Steve’s Story Releases in Print

Guess what?

Steve’s Story, the second book in the Circle of Friends series, releases today in print! (Bet you’d never have guessed that from the title of the post.)

I’m thrilled to say that both books in the series – Only Tyler and Steve’s Story and now available in print.

And don’t they look gorgeous together?

(Okay – so the photographer – me – is not so good, and there’s a nasty glare reflecting off the covers, but apart from that… Don’t they look gorgeous together?)

😀

Forgotten what Steve’s Story is about? Here’s a quick reminder:

Steve’s Story: The Blurb

When love is threatened by truth, every moment counts…

Steve Sommers is having a gut-wrenching week. His fiancée has left him, the woman who broke his heart is back in town—and they’re all gathered at the bedside of his best friend, who’s in a coma. The emotional ties between them are strained to the breaking point. Like it or not, it’s up to Steve to find the strength and compassion to support the four of them through the toughest ordeal of their lives.

In the midst of the turmoil and trauma, passion unexpectedly flares anew between Steve and the woman he loves. Suddenly the future he’d believed lost lies within his reach. But she still carries the secret that once tore them apart, and determined to protect Steve from the truth, she fights their rekindled relationship every step of the way.

Now the fragile bond they’ve developed hangs in the balance, threatened by a reality that love may not be strong enough to overcome…

Warning: This book might just make you cry, but it’ll make you smile as well. The story will probably get you all hot and bothered too. It contains naughty activities in the car, sex on the kitchen counter (and up against the wall), a quickie in the garden, a little experimenting with scarves—oh, and some hot loving in the bedroom.

Did you notice I put the first sentence of the warning in bold? Well, there’s a reason. The book is pretty sad. It’s also realistic and may not be everybody’s cup of tea. If you’re looking for a light-hearted, fun romance – this isn’t it. Yep, there’s a happy ending (helloooo? I write romance), but it’s certainly not your classic And they  lived happily ever after ending.

If you’re looking for a hero who knows where is heart lies and refuses to give up on his heroine – no matter what obstacles they face, then this is the book for you!

Steve’s Story: An Excerpt

He held her. She was back in his arms and Steve was thrown by how good she felt there. How right. Damn, he’d fought it, rallied against it. Pen didn’t want him. He shouldn’t be holding her, but in the end he couldn’t keep his distance. He’d never been able to. How could he just sit back and watch her torment? He had to offer her comfort.

Kate and he had never fit together this well, as though their bodies were made for each other. Pen’s curves seemed to match his hollows, her softness the perfect foil to his sinew. How could he have forgotten?

Silent sobs still wracked her body every so often, but the worst of the storm was over. She lay spent, plastered against his chest. For the first time since he’d lost his best friend and his fiancée, Steve’s heart began to beat again. Jaggedly, but at least it beat. At least he felt alive.

Her hair felt like spun silk between his fingers, and her slim body seemed frail as a child’s nestled within his embrace. Except she wasn’t a child. The enticing, round breasts pushing into his shirt were a tangible reminder of that fact. As were the sharp bones of her hips and the firm, feminine buttocks resting on his legs and brushing against his groin.

If her proximity hadn’t felt so damn good, it would have been painful holding her this close. His body reacted on instinct, blood flowing to his groin.

Oh, Christ. An erection. Now. Now?

He fought it down, but knew he wouldn’t stand a chance if she wriggled her butt one more time. Pen didn’t need some lust-crazed, ex-boyfriend hankering after her with a raging hard-on.

Hell, he didn’t need it either. He needed to push her off his lap and forget about her.

So why couldn’t he? Why was the need to protect her and comfort her shadowing common sense, shadowing his anger and frustration and pain? Maybe he was doing it for Tyler. Maybe he was giving her what Tyler would have—had he been conscious.

A long time ago, before she’d kissed him and blown his world apart with her passion, she’d just been his friend’s kid sister. His surrogate sister. Regardless of what had happened between them since then, a part of him would always view her as such. If Pen needed family now, he didn’t really have a choice. For Tyler’s sake, he’d have to be her family.

Or maybe he wouldn’t… Pen chose that exact moment to sink a little deeper into his lap. While logic told him her actions were innocent, his body responded on instinct. It surged to life in an electrifying rush, leaving Steve winded and aroused. And not just a little perplexed.

He should have known, should have realized he stood no chance. From the second he’d pulled her onto his lap, he’d fought a losing battle. There was never any question of escaping unharmed. Pen need only breathe, and Steve responded. Even his experience with Kate hadn’t dimmed his attraction to Pen. Her butt pressing into his thighs and groin was a savage reminder of their sensuous past. A past she’d tossed aside.

Before Pen had a chance to discover his predicament, Steve repositioned himself beneath her weight, gaining some much-needed space. Reluctant to let her go, however, even reminding himself of the pain she’d caused him, he kept his arms around her, ensuring her breasts still burrowed into his chest.

The movement must have jolted Pen, for she lifted her head from his shoulder and straightened her back.

“Oh, shit! Steve, I’m sorry.” She wiped her eyes and then his shoulder, which was wet from her tears. “I…I didn’t mean to lose it like that. I don’t know what happened.”

She was killing him. The hand on his shirt rubbed uselessly at the moisture, yet burned a hole through the cotton. He bit his cheek hard, determined not to groan out loud.

Steve’s Story is available in print from My Bookstore and More, or from your favorite online bookstore, including Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Steve’s Story is also available in e-format from My Bookstore and More.

Jess

6 Responses to “Steve’s Story Releases in Print”

  1. Natasha A. Says:

    Wooot! Congrats Jess!!!

  2. tennismom mary g Says:

    Ha! As if I could forget this story!! I’m so excited, now I can get the print versions. I voted at the Sammies by the way so good luck Jess.
    Also you didn’t mention the other warning: You will never forget this book.

  3. tennismom mary g Says:

    Ah Jess you know me so well LOL.
    You knew because although I have many fave books & authors, this jewel of a book has an author that dared to be different & has it’s own category in my life. Since I don’t have an ereader I printed it out. Now I will have a nice book with a shiny cover to wear out.
    ((hugs))

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