...gets too drunk at his frat party, Daniel knows he has to keep her safe. Prequel to Librarian's Love.
Erica loves her studies. Library Science, the smell of history...it intoxicates her. But when she gets drunk at a frat party and reveals a bit more than she intends to in a game of Never Have I Ever, she finds her life of books and card catalogs not quite as satisfying as the handsome man whose attention she attracts.
The mousy librarian doing drunken keg stands grabs Daniel's attention from across the room. What a fascinating study in contrasts--one he can't wait to discover what mysteries her drab blouse and glasses may hide. And after hearing her sexy answers during Never Have I Ever, he's more determined than ever to know her secrets before the game is done.
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July 07, 2011
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Excerpt from A Librarian's Desire by Ava Delany
"Are you all right?" She rubbed a finger along her slender neck just above her pulse point, then nodded.
"Thank you, kind shir."
She'd be all right, but he'd have to keep a close eye on her from now on. Who knew what would have happened if he hadn't been there when Benny had come on to her? She didn't seem to be here with anyone, so she was fair game to any of his brothers, who wouldn't have a second thought about her when they finished.
"Let's play Never Have I Ever." The innocuous blonde who sat across the coffee table clapped her hands and bounced with excitement.
"How do you play?" his best friend, Todd asked, joining the group with a fresh cup of beer.
The bubbly bimbo turned to face him, waving her hands around and grinning like a fool as she spoke. "Okay, so you say 'Never have I ever', and then you tell something you've never done. Everyone who has done that has to put up a finger and take a drink. When someone has all his or her fingers up, the game is over. So, who wants to play?"
A chorus of "yeah" came from around the table, and from the drunken lady beside him.
She plans to continue drinking?
It was more obvious with each passing moment that she really didn't know what she was getting herself into. Daniel would have to protect this lady in the midst of these dragons.
"Never have I ever had a threesome in a graveyard." The first girl smiled at her friend, who popped a finger in the air and drank a shot.
"You did that on purpose," said the brunette who'd just had her drink. "Okay, never have I ever given head to a guy in the bathroom of a gas station." The brunette lifted her eyebrows at her friend who chose to lift her middle finger as she took a gulp of beer.
Todd lifted his beer and winked at the girls. "Never have I ever given a man head at all. Drink up, ladies.
"The librarian didn't giggle and drink as the others did. Straightlaced. He knew it. She probably hadn't done more than let little Frankie Peterson steal a kiss in second grade. She rubbed the back of her finger along her neck and played with a wisp of hair while looking toward the ceiling.
"Never have I ever toushed a frog." Her nose wrinkled and the tip of a pink tongue jutted out.
He smiled. So innocent, she didn't even understand the point. The intention of the game was to make revelations of a sexual nature. Ultimately, the game was meant to entice the drunken fool across from you into bed for the evening by confessing the raunchiest sexual secrets you could think of.
When the blonde on the other side of the table looked at him, he shook his head, letting her know he had no intention of playing. She pouted and her eyes widened, but her bright red lips held no interest for him. He shook his head again.
"Never have I ever..." A tall brunette jerked at her too-short miniskirt. "Never have I ever watched two people have sex. Drink up, guys.
"The librarian's finger popped up. His jaw dropped before he could stop it.
Did she understand the question?
She took a drink.
James, another frat brother in the group, grinned. "Never have I ever had sex in public."
Her second finger popped up, and she drank again. Daniel smiled. Perhaps there was more to his little librarian than he thought. He'd have to get to know her better--discover who she really was--now that she'd proved so many of his theories wrong.
A few minutes later, when the blonde who'd started the game popped up finger number ten, the girls at the table giggled and headed for the alcohol to refill their drinks.
"That wush a fun game.
"The librarian's eyes were unfocused. She was about to pass out in a den of wolves. He wouldn't let that happen.
He turned to her.
"Come with me.""If I want to live?" She giggled. "Come vish me if you want to live."
Her imitation of Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn't very good. However, considering the amount of alcohol she'd drunk and her petite size, she shouldn't be able to speak, let alone imitate old movie stars.
He stood, offering her his hand. She placed her palm in his and he yanked her to her feet. She paled."Where do you live?"
He tried to catch her gaze as she swayed.
"Do you live on campus? We need to get you to your dorm. Who did you come here with?"
"I don't feel sho good."
He led her to the stairs and helped her up to his room. Opening the door, he led her inside.
"You know something?" she asked, stumbling a step. "You're probably the mosht handsome man I've ever sheen."
Unsteady on her heels, she tried to step into him, but tripped and stumbled into his arms. She was soft. Amazingly soft. And she smelled like strawberries. Such a sweet and innocent scent for a frat party attendee.
He inhaled sharply, his body responding to her closeness. His pulse pounded, rushing to engorge parts of him he wouldn't be using tonight--at least not with this girl so damned drunk. He'd never been the kind of guy to have sex with a girl this smashed. It seemed far too much like taking advantage.
"You can sleep on my bed."
"And where will you shleep?" Her voice went quiet. "With me?"
He clenched his jaw to keep himself from saying yes. She was an unusual girl. By the end of the game, she'd held up three fingers. She liked public sex, she'd watched two people have sex, and she'd worn a costume during sex. He was curious what it might have been. A kinky girl in the guise of a bookworm. Interesting."No." He released the soft skin and clenched his fists at his sides. "I'll be on the floor."
She pouted and he found himself wanting to kiss those lips. To bite that spot on her neck where she'd rubbed so many times. To--
"What if I want you on the bed with me?"
Stepping forward, she swayed again and fell. Once more, he caught her and helped her stand. When she looked into his eyes, his pulse quickened. He'd never seen a sultrier look. Her eyes blazed and the wisps from her disheveled bun framed the delicate bones of her face. Despite her short stature--more than half a foot shorter than his--she managed to pull his head down and stand on her toes to meet him.
Her lips covered his. The sweet and innocent kiss made him doubt her revealing answers to the game. Perhaps he'd been right about her the whole time. Then, she deepened the kiss, and a blast of erotic heat rocked him on his heels.