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Originally titled “Wild Borders,” KADE was the first romance I wrote. It was published after the other books in the series, but it is one of my favorite books. Kelsey has bits of me in her. A struggle with self-confidence and body image. She’s strong but a little on the shy side at times.
Kelsey was married to a verbally and emotionally abusive man, but Kade shows herjust how special she is. He’s strong and sexy and the kind of man Kelsey deserves.
I hope you enjoy reading KADE as much as I enjoyed writing the book!
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**Author note below
After a bitter divorce, reporter Kelsey Nichols has erected a border around her heart too strong for any man to cross. She’s not ready for a relationship of any kind with any man. But when Kelsey meets Kade she can think of nothing but being in his powerful arms.
Intelligence Agent Kade Owen is hot on the trail of a notorious smuggler when the sensual blonde reporter comes into his life. Once he gets a hold of Kelsey, nothing will stop Kade from winning her heart.
**Please note: “Kade” was published in print only with St. Martin’s Griffin. “Kade” was originally published in eBook and print with Ellora’s Cave under the title “Wild Borders”. Character names were changed at St. Martin’s request.
Here’s an excerpt of KADE just for you!
“I want to see you again.” Kade flicked on a light as he drew Kelsey through the door, and it slammed shut behind her.
Her throat tightened and went as dry as the Arizona desert. “I—I…”
But her words vanished, her mind blank, as Kade took her face in his palms and captured her gaze with his.
“Kade, I—” But she no longer knew the meaning of up or down, and she melted against him, wanting him. His earthy scent intoxicated her, filling her senses, confusing her beyond the effects of the alcohol.
“Darlin’, what you do to me,” Kade said against her lips. “Let me taste you.”
“Yes,” she whispered.
He brushed his lips over hers. Just a whisper kiss. The light touch of his lips and the feel of his fingers on her skin made her nipples ache. A wave of longing crested, then crashed within her soul.
She pressed herself closer to him and heard a soft moan.
Coming from her.
The tip of his tongue outlined her bottom lip, a feather caress that sent desire spiraling within. She parted her lips and his tongue met hers, a velvet softness that she savored like golden honey. “You taste so good,” he murmured.
Citrus from the margarita was still sweet on his tongue and she wrapped her arms around his neck as their kiss deepened. She smelled the light apple fragrance of his hair and slid her fingers into the soft strands, knocking his cowboy hat off.
With a jolt, Kelsey became aware of Kade’s erection against her belly. A voice inside her shouted, telling her she couldn’t go any further. Not with someone she barely knew. But her mind and body refused to listen.
As if he heard her thoughts, he let out a ragged breath and stepped back, leaving her feeling almost empty. Alone.
Kade traced one finger along her cheekbone and she shuddered with longing. “Say you’ll see me again.”
He looked so handsome, his chestnut hair in disarray, passion in his eyes.
“I—I don’t know if that’s a good idea.” It took all her willpower not to throw her arms around him and tell him to spend the night. She had never been with a man other than Davis in a sexual way, and it frightened her how much she wanted Kade.
Right here. Right now.
Kade caught both her hands in his. “Have breakfast with me.”
She shook her head. “I have a meeting, and then I’m going out of town.”
He brought her hands to his mouth and trailed his lips over her knuckles, sending shivers throughout her, those intense blue eyes never leaving hers. “How do I reach you?”
Trying to regain even a modicum of self-control, Kelsey freed her hands and absently rubbed the scar on her upper thigh through the material of her dress. “I’ll sleep on it. If I see you before I leave, I’ll let you know.”
“All right.” He kissed her again, a soft, lingering kiss. He smiled and caressed her cheek, then turned and slipped out the door.
And she was really alone then.
Dazed, Kelsey moved toward the bed and almost tripped over Kade’s cowboy hat. She picked it up, wondering if she should take it to him.
No. Tomorrow morning would be soon enough.
Kelsey ran a shaking hand through her hair. What had she just done? She’d experienced the most incredible kiss of her life—from a virtual stranger.
She sat on the edge of the bed, then flopped onto her back, Kade’s hat still cradled to her chest. She inhaled deeply, drinking in the intoxicating smell of him that clung to the felt Stetson. That masculine scent that made her ache for him.
What would it have been like to make love to Kade? The thought caused a thrill to skip around in her belly.
Kelsey closed her eyes, still holding Kade’s hat close to her chest. She imagined actually letting herself go and being with that tall, dark, sexy cowboy who managed to break through the ice of resistance coating her heart and soul since her divorce. She couldn’t let him all the way in, but it wouldn’t hurt to fantasize about him, right?
Heat filled her body and her cheeks flushed. No, that was ridiculous.
Still clutching Kade’s Stetson, she slipped into a restless sleep and dreamed of cowboys, mustangs, and the Arizona desert.
One lucky, randomly drawn winner will receive a print copy of ZACK with the St. Martin’s cover. 🙂