Bring the Heat by M.L. Rhodes
An Amber Allure #1 Bestseller!
An ARE #1 Bestseller!
Multiple weeks as the #1 Bestseller on Kindle’s gay fiction list and Amazon’s overall GLBT fiction list
Police Detective Riley Ellison has a new habit…stopping by a coffeehouse called the Java Pit on his way to work. The coffee’s good, but it’s not the rich flavor that lures him to drive blocks out of his way each morning, and it’s not an addiction to caffeine either. He’s half-embarrassed to admit it, but it’s the man who keeps him coming back. The long-legged, painted-on-jeans-wearing, dark-haired, edgy sex god with the teasing eyes. He’s everything Riley—who has a history of geekdom and being flustered around hot men—is not. Riley knows he should put a stop to the daily forays because nothing can ever come of it. Guys like that aren’t interested in men like him. Yet every time the hunk meets his gaze across the crowded shop and aims a sizzling grin at him, Riley gives in and comes back to participate in the silent, sexy flirtation another day. Needless to say, the last thing he’s expecting when he goes to question a witness about a murder at a local gay strip joint is to discover the witness is his coffeehouse hottie.
Dane Scott works as a stripper strictly for fun. He doesn’t need the money—he’s got plenty in the bank from his other career. He just likes to have something to keep him busy a few nights a week. When one of his fellow dancers turns up murdered outside the strip club, the police detective who shows up on Dane’s doorstep asking questions is none other than the sexy, blond cutie he’s been flirting with at the coffeehouse for weeks. Riley Ellison’s a fascinating contradiction—rugged, strong, serious-eyed hero and bashful boy next door. A combination Dane finds all too appealing and a refreshing change from the selfish, shallow men he’s known and dated in the past. From the moment Riley flashes his badge, Dane’s determined to show the skittish cop they can make magic together.
The heat between them quickly soars to the boiling point and not even a murder investigation can cool the passion they share. That is, until new information on Riley’s case implies Dane may not be all he seems…
Release date: June 27, 2009
Length: Extended Novella (31K words)
Available in ebook formats at: Amber Allure, ARE, Kindle US, Kindle UK, Fictionwise, and other online ebook vendors
Available in paperback at: N/A at this time
Dane’s mouth skated over Riley’s, lightly at first, but quickly daring more. When Riley parted his lips and lifted a tentative hand to the back of the man’s head, Dane deepened the kiss, teasing his tongue against Riley’s, sucking on it, stroking it again until Riley moaned into his mouth.
When Dane pulled back, Riley mumbled, “This doesn’t feel like dinner.”
One of those mischievous, knee-weakening smiles curved Dane’s lips. He caressed Riley’s cheek, and again his touch just felt too damned good. Like Christmas good.
“Do you want to stop?” Dane asked. “Do you really want me to stop, Riley? Would you rather have dinner right now?” He pressed his groin against Riley’s and rubbed in a slow circle, then whispered into his ear, “Or would you rather have dessert first?”
Riley groaned. “So many questions. I thought that was my job.”
Dane’s low chuckle sent new shivers through him. “You’ll find I’m full of questions. I want to know everything about you, Riley Ellison. What you hate, what you like, what you love. What turns you on, what makes you tick. Does it bother you to have me do the asking?”
“I’m not sure yet.” Dane teased a tongue into his ear, making Riley’s mind blank for a moment. “I guess…it depends…on the question.”
“Well, how about this one? Why didn’t you call me?”
“Why did you leave, after I got the coffee with your name and number?”
“Ah, counter question. Very clever of you.”
“I thought so.”
“Leaving wasn’t my intention, believe me. Just as you got up to the counter I had an urgent call on my cell that I had to take. It was noisy in the store, so I went onto the patio out back where they have some tables for summertime, but in the rain, of course, they were empty. It was quiet and I could hear out there. When I came back in, you were already gone.”
“Damn. I didn’t even think about the back patio,” Riley murmured.
“Does that mean you actually missed me and looked for me?” The teasing glint was back in Dane’s eyes.
“Which brings me back to my question—and no avoiding this time. Why didn’t you call me?”
Riley closed his eyes and groaned again because between Dane’s attention to his ear and the slow gyration he was doing against Riley’s groin, it was all he could do to pull together a coherent thought. “B-because I thought it was just a game to you, th-thought you were playing me. I didn’t know if you were for real,” Riley admitted. Once the words were out, he was shocked at his own honesty. It wasn’t like him to share something like that, something that revealed his lack of sophistication when it came to meeting men. Especially not to the very man who made him so crazy he felt continually flustered around him.
“How about this…?” Dane curved a hand around Riley’s neck and pulled him into another kiss, this one more all-consuming than the first. By the time he eased away again, Riley’s body thrummed, his lips felt swollen, and his dick ached against the zipper of his jeans. “Does that feel real?”
“Yes,” Riley gasped.
“What about this?” He grasped Riley’s hand and brought it to his crotch.
Oh, God. That’s definitely real. Riley almost came at the feel of the other man’s thick bulge encased in tight, faded denim beneath his palm, obvious evidence the attraction was two-sided. Out of pure instinct, he squeezed, and was rewarded with a low groan and Dane’s eyelids fluttering closed. His head tilted back, and the long, sexy line of his throat made Riley’s mouth water…almost as much as the stiff cock responding to his touch.
Jesus. He wanted to touch him. Really touch him. With no barriers between them.
But before he could take action, Dane’s eyes opened and he was kissing Riley again.
This time there was no holding back. Riley didn’t know what the hell was happening to him, what effect this man had on him. He just knew that he wanted him, needed him, with a driving passion and boldness that shocked him…