With his eyes closed, the bronzed perfection of his face was even more striking. High cheekbones blended synergistically with a strong nose and a firm jaw, forming a face that was as masculine as it was beautiful. His eyebrows were dark and thick, slanting straight above his eyes, and his eyelashes looked incredibly long, spread out like dark fans above his cheeks. His hair had grown in the month that she’d known him – he’d probably been too busy chasing after the Keiths to get a haircut, Mia thought wryly – and it was starting to brush against his ears.
As though sensing her gaze on him, he opened his eyes and smiled when he saw her standing there. “Come here,” he murmured, patting the couch next to him. “How are you feeling?”
Mia blushed slightly. “I’m fine,” she told him.
He just continued looking at her with a mysterious expression on his face, almost as if studying her for some reason. Feeling a little uncertain about where they stood after yesterday’s conversation, Mia cautiously approached him. Even though she’d spent most of last night writhing in pleasure in his arms, there was still so much unresolved between them. Pausing a couple of feet away, she asked, “Were you sleeping just now? I’m sorry to interrupt if you were . . .”
“Sleeping? No.” He looked surprised by her assumption. “I was just taking care of some business.”
“Virtually?” Mia guessed, and Korum nodded, patting the couch again.
Mia came closer, and he reached out with his hand, pulling her onto his lap. Burying his hand in the dark mass of curls, he tilted her head toward him and kissed her, his mouth hot and demanding, his tongue stroking hers until she forgot everything but the incredible sensations he was provoking in her. Barely able to breathe, Mia moaned, melting helplessly against him, her loins filling with liquid heat despite the fact that she should be wrung out after the excesses of last night.
Apparently satisfied with her response, Korum raised his head and looked down at her with a half-smile, releasing her hair but still holding her tightly in his arms. “You see, Mia,” he said softly, “it really doesn’t matter what labels are placed on our relationship. It doesn’t change anything between us.”
Reviews, “likes,” and tags very much appreciated!
Thank you all for reaching out to me and letting me know how much you loved Close Liaisons! As a new author, it means the world to me to know that people read and appreciate my work. I’ve also received some requests and suggestions from a number of you (please keep them coming!), and I am hoping to incorporate many of them into Close Obsession. It does mean, however, that I have some re-writing to do, and then my editor gets to go to work. At the current pace, that puts the release date for Close Obsession into February. I will keep all of you updated on the progress of the book. Please stay posted for excerpts and sample chapters coming soon!
On a separate note, Close Obsession (The Krinar Chronicles: Volume 2) is coming along nicely. Korum is being . . . well, Korum, and Mia is doing her best to adjust to everything. Is that too many spoilers? I hope not :). Some day soon, I hope to release a little excerpt from Close Obsession, but I’m not quite there yet. Oh, and the book cover design has been finalized. I’m waiting to receive it from my new cover designer, who is really awesome. A little different from Close Liaisons, but I hope in a good way :).
I’m also incredibly excited that Close Liaisons made it onto the Hot New Releases List in Romance -> Fantasy, Futuristic & Ghost, in the overall category of Science Fiction, and in Erotica!
And I wanted to give special thanks to Heather Massey of The Galaxy Express (http://www.thegalaxyexpress.net) for featuring Close Liaisons in her SFR News & Links for November 2012. Please click here for the link.
Well, our walk yesterday was similarly productive. The title of the next book in the Krinar Chronicles series will be . . . Close Obsession. No cover design yet – that will probably be our next walk. Although if Hurricane Sandy has its way, we may be indoors for quite a while . . .