I’m excited to have my dear friend, Delaney Diamond stop by to share an excerpt from her latest release, For Better or Worse which is the fourth and final book in the Hawthorne Family Series. Happy reading!
Will her actions save her marriage or destroy it?
As a publicist for professional athletes, Antonio Vega is used to solving problems and spinning stories to the benefit of his clients. Yet he can’t seem to convince his wife that he has been and always will be faithful, and her lack of trust tests the limits of his patience.
Cassidy Hawthorne-Vega grew up in a home rocked by infidelity. When she suspects her husband is hiding something from her, she takes drastic steps to uncover the truth. Her actions result in a confrontation that threatens the bond of their marriage. It’s only when she reveals a painful secret from the past that Cassidy learns to accept the love her husband freely gives.
Cassidy watched him in the mirror.
“What?” He put toothpaste on his brush and started brushing his teeth.
“I was thinking . . . maybe we could go out one night. We haven’t gone out in a while.”
Antonio spit into the sink. “What do you want to do?”
“I don’t know.” She sidled up to him and slipped her arms around his waist. His skin felt warm and smooth. She rubbed a hand lingeringly over his bare chest. “Earlier this week, Janice asked me to go out with her, but I’d much rather go out with you—dinner or dancing or something.”
“I’d much rather you go out with me, too,” Antonio said, his voice garbled because of the toothbrush. He finished up and turned off the water. “Especially if the alternative is Janice. She’s single.”
“What’s that supposed to mean?”
“Single girlfriends often give bad advice.”
“You’ve only met her a couple of times.”
“And almost every time she opens her mouth, she’s male bashing. She’s a bad influence.”
“Don’t be silly. She’s not a bad influence.”
“I don’t care for her. Anyway, the point is, I don’t spend time with my single male friends in the same environments I used to before we got married. I don’t want to get into trouble with my jealous wife.”
“I’m jealous?” Cassidy huffed, placing her hand on her hip. She knew she was but didn’t like being called on it. “What about you? The last time we played the pickup game, you got into a fight.” Antonio seldom lost his temper, but that night, his anger had exploded in an uncharacteristic way.
To spice up their relationship, they’d played a game a few times where they went out and pretended to be strangers, and she let Antonio pick her up. She had a collection of wigs she used to change her look from time to time, but they’d served the dual purpose of spicing up their sex life by allowing her to become different characters as part of the game.
“First of all,” Antonio said, “he shouldn’t have put his hands on you.”
“He didn’t know we were together.”
“When I told him we were, that should have been the end of it. Anyway, the reason I hit him is because he called you out your name when we started walking away. I couldn’t allow that.”
Cassidy preened with pleasure and rubbed his back. “Thank you, baby, for defending my honor.”
Antonio’s thoughtful gaze scoured her face. “What have we here?”
“You’re horny, aren’t you?”
Cassidy playfully sighed. “I can be affectionate without wanting to jump your bones, Antonio.”
“No, the way you’re rubbing on me this morning . . . I think you want some more loving.” A lazy smile lifted the corner of his mouth, and he reached around to cup her bottom in his big hands. “I didn’t give you enough last night?”
Cassidy laughed and pushed against his chest, feeling the insistent prodding of the appendage between his legs against her stomach. He’d gone from flaccid to hard in seconds. “You know good and well we don’t have time for this.”
Antonio bent his head to her ear and drew her closer. “It won’t take long, I promise,” he said in that low, sexy voice of his. His warm breath wafted against her sensitive ear and neck, making her insides quiver with longing. “I’m already hard. I’ll just lift your skirt like this . . .”
She shoved away his hand. “If you wrinkle my skirt, I’ll—”
Her tirade broke off when the other hand popped the button at the back and started to lower the zipper. She’d forgotten how fast her husband moved. She swatted away his hand and took several steps out of reach. With trembling fingers, she refastened her clothes. It was difficult to keep her frown in place because she did want to stay and make love, but she had to go to work.
“You’re the one who’s horny, and I’m leaving.”
“So you’re just going to leave me here like this—in this condition?”
Antonio spread his arms wide. Tufts of curly hair stood out at odd angles on his head, making him look adorably sexy. He stood there in his birthday suit with a shadow of a beard on his face, a mischievous grin, and his erection pointing toward the ceiling. She almost wanted to take a picture because he looked so gorgeous. Moments like this made her realize that her silly overreacting created unnecessary friction between them.
“I didn’t do that,” she said.
“Well, I sure didn’t do it.”
She giggled and hurried from the bathroom before he came after her.
“I’m gonna make you pay for this. You know that, don’t you?” he called out.
Cassidy smiled, picking up her satchel and phone.
She hoped so.
I hope so too. I think I could’ve been a little late to work with a huge smile on my face. LOL! To read the rest of the Cassidy and Antonio’s love story, check out the buy links below.
NOTE: The Blind Date is a serial interracial romance Delaney has running on her blog right now. Every Friday she posts a new episode of one or two chapters. You can read the first episode here.
Delaney Diamond writes sweet and sensual romance novels with multicultural characters. When she’s not busy reading or writing, she’s in the kitchen trying out new recipes, dining at one of her favorite restaurants, or traveling to an interesting locale. You can enjoy free reads and the first chapter of all her novels on her website.