Thursday, August 28, 2008

a glimpse at my WIP

Here's a glimpse at Taking Chloe, my current WIP. I'm nearly done with it and thank goodnes too, because I have several other things on my plate. They're waiting for me...taunting me...driving me to drink! Okay, I'm being dramatic, but still I am very much ready to put this one to bed so I can get a start on my next story, Night Moves (that one's a menage ;-))


Sometimes love just needs a little nudge...

Merrick Vaughn couldn’t be happier. His business is jumping and his marriage to the love of his life is about as good as it can get. That is, until Chloe announces she wants to separate. At first, he’s too stunned to react, but when he realizes she’s dead serious he’s pushed into action. In a desperate bid to keep from losing the only woman he’s ever loved, Merrick proposes a deal. He’ll let her go, no questions asked, but first she’ll have to accompany him to Hawaii for a week long vacation where he’s in complete control...of her.

Chloe loves her husband and the last thing she wants is a divorce, but she can’t go on living with a man who spends his days and nights behind a desk. Sharing a house with a veritable stranger is tearing her apart. Taking a break to sort out her thoughts seems her only recourse. When Merrick offers a wicked proposition, she’s both intrigued and scared. Will a week in a tropical paradise bring them closer or will it be their ultimate undoing?

Warning: this story contains lots of steamy, explicit sex, anal sex, a touch of voyeurism, and the naughty use of ice cubes! BUT! You'll have to wait for the release to get all that. BWHAAAA!!

Unedited (Adult) Excerpt:

“You have the most wicked way of turning me inside out, baby.”

Chloe liked the sound of that. It told her she gave him something no other could. “I think that’s a mutual feeling, Merrick.”

He stretched out on his side next to her, his semi-hard cock pressing into her thigh. “But I’m not through with you. I want more. I’ll always want more from you, Chloe.”

She knew that couldn’t be true. The past several months proved he might want it to be true, but the reality was far different.

“Three months,” she bit out.

He’d propped his head on his hand and started to stroke a finger over her breasts and ribcage when her statement seemed to register. He froze.


“Three months since you last made love to me.”

His cheeks turned red. “No way it’s been three months. That’s not possible.”

She flung her arm over her eyes and muttered, “It is. Believe me, I counted.”

Merrick’s fingers wrapped around her wrist and tugged, forcing her to look at him. “You could have approached me. Desire between a husband and wife is a two-way street, Chloe.”

That was the wrong thing to say. She sat up and pointed a finger at his chest. “You think I didn’t try? Oh, I tried all right! Over and over. I even worried that you had someone else!”

Merrick cupped her jaw and frowned. “You can’t be serious. Baby, there’s only you. I swear on my life I’ve never even come close to cheating.”

“I know,” she admitted. “In my heart I knew you’d never cheat on me. Still, that left me with no explanation as to why you wouldn’t touch me. Why we hadn’t made love.” her voice broke and tears filled her eyes. “Why, Merrick?”

He swiped a tear away with his thumb. “I’m not making excuses, but I didn’t intentionally push you away. I’ve been consumed with the business. Making it something that would withstand the test of time is very important to me. I’m sorry that need overshadowed the most vital thing in my life, you.”

“I’m proud of your hard work, but that doesn’t explain this rift, Merrick.”

Merrick pulled her close and placed the gentlest of kisses to her lips. He lifted away a mere inch and murmured, “I have a lot of things to explain to you.” He kissed her cheek. “A helluva lot to make up for.” He laid back on the bed and brought her on top of him. “But right now I need to show you how much I’ve missed you. Give me tonight. Tomorrow I’ll tell you everything.”

He placed a chaste kiss to her lips and Chloe surrendered. “Tomorrow, Merrick. Promise me.”

“Tomorrow, baby, I promise.”

“Then quit messing around and kiss me like you mean it.”

He chuckled. “Yes, ma’am.”

Merrick cupped the back of her head and pulled her down for a bone-melting mating of lips. He crushed his mouth to hers and teased her lips apart, their tongues dueling. Chloe drifted on a sea of desire as Merrick took his time sucking on her tongue. His calloused palms skated up her back and held her close. She pushed her breasts against his chest and rubbed her hardened peaks back and forth. Merrick groaned into her mouth and ground his hips into the juncture between her thighs. She pulled away and sat atop him. Gazes locked, she positioned his cock and let him barely breach her entrance, torturing them both.

“Goddamn you’re tight. I’m burning up here, babe.”

Chloe’s thighs trembled. “I love the way you feel inside me. You’re so hard and strong.”

“And your so damn soft I want to sink into your sweet little pussy and never leave,” he growled. “Ride me, Chloe.”

“Yes,” she breathed out.


Kelley Nyrae said...

Damn, Anne! I so can't wait for this one. Great excerpt. I think I'm going to enjoy Merrick.

Tonya said...

Anne....Very sexy...I'm looking foward to reading more when this becomes available.

I teared up a little....I have one of those workaholic men!!!


Molly Daniels said...

Ooooh, I like this! Let me know when it's released!

Regina Carlysle said...

Mmmmm. This is yum! I like the idea of Merrick having to work to get Chloe back. He will learn some important lessons I suspect and this is also not just about sex but about a committed couple trying hard to recapture the magic. There's a realizm in that. So many couples give UP without even trying.

Anne Rainey said...

Thanks, Kelley!

Tonya, I'm sort of in that same situation. My husband works a lot, even when he's home he's busy with work. It can make you feel tossed to the side, as if you're just filling the empty space or something. This story has been both hard and easy to write.

Thanks, Molly! I'll be sure to shout it out right here! :)

Regina--Love sucks sometimes. It's a constant battle to keep a marriage alive, isn't it? We go through life with our constant list of 'to-dos' and sometimes you take for granted the things that really matter the most.

Laura J. said...

I can't wait for this book either. It will be interesting to have the couple already married. So very few of those books with characters like that. I don't think I've read any books like that where the couple are already married, at least that I can remember and that stand out.

Any dates for release yet? And what publisher?

Laura J.

Anne Rainey said...

Thanks, Laura J!

I did another story, Suni's Gift and the couple is already married in that one too. But that is a short story (a menage) meant to be a quick hot read. Taking Chloe is longer (novella length) and more emotional. It's interesting too because Merrick is so different from Blade (Tasting Candy). Merrick is the romantic one. He recites poetry and all. But he's sort of lost his way a little. It'll be up to Chloe to bring him back. I think she's up for the challenge. ;-)

Kenzie Michaels said...

We have the opposite problem:) I'm the one tied to my desk, lol! Wish my man would wisk me off to Hawaii:)

I agree with Regina. YUM!

Anny Cook said...

Wonderful excerpt!

Anne Rainey said...

Kenzie--Oh, I feel for you! One of the things I want to show in this story is that it's not all roses and sunshine for the workaholic either! LOL! Sometimes, things just can't be helped. Bills do need to be paid, after all. I hope I manage to shed some light on both parties! *g*

Anny--Thanks! I appreciate the kind words. :)

Anne Rainey said...

I forgot to mention. I don't have a release date yet on this one, but I'll probably have one in a couple weeks. I'll let you all know right here when I hear!

Thanks for the interest! You all have made my day!

Tonya said...

anne, yep....what can you do, support them and love them. Looking forward to reading more about Merrick and Chloe!!