules lifted her upturned palm in a one-handed gesture.
“Thanks!” Petey whispered.
Jules formed a circle with her thumb and forefinger, flashing the ‘okay’ signal, then quietly closed her door.
Breathing out nervously, Petey made her way back to the spiral staircase.
Wine and glasses in hand, Nik reached the top of the stairs and paused, taking in the scene. The room was small, dominated by a king-sized bed covered with a white duvet. A steel-grey velvet-upholstered headboard rested against a white wall, a gold-framed pair of botanical prints hanging over the bed. Opposite the bed was a wall of white shelves, housing hundreds of books and the occasional objet d’art.
But he was drawn to the wall of glass beside him. He let himself out onto the wooden deck, set the wine on a tiny bistro table, and crossed to the far side where a steel railing guarded the edge of the outdoor space. He peered down at the street four floors below. At this time of night, all was quiet in the residential neighborhood. He knew from experience that the neighborhood around the Plaza was busy day and night. He hadn’t thought to find such a quiet space within the city.
He turned to look back at the apartment, where he saw Petey reach the top of the stairs, her gorgeous red hair reflecting the moonlight shining in through the skylight. He smiled as he watched her pause, looking around the room in puzzlement. Then she turned and met his eyes, smiling in relief.
“Hello,” she said as she let herself out onto the deck. “I wondered where you’d gone.”
Nik approached her, gesturing to the table. “I couldn’t resist this lovely terrace. It’s still such a beautiful night.” He poured wine for both of them.
Petey accepted the glass he offered her, and they both sipped quietly. She glanced at him shyly. “I, um, found what I was looking for,” she said.
“Did you?” he smiled. “No sending Lars to the chemist?”
She shook her head. “No, we’re good to go.”
Nik stepped closer, wrapping his free arm around her waist and pressing his lips to hers. She tasted of wine and desire.
Petey took a step back, taking his free hand. “Let’s go inside.”
Taking their glasses with them, they returned inside to the bedroom. Nik noticed the box she’d left on the bedside table. They were, indeed, all systems go.
Petey set her wine glass on the table beside the box of condoms and took his glass, too. She pressed her body to his, reaching up to grip his shoulders. He leaned down to meet her, and she hungrily claimed his lips, her intensity surprising him. Then he tightened his arms around her, meeting her heat with his own. His erection pressed into her belly, and he slid his hands down to grip her firm ass.
She broke the kiss to trail light nips along his jaw line, then down his neck to his collarbone. Stepping back, she looked up with a gleam in her eye, and began to loosen his tie.
Nik smiled indulgently as she draped the tie on a chair beside them, before going to work on his shirt. As she exposed his chest, she kissed her way to each succeeding button, while sliding her hand down to the front of his trousers, where she massaged his iron shaft.
When his shirt was unbuttoned, she lightly kissed her way down the happy trail that disappeared at this waistband. Nik heard a groan and realized that it had come from himself.
She slid the shirt from his shoulders and was momentarily foiled when the sleeves were caught at his wrists. Fumbling, she discovered and unfastened platinum cuff links, placing them carefully on the bedside table. “Oops,” she giggled softly.
Nik chuckled too, pulling her to him and kissing her again. He reached down, grasping the hem of her dress, and slid it up, breaking his kiss to pull it over her head. Beneath the dress was a matching bra and panty set of silver lace. As he slid his gaze over her appreciatively, she did a slow twirl to show off the thong.
“Utterly breathtaking,” he murmured.
She smiled sheepishly. “This was part of what Colin sent.”
“I wholeheartedly approve,” he nodded. “I will definitely have him send more.”
She turned, sending a smoldering look over her shoulder, as she reached behind her to unhook the bra, allowing it to slide to the floor. Slowly, she turned back to face him. Through the skylights, the moon bathed her breasts in silver light. Her nipples were tight pink points, and whether from the coolness of the evening or from arousal, he couldn’t say. For the moment, he simply stared. “You’re so beautiful.”
Reaching slowly, he cupped her breasts, brushing the erect nibs with his thumbs. He earned a whimper which he muffled with another deep, languid kiss. Slowly, he moved them both, gently laying her across the bed. He lowered himself over her, capturing her lips with his for another brief kiss before wandering lower, unable to resist the temptation of her tight points.
She arched into him as he suckled, lavishing her peaks with his tongue. As he did, he slid his hand slowly up the inside of her thigh to her sex, cupping it, feeling heat rising from there. He pressed down with the heel of his hand and Petey gasped, arching once again. Emboldened by her responsiveness, he pulled aside the grey lace thong and massaged her pussy for a moment before sliding a pair of fingers between her slippery folds.
“Oh, God,” she gasped.
He continued to finger her for a few moments before he withdrew his digits, popping them into his mouth, his stormy blue eyes smoldering. “Du smager så godt,” he murmured. “You taste so good.”
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