Mar 12, 2017

Sunday Smooch with Stefanie London

Welcome to another LoveCats DownUnder Sunday Smooch!

Today we have a smooch from  Stefanie London but first 

... the winner of last week's Sunday Smooch Giveaway is Laura Russell.

Laura, can you please contact melaniemilburne (at) gmail (dot) com
to receive your copy of The Temporary Mrs Marchetti .

And now for today's Sunday Smooch from Stefanie London

Taken by the CEO (book #1 in The Scandalous Wentworths series)

Her first one-night stand…and her new boss.

It was only supposed to be a little white lie. When Emmaline Greene pretends to be Sarah, the confident, sexy woman she wishes she could be, she figures no harm, no foul. Her one-night stand will never find out. Wrong. The gorgeous guy she slept with isn’t just amazing in bed…he’s also her new boss.

Parker Wentworth has just been appointed CEO of his family’s company and is tasked with repairing its scandalous reputation. He can’t afford any distractions. So why can’t he forget the incredible night they spent together and move on?

Set up: Parker and Emmaline have been trying to keep their hands to themselves in the office, but the memory of their one night together is getting the better of them.
Parker leaned forward and pressed the button on his intercom. “Mercy? I’ll be in here with Miss Greene for the next hour at least. No need for you and the team to stay.”

There was something wolf-like in the way Parker ordered the office to be emptied. Something predatory and hungry. It made the sweet spot between her legs ache for him. Mercy’s response came through the speaker, and the bang of drawers closing sounded on the other side of the wall a moment later. Parker stood statue-still as the women’s voices faded. They were alone.

Emmaline swallowed, her pulse uttering with anticipation. “That was kind of you to send them all home.”

“Kind?” His lips lifted, a wicked smile appearing and sending her mind into a spin. “It was downright selfish. How else am I going to tempt you into making bad decisions unless we’re alone?”

“Didn’t I say that I wasn’t interested?”

His confidence annoyed her. Never mind that his words were whipping her into a frenzy. How was it possible that the one thing she kept telling herself to avoid was the very thing that got her heart racing like a thoroughbred? His assumptions should have been a turnoff. But they were the total opposite.

“You did.” His hands came to the silk knotted at his neck. “But then you walked into my office wearing those shoes.”

Emmaline shifted her weight. “I like pretty shoes.”

“I like them, too.” He pulled the tie loose.

“What if I didn’t wear them for you?” Her mouth was suddenly dry as thunderclouds passed over his face, but the urge to bait him tugged at her. She would never have spoken to her ex like this, would never have needled at him to chase her, to hunt her. “I might have a hot date after we finish up.”

Satisfaction coiled inside her as he stalked across the office, tie in hand. Two could play at his game.

“You won’t have a date,” he said.

“And why is that?” she asked, folding her arms across her chest. She wanted him, there was no doubt about that, but that didn’t mean she’d let him push her around and tell her what she could and couldn’t do.

No one controls you anymore.

“Because you won’t be able to walk properly after we’re finished.” He was in front of her, trapping her between his broad chest and the expensive office door. She couldn’t take her eyes off the tie, that red—so rich and bold, like blood. “You’re not leaving this office until your knees have given out.”

“Then how will I leave if I can’t walk?” she asked tartly, because that was the only way she could respond without melting at his feet.

“I’ll throw you over my shoulder if I have to.”

There was something seriously wrong with her. This caveman talk should have red off every warning signal in her body. It should have made her recoil, reconsider her desires. It should have made her want to kick off those ridiculous heels and run out of his office as fast as she could.

But it didn’t.

“You’re bossy, aren’t you?” Her voice totally gave away how aroused she was...traitorous thing.

“Bossy?” A low chuckle rumbled from within him. “It’s been a while since someone called me that.”

She shrugged. “To your face, anyway.”

He lifted the tie up and placed it over her eyes, reaching around to knot it gently behind her head. “You can leave when I’ve had my fill.”

Her breath hitched as her heart tried to punch its way out of her chest. For a moment, there was nothing. No sound, no scent, nothing but the blackness behind her closed eyelids. God, she wanted this so much. She wanted him.

There was something seriously wrong with her. This caveman talk should have red off every warning signal in her body. It should have made her recoil, reconsider her desires. It should have made her want to kick off those ridiculous heels and run out of his office as fast as she could.

But it didn’t.

“Then hurry up,” she said, feeling bolder and braver in her safe, sightless cocoon. “I haven’t got all night.”

His warm breath skated over her cheek as his lips brushed her ear. “You’ll stay here until I’ve given you what you want. What you crave.”

His lips met hers, gentle at first but then as she opened to him, he thrust his tongue into her mouth and kissed her senseless. His hand was at her thighs, easing them apart. Sagging, her palms flattened against the wood, fingers splayed wide as if that would save her from dissolving under his kiss.

I hope you enjoyed this smooch! 

To go into the running to win a digital copy of Taken by the CEO, just leave a comment below letting me know your all-time favourite office romance couple - it can be from a book, TV or movie.

Stay tuned next week for another smooch.


  1. Remington Steele tv show - with Pierce Brosnan and Stephanie Zimbalist. Every week there was a mystery to solve, but the romantic hijinks were even more captivating (and who could say no to Pierce Brosnan???).

  2. Hi Stefanie
    Oh I started this one last night and I am sure it is going to be my favourite office romance story :) loving this one so good from page 1 and the chemistry between them is fab and I have been laughing and smiling woohoo

    Have Fun

    1. Aww thanks Helen! They're good fun together :D

  3. Hi Stefanie,
    Ooo! Great smooch. I love office romances and this one sounds like a fabulous one. You always do such a great job of luring the reader in.

  4. Ooh, scorching smooch, Stefanie!

    I love a good office romance. His Girl Friday was a great movie (with Cary Grant *swoon*). Moonlighting with Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd was fun back in the day too. :-) I'm looking forward to seeing what other people recommend! :-)

    1. Office romances are just so much fun, aren't they?

  5. Oooh, I love this! Such a hot smooch. I'm in a major West Wing re-watching phase so I'm going to have to say Josh Lyman and Donna Moss. So sexy! They 'will they or won't they'd their whole way through the show and their first kiss was so good!

    1. Thanks Clare! I really need to watch West Wing, I've heard so many good things about it.

  6. Great smooch Stefanie. I love the movie office romance of Jerry Maguire. Lots of great characters, and I love the iconic scene when Dorothy says "You had me at hello."

  7. I liked Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant in 2 Weeks Notice.... her proper lawyery self has to get the somewhat juvenile billionaire boss to grow up into a man. Plus, Hugh Grant is pretty easy to look at!

    1. He's very handsome, I agree! I love Sandra Bullock too :)

  8. Stef, what a red hot smooch! My instant thought for an office romance was Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant in 'His Girl Friday' (snap, Michelle!). Even though it's an old film the snappy dialogue and great pace and humour are still fun.

    1. Okay, I definitely have to watch that movie now! :D

  9. I love office romance reads i find them intriqing interesting and love all the devious back stabbing

    1. They always seems to have some devious elements, don't they? I love that bit too :)

  10. Just a heads up have this pre-ordered ;) Office romances...hmm, Moonlighting, Remington Steele, Two week notice, yep there are some great office romances out there. Great smooch and can't wait to get my hands on this one :D Well done Stefanie and keep it up!

  11. as a romance reader of many years it is too difficult to name a couple who stands out ------LynW

  12. I'm a bit late in my reply, however... that's a hard question to answer. This story rates up there, but it could be argued a couple of the Dangerous Bachelors books include a bit of office romance.
    It's actually been a while since I've read office romances (possibly because I haven't been reading many Desire titles)