Welcome to the Bliss Kiss and Tell Booth where you will get to meet the heroes from our Bliss books and get a taste of what kissing them is like.
Today we are welcoming Josh Powers from the novella Loving Mindy by Karen Erickson. It can be found in the Stranded with a Hero anthology on sale now!
Name: Josh Powers
Height: 6′ 2″
Build: Broad and muscular
Hometown: Lone Pine Lake
Profession: Arson investigator
Special skills: Very thorough and inquisitive. My job as an investigator requires me to be. I’m always looking for clues or signs. Very good at reading people.
Biggest regret: That I gave up on my friendship with Mindy so easily when we were seniors in high school.
Darkest secret: I still care about Mindy though I pretend I don’t. She’s always been the one who got away.
Craziest thing you’ve done: My job is fairly crazy and risky so running into burning buildings, etc. is pretty crazy.
I’d also say when I laid it on the line to Mindy back when we were teens and telling her how I felt…that was crazy.
One thing you would refuse to share: Mindy….now that she’s back in my life, I’m not about to let her go.
Boxers or briefs: Boxer briefs
Early bird or night owl: All hours! I blame the job. I can function on little sleep.
Just got to love a guy who is willing to lay it all out on the line when admitting his feelings! Thanks for joining us Josh.
How Karen Erickson picture Josh? Take a look!
Don’t miss this steamy kiss with Josh…
She closed her eyes when he traced the delicate line of her jaw with his index finger. “I—oh, wow, I never thought it could be like this between us.”
“Like what?” He had no idea where she was going with this but he didn’t care. He knew exactly where he was going in about thirty seconds.
Straight for her lips.
“So easy. Sexy.” She swallowed hard, and he caught the movement of her throat. “I really wish you would kiss me now, if you’re going to do it.”
“What if I want you to wait? Anticipation is half the fun,” he teased, feeling like a jackass yet he was also enjoying himself. Hopefully she’d understand, she’d get him.
And hopefully he’d make this kiss worth the wait.
“The anticipation is slowly starting to kill me,” she admitted. “Hmm, well we wouldn’t want that to happen because that means you’d miss out. And we can’t have that.” He cupped her cheek, stroked her baby-soft skin with the tips of his fingers as he drew her in. Close. Closer, their lips perfectly aligned, their heads to the side, their body language speaking to each other big-time and liking what the other had to say.
“Josh.” His name was an achy little whisper, her voice sending an arrow of lust straight through him to settle between his thighs. Damn, the woman was good. Too good. And they hadn’t really even done anything yet.
“Yeah?” He kissed her cheek, the petal-soft skin, the scent of her fragrance driving him wild. If he didn’t watch it, he’d push her down on this couch, strip off her clothing, and have his wicked way with her for the rest of the night.
“P-please.” Ah, she was stuttering. Time to put her out of her misery and close the deal.
He brushed her mouth with his in a featherlight kiss. Once. Twice. Slid his hand from her cheek into her hair and pulled her close to him, his fingers curling into the silky strands, tightening his hold. She opened for him and he swept his tongue inside her mouth, sliding it against hers, the kiss deepening, heating. A soft murmur of pleasure left her and he swallowed it, devouring her, taking the kiss even deeper, hotter in a matter of seconds.
His blood rushed through his veins, settling in his groin. Just like that he wanted her. More than ever before.
And for once, he was glad of it. Wanted to prove to her this was more than a simple kiss to make up for old times. That maybe what they had here could be something real and good and full of so much promise…
He broke the kiss first before it got too out of hand and stared at her, loving how flushed and tousled she looked. Pride surged through him. He put that look on her face and her hair was a total mess because of his fingers. “Now that—”
“Was amazing,” she finished for him, offering a shaky little laugh that really wasn’t any sort of answer.
“You think?” He trailed his thumb across her cheek, her lip, exhaling harshly when she caught the edge of his thumb with her teeth, nibbling slightly before she released him.
She nodded. “Definitely.”
“Then maybe we should do it one more time? To make sure we’re compatible?” And before she could reply, he was kissing her again.
And he enjoyed every single blessed minute of it.
Want to read more? Pick up your copy of Stranded with a Hero today!
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