Mari didn’t know who was in more of a hurry to get to the suite, Graham or herself. She'd never walked so fast in her life and by the time he pulled the key card out of his wallet, she was out of breath. Graham on the other hand wasn’t even breathing hard.

“Why aren’t you out of breath too? We practically ran all the way here.” she asked between deep breaths.

“I have to keep in shape for my job, you know that sweetheart.”

A sinful smile spread across her face and she laughed. She was about to find out exactly what shape he was in. Had she ever seen him naked before? Only once in the pool house when they were teens, and he'd been perfect then. She couldn’t even fathom what he would look like now with all of the Coast Guard, Firefighter and Search and Rescue training. And of course, his daily workouts at the gym. The visions of Graham naked did nothing to help regulate her breathing or calm her down.

“Hey are you okay? The trek up the stairs wasn’t that bad was it?” he had the slightest look of amusement on his face.

“I’m not so sure it was coming up the stairs that’s driving me wild Graham.” she smiled shyly. “I think it has more to do with the fact that I was imagining you naked,” she whispered.

“Damn! What the hell are we still doing standing around out here for?” he ground out as he slid the key card in the door. He picked her up and carried her into the room. “Time to get naked, you know, so eventually you can breathe again.”

Book synopsis


"I've waited a lifetime to touch you like this"

Mari Mannon and Graham Blake always loved each other, but life kept getting in the way. An Alaskan cruise vacation might be just the place to overcome their demons and rebuild the love they once had--to discover a passion they've never known. But first, Mari must cast aside her inhibitions to become the independent, carefree woman she once was. And Graham must learn to believe in love again. Can they find their way, or will everything fall apart for good.

An Adult Romance with family, drama, comedy, sex, tragedy and most of all love. (May not be suitable for all readers - adult content)

about the author

JJ Ellis is first and foremost a mom to five kids, four girls and one boy, ranging in age from 2-17. After that, she is a physically limited wife, blogger and now an author. She holds a degree in Communication Studies (Public Relations) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas but never thought she would chose writing as a career, especially at the age of 42. She once wanted to be a publicist in the entertainment industry, but never a writer. Then one day when she was in her mid thirties she was going through what can only be described as an early 'midlife crisis' and ideas just started to come to her and she felt compelled to write them down. She finished her first book relatively quickly, but life got in the way and it took her eight years to revisit it and then publish her first novel. She can honestly say that now she is finally right where she wants to be. 

JJ has been married to her college sweetheart (and romance novel hero) for eighteen and a half years and they reside in Casper, WY with their kids and one crazy mutt named Kreuger. She enjoys reading, writing, blogging, computing, and graphic design. She will try anything that will allow her creativity to be released.

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Meghan Stith
4/9/2013 12:30:56 pm

I would sacrifice a lot!
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Danielle Forrest
4/9/2013 01:04:58 pm

Oh, oh!!! I jut reread a few of the Dark Lover books! God, I love that series. So dark and tormented.

And, ugh, don't get me started on the weather. Two days ago it finally decided to be spring. Yay, right? Wrong. Two friggin' days of nice seventy degree weather and now I'm sweating like a stuck pig. It's 81 degrees in my house because I didn't check the weather and didn't realize it was going to get hot enough to need A/C.

But that's North Carolina for you. We had two weeks of fall before winter weather decided to kick in. Got two days of spring. <sigh>

Hopefully, it'll let up some, though.

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Danielle Forrest
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