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Second Shot #2
Sara Jane Stone
Releasing June 7th, 2016
The second, sizzling book in Sara Jane Stone's Second Shots series...
When Dominic Fairmore left Oregon to be all he could be as an Army Ranger, he always knew he’d come back to claim Lily Greene. But after six years away and three career-ending bullets, Dominic is battered, broken, and nobody's hero—so he stays away. Until he learns Lily has been the victim of a seemingly random attack. He’ll do anything to keep her safe . . . even go home.
Lily is starting to find a life without Dominic when suddenly her wounded warrior is home and playing bodyguard—though all she really wants is for him to take her. But she refuses to play the part of a damsel in distress, no matter how much she misses his tempting touch. He’ll leave as soon as she’s safe and Lily knows her heart will never heal.
But as attraction stirs to so much more, danger closes in. With more than Lily’s heart at stake, Dominic can no longer draw a line between protecting Lily and loving her . . .
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4 1/2 Stars
“You painted your toenails pink.”
Dominic Fairmore stared at Lily’s bumble-gum colored nails. He didn’t trust himself to look up. Downstairs, his dad’s dogs made the familiar trip to the water bowl and back, probably stopping to sniff the bag of Chinese take-out he’d abandoned on the kitchen table. The animals’ nails tapped against the hardwood floors, but otherwise silence filled the farmhouse. His little sister was at the beach and his dad was pulling a double at Forever, Oregon’s woefully understaffed police station. And yeah, he kept track of their locations because at twenty-two he still lived at home.
Lily raised one perfect eyebrow. “I have two hours before my mom expects me home and you’re looking at my toenails?”
Her ironic tone pushed him damn close to his breaking point. He’d take her. Here. Now. Against the wall, pictures falling to the floor. Because he knew she reserved her humor for him. The rest of Forever saw a blond-haired, blue-eyed woman who charmed a room full of five-year olds day after day. A girl who’d been born here, grown up here, and put herself through the local university while still living at home to care for her wheelchair-bound mother and alcoholic father.
But Dominic saw the only girl he’d ever loved. If he closed his eyes, he could still picture her, walking down the halls of their high school. She’d been one year ahead of him. She’d graced the dreary high school halls with her sunshine smile and confidence. And yeah, her short skirts.
He’d memorized the way her cheerleaders outfit teased her thighs while she led the squad her senior year. He’d been a junior, but already shepherding the football team to one victory after another. And sometimes it felt like he busted his ass on the field and won the game just to see her smile . . .
But he couldn’t close his eyes and block out the way Lily looked right now. His gaze drifted up her calves. Every inch of bare skin wrapped around his heart like a noose. He took in the curve of her thighs and tried to go slow. His jaw tightened and his eyes disobeyed.
His gaze locked on the slip of fabric disappearing between her legs.
“Your panties match your toenails,” he growled. There wasn’t a hint of humor in his voice. He couldn’t picture laughing now. In two days, he’d wreck her heart. He would shatter their love and leave her with nothing but memories and the promise that he’d come back.
I swear I’ll come back for her.
But so much could change while he was on the other side of the country training to be all he could be. And later, once he deployed, on the other side of the world.
Two more days. Two more nights. How many times could he make love to this woman before they ran out of time?
“Are you sure they match?” she teased. Her fingers brushed the waistband of her panties and then her thumbs slipped beneath the pink fabric.
His hands formed tight fists at his sides, watching as she drew her underwear down to her toes. Her upper body stole away his view of the blond curls, instead offering the sight of her full, bare breasts hovering in front of her legs. Long locks of blonde hair drifted down as she compared the color of her underwear to her nail polish.
“Lily,” he growled and stepped closer.
She glanced up at him and slowly, as if she knew every movement of her body turned him on and pushed him closer to that place where he lost control. But hell, after six years together, Lily Greene damn well knew how to drive him crazy with lust and longing.
“My nails are a light pink. I think the bottle said ‘Ballet Slipper.’ But my underwear is closer to fuchsia.” She tossed her panties at him. “See?”
Years of training on the football field kicked in and he caught the slip of fabric in his right hand. “You’re right,” he said and he took a step forward. He threw her underwear down to the carpet without bothering to study them.
“You need to be home in two hours?” he asked.
Her teasing smile faded at the reminder of the reality beyond the bedroom walls. “You know I do.”
“We might not have time for the Chinese food.” He momentarily blocked his view as he drew his ‘Go Army!’ T-shirt over his head. He discarded the reminder of where he was heading in two days’ time. He wanted to leave this town and the dead-end future it promised, but not Lily.
“I hate Chinese,” she said.
She reached forward and grabbed onto the belt buckle his father had given him after he won the state championship with his high school football team. He pressed his palms flat against the wall, one on either side of her head. He couldn’t touch her. Not yet.
“I know.” He allowed her to pull him close, her fingers working to free his belt and undo his jeans. “I didn’t want to run the risk that you would want to eat first.”
She smiled as her hands won the battle with his belt. Drawing his zipper down, she leaned forward and whispered in his ear. “Smart man.” Her hands pushed his pants over his hips and then went in search of their target.
“Lily,” he gasped as her fingers wrapped around the part of his body that thought ‘slow’ spelled disaster. Hell, it just might. He wanted her so damn much he might come in her hand. “Careful,” he added. “Or I’ll be about as useful as I was the first time. In the front seat of my truck.”“Have as much self-control now as you did at seventeen?” she challenged, her hand moving up and down now.
His hand moved down her neck and over her shoulder. His fingers froze, hovering on her collarbone. He knew the feel of her soft skin as well as he knew his own. But dammit, he couldn’t take the weight of her breast in his hand, her nipple brushing against his palm, and still maintain control.“You know it.” He took his right hand off the wall and cupped her jaw. Angling her lips up to meet his, he kissed her. He knew her mouth. He’d memorized the way she liked his tongue to tease hers.
His growl cut off her hushed words. He was the only one who knew the color of her panties. The only man in her bed. The only one who heard her sly humor. And yeah, the only man in Forever, Oregon who loved her.She broke the kiss. “Don’t hold back, Dominic,” she whispered. “You never have before. Don’t start now. You know how to touch me. You’re the only one—”
For now . . .
Q & A with Sara Jane Stone
What books/authors have influenced your writing?
SJS- First, thank you for having me! I’m excited to chat about the release of Stirring Attraction (Second Shot #2). As for my top influences, Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooter series inspired me to write. And I love rereading her books. I’m also a huge fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Lauren Blakely, and Jennifer Ryan.
Tell us something you hate doing. Why?
SJS- Folding the laundry and putting the clothes away. It seems pointless. I’m just going to wear them again soon. Also there’s so little time in the day. I’d rather spend mine writing, reading, or playing with my kids.
Share a funny incident in your life.
SJS- My husband (then boyfriend) gave me three cashmere goats for my 24th birthday. We lived in New York City at the time so he arranged for them to live on his mom’s farm in Oregon. She now has over eighty goats. A few of them are featured in CAUGHT IN THE ACT (Independence Falls #2).
What's your pet peeve?
SJS- I can’t stand being late. If I’m on time for a meeting, even an informal play date, I still feel late. I like to be places five minutes early. And my husband is the oppositeJ
When you are in writer mode, music or no music? If music do you have a playlist.
SJS- I usually write in peace and quiet while the kids are at school or asleep. With a six and four year old, silence feels like a gift. I love music, especially country, but I never write while listening to it. Until this book. I listened to Eric Church’s Like a Wrecking Ball on repeat while writing this one.
What are you working on now?
SJS- I’m starting a new series. Right now, I’m still in the very early stages and just getting to know my characters.
Have you ever had a problem with a character you wanted them one way but they fought you cause they wanted it another way.
SJS- No, I feel I know my hero/heroines pretty well when I write. And they drive the story. The plot might change, but not the characters.
Out of all your books who is your favorite hero & heroine? Why?
SJS- I love Chad and Lena in HERO BY NIGHT. I had such a strong vision for that book and it all clicked into place. That was the first time I didn’t have to fight for the story. It was right there. The same thing happened with STIRRING ATTRACTION. These characters walked into my imagination and started talking.
4 1/2 Stars
Stirring Attraction was the 2nd book in A Second Shot series & I was priviliged to read both books & Sara Jane did not disappoint with this one! Dominic & Lily have been in love since high school, but Dominic being the asshat he is thought when he joined the Army & Rangers, he would let Lily go until he could come home a hero & be everything she needed, until he was wounded in action with the Rangers. He avoided Forever, Oregon & Lily altogether to lick his wounds & have himself a pity party, until he is forced back to Forever to help Lily. This was such a heartwarming second chance at love, you could just feel how much both characters loved each other & really didn't give up on their love even though the asshat Dominic was willing to give up on it cause he couldn't come back the hero that he thought she needed, but in the end he finally realized what kind of hero Lily truly needed. I love a romance with small town atomsphere, nosy but caring family & friends & a few laughs, that is what I got in Stirring Attraction. Sara Jane won a fan in the the first book in this series Serving Trouble & she definitely kept her. If you are looking a second chance romance I recommend you pick up a copy of Stirring Attraction & find out why his reader thought Dominic an asshat in the beginning but became the hero Lily needed in the end. Thank you to Tasty Book Tours for giving me the opportunity to read & review Stirring Attraction!
After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream-writing romance novels. Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children and a lazy Burmese cat. Join Sara Jane’s newsletter to receive new release information, news about contests, giveaways, and more! Visit www.sarajanestone.com and look for her newsletter entry form.