Rhapsody by Sharon Clare
Isabelle plans to escape the real world when she takes a tropical vacation. But escape becomes too real when Paradise Resort disappears. To win her freedom, she must break an oath and out-play her opponent in a game of seduction. Her self-control is resolute until her traitorous body decides this is a game she wants to play.
Jonathan’s needs are simple: break down Isabelle’s resistance, win the game, and get back to the real world where an emergency waits. Desire grows between them as each roll of the die reveals secrets, truths and skin, until Jonathan is forced to confront his worse fear or forfeit Isabelle to the dark mastermind of the game.
Grab him by the shirt collar and take that gorgeous head of his and put it back between your thighs. Offer yourself up to his paintbrush, his fingers, his mouth, his tongue …
Isabelle’s thoughts were a runaway train on a track to an unknown destination. Her heartbeat pounded in her ears.
The eerie immobilization was good cause to feel a loss of control, but instead of feeling compromised, she felt excitement like she’d never felt before. It thrummed through her belly in a delicious clench. She didn’t want his turn to end, she didn’t want to resist. She wanted to lie back on the pillows and mewl like a minx while he practiced his brushstrokes.
It was the look on his face as he’d touched her, a look she’d not seen before in past lovers. They’d been focused on their own climax, not hers. She’d felt Jonathan’s concentration. He’d been fully engaged in pleasing her, and while that could be nothing more than his dedication to the game, she couldn’t deny he’d not only aroused her once again, but she wanted more of Jonathan Raynor.
The man was more tempting than the toffee cheesecake at her corner coffee shop, the one she could never resist, the one with the thin layer of crunchy caramel on top. If she saw it, she wanted it. Her only defense was to avoid the shop.
At least the Jonathan temptation ended here. She would never run into him at the corner coffee shop.
“Isabelle, my turn’s finished. Can you not move?”
Why would I want to move? I need this. Touch me like that again. Slowly, she lifted her hands, palms up, to show him. “Yes, I can. I was just thinking about … ”
“You liked it.”
She hesitated, breathing out the lust that was fully awake now.
“Do you want more?”
She did, but the admission stayed on her tongue. Not yet, not until she’d had a turn to tantalize him. As she moved to pull down her skirt, the object he’d sketched on her thigh drew her attention. “The thing you most desire is a house?”
He scooped up the die and dropped it in her hand. “Yes, and the reason I need to get back to the resort. A Tudor Revival has just listed that I plan to buy. Actually, it was my grandparents’ house fifteen years ago. I didn’t expect it to come on the market. I can’t let that house go to someone else.”
Their commonalities were uncanny. “No, I understand completely. You must have fond memories. I bought a Tudor Revival two years ago. My house is the love of my life.” Pathetic but true. When her last three relationships failed, she’d thrown herself into a renovation. The work had been the impetus to her self-restoration. “Why don’t you tell me all about your Tudor?” She took a few deep breaths.
“There’s nothing to tell. It’s not mine yet. I have something more enticing on my mind at the moment. Let’s play.”
Q: Tell our readers why you think they’ll enjoy Rhapsody
A: Who doesn’t like games? I think readers will enjoy this book because it offers something for romance lovers across genres. Although it’s classified paranormal, it has a contemporary feel. The premise is game-playing, sexy and fun. The story is a mix of suspense and humor. It draws on the days when fun could be had in a good ol’ fashioned board game, but keeping with modern times, the objective is seduction, the creator is immortal and the game has super-natural powers of its own. One more thing. I like twists, so the story has an unexpected one at the end.
Q: You may have noticed we like to include our favorite quote in our reviews of the books we read. What is your favorite quote from Rhapsody?
A: My favorite quote from Rhapsody is:
When he’d tapped the force behind the most passionate love, no longer would his genius be called lunacy, no longer would his isolation be called defeat.
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