Friday Excerpt: Sleep With Me

Today’s excerpt is from Sleep With Me, releasing a week from today! The idea for this book started with the first line, which somehow came up one day while I was talking to my husband (as so many things do). Grab a cuppa and settle in. Let me introduce you to Katherine & David…

Excerpt: Sleep With Me
(available April 12, 2013)

“Wine me, dine me, shag me…then leave. That’s the deal.”

Katherine knew
she should smile or maybe flip her hair and bat her eyes, but the man
she’d approached at the bar looked experienced enough to know what she
was asking for. Voices murmured around them as she waited for the

“Shag you?” he repeated, the corners of his lips curving up. “Does anyone actually say that anymore?”

She rolled her
eyes. “It’s better than the alternative. Are you in or not? Because I
have a prescription to fill and I need to find a guy to fill it by

The man chuckled. “You have a prescription for sex? And any guy will do? Then why me?”

“Well…I find
you physically attractive,” Katherine said with a shrug. “And you also
look like the kind of guy who doesn’t mind a one-night stand, which is
basically what we’re discussing. I don’t want an attachment, I don’t
need to find true love, and I don’t need a guy who wants my number. I
just want drinks, dinner and sex. Then we go our separate ways. But
apparently I misjudged you, so I apologize for interrupting your

She turned
away, scanning the room for any other potentially suitable candidates.
Who would have thought this assignment would be so difficult? Candace
was so going to pay when she got home. Take a vacation, she’d said. Get
laid. Nothing like a good orgasm to take care of that whole not-sleeping

Katherine wondered when her friend-slash-therapist had tried to get
laid last. After being mistaken for a call girl twice and now turned
down for…well, she wasn’t exactly sure why she’d been rejected this
last time…she was about ready to go back to her little bungalow on the
beach and stay there for the rest of the week.

A jolt of
awareness shot up her arm as warm fingers closed around her left wrist.
Instinctively she pulled away, but her captor wouldn’t let go. She
looked down into her most recent target’s amused emerald eyes.

“Hang on a
sec,” he said, finally releasing her wrist. “I didn’t say I wouldn’t do
it, I just wanted to know why me. When were you thinking this little
date would occur? And why drinking and dinner first, if all you want is

Katherine was
all too aware that it had gotten quiet in the bar. Apparently their
little conversation was garnering a lot of attention – something she
really didn’t want.

“You know
what?” She moved a step back from the bar, keeping her wrists out of
reach. “Forget it. It was a stupid idea. I’ll…um…see you around. Or
not. A girl can hope.” She walked as quickly as she could while
maintaining a cool facade to the front door and pushed out into the
humid island evening. Slipping her shoes off, she hooked the straps with
a finger and set off towards the beach.

She’d barely begun to feel the sand between her toes when her mystery man ran up beside her.

“Giving up so easily?” he asked, keeping pace as she kept walking. “Or just looking for a new pool to choose from?”

She rolled her
eyes, doing her best to ignore the distinctly male scent that was far
too enticing. “Why do you care? You made it pretty clear you were more
amused than interested, so just forget I said anything. I withdraw the
proposal. Leave me alone.”

He chuckled,
the warm sound sending an unwelcome tingle up her spine. “But then I
wouldn’t get to see the guy who finally agrees to…ah…fill your
prescription. Who’s your doctor, anyways? I think I could use a
prescription like that.”

stopped, letting out a long sigh as she watched the huge sun slip far
too quickly below the horizon. She turned to the man beside her and

“What is your name?” she asked, irritated that she didn’t already know.

He grinned, holding out his hand. “David Patton. And you are?”

Nice to meet you,” she said automatically, reaching out to grasp his
palm. She barely suppressing a gasp of awareness when her skin contacted
his, and yanked her hand back before she could stop herself. The lights
from the waterfront bars cast a dark orange glow over everything, but
she could still see his amusement in the dim light.

“Listen David.
You’ve had your fun, I’ve embarrassed myself and I don’t know about you,
but I’m tired. So I’m going back to my hut now. Alone. You have a good

She brushed by
him and continued on her way, hoping her burning cheeks had been mostly
shadowed. Half-expecting him to show up at her side again, she was
inexplicably annoyed when he didn’t.

“Hey Kat!”

She cringed at the nickname she’d hated since grade school and kept walking.

“Meet me here
tomorrow night at six,” David called out. It was a statement, not a
question, but that didn’t surprise her from a guy like that. She
considered it for a second before she yelled over her shoulder to him.

“Sorry, I’m
busy. Thanks anyways though.” With a small, hopefully dismissive wave
she continued on down the beach to the hut she’d rented.

Once inside,
she flopped down on the bed and wished she hadn’t paid up front. The
whole vacation had been Candace’s idea, and her friend had pushed for
the non-refundable advance payment option. Probably because she knew
Katherine would be ready to leave after the first night.

Rolling over,
she picked up the phone and dialed room service, ordering dinner for
delivery. Maybe tomorrow she could find a tour to take or something

Something that didn’t involve men.

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