As a fan of steamy reads I'm excited to bring Melissa Blue to you today with her newest release, Under His Kilt. Keep reading to get a tantalizing glimpse of this book along with my impressions of it and learn even more by visiting the other blogs hosting this tour. Make sure to fill out the form below for your chance to win a $25 bookstore GC too!
Jocelyn Pearson is determined to spend her last month as a twenty-something doing everything she's too busy or scared to try. Her imagination runs wild and then fixates on Ian Baird. He'll be working at the Langston Museum for a short stint as a consulting curator. He's Scottish. He believes sex is fun to be had. He's the perfect choice for a fling. She only has to get him break his rule about sleeping with co-workers. Seducing a man was on her bucket list...
Ian is no one's fool and knows exactly what Jocelyn wants—him. If she didn't work for the Langston Museum, he'd be more than happy to oblige any and every fantasy she desired, but she's the curator. She's sweet, inexperienced and well liked by everyone including the museum owner and director. Ian can't risk losing such an important contact for his consulting business. Not even when everything within in him craves a taste of her.
When Jocelyn sets her sights on him, there's no way Ian can deny her. They agree their affair will end in thirty days. No emotions, no entanglements, just sex. The closer the end date looms, they start to question if it's possible to walk away. They'll either have to come to terms of what they've become or stick to their original agreement.
And then a thought struck her sideways. A man who'd done all the things Ian had probably didn't need much goading to do what he clearly already wanted to do. All those moments where he'd been one muscle twitch from jumping hadn't been in her imagination. They both kept that boundary in place. What would happen if she tore it away? Ian couldn't cross a line that didn't exist. He'd built his career by being smart, courageous and certain. Not much changed his mind unless he wanted to be persuaded. And Ian wanted her. She was sure of it.
The thought sunk its teeth in. Her skin flushed and she did her best not to glance up with a grin that would look as mischievous as she felt. No, what she'd do next wasn't world domination. She just needed to make Ian lose control and break his goddamn rule. One, it seemed, he wanted to break anyway.
“I don't know what to do,” she said, trying for sex kitten and not sure if it was working. “What makes you pick up a woman in a bar?”
His white-gloved hands froze over the ritual ax, and something passed behind his gaze she couldn't describe much less distill into a single word. “She's attractive and breathing.”
She snorted and lost the hold on her sex kitten. “No really.”
He considered her again, sighing. “Do you plan to walk up to him?”
“Well, start with your walk. More leg and hip action. Not like those models who trot like horses. Sensual. Seductive.
With a sly smile she stood. His gaze narrowed on her. She scrounged up every thought of being on top of a man, his cock sliding in and out, how it would feel rising up and down, his fingers gliding over her waist, up to her breasts and fixed those thoughts in her mind and walked toward him. She stopped a few feet from him and raised a brow. “Like that?”
His hands gripped the ax. “Passable, but now put that movement into thought and there in your gaze.”
She thought of Ian's fingers digging into her waist and holding her still so he could thrust into her. “Passable?”
He made a noncommittal noise. “Just like that, Lass.”
But he wasn't joking when he said it this time. Not with the way he spoke so softly, but a bit of a growl could be heard in the back of his throat. Her nipples hardened as though his voice was something tangible and could scrape against the sensitive tips. She had to swallow. “And then what?”
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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
As a reader obsessed with heroes with accents I found myself drawn to Scotsman Ian and his damaged heart that has him fighting his intense feelings for the sweet-natured Jocelyn and her naughty fantasies just waiting to be fulfilled in this super steamy story. Fans of erotica will find all the hot and sweaty sexual encounters they can handle in this short yet satisfyingly sensual read with a nice dose of angst thrown into the storyline as well. With its fast pace and slowly yet steadily building relationship it's an enticing journey watching Ian and Jocelyn fight their attraction and their inevitable HEA that's apparent to us long before they figure it out in a battle of wills.
Ian's view of marriage and commitment has been tainted by his parent's unhappy marriage that kept his mother traveling non-stop. He doesn't want a woman to go through what his dad did, sitting home alone waiting for their loved one to return. He admits his casual relationships just for sex make him an ass but at least he's honest. Until now he could always walk away, but there's something about Joce that calls to him and arouses feelings of jealousy. He wants more from her, something long-term that he'll have to fight for in an ending that kept me on the edge of my seat to see who would admit their true feelings first. In his heart Ian was like a little boy sometimes in his desire to be loved. He loved home cooked meals and waking up beside someone every morning but it was something he never thought could happen and I ached for his sadness. Seeing him with Joce showed a more carefree man who I was drawn to.
Jocelyn has always done the right thing, been the good girl. On the eve of her thirtieth birthday she realizes that she hasn't really been living and sets out to do all those naughty fantasies and more.....with Ian. She knows there's mutual attraction between them and the sexual tension sizzling between them is blatantly apparent and has her goading him into being her sexual guide. She's aware of his rules and it's a constant struggle to not let herself get carried away with him. That's why it's a shock when he starts acting more like a boyfriend in heartwarmingly mundane scenes like buying a puppy. As their time together comes to an end their lovemaking becomes more frantic and intimate and the one thing always forbidden, a kiss, consumes them like air and throws their futures completely off kilter.
This was a straightforward story mostly about sex that didn't leave much room for more, but with a surprising amount of emotions and heart. Silly misunderstandings kept these two likable characters from their HEA and let fear hold them back but together they've finally started to live. This was an enticing story from start to finish and I recommend it to those wanting a fantasy of their own.
My rating for this is a B+
*I received this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Melissa Blue's writing career started on a typewriter one month after her son was born. This would have been an idyllic situation for a writer if it had been 1985, not 2004. Eventually she upgraded to a computer. She's still typing away on the same computer, making imaginary people fall in love.
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