A KNIGHT IN SHINING LEATHER…
IN YOUR ARMS
For Your Love #2
Releasing Dec 27th, 2016
A KNIGHT IN SHINING LEATHER…
Sean O'Malley has never tried to hide who he is. He shows it in the motorcycle thrumming between the legs of his tight jeans…the shaggy hair that falls in his gorgeous eyes…the wicked gleam in his smile when he asks Emma out for a drink. Sean is a rebel, a bad boy, and a ton of fun: exactly the kind of guy she's sworn off forever.
Emma isn't just the prim kindergarten teacher she appears to be. And somehow Sean can tell. As soon as he pulls up to her overheated car he knows that a fast bike and a cold beer will fix her rotten day better than compliments or a bubble bath. Her straitlaced exterior and her wild heart light him up. But Emma wants to escape her past and settle down—and if her desk jockey dates don't understand where she comes from, at least she doesn't worry about them bringing her back.
One weekend of intense connection can't change the paths Sean and Emma have chosen. But with a little space to be themselves together, maybe the rest of the world can wait...
He took the quickest shower possible and ran his hands through his hair. Back in his bedroom, Emma sat in the same spot on his bed, scrolling through her phone.
“Telling all your Facebook friends about the great guy you met?”
She looked up and around the room. “Who would that be?”
He grabbed his chest. “You wound me.” He keeled over on the mattress.
She poked him with her foot. “Seriously, as great as you are—and compared to some guys I’ve known, you’re ranked near the top—but I don’t do Facebook.”
Sean let her words sink in. She hadn’t talked much about herself last night; neither of them had. Hearing how he compared to her past boyfriends or hookups, or whatever, helped. “Near the top, huh? I’ll have to see what I can do about that.”
“You’re really not on Facebook? I’ve never met a girl who wasn’t.” Hell, most girls couldn’t wait to log on and change their status. They went straight from meeting to “in a relationship” within a night.
She shrugged. “I used to be. Then a couple of years ago, my college adviser pointed out that principals and eventually parents would be looking up my social media.”
“My mom has a habit of posting some inappropriate stuff. Stuff I wouldn’t want my boss to see. Or the parents of my kids.”
“If you’re not on Facebook, what are you doing? Sending out messages for a rescue?” He sincerely hoped not. He didn’t think he’d done anything to warrant a rescue call.
“I was on Pinterest.”
She turned her phone to face him. “It’s a virtual bulletin board. I collect recipes of stuff I want to try. Sometimes books.”
He took the phone and scrolled. “Yeah, shirtless dudes are really recipes. Aren’t you worried about your boss seeing that?”
She reached for her phone, but he pulled it away.
Emma slumped back, not engaging in his game. “I guess you didn’t notice the words ‘secret board’ above that one. No one can see that board or what I have pinned to it except me.”
He handed her the phone. When she took it, he whipped off his shirt.
“Want a picture for your secret board?” He flexed and posed, and Emma doubled over laughing. “What are you saying? That even though I’m better than the losers you know, I can’t compete with your eye candy?”
She laughed harder, and Sean felt like he’d accomplished something. If he got nothing else done for the day, this would be enough. He’d seen her smile, which was pretty great, and she’d snarked at him jokingly, but her laugh was fantastic.
With a hand on her chest, she inhaled deeply. Then she raised her phone. “Hold still.” And she snapped a picture of him.
“Wait. I can do better than a sneak shot.” He crawled closer, straddling her outstretched legs as he did. He lifted an eyebrow. “How about a smolder?”
Another peal of laughter had him joining in and almost falling on top of her. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d laughed so hard with a girl, especially in bed. It was a good feeling. Sean rolled next to her and they caught their breath, sides touching, and even though they were both fully clothed, something sparked between them. God, he loved it when the chemistry was hot.
Even though I had a lot of issues with the heroine of this story, I still loved it. I had to bounce back and forth from liking her to not liking her, but there is always a reason for everything.
Emma is tired of living a life like her floater family. The last thing she wants is to become her mother. She has a record of not always making the right decisions, so she decides to change. Becoming a kindergarten teacher was the best decision she has ever made. Not only does she now have a career she loves, she has stability. With her feet planted and on the path to having a better life, she knows she's missing one important thing, the perfect guy to spend her life with. To marry and have kids with. To round out her changed life. But she soon realizes the perfect guy she's looking for, isn't the perfect guy for her. Stranded on side the highway, she is rescued by one hot mechanic on a motorcycle. They hit it off almost instantly. Their easy banter back and forth, leads them to become friends. Maybe a little more than friends. But Emma knows, Sean isn't who she can spend her life with.
Instantly draw to Emma, Sean wants nothing more to have fun with her. She's gorgeous after all. Sean lives his life, never taking anything to seriously. Life is always more fun, than work. He is looking for everything opposite of what Emma is looking for, so he strikes up a deal with her. Little does he know, that deal will be the game changer. For everything! For the first time in his life, he's brought to his knees, and is questioning everything about how he lives and what he wants out of his future.
Sean looks like a bad boy, but he is unlike your typical bad boy. Which I loved. He's a bad boy with morals. Him and his family are super awesome. If they were real, they are a group of people I would definitely want to be friends with. I definitely wouldn't mind Sean being my mechanic or asking me to ride on the back of his bike. ;)
Emma. Lawd, lawd, Emma. I'm not gonna lie, I had a hard time liking her most of time time. Which is weird because I normally have a hard time like the a-holes in stories like this. I guess it was more to do with her way of thinking and not her perse. I kinda understood her, but then times I thought she was looking into things a little too much. She made certain things, into more of a deal than they actually were. My heart hurt for her at times, because she couldn't just enjoy life. She was too caught up in her straight and narrow way of thinking.
I still really loved the story. As always, I didn't want it to end. But I can't wait to meet more of the O'Malley family. They are definitely an interesting bunch. :)
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Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series, contemporary romances centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends finding love. Her new series (For Your Love) will release this summer with the first title Under Your Skin. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.