From The Top
by Dani Collins
(Blue Spruce Lodge, #2)
Published by: Tule Publishing
Publication date: February 27th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Their hot New Year’s Eve wasn’t supposed to have consequences…
Fiercely independent after a difficult childhood, Ilke Lunquist devotes herself to one thing: skiing. She’s on the cusp of gold when an unexpected pregnancy throws her future into chaos.
Nathaniel Hart takes on the daunting project of restoring Whiskey Jack Ski Resort to be close to his young son, but with one failed marriage behind him, he avoids serious relationships.
They might be virtual strangers with only a baby in common, but Nate is determined to be part of his child’s life. Ilke didn’t become a champion by backing down from a challenge, especially not one where her child’s happiness and her own heart are on the line. When tragedy strikes, heartbreak draws them closer together. Nate discovers he’s more than ready for a bigger family and maybe, just maybe, Ilke will find the home that has eluded her all her life.
They’re on the top of a mountain in snow shoes…
His head only had to turn a little and his mouth touched hers.
For a second, that’s all it was, the graze of lips. Then he settled with a little more pressure, testing. Achingly gentle. Comforting. Healing.
It was the balm she needed. They rubbed their cold lips together like that a moment, warming, soothing. Then a hint of something more crept in. Something she barely tasted long enough to identify before he lifted away, but only so he could look into the eyes she blinked open.
His eyes were dark and depthless and filled with turmoil. Conflict and pain and hunger. Desire firmly held in check.
It was like looking directly into the uncertainty and longing that gripped her. In her head, she was thinking it was the wrong thing to do, but her soul yearned. She wanted to touch his. Needed to. It was the only way to close up the rends and tears in hers.
A helpless noise escaped her throat. She lifted her parted lips in offering.
His mouth crashed onto hers, this time open and without restraint. He kissed her deeply. Thoroughly. Ravenously. Like he’d been waiting eons to do it. His mouth lifted and returned, then did it again and again, as though he kept trying to pull away and couldn’t resist coming back.
The greedy crush and pull of his lips filled up the chasm inside her. She reveled in the sweep of his tongue and the hard dig of his fingers through her jacket and into her back. She welcomed each savage rake of his mouth against hers with a clinging draw of her own, wanting to keep him kissing her forever. He was burning away all the hurt with delicious streaks of pleasure, building a bonfire inside her that might keep her alive after all. Light was pushing back the darkness. She wanted to meld herself into him through their insulated clothes and all the way inside his skin. She took a step to get as close as possible--
—and remembered too late that they wore snowshoes.
Hers went onto his as she pressed her weight into him. His shoe caught under hers as he tried to catch his balance, but that only threw off her balance. With a surprised cry, they began to tip, couldn’t untangle their feet, and went down in a tangle of kicking legs with nothing to grab on to but each other.
About the Author
Award-winning and USA Today Bestselling author Dani Collins thrives on giving readers emotional, compelling, heart-soaring romance with some laughter and heat thrown in, just like real life. Mostly she writes contemporary romance for Harlequin Presents and Tule’s Montana Born, but her backlist of forty books also includes self-published erotic romance, romantic comedy, and even an epic medieval fantasy. When she’s not writing—just kidding, she’s always writing. She lives in BC, Canada with her high school sweetheart husband who occasionally coaxes her out of her attic office to travel and visit their grown children.