RAISING THE STAKES
Megan stood in the doorway.
She was a mess.
Her hair stood in disarray, her dress was crumpled. Tears streaked down her scarlet cheeks and her gaze was wild, a mixture of horror, confusion and despair.
“Alex…” His name was a guttural moan.
He bolted off the chair. His knees jerked as he straightened. Warning prickles tapped at his spine. What the…
She launched herself at him, her words tumbling from her mouth as she threw her arms around him. “Alex. I’m so sorry. God, so sorry. I didn’t mean for… Please, you have to know I love you. Have to believe it. I do, I love you.”
Before he had a chance to answer, she kissed him. Her lips begged his for a response, pleaded for his forgiveness. For what?
He stood immobile, his arms suspended in the air. Did he hold her, hug her? Did he kiss her back?
God, how could he not?
“I love you, Al. I swear.” Her mouth was frenetic.
He couldn’t help himself. He kissed her, drowned in the pleasure her mouth evoked, even as her apology worried the back of his mind. He held her waist, pulling her closer. Her skin was hot to the touch, burning, and her nipples were hard points against his chest. This was Megan at her most aroused. A woman unable to step away from the spiral of hunger that whirled within her. A woman who wanted and needed and desired. This was a Megan he recognized. A woman half-sated sexually and half-mad with need.
The half-mad with need he could deal with, he could resolve. The sexual satiation? It made him want to fucking murder someone.
The roar came from behind Megan. She twirled around in his arms.
“You don’t get to do that with him.” Des’s protest bellowed through the room. “Not after what you just did with me.”
“Des.” Megan’s cry ripped through Alex’s heart. She pulled away from him and stepped into the other man’s embrace.
Des’s fury and Megan’s response to it rendered Alex momentarily immobile. Shaken, he gawked as Des crushed his lips over Megan’s. Even more astounding was Megan’s response. She gave an animalistic moan and kissed him right back.
Holy fuck, this is not happening.
Yes, it was. The woman he loved kissed the man she loved.
Fuck. Fuck, double fuck and cluster fuck. Fuck, fuck, fuck.
Alex acted on instinct. He wound his arms around Megan’s waist and tugged her away from Des, pulling her across the room, her back plastered to his front. She went with him willingly.
Des glowered at him.
“Fuck you,” Alex spat at him and spun Megan around. “You. Are. Mine!” That was all he said before he claimed her back, kissing her so thoroughly she couldn’t possibly doubt his words.
“I am. I’m yours.” Megan’s hands were on his back, shoving his T-shirt up. Her fingers clawed at his flesh. He’d have scratch marks there tomorrow, but he didn’t give a shit. Her hands belonged on his body, his flesh. Not Des’s.
He kissed her harder, and she clutched him tighter, digging her nails in deeper.
She tore at his shirt. “Off,” she demanded. “Get it off.”
This was Megan at her sexual peak. She was hunger and lust all wrapped up in one, and Alex would never, could never, deny her.
He ripped off the offending material.
The action cost him. By the time his shirt landed on the floor, Megan was gone. She’d stepped freely back into Des’s arms and was kissing him, groaning into the fucker’s mouth. Buttons flew across the room as she ripped at his shirt.
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Play out the hand her way…or fold?
After four years, Megan Loxley has given up waiting for her best friend, Desmond Reed, to realize she loves him. It’s time to move on. When Des introduces her to his poker buddy, Alex Truman, the instantaneous sparks that flare between them signal her life is about to change forever.
Des could kick himself. How could he have failed to notice the perfect woman was by his side all this time? Now it’s too damn late. And her innocent prodding about why he’s suddenly so distant is only making his hunger for her worse. Then she gets one step too close—and his self-restraint snaps.
Stunned, bewildered, furious, Meg can’t help but respond to the kisses for which she waited so long. God help her, she loves Des. And Alex, too. Immeasurably. Now what?
It may make her the greediest woman alive, but she’s determined to win the next hand— even if she has to change the game a little. First step: state her wildly sexy proposition in a language both men will understand…and hope they’ll stick around and play by her rules.
Warning: If you’re looking for a cool game of poker, you won’t find it here. This novella is so hot the cards are still smoking. The heroine may be new to the game, but she knows exactly how to play her two kings.
(Please note: This book has been previously published)
WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING...
“Raising the Stakes is a captivating, scintillating story that will take you on an intense, emotional rollercoaster ride guaranteed to have you sitting on the edge of your seat while begging and pleading for more…. Raising the Stakes is definitely the book to read. Two thumbs up to Ms. Dee”
(Reviewed by BlackRaven)
BlackRaven Reviews: Five Ravens and a Recommended Read
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING...
“I freaking absolutely loved Jess’s Book Raising the Stakes. OMG the Love scenes were so damn hot I melted- literally. I’m drooling right now just thinking about them. The emotions between Meg, Des and Alex are well, lets say I cried and wanted to thump somebody with my cure-all cast iron frying pan. I hate giving away spoilers so I canna say anything else except go buy it!!!!!!! I Love Jess Dee!! “
WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING...
“This has it all; romance, hot sex between two people, then more screaming hot action between three people. There are tears, drama, laughter, and most of all, there is love between these three people who grow to be so much more together than they are apart. I recommend this for all who love hot romantic episodes, and I must warn you to have the cold drinks handy.”
(Reviewed by Holly)
WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING...
“Jess Dee has done a wonderful job crafting realistic reactions to an extraordinary situation. Both Alex and Des seem uneasy about the situation at first but both find the experience more intense and pleasurable than either counted on. Though Megan is the focus for Alex and Des, it’s their reactions to the situation that make the story such a good read.”
(Reviewed by Karin)
The Romance Studio: Four and a half hearts
Series: Three Of A Kind, Book 2
Publisher: Book Boutiques
Publication Date: 24 May, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Length: 98 pages
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs