Vic Russo is just one of the guys. Except she’s not a guy. A paramedic, affectionately known as Vic within her firehouse, Victoria is a permanent fixture in the friend zone. But when her childhood crush, firefighter Graham McAndrew, becomes single once again, she decides enough is enough. It’s time for Graham to see her as the woman she’s become. There’s only one problem. A photo of her in the arms of another man has captured the nation’s attention.
Jason Meadows is not thrilled to have his police work interrupted by a small media craze. In fact, he’d be content never to see Victoria or that photo-gone-viral again. But a series of fires in town, paired with a growing attraction to the quirky paramedic, make staying away impossible.
Determined to ferret out a potential killer, Jason enlists Victoria’s help as his eyes and ears inside the firehouse. And while threats rise from within, Victoria is forced to choose between the love of her past and the man who’s ignited her fire within.
Stephanie Reid Bio:
Stephanie Reid writes contemporary romances with heart, humor, and a happily ever after. She holds a master’s degree in Human Development Counseling and enjoys using counseling theories on her fictional characters (and from time to time her husband).
She draws inspiration for her stories from life experience, and when writing, she frequently asks her police officer husband for his input on all things law enforcement. They’ve agreed not to discuss the bits of advice she doesn’t take when it doesn’t serve her plots well, and this makes for a very harmonious marriage.
Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Stephanie now resides with her husband and three children in central Illinois.
“I need to know this is going somewhere,” she said, her eyes searching his face. “I’m not talking marriage. Or even I-love-yous. I just need to know that this is something…” Her voice dropped to a ragged whisper. “I need to know that I’m…something to you.”
Grabbing her hand, he pulled her none too gently into the women’s bathroom. This place was full of men, not too damn likely any of them would come in here. Besides, Pete was probably shooing the last of the stragglers out right now, having long since turned off the taps.
He positioned her in front of the mirror, so she was facing it, and he stood behind her, his chest pressed against her back. “What do you see?”
She caught his gaze in the reflection. “I see me. And you.”
Pressing his lips to her neck, he nuzzled her there until she sighed and dropped her head back on his shoulder. “Good. Now watch.”
He ran his left hand up her torso beneath her soft cotton t-shirt. He stopped for a moment to enjoy the firm roundness of her breasts then continued his way up and pulled the t-shirt over her head.
Catching her reflection in the mirror, he stopped breathing for the space of several heartbeats. She was so damned beautiful, her flat toned stomach, her small but firm tits encased in black lace, color high on her cheeks, lips ready for his kiss.
Not looking at their reflection, her gaze was locked on him, on his lips. “Don’t look at me,” he said, his voice hoarse as he skimmed his hand down her stomach and toyed with the fastening of her jeans. “Watch us.”
Using his bandaged hand, he took her by the chin and gently turned her face toward the mirror. “You want to know how I feel about you?” he whispered in her ear. “I burn for you. Every second I’m not with you, I’m thinking about how I can arrange to see you again. And when I’m finally with you? I’m thinking about how I can get closer to you.”
He slipped his hand into her panties and groaned when he found her hot and wet for him. “Dammit, Victoria. You want to know if you’re something to me? You’re the cool water—the only thing that eases this fire inside. You’re the most important something in my world.”
Kissing the soft spot of skin just under her ear, he drew circles over her center and reveled in the sound of her whimper.
“But those words mean nothing,” he said, returning his lips to her ear. “People say things all the time. They tell lies. They change their minds. If you want to know the truth, it’s in my actions. It’s in that mirror. If you want to know how I feel about you, Victoria, then you need to watch.”
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