By Alison Bliss
When I began writing my debut romance about an FBI agent hero and his Witness Protection heroine, I had no clue that a cocky, womanizing secondary character would be the hero of my next book. In fact, until Cowboy entered stage right, I didn’t even know he existed. In true Cowboy fashion, he barged in and fought for his own story.
And he got it.
PLAYING WITH FIRE is the second book in my Tangled in Texas series and features a hunky, white Stetson-wearing fireman named Cowboy. But the playboy got more than he bargained for in the form of a feisty redheaded librarian who wanted nothing to do with him.
PLAYING WITH FIRE
When I turned, Cowboy was back at my side, standing so close that his arm bumped mine. “I didn’t mean to touch you,” he said in a low voice.
“That’s okay. I’ll just move over a little.”
“No,” he said, frowning. “That’s not what I meant.” He set his empty plate down on the table and turned to face me as I reached for a yeast roll. “I’m talking about last weekend. I didn’t mean to kiss you.”
Flustered, I jumped as if he’d shot me, missed the rolls, and ended up raking the back of my fingers across the barbecued ribs instead. Damn it. Awkwardly, I balanced my plate in one hand while holding up two sticky fingers coated in a sweet-smelling dark red glop.
“That night, I didn’t come to your house with any intention of putting my hands on you. Or my mouth. It just…sort of happened.”
A shiver ran through me as the blood hummed in my veins. The memory of his hard body pressed against mine played over in my mind, tampering with my sanity. My teeth bit into my bottom lip, pulling it into my mouth as he had done that night, and I swore I could almost still taste him.
“I don’t think this is an appropriate time to talk about that…um, incident.” I glanced around for a napkin.
“How about later, then? I could always swing by your place and—”
“No! I mean…I can’t. I’ll be busy later.”
“Doing what?” he asked, his brow lifted with curiosity.
“I don’t know…just stuff.” Like trying to figure out what the hell was wrong with me.
“If you’re upset because I avoided you all week, I was only trying to wrap my head around what’s going on between us. We should talk about it. About us.”
I continued my perusal of a napkin, while ignoring the fluttering in my chest. “There’s really nothing to talk about, Cowboy. It happened and it’s over. Let’s just forget the whole thing.”
“What if I don’t want to forget it?”
“People don’t always get what they want,” I told him, just as I spotted the pile of paper napkins someone had placed at the end of the table on the other side of Cowboy. I nodded to them, silently asking him to hand me one.
He looked at the napkins and back to my fingers. Grasping my hand, he gave me a sexy little grin and said, “I always get what I want.” Then he slid my fingers into his warm mouth. I tried to pull back, but he held me firm while sucking and licking the barbecue sauce off. Heat traveled from my cheeks into places lower in my body.
The suction of his mouth coupled with the erotic tongue action he performed on my fingers nearly had my knees buckling in bliss. Good Lord, the effect this man had on me. I whimpered softly.
When he was done, he kissed my knuckles lightly, gave me a quick wink, and said, “Enjoyed that, did ya? Next time we’ll try whipped cream…and a different body part.”
Playing With Fire
Anna Weber is every inch the proper librarian—old-fashioned, conservatively dressed right down to her tightly clipped flaming red hair. She’s just moved to a small Texas town, and is determined to spend time with her friend before she has to disappear. Relationships aren’t easy for her. She knows too well what it means to be burned. And the last thing she ever wants to do is fall in love…
Especially not with a fireman who’s hot enough to set the entire state of Texas on fire.
Cowboy can’t resist the fiery little librarian, and he’s determined to make her his. Beneath that prim-and-proper exterior is a woman he very much wants to know—if she’d let him. She’ll test his patience. His control. Hell, his very sanity. And for the first time, Cowboy wonders if he’s found the one fire he can’t control…