Who I am and all I believe is marred with just one glance into angry, steel blue eyes. He seems to control my air, my ability to breathe. He makes me crave everything I know is a sin. Pure becomes tainted and lines are blurred. It’s my fault; I’m the one who isn’t strong enough. I’ve been damaged…broken. Breck’s words haunt me…’There’s a consequence for every choice you make.’
I’ve had so many women I can’t even remember over half of their names, but none of them are mine; I make damn sure of that. I take what I desire and never look back. I don’t need or want anyone, ever…not until I met Emma. Those eyes bore into what’s left of my soul and her touch sears me, weakens me. I want to hate her for that. She is my ruin…my sweetest hell.
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His confession knocks the air out of me, just as ruthlessly as if he punched me in the stomach. I gasp, desperately try to fill my lungs with air, “I am yours. You’ve always had me; even when I hated you, you had me.”
All coherent thoughts disintegrate when Breck grabs my shoulders, pulling me against him. The heat of his body radiates through my skin as his hand runs behind my head, sliding up my neck until his fingers are tangled in my hair, pulling it until my mouth is almost touching his. The intensity of his gaze weakens me. Steel blue phases into a stormy gray as his mouth collides with mine.
My head spins. My knees go weak as I collapse against him, my body not able to handle the intensity of the sensations exploding inside of me. Breck’s lips claim mine with such power, for one second, I am afraid. I know the danger of losing myself in him, but then the fear is gone; there is no one else I would rather lose myself to.
His hand fists my hair as his kiss deepens, his tongue pushing, probing, demanding access. Opening my mouth, I kiss him back. The feel of his lips conquering me, the taste of his tongue as it slides over mine, colliding, taming, plundering, sends the sweetest shivers down my spine. His teeth graze my bottom lip, nipping and lavishing as his tongue tastes my lips, then plunges inside again, breaking me to his will. I need him with such desperation, I cringe at my weakness but allow him to tame me.
The Story Behind Ash to Steele
by Karen-Anne Stewart
As anyone who grew up in a small town knows, the ‘simpler life’ isn’t always so simple. With growing up in a small town myself, I both loved and resented the sheltered protection a close-knit community can provide. Don’t get me wrong, I feel absolutely blessed to have been raised where I grew up and have the family and friends I will always cherish, but, like Emma, I could relate to wanting to break free, find out who I really am, and find my more. This desperate desire was a huge part of my inspiration for Ash to Steele.
Emma Jones is a preacher’s daughter. Breck Steele is an arrogant bastard. When the two first meet, they are hell-bent on hating each other, but that’s hard to do when each one consumes the other’s soul. I have a thing (a BIG thing) for bad boys with a good heart, and Breck is definitely a cocky, panty-melting, I’ll-kick-your-ass-if-you-mess-with-me-or-someone-I-love kind of bad boy, but he has a heart of gold buried underneath his manwhoring ways. My obsession with tattooed bad boys is the other part of my inspiration for Ash to Steele.
I’m a bit of a dreamer and a complete sucker for a deep, powerful love story that brings me to my knees in a puddle of tears. I also need a HEA. Ash to Steele is more than just a story of ‘bad boy meets good girl’, it’s full of sexual tension, angst, tears and humor, supporting characters who I want as my BFFs, and a powerful, redeeming love that can tame even the most hellacious personal demons. Emma is Breck’s ruin…his sweetest hell. Breck is Emma’s temptation; he makes her crave everything she knows is a sin.
I love when a story builds around a deep connection and a burning desire before the characters have sex. I do love some ‘Got to have you NOW’ sex, but there’s just something about building to that moment that makes the sex so much hotter for me. Ash to Steele has some scorching tension and hate that turns into friendship before developing into something so much deeper. Even though that first kiss doesn’t come soon, their desires provide enough flame to get you to that moment when it does arrive and before delving into a few sexy scenes.
Thank you so much for having me today, and a huge thanks to the readers for taking the time to stop by and get to know the story behind Ash to Steele a little more. I hope you fall in love with Breck and Emma as much as I did writing their story. I would love to hear from you, so feel free to connect with me at any of the links below.
About the Author
Karen-Anne Stewart has always adored reading and has now fallen in love with writing. Her written works are The Rain Trilogy: Saving Rain, Healing Rain, and After the Rain, and the newly released stand alone novel, Ash to Steele. Her debut novel, Saving Rain: The First Novel in The Rain Trilogy, was a nominee for the Book Junkie’s Choice Awards, and Saving Rain and After the Rain were nominees for the 2014 RONE Awards.
When Karen-Anne isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, and visiting new places. She fuels her addiction of creating new stories by her only other addiction, caffeine, and listening to a myriad of musical genres. Tucked away near the Blue Ridge Mountains, Karen-Anne lives with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and their cat. She plans on writing new adult romance as long as her fingers maintain dexterity.
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