Selah March

Skin Deep

Erotic romantic suspense (M/F); novella

Available in electronic format and print as part of the Sin Street collection

Available for Kindle

Amber Heat/Amber Quill Press

ISBN-13: 978-1-60272-026-8

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Erin Mulally needs more drama in her life like she needs another gunshot wound. An ex-cop with a painful past, Erin has returned to her hometown to recuperate from the loss of her career. When she meets Noah Hollis, she knows she’s in trouble, because Noah is way too young, way too attractive, and way, way too dating her sister.

Add to that the secrets Noah’s been keeping that involve a dead ex-girlfriend and a gun in the closet, and Erin knows she should stay far away. But sometimes what a girl knows and what a girl does are two very different things…

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Excerpt:

“What the hell, Noah? Are you drunk?” But she already knew the answer to that. He didn’t smell of beer or wine or whiskey. The scent rising from him was muted, but she couldn’t mistake it from this proximity. She’d experienced it before, rising from the bodies of men thrown down over the hoods of police cruisers, their hands cuffed behind their backs. Noah smelled like desperation.

He tangled his hands in her hair, pulled her head back and went for her throat, fastening his lips and teeth on her collarbone. The same spot on which he’d left a mark just a month before. There were traces of it still, purple and brown, but she’d quit covering it with makeup, thinking it was faded enough to escape notice. Now it would be dark again. Part of her…the stubborn part that wouldn’t listen to reason…the part that got her shot by a seventh grader…was nothing but glad.

She struggled at first, because that’s what a woman’s supposed to do in a situation like this. Fight off her attacker, or at least make a good show of it. Except he was coiling like a snake around her, his endless leg hooking behind both of hers to pull her tight against him, and his arms wrapping around her like he meant to crack her ribs. No space to breathe or move. No space for anything but giving in. Why did that feel so good when it shouldn’t? When she should hate him for overpowering her?

The first kiss felt like a bare-knuckled brawl in her mouth. She let him have her anger then, and all her frustration. Bit his lip, hard. Tasted copper and liked it. So did he, if the way he snarled was any indication.

Then they were on the cold tile floor. The only sign he wasn’t completely out of his mind was the way he lowered her. Not gently, but carefully. Mindfully, politely. Like the bank robber who wishes the teller a nice day.

He humped her good leg as he tore off her T-shirt, ripping it at the neck. Her sweats were gone next, leaving her in nothing but a pair of wool socks. Jesus, those tiles were like ice against her bare ass. Then his tongue was back in her mouth, tasting sour with whatever emotion fired him. Distracting her from whatever he was doing…which was opening and pushing down his jeans because there he was, hot and heavy against her thigh. His fingers fumbled at her nipple, too rough for pleasure, though he was clearly trying to make her want this. And God help her, she did.

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  • JOYFULLY REVIEWED: “Skin Deep is a wonderful tale of love, acceptance, discovery, and revenge. All the essential elements of a classic tale. I liked the idea of saving/redeeming love and how well it worked it with the story, as well as the conflict between the sisters. Information was unveiled little by little throughout the story, and I felt as if I were being let in on a secret revelation as I read through each part. The ending was fabulous. The sex scenes were mild, which was a nice break from the normal bedroom blow-by-blow, leaving much to my vivid imagination.” (Hunter)
  • 4 Angels from FALLEN ANGEL REVIEWS: “Skin Deep is romantic contemporary story laced with a suspenseful plot and a twist from the norm of the hero being a decade younger than the heroine. Don’t think that just because Noah was younger in the age category that he doesn’t know his way around the bedroom. Oh no! As a matter of fact, he was a superb lover to Erin… As you can imagine this story was packed with no-stop drama from beginning to end. There were some emotional moments that touched my heart and other instances where I gasped for breath, eager to see what would unfold next. All in all, Skin Deep is a great read that I enjoyed immensely.” (Contessa)
  • 4 Cups from COFFEE TIME ROMANCE: “Ms. March keeps the reader completely involved in her story. The details between Erin and Noah are sizzling. I had to have a glass of water near me at all times. Thrilling and beautiful is how I would describe this story.” (Krista)

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