Today I am so pleased to welcome Annabeth Albert to Joyfully Jay. Annabeth has come to share an exclusive excerpt from her latest release, Squared Away (Out of Uniform #5), which I reviewed here and really loved. She has also brought along some books to give away. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Hi! I’m so excited to be celebrating the release of SQUARED AWAY, which is book 5 in my Out of Uniform series. Today I’ve brought one of my favorite kissing scenes from the book! I adore how these two love kissing!
“Well in that case, have at it.” Isaiah flopped down on his stomach next to Mark on the full-size bed. It was a tight squeeze, but he liked being this close to Mark, able to feel his body heat. “I’m at your mercy.”
Mark shifted around so he was kneeling next to Isaiah. “Tell me if it hurts.”
“Yup.” Isaiah was pretty sure the only thing aching would be his dick, which he was working way hard to ignore.
Mark started way more confidently than he had the day before, broad strokes up and down Isaiah’s neck and shoulders, digging in with his thumbs. Isaiah couldn’t help the groan that escaped.
“Sorry.” He didn’t want to make Mark uncomfortable by getting too into this. If this was mainly just medical science for Mark, he should probably hold still and stay quiet.
“No, I want you to tell me how it feels. I like how responsive you are.”
“Feels amazing. Go harder if you want.”
Mark used his strong fingers to really work at the knots in Isaiah’s upper back.
“Yes. That.” Isaiah wasn’t turned on so much as in heaven. He’d seldom had this kind of attention lavished on him, and it was addictive. His reaction seemed to embolden Mark, who threw a leg over Isaiah, straddling his ass.
“Think this will be easier,” Mark said before working Isaiah’s whole back with long strokes. Mark was hard against him, but he sure as fuck wasn’t going to mention that, risk breaking this spell or presume that Mark wanted to act on it. Instead, he let himself fully enjoy the massage, drifting until Mark whispered, “Are you asleep?”
“No,” Isaiah groaned. “But close.”
“Better let you get to your own bed.” Mark sounded reluctant as he moved off Isaiah.
“I wouldn’t mind sleeping next to you,” Isaiah admitted, sitting up. “Not as a sex thing. Just because you feel so good.”
“Maybe sometime.” Mark’s tone was thoughtful. “This bed is maybe a little small.”
“Mine’s a queen. And we’ve got time to try it.” Isaiah reached out and touched Mark’s face. “I’m in no rush.”
That got a little smile from Mark, one that warmed Isaiah’s insides like a warm brownie.
“Can I…I want to kiss you goodnight,” Mark said in a rush.
“Of course.” Isaiah leaned closer but let Mark be the one to initiate. It was achingly sweet, the way Mark took his time. They kissed without tongue for a good long while before Mark deepened the kiss, exploring Isaiah’s mouth with increasingly confident motions. Isaiah moaned as Mark went back to nibbling his lower lip.
Pulling back slightly, eyes glassy and dark, Mark asked, “Did you mean what you said the other night? That you can come just from kissing?” Mark sounded more curious than eager.
“That and some grinding, like what we were doing on the couch.” Isaiah reluctantly pulled away. “But not tonight. Let’s take this slow. We’ll get there.”
In the wake of tragedy, SEAL Mark Whitley rushed stateside to act as guardian to his sister’s three young children. But a conflicting will could give custody to someone else—someone Mark remembers as a too young, too hot, wild party boy. Even after six years, Mark can’t shake the memory of his close encounter with Isaiah James, or face up to what it says about his own sexuality.
Isaiah’s totally over the crush that made him proposition Mark all those years ago. In fact, he’s done with crushing on the wrong men altogether. For now, he’s throwing himself into proving he’s the best person to care for his cousin’s kids. But there’s no denying there’s something sexy about a big, tough military man with a baby in his arms.
As the legal details get sorted out, their long-buried attraction resurfaces, leading to intimate evenings after the kids are tucked in. A forever future is within reach for all of them, if only Mark can find the courage he needs to trust Isaiah with his secrets—and his heart.
Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer. The #OutOfUniform series joins her critically acclaimed and fan-favorite LGBTQ romance #Gaymers, #PortlandHeat and #PerfectHarmony series. To find out what she’s working on next and other fun extras, check out her website: www.annabethalbert.com or connect with Annabeth on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify! Also, be sure to sign up for her newsletter for free ficlets, bonus reads, and contests. The fan group, Annabeth’s Angels, on Facebook is also a great place for bonus content and exclusive contests.
Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two active children.
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