New adult contemporary romance (standalone)
Is the price of fame the chance at true love?
Scott Cassidy has lived a blessed life. Growing up in Laguna Beach with a loving family, he was discovered in high school when he appeared on the popular reality TV show, Laguna Nights. Now cast as a doctor on the number one soap opera, his star keeps rising. Finally free from his long-term girlfriend, Scott isn’t looking for love, but when a popular dating app matches him with Jamie Kane, he can’t deny the sparks. But is she really everything she seems?
Jamie Kane isn’t lucky in love or life. Her childhood was tumultuous with a single mom who moved to Hollywood for fame but ended up waiting tables in Malibu. Certainly not one of the spoiled kids she went to high school and college with, Jamie has worked hard to achieve her dreams of being an actress, even as she begins to realize it’s not her calling. Jamie believes Scott may be the answer to everything unless a past mistake makes him doubt their future together.
Once you become a star, can you trust other people’s intentions?
“Hey,” Jamie said from behind him. He turned around and his senses were instantly alive, remembering how strong the attraction was between them, even though he had tried to deny it while focusing on work. Jamie appeared like an angel, bathed in the light of the full moon, dressed in jeans and a simple pink sweater. Her cheeks were flushed and her dark hair hung in luscious waves around her shoulders. Her soft lips were coated in shiny lip gloss and Scott fought the urge to kiss her right then and there.
“Hey, beautiful,” he said. “Thanks for inviting me. I feel like I’m standing at the end of the world.”
“You sort of are. I’m so glad you came. I know it’s a drive from West Hollywood.”
Scott took a step closer, until they were standing as close as was possible without touching. He could feel the warmth of her body. He could smell the floral scent of her shampoo. She reached out and touched his arm, tilting her head up to look at him. His entire body responded to her touch and he just had to kiss her.
Jamie stood in front of him, lips slightly open, her eyes inviting. Scott didn’t need a second invitation. He cradled her face in his hands and leaned forward, his lips pressing against hers. The kiss started gently and he tilted his head, fitting their mouths together. Jamie wrapped her arms around his neck. As she gasped, her mouth opened for him. His tongue swept into her mouth and she stroked it back with hers, angling her head to deepen the kiss.
He felt her hands sliding down his shoulders and arms, then across his chest as she pressed herself to him, her body arching into his. Scott’s self-control slipped away, his resolve to tread lightly dashed as his hands dropped to her waist and then to her perfect butt, pressing her even more firmly against him. She heightened his arousal and he felt his erection thicken as she ground her hips against him.
She had to be the sexiest woman on the planet. He was more turned on than he’d been in a long time. He wanted to take her home. He wanted to forget the party, forget anything but the two of them.
Kaira Rouda is a USA Today bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary women’s fiction and sexy modern romance novels that sparkle with humor and heart. Her women’s fiction titles include HERE, HOME, HOPE, ALL THE DIFFERENCE and IN THE MIRROR. Her bestselling short story is titled, A MOTHER’S DAY. Kaira’s work has won the Indie Excellence Award, USA Book Awards, the Reader’s Choice Awards and honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest International Book Awards. Her books have been widely reviewed and featured in leading magazines.
Her sexy contemporary romance series set on INDIGO ISLAND includes: WEEKEND WITH THE TYCOON, Book 1; HER FORBIDDEN LOVE, Book 2; THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS, Book 3; and THE BILLIONAIRE’S BID, Book 4. Each of these novellas can be read as a stand alone, or enjoyed as a series. Her new series is set in LAGUNA BEACH and includes: LAGUNA NIGHTS, Book 1; LAGUNAHEIGHTS, Book 2; and LAGUNA LIGHTS, Book 3 coming winter 2015. She also helped launch Melissa Foster’s The Remington’s Kindle World with her bestselling novella, SPOTLIGHT ON LOVE, and is part of Carly Phillips Dare to Love Kindle World with THE CELEBRITY DARE.
Her nonfiction titles, REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs, and REAL YOU FOR AUTHORS: 8 Essentials for Women Writers (available for free download on her website) continue to inspire.
She lives in Southern California with her husband and four almost-grown kids, and is at work on her next novel. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook at Kaira Rouda Books and on her website, KairaRouda.com.