Sheer Pleasure -Chicago Heat- Book 1
When Annie Wilder opened her lingerie store filled with silks, satins and oils, she never dreamed it would lead to danger as well as sexual fantasies. Her provocative window displays generated picket lines plus a few mysterious erotic notes that made Annie’s blood race. Annie tried to stay away from her landlord “Nathaniel” Bishop. But she couldn’t resist motorcycle riding “Nate,” the man who wanted to uncover the true Annie even as he uncovered her beautiful body. While Nate seduced her in hidden public places like a rooftop garden or a dark corner under the elevated tracks to fulfill her racy fantasies, a stalker was playing a dangerous game to get Annie for himself.
Excerpt from Sheer Pleasure:
Dear Annie —
While others may wonder about the success of your lingerie shop, I wonder about you — about the hidden woman in the brown paper wrapper.
If I peeled away the layers, would I find a woman in filmy, lacy, see-through garments? A woman who longed for me to trust that she is more than she appears to be?
What are your secret fantasies, I wonder?
And would you give me the chance to find out for myself?
Her hand trembling, Annie Wilder set down the ecru stationery with the lacy texture on her desk. Romantic stationery for a man to use, she thought. It kind of went with that comment about lacy, see-through garments.
She should be scared. So why wasn’t she?
Some man whom she might or might not know had sent her this anonymous letter and her imagination was sparked. She was curious about the sender. A little turned on. Definitely not afraid.
That scared her more than the letter itself.
She should have her head examined.
To distract herself, Annie ventured back out to the shop, a deep rose cave whose corners were draped with gold shot cream swaths that cascaded from rings on the ceiling. Midnight blue and vanilla cream satin sheets filled the shelves on one short wall, bottles and pots of potions and creams the other. Passing the rack of teddies, Annie let her hand brush the jewel-tone bits of silk and satin and lace as she made her way back to the display she’d been setting up before she’d decided to check the day’s mail.
Concentrating on her undertaking, she arranged two dozen packets of condoms according to color and turned the simple display into a sensual rainbow, traversing a pair of iridescent, flesh-colored panties. Annie stepped back and snickered at her fanciful handiwork.
Who in the world, looking at a small woman wearing a long black pullover and leggings, her brown hair braided, her face sans embellishment but for a pair of frameless glasses, would ever imagine that she was capable of sexual whimsy?
“An Admirer” would. She thought again of the anonymously sent missive in her office.
At least one man had obviously looked beneath the surface to find the real owner of Annie’s Attic, lingerie playground, the most talked about, written about and picketed business in the neighborhood.
The lingerie itself didn’t have people buzzing, but the way she displayed her wares to inspire fantasies. After all, wasn’t that the point of wearing expensive pieces of fragile fabric that would rip at a rough touch?
For a moment the thought caught her, an image rolling through her head like a movie.
She strolled along the beach in see-through undies, the envy of the women lounging around her, the object of lust of the men. The cast of thousands faded out, leaving only one man, faceless, but with thick dark hair and a body by Adonis. He moved behind her, cupped her breasts and with his thumbs only, tugged lightly at the straps of her bra. The fabric shredded instantly, freeing her flesh.
Improper Conduct -Chicago Heat – Book 2
Nick Novak is stunned when Isabel Grayson, daughter of an ambitious US Senator, seeks him out years after she’d broken his heart at the most desperate time in his life. Something he’s never told anyone about. Does she really think he’ll help her find her missing sister just because he’s doing a documentary on runaways? Trying to deny his feelings for her, Nick tries to get rid of Isabel, first telling her she must hit the streets with him and live like the homeless kids do. When Isabel agrees, Nick goes a step further and tells her she must keep him warm at night. Nick doesn’t mean to force the issue, but, still in love with him, Isabel assumes he’s serious and provokes hot and heavy encounters neither will forget. Both keep secrets from the past that could tear them apart again. To Nick’s shock, Isabel will do anything to save her little sister… and someone will do anything to get rid of both sisters. For good.
Read an excerpt from Improper Conduct:
Isabel Grayson… well, if just seeing her name didn’t give him a hard on.
Having taken up residence in Helen’s Cybercafé, trendily painted in crackled pale yellow with overstuffed sofa and chairs near a fireplace, Nick Novak was sitting at one of the computers imbedded straight into a glass table lined up against a wall. He needed his internet fix along with his morning coffee. His high-end laptop had crashed a couple of months before, and he still hadn’t replaced it because he always found a better use for the money.
He fingered the socialite’s calling card, admired the rich texture of the stock and the simple elegance of the design. Both reflected Isabel herself, he thought, tamping down his initial physical reaction and flicking the card straight into the nearest waste container.
“What? You’re really not going to get in touch with her?” demanded owner Helen Rhodes, a blond knockout and formerly a baby corporate webmistress in another life.
Narrowing her green gaze on him made the small mole at the corner of her right eye all but disappear. “Aren’t you curious about what she wants?”
Nick thought about it for a moment and lied. “Nope.”
“But it must be important. She’s called every day that you’ve been gone.”
He’d been gone for more than a week this time. So Isabel was persistent in addition to being elegant, smart and a bitch on wheels.
What he said was, “I’m just not interested in the problems of a poor little rich girl.”
“Go on, get out of here, before I do something really radical like revoke your caffeine and internet privileges forever.””Oh, no, anything but that,” Nick said, logging off the internet as he rose. He’d already taken care of a few business inquiries, and the rest of the email could wait. “Later.”
He exited the café, which faced the six-corner intersection where Bucktown and Wicker Park met in an eclectic fusion of mindsets. The street was filled with commuters – nine-to-five conservative suits and skirts heading for the rapid transit station down the block.
Nick rushed up the flight of stairs to his business and home, albeit the building was zoned commercial only, that was situated over Annie’s Attic, lingerie store extraordinaire.
But he wasn’t alone on the staircase. A woman was coming down toward him. One with luscious long legs, a graceful demeanor and a familiar if more lovely face than he even remembered. She had the same good bone structure, the same flawless skin, the same perfect features, but at the moment, the delicate flesh around her luminous blue eyes was drawn and tight, making her seem decidedly unhappy.
Nick’s smile faded.
Isabel Grayson had shattered him emotionally once.
Hot Zone- Chicago Heat- Book 3
Owner of the local coffee house, Helen Rhodes can’t believe that the infamous Hot Zone, a corporate coffee rival, is landing across the street from her business. Worse, owner Luke DeVries has closed competing coffee houses in other cities and his new hot tub and massage chairs could lure her customers away. Helen quit her own corporate job to start her own business, and she’s not about to go under without a fight. Luke has never met a woman who challenges him like his feisty business rival. He finds himself falling for her, but he is horrified by her three date rule. Three strikes and he’ll be out? He does everything in his power to keep her seduced so that all she can think about is having him in her bed for good. Helen reluctantly realizes she wants Luke more than anything. But someone else wants him, as well. When this woman can’t put Helen out of business, she turns her wrath directly on her rival.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Patricia Rosemoor has had 96 novels with 8 publishers and more than 7 million books in print. All but two of her Patricia Rosemoor novels are romantic suspense or romantic thrillers. She also writes a less pulse-pounding combination of romance and suspense with a dash of humor with a partner as Lynn Patrick.
Patricia has won a Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America and two Reviewers Choice and two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times BOOKreviews, and in her other life, she taught Popular Fiction and Suspense-Thriller Writing at Columbia College Chicago.
The first three books of her bestselling The McKenna Legacy are available on Kindle: SEE ME IN YOUR DREAMS, TELL ME NO LIES, TOUCH ME IN THE DARK — or in one volume at a special price: THE MCKENNA LEGACY TRILOGY.