The past year has been a journey through sorrow and loss for Pam - toward a new way of life. She faces the anniversary of tragedy alongside the end of a year of self-enforced celibacy. Her lover, Martin Campbell, has spent the year discovering the joys of parenthood as he and Ruby welcome baby Dalvin into their lives. Martin's love for Dalvin is intense, however, he didn't count on the fiery sensuality he shares with Ruby evolving into something so meaningful - but does Ruby share his feelings?
Pam and Martin are drawn together at the end of a year full of changes for both of them. At their one-year reunion, memories of erotic fulfilment flood their minds and bodies. They have tried so hard to 'be good', but now they have the opportunity to 'be bad'. Will they?
EXCERPT: Martin and Ruby find adventure waiting for them atop a fjord in Iceland. (Explicit sexual content edited for this forum)
Ruby squirmed under him, pushing her chest and pelvis upward, seeking firm contact. She stared into an icy blue sky and closed her fists around clumps of grass, digging her nails into the gritty soil . . . gritty Viking soil.
Her expression defined the word lust . . . but she wasn't looking at him. He watched her emerald green eyes burn at some imagined scene.
"What are you thinking about?" he whispered. Ruby didn't respond. He clutched her chin, more harshly than he intended, and turned her face toward him. She blinked several times, as if awoken from a dream.
"What were you thinking about?"
Martin felt her chest heave under him. Her eyes opened wide.
"Vikings," she spat gutturally. "Vikings right here. Vikings attacking."
Martin nodded. "What did Vikings do when they attacked?"
"They murdered. They slaughtered. They pillaged," she said hoarsely. "Killed the men . . . raped the women."
"They took what they wanted," said Martin.
Martin had never seen Ruby's face look so fierce and wild. He stared into emerald green eyes, grit his teeth and pounded into Ruby harder than he ever had into any woman.
EXCERPT: Martin and Pam meet after a year of not touching. (Copy edited for space)
Martin cleared his throat. Pam sucked in her lips. Neither of them spoke, but they didn't look away from each other's face either. They stared openly at each other.
Martin set his hands lightly on her upper arms and took a step forward. Pam felt the heat from his chest on hers. Same as always. She smelled the smell that could only be Martin. Same as always. She felt tightening in her lower belly. Same as always.
Martin closed the distance until their bodies pressed together. Pam placed her hands lightly on his hips. Her head swam and the world around her became quiet.
His lips were on hers and she was kissing back before she knew what had happened. His arms were around her back, gripping her, pulling her tighter, tighter, so much tighter. Her hands slid from his hips and moved to his lower back, slowly migrating down until she was cupping his ass, pulling him toward her. Warmth grew between her legs and spread outward.
His lips moved mercilessly from her mouth down her neck and up to her ear. He tugged on her earlobe with his mouth, running his tongue on that spot behind her ear.
Surely this can't be wrong. This feels so . . . so right!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this series but I hated the ending. I literally cried when I realized that Pam and Martin would not be getting back together. Ruby was mean and hateful toward Martin and in my opinion, they should have just remained as friends. Ruby never tells Martin that she loves him. He's such a romantic man and Ruby is not a bad person but just not the right person for Martin. I just knew that after Pam and Martin would get back together after their year off from one another. Even tho they tried, I think the story would have ended better with their happily ever after. I literally had tears falling. I would really like to see another book in this series with a better ending.