I’m elated to welcome back my friend Sharon C. Cooper to share an excerpt of her latest release Sin City Temptation.
Former police officer Trinity Layton will do anything to keep her personal security business afloat—even babysit professional poker player Gunner Brooks. Bizarre incidents have been plaguing the poker tour, and Trinity has been hired to keep Gunner safe. But when the gorgeous playboy convinces her to pose as his girlfriend, she might be the one who needs protecting, as their passionate charade quickly becomes all too real.
A gambler in the game of life, Gunner has made his fortune playing for the greatest prizes. The last thing he needs during this tournament is a bodyguard hanging around, especially one as alluring as Trinity. And being together 24/7 just tripled their odds of falling for one another. Now, as Gunner prepares for the championship of his career, he’s playing for the highest stakes of all: Trinity’s heart.
Gunner opened the passenger door of his black BMW Alpina Roadster and waited for her to get in, except Trinity hadn’t move from her spot near the driver’s side door. “What…did you forget something?” he asked.
She held out her hand over the roof of the car. “No, I just need the keys since I’m driving.” She narrowed her eyes at him when he looked at her, confused. “You really don’t know how this works, do you?”
His thick brows knitted together. “How what works?”
She walked around the vehicle and grabbed hold of the door that he was holding open. “I’m your bodyguard, remember? I’m the one who is trained in defensive driving. Normally, I would insist on my clients riding in the back, but since you only have two-door vehicles, I guess I’ll make an exception. Get in.”
Gunner shook his head and chuckled. Until now, he’d had a driver to transport them to and from the casinos because it was more convenient. So this conversation hadn’t come up and actually, he was surprised that it had at all.
He took a step back. “I don’t think so, sweetheart. I’m okay with you driving any of these cars,” he gestured to the other two luxury vehicles in the garage, “but I will not be chauffeured around by a woman.”
He ignored the way she glared at him and removed her hand from the door.
“Trinity, this is not negotiable.” He snaked his arm around her tiny waist and backed her against the car. “Yes, I hired you to be my bodyguard and I appreciate how seriously you take your job, but let’s get a couple of things straight.” He leaned in closer, his thighs touching hers, his hands firmly on her hips. All it would take was for him to move forward an inch, and his lips would be against hers. And if he didn’t think she would slug him, that’s exactly what he would do.
“I’m a man who likes to take the lead, be in control. Besides that, my father would have my head if he knew that I wasn’t being a gentleman at all times. That means opening the doors for you, helping you with your chair, and most importantly, looking out for your well-being.”
“Gunner, why won’t you let me do my job?” she asked softly, the fresh scent of her perfume assaulting his self-control. “Why do you even need me if you’re not going to let me do what you’re paying me to do?”
This might have started as a business deal, but the more time he spent with her, the more time he wanted to spend with her. He caressed her cheek and stared into her eyes, loving how they held a sparkle that no makeup could improve.
“I didn’t survive eighteen years growing up in one of LA’s most dangerous neighborhoods to let a woman take care of me. All I need for you to do is be a second set of eyes for me. Basically, watch my back. Understand?”
She huffed and nudged him aside. “You’re spending an awful lot of money just to have someone to hang out with. Heck, you could have spent half the amount of money and rented a robo-cop from one of the malls.”
He laughed as she climbed into the passenger seat. “Nah, I wanted a professional.”
Award-winning and bestselling author, Sharon C. Cooper, spent 10 years as a sheet metal worker. And while enjoying that unique line of work, she attended college in the evening and obtained her B.A. from Concordia University in Business Management with an emphasis in Communication. Sharon is a romance-a-holic – loving anything that involves romance with a happily-ever-after, whether in books, movies or real life. She writes contemporary romance, as well as romantic suspense and enjoys rainy days, carpet picnics, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. When Sharon is not writing or working, she’s hanging out with her amazing husband, doing volunteer work or reading a good book (a romance of course). To read more about Sharon and her novels, visit www.sharoncooper.net