on February 23,2016
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When Amber Watson walks in on her husband in the throes of extramarital passion with one of his employees, her comfortable, passion-free life is shattered in an instant. Worse, the fate of the successful country music bar that bears her family's name suddenly hangs in the balance. Her soon to be ex-husband is one of the bar's official owners; his mistress, one of its employees. Will her divorce destroy her late father's legacy?
Not if Amber's adopted brother Caleb has anything to do with it. The wandering cowboy has picked the perfect time for a homecoming. Better yet, he's determined to use his brains and his fists to put Amber's ex in his place and keep the family business intact. But Caleb's long absence has done nothing to dim the forbidden desire between him and the woman the State of Texas considers to be his sister.
Years ago, when they were just teenagers, Caleb and Amber shared a passionate first kiss beside a moonlit lake. But that same night, tragedy claimed the life of Caleb's parents and the handsome young man went from being a family friend to Amber's adopted brother. Has enough time passed for the two of them to throw off the roles Amber's father picked for them all those years ago? Will their desire for each other save the family business or put it in greater danger?
DANCE OF DESIRE is the first contemporary romance from award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice, told with the author's trademark humor and heart. It also introduces readers to a quirky and beautiful town in the Texas Hill Country called Chapel Springs.
READER ADVISORY. DANCE OF DESIRE contains fantasies of dubious consent, acted on by consenting adults. Readers with sensitivities to those issues should be advised.
Another series of pounding knocks, followed by Caleb’s voice bellowing her name.
“Okay, well, I guess if I’d wanted more of an explanation I could have returned one of your ten thousand calls.”
“Yes, you should. You let that man inside, darling. You just go right ahead and let that man inside.”
Amber stands there for a second listening to the dial tone, realizing that as soon as she puts the phone back in its cradle she’ll be crossing a point of no return.
When she opens the door, he reaches up and pulls his hat off so she can see it’s him. The gesture sends raindrops spraying from the hat’s brim to the pavement beside him. How long was he out in the rain looking for her? How is it possible that he’s here at all? There’s fear in his big, beautiful blue eyes and his tense mouth suggests he’s having trouble breathing.
“What the hell are you doing?” he asks.
“What are you doing?”
“Well, come inside.”
When he steps across the threshold, he seems to fill the room. He sets his cowboy hat down next to the tiny boxy television. Then he begins to slide out of his jacket, one arm after the other, slowly, so as not to send raindrops spraying everywhere. And now there’s just the sound of the rain pounding the roof and the occasional roll of thunder and the occasional flash of lightning as the man she’s resisted for years greets her in an anonymous motel room.
He looks bigger than he’s ever looked before. Maybe it’s the room. Maybe it’s how close they’re standing. Maybe it’s what they did to each other just a few hours before. Or maybe it’s because she’s seeing him as a teenager, a teenager clawing his way through dark woods, sobbing and grief stricken and desperate to find his way back to the only family he’ll ever have.
“How long have you been following me?” she asks.
“I was parked outside your house. I was going to wait until you woke up but then you sped off so I followed you.”
“Why didn’t you call me? You knew I was awake once I was driving.”
“I thought you were going there, that place. The sex club.”
“She won’t take me anymore.”
Because of you, she thinks. Because she knows I’m in love with you.
“I love you, Amber Watson. I’ve always loved you. Even when I believed we could never be together, even when it hurt so bad to love you I couldn’t see straight, I never stopped. I couldn’t even try to make myself stop. It was true then, and it’s true now. I’d rather spend the rest of my life feeling the pain of not having you, than spend one moment of it not loving you.” ~ Caleb Eckhart
Love. Do we have a choice who we fall in love with? It’s often said that the heart wants what it can’t have, but what if it’s suddenly taboo because of unforeseen circumstances? What if everyone akin to your life tells you your feelings are wrong and unacceptable?
This is a passionate story about forbidden love. Dance of Desire is a poignant tale of two people finding one another and finding their way back again against dubious odds. This story will warm your heart and make your soul smile. Christopher Rice has given voice to an amazing plot of characters unfolding in a magnificent tapestry of lust and desire. This was a breath of fresh air in an era where books are continually published without being thought out or edited. A beautifully written narrative wrought with tender moments and humor.
Did I mention this man can write a hell of a sex scene? Well he can. Holy hotness!! Kudos Mr. Rice. I cannot say enough about this story and can’t wait to read more from you, I will read anything you publish. You now have a forever fan.
This is a must read for anyone who enjoys a well-crafted tale full of intensity and devotion. I big red heart loved this!!!!!!!