Title: Safe in His Storm
Author: Annalise Delaney
Genre: Contemporary Romance
About Safe in His Storm:
In the safety of her little town, Gabi’s used to practicing control.
But silencing nightmares has come at a lonely cost.
In her world, practice hasn’t made perfect. It’s made...
Then fate sends a gorgeous stranger to her rescue.
Edgy. Commanding. Intimidating. And surely able to see into her very soul.
He's everything she dreams about...and everything she fears.
After surviving a shattering loss, Jake is finished with grief and guilt.
Determined to live again, he moves forward--vowing to keep one thing sacred.
Unapologetically dominant, his intentions for a woman are clear.
And don't expect what he can never offer.
He knows what he wants and how he wants it.
And now...he wants her.
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“Do you swim?” he asked, looking a little sheepish.
“Not often. Why?”
He loosened and dropped her sarong next to their shoes, then scooped her up before sauntering out toward the water.
“No! Jake! Put me down! Put me down!” she hollered, kicking her legs trying wiggle free.
Ignoring her pleas, he kept his stride and pressed through the waves until they were about chest deep in the ocean rising up and down with each swell. Still clinging to his neck, she began splashing him with her free hand.
“I can’t believe you did that!” she bellowed, stifling the giggle threatening to escape.
“Then you probably won’t believe this,” he mocked, as he released her into the next wave.
“Ahhh!” She held her breath as a wave rolled over her and pulled her under.
She knew he’d be waiting for her to surface, so she stayed under as long as she could, intending to make him worry. Finally, her hands shot up, and she gulped for air. He moved faster than lightning, plucking her upward, and pulling her out of the water.
“Gabrielle!” he gasped, “Baby, are you okay?”
Just then, her foot came around his leg and pulled it from beneath him, throwing him off balance and into the surf. Trying not to laugh too hard, she broke free and swam as fast and hard as she could back toward the shore. She could hear him behind her, cursing and laughing in annoyance. Just as she stood up to run, his arm wrapped around her waist from behind and he swung her back up into his arms.
“Oh no, you don’t. Not so fast, missy.”
Kicking her feet and laughing uncontrollably, Gabi yelled, “Let me go! Put me down!”
Smirking, Jake dropped down to his knees, setting her on the sand and covering her yells with his mouth. He kissed her deep and rough, and she tasted the salt from the ocean on his lips. He was intense in the way he possessed her mouth, and she began to relax into his kiss. Remembering what he’d just done, she bit his lip.
Suddenly, she was hauled over his shoulder, butt up in the air as he stood, and then…
“Careful Gabrielle, you might earn another.”
“What the hell! You can’t…”
“Yes, I can, and yes, I will. Now watch your mouth.”
Gabrielle was upside down over Jake Thornton’s shoulder on Coronado Beach being smacked on the ass in public. Holy hell! She couldn’t process it. He’d spanked her! Still feeling the heat from his hand on her wet backside, there was something erotic about it, making her quiver with excitement. But they were in broad daylight, dammit! He couldn’t do that to her!
“Jake, put me down!”
“Are you still talking to me like that?” he admonished.
“Jakey, pleeeease put me down,” she taunted.
“Let me know when you’re finished.”
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About Annalise Delaney:
As a girl, writing occupied her time when age-appropriate books put her to sleep. The books tucked in the bottom drawer of her mother’s dresser overflowed with love, passion, betrayal, and revenge—making for far better reads. VC Andrews’ imaginative and twisted stories started it all.
Juggling a busy schedule, Annalise adheres to the motto, ‘Work hard, play hard.’ When she’s not working, she’s hopefully somewhere on the beach, under a palm tree, or where chips, salsa, margaritas, and laughter are abundant.
As for what she reads and writes today, let's just say it's come a long way from sweet. Welcome to the place where sweet meets spicy. A place where sassy stories come to kiss and tell.
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