The other day I wrote an article over on the Romantic Times Blog talking about how my heroine from Hidden Heat had gone from good girl to bad girl, though I prefer to think of her going from tame to exploring her inner wild-child — not bad, just uninhibited. Here’s an example of where Sandy starts to come out of her shell…

Hidden Heat

Copyright © 2012 Leah Braemel
All rights reserved — a Samhain Publishing, Ltd. publication

“…almost too hot to touch”  from Romantic Times

[H]er resolve firming, she walked around to his side of the desk. Conscious of the hum of voices outside his closed door, of the possibility anyone could walk in and discover her, she pushed him back from the desk. “Why are you avoiding what happened the other night?”

“Because it shouldn’t have happened.”


Hidden Heat“I’m serious, Sandy. I’m not good boyfriend material. You know my job and how I’m here one day and gone the next. I’m not a great catch when it comes to stability.”

Bullshit.” She folded her arms and glared. “I like you. And more? I trust you. I don’t invite just anyone to stay the night with me, you know.”

He caught her hand and pressed a fleeting kiss to her fingers in a move so smooth her knees weakened. “You shouldn’t trust me, sunshine. I’m not who you think I am.”

“Bullshit,” she repeated, softer this time. “I know more about you than you think I do. I’ve read your file, remember? And I know stuff that isn’t in those files.” She knelt in front of him and stroked her cheek against his knuckles, noticing a trace of gun oil staining his shirt. So he’d not left the building, simply gone to the firing range. “I’ve seen how you worry about your agents. About Scott. You’re a good man. As for you not being here a lot, that’s fine with me. I’m not looking for marriage. I just…” want to come so hard I see stars, the way you made me come the other night. “I think we’d be good together. I’m not looking for forever.”

From the doubt in his eyes, she knew he wasn’t buying her explanation. “This is your opportunity. Have some fun,” Jazz had said. Wasn’t that the whole point of leaving Minnesota?

Troy’s eyes widened when she skated her palm along the inside of his thigh and tugged on his zipper. “What the hell are you doing?”

Wasn’t it obvious?

“Since you show no sign of taking the initiative, I figure I should show you that you’re not the only one talented in the bedroom. Or the office.”

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