Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Passion and Ink

I have a confession to make. I luvs me some stepbrother romances. I blame my obsession on Penelope Ward’s Stepbrother Dearest and K.I. Lynn and N. Isabelle Blanco’s Need series. They started it all with their stories of forbidden love and passion that ignites and explodes between stepsiblings. So for a long time, I’ve wanted to write a stepbrother romance, but never had a chance to. Until Passion and Ink.

The Sweetest Taboo series presented the perfect opportunity to indulge in one of my fave tropes. This series is all about the forbidden. And when Jude Gordon has a sizzling hot one-night stand with a gorgeous dive bar waitress who turns out to be the stepsister he hasn’t seen in ten years, things definitely become taboo—and complicated. Yet, even knowing Cypress Winters is his stepsister, he can’t purge her—or the feel of her under him—from his mind.

Here’s a peek into Passion and Ink! Below, Cypress arrives at her father’s house for Sunday dinner and is introduced to his second oldest stepson. The man she recognizes as “Jay,” the tattoo artist with whom she spent an unforgettable night.
Aaaaand scene!

This can’t be happening.
God couldn’t possibly hate me this much.
Then again, considering the last year of my life, maybe He could. And this—coming face-to-face with the man who turned me out six ways to Sunday a week ago in my father’s house—is further proof that He has some kind of personal vendetta against me.
I blink. Blink again. Hoping against hope that maybe my cranky vagina and overactive imagination just conjured him up and are playing a cruel prank on me.
But no. I can flutter my lashes until a windstorm kicks up; he’s not disappearing. Jay still stands there, as big, powerful, and hot as he was the night he walked into The Rabbit Hole. The last time I saw him, he’d been asleep, naked, a sheet tangled low around his beautiful, inked body. Heat twists and dances low in my belly, flickering to dark and inconvenient life.
Jesus Christ. What are the odds? What is he doing here with Dan…?
“Ro?” Dan questions, frowning at Jay then shifting his confused regard back to me.
My heart bangs out a drum solo against my chest, and the shot of Patron I’d downed in my motel room to get me through this dinner swishes in my stomach, waving hello.
“It’s short for Rowena. My middle name,” I remind him, as if that answers the real question: How do Jay and I know each other?
“I used to call her Ro when we were younger. To irritate her,” Jay adds, his tone even, much calmer than the stunned gasp of my name earlier…
Wait. Oh God, wait.
I used to call her Ro when we were younger.
The “when we were younger” spins in my head, gathering velocity and volume with each revolution.
Jay... Jay... One of Katherine’s sons had been named Jude.
I suck in a silent breath, shock pummeling me so hard, I lock my knees to keep from swaying into my father.
I screwed my stepbrother.
My stepbrother gave me multiple orgasms.
That must be a sin. There aren’t enough beads on a rosary to give me absolution from this.
Stupid. So stupid. How did I not know? But, hell, how could I know? The huge, beautiful, golden man before me who practically vibrates with an intense sexuality doesn’t resemble the tall, skinny kid with hair dyed varying shades of the rainbow and with holes in his ears, nose, and mouth. Not at all. And God knows I’ve changed from the overweight, awkward girl with bad hair and coke-bottle glasses. Still…
This clusterf**k just got a lot more f**ked.


Blackballed from my job.
Moved back to my hometown with my tail between my legs and family issues crushing my back.
Slinging drinks in a dive bar.
Yes, the past year has been hell. So when a man who’s temptation wrapped in golden skin and sin offers me one night of no-holds barred, dirty sex, I’m all in. I deserve it.
But now those few unforgettable hours have me facing blackmail from my own father: He'll pay for my mom's medical bills, but only if I never again touch the man who has quickly become my obsession.
Because the man? My obsession?
He’s my stepbrother.
Each book in the Sweetest Taboo series is STANDALONE:
* Sin and Ink by Naima Simone
* Passion and Ink by Naima Simone
* The Scandalous Diary of Lily Layton by Stacy Reid

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