Cross My Heart
Heroes of Seaside Point, Book 2
Sometimes honesty is a bitter pill to swallow.
Attempting to escape a minor distraction in her medical career, Dr. Verity Thomas finds that statement to be true when she keeps her past private and her present, secret. Only, her meticulously-planned intentions go horribly wrong when her skeletons escape from the closet and take center stage.
Paramedic Travis Dupree vows to keep Verity's secrets, determined to crack her resolve in the process. Although he isn’t quite sure of her motives, intuition tells him he is wired to cope with the female psyche. After all, he has raised a pair of mischievous twin girls – he deserves a gold medal for patience.
When minor distraction becomes a major roadblock, Travis is forced to break his word and the couple must dismember the skeletons bone by bone in order to build a future.
Annessa finished her brownie, licked her fingers, and then reached for a napkin. “Let’s get this party started.”
Verity nodded in agreement. “Who was in charge of entertainment?”
“Me.” Annessa’s sly grin almost made her wish she hadn’t asked. “Any requests?”
She raised an eyebrow. “Did you call a stripper?”
“No. That’s what started the trouble last time.”
Lexi frowned. “I though Tequila was responsible.”
“That too,” Annessa mumbled. “This time, I planned a scavenger hunt.”
“That sounds fun!” Lexi sat forward in her chair, obviously intrigued. “Did you warn the neighbors?”
“No.” Annessa grabbed several cards from a table beside the sofa. “I highly doubt the neighbors will have the items on this list.”
Verity accepted her card from Annessa and then read the items she was supposed to collect: a badge, a helmet, a pair of men’s boxers or briefs, a baseball bat, a twenty dollar bill, and a slice of chocolate cake.
Severely competitive by nature, she knew without a doubt she could commandeer each and every item on her list in less than fifteen minutes. Explaining how to her friends, however, would take more than forty five. Time stood still as she attempted to wrap her brain around the minute possibility of giving up before the game began.
Finally, she cleared her throat. “How on Earth am I supposed to get number three?”
Annessa leaned down to read the list and then grinned while she straightened. “Surely you know someone who will hand over his boxers.”
No need to hand them over, there was an extra pair in her dresser drawer – a fact she refused to share with the other women. Instead, she attempted to turn the tables. “I see an unfair advantage here.”
“Don’t worry, Verity.” Lexi shrugged, obviously not as concerned about acquiring a pair of men’s underwear. “I’m in the same boat.”
Annessa raised an eyebrow. “Are you in or out?”
“I’m in as long as we agree that you and Vanessa have to ambush someone other than Dane and Casey.”
“Fine, but I have another stipulation. You can’t buy them, they have to come off a warm body.”
“You guys are always so much fun!” Lexi giggled and stood.
Annessa cocked her head to one side. “Travis hasn’t given you the steer clear of the Dupree twins warning?”
Verity laughed out loud and then immediately realized she’d given them a wealth of information. A shiver crossed her neck when Annessa moved her gaze directly into hers.
“He warned you, huh?”
“He might’ve mentioned something like that.”
“Oh, really? When?”
Vanessa swallowed hard and held her ground. “He carted me out of McGill’s the same time Casey did you, remember?”
“He did, didn’t he?” Her friend simply nodded. “Better you than me.”
“So, how long is this hunt going to take?” Vanessa gestured at the kitchen. “I don’t want the pie to burn.”
“We each have six items to collect,” Annessa explained. “I say we meet back here in an hour. The first one to return with all her booty wins.”
Still hesitant, Verity rubbed her card against her palm. “What’s the prize?”
“Well, if you’re lucky, you’ll find your own prize. But at far as the party is concerned, you win bragging rights.”
Annessa’s mischievous grin returned. “Talking a man out of his boxers.”
“I’m taking the pie out.” Vanessa headed for the kitchen. “I’ll finish cooking it when we’re done.”
Annessa lifted her wrist and glanced at her watch. “Synchronize your watches, ladies. As soon as Vanessa returns, the game begins.”
INTRIGUING AUTHORS & THEIR BOOKS REVIEW:
WOW!! What can I say about this series other than that I absolutely love it. Cross My Heart picks up where the first book left off. It pulls you in from the beginning and holds you captivated till the end. As the reader, you don’t see the twist and turns coming. It keeps you turning the pages to see what is going to happen next.
Verity and Travis have been keeping their relationship a secret from everyone. However, that secret along with a few other twist our about to come out.
Are Verity and Travis going to be able to overcome the roadblocks in their path?
Is there a future for them together?
Mia Dymond has crafted an amazing read that is filled with romance, suspense, mystery, and twist and turns that you don’t see coming. I can’t wait to see what she writes next and where she takes us in this series.
Cross My Heart Playlist
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Something’ Bad – Miranda Lambert/Carrie Underwood
Burn it to the Ground – Nickelback
Sweet Emotion – Aerosmith
Fighter – Christina Aguilera
Guest PostGreetings from the hot and humid state of Oklahoma! My name is Mia Dymond and I write sexy contemporary romance novels with a twist of sass. I currently have fourteen novels available on retailers including iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Amazon, and Smashwords.
My most recent release is Cross My Heart, Book 2 in the Heroes of Seaside Point series. This novel is the story of Verity Thomas and Travis Dupree, who were introduced in Book 1, Tattoo My Heart. To bring you up to speed, enjoy an excerpt from Tattoo My Heart:
Travis breathed a sigh of relief when his hands hit the nearest wall, preventing him from falling flat on his ass, still not quite sure why he stumbled in the first place.
“You can’t go in there.”
At the sound of a sultry, soft-spoken voice, he glanced down between his arms and noticed he now caged an all-too-familiar beautiful creature. A waterfall of long, black hair framed the fair-skinned beauty with sleepy, glazed eyes.
“Verity? What the hell are you doing here?”
“Vanessa’s getting married.”
He lifted one hand and ran it through his hair, grinning at the hiccup and giggle that followed her response. “How much have you had to drink?”
She dismissed him with a wild wave of one dainty little hand. “Not much.”
He snickered at the next hiccup that left her mouth and ran his knuckles down the side of one smooth, porcelain cheek. “I think you’re mistaken.”
A soft sigh left her plump, pouty lips as she rested her head back against the wall and blinked several times in rapid succession as if she could clear the haze from her incredibly sexy midnight blue eyes. Eyes so blue they were almost black in the heat of passion.
“In fact,” he said as he lowered his head, “I’d say you’re pretty drunk, Doc.”
Before he could stop himself, Travis pressed his lips to hers. Her eyes widened and he prepared for a struggle. Instead, she draped both arms around his neck and split his lips with her tongue.
His cock hardened when a breathy moan left her throat and her full breasts caressed the surface of his chest. Out of desperate need, he moved his hands from the wall and slid them beneath her shirt to palm each one, plucking her peaked nipples with a thumb.
Her whispered plea traveled the length of his dick as she thrust her breasts further into his touch. Suddenly, logic and promises evaporated into thin air. He smashed his hips against hers, aligning his greedy cock with what he knew to be a warm, wet treasure. Another whimper vibrated his lower lip and then she ground against him. Up and down, then side to side with some sort of cock-strangling hip roll thrown in.
His scalp tingled as her hands left her neck and tunneled in his hair, her fingers winding in the strands, pulling and squeezing with each lazy roll of her hips. Ah, damn, if he could find the strength to release her breasts, it would only take seconds to lower his zipper. And only a few more milliseconds to cram himself between her legs and take them both to Heaven.
His dick screamed in agony while he groaned out loud and gently separated their lips. “Verity baby, this is dangerous.”
“Don’t care.” Her hands left his neck to cup the bulge in his jeans.
“You will tomorrow.” With his dick now cursing, he moved her hand to his mouth and pressed a kiss to the palm.
“Fine,” she mumbled.
He straightened her top and motioned with his head at the ladies room door. “Is Van the only one in there?”
She nodded and swayed to the left.
“Whoa.” He grasped her elbow and lowered her to the floor. “Sit right here.”
“That’s the ladies room.”
She placed both palms against the floor and attempted to move her legs underneath her to stand. “So, I’m a girl. I’ll go.”
Travis snickered. Girl? No, Dr. Verity Thomas might be female, but she was no girl. She was a full-blown, swallow-your-tongue incredibly beautiful woman. The one woman whose brilliant mind, as well as her amazingly sexy body, held his divine interest. And the one woman who insisted they keep their association quiet.
He gave her shoulders a gentle push until her sweet little ass kissed the floor. “Then I’d have to carry you both out. Just make sure no one comes inside behind me.”
“Oh please.” She rolled her head to one side and snorted. He bit the side of his cheek to keep from grinning at the obvious alcoholic-induced noise. “I’m a doctor. I know how much I can drink before my body is affected.”
He squatted in front of her and took her chin in his hand. “Sweetheart, you might be the doctor, but take it from me, your body is definitely affected. And if you’ll tilt your eyes downward, you’ll see just how affected mine is at the thought of you losing control.”
I hope you’ll enjoy Cross My Heart! Happy Reading!!!
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Other books in this series:
It all began with a sixth shot of Tequila ...
Independent, carefree Annessa Dupree knows she has a knack for attracting trouble but doesn't realize her true talent until she witnesses a wedding day murder. Armed with the terrible secret, running home is her only option.
Sheriff Casey McIntyre has loved Annessa since the tender age of twelve, trouble and all. Hell-bent on mending past differences between them, he welcomes her home with open arms.
When Annessa is forced to reveal the real reason for her return, Casey must save her life while earning her trust.
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