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With her biological clock ticking away, Carina Roth, CEO and owner of a corporate security company, wants a child. On the night of her forty-second birthday, her 35-year-old corporate intel officer, Evan Douglas, surprises her by admitting he's always wanted her. But when he offers to be her baby's daddy, she's not sure she wants to risk complicating their working relationship even though she's spent years pushing him out of her sensual dreams....
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More Than A Stud

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With her biological clock ticking away, Carina Roth, CEO and owner of a corporate security company, wants a child. On the night of her forty-second birthday, her 35-year-old corporate intel officer, Evan Douglas, surprises her by admitting he's always wanted her. But when he offers to be her baby's daddy, she's not sure she wants to risk complicating their working relationship even though she's spent years pushing him out of her sensual dreams.

Evan has waited too long for Cariina to realize what they have between them is perfect. When he discovers she's considering in vitro fertilization, he decides he can't wait. Not only does he want to father Carina's child, he sets out to prove he can fulfill her every need despite the difference in their ages. For Carina, he wants to be...more than a stud.

~~From the author: This is actually a short story, not a book. When I wrote it, I wanted to project that ultimate moment of indecision. We've all been there -- felt that balance teeter in one direction or the other. My heroine faces a choice. In a brief moment, this woman must make a decision that can mean the difference between getting what she always wanted or moving on alone. If she's too afraid to take the risk is she willing to face the consequences?

Excerpt:
“We had a very loose understanding.” Carina said.
“Good, then he won’t mind if I do this.” The heat from Evan’s body surrounded her. He moved up against her back, one hand at her waist.
Carina resisted the urge to sigh. He was the same age as her youngest brother. This was silly, having him pretend to be interested. Still, a large muscular man felt good wrapped around her like a shield, even if the game he played made her feel foolish. Her traitorous body reacted, despite her misgivings. She bristled with indignation. “Maybe you should ask me what I mind.”
“I would, but you just backed into me. I figured you’d already answered that question.” His tone quavered, as if he were holding back laughter.
“Oh!” She froze in place. Had she?
“It’s okay, Cari.” He was the only one who dared call her Cari. He soothed her with hypnotic fingers running gentle patterns over her midriff. “I enjoyed meeting your ass, finally, after all this time.” The heat from her blush rose into her cheeks. They burned with embarrassment, but she couldn’t move. “Sorry, must have been an involuntary response.”
“It didn’t feel involuntary. It felt interested. Tell me, Cari, are you interested?”
The question made her flinch. The thought of him teasing her about something this serious started to piss her off. But when he ran the back of his fingers down her neck, skimming her bare arms, and murmured, “I love the feel of your skin, so pale, so soft,” she surrendered to the moment. “Are you blushing?”
“Blushing? Hardly.” Thank goodness the light in the room was low. She was melting. But where was her hard exterior—the one she needed to protect her? There’d already been too many restless nights lately, when she’d tried not to think about Evan and sex. It was best not to consider him in that context now. They were the best partners, too good at working together to risk crossing that line and ruining everything between them, not to mention the difference in their ages. She couldn’t go there.
“You’re not answering. Does the silence mean you—”
“Look, Evan, we don’t play in the same sand boxes.” She tried to move away, but he held her firmly in place, one hand on her shoulder and the other firmly at her waist, pulling her tightly against his muscled body and his growing interest.
“Don’t be like that with me. It won’t work.” The words were clipped and edgy. His voice quiet, his implication explicit. “We both know I can keep up with you on any level—economically, intellectually, socially, emotionally—I’m right there with you.” The grit in his voice sounded angry, maybe a bit insulted, too.
“You know I didn’t mean it that way. I only meant I’m older than you and your friends. You hang with a younger crowd, have different interests.”
“Mmm, so?”
Damn, if anyone saw him holding her like this, they’d think she was…ugh, robbing the cradle. She squeezed the hand recklessly massaging too close to her left breast and growled at him under her breath. “Stop that. Let me go.”
“Not a chance, lady. Don’t move or we’ll both be embarrassed.”
Evan was young, fit, hard. Oh, God, he is so hard.

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Editorial Reviews

Whipped Cream Reviews - LAS Reviewer Marianne & Judy
This romance gets a high five for being a seductive delight that was both charming and stimulating.
For a short story, this book felt complete. Even though Ms. March had to jump into the sexual high points fairly quick, she chose effective and believable disclosures from the hero to make me believe his feelings and commitment to the heroine were genuine and not fly-by-night.
I am pleased and amazed as to how well the author paced her tale so that the buildup had a rock-solid feel...
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016412467
  • Publisher: Eliza March
  • Publication date: 4/28/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 758,459
  • File size: 563 KB

Meet the Author

Biography
Eliza March, author of contemporary, paranormal, and fantasy romance with an erotic kick also writes romantic suspense under the pseudonym Elizabeth Marchat...

After one wickedly dreary winter, I packed up the babies, the furniture, said good-bye to snowsuits and snow shovels, and moved my family to west central Florida where my husband and I continue to live today. We raised five children and several animals over the years, but now that our children are grown, I have time to write the stories running around in my head. Fortunately my husband is an avid supporter.
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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    I wish it was longer!!!

    Review by Sarah L:

    Carina has fantasized about Evan for quite a while but felt the age difference was just too much to overcome. Evan loved Carina from afar while he thought she was still involved with someone else. On the night of Carina's 42nd birthday they both learn the truth.

    Even though this story is very short, the author did a very nice job portraying the emotions of each character and drawing the reader in. I blushed right along with Carina when Evan was standing behind her at the party. I even found myself laughing out loud at a comment Carina made while they were in the supply closet. This comment is my favorite in the book however it is erotica so I will let you read it for yourself.

    If you are looking for a quick, HOT, sweet erotic romance, then I recommend you give this one a try. My only wish is that it was longer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

    Fantastic Read

    This romance gets a high five for being a seductive delight that was both charming and stimulating.

    For a short story, this book felt complete. Even though Ms. March had to jump into the sexual high points fairly quick, she chose effective and believable disclosures from the hero to make me believe his feelings and commitment to the heroine were genuine and not fly-by-night.

    I am pleased and amazed as to how well the author paced her tale so that the buildup had a rock-solid feel to it. The explanation of where Cari was in her life and the decision and fears she had were done naturally during the course of the story It never felt like a narrative with the author trying to justify the quick progression. No, Ms. March was a masterful surgeon, giving me what I needed to know in just the right way and in just the right amount. Could it have been longer? For most short stories, I'd say, yes. But not this time. Maybe it was how the book ended, I'm not absolutely sure, but I felt pretty happy with the outcome.

    Evan was a hottie. Not just his looks, although the author certainly made him sound quite dreamy. It was his brains and the fact that he was ex-military and how he applied himself in the civilian sector. When he revealed just how he'd first met Cari, I was vastly amused and intrigued. Turns out that Cari's strong personality turned on Evan's motor up to hyper-drive from the very first and after the disclosure, I could understand why. I really liked how passionate and tender and commanding he was while respecting Cari all the while. It takes a strong man secure in his emotions and place in life to handle things that well.

    The best thing? How they were really falling in love the whole time they worked together but either didn't know it or could not acknowledge it. When Cari finally started letting herself think things through is when her blinders fell away. All her pithy justifications scattered to the wind as soon as he got her in that little room and kissed her, and then some. It was seductive, sensual and very convincing.

    When Evan made his announcement, of what he wanted to do with Cari, and where he wanted to be in her life, I just swooned. Ms. March nailed it; the romance, the emotional connection, the satisfaction of a story well told. The editing was great, the dialogue fitted their personalities and the plot character driven.

    More Than a Stud is a sigh worthy read filled with the best things that make a romance work. I just adored the dynamic of Evan and Cari's relationship and appreciated that Ms. March didn't let it get bogged down by Cari's thinking she was too old for Evan. He wouldn't let her anyway. I like that in a man. I am so glad I got a chance to read this book because it made the romantic in me extremely happy. The title may mislead a reader but don't let it fool you, this story has style and substance.

    Originally posted at Whipped Cream Reviews.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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