Sweet Saturday Sample–1/14 Almost Perfect

Happy New Year to all the Sweet Saturday Samplers if I haven’t seen you since before Christmas.  Welcome back!

I’m continuing the new year with more Almost Perfect, released just before Christmas.

It’s an erotic contemporary, but this sample is, of course, PG-13 at most.  Pam and Roger have just spent the afternoon skinny dipping and are now headed to Roger’s end of the island where he’s invited her to dinner.  The only catch–his date may have already shown up.  Hope you enjoy!

She stared ahead and kept walking. “How interesting if they’ve dropped off your date while you were skinny dipping with me. That will make for charming dinner conversation.”

“Then we’ll just have to make it a ménage à trois—” He held up a hand to stem her protest. “Á la The Emcee in Cabaret.” Amazingly he broke into the song, Two Ladies.

She laughed until tears dripped down her cheeks, not just at the comical expressions on his face, but at the absurdity of the whole situation. After she’d calmed down, she nodded. “If that’s the case, then yes, a ménage would work. You do know, of course, the Emcee in Cabaret was gay?”

He rolled his eyes. “Details, details.”

“At least you know what a ménage à trois is. I’d have bet against that two years ago.”

She caught her breath at the way his eyes smoldered in the waning light, pierced and held hers. “A lot has changed in those two years, Pam.” The deep baritone acquired a dangerous undertone. The hairs on her arms sprang to attention. She rubbed them, trying to dispel the shivers rippling through her.

He had changed, no doubt about that. Roger never made her feel on edge, uncertain of what he would do next. The man beside her suddenly seemed a stranger. What had he done since the divorce? She’d tried not to think about him that whole time, but she couldn’t help it now.

They rounded the curve at the end of the beach and her stomach lurched. What if there was another woman at his campsite? A tall, cool blonde with big blue eyes and a size 36 D bra. Every man’s fantasy. Not an average woman with mousy brown hair—even when it was cut short and chic—and ordinary brown eyes with an ordinary figure to match. She slowed her steps, lagging behind him. If the other woman was there, Pam would get the hell out before she embarrassed herself.

A tropical green canopy, strung with twinkling lights and set above the high tide line on the narrowed end of the beach, gave the site a festive air. Underneath, she saw a table covered by swaths of brightly colored cloth, set with china and crystal winking in the last rays of sunlight. Two chairs were pulled up side-by-side, much cozier than staring across a table all night. What she didn’t see was another woman. Looked like Roger’s fantasy would be as big a bust as hers.

Hope you enjoyed my sample!  I’ll be back next week as well.

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I’m also blogging over at Daily Dose of Decadence today on island paradises, the setting for Almost Perfect.

Now that’s a fantasy come true for those of us enduring a cold January!  Thanks for stopping by.

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13 Responses to Sweet Saturday Sample–1/14 Almost Perfect

  1. Lisa Kumar says:

    Great excerpt–character, setting, etc.! Now I wonder just what Roger has been learning in their two years apart!


  2. Carrie-Anne says:

    Great sample. I love the descriptive language.


  3. Sherry Gloag says:

    Am loving your excerpts, thank you.


  4. Lindsay says:

    Again another great scene from the book.


  5. Sue says:

    Sounds like the two years apart was good for both. Sounds like they are going to get back together. Sounds like maybe more conflict is to come 😀


  6. You’ve created a beautiful, romantic setting. (Great photo.) I love Pam’s internal dialogue, especially comparing herself to “every man’s fantasy.” Good story.


  7. Wonderful writing, Jenna! This is a seductively sweet sample of a truly hot story.


  8. Brenda says:

    Absolutely loved you sample. I seriously can hardly wait to read this story!!!


  9. D'Ann Linscott-Dunham says:

    Great teaser. I think I’ve almost read the whole book now, but must have my own copy!!!


  10. This is such a wonderful story.


  11. Jennifer Lowery~Author says:

    I love this story too, Jenna! Your paradise sounds awesome! I’ll have to visit in your book 🙂


  12. jennajaxon says:

    You are so sweet! Thanks for the kudos, Lia. 🙂


  13. Lia Davis says:

    I love this story! It’s definitely a good reread. 🙂


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