Can his touch thaw her icy façade?
Dr. Lily Cole might just be as cool as the surrounding ice to others, but awkward and shy Lily chooses to focus on her research than pursuing relationships. Her interests widen somewhat when she’s put in charge of showing a handsome philanthropist around the facility in the hopes of acquiring much needed funding.
Kieran King is used to having people fawning over him so when he meets surly Dr. Cole, he’s intrigued. His research has deemed them a good cause but the main draw is meeting the fascinating researcher. Challenged, he’s determined to show that he has knowledge as well as skills he’s more than willing to share with her. In and out of bed.
But will Lily let him?
Sensual and steamily written, this is a really lovely short story. I loved the science aspects to it – both from Lily and Kieran’s perspectives – and found the setting of Antarctica both exotic and interestingly written. With strong characters and a good plot this story checked a whole bunch of boxes and was a good read that I thoroughly enjoyed. ~ Long and Short Reviews
One of the reasons I’m happy to review a Kait Gamble book is that she never lets me down. Her characters are well drawn, her settings are unique and interesting, and the sex is scorching. It’s a great take on the dislike to love trope, and Kait keeps you rooting for her couple. It’s fairly short, so you can burn through it fairly fast, although you’ll want to slow down and prevent the story from ending. ~ Delilah Night (Author)
Lily arched against it, needing more contact. More friction. She was so close to a bone-melting orgasm. The slightest bit of pressure, just right, and she’d explode.
Kieran seemed to sense her predicament. “Yes, most definitely there.”
Apparently, he wasn’t going to give it to her just yet. Kieran started unbuttoning her jeans at an almost leisurely pace.
In direct contrast, she gripped his sweater, dragging him to her so she could tear it off. She’d never hated layers more than when she encountered yet another barrier. Lily ripped at the buttons of the shirt he wore beneath. She wanted him as wild and wanton as she was. It was only fair, after all. She wanted to see what was underneath that control. If she could break it.
The first glimpse of taut skin over hard muscle had her salivating. What would he taste like? Before she could get to that point, however, she wanted to feel him.
Pushing the shirt off his shoulders, she pressed her palms flat against his solid chest, absorbing the warmth and feeling the latent strength there. While he wasn’t massively muscular, Kieran was incredibly well built and undoubtedly masculine. She couldn’t wait to see if the rest of him was just as tantalizing.
She hesitated after running her hands over his ab muscles. Then her fingers reached the waistband of his jeans.
Kieran caught her hands.
Lily tipped her head back to look at him. If he was stopping now…
He ran his finger along her jaw, keeping her eyes on his. “I want you to know that this in no way affects whether or not I decide to fund your research. I had already planned on giving you and everyone else at the facility whatever you need.”
Her heart filled almost to bursting. “Really?”
“Really.” He brushed his lips against hers. “I did my own research. I know what you’re doing here is worthwhile. I’m willing to provide you with anything you want.” Kieran tasted her with a quick dip of his tongue. “And need.”
And what she needed right then was him. Naked.
Yet she couldn’t help but tease him. “I guess I don’t have to go through with this, then, since you’re already giving us the money.”
He reared back, but the shock on his face faded when she giggled.
“You had me there for a second.” Kieran tugged her jeans down. Clearly in more of a hurry than he’d previously been.
She helped him get them off before assisting him with his own and throwing the garments aside.
The instant they were free, he picked her up and pressed her against the wall. “If you’d stopped us, I don’t know if I could stand it.”
“I know what you mean.” She let her gaze rove over his body and wasn’t disappointed by what she saw. Kieran was a very handsome man and perfectly proportional. Except for the very large erection that was prodding her in the stomach. She jerked her attention upward to meet his cocky smile.
Lily let him hook her legs around his hips, giving her intimate knowledge of his cock as he walked them to her bed. It seemed too small and narrow to fit him let alone both their bodies, but he didn’t seem deterred. Carefully laying her on the bed, he stared at her lovingly as he kneeled over her.
Kieran lowered his head. When she expected his lips back on her skin, there was nothing. Then he blew a stream of cold air over her breasts and watched with satisfaction clear on his face when her body reacted accordingly. He opened his mouth wide, then breathed hot air over her stomach just a moment before he slid lower.
Lily couldn’t hold back the gasp when he wedged his shoulders between her thighs and closed his scorching mouth over her. Stars sparked in her eyes when he alternated tasting her arousal with long lashes of his tongue and sucking her clit with devastating skill.
Strong hands gripped her hips, almost as if he knew she was about to fly off the bed.
Then, with a flick of his tongue over the sensitive bundle of nerves, pleasure crashed into her. Lily gripped his hair as she keened her delight. Kieran didn’t let up until she tried to push him away from her overstimulated body.
Heart racing and gasping for air, Lily tapped him on the shoulders. When he looked up at her with a hopeful smile, she beckoned him upward until they were face to face and he rested hip to hip with her.
She grinned. “Well, I’ll admit your theoretical knowledge is impressive. But I’m interested in seeing if you can wow me with the practical.”
Kieran chuckled. “Gladly.”