My name is Isla Chase. I’m finally living my dream
of working in Seattle as an assistant editor under one of the top names in the
business. Finally out from the watchful eyes of those waiting for me to end up
like my parents in the hick town where I grew up, I’m beyond ready to spread my
large, and his fingers curled around mine. A frisson of awareness shot through
me. As he pulled me toward the private staircase, I could feel a number of
gazes on our backs. Everyone at the table had to wonder why he’d asked to show
me something. Hell, I wondered.
his suit and broad shoulders as a whiff of his cologne hit me. There was
something about that scent. He hadn’t let go of my hand, but I wasn’t sure if
it was because he was making sure I didn’t tumble down the stairs or if it was
because he wanted to hold it. Either way, we were supposed to be friends. This
muddied the water a bit.
over his shoulder, face impatient, and I allowed him to drag me to a different
area. He opened a door, pulled me in, and shut it behind us.
desk, by the scent of his cologne in the air, by the plaques on the wall
bearing his name. I was confused as to why he would bring me in here.
He ran a hand through his hair, mussing up his slick look. “Are you and
would it matter? You and I are just friends.”
around me this evening.”
I could think about was you. That you were up on the balcony, next to some guy,
and he was getting to talk to you. I wanted to be up there.”
seeping through my dress.
some guy. But I care when you do and I don’t understand it.” His tortured
gaze held mine.
I placed my palms against the door, bracing for something but I wasn’t sure
My brows rose. “I can date anyone I want to—”
from Alabama, Samantha Long has been writing since the first grade. Samantha’s
first story consisted of a one-paged fantasy biopic entitled, “If I Was An
Indian”. Samantha’s racy writing tastes were evident at a young age, with
the plot consisting of a warrior husband, elite living quarters, and an affair
with the Chief. When she’s not writing, doing laundry, or changing diapers, you
can find Samantha in front of her DVR catching up on episodes of Supernatural and
Castle or enjoying sweet tea with a movie or good book. Samantha’s writings are
inspired by the works of Nora Roberts, Lauren Kate, Kresley Cole, and Gena
Showalter, to name a few.