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Hi everyone and welcome to Tuesday Tales.  I am back with Breaking the Silence (Hard Drive Series #2), the sequel to Breaking the Cycle. 

Rico Choate is a MMA bad boy with a love them and leave them attitude.  That is until he meets Avery Walker, a deaf Marine who lost her hearing when her transport is attacked in Afghanistan.  He falls hard for her, even learning sign language so he can talk to her.  However, Avery’s hatred for all celebrities forces Rico to keep his career in mixed martial arts a secret.  How long can he keep such huge parts of his life separate? 

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They were so wrapped up in each other neither of them noticed the little boys that flew between them until it was too late.  The last one hooked his skate with Avery’s.  She was off her feet in a split second.  She clenched her eyes for the cold impact on her butt.  Instead two strong arms kept her from falling.  Her eyes fluttered open and glanced around.  Yep.  Rico caught her.  Her eyes locked with his sapphire blue ones.  She wanted to protest, to joke just how cliché this was.  Here he was cradling her in his arms after saving her from falling, his lips dangerously close to hers.  They looked like they belonged on the front of a romance novel.  But her breath caught in her throat as she clung to him, her gaze drifting to his mouth.

She gasped as Rico gathered her closer and softly kissed her.  Her fingers buried deep into his hair as he deepened it, his lips parting hers as his tongue slowly grazed across her teeth.  Their eyes met for a moment as the kiss broke.  Avery fought back her breath coming out in ragged gasps but it was no use.  It did.  So that was what kissing Rico Choate was like.  It was light years better than she imagined.  It was amazing.

With a grin Rico gently set her on her feet.  As soon as her weight hit her left foot she winced.  His smile faded as his face filled with concern.  Are you all right?

Avery shook her head.  I cannot put weight on my foot.  I must have done something to it when I almost fell.

Rico wrapped a protective arm around her waist as he helped her from the ice.  He guided her to a bench and motioned for her to sit.  Before Avery could reach for her own skate, he was knelt before her unlacing it.

I can take off my own skate, Rico.

I am sure you can. 

Then let me.

No.  He tugged it carefully from her foot so not to cause more pain then started on the other one.

I am not a child.

His deep blue eyes shot up to hers.  The message in the glare was unmistakable.  It was time to drop it and let him take care if her.  Once her feet were free of the skates he shed his quickly and returned both pairs.

Avery gingerly stood on her good leg.  She concentrated on her bag a couple feet away that had her shoes inside.  It wasn’t too far.  She could hop there.  A squeal escaped her lips as she was scooped off her feet.  Instinctively she wrapped her arms around Rico’s neck as he scooped up both hers and his bags and strode from the building with her still cradled in his arms.

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About triciaandersen

I am the author and illustrator of the children's book "The Peculiar Princess". I am also the author of two adult fantasy romance novels, "The Sorceress of Savon" and "The Woodcutter King of Muladin". Along with being an author I am married to a wonderful guy and have three beautiful children. I coach youth track and field, sew and chase my children around to their various activities.

Posted on May 5, 2014, in author, books, fiction, novel, romance, story, Uncategorized, writing and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. I love his protective nature. And even though she’s resisting, I doubt she can resist for long. Love that about so many men. They protect their women. Getting into this story and loving it.

  2. I love seeing the softer side of a man. He really knows how to take care of her.

  3. I love seeing his tender side and how hard she’s sort of not resisting but still trying to so she can maintain some independence.

  4. Awww what a lovely scene. Enjoyed it!

  5. this was lovely. Very nice scene- I could “see” it all.

  6. Great scene. Tenderness, caring, compassion, and a sprinkle of passion.
    Loved how you worked the prompt in.

  7. Loved the thought that the two of them probably looked like they could model for a romance cover. Even though catching her might have been cliche, it didn’t stop it from being uber hot thing to do. 🙂

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