Only the Beginning
by Daphne Dubois
Date of Publication: April 25th 2018
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tagline: Taking your best friend’s place on a blind date to let the guy down easy was the plan, taking him to bed wasn’t!
After a heartbreaking betrayal, Melissa Legacy shuns romance. So when her best friend joins the Lovers Oasis website and fears her fiancé will find out, Melissa agrees to meet the anonymous Romeo, prepared to explain her friend’s change of heart—then she sees him.
Failing restaurant entrepreneur, Craig Wheaton hasn’t been home since his mother’s tragic death. Now he’s back to confront his demons and stand beside his brother as best man. Dreading the reunion, he agrees to meet his avatar lover, but at the last moment he reconsiders the arrangement—until he lays eyes on her.
When Craig assumes Melissa is his online consort, she impulsively plays along, resulting in an afternoon of unexpected intimacy. But with Melissa using her friend’s identity and Craig dealing with a family fallout, is a future together impossible, or will they discover that love at first sight is Only the Beginning?
Melissa blinked a few times, trying to remember the dream. A sense of bliss made her smile into the pillow. She was warm and the bed covers were tucked around her like a cocoon. It must be Saturday, she thought.
There was a shift in the bed behind her, followed by a low sigh.
She froze. In a series of flashing images, it all came back.
The pub. Craig. The intense stare of his eyes. The way he’d kissed her as he unzipped the back of her skirt. He made her feel like she was the most desirable woman on the planet, that there was nothing he wouldn’t do to keep touching her.
And she’d reciprocated, opening up to him, losing all her inhibitions. She imagined this was what Lovers’ Oasis was like. The anonymity combined with the fantasy created a freedom Melissa had never experienced before, not ever.
But now reality set in. She’d woken naked, next to a man she barely knew and the earlier courage she’d felt—the reckless delirious abandonment that augmented her physical enjoyment of the afternoon encounter—had morphed into terrified embarrassment.
There was only one choice—she had to leave before he woke. Slowly, she slipped one leg out, her foot searching for the floor. Then she inched her way to the edge of the bed, carefully making sure not to jostle the mattress.
She stood, completely naked, looking down at Craig. He was on his back, one hand was on his chest gently rising and falling as he slept. The sheets pooled at his waist. His face was completely relaxed, his mouth opened slightly, lips parted.
A warmth began to stir inside her, remembering how those lips felt. He’d memorized each of her breasts with his tongue as his fingers slipped down her belly then nestled between her thighs. She’d come for him, then. So quickly…so easily.
Her purse buzzed from the floor making Melissa jump. It sounded like a marching band had exploded through the door. She crouched down and lunged for the purse, grabbing the phone and silencing it. Melissa waited, but there was no movement from the bed. A quiet breath eased through her pursed lips. She read her phone; there were multiple messages from Brooke. The last one was marked “urgent.”
—Where are you?—
Daphne Dubois writes contemporary romance and believes the right book at the right time can make all the difference. When she's not putting her characters in compromising positions (ahem), she works as a registered nurse. A member of the Writer's Federation of Nova Scotia, she lives in Eastern Canada, the most romantic place in the world.
The Book Junkie Reads . . . Interview with Daphne Dubois . . .
How would you describe your style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
Character driven with a lot of conflict and kissing. Plus, I like to add food scenes. I’m not a very good cook, but my characters seem to be.
What are some of your writing/publishing goals for this year?
To have one of my books bought by Netflix. Hey, a girl can dream, right?
Do you feel that writing is an ingrained process or just something that flows naturally for you?
Some days the words come easier than others, but I always make sure I write something. In order to get the words on paper (or rather laptop screen) I block off an hour of time each day to devote to writing. I make sure that I’m only writing during that time, all other distractions are avoided. I may not write an entire chapter, but it’s impressive how quickly the words add up.
Where would you spend one full year, if you could go ANYWhere? What would you do with this time?
Barcelona! I visited there a few years ago and I left part of my soul, I tell you! I would tour the marketplace, visit every museum, see all the Antoni Gaudi buildings, and just soak up all the sunshine and drink all the coffee. Also, they have a chocolate museum so you know the town has its priorities in order. In my spare time I would write, of course!
Can you share you next creative project(s)? If yes, can you give a few details?
My next book, Medallion of Murder, will be published this September. It’s the third book in a YA mystery series. Next year I have a gender swapped YA retelling of Cinderella with a sci-fi twist coming out from SwoonReads! On the romance side of things, I’m hoping to write the sequel to The Right Fit, where Rose gets her own love story.
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