HPBT: Falling From Disgrace by L. Maretta


Falling from Disgrace by L. Maretta


Four years ago Adrianna was on top of the world. A bright girl who was going to be a pediatrician, she was ready to start med school with her best friend, Rachel. Closer than sisters, Adrianna and Rachel had opportunities others only dreamed about…until….

One night, one horrific accident and a one way trip to misery. Thank God for painkillers…only problem is all they do is postpone the inevitable.

Jack was easygoing and happy with his life. He had his job. He had his new car. Content, that’s what he was…until…

He meets her and he realizes there is more to life than the ordinary. He wants Adrianna. He wants to find out what she is hiding, make her see that she is worth loving, and bring the strength inside of her to the surface. But what will it cost him? What toll with their relationship take on the both of them?

There is no drug that will cure what ails them…only time, patience, trust, and love.
Jack’s place
was bigger than Adrianna’s but just as modest.
The furniture looked comfortable and lived in, there were minimal
accents, like most bachelor pads, but it was warm and inviting.  Stretching across the wall of the main room
was a dark wood entertainment center with a flat screen television and other
electronics men like to play with.  There
was a large over-stuffed, grey sofa and matching reclining loveseat adjacent to
it with a coffee table the same wood as the wall unit.  It was something one would expect to find in
any single man’s home.  To be truthful,
Adrianna was just relieved that there weren’t empty beer bottles and overflowing
ashtrays as far as the eye could see.

Upon entering
his living room, Jack turned on the stereo and some soft rock Adrianna didn’t
care enough to identify began playing. 

“Can I get you
something to drink?” Jack asked, cocking his head to the side and flashing that
sexy grin at her again.

Using the last
ounce of confidence she had in her, Adrianna just shook her head and dropped
her purse on the sofa.  She 
wasn’t interested in small talk or pleasantries; she wanted to get down to business.

Her legs carried
her the short distance to Jack and she brazenly placed her hands on his
biceps.  His arms were made of well
defined muscles and she had spent the better part of the evening fantasizing
about them wrapped around her.  He made
her fantasy a reality and did just that, settling his hands on her small
waist.  The grin vanished from his face
and he looked down on her with an intensity that made her knees weak. 

Jack was
somewhat surprised when Adrianna made what she wanted clear by approaching him
in his apartment first.  He had his share
of one night stands and usually the girl would play coy at first, accepting a
drink and flirting before the inevitable happened.  But Adrianna didn’t play any games and when
she put her hands on him he saw the same need he was feeling reflected back at
him.  He glanced down at those amazing
lips of hers once again and then brought his own lips down upon them.

They were just
as soft as he’d hoped they’d be. 

groaned when Jack opened his mouth against hers and his tongue ran softly
against her lower lip.  He kept it sweet
and slow at first but when she brought her hands up to wrap around the back of
his head he drove in harder, making deep, sensual sweeps through her mouth.  His kiss was murderous, meant to slay her in
every way possible, and God, did she think it was going to kill her.  He was kissing her, really kissing her, not
in the obligatory way that most men did before moving down in a hurry to get on
with the real action.  He made her feel
craved with every flick of his tongue, every caress of his lips, and when he
pulled her to him more tightly so that their bodies were flush, a foreign
sensation came upon her.  She felt…
content.  This 
wasn’t about just wanting
a distraction from the pain anymore, nor the horrible reality of what her life
had become.  No, it was much more than
that.  It was about an attraction, and
not just a physical one, between a man and woman who desired one another.  Desire.
What a difference there was between that and want.

Jack was
determined to remain unhurried with Adrianna, to take his time with her, but
when she moaned softly into his mouth as he kissed her his restraint was
diminished.  Fuck, he wanted her and
wanted her badly.  He brought his hands
around to the backs of her thighs and lifted her, her legs wrapping around his
waist without being told to do so.  He
carried her across the room to press her against the wall that led to his
bedroom.  There he finally moved his
mouth from hers to taste the skin of her neck and collarbone.  He was pleased to learn that they were just
as sweet and soft as her lips, as were her cries when he moved one of his hands
to knead the flesh of her breast.  When
Adrianna squeezed her legs more tightly around him he knew it was time to move
this to his bedroom.

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About the Author:

L Maretta, a full time educator, has a passion for many things but most of them have taken a back seat to writing. After writing for her own enjoyment since she was a teen, she finally decided to try sharing her work with the world, and her debut novel, Whatever It Takes, was published in June of this year. She has a great love of books, and enjoys reading everything from horror to erotica.

She lives in Florida, where she thinks the heat is ridiculous, but survives it by lounging by the pool with her laptop all summer. She is the mother of two beautiful little girls and the wife of a very supportive and patient husband.

L. Maretta’s books are not only engaging romance novels, but they are also stories that people can relate to. These are not fantasy stories with billionaire playboys and sex goddesses. The content is real, centering on the true trials and tribulations of every day life, making the reader feel much more connected to the characters.

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