And now for a snippet from FIGHT WITH ME, book two in the With Me In Seattle Series, releasing January 4, 2013....
“Are you happy?” Nate asks as he wraps his arms around my middle from behind and kisses my neck.
“It’s so beautiful. Natalie will love it.”
He smiles against my neck. “You’re beautiful.”
I turn and gaze up at him, running my fingers through his soft black hair. He’s wearing a gray button down, fitted shirt and black slacks. His sleeves are rolled up, giving me glimpses of that sexy tattoo.
I want to lick him.
“You don’t clean up so bad yourself, you know.” I smile and brush his lips with mine. “They’ll be here soon. Are you ready for this?”
His smile fades as he sees the apprehension in my eyes. “Yes.”
“They’re going to like you. After they beat the crap out of you.”
That brings the smile back and he laughs. “Why are they going to try to beat me up?”
“Because you’re a man, you’ve had your hands on me, and they love me. And I think it has something to do with owning a penis. It makes men want to beat the shit out of each other. I’m thinking about doing research on it.” I shrug, trying to look nonchalant, but I’m really nervous.
“Have they always beat up your boyfriends?” he asks.
“I’ve never given them an opportunity.” I shrug again. “I don’t bring men home to meet them.”
“Why not?” he runs his knuckles down my cheek.
“No one’s ever deserved to meet my family before.”
His eyes flare and his hold on me tightens. “Julianne, I…”
“There you are!” My mom bursts through the back door of the house and into the tent, her arms open for me.
Gail Montgomery is a petite blond woman with a big heart and loud laugh. She’s happy, kind, and I want to be her when I grow up.
“Hi, Mom!” I pull out of Nate’s embrace and wrap my mom in a big hug.
“Your father and I pulled up at the same time as Will and Matt. They drove together.” She swings her eyes to Nate and smiles wide.
“Mom, this is Nate.” I smile reassuringly at Nate, but he’s already kissing my mom’s hand and laying on the charm.
Why am I surprised? This man charms people out of millions of their dollars every day. He’s going to be fine with my family.
“Mrs. Montgomery, what a pleasure.” My mom melts, and gets a gooey look on her face, and I can’t help but smirk.
“Well, hello Nate. Please, call me Gail.”
“Why is it so fucking pink in here?” Will pushes his way into the tent his hands on his hips, glaring at me.
“Because, douche bag, Natalie is having a girl.” I punch him in the arm before I kiss his cheek. “I owe you,” I whisper.
He looks down at me with a frown. “Huh?”
“I’ll explain later. I have someone I want you to meet, and I want you to be nice.”
Will isn’t really the one I’m all that worried about anyway.
“Will, this is Nate McKenna.” I step back and bite my lip. My brother is taller than Nate by a good three inches, and is wide-shouldered, muscled, and strong. He’s a freaking football player for the love of Moses.
And we have the same genes, so he’s hot in a he’s-my-brother-and-he’s-gross-to-me-but-all-of-America-wants-to-bang-him kind of way.
It runs in our family.
“I enjoyed last season,” Nate states as he holds out his hand for Will to shake. Oh, he’s good.
“Yeah? Why’s that?” Will asks and shakes his hand.
“Well, we kicked Green Bay’s ass, you didn’t get injured, and you helped me win a bunch of money during the playoffs. Next season looks promising.” Nate replies.
“He can stay,” Will declares and goes back inside to find food.
One brother down, three to go.
And my dad.
I need a drink.
Nate winks at me and slides his arm around my waist. “Stop worrying,” he whispers.
“I’m not worried.” I lie.