Love is the sweetest song of all…
Gentle and compassionate teacher Janae Simms isn’t looking for love—her heart has been broken one too many times, and she doesn’t intend to relive that kind of pain. So when her best friend convinces her to let loose and attend a concert featuring R & B sensation Monte, all Janae expects is an evening of music and fun. But as soon as she hears his smooth, honeyed voice and they share a moment together backstage, Janae fears her heart is in danger once again.
Terrence “Monte” Campbell has been hurt by women seeking his wealth and celebrity instead of the man he truly is. So music is his only passion, until he meets Janae. He struggles to maintain emotional distance, but her tender sensuality and caring ways tempt Terrence as no other before. And one sizzling night, they both give in to their desires and explore all of the erotic promises between them. Is Janae really the one for Terrence, or just another disappointment waiting to happen? Can he finally let go of the past and embrace the idea of their loving future?
“You feel this, don’t you?”
“No…I… Yes.” Janae gently extricated her hand from his then took several steps backward. Being close to him short-circuited her brain, and she needed to think. Hadn’t she decided that men were only good for fantasies? He would definitely fit right in…okay, he would top the fantasy list. But that was all this could be—a really, really nice fantasy. No way would she allow herself to get caught up in a man who probably had women by the dozen. Besides, as a teacher, the last thing she needed was a parent seeing her face splashed across a tabloid under some crazy heading like Teacher Caught in Threesome with Popular Music Star.
He closed the distance between them. “Janae?”
When she glanced up at him, something flashed in his eyes and, before she could blink, he covered her mouth in an explosive kiss that stole her breath and weakened her knees. She was totally unprepared for the feel of his mouth on hers. The kiss was gentle, but infused with a passion and need she didn’t understand. Suddenly, a longing she’d never experienced took over her body.
She pulled away sharply. “I…I have to…go.”
“No, don’t go.” He scrubbed a hand down his face. “I’m sorry. Please. Stay.”
She eyed him warily and clutched her chest, trying to control her runaway heart.
I have enjoyed reading Harlequin romances since I was a young teen, when I used to sneak them from my mother’s stash. I never imagined I would someday be given the opportunity to join the Harlequin family of authors.
I am also a huge music fan. One day, while listening to one of my favorite R & B balladeers, an idea sparked in my mind, and Terrence “Monte” Campbell was born. He’s not big on love, but he’s about to have his world turned upside down by Janae Simms. The caring schoolteacher challenges everything the confirmed bachelor has ever believed and teaches him a lesson in love he won’t soon forget.
I hope you enjoy Terrence and Janae’s journey to falling in love. I sure did! Stay tuned for Karen’s story.
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For my mother, Mary Phillips (1940–2009), the first reader and fan of my stories, and who encouraged me to write.
Mom, I finally wrote that book!
To My Heavenly Father,
thank you for loving me unconditionally.
I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth
[Psalms 34:1 NKJV]
To my very own hero, Lance Lister,
I love you more than you’ll ever know. Thank you for your love and unwavering support.
To my beautiful daughters, Brandi, Maia and Riana,
I love you. You make me proud to be your mom.
To my family (especially my father-in-law, who has read every story), Janette and the Friday morning hair shop ladies, and friends,
thank you for your love, encouragement and support.
To author Beverly Jenkins,
thank you for graciously sharing your wisdom and answering my many questions about writing.
To my wonderful agent, Sarah E. Younger,
thank you for your tireless efforts on my behalf.
To my editor, Rachel Burkot, and the entire Harlequin Kimani Romance team,