Title: Mine to Steal
Author: T.K. Rapp
Release Date: June 12, 2014
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SynopsisIn life and business, Trey Miller has always been the good guy. Nothing wrong with that, since it’s gotten him everywhere he has needed to be. His startup company is a success and growing so much that he is gaining the attention of larger corporations.
By all accounts, Trey has it all, but the one place he fails is love.
He thought he might have had something with Emogen Kane, but she was taken before he even had a chance. Now, he hides behind work, unwilling to take any risks in the love department.
When Trey finds himself vying for a huge account against Faith Young, he knows he’s going to have to play it tough to win. Faith is smart, attractive and rumor has it, she lands every account she goes after.
When Faith is thrown into his path at every turn, Trey starts to feel that it is more than a coincidence. Knowing that Faith has a boyfriend douses the flame that he was starting to feel, until he realizes that the guy might not at all be what he seems.
Trey let go once, but he’s determined to win it all this time. Does he have it in him to roll up his sleeves and get dirty? And if he does, will he finally end up with the girl?
ExcerptThe brunette is in her own world, oblivious to the hungry eyes watching her. My legs are glued to the spot I was so eager to escape moments before because I’m captivated by this woman. The blonde sticks her bottom lip out in a pout and attempts to tug me toward her once again, but I pull her back to me. I do my best to convince my dance partner I’m into her, but my attention has been stolen. There are so many people around us, I can’t tell if I’m dancing with her, or the woman next to her.
There’s an idea.
We continue swaying to the music, all the while, getting closer to my intended target. I still have not seen her face, but her body and the sheer unencumbered way she moves leaves me with one goal - get this one.
My dance partner has taken to moving all over the place, and leaving me for someone equally as drunk as she is. She doesn’t notice I’ve turned my back to her as I fixate on the one I want. My eyes never stray from the sexy woman who is now within my reach. Her friends are dancing together, and she is in her own world, dancing alone, or so it seems.
In my current state, the dimly lit dance floor seems almost black, and I do something I was never able to do with Em. Take what I want.
My hands extend to touch her, but before they connect, she spins around to face me, and I find myself wishing I could make out her features through the flashing lights and alcohol goggles. She reaches up and places her hands on my shoulders as if she’s been waiting for this moment all night, but it’s almost like she’s seeing through me.
My hands fall onto her hips and grasp firmly while we move in sync to the music. The lights make it hard to see anything distinguishing about her other than the curves of her body. I wish I could tell what color her eyes are, or if they’re even open. Her lips turn up as I lean down to ask her name. Our mouths are inches apart, and I can’t help the way my body reacts to hers. I can finally see her eyes that are glassy and wide as she stares into mine, the music fading away.
As my eyes adjust to the sight in front of me, her lips part, as if she wants to say something, but she remains speechless. We continue dancing, both of us waiting for the other to look away, but neither of us do. Her arms glide from my shoulders to my neck, and I want to know what her lips taste like. I’m vaguely aware of the people around us as the music and lights come back into my consciousness. She tugs my head toward her and rises up on her toes, our lips mashing together in a fiery kiss.
With so many books that portray the main male character as dominant and alpha, it’s refreshing to find one that portraits the guy in touch with his feelings and vulnerable. Don’t get me wrong, Trey is not a wimp by any means, but it shows a different side of a man fighting for what he wants.
Trey thinks he's in "love" with his friend Em and is brokenhearted when she chooses another guy over him. He throws himself at work and becomes a workaholic with no time for a social life. But then his brother Jett comes to work for his company and to live with him, convincing Trey to live it up a bit. He takes him out to a club one night where he sees himself attracted to a beautiful girl across the room, they take the plunge and have a wild night that neither of them is soon to forget. What started as a chance encounter becomes a business relationship and then a heartfelt friendship between Trey and Faith.
One little detail though, Faith already has a boyfriend, and even though they have an "open policy" when it come to the relationship, her boyfriend is not going to make it easy for either of them to move forward.
I truly loved this story, it had a few unexpected turns that added a bit more to the storyline and made it more interesting that it already was. I loved the secondary characters! Jett was a hoot and he sure deserves his own book (hint, hint,) Hattie is sweet and loyal to her boss and a great addition to the story. I adore the relationship Trey has with Kay-la and the joking between them.
This is not an erotic story, it is a heartfelt, sweet and romantic story that will make you rooting for the guy to get the girl of his dreams.
Well written, lovely characters, that will keep your interest from beginning to end.
Upon finally settling in Texas, T.K. worked as a graphic designer and photographer for the family business that her mom started years earlier. She was able to infuse her creativity and passion, into something she enjoyed, but something was still missing. There was a voice in the back of her head that told her to write, so write, she did. And, somewhere on an external hard drive, are several stories she started and never finished.
Now at home, raising her two daughters, T.K. has more time to do the things she loves, which includes photography and writing. When she’s not doing one of those, she can be found with her family, which keeps her busy. She enjoys watching her kids in their various sporting activities (i.e. doing the soccer mom thing), having Sunday breakfast at her parent’s house, singing out loud and out of key or dancing like a fool. She loves raunchy humor, gossip blogs and a good book.