Here is Anita Philmar’s contribution to the Rocking Summer Romance Spotlight & Excerpt Exchange.
But be careful...that first step is a doozy!Blurb –
Skinny-dipping to cool off in the Trinity River couldn’t cause any problem...could it?
Wading into the water, Carolyn Evans takes one step too far and finds herself neck-deep in the river and fighting for her life.
After saving Carolyn from drowning, Zack Goodman is trapped in an awkward situation when they’re both rescued by a steamboat and hauled on deck.
Naked and embarrassed, Carolyn is quick to save them from humiliation and claims they are married.
Will Zack release her from her claim of matrimony? Or will he teach her once words are spoken...they are not so easily retracted?
“Oh, God, I don’t want to die.” The girl in his arms dug her nails into his arm. Her muscles tensed, and she sank deeper into the water. He gasped a quick breath before the weight of her body pulled them both under again.
Water streamed up between them, and she turned in the circle of his arms. Her hands gripped his shoulders, and she shoved him deeper in her attempt to keep her own head above water.
He sank into the murky depths and freed himself from her panicked grip. She yelled, and her foot connected with his chest. Air exploded from his lungs. He swam away from her and quickly rose back to the surface. A loud whir roared in his ears.
With one big gulp, he swallowed both air and water. His lungs rejected the mixture and he choked out a cough.
Plop. An object hit the water, and he stared at a floating white circle. Waves crashed around him.
“Grab hold, and we’ll pull you up.” A voice boomed from the steamboat.
Zack glanced around and caught sight of the girl struggling to reach the device. He swam to her and shoved her closer to the floating ring. Then he grabbed ahold of the device and wrapped his arm around her waist. “Just hold on, and they’ll lift us up.”
Her eye grew wider. “But...” She glanced at the boat’s railing.
The rope tied to the device lifted the ring onto its side. Zack tightened his grip on the girl and repositioned her into its center. “Put your head through here, and wrap your arms over the sides.”
She did as he instructed seconds before the device rose up between them. He wrapped his arms around the ring and grabbed ahold of the rope.
His feet dangled in the water for a moment before they swung on the end of the line. The motion slammed him into the side of the steamboat. Pain radiated along his right side, but he didn’t loosen his grip.
The rope jerked them upward.
“Oh, God, what if they drop us.” The girl buried her head in his shoulder. “Thanks for at least trying to save me.”
Her naked body plastered against him eased the pain in his back. Silky skin caressed his stomach and her warmth penetrated the fabric of his pants. Need heated his blood, alleviating the cold chill of the river.
He glanced up at the concerned expressions of the people lining the steamboat’s rail. His body hid the girl in his arms, and he wondered what the curious passengers would say when they finally arrived on board?
Find In Deep Water at
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All Romance Books - https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-indeepwater-1269693-340.html
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