Her Perfect Gift
By: Theodora Taylor | Other books by Theodora Taylor
Published By: Amorous Publishing
Published: Dec 02, 2012
ISBN # 9780984919352
Published By: Amorous Publishing
Published: Dec 02, 2012
ISBN # 9780984919352
Word Count: 48,000
Available in: Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Reader, Mobipocket (.mobi), Epub
Her Perfect Gift by Theodora Taylor - Romance>InterracialLacey Winters has sworn off love. She's kept her heart locked away for her own protection, and she's vowed never to fall under a dangerous man's spell again.
But that was all before she met Suro Nakamura, a hit man who seems bound and determined to stomp all over her pesky vows.
He's dangerous in more ways than one, but can Lacey resist this man-sized temptation?
A perennial favorite in Theodora Taylor's wildly popular 50 Loving States series, this hot AMBW interracial romance features a woman with a past, a hit man determined to see her in his future, and red hot chemistry.
Reader Rating: 4.7 (27 Ratings)
Excerpt:IF Lacey hadn't just gotten off a two-day road trip, if she wasn't wearing a simple V-neck t-shirt with jean shorts, and if she wasn't a black woman, she'd swear the slightly scruffy but very handsome Asian guy on the other side of the U-shaped bar was checking her out.
But she knew she didn't cut the most glamorous figure with her makeup-free face and long dreadlocks twisted on top of her head in a messy bun. She was also way underdressed for the upscale bar at Sinclair Ranch and Resort's five-star restaurant, The S Factor.
The Asian guy had silky black hair that fell just past his chin and what looked like a few days worth of stubble, but at least he was wearing a lightweight summer suit. No, he couldn’t be checking her out. Her eyes drifted to a group of women seated in the corner and decked out in elegant resort dresses. They made her feel like a plain sparrow to their colorful birds. Surely, if he were going to hit on anybody in the bar, it would be one of them.
And let's face it, as a black woman, she’d never had an Asian man give her a second glance, much less the searing one this guy appeared to be throwing her across the wide expanse of the bar. Lacey began to wonder if maybe there was a gorgeous, non-black woman standing behind her.
She actually looked over her shoulder, but found herself gazing at a wall. And when she turned back to the bar, the man was gone. Had he been a hallucination? She reached up to undo the elastic holding her hair in place. Maybe she'd put it on too tight.
"You're done with your drink," a smoky voice said beside her, just as she grabbed her hair tie.
The Asian guy had reappeared at her side and slid onto the stool to her left. He was taller and even more handsome up close. Now she could clearly see his face, including his long, wide nose and intense onyx eyes, which seemed to be boring a hole into her as he waited for an answer.
Okay, then. Not a hallucination.
She dropped her hand from her hair and glanced at the now-empty pint glass in front of her. "Yeah, I guess I am."
He set his own drink down, something dark and amber, maybe bourbon or scotch, and hailed the waiter. "I will buy you another."
"That’s not a good idea," she said, truly alarmed to find herself in the position of having to turn down a drink from this really, really attractive man. She didn't get out much, and it had been years since anyone had offered to buy her anything at all. "I haven't had anything to eat since lunch. I got into town a little later than expected, and now I'm starving. Really, the only reason I came in here was to get a meal, but then I was too late, and the kitchen closed, so I ordered a Guinness, because that's kind of like a meal, right? But I think two pints would cross over into drinking-on-an-empty- stomach territory and I still have to drive back to my motel..."
She trailed off, because the bartender had arrived to take their drink order, also because she realized she was doing it again, talking too much.
"You too friendly, Tasha," her father had scolded her back when her name had still been Tasha. They were walking back from the grocery store for what was supposed to be a quick milk run, but had turned into nearly twenty minutes of her dad huffing and puffing in the background as she gabbed on and on with the checkout clerk. "Everybody in the world ain’t your new best friend, cher. You going to have to learn 'bout that soon."
At the time she'd dismissed his comments with a roll of her teenage eyes and an exasperated smile. "C'mon, Daddy, people aren't that bad," she'd said, thinking him such an introverted grump to her extroverted chatterbox self. But now she knew how bad people could be, how much trouble befriending the wrong people could get her into. It had ruined her life, and ended her father's.
"We'll have a bottle of cabernet to go," the man was saying to the bartender now. She noticed his words were slightly tinged with a very faint accent, making him sound even more formal than he already appeared. "And your house pasta. Have room service deliver it to my cabin."
The bartender nodded and left to place the order, even though handling room service orders for bar patrons probably wasn't within the purview of his duties.
The Asian man had placed the order so smoothly, it took Lacey a few seconds to realize what had happened. "Oh, wait, you want me to come back to your room...with you?"
"Yes," he answered. "You're hungry and need to eat."
"Yeah, but..." she leaned in with an apologetic wince. "I know I'm not dressed very nice or
anything, but I'm not the kind of girl who goes off with some random guy I just met."
He didn't answer, just let his eyes scan her body from head to toe, his gaze so hot, it caused self-conscious goose bumps to rise on her arms.
Luckily the bartender chose that moment to come back with the bottle of wine and the bill. The man signed it and took out his photo ID. "Please give this to the front desk before you leave tonight. If anything happens to her, then you know who I am and where to find me."
Lacey's eyes widened in surprise, and the bartender looked at them both with curiosity. But a true professional, he took the driver's license from the man and nodded without further comment.
Then he left them alone with the bottle of wine and, for Lacey, a big decision.
However, the stranger didn't seem to think there was any decision to be made. He took the bottle of wine by the neck and stood. "We should go now if we want to get back to my cabin before your food arrives. The room service is fast here."
Maybe if it hadn't been so long since a man had invited her back to his place. Maybe if she hadn't been in Montana, a state she'd only traveled to twice before and for a very short time at that. Maybe if she hadn't been living like a nun, with nothing more than a vibrator to keep her company for the past twelve years. Maybe if he weren't so intriguingly handsome with his deep voice and mysterious accent...
Maybe if her stomach hadn't chosen that moment to grumble loudly as she watched him walk away.
In the end, Lacey followed him out of the restaurant, not just because she really was very hungry, but also out of curiosity.
For the first time since her father had been killed, she let down her guard. She was in the middle of nowhere, with no possibility of anyone having a clue who she really was. And a very attractive guy had just offered her a nice meal along with a bottle of expensive wine. Why not live a little? she asked herself. Just this once.
Reader Reviews (12)
Submitted By: heyya on Jan 5, 2015I loved this story. Great characters that are complex, but interesting. A must read.
Submitted By: dovi on Jan 28, 2014As with most of her book, i liked this one just as much. Maybe not as much as Owner of my heart but i liked the characters.
Submitted By: sharm01 on Jan 15, 2014A wonderful read.
Submitted By: cedumas on Jan 11, 2014I loved this story you take two individuals each battling their own demons, but in the end realize that they need one another to cast the demons out. It was a fantastic story. Ms Taylor is a awsome writer.
Submitted By: tinashantel on Jan 1, 2013What can I say, never a dull moment, story always on point and always entertaining! Love this author!
Submitted By: lurker1 on Dec 15, 2012What can I say, Mz Taylor does it again. Great story, characterizations and plot and of course hot sex.
Submitted By: nverde6 on Dec 14, 2012This is my new favorite couple in the 50 states series. I looove this novel. The plot, the characters, the intrigue is all sooo good! Suro is sweet sensitive, enigmatic, strong, determined and oh so sexy! 3 cheers for the Hot Asian guy!
Submitted By: yveswms on Dec 13, 2012yoku yarimashita - well done! Really liking Theodora Taylor's stories.
Submitted By: spoodle on Dec 13, 2012Perfect Gift for the Holidays-Great Read, The writer Covered all Bases.
Submitted By: wle on Dec 11, 20124 rating due to editing errors, it seems ending was hurried otherwise good reading. Suro reminds me of my men (son & husband) in life, man with few words-they remind me talking is overrated! Hmn
Submitted By: Sweetie1965 on Dec 5, 2012I have read all of the books by this author and I enjoyed all of them but this one "Her Perfect Gift" has to be my favorite. Kenji and Sparkle were hilarious. Keep up the good work Ms. Taylor! I look forward to reading more of your books.
Submitted By: sassymama on Dec 4, 2012Personally I really enjoyed this books. I can understand why Layla didn't want to tell Suro whats has happened to her but I'm glad that she did, and he is all alpha male. The sex scenes were HOT and SMOKING!!! Will definitely read more books by this author.