Please join me in welcoming the lovely Shayla Black to the Because You Are Mine contest! Shayla is here to tell us about her latest, Mine to Hold, and she’s included a cute interview with her characters, Tyler and Delaney.
Mine to Hold by Shayla Black
Tyler Murphy was an LAPD detective, single and happy—until a near-fatal tragedy crippled his friend, fellow detective Eric Catalano. While he supported Eric, he also became a shoulder for Eric’s wife, Delaney, to lean on. But with one naughty suggestion from Eric, a drunken night with Delaney spilled into erotic abandon. Before it was over Tyler saw his best friend’s wife as a woman and yearned for more. When Eric struggled to deal with the aftermath, Delaney begged Tyler to leave. Crushed, he fled to Louisiana, hoping to escape his longing for the one woman he could never have again…and unaware of what he’d left behind.
A lover’s desire.
After two years of living with regret, Tyler finds Delaney on his doorstep, her husband having abandoned her long ago. She’s protecting a shocking secret and desperately needs refuge from a killer determined to see her dead. As they fight to stay alive and catch the stalker, they struggle to resolve the guilt of their past pleasures. But they can’t deny that what was once a spark is now a flame burning out of control. To possess Delaney—body and soul—Tyler must heal her pain and thwart the evil that’s a mere breath behind her…
MINE TO HOLD EXCERPT
“Please, let me go. I know best, really. If you’ll just . . . do this for me—”
“You mean leave you now when you need me most, just like I did after I touched every inch of your body and got deeper inside you than any man ever has? Leave again, simply because you asked me to? Because you think you know best?”
Tyler advanced even closer, and suddenly, his bedroom door was at her back. He planted both of his large hands on either side of her head and leaned in. Her heart picked up speed viciously. That woodsy, testosterone-oozing scent swamped Delaney, and her legs trembled beneath her. She flattened herself against the door . . . but Tyler kept coming closer, leaning in, his green gaze darkening, drilling into her.
“How well do you think me listening to you worked out last time?” he challenged.
Terribly. Eric had eventually screamed that Tyler slinking off only made him wonder how long they’d been fucking each other. Her protestations otherwise had fallen on completely deaf ears. The positive pregnancy test had been the death knell of their marriage. By then, Tyler had been long gone, and she’d missed him so much. But . . .
Delaney closed her eyes. “This is different.”
“Yeah. It’s worse. Seth could lose you for the rest of his little life. I could lose you forever instead of for two years. Not happening, angel. Last time I saw you, I listened to you about everything. This time? It’s my way.”
Tyler cradled her face in his big hands. His stare zeroed in on her mouth. He pressed the length of his body against hers. The thin T-shirt she wore did nothing to protect her from the blistering heat of his body. He notched his heavy, steely erection against her mound. Delaney’s heart stuttered. And then his lips hovered right above hers, his head cocking to the side as his gaze ensnared her. He lowered his mouth so, so close. She curled her fingers into fists at her sides so that she didn’t wrap her arms around him, her legs around him, and beg for everything he could give her—safety, comfort . . . feverish desire, shattering pleasure.
He exhaled against her mouth, parted his lips. God, she couldn’t breathe. Already, she wanted him desperately. Her heart pounded. Her pussy ached. If he kissed her, it would only make everything ten times more difficult.
“Don’t,” she whispered.
He hesitated, dropped his head near her ear. “My way, Del.”
Then Tyler nipped at her lobe with his teeth. A shiver wound through her, all the way to her toes.
She didn’t get in another breath before Tyler’s lips took hers, at first hungry but searching, as if testing his reception. The past, his long list of conquests, the pain between them—all instantly obliterated in the comfort of his solid embrace. His aching familiarity. His seductive kiss. There was no way she could stop the welcome bubbling inside her. Her lips turned pliant, yearning.
An instant later, Tyler groaned, bulldozing his way into her mouth. His heat crashed over her, inside her, surging low in her belly—then spearing deep between her thighs. The warmth of his breath as he seized her mouth and shoved her lips farther apart with his own burned her up. His arms twisted around her body, jacking her tight against the inferno of his taut muscles and steely cock.
She gasped into his mouth. He went deeper, even as his palm worked under her shirt, branding the suddenly feverish skin of her back, holding her against him without a breath of air between them.
Without conscious thought, she whimpered, her body melting into his, hands fisting his T-shirt, then clutching his shoulders to drag him closer. She opened wider for the hot thrust of his kiss. Needed it. Tyler gave it to her, then grabbed her thigh in one hand, slung it over his hip, and pressed harder against the needy flesh throbbing between her legs. She moaned.
Then Del caught herself.
No, no, no . . . Please let the response shimmering inside her be like a mirage on a hot highway, glimmering with promise. Not real.
Because if it was, she was in a whole world of trouble.
But it felt all too genuine, too intense. It had been so long since she’d experienced the tug and pull of attraction, that agonizing want making her sink against a man’s body.
Now wasn’t the time to be distracted. Her life—and her son’s—were on the line.
Interview with Tyler & Delaney
Okay, I want to give a warm welcome to, Delaney Catalono and Tyler Murphy (Waving franticly, trying to get the besotted couple’s attention). I know you two have gone through a lot to get to your happily ever after so I will try to be brief. (Blushes scarlet as she catches the intimate glance between the soon-to-be newlyweds, clears her throat). Okay, so you two are still in the “honeymoon stage”, I see. I would like to know what each of you thought when you first laid eyes on the other. Was it love at first sight?
Delaney: Not at all. He was my ex-husband’s partner at the LAPD and his best friend. The first thing I loved about him was that he became my friend, too. He was my rock, my shoulder, and my confidante when I needed him.
Tyler: Lust at first sight, sure. But I wasn’t poaching on my buddy’s fiancé, you know? Total violation of the man code. Then her ex, Eric, turned into a douche in about every way possible. His loss was my gain.
I’m curious. Delaney what was your first impression of Tyler? Tyler, I would love to hear your thoughts about the first time you laid eyes on Delaney. =)
Delaney: Strong, gorgeous, tough…and an absolute player.
Tyler: Sexy as hell, smart, and totally off limits. Damn it…
Was it love at first sight or lust at first sight?
Delaney and Tyler together: Definitely lust.
Tyler: But I suspected pretty quickly there was something more. I just didn’t want to admit it.
Delaney: Same for me.
Delaney, when was the moment you knew that Tyler was for you?
Delaney: *blushes* The first time he kissed me, I think deep down, I knew. I just fought it for a long time.
Tyler, name one thing about Delaney that you believe changed your outlook on love.
Tyler: Her faith in me as a protector and a father. She didn’t believe at first that I had the staying power to be a husband. But she’s so smart and sexy and funny…and perfect, that, hell, I just had to have her. She made me want to be a better man.
Delaney and Tyler, I absolutely adore you two. I have become addicted lately with books about time travel. This got me to thinking. If I handed you my time traveling piece would you use it to go back in time to change anything?
Tyler: Absolutely! When Del tried to put distance between us a few years ago just before her marriage fell apart, I would refuse to walk away, if I could go back in time.
Delaney: If I could go back in time, I would never try to put distance between us. It was a huge mistake, I admit. I thought I was doing the right thing… I had no idea how badly trying to be noble in that instance would turn out.
Delaney did you have any apprehension about getting involved with Tyler?
Delaney: *snorts* Should I give you a list of all the reasons? Yes, I was really apprehensive. How does a leopard change its spots, after all. Tyler was always going to be a player, right? And I had our son to raise. But…he’s proven me wrong, and I couldn’t be happier.
Tyler, what about you? Did you have a sliver of doubt about becoming involved with Delaney?
Tyler: Only at the beginning. I worried that I couldn’t be what she needed. But I quickly realized that I wanted—and needed—her. I resolved to get my shit together and be not just a man, but her man. After that? Not a shred of doubt.
Do you, Delaney and Tyler, believe that love conquers all?
Delaney: Completely. We’ve overcome so much to be here, and I’m grateful.
Tyler: Are you fucking kidding me? We wouldn’t be sitting here together if it didn’t. Of course, I’d rather be home and naked in bed celebrating that fact with Del, instead of here flapping my jaws. No offense. Or looking at flower bouquets and fabric swatches for the wedding. Can’t we skip that, angel?
Delaney: *Elbows him.* Behave!
One more thing before I let you go. Do you believe that everything you two went through to find one another, fall in love and finding your happily ever after was worth the price you had to pay?
Delaney and Tyler together: Yes. Without question.
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