Monday, June 6, 2011

Release Party: Blindfold Me by Avril Ashton; 2nd excerpt

Thirteen years ago, Lyric Benson's boyfriend accused her of sleeping with his older brother then disappeared. She never stopped caring, never stopped hoping. Now, all these years later, Lyric is stunned to discover the new owner of her company is one Grayson St. Clair, who never forgot or forgave her transgression.

Grayson wants nothing to do with someone he thinks hurt him so deeply. He can't let go of the past and he can't trust Lyric. It doesn't help matters that while on her watch, the Masonry company she oversaw was hacked into and the company's top secret client list accessed. Reluctantly, Lyric and Grayson team up to find the culprit, with Grayson denying their blossoming feelings at every turn. But when his brother appears, secrets in tow, Grayson will have to choose: live in the past or move on with Lyric.

She opened an eye. Grayson hovered in her office doorway, his eyes on some point above her head, a hesitant look on his face.
“What?” She kept rocking.
“I—ah, I wanted to apologize.” He entered and closed the door behind him before stopping in the middle of the room.
“Oh, yeah?” She leaned forward. “What for?” This promised to be good.
“For jumping to conclusions, for insinuating that, that—” He clasped his hands behind his back.
“That I’m a slut.”
His face turned red. “I was wrong and I apologize.”
“Are you sure?”
His eyes snapped up.
Lyric pushed back her chair and got to her feet. Predictably his eyes zeroed in on her chest. She walked toward him. “Are you sure I’m not a slut?” A frown creased his forehead and she continued. “You think I slept with your brother. That I use my body to get my way.”
Grayson shook his head. “I didn’t mean that. I was just—”
“Frustrated.” Directly in front of him now, she crossed her arms. “Yes, so you said.” She looked into his silver eyes. “And you know what? I believe you.”
Lyric closed the distance between them. She wanted to smell the delicious musk that clung to him. Grayson looked damn uncomfortable, his eyes guarded like he had no idea what to think. They stood chest to chest, but not touching.
She lowered her voice and spoke. “It has to be frustrating to think I had sex with your brother—betrayed you in the worst possible way—yet you still want me.” She followed the hypnotic movement of his Adam’s apple as he swallowed. “You still burn for me.”
Lyric met his stormy eyes. Twin slashes of color appeared on his cheekbones and she pushed further. She leaned into him, put her lips to his left ear and allowed her breath to caress him. His body went taut. Potent heat radiated from him to her, but he didn’t move.
She spoke again. “You dislike me, but most of all, you dislike yourself. For wanting me, needing me. For all the things you want to do to me.”
Dragging his scent into her lungs, she took a step back and looked at him. A sheen of sweat covered his brow and his fists clenched.
He stayed quiet, but his eyes spoke volumes. They blazed with unfulfilled yearnings. Lyric closed hers briefly then opened them. She wanted him to see her desires, her yearnings.
His breath hitched and she shuddered in reaction. Grayson’s gaze never wavered from her face as he stalked toward her on quiet feet. A thrill shot down Lyric’s spine. She remained in place as moisture soaked her panties, and her nipples hardened. Call her a masochist, but this reaction right here? She wanted it.
“You like pushing me, don’t you?” Grayson spoke with his jaws clenched. His ginger-flavored breath teased her nostrils.
“So push back.”

Find Blindfold Me at: SCP   AMAZON  and Barnes and Noble 

Avril Ashton!/AvrilAsh

*Answers to the questions for the giveaway to win a pdf of Blindfold Me will come from these excerpts. Two commenters with the correct answers on both Qs will win. GIVEAWAY QUESTIONS COMING UP NEXT!


Rawiya said...

great excerpt hon!

I wish you success on all the releases!

ReneeRearden said...

LOVE the excerpt!

Okay, I didn't seen any questions, but I wanted to let you know I popped over and read your latest release!


Avril Ashton said...

Thanks Rawiya babe!

Avril Ashton said...

Hi Renee, questions are coming later...not too far off.

Thank you for stopping by!

Jean P said...

Enjoyed this blurb, can't wait to read this book!

Avril Ashton said...

Thank you, Jean P!

Anonymous said...

Good excerpts. Q1: Llsha, Q2: ginger breath.
Thank-you, Rina

Avril Ashton said...

Hi Rina, thanks for dropping by :)

Marie Rose Dufour said...

Great excerpt. I love the tension that you created between these two characters, you can really feel it.