Passion sparks the moment Nia unknowingly meets federal agent Rios.
Nia Sanders knows diamonds. She appreciates the heart-felt emotions of her customers buying them. When federal agent, Quin Rios saves her life in the middle of a violent jewel heist, she finds herself attracted to the sensual possibilities beneath his uber professional, self-contained persona.
Determined to keep her safe as he solves the case, Quin can’t let his attraction to Nia distract him. The heat of their fiery passion consumes them as they both struggle to control their emotions…neither are prepared to lose their heart.
Reader Advisory: This book contains light BDSM…spanking!
Publisher's Note: This book was previously released by Totally Bound under the same title. It has been re-edited for re-release.
General Release Date: 14th July 2015
“Are you almost finished with your count, Tess?” Nia asked as she locked the sapphire and diamond display case.
“Just counted my last ring, how ’bout you?” Tess tucked a brunette strand of hair behind her ear and grabbed the bottle of glass cleaner.
“Almost.” Nia glanced down at the platinum gold diamond rings gleaming under the spotlights. “I saved the best for last.” She stared at the sparkling stones, which seemed to twinkle along to the merry beat of the holiday music playing overhead in surround sound.
“I’m hoping Santa will bring me one of those three karat solitaires we just got in.”
“It is quite beautiful.” She took the opulent ring out of the case and slid it on Tess’s ring finger. “Why not ask for the four karat while you’re sitting on his lap.” The brilliant fire within the stone caught the light and danced as her friend wiggled her finger in utter adoration.
Tess giggled. “I haven’t been nice all year, I don’t wanna push my luck.” They both laughed as she took the ring off and placed it back in the plush tray going into the safe.
“Do you think he’s going to pop the question before Christmas?”
Her employee broke into a smile brighter than the diamond bracelets she counted.
“I think he’s going to do it tonight after dinner.”
“Oh, Tess, that’s so exciting!” Nia predicted she’d be planning a wedding by spring and she was right. “Why don’t you go? I’ve got this.”
“No worries. I told Scott to meet me here, but I do need to change.”
“Which dress did you choose?”
“The red one.” Tess grinned. “Wait until you see it.”
Nia shook her head as her friend practically skipped toward the back office. Tess had met Scott at the store and soon the two of them were head over heels in a whirlwind romance.
How did some people get so lucky in love?
Nat King Cole crooned her favorite holiday jingle and she hummed along as she finished taking inventory of the expensive glittering stones. She hadn’t given up on love, but she was so sick of the dating game. Her last one had been a total disaster, ending with a kiss so sloppy, she was happy to be single for the moment. Besides, she didn’t need romance to enjoy the holidays, just a comfortable pair of heels. With a small moan, she slipped out of her increasingly uncomfortable pumps and flexed her toes on the soft, carpeted floor behind the display cases.
“Where’s Roger? I don’t wanna give the ole guy a heart attack.”
Roger had been the security guard for the store since it opened. Nia turned around and whistled as she looked at Tess.
“So what do you think?”
“Really?” Tess pivoted, showcasing the open back design of her party dress. The soft material hugged her slim frame in all the right places.
“Really. Scott’s not going to know what hit him.”
Tess winked. “Exactly. That’s the effect I was going for.” She flicked a glance at her gold watch. “Almost closing time. I can’t believe this is the last weekend before Christmas.”
“I know.” Nia replaced a four-karat diamond bracelet in the glass case. “It’s going to be crazy around here.” She loved the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Nothing made her happier than making sure her employees helped frantic shoppers find the perfect gift for somebody special.
Tess rolled her eyes as she slid into her strappy black heels. “Impatient customers, no lunch breaks—” She let out a delighted squeal. “Here comes Scott.”
Bells hanging from the door handle jingled as he walked into the store. He always reminded Nia of a surfer dude in disguise with his easy-going personality, rugged blond good looks.
“Hi, Nia.” He smiled as he wiped the snow from his coat. “Man, it’s getting cold out there.” His attention shifted to Tess as he moved toward the glass counter. “My, my, my, you look beautiful. Thank goodness, its closing time.”
“Perfect timing,” Tess said with a devilish grin.
Word Count: 31,311
Book Length: SHORT NOVEL
Nichelle Gregory has been in love with books and writing since middle school. An avid reader, Nichelle used to hide all of her romance novels under the bed from her parents, who didn't approve of her reading material!
A lover of the arts, she enjoys anything that embraces the creative nature within us all. Passionate about bringing books to life, Nichelle has narrated over a hundred tales found on Audible. She has penned twenty-three erotically charged books, eighteen of which are for Totally Bound, including Ample Delights, Soul Sweet and Talk Sexy.
Nichelle enjoys creating stories that feature diverse characters with sexy alpha heroes falling for smart, gorgeous heroines! Bringing believable characters to life that thrill and excite her readers is a challenge that continues to push Nichelle. Adventurous connoisseurs of erotic fiction wanted!
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Lovin’ Leela is your earliest release with Totally Bound, does it have special significance to you?
Yes, it does! Lovin’ Leela was my first story published with Totally Bound! I can remember how nervous I was when I submitted the tale and oh, what a joyous moment it was when I learned it had been accepted!