Excerpt: Totally His by Erin Nicholas
Actress Sophie Birch is used to having to look out for herself. So when her theater catches fire and a big guy scoops her up into his arms to save her, she's going to fight every step of the way. Even if he's a cop. And really sexy. And his arms feel oh-so-good.
Finn Kelly can't help but appreciate how good the woman in his arms looks in her sexy pink lingerie. Even if she's currently resisting arrest.
But as the two get to know each other, they're both surprised by the things Finn is willing to do to get closer to her. And when Sophie's estranged father arrives in town and starts causing trouble, the stage is set for disaster...unless Finn can convince her that, for once in her life, she has someone to lean on.
“Okay, come on, guys,” Colin said. “We’ve got work to do.” He gave Finn another little smirk and then winked at Sophie. “We’re here for you, Soph. No worries.”
“And stop calling her Soph,” Finn practically growled.
That simply made Colin grin wider as he turned and headed toward the inner theater doors, followed by the herd of men.
She resisted looking at her friends. There was no good way to explain any of this. And it didn’t matter. Finn could act possessive of her all he wanted. She wasn’t his and never would be. The pang in her chest at that thought was probably just heartburn or something.
Finn watched over his shoulder until the door bumped shut behind them. Then he focused on her. “Don’t flirt with my brother.”
She arched a brow. “I think he was flirting with me.”
Finn gave a single nod. “He was.”
“And you didn’t like it.”
“Not even a little.”
She felt a swoop in her stomach but tried not to show it. “Because it would upset your mom?” The mom who was the reason she shouldn’t step closer to him.
“My mom would totally expect that from Colin,” Finn said.
“So you didn’t like it because your brother is mostly full of crap and didn’t mean it and you don’t want me to be let down?”
His eyes narrowed slightly. “He is mostly full of crap, but I think he meant an awful lot of that.”
“So why didn’t you like it?” And why was she poking at this? It. Didn’t. Matter.
“Because I saw you first.”
Oh, that was why she was poking. She’d really wanted to hear him say something possessive. Which was ridiculous. She shouldn’t like that. She certainly shouldn’t encourage it. But no one had ever been possessive about her before.
“But I told you that nothing can happen,” she reminded him. And she realized she kind of wanted him to argue with her. And convince her that it would be okay.
He took a deep breath and let it out. “Yeah.”
Her heart sank. Also ridiculous.
“But that doesn’t seem to matter when I see another guy holding your hand.”
And her heart bounced up again. A little. With caution.
“I won’t hold your brother’s hand anymore,” she said.
“Or anyone else’s.”
Sophie fought a smile. “Ever?” Again with the poking. What was she doing?
Finn’s eyes darkened, and he took the tiny step that brought them closer. The one she hadn’t been willing to take. “That would be preferable, yes.”
“You shouldn’t say stuff like that to me.”
There was that raw honesty again. That put-it-all-out-there. Damn, she liked that too.
Erin Nicholas is the author of sexy contemporary romances. Her stories have been described as toe-curling, enchanting, steamy and fun. She loves to write about reluctant heroes, flawed heroines, and happily ever afters. She does not like to write dark moments, synopses or bios. You can find Erin on the web at www.ErinNicholas.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ErinNicholasBooks.