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Title: A
Hot Winter
Author: C.J. Lake
Age: NA
Contemporary Romance
Release date:
January 2015


*Story contains
explicit/steamy scenes that are intended for mature readers*


Emma Slate married her
high school sweetheart at twenty and lost him at twenty-two. Now she
has built a cozy, safe life for herself that includes everything but
romance.  When Matt, a handsome young contractor, begins work at her
house, she tries to ignore the spark between them and keep her feelings in

Matt Winter should
know better than to get involved with a girl who is moving out of state in a few
short weeks.  Especially one who is so guarded.  There are
so many reasons why he shouldn’t go there…so why can’t they stay away
from each other?

A sizzling love story
from the author of Constructing Us.


“All right, honest conversation,”
Emma said, after a moment that was quiet but rife with tension.  “Yes.  I wasflirting
with you in the store–but only because I never thought I’d see you again.”

“You never wanted to see me again?  Damn, Emma!”

“No, no,” she clarified, rapidly
shaking her head, “this is coming out wrong.  I just meant I thought you were a
random handsome guy with a hot body, end of story.”  Every male impulse in him intensified
when he heard those words. Handsome?  Hot body?  This was definitely going to
happen.  “I never knew you’d
end up working at my house…and driving me crazy everyday,” Emma mumbled partly
under her breath. 

Still, Matt heard every word.  And he was itching to grab

He stepped closer–close enough for
their bodies to touch.  Finally His cock stiffened as his chest grazed
Emma’s back.  “Driving you
crazy?” Matt repeated, bringing his mouth closer to her ear.  “Here I thought I was being nice all
this time.”

She let out an unsteady
breath.  “You know what I

“No,” he said, his voice low and
urgent as his hands slid onto her waist.  “Explain it to me.”

Already he felt the sexual tension
burning between them; what would it be like once he kissed her?  She had to feel it, too.  Though she still stubbornly had her
back to him, she hadn’t moved away, not even a centimeter. 

When she spoke, her voice was a
breathy sort of whisper that sounded as aroused as he felt.  “I admit I find you…attractive…”

“Mmm-hmm,” he murmured, tugging her
lower body against his as he leaned down to nuzzle her neck. 

Softly, Emma gasped, before
continuing, “But…since I’m moving in just a couple weeks, there’s no point
to…anything…”  She let out a
tiny little moan when Matt grazed her neck with his teeth.  “I-I hope you understand.”

“I understand perfectly,” he said,
his mouth against her ear.  “You’re
attracted to me,” he recapped, skipping the rest of what she’d said. 


“And I’m deeply attracted to
you.”  He slid a hand into
her hair and angled her head toward him, urging her to turn around. 

“Matt, please…” she implored,
half-turned, her greenish eyes looking almost troubled as she gazed up into his

Pausing, he tried to regain his
sanity.  Obviously he’d
never want to push her into something she didn’t want.  “Are you saying you don’t want me to
kiss you right now?” he asked.

“What I want doesn’t matter.”

“Like hell it doesn’t,” he nearly snapped.  Why was she making this so

“It’s part of being an adult,” Emma
said, casting her eyes down, her voice faint.  “We can’t always have what we
want.  That’s life.”

“Believe me, I know that,” Matt
told her.  “If I could have
what I want, then we wouldn’t be having this conversation–I would’ve been
kissing you all this time.  I
would grab you and pull you onto my lap…”  With her eyes widening, Emma’s mouth
fell open, as Matt dipped his head lower and finished, “If I could have what I
want, then I’d already be running my hands inside your panties right now.”

Matt…” she whispered
helplessly, wetting her lips as her face rose to meet his…


CJ Lake

C.J. Lake is a storyteller who is passionate about art, surfing, and skiing/snowboarding.  Residing near the coast of Massachusetts, C.J. is currently working on a new book.  Meanwhile, readers can check out her first novel, Constructing Us, which is the story of Andy and Tragan. 

Readers can get in touch via email ( or follow C.J. on Twitter @brightbluesurf.