Rock star Gia Santora is at the height of her career when a frightening brush with a psychotic stalker changes her life. Three years later, she's ready for more than a string of one-night stands on the road, but finding a date isn't easy for a woman with a bodyguard. When she meets her sexy young opening act, he pushes all her buttons, sexually and emotionally. Sin Carstens is rock's hottest new guitar god with a body and a voice to match his name. He takes Gia on a wild sexual ride that has them literally rockin' the tour bus. But Sin's got priorities other than music and sex. He wants a relationship with the commitment-shy Gia. When the stalker gets loose and their lives are on the line, Gia pushes Sin away. But Sin's willing to fight Gia's fears in an effort to win himself the sexiest woman he's ever known, and prove that he can rock her world.
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November 13, 2009
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Excerpt from Rock My World by Lex Valentine
Fresh from the shower, Sin threaded his way through the groupies that always seemed to fill the backstage area. He slipped away from everyone and headed for the spot he'd found Gia standing in earlier. From that vantage point, he could watch her on stage. He'd somehow sensed her standing there during his set and it had fueled his performance. He played for her, sang for her...rubbed his aching cock against the body of his Strat for her.
The damp strands of his expensively cut hair fell into place automatically as Sin ruffled them with one hand and watched Gia. Dressed in a black leather bustier and matching skintight pants, she had the rock-star look down cold. Her black hair cascaded down her back in loose waves and ringlets like the mane of a show horse. She swiveled her hips and his heart thudded against his rib cage. Sweat trickled down her breastbone and he ached to lick it from her skin. She beckoned to the crowd with long slender fingers tipped with black-lacquered nails and all he could think of was how those fingers would feel wrapped around his cock. The cock that currently strained against the placket of his worn jeans.
From the moment his manager had told him Firewire wanted him to open for them, he'd dreamed of fucking Gia. Of course, he'd dreamed of fucking Gia since he was seventeen years old. Firewire had just burst onto the music scene fronted by the twenty-five-year-old bombshell and his adolescent hormones had done nothing but constantly wonder what she looked like naked. Twelve years later, his thoughts hadn't changed much but his opportunities had.
Sin watched her undulate in the spotlight, her red lips pursed as if she were about to suck on the microphone attached to her headset. God, how he wanted those lips sucking on his cock. The past few weeks had been torture. He'd seen her in passing numerous times but hadn't yet had a chance to speak to her alone.
Usually flanked by James Fox and Derek Vanguard in public, Gia otherwise kept to herself. He'd discovered she had no boyfriend, husband or significant other of any kind. Her bandmates--all big men with as much muscle as the group's bodyguards--closed ranks and protected her from the advances of strangers pretty much 24/7. He understood why. A stalker who'd held her at knifepoint three years ago had taken her straight out of the dating limelight. Her personal life had gone one-hundred-percent underground at that point. If he hadn't been part of the tour, he wouldn't have found out she was unattached.
He watched Firewire's entire set, his gaze glued to Gia's writhing body. At thirty-seven, she looked spectacular. Maybe not quite as hot as she'd been a dozen years ago, but she'd aged well. Her hips might be rounder, her body not as angular, and crow's feet and laugh lines adorned her face now, but Sin didn't care. She sent his temperature soaring.
The lights came down at the end of the last song, but within five seconds, a backlight came on, outlining Derek Vanguard's drum set. A roadie poured water over him as he drank from another water bottle. A low, driving backbeat from his bass drum rumbled through the auditorium. The lights began to pulse with the beat.
Sin blinked in surprise as Gia suddenly appeared in front of him, sweaty, breathless and wide-eyed. Her roadie unzipped the leather bustier and stripped it from her, swiftly pulling a white tank top over her head. For the space of a few heartbeats, Sin saw her naked breasts, the stiff pink nipples thrusting toward him. The roadie stepped behind Gia to pull her hair into a ponytail. Gia drank down a bottle of water, her gaze locked with his.
Fire licked at his groin as he stared at her. He didn't notice the black smears of her eyeliner or the way she couldn't seem to catch her breath. He did notice that her eyes watched him with undisguised lust. Sin took a step closer. Anticipation rushed over him. He grasped her chin and slanted his mouth over hers, smearing her lipstick. She tasted like cherries and he twined his tongue with hers, pressing his throbbing cock to her belly. She rubbed her tongue against his, her eyes wide open, watching him cautiously.
Hands pushed him and he stepped back, breaking the kiss. Gia's roadie hissed angrily at him but he ignored her, keeping his eyes on the woman whose taste still lingered on his mouth.
"Break a leg, baby," he said, touching her bare shoulders in a swift caress.
For an instant they just stared at each other, then the roadie hissed again and Gia took a step backward. As she spun toward the stage she glanced back at him, one eyelid dropping in a wink. Sin's heart stumbled, then began to beat faster. Fuckin' A. He'd kissed Gianna Santora. And she'd winked at him. He felt seventeen again.
Sin took a few steps forward, watching intently as Gia began to sing the band's signature song, a ballad that had every cigarette lighter in the arena lit like ten thousand candles in the night.
Lay with me
Close to my heart
Breathe my air
Let my love start
To heal your wounds
Our love unfurled
You hold me tight
And just rock my world
He held his breath, noting that at least twice she glanced toward him and both times her voice soared, the smoky, sexy tones washing over him, making him ache. He watched and listened as she segued from the ballad into their final encore of the night, a rousing, foot-stomping, fist-raising anthem of pure rock.
By the time she flung her arms around her bandmates and took a bow, the sweat-soaked white tank top had become transparent, outlining her round breasts with their tight nipples. She jogged offstage, her face incandescent with performance high. She headed straight for him, slamming her whole body into him, crushing her breasts against his chest. Wrapping her arms around his neck, she ground her pussy against his thigh and moaned.
Electrified by her touch, Sin kissed her hard. Just as he thrust his tongue into her mouth she pulled back, her violet eyes wide, her gaze intense.
"I'm not a cheater and I don't share," she growled, her voice raspy from sixty minutes of singing and screaming.
Heart hammering, Sin thrust his hands into her damp hair, dislodging the ponytail holder. "Me either. I broke up with Shanna two months ago. She couldn't handle me yelling your name every time I came," he admitted.
His palms absorbed the shock that rippled through her. She grasped his hand.
"Let's get out of here."
The next few minutes passed in a haze of lust and anticipation. Gia pulled him through the throngs of people toward an exit. Vaguely he realized she'd muttered something to her roadie and to Fox as they passed. Derek smacked him on the ass and Ray-Ray hooted. Next thing Sin knew, they were sprawled in a limo, lips locked and bodies rubbing urgently together as the car sped toward their hotel. He palmed her breasts through the damp tank top.
"Oh God, I've dreamed of this since I was seventeen years old," he mumbled against her mouth.
Gia froze, her lithe body pinning him to the leather seat. She stared at him with emotion-dark eyes for several seconds. Then, with a visible swallow, she thrust herself away from him, sitting up.
Sin levered himself upright, his stomach lurching. Damn his stupid mouth. He wasn't a kid anymore but excitement at being with her made him feel and react like one. It had been years since he'd been so gauche with a woman. He looked into her stony face and his stomach fell. Shit. It would take some fancy footwork to get back to the point where they were sucking face and humping on the limo seat again. Sin figured he'd better start dancing.