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I’ve always been driven to succeed at everything I’ve tried. I graduated secondary school at age thirteen, earned a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering at sixteen, and finished my medical residency at twenty-two. My focus as Dr. Galen Hunter Christensen has been traveling the world to give medical care to people in remote villages…until now.
Sierra Jade Evans has pulled me into her orbit. This last year I’ve been preoccupied with finding ways to talk with her, wanting to know everything about her. Our likes and dislikes are almost identical, and the differences only complement our personalities, but we do have two problems: Her ability to trust has been shaken, and she’s hung up on being six years my senior.
Fate finally led us to spend one night exploring what could be, before sending us separate directions. But now I’m back.
I have an unquenchable thirst for Sierra—the only woman to ever fill the void in my life and not object to my dominance and kinky desires. I know I’ll have to work a miracle to gain her trust, but I’ll do anything to keep her close and make her mine.
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I wasn't sure about this one at first. I was thinking it was slow but I quickly realized that it wasn't really slow just filled with a lot of background that is very important for the story to move along. The characters are wonderfully written. You fall in love with the good ones and feel the hate for the not so nice ones. The emotions pour from the book as it pulls you in deeper. You just want to reach in and give them all hugs as you feel yourself becoming friends with them all.
Sierra and Galen are wonderful and I love the push & pull that goes on with them. At first, I wasn't sure about Galen but he was easy to swoon over. I just wasn't sure if I was supposed to like him or tell Sierra to run and run far and fast. You will see when you read it. It kept me guessing and maybe that was Sierra's caution rubbing off or my own skittishness coming out.
Sierra was a strong female character that really made the story. She was smart, funny, pretty, and cautious. She had been hurt and she was not about to let someone hurt her again. She reminded me a little of myself, but yet also was the way I want to be or think of myself.
I loved feeling as I was part of the little community that the author created as the story unfolded and I cannot wait for this world to expand with more stories of these characters as they come along.
EXCERPTThe air around us felt like a thunderstorm rolling in. The atmosphere was rich with electrical energy just waiting to explode with the first bolt of lightning.
The hours ticked by and soon the pier was closing, and it was time to return home. The pulse of power between us was at an all-time high. I walked her to her door, not expecting to be invited in.
Her rich caramel eyes looked up into mine. “Tomorrow’s Sunday, which means I don’t have to rush to bed to sleep. Would you care to come in and maybe enjoy a glass of wine and just talk for a bit?”
Words had escaped me as I nodded, feeling my body heat with desire for hers. I’d been waiting for a chance to push Sierra’s limits, remembering the only other time she let me get close to her was at the airport, when I let my alpha-male persona come out. And right now, he felt like a caged beast walking back and forth behind the bars that held him there, just waiting, ready to pounce the moment his door sprung open.
I knew I should let Sierra come to me, but I couldn’t resist the temptation any longer. I needed her to see and feel what she was missing. I wanted her to crave me as badly as I hungered for her.
She opened the door and flipped the switch to one of the lights in the corner, illuminating a portion of the main area of her place. The moment the door closed, I pushed her back against the door as my lips crashed into hers, begging entrance.
Resistance is what I expected, her to continue to push me away, deny the magnetic pull between us. But I was met with her tongue seeking entrance into my mouth, too.
Her hands ran up and down my arms and across my chest, pulling me closer before circling my back. She dug her nails into my shirt, wanting to grip tightly to me as if she were scared I might somehow pull away. Not a chance in hell. This is what I’ve been wanting, what we’ve both needed.
I pulled her hands away from me, grasping both wrists with one of my hands before lifting them above her head. Pressing my body against hers, I anchored her to the door so she couldn’t move, while my lips continued to plunder her mouth before making their way across her cheek and over to her neck where I nipped and sucked at her skin, needing to mark her as mine.
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MEET THE AUTHOR:
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MEET THE AUTHOR:
I grew up in a small town in South Florida and moved to Central Florida to attend college. There, I married my friend, love, and soul mate and still reside with our amazing son, and a feisty, four-legged little boy.
In my books, I draw on my work background in healthcare and business, along with my husband's engineering knowledge.
I write in all areas of Romance from tame to off the charts steamy with tons of "edge of your seat" suspense mixed in. If you're looking for tame, swoon-worthy characters, with some historical and paranormal elements, be sure to check out the Remembrance Series. If your preference is for hot dominant alpha males, then you'll want to give Elusive, A Learning Series, Need Series, and Titan Security a try. Each Need and Titan book are standalone novels with HEAs, no cliffhangers, plus loaded with edge of your seat, heart pounding suspense.
I try to make my writing very personal and close to my heart. Regular life is the inspiration for my books, through watching others to living it, but my imagination takes it to new heights, opening up possibilities that would normally not exist.
In my downtime, I'm a voracious reader. I love to spend time with my family, cook, bbq, create new recipes, play the piano, walk, ride bikes, do cross stitch, dance, and sing. I enjoy the fact that we live in Amusement Park Central and so close to the beach!
To learn more about the author, please visit Cynthia’s website at: www.cynthiaponeill.com