Three Days Left To Go!
Only three days left! It’s coming! It’s coming! Oh, please, please don’t let there be the same kind of delay there was with Jade’s Dragon! lol
Set up: Lydia is in one jail cell, Millicent Crankshaw is in the other, and Garrett has arrived to pay Lydia’s fine.
Sneak Peek #5:
“Ugh.” Her head fell back on her shoulders; she rolled her eyes. But as all the slack came out of their outstretched arms and he gave a tug, she came back to him. He twirled her, capturing her now with her back to his chest and his arm around her waist. He rocked her, their side-to-side motion much more visible, the swing of her soft bottom concealed beneath all her skirts flush up against his pelvis. If she could feel his body’s natural response to such seduction, she didn’t say anything, and on they continued in an age-old dance to which the only music was that set by their hearts. He wasn’t sure what hers was doing, but his was pounding brutally hard, thundering against his ribs and throbbing low down in the confines of his trousers.
“Your teeth have been in me ever since,” he confessed.
“Please don’t tell me you love me,” she begged, but there was something about that plea that sounded… insincere.
“Would that be so bad?”
She looked away without answering, and that right there was an answer in and of itself.
Chuckling, he threw her out again, letting her escape as far as their outstretched arms would allow before he brought her back to him again. This time, face-to-face once more.
“You’re warming to me,” he said with a grin. “Admit it. I’ve got my teeth in you now too.”
“Don’t be ridiculous. We barely know one another.”
“We know the important things.”
“I’d kill you as soon as look at you,” she lied.
Lied. An outright fabrication of the truth; in direct opposition to what she actually felt; he could see it in her face. His silly brutal, thundering heart soared.
Take it slow, his head cautioned. But when Garrett opened his mouth, what came out next was anything but. “Marry me.”
She is the ‘savage’ of the Red Petticoat Saloon, a white woman raised by Indians only to be ripped from her adopted family by enemy soldiers and—with her half-breed son in tow—forced back into a life she does not remember or want. She does not smile; she does not trust, but she will, for a few extra dollars, put her buckskins on before taking a man to bed. Called Emerald, she has bitten more customers than she has forgiven. It never once occurred to her that anyone would find that treatment enamoring… until the day of the Great Brawl when the eldest Drake brother stormed the Red Petticoat in his vengeful hunt for Gabe and the youngest, Garrett, tackled her to the floor. She’d lived up to her reputation that day, grinding her teeth into the palm of his hand until she tasted blood, and forever won herself the erstwhile affections of a man who refused to understand the concept of ‘get lost’.
No one knew how to hide behind a smile like Garrett Drake. Haunted by a past he would never honor with words, he knew the soul-biting pain of incorporeal scars when he saw it. And from the moment he clapped eyes on Emerald—and she clamped her sharp little teeth on him, painting her lips with his blood—Garrett recognized his suffering soul’s long absent mate. She was prickly, temperamental, tense… afraid… what about that could draw him as intensely as it did, he had no idea, but the more she insisted he go away, the more impossible he found it to leave.
And then soldiers came to Culpepper Cove with orders to remove Emerald’s very young son to a reservation in which she could not go. After that, leaving ceased to be an option. Armed with an off-kilter joke and a smile, Garrett allied himself to the woman he loved…whether she wanted him to or not. Because she was warming to him, by God, and that right there made everything he was about to do worth it.
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Like all the Red Petticoat Saloon books, Warming Emerald is a standalone story. That means you don’t have to read them all to understand what’s going on in this book. However, you might want to read them all simply because, like Pringles potato chips, it’s hard to stop at just one!
About The Red Petticoat series:
The Red Petticoat Saloon series is a collection of books written by #1 and USA Today bestselling authors. Each book tells the unique story of a different woman, ‘a gem’, who comes to the saloon to find a safe haven and discovers they become part of a family. Recurring characters appear in each book to allow readers a continuity as they learn about the women who have learned to bend but have not broken under the harshness that life has to offer. It is a series where strong, loving men find not only entertainment at the saloon but the special women who reside under its roof.
Come visit and learn more about The Red Petticoat Saloon. http://www.redpetticoats.com
If you missed any of these great stories, it’s not too late!
Melting Silver by Livia Grant
Emelie Svennson’s dream is to sing on stage. When a musical troupe passes through her home in Wisconsin, she believes her dream will be fulfilled when the leader invites her to be the star of his show. By the time she realizes that he is nothing more than an abusive bully and her dream is now her nightmare, she finds herself stranded in San Francisco with no money and on the run from the law. As she tries to make her way home to her family, she stops in Culpepper Cove and is drawn to the amazing melodies coming from the Red Petticoat Saloon. The handsome piano player is almost as remarkable as his music.
Charlie Walker adores all of the gems he works with, but from the minute he meets Emelie, he knows there is something special about her. As much as he wants her to stay in Culpepper Cove, the thought of her putting on red petticoats and entertaining men upstairs as Silver cuts him to the core.
As their pasts clash, Charlie will have to work hard to convince his new gem that he will not only love and honor her, but that he won’t hesitate to drag her across his knee for a bare-bottomed spanking that promises to warm more than just her backside. Can he convince the woman with the voice of an angel that dreams can come true?
Sapphire’s Surrender by Tabitha Black
With long hair so black it sometimes looks blue, Sapphire is a feisty little thing with a temper as hot as her trademark sultry gaze. All alone in the world after a series of tragic events left her without a family, she considers herself lucky to have found a new home at The Red Petticoat.
There, she has friends who care about her, and a way of dancing which drives the patrons wild. She loves her independence and her ability to earn her own money, and being a saloon girl means she won’t ever have to depend on a man. Having discovered at an early age that they aren’t to be trusted, she’s happy to be on her own. Besides, she’s never met a man who was able to evoke even the smallest amount of lust in her, let alone love.
When Sapphire is accused of stealing a client’s pocket watch and Sheriff Deputy Crawford Slade is called to the Petticoat to deal with the incident, her world is turned upside down. Despite his sullen, unfriendly demeanor, something about the handsome deputy ignites a passion within her that she finds it increasingly hard to deny.
But the closer she gets to him, the more he seems to pull away. Torn between her pledge never to trust a man and her desire for this dark deputy, Sapphire finds herself in physical and emotional turmoil. Acting on sheer impulse, she resorts to ever more devious methods in order to get Crawford’s attention. Unfortunately, everything she tries seems to have the opposite effect, and the deputy grows ever more distant.
For his part, despite all outward appearances, Crawford Slade isn’t immune to Sapphire’s charms, and there’s a part of him which is longing to rein her in and force her to behave.
There are two things holding him back, however: a big secret from the past which he cannot share with anyone, and his own dark lust—which he fears, if unleashed, could frighten not only Sapphire away, but end up costing him everything.
DISCLAIMER: This book contains explicit erotic themes, including spanking and mild breath play. If such material is likely to offend, please do not purchase.