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Tempting Mr. Parker by Delilah Hunt

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Thirty-nine year old CEO and architect Caden Parker is in love with Shakara James. For years he’s kept his attraction to the alluring stripper a secret, masking his guilty desire with disdain and contempt. When his hunger for the twenty-one year old becomes too hot to handle, he reveals his feelings, even though he’s afraid she’ll be disgusted and reject him. 

Shakara yearns for the day when Caden, her best friend’s brother, will look beyond her poverty and the choices she was forced to make as a teenage runaway. As Cade’s feelings come to light, Shakara is stunned and overjoyed, but will there be consequences for their love?

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Cade strode toward the dining room, swerving around to see Shakara rooted to the spot by the main entrance. He cringed at the tension emanating from her. She was wary of him and his motives. He couldn't fault her. Hadn't he honed his bitterness and sharpened his contempt on her for years? It would take a while for her to warm to him. With great care, he laid the canvas on the dining room table and turned to her.

“Why are you standing there?”

She lifted her shoulders. “You told me to come in. I wasn't sure how far inside your house I was allowed, Mr. Parker.”

“Mr. Parker,” he repeated in a self-deprecating manner. He felt like a bastard ten times over for demanding she refrain from using his given name, stemming from the fear of his reaction to the sound of his name rolling off her delectable lips.

“You don't have to be so formal. But you knew that, didn't you?” He smiled with tenderness and returned to her.

“How should I refer to you? Sir?” she asked.

He shook his head realizing she was teasing him. “Cade. Caden. Whichever you prefer.” Daring to touch her face, he said in a low voice. “Pick one. I want to hear you say it.”

Her eyes sparkled and Cade stroked beneath her chin urging her to look at him.

“Say it.”

Swallowing, Shakara whispered, “Cade.”

“That's what you're going to call me from now on. No more Mr. Parker.”

“Why?” She glared at him. “Why are you being nice to me all of a sudden?”

He averted his eyes toward the dining room. “I've already explained it.”

“Yes. I heard you, but you didn't say how you wanted it to be different between us.”

His muscles tensed. Shakara was giving him the opening he sought. With three simple words he could divulge the truth to her. But what if she wasn't ready to hear it? He ran the risk of embarrassing and alienating himself in the process.

“I want to see what you've brought for Julie.” Coward. 

They entered the dining room. Cade stood watching her uncover the thin gray sheet protecting the canvas.

He let out a reverent breath and stared at her, then back at the painting. “This is absolutely amazing.”

Her exquisite face beamed with pride causing the lone dimple in her right cheek to deepen. She was so fucking sweet. His heart ached and his cock hardened for the girl smiling at him.

“Why are you working in that restaurant when you have such a wonderful talent?” he blurted.

She lifted a shoulder. “It's a hobby. Painting isn't going to pay the rent or buy food. It's not that serious.”

He inhaled a sharp breath, loathed to be reminded of the means she relied on to provide for herself. “Are you still stripping?”

Shaking her head, she hastened toward the entrance and muttered a curse beneath her breath loud enough for him to hear. “Is this why you invited me in? For a replay of how disgusting I am and that I should be ashamed of myself.”

“Shakara,” he cried, rushing to the door. “Wait. You're jumping to conclusions. Just wait. Please.”

“Wait for what? For you to pull out cash this time. Maybe you have some loose change you want to get rid of. Because everyone knows how easily I'd spread my legs for your almighty dollar, right, Mr. Parker?”

She placed a hand on her hip and cocked her dark curly head to the side. “Oh wait. If I recall correctly you were trying to find out my going rate for a blow job, wasn't it?”

He had to stop her. Lifting her hand off the handle, Cade pulled her to him, uncaring of her struggles against his hold.

“Shakara. That's not what I meant at all.” She wriggled in his arms, but he held her firm, yet gentle, seeking only to give comfort. “I'm sorry. I'm so damn sorry for insulting you, for everything I've ever done to upset you. I'll regret it for the rest of my life. I didn't ask with the intention of hurting you. I wanted to know because...” He stopped suddenly and jerked her head up to face him.

“Why didn't you come and ask for my help? I would have done anything to prevent you from working in a strip club and that godforsaken restaurant.”

She let out an outraged cry and wrenched herself out of his grasp. Shakara stared at him as if he had lost his mind. Damn. He'd revealed too much, too soon.

“Are you out of your mind? You've made it clear since the first day we met that you had no interest in me.”

“That's not true,” he denied.

“It's the truth,” she said, her tone flat. “I wouldn't have approached you even if we were friends. I don't need anyone's help. I've been on my own since I was fifteen. I've survived this long without begging for assistance. That's not about to change anytime soon. You can keep your charity, Cade. I'm sure it would have come with a price.”

He ran a hand through his hair, not quite sure what to say or do. He was making a mess of this. Somehow he'd manage to offend and hurt her, when all he desired was gaining her trust.

“Shakara...” He reached for her then allowed his hands to fall.

She shook her head. “I have to go.”

He stood there, his muscles taut with longing as she turned the handle. He couldn't stop her this time.

The door opened and she spun around to face him once more. “You promise to keep the painting a secret? I don't want Julie to look at it until her birthday okay?”

Cade nodded to her, his heart lightening that she would still speak to him. “I give you my word, baby girl.” He froze, realization dawning on him that he'd just revealed his secret endearment for her.

 

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  1. Coffee Time Romance Reviews 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Apr 2012

    Shakara Jones has done what she had to, be it stripping or working at a restaurant in skimpy clothes and for the most part, has managed to stay strong throughout whatever life threw at her. That is other than her messed up attraction to Cade, her best friend’s much older brother. She can see him judging her as not fit to be the friend of his sister, Julie. But instead of making her angry, this has helped to fuel an attraction she cannot control.

    Cade Parker is successful at business and at taking care of his little sister, Julie. He has maintained a place in society for them and walks a fine line of propriety to keep them in it. But he has not been able to deny his burning need for Shakara. He keeps telling himself she is too young, too wild, too questionable in her life choices for a man like him…

    But chemistry has other plans. He needs her, and when he finally gives into his body’s raging demands and finds Shakara as innocent as she is beautiful, will he manage to treasure the gift she has shared with him? Or will his strict notions of proper behavior make him lose the one woman he hasn’t been able to forget?

    Temptation goes up against willpower in this erotic short story. From the lush curves of an innocent tempting a strict suit, this playful romp has the recipe for lust tempered with the dynamics of reality crashing down in an emotional storm. I felt that portions of this plot dragged a little and the lead male was frustratingly arrogant, but these might not sway every reader from this delicious little tale of passion.


  2. LASR Erotic Romance Review 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Apr 2012

    Sex so hot I had to get my laptop a fire extinguisher! SIZZLE!!!!

    The lovely Shakara James is best friends with heiress Julie Parker, but despite the attraction she feels for Julie's brother Cade, Cade has made it clear he does not like Shakara hanging out with his little sister, as he is certain Shakara is a bad influence.

    Shakara is determined to make it on her own. She will not to be homeless and on the streets again, even if it means she has to take every legitimate job she can get to prevent that from happening.

    Well respected and wealthy businessman, Cade Parker feels that the much younger Shakara should not come to visit his sister -- after all, Shakara is a stripper who has been raised on the streets and has no family and a questionable background. Even though Cade has always been half in love with the dark-skinned beauty, he feels protective of Julie and feels it's his place to steer her into a better direction. And what if Shakara is really after their money?

    Julie is tired of her older brother dictating her life. She's twenty-one now, old enough to choose her own friends. She feels her brother is being unreasonable because he places too much importance on what the social snobs of Rhode Island think.

    When these two opposites finally find themselves ensnared by Cupid's arrow, can Cade convince Shakara that they actually have a shot at a “happily ever-after” even when the odds are stacked against them?

    Delilah Hunt did a good job at writing a story full of controversy and stumbling blocks. Main characters, Cade and Shakara, had so much to overcome that many times it seemed as though they could never work it out.

    I couldn't help but cheer and pull for them while I was reading this story. The sex scenes were extremely hot and sizzled the edges right off the pages. This book provided a lot of emotional turmoil as well; one minute I was extremely happy for the characters, the next I was crying with them for their heartbreak. The secondary characters were well thought-out and very unique. This story flowed so well I had a hard time putting it down. I would have no problem recommending this story to a friend and have added it to my list of keepers.

    Can total opposites make a Happily Ever After? Find out in this story! As you may see, with an open-mind all things are possible.


  3. Happily Ever After Reviews 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Jan 2011

    LynnMarie's Review

    Delilah Hunt earned a new fan in this reviewer. Her skill at bringing her characters to life was superb. I felt like I was watching a drama, not reading a book.

    Shakara is a troubled young African-American woman struggling to survive on her own. She had a difficult past, but doesn't let it control her. Rather, she works hard and keeps a positive outlook on life. She's always had a crush on her best-friend's older brother. Caden is rich, powerful, and barely tolerates her.

    When the truth comes out that both Shakara and Caden have the same feelings for each other, sparks fly. Delilah Hunt masterfully creates sexual tension that leads up to some seriously hot sex scenes!

    The conflict presented in the book kept me turning the pages. But mostly I just enjoyed being in this world, living with the characters, and savoring their love for each other. This is one of the best contemporary romances I've read in a long time.

    There are interracial and older man/younger woman themes in this love story which only add to its complexity. If you're looking for a book to sink your teeth into, I wholeheartedly recommend, Tempting Mr. Parker by Delilah Hunt!



    5 Tea Cups and a Recommended Read!


  4. Book Wenches Reviews 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Jan 2011

    Shakara James has been on her own for so many years she only knows how to take care of herself. She may not be living like a queen, but she is proud to pay for the roof over her head and the clothes on her body. It is sometimes hard to keep the positive outlook, however, when her best friend's rich brother thinks so poorly of her when she wants nothing but his approval. He views her as the lowest of low since she has had to work in a strip club to survive.

    Cade Parker can't keep his mind on anything but the gorgeous Shakara. She makes his blood boil in a most delicious way and it angers him that he has feelings for a girl so much younger than himself. Though he knows he should channel the feelings into a more positive mode, he finds that putting a wall between them keeps his sanity. But what happens when that wall comes crashing down?

    ********

    I relish a good conflict, and Tempting Mr. Parker has me panting for more. I couldn't put this book down from the moment I picked it up until I finished the last word. The characters are strong, and the story is delightfully full of conflict on every level; from dealing with interracial issues to the explosive denial of lust and love, this story has it all.

    I especially thrive on a book that puts butterflies in my stomach as well as gut-wrenching worry about the outcome. At times I had a tear in my eye while the next moment finding myself very angry with the characters; my emotions were all over the place, and I enjoyed every minute of it. The story is one as old as time, yet Ms. Hunt put a wonderfully new twist on the denial aspect.

    While Shakara is a stand out character, and I enjoyed every minute of her, I found the dynamics between her and Cade to be what is the most memorable. Together they are combustible. I found them to both be strong-willed yet caring, and the obstacles they must overcome make for a quick and entertaining read.

    I would be undeniably thrilled if Ms. Hunt would put out a conflict-filled book weekly for me! She has a talent for grabbing her reader and not letting go.

    http://www.bookwenches.com/january11reviews.htm#686147777


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