Title: The Shrink
Series: Love Nests #2
Author: Sophia Karlson
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Release Date: July 30, 2020
Apparently she’s a bit crazy.
Apparently he’s the shrink who will cure her.
Apparently they aren’t allowed to fall for each other at all…
Stacey Sinclair’s mother died in a gruesome car accident six years ago, and now everybody thinks she is finally losing it. Surely a few crazy actions on her part don’t justify her seeing a shrink for months on end?
For a psychologist, Dr Ivo Linder is too decent, too caring, and too handsome to get a glimpse of what really goes on in her head. Stacey’s unforeseen feelings towards him make her retaliate — she taunts him, never expecting to fall with him into forbidden lust.
As their attraction intensifies, the old adage stands: it doesn’t matter, as long as nobody finds out. But someone always finds out and when they do, will Stacey and Ivo risk everything to give their love a chance?
Author’s Note: This book contains graphic content and themes that might trigger some readers.
“Thank you for Friday night. And for taking me away.” For a moment Stacey hovered, then she stepped up to him and pulled him close in a hug that shouted nothing but gratitude.
“You're welcome.” Ivo closed his arms around her, tightening her female frame to him, relishing the last moment of having her like this. She turned her face into his neck, her breathing softly caressing his skin, her nose leading a delicate trail on which a sigh followed. Right there where his pulse beat. Where her fingers had held him earlier. Held his heart.
The touch was so subtle, so gentle and pure, Ivo shut his eyes, feeling himself slip. His hands, which until that moment had rested on her back, inched lower, to the curve where back became butt. Stacey didn't stir but somehow came closer, her lips higher, her sweet scent more intense as he inhaled against her temple.
It only took a slight turn of his head, an easy slide down the most delicate of skin to capture her lips with his own. She didn't hesitate but kissed him back with equal unhurried intent, mooring against him, rising with slow breaths against his body in a mimic of water in a quiet harbour. He felt himself swell against her, his hands idling lower to where he could spread his fingers, kiss his palms over her softest curves and anchor her to him.
Her breathing hitched as her fingers wove into his hair, and he pressed her to him, knowing she'd feel him now, unable to stop himself. He should stop, but instead he kissed her deeper, with wonderment at how intimate the simple gesture seemed as she opened for him and their tongues slowly intertwined, raking together his deep sexual desire for her, making him moan into her mouth, which she echoed back.
Over the past few hours, their restraint had eroded bit by bit and made way for this moment of unavoidable collision. And he caved into it, into her warmth and heart. For deep down, he was starved.
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Sophia Karlson writes sensual, emotional, and evocative contemporary romance, often set in far-flung settings. She used to work in the travel industry before turning to full-time writing. Her first book, Perfect Mistake, was a finalist for the Daphne Award for Romantic Suspense and won the Kathryn Hayes award in 2019. All her novels can be read as standalone, although she tends to write about siblings because family dynamics are so intriguing. Taking readers on a journey of their own with her books is part of the plot. Bon voyage!