Love me, love my cat has always been my motto. When I was single, the first question I always asked a potential date was, 'Do you like cats?' If not, we quickly parted ways.
Cats are incredibly fun creatures and contrary to what some folks think, not all of them are aloof. The little critter that's currently taken over my home and heart is uber cuddly and loves to have her head scratched. She'll roll on her back and shamelessly beg my honey for belly rubs. Definitely not a stand-offish animal
Love, Meow from Jupiter Gardens Press features two delightfully short, sexy stories by Jasmine Aherne and me. Here is the blurb from Jasmine's story, Purrsuasion and below that is a blurb and excerpt from One Hot Cat, my shapeshifter romance.
New neighbours Constance and Aaron haven't had reason to meet each other over the fences yet. But when a broken oven, a baking deadline, and a feline thief with a penchant for stealing underwear intervene, it's clear that these two neighbours will be purrfect for each other. Will Constance break through the hurt in her past and find space in her heart for a new man - and a cuddly cat?
A victim of revenge porn, Paige seeks help from a wickedly hot man with dangerous secrets.
When Paige opens her mail to discover naked photos she did not willingly pose for and a blackmail letter, she turns to her hot new neighbor, a detective, for help. If he finds her missing brother, she can pay back the scumbag who's threatening her. Nathan agrees, only because Paige is connected to the man he's trying to locate and he needs her information. As they track down her brother and a missing man with a gambling problem, passion flares between Paige and Nathan. Neither of them are ready for a relationship, but their bodies disagree and the two enjoy a lustful encounter. Though Nathan does not want to reveal his shape shifter identity, his temper gets the best of him and Paige discovers his true self. Can they work past the obstacles in their path and find their way to love?
He made them keep their lights off until they were in the cave, insisting he could see fine in the dark. Sure enough, he picked his way from a hidden spot where they had parked to the path that led to the entrance. Paige followed as best she could, knowing she slowed him down. It was uncanny how well he navigated in the darkness.
When she stumbled slightly, Nathan took her hand and led her the rest of the way. Though she tried to concentrate on their task, the feel of Nathan's skin on hers sent her mind to another place. His hand was slightly rough and his grip firm. She'd done her best not to pay attention to him in any kind of sexual way, but it was no use. The man oozed sex appeal like cream from an éclair.
No way. No way would she act on this desire. He was just like all the other men she'd ever met, out for a good time, not wanting to make a commitment. Hell, the last man she'd allowed into her life just a tiny bit ended up raking her over the coals. Remembering the horrible photos sent a shudder through her body.
"Are you cold?" Nathan asked.
Not only could he see in the dark, his other senses seemed extraordinarily acute.
"No, I'm fine. Hey, I think we're here."
They easily climbed over the chain at the cave entrance and stepped inside. The smell of sulfur hit her immediately. She'd read about the healing properties of the water in this area and though vacationing at the spas was out of her budget now, she hoped to one day be able to enjoy the benefits of French Lick.
She flicked on the flashlight and looked around. The beam was strong enough to reveal a good portion of the cavern but she couldn't see very far ahead. Far enough to know she was surrounded by rock walls.
"Let's get out of here as soon as possible, okay?" she asked.
"Yeah, I am."
"Shine your light here. I'll be done in a minute."
She directed the flashlight beam on Nathan and watched as he reached into his pocket and pulled out the vial and tool Sam had given him. He scraped the wall of the cave until the container was full.
"That's good. Let's go," he said.
They were almost at the entrance when he stopped moving and put out his arm.
"There's something out there."
He shoved her against the wall and stood in front of her, covering her body with his.
"What are you doing? Get off of me!"
Like her anxiety level needed to be cranked up a notch further. It was stifling enough in the enclosed cavern, she didn't need a large man crushed up against her.
"It's probably just an animal. I don't want it to pick up your scent," he said and moved even closer.
She squirmed, trying to get free.
"What about your scent?" she asked, her voice muffled by his chest.
His hard chest that smelled really, really good.
"My scent will scare it away."
"Oh, you're so badass, animals run when they get a whiff of you? Back off, you're squashing me."
"Could you please be quiet for a few minutes?"
He eased away slightly but was still close enough she could feel his heart beat, and something else. Oh great. Just what this night needed.
Really? Was that really a hard-on pressed against her stomach? She was pretty sure they had the flashlights in their hands and no one had brought bananas along on this trip.
Should she say something, try to ease the tension? No, he'd just told her to pipe down. Wow, that was one hard cock. Would it get bigger?
Bad idea. Don't. Leave it alone.
Paige couldn't resist. Moving slowly back and forth and raising slightly, she rubbed against his pelvis.
Yep, it got bigger. Nathan sucked in his breath and moaned, low and deep in his throat. She wasn't thinking about the walls closing in any more. The only thought in her mind was how good it would feel to have him inside her. Rising up higher on her tiptoes, she aligned her pelvis with his. Now when she rubbed, his erection hit her right on her clit and sent sparks of pleasure along her spine.
"What are you doing?" he growled in her ear.
There was no other word for it, he growled.
"You started it," she said.
"I did no such thing."
"Oh yes you did, pushing that hard cock on me." Her breath came faster now as she continued to rub against him.
"It was an accident," he said, but his hands were on her ass as he pulled her towards him.
So little light came in, her vision was nearly useless. All she was aware of was Nathan's touch and his ragged breathing. That, and his scent, one she couldn't identify but filled her nostrils and made her pussy clench. Was it possible to come like this?
Then his mouth was on her, lips hard and searching. Her arms went around his neck, fingers twining in his hair.
Holy shit, this man could kiss. Not awkward and painful, crushing her mouth, but demanding, coaxing a response from her. She gladly gave it, meeting his tongue with her own, eagerly exploring his mouth.
Suddenly, he stepped away.
"No." Unlike the earlier throaty growls, this came out as an angry snarl. "We are not going to do this."
WTF? Dazed with lust, Paige barely registered what he said but she knew that intensely delicious feeling of hot, hard man pressed against her had stopped.
"What's wrong?" she asked, reaching for him.
He stepped away from her and flicked on his flashlight, shining it towards the floor of the cave.
"We have to go. Now."
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