Unlikley Venture by Kristen Luciani</ a> The Venture Series Publication Date: November 10, 2014 Genres: Contemporary, Romance
After learning Jessica's been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, her fiancé bolted out of her life as if he was on fire. She finds solace in her career--no distractions or romantic entanglements there!But the universe has its own agenda. Three thousand miles away from home and in the most unlikely of circumstances, Jessica meets Silicon Valley rising star James Callahan and her world is instantly turned upside down. Things go further awry when she encounters a ghost from the past. That one night of reckless abandon is back to haunt her and the control she fought so hard to regain is now in the hands of another. Plagued by betrayal and guilt over his dad’s untimely death, James left Cambridge in search of a new beginning. With laser-focus, he built a cutting edge technology company now on the brink of financial success. Romance is the last thing on his mind...until he meets Jessica. Fate brought them together, awakening their dormant emotions. But Jessica’s scandalous secret consumes her and threatens the very happiness she feared she’d never find with another man. Can James handle the truth about her past? Or did she pick the wrong guy yet again?
“Life’s too short. I get it now, after all this time. I’ve done a lot of soul-searching
lately and I don’t want to miss out on living anymore. I want to enjoy as much as I
can without having to be bogged down with worries. You never know when your
time’s up.” He snapped his fingers. “It can happen just like that.”
“You’re right, the small stuff really isn’t that important.” She hesitated, not knowing
what to say next.
He stroked her hand. “I decided I’d rather take a chance on something ... or someone
... then wonder if things might have been different if I wasn’t afraid to try.”
Jessica’s heart pounded as he stared at her. She saw the hope alive in his eyes. He
says that now. But will he still feel that strongly once he finds out I’m sick? Will he still
want me then? I don’t want to find out, it’s better if we keep this light. But she couldn’t
ignore the unmistakable connection between them. It was almost strong enough to
trump her fears and insecurities, at least for the short-term.
another awesome excerpt:
This was it. There was no turning back. Once we do this, everything changes ... but
it feels so right with him. How did I go so long without this? I’ve never experienced
anything like it before. Maybe I’ve never really been in love. Oh my God, am I now? Is it
Jessica fumbled with his belt buckle for what seemed like hours. It was dark and
she couldn’t see well. Argh, why do they have to be button fly? She cringed and bit
her lip. Pain shot through her finger as a corner of her nail tore off. Dammit! I’m
really trying hard to be seductive here! Why am I so spastic? He’s going to think I’m a
complete amateur! Squeezing her injured finger, she freed the last button without
incident. Finally! She slid off his pants then reached into his boxer briefs, eager to
find out what was waiting for her. A gasp escaped her lips before she could stop it.
Irish curse? Um, that would be a big, fat swollen no. She wrapped her fingers around
him, her pulse racing with delight. Oh. My. God.
“What’s wrong?” He looked down at her.
She grinned. “Absolutely nothing. Now kiss me.”