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ANGELS LANDING
by Rochelle Alers

Genre: Multicultural, Contemporary Romance

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Taking a step back, Kara opened the door, and he stepped into the entryway. “I would’ve come sooner, but I was away at a conference.”

Kara closed the door but didn’t turn around. “You don’t have to explain yourself to me, Jeff.”

He took a step, pressing his chest to her back. “What if I feel the need to explain myself?”

“Why?”

Her heart was pounding in her chest like a trip-hammer. Jeff dwarfed her as she stood there in her bare feet. His heat, the scent of his cologne, and the solid wall of his chest against her back reminded her of what she’d missed and had been missing for years. She wanted to trust him but couldn’t because of the men in her life: Taylor and the other men in her past. Even Austin had deceived her when he’d elected not to tell her he wasn’t her biological father. And yet despite her angst, her body betrayed her at the exact time his arm went around her waist.

“Because I missed you,” he whispered in her ear.

“You haven’t known me long enough to miss me,” she murmured.

“I don’t measure my life in days, weeks, or years but in seconds. You look at life differently once you stare death in the face every second of your life. I grew up hearing the old folk talk about tomorrow isn’t promised to you. My mantra is today isn’t promised, either.”

Kara was certain he could feel her trembling. “What is it you want, Jeff?” His deep chuckle caressed her ear.

“You really don’t want to know what I want.”

She smiled in spite of her pleasurable predicament. “Yes, I do.”

“Right now I want to kiss you.”