Title: Rules of Engagement
A Platonically Complicated Novel
Author: Mika Jolie
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 25, 2019
Rule #1: Donât fall in love.
As a single dad, my life revolves around my daughter. No complaintsâ¦until my ex-wife forces my hand over custody.
I needed a cover story. In steps Katharine Morello. My best friendâs sister is ready and willing to be my fake fiancÃ©e.
Overnight weâre engaged. A temporary arrangement.
No strings attached.
Not quite. The last few months, Iâve been doing dirty things to her in my imagination. But thatâs all theyâll ever be. Fantasies.
Rule #2: Donât give in to temptation.
Neither of us is looking for a relationship. Been there. Done that. Even drank the Kool-Aid.
So, you see, I can resist beautiful, sexy Katharine. It doesnât matter sheâs hot as f*ck with an amazing personality to boot. All I have to do is NOT touch her.
Iâve got this.
Spoiler Alertâ¦One night make-believe merges with reality. Sparks flyâand burn.
Now I want her. All of her.
Rule #3: See rule #1âdonât fall in love.
Man. Hindsightâs a bitch.
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She moves into my space and tilts her head up, her eyes light and mischievous. âKiss me, Lucas.â
The breath leaves my lungs in one gigantic swoosh. âAre you sure?â
âLetâs give them a show.â
Iâm about to kiss Kate.
This time, Iâm prepared.
Clasping my hands on either side of her face, I angle my head slightly. Thereâs a pause. A suspended moment where our eyes meet. The swirl of emotions I see thereâapprehension, lust, desireâmakes my heart trip.
We exchange breath. And then finally, my mouth dips to hers.
I try to remind myself weâre pretending, to stay calm, and in control.
My mouth is firm against hers. Her lips are sugar plum sweet and silky soft. The kiss remains gentle, slow. We hold it for a few seconds before our lips begin to move in perfect sync, slowly, cautiously.
Curiosity nudges for more. I move my hand from her cheek to the back of her head, my fingers tangling in her hair, holding her lips to mine, silently asking for permission. To my delight, a needy little moan echoes from her mouth to mine. She wraps her arms around my neck and parts her lips in gentle invitation.
And our tongues hungrily say hello.
A stimulating cocktail of endorphins explodes inside me. Sparks fly in every direction, lighting me up like fireworks on the Fourth of July.
Every single nerve explodes with heat.
Iâm fired up. Turned on.
From somewhere deep in the recesses of my mind, I know this is a cover, that we arenât real, but with Kateâs lips on mine, itâs hard to keep that thought. On a groan, I take all she has to give and deepen the kiss, forging ahead with no regrets. No reservations.
Many tales have been written about the Big Apple. But thereâs nothing like kissing the woman youâve been thinking about for what feels like forever in the middle of Manhattan.
The chaos from the street fades. The worries of the day evaporate like a summer shower falling onto a hot car, all noise instantly muting. The click-clack of heels rushes by us. We donât hear them. People brush against us. We donât feel them.
We are locked in the present, kissing each other as equal partners in passion, fucking each other with our mouths like weâre drowning and we are each otherâs air, as if our lips were created for this sole purpose.
Talk about heaven on earth.
This kiss is easily the hottest, most erotic kiss of my life.
My pulse patters faster and faster. The heat pouring into my veins as if pumped in through a hypodermic needle has nothing to do with todayâs summerlike temperature but with desire.
I move one arm low around her back, drawing her closer, letting her feel every inch of me, how much she affects me. And we kiss and kiss and kiss.
Mika Jolie lives in New Jersey with her Happy Chaosâher husband and their energizer bunnies. Sheâs a lover of words, wonder, an old-fashioned, and the whimsical delights of everyday living. When sheâs not writing swoon-worthy, sexy relatable romance, you can find her on a hiking adventure, beachinâ it at the Jersey shore, apple, blueberry picking, or whatever her three men can conjure up.
She loves to hear from readers. Connect with Mika on BookBub, her reader group Mika Jolieâs Wildflowers, Facebook, Amazon, Instagram, Goodreads, and BookandMainBites
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