Should’ve Known Better
by Cassandra Carr
Element(s): May – December, Sports-Themed
Publisher: Twenty or Less Press
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Heat Level: Steamy
Word Count: 67,000
Sarah Jenkins, a math geek and hockey fanatic, is thrilled when the NHL hires her as an advisor for the Buffalo Storm. She gets to marry her two loves in this perfect job.
Sebastian St. Amant is a young hockey player looking to make the jump from the minors to the big leagues. His lifelong dream is within reach, but he needs to convince the Storm’s management and coaches he’s ready.
When Sarah and Sebastian meet, sparks immediately fly. Both want to succeed, but neither can ignore the growing attraction and a relationship is out of the question—Sarah’s an influential staff member and Sebastian’s a player, not to mention over ten years her junior.
But the impossible becomes the necessary when they can no longer fight their attraction. As everything crashes around them, the strength of their relationship is tested. Will it weather the storm, or should they have known better?
Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.
Sebastian moved closer again. “Tell me you didn’t buy this dress with me in mind. You know I love blue.”
She couldn’t outright lie to him and kept silent.
His hands crept under the jacket and he caressed her bare shoulders with the pads of his fingers as his gaze dropped to her lips and he licked his own. His touch was light, but thrilling. Just a few caresses had already revved her up more than Dan ever had.
With tantalizingly slow movements, he massaged her neck with his strong, agile hands. She was dangerously close to purring like Tasha if he kept it up. Her breath came in deep, uneven surges. She was in big trouble. She needed to get away from him and cursed herself when she remained rooted to the spot.
“You want me.” His breath was hot on her neck as he leaned even closer. “I can see it. It’s obvious on your face. I want you too. I think that’s clear. Tu es pour moi la plus belle fille du monde. To me you are the most beautiful girl in the world.”
His fingers continued their exquisite torture. “At least I am willing to admit how much I want you. I know you want me too. I can’t, and I won’t, leave you alone anymore, and you’re just going to have to get used to that.”
Sarah shuddered, drawing a shaky breath. He tilted her head, exposing the skin at her nape, and dragged open-mouthed kisses along the column of her throat before running his tongue up to her ear and exploring the soft folds within. A helpless moan escaped and she clenched her teeth.
The fraction of a second when Sarah could’ve resisted passed unheeded. No matter the consequences, in this moment, she wanted to experience Sebastian. She dropped her head back to give him better access, and he caught her earlobe in his teeth, nibbling and making her lose her mind by degrees.
Taking his mouth from her for the briefest of seconds, his voice deep and husky with desire, he said, “Give up, Sarah.” Then he resumed biting at her flesh and a moan rose from deep inside her.
God, but she wanted him with every cell in her body.
Her knees buckled as he broke away. He snaked a thickly-muscled arm around her waist, pulling her close once more. He backed her further into the dark of the terrace. Her breasts pressed against his chest and she squeaked as her nipples hardened.
“So beautiful,” he muttered, brushing her mouth with his fingertips. Rubbing his thumb over her lower lip, he increased the pressure, forcing her lips apart. “Open for me.”
At the command in his voice, Sarah’s body heated even more. He was no longer a young man with an infatuation. He was a hard, hot, sexual man intent on taking what he wanted.
And truth be told, he wasn’t the only one drowning in need.
Bringing his mouth down to hers, Sebastian teased his tongue over her top lip. A strangled moan broke from Sarah. His fingers wandered from her mouth to her cheek before stopping to caress her face.
She was unable to utter a word to deter him as she writhed, her desperation for his touch growing more urgent by the second. She’d never needed someone like this before and had no real idea of what to do or how to handle herself.
I am a huge fan of Cassandra Carr and she warmed my heart with Sarah and Sebastian’s story. I haven’t read a lot of “sports-themed” romances, but it’s becoming one of my favorite genres. Gorgeous hockey player falls in love with geeky math nerd….sure that happens a lot, right? Well, us NERDS can dream!
Sarah is living the dream! She just landed the perfect job doing what she is damn good at, and it’s with the NHL’s Buffalo Storm! She has always been a hockey fan and she is thrilled about this opportunity. Now Sarah Jenkins is a math geek and she owns it, she doesn’t pretend to be someone she isn’t. When she is thrust in to this “male dominated’ arena, of course she is criticized for what kind of skill she brings to the table and the fact that she is a woman, doesn’t help her, but she still doesn’t back down and run away. Sebastian St. Amant (god, even his name is sexy) is trying to move on up in the world. He has been playing hockey in the minors and now has the chance to show management and the coaching staff of the Buffalo Storm what he can do. From the moment these two meet, there is an immediate connection. They have a hard time staying away from each other, but for the sake of their jobs, its what needs to be done.
I loved, loved, LOVED these two characters together. They had such amazing chemistry from the very beginning. As a certified “NERD” myself, I could relate to Sarah in a lot of ways, I just wish I could get a super hot, french speaking hockey player to give me the time of day. Damn, I am in the WRONG profession. I feel like in this story, that we really got to know these two, from their past and their fears, to their hopes and dreams. When Sarah was struggling with her new job and discovering what kind of feelings she has for Sebastian, you could feel what she was going through. When Sebastian was in a room with Sarah and he had a hell of a time keeping his hands off her, you could feel that anticipation…will he just grab her and kiss her or will he force himself to walk away?
“My heart, Sarah, my heart hearts. This is supposed to be the best time of my life, living my dream, and it doesn’t mean anything because I don’t have you.”
Should’ve Known Better was packed with so much sexual tension that it had my heart pounding. I finished this book in one sitting, because I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what was going to happen with these two. I saw some potential for this to turn into a series. I hope it does because there were some characters that I wouldn’t mind reading more about!
*eBook copy was given in exchange for an honest review*
Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning erotic romance writer with Ellora’s Cave, Siren Publishing, Sybarite Seductions, Decadent Publishing, and Loose Id. She lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out online. Cassandra is the co-founder of two successful group blogs, Romancing the Jock and Dirty Birdies, and participates in several others as a contributor. Recently she was re-elected president of Western New York Romance Writers.
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