Burn So Bad
by J.H. Croix
Publication Date: January 18, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Firefighter, Standalone
Levi drives me crazy, and not the good kind of crazy.
He’s smoldering hot and so d*mn sexy, it’s dangerous.
He’s a hotshot firefighter and nearly sets me on fire whenever he’s around.
Perhaps it’s an occupational hazard.
He teases me every chance he gets and tempts me to let down my guard.
I certainly don’t need a man.
But Levi’s more than a man. He’s a man on octane fuel—pure, raw, primal masculinity practically oozes from his pores.
One night of weakness, and I tumble into the flames.
It’s more than lust. It’s how I feel when I’m with him—safe and protected. I never want to let go.
I might get burned if I’m not careful.
Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and hate can always turn into love.
Or at least lust.
Lucy hates me. She especially hates how much I want her.
And sweet h*ll do I want her.
But she can’t be bothered to even give me the time of day.
I should give up the chase, but I can’t.
It’s more than a spark between us, it’s a bonfire.
Fate rolls the dice and lands Lucy right where I want her.
She needs my help, and I need her, every inch of her lush curves.
One taste, and I’m lost. I’ll do anything to have her and to hold her.
To make her mine.
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I was starting to realize Lucy might be drunker than I’d initially thought. She bit her lip, glaring at her phone. “I can’t stay at Levi’s anymore,” she said, her words definitely slurring now.
“How come?” Amelia asked.
“Because we had sex!” Lucy announced.
My mouth dropped open, part of a laugh escaping before I cut if off. She’d shocked the hell out of me.
I could practically imagine the look on Amelia’s face about now. She was silent when the sound of the car’s blinker echoed through the line. At which point, I realized Lucy had just made her announcement on the car’s speakerphone.
“Are we on speakerphone?” I asked.
“Sure are,” Cade offered, his smile evident in his tone.
Lucy’s eyes flicked up to mine, wide and almost panicked. “I was joking, just joking.”
Another long silence ensued.
There was no way in hell I was going to add anything at this point.
Lucy sighed. “I’ll let Levi drive me home. Okay, bye.”
She ended the call without waiting for Amelia or Cade to say goodbye, dropping the phone in the process. I picked it up, only to realize she hadn’t managed to end the call. “Guys, I got it. I’m driving. Talk to you tomorrow.”
“Night Lucy. Thanks Levi,” Amelia said quickly over Cade’s low laugh.
I successfully tapped the end call button and handed the phone back to Lucy.
We stared at each other in the cool evening air, the sounds from the bar drifting out over the lake. After a beat, she opened her mouth and then snapped it shut. She crossed her arms across her chest, her cheeks flushing slightly.
“Oh my God. That was dumb,” she announced, almost as if she were talking to herself. She took a ragged breath and looked away. “I can’t believe this.” Her eyes swung back to me. “I hate this,” she muttered.
“This… this thing with us. I hate that I want you. It’s annoying and stupid and you make me crazy. The good kind of crazy and the bad kind.”
Ah, so we were back to how much she hated the fact we had some serious chemistry.
ABOUT J.H. CROIX
USA Today Bestselling Author J. H. Croix lives in a small town in the historical farmlands of Maine with her husband and two spoiled dogs. Croix writes steamy contemporary romance with strong independent women and rugged alpha men who aren’t afraid to show some emotion. Her love for quirky small-towns and the characters that inhabit them shines through in her writing. Take a walk on the wild side of romance with her bestselling novels!
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