Touch Me

Touch Me

by Callie Croix

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ISBN-13: 9781426892974
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 01/02/2012
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 212,348
File size: 600 KB

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In the midst of taking off his other combat boot, Captain Alex Mendoza froze at the sound of that familiar feminine voice. Bracing for the sight of the woman who'd been staying at his house while he was deployed overseas, he lifted his head and swiveled to look at her in the dimness.

In the faint light coming through the tall windows overlooking his backyard, Tianna McIntyre stood on the staircase, her honey-colored hair tumbling around her shoulders. She wore some sort of dark satin robe that hit midthigh, leaving her pale, well-toned legs bare to his gaze. A flimsy belt tied it closed around her waist, and he could see the outline of her full breasts pushing against the shiny material. His tongue pressed hard against the roof of his mouth, and his dick hit the back of his zipper.

As he stared at her, one of her graceful hands fluttered to the deep-V neckline, modestly holding the edges together. "Hi." Her voice was soft and husky from sleep. She'd obviously just climbed out of bed.

Ignoring the twinge in his healing shoulder as he straightened and faced her, he smiled. "Hey, Tia."

"I didn't know you were coming back—" Her smile faded as her eyes focused on the white gauze bandages covering his left forearm beneath the rolled-up sleeve of his desert cammies. They went all the way up his arm. "What happened?" she gasped, and rushed down the stairs.

"Just some shrapnel. I'm okay though." The thought of touching her made the muscles along his spine stiffen when she approached, but she didn't try to hug him. She simply took his left forearm in her practiced hands and examined the bandages before looking up at him.

"How bad is it?" Her dark brown eyes were filled with worry.

"Not bad. I was lucky." Unlike the other two men seated beside him in the vehicle when they'd hit the IED. Those horrific images were forever burned into his memory.

She frowned, as though she didn't believe him. "Are you hurt anywhere else?"

"Took the blast on my left side, so there's more in my shoulder and my back's bruised up. Healing well though." It was true, and he couldn't figure out why the army thought it necessary to send him all the way home for two weeks. They'd decided his injuries and possible PTSD were reason enough for mandatory stress leave, but he hadn't left voluntarily. He still had men in the field back over there who needed him.

Tia's espresso eyes met his, and he felt an unwelcome punch of heat in his lower belly. This was his best friend's twin sister he was ogling, but somehow his brain didn't care and wouldn't let him forget she was newly single. Available.

And standing practically naked before him, her gorgeous curves and creamy skin hidden by millimeter-thick satin.

You're the last thing she needs right now. Another wounded soldier.

"Are you sure you're okay?"

He clenched his hands into fists to keep from stroking a lock of hair from her cheek and forced a smile. "Sure as I can be."

Some of the tension left her face, but she hesitated when she released his arm. "Can I hug you?"

Her tentative tone made him grin. He'd always loved her hugs, and her obvious concern touched him. "'Course you can." He slid his arms around her and gathered her up against his chest, despite the twinge of protest from the stitches in his shoulder and upper arm. The thin satin robe was cool beneath his palms, but the heat from her skin came through it, burning him, infusing the air with her scent. Something tropical, like a mix of lime and coconut. Delicious.

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Touch Me 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
NiinaCs_Blog More than 1 year ago
Tia and Alex have known each other since they were kids. Alex is Tia's brother's best friend - and until now Tia has always been of limits, married, but she's at the end of her divorce with her abusive-ex. Alex has wanted Tia as long as he can remember and when he comes home from Afghanistan with an injury he finds his feelings for Tia haven't lessened, they grown, and the first encouragement she gives him to move on her, he does. But not all is peaceful, Tia's ex is harassing her and she's weight down by the things he's said, feeling ashamed and vulnerable and far from sexy, she's not sure at all that she can be what Alex wants. ~ This is what Erotic Romance is supposed to be like, emotional, filled with tension sexual and non-sexual, I loved the feeling of threat that gave the story depth, I loved how she was broken and how much Alex was healing her just by showing her she could be wanted again, beautiful again. Domestic abuse is something I like seeing brought out in books, it's so important for women to know you can get out of that life and have a new one and feel the right kind of love and appresiation again - and I loved Touch Me for that! I liked this a lot! Touch Me had the perfect balance of love, sex, tension and gentleness - a mix to get any girls heart racing! Tia I loved she was so unsure, but determined, she'd been through so much and was still full of kindness, some of it still for her ex who'd come home with Traumatic Brain Injury from the army and wasn't fully to blame for his actions. Alex was so wonderfully normal, even if he was an alpha and liked controlling his women in the bedroom, he was kind, he loved Tia and he didn't let her freak out and escape him when things got rough. Now, who could resist that?! Alex made a great hero for Tia and for the story! I liked the cover, though Tia in it comes over more confident and naughtier than she does in the book, bit of a mix there, but still a great cover, I like the simplicity, the font and the color sexy but subtle!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But author didn't elaborate on the relationship enough to make it a good read. Short story about sex basically.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this story!!
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher for an honest review. Tianna has been living in her brother's best friend Alex house. Alex has been away with the army and when Tianna needed a place to stay after her divorce he gladly offered for her to stay there. When he arrives home he tries his best to stay away from her because she is his best friend's sister. Tianna is attracted to Alex but years of her husband killing her self esteem she doesn't think he will ever want her. They both realize they are attracted to each other and they begin to know what pleases each other. A jealous ex may just come between them and rip them apart. This is a short easy read that has plenty of steam. There is some small BDSM but it isn't in any way bad and it doesn't make you feel like Alex is trying to control Tianna. In fact he is giving her what she has always wanted and could never have. From the start you can see these two are meant for each other. They both help each other recover from all types of hurt done to them. If you are looking for a short steamy read I would say give this one a try.
shirley68 More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Alex but couldn't stand helpless Tia. Definitely not into their kind of sex scenes, deleting off my nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He ha brown hair and blue eyes. He is lean but not buff and is wearing jeans and a white tee."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
recommended reading
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FranJessca More than 1 year ago
I love reading books that have some terrific endings to them and also has a lesson learned to it. The character Tia, is going through a divorce with her husband, David (who by the way I want to go into the book and punch him) What a friggin' jerk. I can't stand man that belittles a woman's self esteem. Tia just wants a fresh start to a new life and she wants to forget her ex-husband (but he makes it difficult for her). She has been living at Alex's house while he was on tour of duty. He is sent home after being injured. He wants to do everything in his power to make Tia realize how much he cares about her. He wants to help her through her ordeals. Alex is definitely a REAL Man in my eyes. I love how the Author goes back and forth into Tia and Alex's heads. We found out exactly what Alex and Tia wants. Alex brings out out Tia's fantasies of being submissive. Something her ex never understood or even liked. Once Tia realizes what Alex's intentions are with her, she finally realizes there are Men out there that care about a Woman's feelings. The best part was the ending of the book, where she gets over her fears with her Ex and moves on finally. It took awhile for it to lead up to that, and sometimes I was a little upset with Tia's character. How she wanted to push even Alex out of her life to save him. How come she didn't realize in the beginning this Man loved her, I just didn't get it. He even tried to tell her in the beginning, but she was clueless. I recommend this read for anyone who loves a happy ending and wants to learn what some Women actually go through. Alex caters to Tia's feelings and loves her for what she fantasizes. Some Men don't understand that. Sometimes you have to let the Woman decide what she wants...believe me, not all Women like to be the dominated kind...they prefer to be submissive. I look forward to reading more books from Callie Croix soon. I also thoroughly enjoyed this book because it takes you into a world of actual circumstances that could happen when someone returns from War and such.
Law1170 More than 1 year ago
Arriving home on leave from his tour of duty, Army Captain Alex Montoya knows there's a beautiful woman waiting for him¿his best friend's sister. She's always been off limits...until now. He fully intends to move them out of being "just friends" and encourage her to release the sexual needs he senses she's buried deep. Tianna McIntyre is starting over after her marriage ended. Her ex-husband weakened her self-esteem and caused her to deny her true sexual desires. But being around Alex brings all her dormant fantasies to the surface, and now Tianna feels the stirrings of her secret, submissive wishes. Determined to help repair the damage Tianna's ex did to her self-worth, Alex will use whatever means necessary to convince her they're meant for each other, including tying her down to make sure he has her full attention while he takes her to the heights of pleasure she's always dreamed of.. Touch Me is an erotic novella that piqued my interest when I read the overview. If I had to describe my "type" of man it would be strong, dark, military, dominant Alpha male, or our hero, Alex. A wounded warrior who is sent home on a two week leave to heal after being wounded while overseas. His problem is the fantasies and desires he has about his house sitter. Tianna, our heroine is the twin sister of Alex's best friend and has been staying in his house while going through a divorce. She has dreamed about Alex taking her in his dominant way, revealing her inner submissive. You know that they are both going to have their fantasies come true. Lucky girl... If you are looking for a short, good story to spend a few hours in, I can absolutely recommend Touch Me, but fair warning, it will leave you wanting...