Sexy Without the Sex - New at Love

Last week, I shared a short excerpt from this novel for I Love Dialogue. This picks up after that scene. Amanda and Derrick go out for dinner and have an encounter with Jason, the boy who threatened her at school. Jason and his friends jump Derrick, who takes care of it with casual grace and ease. After a romantic dinner, at a different restaurant, they end up back at her apartment, where her cat, Muse, greets them.

Derrick led her to the couch as she launched into a story about her cat. He waited patiently for her to finish, then put one finger on her lips as she started to say something else.
"Mandy, love, much as I like cats, I don't really want to talk about them. Point of fact, I don't especially want to talk at all."
His lips brushed hers once more. She had enjoyed his first kisses, soft and sultry as they were. This kiss took her breath away. He'd been holding something back before, that he suddenly released. Had she been standing, she'd have gone weak in the knees. Amanda clung to his shoulders as if she were drowning. She felt like she was falling, but it was a good fall. She knew that Derrick was there to pick her up.
Derrick's heart pounded hard in his chest. Careful where he put his hands, he kissed her with barely contained passion. He didn't want to frighten her with the power of his emotions, but he was finding it hard. He'd been attracted to her since seeing her the night before. She'd been on his mind for hours during the night. Seeing her at the school was like having a dream come true.
Now that she was in his arms, kissing him, her full lips caressing his, he wanted to carry that attraction to its logical, noisy, sweaty conclusion. He sensed that Amanda wasn't the kind of girl to succumb to his charms quite that rapidly. He'd overheard a bit of her conversation with Evan. He had very good hearing and Evan didn't exactly speak softly. He figured that she didn't date much, which would explain the older man's caution. Naturally protective himself, he could understand the concern.
Pushing that from his mind, he concentrated on seducing her with his lips. He felt the shivers run up and down her spine as his mouth explored hers, moving to her neck and ears. Nibbling her ear, he allowed his hands to travel the length of her back, feeling her shiver with anticipation. His lips traveled to her neck, brushing the skin below her ear, making her jump against him. He smiled, having found a sensitive erogenous zone he planned to put to use later in their relationship.
Of their own will, his fingers found her waist, encircling gently, moving upward toward her full, ripe breasts. He wanted so much to touch them, chancing a brush of his thumbs across her nipples. She shivered once more, pressing hard against him. She didn't yell or pull away, so he tried once more, testing his boundaries. This time, he brushed the nipple, cupping the right breast, his hand sliding along the side.
Amanda pulled away, confusion in her eyes. Did he really think she was going to go to bed with him that fast? She was horrified.
Derrick could see he'd stepped over the line. Backing off, he apologized, holding his hands away from her body. "Sorry." He whispered. "Sorry, sorry. Perhaps I should go."
Amanda took his hand, holding it with both of hers. "Derrick, perhaps I need to explain."
"This isn't the part where you tell me you're studying to become a nun, is it?"
Amanda's eyes twinkled. "No. Nothing like that. I really like you and I find you devilishly attractive. . . . "
"There's a but hanging about in there. I can almost hear it."
"But—not yet. I'm not in the habit of making that kind of commitment this early on."

© 2014 Dellani Oakes

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