Title: Tempt My Heart
Author: Danielle Jamie
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 2 2014
Brittan McKenna’s life was perfect. After getting engaged to her high school sweetheart her happily ever after seemed to be all planned out. However after 9/11 her fiancée drops out of college to enlist; Brittan’s life takes a swift turn. After enjoying a heartfelt reunion with Cane when he returned from his first tour, her joy was short lived as tragedy struck. Cane was killed in the line of duty during his second tour in Iraq. However after years of longing and pining for her dearly deceased, will her heart be able to beat again for another? Will she be able to take a leap of faith?
On the day Cane died, Brittan believed her heart had died along with him.......or so she thought until her passion for music causes her to blaze a new trail testing fate and “tempting tomorrow”.
Eight years marks the anniversary of Cane’s death when Brittan sets eyes upon Jordon; a guitarist whose shrouded in mystery and a world class bad boy for her bands opening act, Tempting Tomorrow. Will he have that spark to set Brittan’s heart a light? Does he have what it takes to win her heart and to make her love again?
Falling for a rock star is a dangerous game, but it’s a hopeless task when you both have hidden demons.
For Jordon love does not exist... not until he meets the lovely Brittan who has the power to tame the untameable beast inside of him.
Will Brittan open her heart to love or will she sabotage the relationship before it even has a chance?
As tears begin to fall again, I laugh nervously, “Who are you and what did you do with the cocky asshole I met in Miami? He was easier to hate.”
A killer grin spreads across Jordon’s face, as his eyes twinkle in the lights above us. They are hypnotizing and causing me to fall deeper under his spell, “Ahh, so you admit my irresistible rock god looks and my magic fingers are winning you over?”
The thought of what those fingers have done to me sends a shiver of desire coursing through my body and stopping between my thighs, only to intensify.
He teasingly slides his fingers ever so slowly down my arm, causing goose bumps to blanket every inch of me.
Trying to act like he isn’t getting to me, I toss my head back and purse my lips, “I never said that…I just said I don’t hate you as much as I did a few weeks ago.”
Pinning me on my back, Jordon stares down at me with a glimmer of desire in his eyes that takes my breath away. His lips curl up into a cocky grin, “Oh, baby. There’s no denying it, you like me. I can see it in those gorgeous brown eyes of yours.” Leaning down he presses a soft kiss to the tip of my nose causing me to suck in a sharp breath of air. Pulling back he watches me, as he waits for me to try and deny it some more.
He gets a rise out of our back and forth bantering, but I’m going to surprise him by admitting what he already knows to be true. He deserves a little ego boost after the fantastic day he’s given me.
“Okay…maybe a little.” I say breathlessly, as my chest rises and falls at a rapid pace. I melt under Jordon’s intense gaze.
“Holy shit! She finally admits it! She likes me!” Jordon shouts, shooting up and raising his hands in the air.
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Leaning against the sink resting my hands against the cool marble, I stare at myself in the mirror.
What the fuck did I just do? I think to myself as I try to shake the words of doubt from my mind.
I just fucked the most gorgeous woman on the damn planet but now I have a seriously problem. The sex was too good. How the fuck am I going to be able to act as if this didn’t’ happen and travel with her for the next six months?
I now understand why Brittan is so serious about never mixing business with pleasure. But for her and me it’s two totally different reasons.
For her she doesn’t want the drama.
For me…it’s going to be torture. Pure. Fucking. Torture. Because I'm going to have to see her every Goddamn day for the next six months and not be able to bury myself inside of her, like I was five seconds ago.
Get your shit together. She’s just another chick. I’ll have thousands just like her begging to help me forget about her as soon as we kick this tour off next week.
Raking my fingers through my hair, I take in a full breath of air and blow it out slowly as I finally get my feet to move and head back into Brittan’s bedroom.
I’m still stark ass naked as I make my way over to my boxers that are lying on the floor at the foot of her bed. Brittan’s eyes land on me and flicker with a look of desire then darken with pain instantly making my chest ache.
Grabbing my boxers I slip them on and ask, “Are you okay?”
Brittan instantly goes from looking like her puppy just died to flashing me an all teeth smile which I can instantly tell is forced. I can’t wrap my head around this girl. “Yeah, I’m great. Just tired, today’s been a roller coaster of emotions that have left my mind and body exhausted.”
I immediately remember an article I read in a magazine the other day with Brittan. She was being interviewed by some music blogger about our upcoming tour, then she was talking about some new charity thing she’s doing in the memory of her fiancé. If I remember correctly he died eight years to the day. I can’t believe she actually showed up to the party with it being the anniversary and all. I guess she’s just trying to move on with her life.
Now I feel like an ass for coming on so strong tonight.
Crawling onto the bed I lie down next her, propping myself up on my left arm. We both stare at each other for a few seconds without speaking as I gaze down into her gorgeous big brown eyes. I try to see past the facade she’s putting on for me.
I am trying to keep my emotions in check and not let Brittan see she’s getting to me. But I'm failing miserably because I instantly notice that Brittan sees the pain in my eyes that I’m trying to mask. I don’t know why but seeing the sadness that is all consuming for her is so raw. I feel as if I can feel every ounce of sadness that she’s feeling.
Raising my hand, I use the pad of my thumb and gently brush away a few stray strands of her dark silky hair from her face and tuck them behind her ear.
Slowly I slide my tongue over my lips trying to moisten my mouth that is now dry and starving to be quenched by her intoxicating kiss.
So much for just getting the hell out of here. I can’t fool myself; I am definitely feeling something for this woman.
Staring down at her I can’t help but tell her exactly what is bouncing around inside my head, “You are a mysterious and captivating woman, Brittan McKenna. I am trying so hard to read you, but I officially think it’s impossible.”
A look of shock and amusement flashes across her face as she falls back on the pillows beneath her. She lets out a low belly laugh that makes my lungs stop working momentarily and my heart stammers against my fucking chest.
I can’t control my actions now. My body is taking over and ignoring the voice in my head telling me to get my shit an get the hell out of here, right the fuck now.
Leaning down I kiss a path from the small curve of her jaw, breathing in the smell of me on her skin, mixed with a fruity scent as I work my lips up to her mouth. With each kiss I press to her skin, her laughter quiets and slowly stops.
“Sorry…” Brittan says breathlessly with her voice soft and sweet. Each time this woman speaks, she makes my brain go haywire. “I can’t even read myself half the time, so don’t feel bad. I don’t think anyone will ever understand me. And captivating is far from the word I’d use…more like complicated.” I can’t help but take notice to the sadness in her words.
It guts me to know she feels this way.
It's as if no one will ever understand her and will waste their time if they even bother to try. I don’t know how she doesn’t see what I see. When I look at her I see a woman who’s strong, talented, beautiful; and has the ability to bring me to my knees with just the slightest touch and those kiss me lips.
Grabbing her chin, I force her to look at me. She’s spent the last few seconds with her eyes fixated on the chandelier above her bed, trying to keep from looking at me. I’m going to make her look at me and listen to what I have to say whether she wants to or not.
I breath in a fast sharp breath before speaking, “To me, Brittan, you are the most captivating woman I’ve ever met. The second I saw you dancing tonight I couldn’t take my eyes off of you. No matter how hard I tried. You don’t see it, but you are beautiful and are worth someone taking the time to see the real you. Not the facade you put on for the outside world.”
She just stares up at me frozen and dazed. Her mouth moves but nothing comes out. It’s adorable. The corners of my lips curl up into a ghost of a smile, as she reaches up gently sliding her delicate little fingers through my hair. I feel her nails scratching at my scalp causing a shiver to shoot down my back and cause my dick to ache in my briefs.
Palming the back of my head she pulls me down to her, crashing our lips together. Giving me one more “rock my fucking world” kiss, with those perfect lips of hers. I can feel it in her kiss…she’s saying goodbye. Not just for tonight. Forever.
From here on out we’ll just be Brittan and Jordon, two musicians touring together.
I don’t know why but I actually feel a little pissed about this.
Normally, I’m happy that I don’t have to try and explain that after tonight there will not be any dates, phone calls, or texts. I expect nothing but a night of casual sex followed by see ya later.
As I pull away from her kiss she whispers up at me with her sexy little voice, “Good night, Jordon.”
My heart stammers against my ribcage again, I’m now the one forcing a fake ass smile at her. I climb off the bed without saying anything in return. If I try to talk I’ll end up saying something we’ll both regret, and wish was never spoken when the morning comes.
In record time, I collect all of my clothes and throw them on before heading out the door and fishing my phone out of my jeans. I quickly shoot a text to the guys letting them know I’ll be at the hotel and will see them in the morning.
I sit down onto the stone steps outside Brittan’s front entrance and call a cab. Within fifteen minutes a tiny yellow cab is pulling up and asking me, where to? I don’t look back as I tell him the name of our hotel. Looking back at the house where I know she’s inside alone, will only make this moment more difficult.
Resting my head against the back seat that smells of stale cigarettes, I run my hands over my face, as images of tonight replay in my head. I’m totally fucked. Just a few hours with her and she’s imbedded herself inside of me.
The only thing on my agenda tomorrow is getting completely trashed. Hopefully I can find a hot willing chick I can use to fuck Brittan out of my system. If that doesn’t work, I know one thing…it’s going to be a long ass six months.
Do you ever pick a book to review on a day that your feeling off? Well, that was me with this book. For me anything war is to much to take. I can't handle the realness of it. I've watched a few movies and they crush me EVERY TIME. Crush me, consume me and stay in my head for way too long. Well, I think the day I said yes to this book I wasn't thinking. Once I started the Prologue my first thought was, I think I will like this. Normally it's the male in the book who's all messed up with drugs, alcohol and just a mess. In this case it's the female. Then I realized that my heart was going to be crushed real soon and my anxiety kicked in. All I thought was... well shit here I go!
Cane and Brittan meet at the beach one Forth of July right at the finale of the fireworks show. They had never seen each other at school before that day but now they are inseparable. Cane is now a senior and Brittan a freshman in high school. Cane is headed to college on a full ride scholarship for Basketball. It's his dream to play professional basketball one day. Brittan is afraid that the distance is going to hurt them but it doesn't, it makes them stronger. Everything is moving fine and then September 11th happens. Just reading about this brought tears to my eyes. Such a horrible day that all Americans will remember and will make our hearts hurt. Like a lot of men and woman after this attack, Cane decides to drop out of college and enlist in the Army. He wants justice for the terrorist attacks.
Oh where do I go from here? Since its not spoiler I will just get on with it. Cane is sent on his 2nd tour in Iraq just months after coming home to his family and friends and is killed there. Brittan is a mess, her fiance, the love of her life is gone. Cane had written Brittan a letter in case something happened to him expressing his wishes for her to do what she loves, and find love again. (THIS LETTER HAD ME IN TEARS, I'm not one to normally cry during a book but ugh it made me want to stop reading... I didn't though). Brittan honors one part of Cane's request... she takes the local band she is lead singer for, Beyond Redemption, and heads to California to try to make it big. Beyond Redemption does make it big, and sucks Brittan into a life of sex, drugs and rock and roll. This is the only way she can function without Cane in her life.
The book takes us through Brittan & Cane growing up, losing Cane, and Brittan getting help after she overdoses and her best friend Roxie makes her go to rehab. Brittan goes to rehab and since shes been out, she has been doing pretty good. She gets the urges to use but thinks of Cane and wanting him to be proud of her so she pushes the urges aside. Brittan meets Jordan Valentine on the dance floor of a club and shares a HOT dance with him. Brittan doesn't mix business with pleasure, but what she doesn't know is Jordan happens to be part of the band Tempting Tomorrow going out on tour with her. Jordan is a sexy, tattooed, cocky guitarist who can have any woman he wants. After his ex-girlfriend cheated on him Jordan has just been having fun not wanting to settle down.
Jordan and Brittan have an instant connection and you just know there is good things ahead for Brittan! I LOVED reading how these two grew from friends, to a little bit more to having it all. Knowing what Brittan went through, Jordan doesn't try to take Cane's place and just hopes she can add him into her heart along with Cane. <~~ Absolutely perfect! Jordan and Brittan's story is emotional, steamy and all around beautiful! Oh and Danielle....I will never be able to keep a straight face on Easter again!
Amazon Bestselling Author and a mother of 3 wonderful kids. Madison 10 Bailey 6 and Finn 2. I run a successful online boutique, Bailey Booper’s Boutique; many of my items featured on Teen Mom 2.
I live in a small town in NY with my husband of 11 years, enjoying my happily ever after. My perfect day is spending time at the beach, I love the Ocean. I’m an outdoorsy type of girl; every chance I get I’m outside walking or running around with my kids.
I have been writing for as long as I can remember but I finally decide to peruse my dreams of sharing my stories with the world when I published my first Novel Irresistible Desire back in March 2013.