Beguiling Bachelor Series
Charlotte is on the run...
Charlotte Roche escaped dangers lurking in Boston by accepting a job in Chicago. A new name, a new beginning - all built on lies. Thinking she is safe, Charlotte drops her guard and sets her sights on her ruggedly handsome and wildly sexy running partner, Alexander Gaines. Can she advance their relationship from the track to the bedroom and still maintain her charade, or will Alex's probing questions pierce her carefully rehearsed story?
Alex, with unrevealed secrets of his own, struggles to hold the irresistible Charlotte at arm’s length. But when Charlotte sustains a suspicious injury, Alex seizes the opportunity to cuddle up to the sassy beauty. Does he dare risk his reputation, his fortune, his friends, and his heart?
With exposure imminent, they appeal to their friends for help. Join Alex and Charlotte, along with characters you’ve met and loved in “Bedazzled” and “Beholden”, as they tackle the maze of half-truths and cover-ups threatening the lovers.
How can they build a bond with deceit on both sides? With malevolent forces advancing, is their love Bedeviled?
At the elevator, Alex inserted his key, pressed the penthouse button and waited beside her, facing forward, while the doors closed. As soon as they were enclosed in the quiet space, with almost 70 floors to travel undisturbed, he turned Charlotte into his embrace and bent to claim her mouth. His arms moved about her hips, drawing her tight against his body as his mouth locked to hers in skillful, scorching kiss. Alex felt Charlotte melt into his embrace, returning his kiss with fervor. He increased his heated caresses on her back and butt, feeling the slide of silk and round woman underneath his fingers. With each move up her back, he took a small amount of the full skirt, lifting it higher until he felt the bare skin of her behind and a tiny scrap of panty.
Charlotte inhaled sharply at the glide of Alex’s fingertips along her exposed skin and he took that opportunity to plunge his tongue between her lips. He felt the moist heat of her mouth, felt her pillow soft lips give under his firmer ones as a small moan of pleasure escaped her. He was lost in the kiss, drowning in the feel of this woman under his mouth and hands when the elevator slid to a smooth stop and the doors opened into his penthouse with a ‘ding’.
Alex scooped his arms under Charlotte’s knees and lifted her off her feet, striding toward his bedroom quickly, carrying her effortlessly in his arms despite his muscles bulging under the fine material of his suit.
“Can’t wait,” he explained, Charlotte responded with a sexy smile then laid her head on his shoulder, licking her tongue across the bare skin of his neck as she fussed to loosen his tie.
Placing Charlotte carefully in the center of his bed, he moved up slowly, tantalizing her with the soft feel of his hands lightly skimming along the inside of her thigh. He lifted her dress only enough to reach under and grasp the tiny bit of fabric at the apex of her thighs. Charlotte lifted her hips helpfully and Alex slid the lavender thong down her legs and tossed it to a chair in the corner. He removed his jacket, tie and shirt and added them to the pile. He was enjoying the play of emotions he saw cross Charlotte’s features as she drank in the sight of his broad shoulders and washboard abs.
“You’re magnificent,” she muttered under her breath, eliciting a smug grin of pride from Alex.
“I am sure you are too. Let’s find out,” he said as he lay beside her and rolled her to a side so he could reach for her zipper. His mouth captured hers as his hands moved unerringly to slip the zipper lower and undo her bra, all one handed.
“How do you do that?” she marveled.
“Practice.” When she scowled at him he added, “and a strong desire to see you naked.” He rolled the colorful dress off her shoulders and low enough to expose her breasts, trapping her arms in the material as he first gazed at her, then lowered his mouth. She felt the moist heat of his breath just seconds before his mouth wrapped around one tight nipple. He sucked it deep into his mouth as Charlotte’s hips reflexively rose from the bed in need. Without removing his mouth from the taut bud, Alex lifted his own hips to undo his pants and kick them off.
Alex circled Charlotte’s tender nipple with his tongue before moving to her other breast and wrapping his mouth around it. The cool air on her moist skin brought goose-bumps to the surface that quickly disappeared as Alex brought his hand up to stroke and squeeze Charlotte’s tender flesh. He tightened his fingers around her hard and highly sensitive peak until small mews of surrender came from her mouth. Alex abandoned the tantalizing breast with a last tingling flick to her nipple and lifted himself to draw her bottom lip, then her tongue, into his mouth.
Pulling her dress from her body, Alex freed Charlotte’s arms, which she immediately used to run her hands over his tight stomach muscles. “You are beautiful,” he sighed at the light touch of her fingertips. Bending close to her ear, he repeated the words in a warm whisper as he lowered himself until his body crushed hers to the mattress. Only his black boxer briefs came between them.
He felt the soft heat of her skin as Charlotte writhed beneath him, seeking to get closer still. He was holding himself in check, his kisses demanding, his hands roaming over her rounded body, mesmerized by the feel of her. He was straining hard against the fabric of his briefs, longing to plunge deep into her luscious body but stalling, touching her, kissing her until she was begging him to enter her, to take her, to satisfy the growing need in them both.
After long minutes of mutual torture, of feeling her long fingers massaging the strong muscles of his shoulders and back, of being squeezed by the legs she had wrapped around his torso, trying to pull him into her, Alex knew he couldn’t take another minute and suspected neither could she. He had pushed them both to their absolute limits with the prolonged foreplay.
Alex grabbed a condom from the drawer and removed his briefs in a single fluid movement, his blatant masculinity now on proud display. Charlotte took the condom packet, opened it with her teeth, and slid the prophylactic slowly and hypnotically over him. Charlotte’s grip was tight and firm around him, stroking down, then slowly up again, then down lower. Alex feared he would explode from the exquisite play of her fingers.
“You ready?” he asked on a steamy breath, his lips nuzzling her ear.
“I’m desperate,” Charlotte replied,
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Other books in the Beguiling Bachelor Series – a steamy, Contemporary Romance Series
Bewildered – a prequel, short story How can Sloane choose between two hunky millionaires?
Bedazzled – Can Wyatt overcome tradition and family to seize Kelli for his own?
Bedeviled – Randall is just not part of Sloane’s plan when she claws her way back into society, but she is definitely part of his.
Bio for Madison Michael
Madison Michael traded 28 years in Fortune 500 tech and management positions for a chance to spend her days with sassy heroines, sexy, rich heroes and nothing but happy endings. Growing up the daughter of a librarian, she learned to love books, especially classics and romances, and spent winters cuddled under blankets losing herself in books.
Madison is the author of three novels in the Beguiling Bachelor series, as well as several short stories. She is a member of Romance Writers of America.
After living in the northeast, southeast and the west, Maddy returned to her Midwest roots. She lives in Evanston, IL with two feline editorial assistants and great views of Chicago’s famous skyline.
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