Spotlight & Giveaway: Naked Edge by Charli Webb

naked edge

 

 

The first time Skylar and Rowdy give themselves to each other completely–heart, mind, body and soul–is also the night Skylar disappears without a trace. Rowdy promised to love her forever. But forever is a long time when you’re only seventeen.

After years of waiting, Rowdy gives up on Skylar and tries to purge her from his memory with cheap tequila and one night stands.

When Skylar finally returns, Rowdy is no longer the shy, sweet boy she fell in love with. He’s bitter, angry and determined to protect what remains of his shattered heart. She’s determined to reclaim it, but first she has to put it back together.

Set in the eclectic town of Eldorado Springs, Colorado and Eldorado Canyon State Park, a rock climber’s paradise, “Naked Edge” is a new adult contemporary romance about perseverance, second chances and the healing power of love.

The bed creaks as he crawls on top of me, straddling my hips with his knees. He braces his hands on either side of my head, holding his weight off my body. “Same rules as before?”
We’d progressed to anything goes as long as it stayed above the waist and on top of clothes. “Not quite.”
He arches an eyebrow. “Explain.”
“I’m not ready to have sex yet, but I want to take care of you.”
“What do you mean?”
“You know how you said you took ‘pre-emptive measures’ in the shower this morning?”
“Yeah?” His cheeks flush. It’s so freaking adorable.
“I want to do that for you.”
“You want to give me a hand job?”
“God, Rowdy. Way to kill the mood.”
“This is too important to risk a major misunderstanding because you’re too embarrassed to say what you mean.” He straightens his arms, lifting his body into a pushup position. “Is that what you meant?”
I nod.
Rowdy’s nostrils flare. “Ladies first.”
“It won’t work.” Crap. I didn’t want to get into this.
“What won’t work?”
“I can’t… you know.” I roll my eyes.
“You don’t think I can get you off?”
“I’ve never been able to reach that ‘mystical’ plateau.”
“It’s a cliff, not a plateau, and I can definitely get you there. Whether or not you choose to jump is up to you.”
“Whether or not you get me off has nothing to do with your sexual skills. If you turn this into a personal challenge it’ll just frustrate both of us.”
“Have you ever been able to get yourself off?”
My face blazes hotter than Redgarden Wall on an August afternoon. “No.”
Rowdy kisses my forehead. “Let’s not worry about reaching any destinations and just enjoy the ride.” He lowers his body onto mine, but keeps the pressure light.
My hips rock forward instinctively
Rowdy groans then slides lower, keeping the part of him I most desperately want out of reach. He kisses the swell of my breasts, through my shirt and bra, then sits back on his knees. He reaches behind his head and grabs his shirt. “Is this okay?”
I slide my hands under his t-shirt and trace the dips and ridges of his abs. “Yes.”
He pulls his shirt off and tosses it behind him in one fluid movement.
I run my hands over his chest, marveling at the smooth, silky feel of his caramel skin. God, I want to lick him.
He tugs at the hem of my white blouse, pulling it out of the ugly black pants I have to wear to work.
“Wait.”
Rowdy freezes. “I thought we agreed. Same rules for both of us.”
“Just wait until dark, okay?”
“Why?”
My face burns. Tears sting my eyes. I’ve managed to hide my birthmark from him for years, but if we stay together, he’s going to see it sooner or later. I just want it to be later.
Rowdy climbs off my body then sits beside me on the bed.
I sit up and lace my fingers through his. “Please don’t be mad at me.”
He rubs circles on the back of my hand with his thumb. “What are you hiding, Skylar? Do you have scars or something?”
I nod. “Something.”
“You’ve seen my back.”
“I know.” I saw the little round scars all over his back when we were kids, but he didn’t tell me how he’d gotten them until our last summer together. I remember how hard it was for him to tell me. I also remember how much closer we became after his confession.
My hands tremble as I fumble with the top button of my blouse.
Rowdy slides his fingers under mine. He pauses halfway down and traces the top edge of my lacy, pink bra. “I like this color on you.”
“Thanks.” My voice is so breathy it’s barely audible.
He finishes unbuttoning my shirt, but it only falls opens a few inches. “God, Sky. You’re so fucking beautiful.”
“It’s a birthmark.”
He blinks. “What?”
“The thing I’m hiding.” If the level of heat spreading across my face is any indication, I’m sure it’s every bit as red as the stain on my back. “It’s a birthmark.”
His gaze shifts to my right temple where the tip of my eyebrow points to a tiny brown spot.
“No. Not like that. It’s huge and dark red and—”
“And it doesn’t fucking matter.”
“I’ve had laser treatments, but nothing ever gets rid of it completely and it always comes back.”
“I’ve seen port wine birthmarks before. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, Skylar. But if you don’t want me to see it, I won’t look, okay? Where is it?”
“On my back.”
He keeps his eyes locked on mine as he runs his fingers along the edges of my blouse, opening it wider. “I promise not to look at your back.”
I shiver under the intensity of his gaze.
Rowdy cradles my shoulders with one arm and places his other hand in the middle of my chest. “Lie down.”
I let him guide my head to his pillow.
He lies down beside me then slides one knee between my legs and peppers my face with kisses.
I whimper like a helpless kitten when he moves lower, blazing an electric trail of sparks down my throat.
He palms my breast then sucks my other lace-covered nipple into his mouth.
My back arches as I cry out.
He kisses the peak then lifts his head and gazes into my eyes again. He slips a finger behind the front clasp of my bra. “May I?”
Blood rushes behind my ears. I nod.
Rowdy narrows his eyes. “Say it.”
“Say what?”
“Tell me what you want, Skylar.”
This is so different from the way he used to be. “I want you to unfasten my bra.”
He pinches the clasp between his thumb and forefinger. “And then what?”
“Are you going to make me spell it out?”
“It’s the only way I’ll know for sure what you want.”
I squeeze my eyes shut.
“Open your eyes, Sky and tell me what you want.”
My eyes fly open. “I want you to take off my bra and suck my nipples.”
Rowdy drops his gaze to the center of my chest and pops the clasp. My bra falls open, but still covers me. He lowers his head and pushes it out of the way with his nose, nuzzling and licking his way across my breast. I lift my shoulder, urging him to take my nipple in his mouth.
He smiles against my skin. “Patience, Sky. Enjoy the ride, remember?”
I fall back against the pillow.
Rowdy kisses the tip then makes his way across my chest to my other breast.
I’m a whimpering, writhing mess. “Please, Rowdy.”
He swirls his tongue around my nipple before pulling it into his mouth. He continues to lick and flick the hardened bud as he sucks.
Every muscle in my body tenses as a pleasurable ache builds deep inside me.
Rowdy palms my other breast, teasing the nipple with his thumb.
I weave my fingers through his hair, holding him against me.
He slides his hand down my side, slowly, as if he’s counting each rib, then dips his fingers into the waistband of my pants.
My abs contract, giving him more space, inviting him, begging him, to touch me.
He pauses and lifts his head again. “Is this okay?”
I get a glimpse of the old Rowdy. “Yes.”
He narrows his eyes. “Are you sure?”
“Please, Rowdy.” This time I don’t wait for his demand for me to tell him exactly what I want. “Touch me.”
He groans, so low and deep his chest vibrates against my stomach. The sound is primitive and possessive. He turns his hand so the backs of his fingers graze my skin then slides to the front of my pants. He unfastens the button with his thumb then teases the zipper open.
I tremble with the effort of holding still.
Rowdy turns his hand over again, splaying his fingers across my lower abs. “If you want me to stop, tell me now.”

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Comments

  1. Jan Murphree says:

    thank you for the give away!!! loved the blurb!!! Now I need to read it! Whoop!!! WHOOP!!!

  2. Heather Way says:

    Awesome review!

  3. Carrie Stevens says:

    awesome review thanks for the giveaway!!

  4. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  5. Hi, Tiffany. Thanks for helping to spread the word about “Naked Edge.” Have you seen the new cover, designed by Rachel Marks? It’s awesome!

  6. jodi marinich says:

    book sounds great…cant wait to read

  7. Mary Preston says:

    Such a teasing excerpt thank you.

  8. Ashleigh Hazelwood Gross says:

    Looks great!!!

  9. Sarah Chan says:

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway and a great review!

  10. Donna Reynolds says:

    Sounds like a great read Thank you for the giveaway.

  11. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Diana Doan says:

    Thanks for sharing the excerpt and the review. Looking forward to reading this one!

  13. Love the excerpt! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

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