Author: Kianna Alexander
Series: Brothers of TDT, #1
Pub Date: April 4, 2017
Xavier Whitted, CPA and city council candidate is excited to get away to the Crystal Coast for his best friend’s wedding. He is shocked when he runs into his high school sweetheart there, the only woman he ever truly loved.
Dr. Imani Grant is just about ready to open her own dermatology practice when a serious wrench is put in her plans—in the form of Xavier Whitted. Old feelings resurface along with old secrets from the past. Imani isn’t willing to go there, until Xavier starts a new campaign: win Imani back—no matter what it takes.
I thought his was a cute second chance story. With so much time lost, there was a lot of trust to rebuild. The couple was cute together. The one thing I didn't love about it was the reaction of Xavier to the reveal of what happened to Imani. For me, it kind of showed his a bit of his true character. If he loved her, why wouldn't he believe her? She really gave in way to easily in the end and should have made him work for her forgiveness. There were also a few too many pop cultural references for me. You all know how much that drives me crazy.
This is a new to me author and I do want to see what else she has written. I am also intrigued to see the rest of the brothers find their HEAs in future books. Check out the excerpt below for a sneak peek of Back to Your Love.
“Remember our senior trip to Atlantic Beach?” The deep timbre of his voice broke into her thoughts.
She smiled. “Sure, I remember.” How could she have forgotten that trip? It was the first time she’d experienced the special magic that could exist between a man and a woman.
“It was right after your eighteenth birthday, wasn’t it?” His gaze went past her, as if he were looking out over the surface of the water. “That last night still sticks in my mind, you know.”
She watched his face, saw the wistful expression. Up until now, she’d had no idea men held on to memories like that; then again, Xavier wasn’t like any other man she’d ever known. “Really? You still think about that night, all these years later?”
He nodded. “Why not? That night was special to me.” He paused, shifted his gaze back to her. “You were special to me. You still are.”
A shiver went down her spine. She stopped walking, and he stopped with her. There, in the circle of his arms, she let her feet sink into the warm sand as her mind drifted back to that night. Her eyes closed, and she could clearly recall the sensation of his warm mouth on her skin and the way she’d felt when he’d taken his kisses between her thighs.
He whispered in her ear, “We’d made love before that night. But that was the first time I took you…there.” A soft groan escaped her, because she knew just what he was referring to. She’d given him her virginity on her birthday. But that night, the last night of their senior trip to celebrate their high school graduation, had been the first time he’d brought her to orgasm. That night, he’d effectively branded her, leaving an imprint on her body and soul that could never be taken away.
The feel of his lips pressing against her throat brought her back to the present. He placed a few fleeting kisses along her neck, trailing across the shoulder bared by her dress. “God, Imani. I can still hear you moaning, calling my name. It was like a song, like sweet music to my ears, baby.”
Her knees went weak, buckled beneath her. The steadying strength of his embrace kept her upright. “Xavier…” He smothered her words, placing his lips against hers. As the kiss deepened, she wound her arms around his neck and pressed her body close to his. Every nerve, every cell in her body cried out for this, for his touch, his kiss. Her tongue darted between his lips, and he suckled the tip of it. The action drew a groan from her.
His large hands slipped from her waist to move lower, where he gave her behind a series of gentle squeezes.
She groaned again, the sound muffled by his kiss. Having him touch her this way was sheer delight, sending her senses reeling.
He broke the kiss, straightened. “Baby, I think it’s time we went upstairs. I would hate for these fancy clothes to be ruined in this wet sand.”
She loved being on the beach, loved the feel of the breeze coming off the water as it played over her skin. She didn’t know if it was his touch or the two glasses of champagne she’d had, or both, that was quelling her good judgment. At that moment, her desire for Xavier overrode all else. “Let’s go.”
Like any good Southern belle, Kianna Alexander wears many hats: loving wife, doting mama, advice-dispensing sister, and gabbing girlfriend. She's a voracious reader, history nerd and craft fanatic. Kianna lives in North Carolina with her husband, two kids, and a collection of well-loved vintage 80's Barbie dolls.
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