NYT Bestselling Author Kendall Ryan brings you a brand new exciting series, Alphas Undone. Each book is a standalone. We are very excited to announce the first book Bait & Switch, which will release on February 9th, 2016.
Bait & Switch
Alphas Undone Book 1
Love is a trap, a trick only other people fall for. Former Navy SEAL Nolan has no such illusions. The only things real in his life are his beloved bulldog and the two women who regularly share his bed. One is lightâsoft, innocent, and tender touches. The other is darkâand gives him all of the wicked things he craves behind closed doors. Itâs not cheating when each is aware of the other. But when he begins to feel much more than he ever bargained for, the order of his carefully crafted world is shaken, and he stands to lose everything.
Nolan thinks we met by chance. We didnât. I sought him out, seduced him, and in return got the sanctuary I needed to survive. But now, impossibly, Iâve fallen in love with him. I donât care that he has another lover, because when he finds out who I am, itâs going to ruin any chance I ever had with him anyway. Sheâs the least of my worries.
Bait & Switch is Book 1 in a new contemporary romance series by Kendall Ryan.
âSo, how does all this work? Do you mind if I pry a little?â Her cheeks heated slightly, knowing all the questions spinning in her mind. It was one thing to hear about it over drinks the other night, it was quite another to see it with her own eyes.
âPry away,â he chuckled softly, his hand slowly stroking up and down against her spine.
Awareness zinged through her. It had been a long time since sheâd felt a manâs touch. Six months to be exact.
âHow did she end up living here with you?â
âI knew her through a mutual acquaintance, and after breaking up with her ex, she needed somewhere to live. I offered my guest room up. Rent free. No strings. And she said yes.â
âThat was awfully nice of you.â She blinked at him in wide-eyed astonishment. It wasnât something many people would do.
âTrust me, Iâm very far from being a white knight.â His voice dropped lower, and his hand came to rest at her lower back again. âOur relationship sort of evolved from there.â
He didnât continue, leaving Lacey to guess if it was some type of BDSM interest that they shared.
âWhat else is going on inside that pretty head of yours?â he asked.
âH-how did you come to be this way?â She cringed when she realized how it sounded. As though he was damaged goods. Then again, maybe he was. Nolan didnât even raise an eyebrow to her question.
âAfter a demanding career as a SEAL â¦â He let out a deep sigh, gazing down at the courtyard. âMy goals are much simpler now â to enjoy life one day at a time and take pleasure where I find it.â
She simply nodded. He didnât elaborate, but he didnât need to. Growing up in a family of men who served, she knew he had seen too much, done too much, probably experienced losing teammates he fought beside. She knew it could mess a man up. At the very least, it changed them. And in Nolanâs case, it made him harder and closed him off to the hearts and flowers kind of love she hoped to find someday. He was surviving, in his own way.
âI need to know what you taste like,â Nolan murmured.
She blinked up at him, her eyes still searching his. There was so much she was unsure about, but the electricity buzzing between them wasnât one of them.
He leaned forward, moving slowly, and brought his lips to hers. Hesitating for just a moment, as if to give her a chance to decide, Nolanâs warm breath ghosted over her mouth. Lifting up onto her tip toes, Lacey touched her lips to his. With one hand stroking her jaw, his other came to settle against her hip, his thumb running along the bare skin at the waistband of her jeans. Nolan pulled her body close, until she felt the hard ridge of him against her belly. He felt massive. Her lips parted in a silent gasp and he stroked his tongue against hers.
His mouth seemed made to fit over hers. And the skillful way he moved his tongue provoked thoughts of what other ways he could use that tongue. While her panties grew wet, and her breathing turned ragged, they kissed deeply for several minutes.
Her hands wandered, running over his firm biceps, and down the front of his shirt where rounded pecs waited invitingly under his shirt.
Sex rolled off of him in waves. No, not just sex. Fucking. Lacey was sure that being intimate with Nolan would be unlike any other experience sheâd had. And that excited the hell out of her.
âGod damn, woman,â he murmured breaking away from her lips.
Lacey couldnât disagree. Everything about that kiss felt right. Backgrounds ceased to matter. Messy entanglements forgotten. When she was kissing Nolan, nothing mattered except getting even closer. More, her body begged.
âJust keep an open mind,â he said, tucking a stray lock of hair behind her ear.
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than 18 titles, Kendall Ryan has sold more than a million ebooks and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as enjoying success as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller list 23 times.
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