Title Mind Waves
Author Amanda Uhl
Genre Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Publisher The Wild Rose Press
If he can control her mind…
Government operative David Jenkins is skilled at controlling his emotions. Feelings are lethal when your job is to infiltrate minds, erase and implant thoughts, and guard the nation’s intellectual capital. But even he can’t fight his strange attraction to Grace Woznisky. He’ll do whatever it takes to protect her from a madman intent on possessing both their minds. Neither suspect their dangerous enemy has a larger motive, and David may be Grace’s only chance for survival.
Can he control her heart?
All freelance artist Grace wants is steady-paying work and to see her flighty sister to the altar. But after David offers her a job, she finds herself in the middle of a mental tug of war—one that has her reeling from nightmares and fighting for her life. She must decide: Are her growing feelings for her new boss authentic, or is she a victim of his mind-altering abilities?
“I remember everything about you."
She was flattered, although she guessed he was not being entirely truthful. “Oh yeah. What’s my bird’s name?”
“Harvey,” he said instantly.
“Pretty impressive. Let me see.” She tried to think of the most obscure thing she might have told him. “What’s my favorite dessert?”
“German Chocolate Cake. You won’t win. I told you I remember everything.”
She laughed. “I wouldn't be so sure. How about Claire’s fiancé.”
“Tom.” He grinned. “Give up?”
“When’s the wedding?” He couldn’t possibly know everything there was to know about her.
He waggled his eyebrows. “October 10.”
He did remember everything. She tried again. “What’s my mother’s name?”
She frowned. “But I didn’t tell you my mother’s name. How did you know that?”
He tried to brush it off. "You must have mentioned it when we were talking about our families."
She had? She eyed him suspiciously. “What’s the name of my ex?”
“I don’t believe you ever talked about him. But Brice Gallant did during your presentation at Gallant. His name is Gregory. Last name…Tilko. Which means you were once Mrs. Tilko.”
She was suitably impressed, but he was finally wrong about one thing. “Wrong. I kept my maiden name.”
“Ah, you got me,” he said smoothly, turning her to face him.
As if they had a will of their own, her eyes immediately dropped to his warm, sensual lips. What would it feel like to experience those lips on her?
Grace raised her eyes to his and drew in a sharp breath at what she saw there. He wanted her. He wasn’t hiding his desire. So, why didn’t he kiss her?
Suddenly the answer was there in her mind. How Grace knew what David was thinking was beyond her. But she knew. The same way she knew how a piece of glass would fit perfectly in one of her designs. David wanted it to be her choice. If anything were to happen between them, she would need to make the first move.
Before she could think more about what she was doing or why, Grace placed her lips on his. David did not pull away, but he did not respond immediately either. So, she did what she had imagined doing since their first meeting and ran her hands through his dark locks and down his back. The silky texture followed by the taut muscles started an ache deep inside.
For a brief moment, David remained unmoving. Grace reveled in the freedom to touch his body, while her lips teased his. But he did not allow her to remain in charge for long. As she continued her exploration, shaping the hard muscles in his shoulders and running her hands inside his shirt, David deepened the kiss, wrapping his arms around her and dropping to the couch with Grace in one swift motion. His tongue moved into her mouth, scraping her teeth. The rich smell of his cologne had Grace wanting a whole lot more than he was offering. The odd tingling sensation, which she had experienced once before on the beach, formed at the base of her skull and spread throughout her body. What was happening? Her heart beat hard, tapping out a staccato rhythm. Oliver barked once, as if sensing her emotion. Grace took a calming breath and instead of resisting, gave herself up to the electrical current that seemed to run between them.
David pulled away from her. “Grace, look at me.”
Dazed, she obeyed, but it was difficult to focus on his lips, when all she wanted to do was kiss them. She forced herself to look into his green eyes and found them dark with desire. Grace shivered.
“I want you, Grace. More than you can possibly know. But you need to…understand something about me first.”
“What,” she asked, breathless, surprised to hear the trembling passion in her own voice.
“I don’t share. And contrary to what you may think, I don’t sleep around. If we are…intimate…then I’ll want more than a one-night stand.”
In all her life, Grace had never known a man’s desire like this. He was staking his territory. Despite his air of mystery, David’s arms offered a safe harbor. Grace never wanted to leave them. Which was plain stupid. She just met the man.
“Grace.” He drew her name out on a ragged sigh, laying his forehead on hers. “I don’t want to rush you. If this is too soon, say so.”
The tingling sensation seemed to pierce her temples. She struggled to clear her mind, but it was like walking through cotton. It seemed impossible they had only met this this week. It felt like forever.
David started to pull away. Panic raced through her system. “It’s not too soon.”
David lifted his face to hers. “You mean that?” His green eyes seemed to search her soul.
Grace nodded. She did mean it. She didn’t know how or why she trusted David, but she found she did with a surprising certainty.
“Don’t be afraid.” He stared at her, his always perfect hair messy and green eyes glowing with a dark passion. Slowly, as if he thought she might change her mind, David placed both of his palms on either side of her cheeks and proceeded to trace the outline of her lips with his tongue. Grace could smell the rich scent of aftershave mixed with the lake breeze. The electrical charge spread into her face and down her back.
David pulled her from the couch and half carried her to his bedroom. Soon they were lying on his soft mattress. Overhead, moonlight streamed through the window making geometric patterns on the opposite wall.
She should put a stop to this. Common sense dictated she reconsider. But under the onslaught of his skillful hands and embrace, Grace could not find the strength she needed to haul herself off the bed and out the door. Her last logical thought was her mother would be expecting a phone call. But it soon vanished under the powerful passion that sprang between them.
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Amanda Uhl is an award-winning author of fast-paced, romantic suspense novels with a paranormal twist and humorous, big city contemporary romance with small-town heart. Amanda holds a bachelor of fine arts in theatre and a master’s degree in marketing. Over the past twenty years, she has worked as an admissions representative and graphic designer, owned her own freelance writing company, and managed communications for several Fortune 500 companies. Amanda is an avid reader and tea connoisseur and lives with her husband and three children in Cleveland, Ohio. When she’s not reading or writing, you can find her gathering beach glass on the Lake Erie shoreline or biking in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
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