’Tis the season for unwrapping the gift of pleasure.
Under the Caribbean Sun, Interlude 1
When Saskia snags a last-minute ticket home to the Caribbean isle of Anguilla, she intends to surprise her workaholic father and to reconnect over Christmas. When she finds he’s away on business, there’s still plenty to fill her time while she waits. Sailing, snorkeling…and an unexpected, very adult attraction to her girlhood crush.
Joe Prinsen is certain Saskia has returned to the island only to ask for money. He feels it’s time she learns the truth about her father’s depleted financial situation from the man himself. And he intends to make sure she sticks around long enough to hear it.
Except the girl he remembers has matured into a devastatingly sexy woman. She’s taking all his noble intentions and unwrapping them, one by one, until their shared desire is revealed in the warm Caribbean water. Saskia’s only home for Christmas. And once she finds out the secret he’s hiding, she’ll no doubt leave the Caribbean, and him, for good.
The only thing hotter than the tropical sun is the sex—in the surf, on the water, against the bookcase… Readers will be wise to monitor electronic devices, and themselves, for overheating.
“Well good morning to you, Thundercloud. You look like you’re ready to ruin someone’s day.” Saskia smiled wide, not interested in having Joe Prinsen’s nasty mood shadow her time in paradise. She had a lot to do today and would rather get to it than deal with his cupboard-slamming, mug-clanking self. “Perhaps you need a slice of sunshine.”
His nostrils flared as he stared at her, watching her every move as she moved from her barstool into the kitchen. She pulled the quiche she’d made earlier from the warm oven and served herself another piece. She dished him up a hefty chunk as well, hoping he’d snap out of his funk once he’d eaten and been caffeinated.
“Do you guys eat here? There wasn’t much to work with.” She returned to the bar, making notes on her to-do list between bites of the cheese-laden quiche.
He leaned against the counter, fork in hand. “We’re usually in town by the time we get hungry, and we eat before we come home. Dutch sometimes makes dinner for Harm and me on Sundays.”
“He doesn’t live here too, does he? I’m not in the mood to be tied to a tree.” She winked and grinned. “At least not by him.”
Joe dropped his fork onto his plate and cursed. “I was hoping we wouldn’t have to do this.”
“Why, are you embarrassed to tell me you had to stroke it in the shower?” She took another bite, too thrilled by the way his face reddened.
“You are trouble. Always have been.” He put his hands on his hips, which tightened the white T-shirt over his honed chest. She slid her gaze to his crotch, and sure enough, part of him had piped up for attention.
She nodded. “Always will be. It’s fun. You should try it. You know you want to.”
“You know, I’ve had about enough of your mouth.”
“You haven’t had my mouth at all, hence the problem in your pants.” She finished her second breakfast while he pursed his lips and shook his head.
She folded her list and then slipped it into the back pocket of her yellow shorts as she carried her plate to the sink. She secured the halter tie of her crocheted one-piece again and settled the bright purple crocheted tee on her shoulders. She would have loved a mirror, but this house only had one the size of a porthole, at least on the first floor. Bachelors.
She stepped to Joe, just inside of his personal space. “I’m too busy to help you out right now, but maybe if you take the stick out of your ass, I could be convinced to help you later.” She stood on her tiptoes and placed a fleeting kiss on his cheek before turning to go.
Joe snaked a strong arm around her middle, pulled her backwards and flush against him. “I’m trying to be good.”
“So be a little bad.” She moved her hands back, running her palms down the outside of his thighs.
Q: What would you like readers to know about the book before they read it?
A: Anguilla – the island where the Under The Caribbean Sun books are set – rhymes with Vanilla. I hate when I pronounce things different in my head and then find out later I’ve been doing it wrong.
Q: What do you hope readers will take with them after they’ve read the book?
A: Other than the deep urge to run away to the Caribbean? That even when you’re trying to protect someone, you can hurt them by not telling the truth.
Q: Who is your favorite character in this book?
A: I love Sassy. She’s the kind of chick I like to hang out with because she’s always getting into something.
Q: Is there a character who gives you fits and makes you want to go ninja?
A: There is Harm. He can’t stand Saskia, and I really like her. But he gets his story in Caribbean Casanova.
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 this book?
A: The biggest hurts are always the ones we didn’t mean to make.
Q: What’s up next for you?
A: Caribbean Casanova
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