Then I invite you to check out Ask Me Nicely by Amy Andrews, an erotic romance debuting this month from Entangled Publishing's Brazen imprint.
Sal Kennedy is a veterinarian sharing not only an office but also a flat (apartment) with Doyle Jackson, the strong, silent type who also happens to be sexy as sin ... which is perfect, since Sal desperately needs a distraction as the anniversary of a horrifically tragic event in her past approaches.
The problem is that Sal just wants a one-night stand, someone to distract her from her pain and scars. Doyle, on the other hand, turns out to be a more chivalrous type than Sal's usual fare when it comes to guys; he wants to put on the brakes, take several steps back, and go on a date.
A date. After they'd just ...
Sal can hardly believe it, and she's determined not to get involved in a another relationship. She doesn't think she can live through the possible pain again. Doyle, though, doesn't think he can live without her in his life, permanently.
Andrews writes an impassioned affair between two lovers on opposite ends of the attraction spectrum: one who wants no commitment, and the other who wants total commitment. The physical, verbal, and emotional antics through which the characters go (and put one another) are worth the read alone for the entertainment value.
The story is anything but shallow, though, especially given the sympathy readers can't help but feel for Sal and her fears. She's been scarred, physically and psychologically, and now can't bring herself to commit to another opportunity to be hurt like that again. Who can't relate to that kind of a past, that kind of all-consuming fear?
Which makes it that much more gratifying when the all-consuming sexual passion between Sal and Doyle culminates in a hard-won happily ever after.
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Author: Amy Andrews
Title: Ask Me Nicely
Purchase here: http://amzn.to/1CzikW9
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.