Today’s post comes from my contribution to Love Letters Volume 4: Travel to Temptation (Available TODAY from Carina Press). I want to introduce you to my boyfriend, Luca Camillieri. He’s the hunky Maltese hero from my latest contribution to the Love Letters series, M Is for Melting.
“I can’t believe you get to do this any time you want.”
Sam pried heavy eyelids open long enough to sneak another peek at Luca. He sat perched on teak decking, his feet bare and a pair of coffee-colored board shorts hanging low on his hips. The wind ruffled his dark hair, fashioning it into a modified Mohawk as they turned into the wind. They’d barely made it out of the marina before she decided that closed eyes were the best course of action. If there was one thing she’d discovered in the previous two days, it was that Luca Camilleri was mesmerizing.
And that was when he was wearing a shirt.
At the moment, he was shirtless, windblown, and utterly in command of the sleek little sailboat. In other words, irresistible. True to his word, Luca launched her introduction to life on Malta the day after she’d landed on his island unannounced. He seemed to be genuinely happy to have her there, and she was happy to allow him to whisk her away.
His laugh rippled across the water. “Life here is like life anywhere else, my American girl-friend. Sometimes we can become too busy to do the things we enjoy.” He smiled as he shifted his attention from the approaching shoreline to her. “That’s why it’s nice to have you here. I can’t remember the last time I sailed to Gozo just for the pleasure of it.”
She didn’t want to think about life or the loneliness awaiting her at home. She wanted to focus on the crazy bubbles of excitement he stirred each time he savored a word like pleasure. The accompanying gleam in his dark eyes played havoc with her nerves. Sam closed her eyes. Wouldn’t do to let him see every synapse in her brain firing like a machine gun.
The sun beat down on her. The sides of the boat were low enough for her to trail her fingertips over the tops of the waves as she lay basking in the sun. She hadn’t quite worked up the courage to reach out and touch. Yet. Warm water slapped and sloshed against the hull, occasionally splattering her sun-baked skin. Birds circled overhead and the ferry blew its horn in the distance. Hiding behind closed eyelids, she soaked it all in. It would be so easy to grow accustomed to the sounds and sights of Malta. One in particular.
Cracking one eye, she stole another glimpse and tried to distract herself by recalling the inane facts about the island of Gozo she’d mined from the internet. But she knew before she started that it was no use. Luca was just too damn compelling.
He carried a bred-in-the-bone confidence that left her weak-kneed. His open, expressive manner of speaking his mind and heart was so thoroughly un-American it threw her completely off her stride. Luca in action was a sight to behold. Tailored suit pants clinging to slim hips, broad shoulders encased in crisp cotton, and strong wrists exposed by rolled sleeves topped the highlight reel. Even so, his businesslike manner barely masked the unabashed passion that drove him. She’d seen flashes of it when he negotiated with a particularly troublesome sub-contractor. She’d tasted it on his lips moments after he sealed the deal.
The man seemed to be the embodiment of his dazzling country. The sea was in his blood. Any fool could see that from the sure-footed swagger in his walk. He was as relentless and ambitious as life on the frantic, overcrowded island and as solid and down-to-earth as its rocky foundation.
Hope you enjoyed meeting him!
Passion is only a short trip away in Love Letters Volume 4: Travel to Temptation.
M Is for Melting by Maggie Wells
When Samantha Walters contacts childhood pen pal Luca Camilleri, she discovers the boy she knew is now an incredibly desirable man. And a not-so-innocent comment in an online chat spurs Sam to give in to impulse, heading to Malta for a vacation fling.
N Is for Naughty by Christina Thacher
Chasing a reclusive author sends Steve Collins to New Zealand—and into the bed of smart and sexy Gemma Robinson, the writer’s granddaughter. Can Steve earn her forgiveness when she learns he used her to find his idol?
O Is for One More Night by Ginny Glass
Winnie Caesar only intends to ask Silas Quinn for help in locating a stolen artifact, not to relive the steamy night they once shared. But when Winnie tracks him down in Brazil, her plans are derailed by their unstoppable passion…
P Is for Predicament by Emily Cale
Finally single and ready to move on with his life, Jason Logan plans a getaway to the Indian Himalayas…but so does his ex, Dillon Waters. Soon a simple chat leads to much more intimate encounters.
Q Is for Quarrel by Ginny Glass and Christina Thacher
The last thing Zane Harrison expects to find in his borrowed Majorcan villa is an undressed-to-impress woman! Turns out he and Tara Curtis were both promised exclusive use of the villa. They quickly discover a way to broker a truce by sharing a bedroom…
Be sure to look for all six volume in the Love Letters series:
Love Letters Volume 1: Obeying Desire – Available now!
Love Letters Volume 2: Duty to Please – Available now!
Love Letters Volume 3: Wicked Whispers – Available now!
Love Letters Volume 4: Travel to Temptation – Available now!
Love Letters Volume 5: Exposed – September 9, 2013
Love Letters Volume 6: Cowboy’s Command – October 14, 2013