Series: Ember Peak Book One
Author: Edie Danford
Publisher: Edie Danford
Release Date: November 3, 2016
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex
Length: 90,100 words
SynopsisWhere there’s smoke, there’s fire… Whenever Jones touches him, flames flicker in Truitt Larkin's smoky-gray eyes.
Growing up in Ember Peak, Colorado, Jones nurtured dreams as big as the Rockies. Why else would a flat-broke college student believe he has a shot with Truitt Larkin, the billionaire CEO of Larkin Corp? And, sure, Tru might own the fab, five-thousand-acre Ember Peak Ranch, where Jones is just the son of a ranch employee, but that doesn’t mean a future with Tru is doomed, does it? When he finally, finally convinces Tru to break his chiseled-in-rock no-sex-ever policy, Jones is sure smoke will never shroud Tru’s silver-flame eyes again.
But fire burns and dreams crash. And when Tru shuts down Jones’s hopes, Jones leaves Ember Peak—and a big chunk of his heart—for good.
Tru knows he’s responsible for fracturing his valued friendship with Jones. Indulging his attraction to the younger man was selfish and destructive—something he’ll always regret. When Jones returns to Ember Peak for a family wedding, Tru wants a chance to heal their friendship and give back to Jones the comfort of coming home. But sparks fly the moment they reunite, and they scramble to douse the passion that’s burned them both before. Yet a flicker of hope glows brightly, and soon they need all their courage to see their way to a future together.
ExcerptI was playing with fire. The phrase churned through my head even though it was the kind of cliché I’d usually have no use for. I knew too well that every worthwhile risk had a good chance at ending up in flames. I also knew fire could be hypnotic and beautiful and feel f*cking great, especially if your soul had been encased in ice for a good long while.
Being scorched by Jones Hudson and his amazing fire was like a ride to hell I never wanted to end. But what I wanted wasn’t good for me or for him, and so…
This morning was gonna suck. It was time to pay the price for my selfishness, my weakness. I held back a sigh and glanced at the clock. 5:45. I had two hours. Two.
My fingers tangled gently in his hair. He’d fallen asleep like this—smashed against my side, one arm draped over my chest, one leg draped over my thigh, his face nestled into my neck—at least twenty times in the last week.
Sex wore him out.
For about ten minutes.
My lips curved into a smile even though my heart was beginning to thump a pained rhythm beneath his warm grasp. It was dawn and the curtains were open on the room’s floor-to-ceiling windows. The sun wasn’t strong yet, but the newborn beams making it through the glass had found Jones’s hair.
Talk about fire.
My first horse had been a sharp little chestnut with a coat that had turned to flame in the sun. So pretty it had made my eyes hurt. Jones’s hair was the exact same color.
His fingers tightened suddenly on my ribcage and I prepared myself to get hit with a dose of pure autumn sky. “Morning,” he mumbled, his voice scritchy as rough-grade sandpaper.
More guilt there. I’d gone a little wild when he’d blown me in the elevator last night, his welcoming throat a temptation I couldn’t resist.
He propped himself on my chest, opened his eyes all the way, and smiled. And there it was—eyes heartstoppingly blue and a smile that inspired me no matter how stale my dreams had become.
“What’s wrong?” he asked, tracing the curve of my lower lip with his fingertip.
He asked it, of course, even though I was wearing my best everything’s-cool face. Never could fool Jones. I could occasionally fool his mother. And on very rare occasions my half-sister, Sandra. But never Jones.
I shook my head and tipped my chin for a kiss. His lips were chapped and I licked at them gently before going deep, wanting to taste him, refusing—goddamn forbidding myself—to think about how this was the last time I’d be with him this way.
“Mmm,” he sighed into my mouth. “How can you taste this good?”
“Because you crave the flavor of morning-after jizz, wine, and pizza?”
He licked my smile. “Yep. Must be it.”
Mmm...second chance romance with oh-so-very-hot cowboy billionaire CEO and his much younger sometime-lover? And oh yes, filled to overflowing with some of the hottest sex out there? That gets a very big YES, PLEASE from me!
Excellent characters-check! I absolutely adored Jones. He may be a bit idealistic and full of insane levels of optimism when it comes to Truitt, but that was part of his charm for me. He knows what-or in this case who-he wants, and goes after Tru full-throttle. And I have to hand it to him, with one minor exception he handled Tru's brush-off the first time around pretty well. As for Tru, someone please save me from older men who don't want to saddle a younger man with their old selves...that just ticks me off since those older men are just taking it upon themselves to decide for those younger men what they think is best for them. Tru is pretty stubborn when it comes to this, but the pull between him and Jones is so incredibly intense that he just can't deny it that second time around.
Thank goodness for that!
This story is bursting at the seams with some amazingly scorching sex-and even so, it never overtakes the storyline. What it does do (besides get the reader way past hot and bothered) is show over and over again the powerful chemistry between Jones and Tru. Don't worry-they're not just compatible in the bedroom (or the sunporch, or the great outdoors...); thanks to knowing each other for so long, they fit together perfectly in just about every other aspect of their lives as well. They're the kind of couple where you can't imagine one without the other, so Tru's reluctance to commit to Jones was driving me crazy for most of the book.
It took a long while for Jones to break Tru down, a bit long for my taste and it's that along with Tru's consistent stubbornness in not wanting to tie Jones down that kept me from giving it any part of that 5th star...but Tru Smoke was a very solid 4-star read for me. If your an M/M romance fan, particularly if you like stories with age gaps, billionaires, cowboys, searing sex scenes...well heck, just about anything...this one is for you. Readers should be 18+ due to the adult language and oh yes, did I mention all the explicit M/M sexual content?
I can't wait for books 2 and 3...better start recharging the batteries now...
Meet the Author
Although her extended family hails from the Rockies, the Plains, and the Midwest, Edie has spent the last ten years in her Green Mountain home. She seeks romance wherever and whenever possible.
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