Thursday, January 28, 2016

Read an excerpt from this beautiful story called Seduction by @AuthorLTaylor #atop

 SEDUCTION (Book #1 - Love at the Beach)


“How did you find me?” Maggie asked.
“Peterson. He wasn’t too thrilled about it.”
She flinched visibly.  “The head of Diplomatic Security at State? A truly sensitive and compassionate man.”
He did not acknowledge her sarcasm.  He knew Peterson to be a single-minded, exceedingly zealous bureaucrat.  Nothing further needed to be said about him, but Noah had had plenty to say to him in recent weeks.  He and his people had violated the laws of decency and the land, not to mention Maggie’s civil rights, State Department employee or not.
“I’m surprised you bothered.  Knowing me certainly won’t enhance your reputation in diplomatic circles.”
“Did you expect all of your friends to abandon you?”
“They did.”  Her voice sounded flat.  “Old news, Noah.  Just like me.”
“Not all of them, Maggie,” he insisted.  “You should be bitter, but the only emotions I hear in your voice are sadness and resignation.”
“Bitterness is a waste of time and energy.” She laughed hollowly.
Noah instinctively began to reach out to her, but he stopped himself.  The restraint he exercised took all of the self-control he possessed.
Pushing open his car door, Noah walked around to her side of the car.  She climbed out, brushed past him, and made her way to the front porch of her small cottage.
Noah followed her, pausing at the foot of the stairs and watching as she dug around in her purse for keys.  He waited while she shoved the key into the lock, and then nudged open the front door.
Turning to face him, she said, “Please don’t come back, Noah, for both of our sakes.”
“Does everyone have to have a motive?”
Her eyes filled with tears.  She jerked a nod in his direction.  “Unfortunately, that’s been my experience.”
Noah swore, the harsh word reflecting the tumult of emotions coursing through him at that moment.  Unable to keep himself away from her any longer, he climbed the stairs and crossed the shallow porch.  He paused beside her, aware that her uneasiness had returned when he saw the apprehension in her eyes.  Reaching past her, he found the switch on the inside wall and extinguished the porch light that glared brightly over their heads.
Noah trusted his instincts in the minutes that followed.  He drew Maggie forward and simply held her, his sole motive to offer comfort.  She stood rigidly at first within the confines of his embrace, reminding him of a slim wedge of granite.  Then she sighed, sagged against him, and trembled with emotion.  He fought the arousal her shapely body provoked, fought it with every bit of inner strength he possessed.
It took several minutes, but he felt some of the tension in her ease as she stood within the circle of his arms.  Sliding her arms around his waist, she rested her cheek against his shoulder.  He savored the woman, the moment, and the fledgling quality of her trust.
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