A Snippet from “What She Craves”

Okay, folks. This time I have a little excerpt from my upcoming Samhain release, What She Craves. It’s the second in my Cape May series. It releases December 14th and it’s a HOT menage (m/f/m). I’m really excited about it!

I haven’t shown this one to anyone so please tell me what you think! 🙂

Unwrapping these gifts could get a girl in a world of trouble…

It’s Christmas Eve and Tory Jeffries doesn’t have a date to her friend Con Walker’s annual Christmas party. It’s always the event of the year, but the thought of going alone isn’t at all appealing. When her good friend Devon Mason lets her know he’s dateless as well and would be happy to escort her, Tory is only too grateful. Spending an evening with the bad-boy with the flirty smile always puts her in a good mood, but she never imagined she’d be spending the evening with Devon and Con both. In Con’s bed. Naked.  

It’s not the first time Con and Devon have shared a woman. But Tory isn’t just any woman. She’s always held a special place in their life. Now that they’ve had a taste of the little hellion, beyond the witty comebacks and ornery pranks, they want more. More of her tight body, her fiery passion, and uninhibited responses. Getting Tory past her misgivings is going to be a bit tricky though. Damn good thing they’re up for the challenge!



The music changed and suddenly Tory wanted to dance. “Which of you is going to dance with me? Don’t make me look for someone else, I don’t feel like doing the flirting thing tonight.”

“I thought I made it clear you’re my date,” Devon chastised. “No flirting unless it’s with me.”

“Or me,” Con said, his voice low, a little rough.

Tory looked at Devon, then Con. She couldn’t tell if they were teasing or not. She didn’t want to know either. Instead she took another sip of her wine. Devon plucked the glass out of her hand and handed it to Con. “Come on, sugar. You can move those sexy hips all you want.”

As they went back out to the main room, Con following close behind, Tory’s mind whirled with the possibility that the two men were making a move on her. Could it be? Devon tended to flirt. It was just his way. Con not so much. So, what was up with them tonight? She started to change her mind about the dance when a man stepped in front of her. She recognized him instantly. Erik Masters. They’d gone out once. There hadn’t been anything wrong with the date, but the chemistry hadn’t been there and she’d avoided his calls after. While everyone else was dressed to the nines, Erik wore a pair of tight, black jeans and a brick red pocket t-shirt. He wasn’t necessarily a handsome man, his features were too rugged to be considered handsome, but he wasn’t hard on the eyes either. The ‘come and get it’ smile on his lips made her face go hot.

“Hi, Tory. I saw you arrive and hoped we’d get a chance to talk.” His gaze traveled over her body, giving her the once over before coming back to her face. “You’re awfully damn hard to miss in that pretty dress. A man would have to be blind.”

“Thank you, Erik. It’s nice to see you again.” Tory could feel Devon tense beside her and she could swear Con had moved closer behind. Heck, his entire body brushed against hers now. It wasn’t difficult to figure out that Erik was hitting on her, but why would that bother Devon or Con?

“Can I get you something to drink?”

“She’s here with me tonight, Erik.” Devon said, as he wrapped an arm around her waist and pulled her in close to his side. She glanced up Devon and nearly swallowed her tongue at the lethal look he pinned Erik with. Wow, Devon’s expression was positively deadly.

Erik spared Devon a glance and shrugged, as if Devon were nothing more than an annoying insect, then zeroed in on her once more. “Would you care to dance with me?”

Her gaze darted to Devon. Yikes. She recognized the barely leashed rage easily. Tory looked back at Erik, surprised when he seemed unfazed. Which meant the guy was either suicidal or not quite the brightest of bulbs. Considering he owned a thriving concrete business, he wasn’t stupid. That left suicidal. 

“I’m sorry, Erik, but I promised Devon I’d dance with him.” She smiled, hoping to take some of the sting out of the rejection. “Thanks for the offer, though. It was very sweet.”

Erik nodded, one side of his mouth kicking up as he dared, “Maybe later then.”

As he made his way to the other side of the room, Tory peeked over at Devon. She noticed he stared at Erik’s back for what seemed like an eternity.

Devon’s blue gaze came back to her. “You seem to be turning me into a jealous idiot. The thought of Erik’s hands coming anywhere near your body just about caused me to land a fist in his face.” His eyes narrowed, as if bewildered by his own actions. She well understood, because she was every bit as confused.

“Erik and I dated once, remember?” She knew he remembered, because at the time Devon had told her she could do better. Still, she felt compelled to remind him.

“I remember,” he said, his voice low, hard.

“So do I,” Con said from behind her. “He was an ass then and he’s an ass now. I don’t know how he managed to get an invite to my party, but I sure as hell didn’t send him one.”

Tory turned her head and looked up at Con. His gaze, usually so cool, even remote at times, blazed so hot Tory felt seared clear to the bone. “Erik wasn’t an ass. We just didn’t click, that’s all. And you two are acting so strangely tonight. What’s going on?”

The men looked at each other, then back at her. Con was the first to speak. “We’re not acting, Tory. You’ve just never seen this side of us because we’ve kept it from you.”

She planted her hands on her hips and narrowed her eyes. “Oh, really? And what side would that be pray tell?”

“The lover side,” Devon blurted out. Con shoved him. Both of them looked way too satisfied with themselves. It pissed her off.

Tory stepped closer and poked Devon in the chest. “You aren’t my lover and neither is Con. We’re friends. So quit with all the chest beating and the innuendos.” She looked between the two of them. “I came here to have fun with my two friends. Not get mixed up in some convoluted delusion you two are suffering from.”

Con’s eyebrows shot up. “You think we’re delusional?”

“Well, what else could it be?” Her voice was rising and people were beginning to stare. She took a few deep breaths before continuing in a more reasonable tone. “My two closest guy buds are suddenly acting like a couple of lions on the prowl, and for whatever reason they think I should be the lioness for their little lion sandwich. No thanks.”

Con chuckled. “I don’t know about a lion sandwich but I wouldn’t be opposed to hearing a certain kitty purr.”

Oh, God. That should not have her pussy going damp with need, it really shouldn’t. Tory knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that she was way out of her element with Devon and Con. An image of the two men naked, pleasuring her, sprang to mind. It was forbidden and she instantly felt guilty for even allowing the picture to invade her mind at all. Instinctively she knew that Con and Devon would be nothing like the other men she’d dated. She’d always gone for the easy, staid sort of men. Con and Devon were bold, candid and insatiable when they got their hooks into something…or someone. Tory didn’t know what to make of this new situation.

“Dance with me.” Devon murmured, holding his hand out for her. “I want to get you in my arms, that’s all. I want to feel you against me. Just that, Tory, nothing more.” Hypnotized and unable to resist, Tory lifted her hand. Devon took it and tenderly kissed her knuckles. Tory let out her breath and allowed Devon to steer her toward the center of the room where several other couples danced to the beat of Bing Crosby. As Devon’s arms came around her, Tory looked to the left and saw Con watching them, a tender smile on his face.

“I can feel you trembling, sugar. Don’t think this to death. Just feel. That’s all, just feel.”

Feel? How could she do any less with Devon’s powerful arms surrounding her, embracing her in his warmth. He pulled her up against his hard strength and Tory knew Devon’s earlier words were nothing short of the truth. Tonight was going to be a night they’d never forget.


And of course the eye candy!

Also, don’t forget about the contest. I’ll announce the 3 winners on Saturday. Tomorrow is the BONUS contest. So, come by and see what you have to do to enter that one. The winner of the BONUS contest will also be announced on Saturday.  

32 Responses to “A Snippet from “What She Craves””

  1. Maria63303 Says:

    Loved the snippet! Can’t wait for the new books to come out.
    Thanks for the eye candy!

  2. Sherry S. Says:

    I love the excerpt and I can’t wait to read this book it sounds so hot. I can’t wait to see what happens in the story. I hated for the excerpt to end because I was so into it.

  3. Courtney S Says:

    This sounds really good! Can’t wait til December.

  4. tennismom mary g Says:

    Hi Anne
    I love the friend to lover premise & one with 2 guys is a bonus.
    Good job.

  5. annerainey11 Says:

    Thanks, Ladies! 🙂

  6. dreabecraft Says:

    Loving the snippet Anne!

  7. Holy hot snippet. Love the friends to lovers story line. Con sounds delicious. Quiet strength always gets me.

  8. Courtney S Says:

    This sounds SOO good! Can’t wait for December.

  9. I love menage stories. Afterall, the more the merrier. Yours sounds great and it’s the perfect present imo.

  10. annerainey11 Says:

    Thanks, ladies. 😀

    Btw, this particular trio will have TWO stories. The second one releases next year. A Valentine’s Day story. Read more about that one on my website. http://annerainey.com/bookshelf/connecting-stories/

  11. I don’t know which was hotter…the excerpt or the men?! LOL Great job Anne, I love menages and this is sounding wonderful. The actions of the women is how I deem the way the strory will flow, Tory seems great!!!

  12. I have to wait until December? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  13. Afshan N Says:

    What a great excerpt!! I love the way the three of them interact, it sounds like it’s going to be a very hot story!
    Thanks for the great eye candy, WOW!!

  14. Woweee! That was great, Anne! So December and February?? (And seriously, that’s a bit of a tease, considering we have six months to wait!!)

  15. Cathy MacDonald Says:

    Oh man, I love menage stories, and know you give us friends to lovers on top of that! Totally luscious, Anne, you’ve got me wanting to read more.

  16. Lindsey Ekland Says:

    I do not mind waiting until December since I have a huge tbr pile but you have to post the cover and reminders monthly. Promise? And have a contest, yes a contest would be good. Thanks for the pretty pictures.

  17. elaing8 Says:

    Love the snippet. And we have to wait until December for more..no fair 🙂

    Oh the eyecandy…WOW!! 😀

  18. “…be the lioness for their little lion sandwich.” LOVE it! Great excerpt. Hot stuff. The shaggy dude eye candy is sweet too.

  19. Oh gosh…December? The wait is gonna be sheer torture. Well at least the yummy eye candy will keep in company. *grin*

  20. Courtney S Says:

    This sounds REALLY good & I can’t wait til December to read it! Thanks for the great excerpts over the past few days! (not to mention the eye candy…LOL!!)

  21. Love the excerpt and I can’t wait to read it- too bad I’ll have to wait until December 😦

  22. Great excerpt. Your books are always great.

  23. Yvonne R. Says:

    Awesome snippet! Loving the eye candy. 🙂

  24. This excerpt proves to be another hot Anne Rainey novel. One thing that is the difference between ok and sex thrown in is that you and the authors I like the people involed have a clearly defined chemistry/relationshp with each other. Even if it is a menage.

  25. annerainey11 Says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful comments! 🙂

    I do wish these stories would release sooner, but you know how it is. 😦

  26. Patricia K Says:

    what a great snippler

  27. Rhonda Wolf Says:

    Anne, great snippet! I sounds like a very hot book.

  28. Beth C. Says:

    Wow! Can’t wait for that one either. Why does Dec. have to be so far away?

  29. Anne Rainey Says:

    Thanks, Rhonda and Beth. I wish December would hurry and get here! LOL 😀

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  31. This sounds fantastic, Anne. I can’t wait.


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