She pulled away from his embrace and ducked under the pool’s surface. Stephanie was a natural swimmer. She swam the length of the pool without taking a breath. When she resurfaced at the opposite end of the pool, she turned and placed her elbows on the pool’s edge. She eyed Jason who was not looking at her face. His gaze was fixed a few inches to the south. She looked down at her pebbled nipples clinging to her bikini top. Touching her fingertips to her neck, she traced the line of water droplets down to the valley between her breasts.
“Do you swim, Jay?” she teased.
Jason gave her an evil smile, slowly lowered himself under the water and swam toward her. When he reached her, he circled his hands around her waist and gave the little bows tied at her hips a gentle tug. Her black bikini bottoms slipped off as his head broke the surface and they were suddenly face-to-face.
“You won’t need these where we’re going. Oh and this either.” He reached behind her and pulled the string tied at her back. In a split second she was nude in his swimming pool. He turned her around so that her back was against his chest. He nibbled on her ear and neck as his fingers rolled her pointed nipples to soft peaks. She leaned her head against his shoulder and tilted her head to kiss him. As his lips lowered to hers she giggled and spun so that they were facing each other.
“Well, if my bathing suit is not required than neither is yours.”
Stephanie placed her hands on his cool wet chest and lowered herself down until her head was under the water. Her hands traveled down his chest to the waistband of his trunks and swiftly pulled them off. She popped her head up from the water’s surface and dropped his suit next to hers on the pool deck. She laughed and wrapped her hands around his neck. He easily lifted her and guided her long legs to encircle his body. Stephanie kissed his cool wet mouth. The sweet taste of pineapple lingered on her lips as her tongue entangled with his.
“To your grotto, madam.”
Stephanie giggled as he carried her to the entrance of the grotto. With a whoop of childlike glee, she lifted her hands high when he paused under the waterfall. The cool water splashed through her fingers and over her head. Jason loosened his grasp and allowed her body to slide down his until his feet hit the floor. He swiftly spun her around, covering her eyes with his hands. The exhilarating cool water flowed through her hair and over her shoulders. He nudged her beyond the waterfall and all was suddenly quiet except for the splash of the never-ending flow of water from the fall. Uncovering her eyes, she scanned the enchanted grotto.
Directly in front of them was a natural rock staircase leading up several feet to a bubbling, steam covered hot tub. Lush, tropical greenery grew throughout the grotto interspersed with brightly colored flowers. Glancing up, Stephanie found the light source, a glass covered skylight above her head. Only Jason Royce would have a skylight in his grotto. She smirked and shook her head.
“This isn’t what you expected?”
“Not at all, I just figured it was a little private alcove of the pool. Never did I expect to see a beautiful garden.”
Jason led Stephanie to the stairs leading to the hot tub.
“After you,” he said as he gestured for her to climb the stairs.
“Uh-huh. You just want a view from behind, don’t you,” Stephanie said with a wink as she began her ascent.
“You bet your sweet ass, darling,” he chuckled.
Lusted in Las Vegas wastes no time to prove it's title correct in really beautiful ways. The incredible chemistry from Marooned in Miami was back and in full swing and this time we get to see if these two can make it work. The simple truth is that it's not just about lust with these two, but things are never simple when two are falling in love. We get loads of conflict here and it works really well. It's a lil Novella and it is also a must read. --SJ Maylee
5 out of 5 stars
I really enjoyed Marooned in Miami, and was so excited for the conclusion to Jason and Stephanie's story. They had such chemistry in the first one, and for a novella, such depth of character. This continuation keeps up that same quality! We get even more insight into their fears, their desires, and of course we get more of their bold, insatiable lust for each other.
True to the beginning of their story, there was dual layered conflict here with Jason's ex showing up and causing loads of trouble, and naturally Jason's and Stephanie's own inner fears and insecurities wreaking havoc. Their growing love, their emotional struggles, and how they cope with all the trouble is just heart-warming. I love a happy ending, and boy do they get theirs!
Lusted in Las Vegas is a sweet and sensual love story between two formerly broken hearts. The connection between the characters is strong and fiery and just makes them feel so real. Jason and Stephanie are unforgettable, and I recommend any contemporary romance fan go read about their journey! --Hillary Curran
5 out of 5 stars