Design of a Lifetime

Ellora’s Cave ♦ July 5, 2006
ISBN eBook: 1-4199-0659-3
Genre: Contemporary ♦ Interracial

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Also available in Print: MAKE IT LAST
Ellora’s Cave ♦ August 1, 2007
ISBN-10: 141995637X ♦ ISBN-13: 978-1419956379

Karina Woodson works long and hard to make her web-design business, Design of a Lifetime, a success. So much so that she’s totally neglected her nonexistent love life. When her best friend tells her she needs to loosen up and expand her horizons, Karina takes her suggestion to heart. A one-night stand with a sexy, blue-eyed, stranger turns into an erotic adventure beyond her wildest imagination.

Karina wonders if she’s just made the stupidest mistake of her life or if there can be something more between them than one night of out-of-this-world, erotic pleasure.

When Cooper Tolson meets the sexy, slightly frumpy Karina, there’s just something about the sway of her full hips and her off-the-wall sense of humor that captures his attention—along with his libido. What he doesn’t count on is the effect their night of pleasure will have on him. He’s unable to get the pretty, full-figured designer out of his mind and he sets out on a course to convince her that their night of pleasure can be something more.

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Design of a Lifetime

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Karina looked up from placing the packages in the bag, to see Cooper’s eyes trained straight on her lips.

Oh Lord.

Please don’t let me do something stupid, please don’t let me do something stupid, please don’t let me do something stupid, she chanted over and over in her head. But it’d been sooo long. And he looked sooo good.

And he’s looking at me like I’m a big bowl of gravy and he wants to sop me up with a biscuit, she thought. She almost laughed out loud at her own silliness, despite the ache in her heart.

She was tired of being alone. And she was going to do something totally unlike anything she’d ever done in her life.

She took a deep breath, and leaned across the counter. Standing on tip toes, she pulled Cooper’s face down to level with hers, and kissed him with everything she had inside her lonely heart.

After a shocked moment of disbelief, he hauled her across the counter and covered her lips with his. He grabbed both sides of her head as he kissed and kissed her, taking her full lips betweens his and licking inside the rim, before raking his tongue across in a full sensuous lick.

He lifted his head, his breathing heavy. He nudged her thighs apart and centered himself between her jean-clad legs. “Oh my God. You taste better than I imagined you would,” he said huskily, before he grabbed the back of her head with one hand, and the other went to her butt and pulled her to the edge of the counter, grinding her softly against the hard, thick ridge behind his zipper.

He leaned down to kiss her again, when they both heard the loud knock on the door.

“Oh Lord! That’s probably the night security,” Karina cried, glancing at the wall clock.

She nearly fell to the floor as she pushed herself away from the counter, and Cooper’s arms. When he tried to help steady her, she brushed his hands to the side, swayed a little on her feet, and went to answer the door.

“Hi Walt!” She said, tottering on her feet, feeling a bit drunk, and crazy as hell.

“Hey Karina. Just doing rounds, and wanted to make sure everything was okay. The door was locked, and I didn’t know if you all had finished for the night,” the guard told her, looking at her as though she’d grown horns. She must look as crazy as she felt.

“Oh yeah, well, I…um…have some work to do in the backroom and didn’t want the door left unlocked in case someone wandered in. We’re closed,” she rambled. She hated when she did that. She felt all of ten years old when she did.

“That’s fine Karina. Well, if you need anything, you know how to contact me,” he said, while doing everything in his power to see what was behind her as she blocked the doorway.

“I will Walt, I mean, I do,” she said, and gently closed the door and relocked it. She took a second to compose herself before she turned around to face Cooper.

“Everything okay? Are you alright?” He asked in his deep, sexy, ‘let me take you there’, voice.

He leaned against the counter. Concern was etched deeply into his deep-set, blue eyes. Karina had the feeling that, despite his obvious…excitement, witnessed from the larger than life hard-on pressing against the heavy material of his jeans, Cooper had put his own needs secondary to her comfort.

For some unknown reason, this made her want to cry. As she thought about everything going on in her life, the tears started to flow. The minute she started crying, he was there, wrapping his arms around her and soothing her.

This man who didn’t know her from a can of paint was putting her needs first. As he hugged her, she reached up and wrapped her arms around his neck and held on for dear life. He was simply extending emotional support, one human being to another without having to know what had made her cry.

This was something she hadn’t experienced in a while, this selflessness from a man. It propelled her to make an instant, ‘probably wake up in the morning and feel like a ho, but what the hell’, decision. She was going to sex him up as though her life depended on it.

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Cooper resigned himself to not getting any. Damn. He didn’t know the last time he was so hard. It had been a while since he’d had sex. His dick was so hard he felt like he could slay dragons with the damn thing. He didn’t want to slay a fucking dragon, he wanted to fuck the damsel.

But then his eyes met Karina’s.

She was so sweet. And this was obviously something she didn’t do. While one part of him really wanted to have sex with her, the other part knew she was special. He didn’t know why he felt like this, he had never felt this way before. But she was special. When she looked up at him, tears glistening in her big brown eyes he felt like he’d been punched right in the gut.

He quickly adjusted his pants and walked over to her and gathered her small body close to his. “It’s okay, Karina. We don’t have to do anything, baby. Everything will be okay,” he said, rubbing his hands over her thick sable dreads, loving the soft texture against his hands.

He titled her head up and looked into her eyes. “Listen, I got a little carried away. We can take this slow okay? We don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do.” He couldn’t resist the temptation of her pretty, full lips. He leaned down and captured the tear that had fallen and rested just at the corner of her mouth.

He snaked out his tongue to lick the tear away, before he opened his mouth the slightest bit and pulled her lips into his.

She tightened her arms around him even more, as she totally gave in to his kiss. He slanted her head for a better angle, pulled her tight against his body and sucked and pulled at her lips. He deepened the kiss, his tongue plunging inside her mouth, looking for hers.

She tasted so damn good.

He licked and sucked her plump bottom lip, the lushness corresponding with her full round ass that he was caressing and pushing closer to his cock.

When her hands tangled in the short hairs at the back of his neck, he lifted her and turned to walk with his small bundle the short distance to the counter. She looked up at him with those soulful eyes of hers, her look questioning but trusting as she gripped his arms for support.

Her hair was wild and all over her head from his hands and his cock grew harder as he took in the picture she presented to him, all messed up and ready.

“Do you want me, Karina?”

He’d been fully prepared to leave her alone, not try anything further. But the way she’d looked at him and the way she’d given herself to his kisses made all chivalrous thoughts fly out the window.

There was no way he was walking away from this. He spread her legs farther apart as he stationed himself between her jean-covered thighs. But as hard as he was and as badly as he wanted to just do her, he waited for her response.

“Yes,” she breathed. Her breasts rose and fell heavily behind her sweater.

Without waiting further, Cooper reached out and lifted her sweater over her head and tossed it on the floor. Beneath the sweater she was wearing a silky little red thing that he was afraid he’d tear.

Damn, she looked good.

His hungry gaze traveled over her. Her breasts were larger than he thought, the tops cresting over the sexy top of the camisole. He reached out with a shaky hand and lightly caressed the exposed skin of her breasts. She was soft and silky to his touch, and he had to close his eyes from the excitement coursing through him.

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“Can we take these off?” He asked her, his big hands resting at the top band of her jeans. Karina was so tongue-tied she could only nod her head. She couldn’t believe what she was doing. She’d never felt so bold before. And she had never felt so free.

After she nodded her head, she lifted her bottom from the counter to help him as he eased her jeans down her thighs. When they reached her ankles, she stopped and looked down at her feet. Her white furry snow boots had impeded progress.

“Momentary bump in the road,” he said with a small husky laugh. His light comment put her at ease.

He then unzipped the side of her boots and took them off her feet and tossed them to the side. After pulling off the boots, she waited for him to return. But instead, he lifted her foot and took off her socks and tossed them to the side, also.

With a groan, Karina wished to heaven she’d worn a nice pair of trouser socks, instead of the thick gray ones she’d chosen. But granny socks were a lot more effective keeping little toes warm. All thoughts of granny socks vanished when his strong fingers lightly messaged her feet.

“Umm,” she moaned. “That feels good.” She glanced down to see the dimple appear in his cheek and seconds later, he’d taken her big toe into his mouth and she damn near came on the spot.

“Oh my God, that feels good,” she panted. She’d never had her toes sucked. He took each one into his mouth and carefully licked and laved them, making sounds in his throat as though he was eating Godiva chocolate.

Damn. Hell. Shit.

She almost cried out loud when he gave her pinky toe a final lick and eased up her body. “If your toes taste that good, then I can’t wait to taste the rest of you,” he said with a wicked gleam in his deep blue eyes.

The way his intense look of lust mixed with something she couldn’t name, traveled over her exposed body forced Karina to close her eyes, barely able to contain her excitement.

He spread her legs further apart and gently placed them over his shoulders before he leaned down to the juncture of her thighs. He moved her soft silky panties to the side and lightly brushed his fingertips over her mound. She didn’t even try to stifle her moan.

Without warning, she felt his tongue stroke her aching mound with a slow heated lick. She arched her back in automatic response and covered her mouth with the pad of her hand to stop her scream. With a toothy grin, he licked her from the back of her kat to the tip of her clit and Karina reached down and grabbed both sides of his head.

Not to pull him away… but to keep him right where he was.