Can I keep the gorgeous, gun-shy single mother safe—and prove I’m the man for her?
I’m Tanner Kirk—Certified firearms instructor and mixed martial arts enthusiast. When I filed for divorce at the end of an empty marriage, all I wanted was a vacation in paradise, not another woman in my life. But how can I possibly say no to Amanda Lund, a young single mom desperate to learn self-defense? Or refuse the banked desire on the guarded beauty’s face?
So I seduce Mandy until we’re burning up the sheets…and soon find my heart entangled with her bruised and battered one. But when a nemesis from her past tries to destroy our future by unearthing my secret, will she understand and forgive me—or give up on us forever?
Amanda frowns. “Are you okay?”
But I’m not. Am I seriously considering giving up the kind of money that could turn my entire life around for her? I should probably be asking myself if I’ve gone insane. I certainly didn’t wake up this morning with any thought of getting involved again. Now I’m only thinking about Amanda and wondering if I’m the only one who’s feeling something more than attraction.
“If you say so…” She turns away with a shake of her head.
“Before you go, I need to know one thing.”
I grab her wrist and tug her against me. Her breasts collide with my chest. I wrap my arm around her middle. Her gaze bounces up to mine, and I brace her nape in my palm. Her lips part. Then I can’t resist dipping my head and taking her mouth with my own.
If I had any doubt our chemistry would be incendiary, I put that to rest the instant our lips meet. They’re sweet and silky, pouty and yielding. They ignite an instant spark that burns through my blood.
I jerk her closer and nudge my way into her mouth, plunging inside to taste her. Amanda stiffens and gasps. Shit, she’s going to slap me across the face and fire me. But no. She grabs my shoulders, presses her body against mine, and opens to me completely.
Oh, holy fuck. This woman is burning me alive—and I don’t give a damn.
I fist her hair and press deeper into her mouth to drink in more of her sweetness. My hand suddenly takes on a life of its own, sliding from her waist, down the small of her back, to squeeze her pert ass and tuck her snugly against my aching cock.
I want her. Now. Sooner than now. I’m going to lose my damn mind before I get inside her. And it makes no sense. I’ve had my fair share of sex over the last couple of decades. I know how it usually feels and how I typically react to a woman. But this? I’ve never, ever felt this belly-lit, thought-crushing pleasure in my life. Until Amanda.
Is she with me?
I tear my lips away and stare down at her suddenly flushed face and slick, rosy lips. “Mandy? Say something, baby.”
She’s breathing hard, blinking at me, mouth agape. Finally she swallows. “What was that?”
“Something I couldn’t stop. I’ll apologize if you want me to, but I’ll be lying.”
“We already agreed getting involved would be a terrible idea.” She steps back.
I’m suddenly transfixed at the sight of her nipples stabbing the front of her nightgown. Yeah, I got to her. “We did. But I’m starting to wonder if this attraction is stronger than us.”
MORE THAN PROTECT YOU is a novella in the MORE THAN WORDS series by Shayla Black, this series revolves around the Reed family and is best read in order of release. The addition of the 1,001 DARK NIGHTS novellas gives new readers a great way to jump in and see what all the fun is about, while giving lovers of the series additional couples that may not have otherwise gotten their own stories.
Amanda is a single mom with a stalker after her so she flees her home in California to stay with family in Hawaii but somehow the stalker finds her so now it's time to call in a bodyguard because there is no way this momma bear is going to let anything happen to her son.
Tanner is a new resident of Hawaii, after his failed marriage Tanner wanted to go somewhere and start over and the beautiful island called to him.
When Tanner and Amanda meet for the first time it's as if they are both electrified because the chemistry is so intense there is no backing away from it. This is an insta-love story at it's finest, we have likable characters, awesome chemistry, and a suspenseful story to keep us wondering whodunit? while needing a bottle of water to cool off.
This was a nice addition to the series if you have been reading it and if you haven't this is a great way to be introduced to it, so I would recommend grabbing a copy today.
Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past eleven years.
Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her daughter, and two spoiled tabbies. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.