posted on February 20, 2015 by Joya Ryan

Chasing Desire

I have the worst sweet tooth in the world! Sometimes you need something sweet though. However, the term “sinfully sweet” takes on a whole new meaning when applying something like…let’s say…frosting, to a sexy man’s skin.


CDesire_500She’d learned that even if things were going well, it was only a matter of time before the bottom fell out. She looked at the cake—her stomach growled on cue—then glanced at the man holding it. A different kind of growl came from her then, because the guy looked more edible than the slab of vanilla frosting.

Just because I want him doesn’t mean anything serious, or that I will mix that up with him wanting more from me. No matter how sweet the gesture of feeding her.

“Look.” He took a step toward her but remained on the porch. “You’re so hungry I can see drool on the side of your mouth.” Her hand shot to her lips, then she frowned. He only smiled. “Unless you’re drooling for another reason?” He winked, and she wanted to punch him. Maybe kiss him. At least that would solve her drooling problem.

Except then she’d have an even bigger problem.

It was sort of nice that he cared about her hunger though. Thoughtful even.

“You know, in my experience, two things can instantly make a day better,” he said. “Cake is one of them.” He handed her the plate but stayed on the other side of the threshold.

So this was a game after all. But he wasn’t being pushy. And the gesture was sweet. Literally.

“What makes you think I’m having a bad day?”

He looked at her for a long moment. “Not bad. Just not good.”

And wasn’t that the observation she didn’t need. Because “not good” sounded like the past several hundred days. Never bad, but never good. She just was. She preferred it that way. A simple existence was a safe existence. But she had to admit, it was starting to get a little lonely.

She shook her head. “I’m fine.”

He nodded. “I know. It’s cool.” But there was a seriousness in his voice, almost like understanding. Whatever magic Huck was working on her, she didn’t know how to combat it, because her walls were slowly chipping away.

“Since you’re here…” She walked inside and set the cake on the table.

But Huck stayed on the porch, like some gentleman—or vampire—that wouldn’t come in unless he was invited. Another oddly considerate action.

She should send him away. Allowing him in would lead to nothing good.

No, it’d lead to something mind-blowing.

She mentally groaned.

Well, as long as he was here, he could at least help her out of this damn dress. Then, his gentlemanly duty done, she’d send him on his way.


She walked back to the door and presented her shoulders to him. “Can you help me out of this?”

“Ah honey, I thought you’d never ask.”

“It’s stuck,” she clarified. But his hands were already working on the zipper, and the feel of his fingers sliding down her back as the material gave way made tingles race up her spine.

“What’s the other thing?” she asked, trying to keep focus and not give in to the amazing way he touched her. “You said there are two things that turn a day around. What’s the other besides cake?”

She felt his breath against her neck. “Orgasms, of course.”

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Joya Ryan

National and international bestselling author Joya Ryan is the author of the Shattered series, which includes Break Me Slowly, Possess Me Slowly, and Capture Me Slowly. She has also written the Sweet Torment series, which includes Breathe You In and Only You. Her Brazen novels include the Chasing Love Series which feature Chasing Trouble, Chasing Temptation and Chasing Desire. Passionate about both cooking and dancing (despite not being too skilled at the latter), she loves spending time at home. Along with her husband and her two sons, she resides in California. Blurb:When the chase ends, the fun begins… It’s her best friend’s wedding, and Autumn Lane is trussed up in a pink bridesmaid dress with a big “everything is great” smile plastered across her face. She’s not going think about her life imploding, or spending the next two weeks housesitting in the ridiculously small town of Diamond. No, she’d rather think about the tattooed hottie in the wedding party…and how to turn the wicked way he’s looking at her into a night of intense pleasure. Huck Galvin is fiercely attracted to his mystery woman’s no-BS attitude, but their one-night-no-strings plan backfires when Huck discovers that Autumn is the out-of-towner he’s “chaperoning” for the next two weeks. Outside the bedroom, the two can’t stand each other, yet Huck can’t deny how much he wants one more night with her. But Autumn isn’t going to make it easy for Huck. Not by a long shot…

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