A Valentine Challenge by Kiru Taye
Genre: Contemporary romance
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Ex-soldier Michael Ede’s spent his time building his life exactly the way he wants it. Life is good. Or so he thinks. So when his friends set him a challenge to exorcise the memory of a woman from his past, he expects it to be a walk in the park.
Socialite Kasie Bosa is spitting fire at men. Her long-term boyfriend has asked for a break via text message of all things. How dare he? She’s told him to go take a dive into the River Niger. And not so politely too. So the next man who dares to cross her path is at risk of getting shredded with her spa manicured nails.
Bad news for Michael who has chosen her as the object of his challenge. But neither of them can deny the sizzling chemistry between them nor control their responses, it seems. It’s the season of love. Can either of them escape unscathed?
He knew trouble when he saw it.
A man accustomed to dealing with danger in all guises, he’d come across its varied forms from the killing fields of Sierra Leone to the marshy jungle of the Niger Delta. Danger came in the form of men with machetes or AK47s and explosives packed into cars in crowded markets. Though scarred, he’d dealt with trouble and survived.
Yet, standing outside the front entrance of Park Hotel Enugu that morning, a light breeze fanning his face, Michael Ede knew he’d never seen trouble like this. Today, danger came at him as a woman. A stunningly beautiful woman. Like no woman he’d ever seen previously. Sure, she had the poise and elegance of a well-bred woman. Dressed in a white shirt and high-waist black trouser suit that enhanced as well as hid her curvy figure, feet encased in black peep-toe high-heeled pumps, jet-black hair pulled back in a chignon, blood-red lips that matched her toe nails, she exuded sophistication and class.
Beneath all that exterior elegance, there was something about her that connected with a part of him—the part of him buried under the rubble of a demolished heart. Stirring yearning he didn’t even want to contemplate. Danger signals resounded within him, his stomach churning with adrenaline, his senses focused on the object coming his way like a missile. His instincts told him to run, get out of there. Still he stood his ground. He was a born fighter. He never ran from danger.
Sashaying toward him, her lips in a glorious pout, her eyes amber-brown and captivating, she came to a halt a few feet from him. As if she knew that if she came any closer he might not be able to keep his hands off her. He clenched and unclenched his hands at his sides, his heart rate rivalling the drumbeats that heralded Obiagu masquerades. Hot blood flooded his body. It had nothing to do with the heat of the early morning African sun beating down on his back.
And everything to do with the woman standing before him. Trouble!
“Who are you? Where is Jonah?” she queried, her soft voice laced with annoyance, a frown creasing her otherwise unblemished oval face. Her not-amused eyes squinted in the sun as they moved from scanning him to surveying the hotel car park as if expecting the elusive Jonah to appear any minute.
Strange, in the short time her gaze left his body, he missed its warming effect on his blood. How was that possible? Reminding himself he was here on a mission, he straightened up leisurely. He moved away from the car toward her, rolling his shoulders while telling himself she didn’t have an adverse effect on him.
“You must be Kasie Bosa,” he said it in a matter-of-fact way. In a power play, confidence was key. Moreover, he wasn’t going to bow and scrape for her…for anyone. He needed to start their encounter the way he meant to proceed.
She reared back; possibly surprised he’d addressed her directly. Tough. She’d have to learn to live with it. His stare caught her suspicious eyes and held them. He raised his eyebrows in a challenge. Her eyes flashed with irritation.
“Yes, I’m Kasie,” she said, her voice hardened.
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Island Bound by Kiru Taye
Genre: contemporary romance
When Christy Inemi-Spiff discovers that the man she vowed to love and honor has no such feelings for her, she is determined to cut her losses and move on with her life. A quick, quiet divorce is all she wishes….
However, Joshua has other ideas. He’s not ready to walk away yet, especially when he doesn’t understand why Christy wants out of their marriage. So he demands she agree to spend a quiet Christmas on a remote African Island with him, hoping they can salvage their relationship. If she still wants a divorce after these two weeks, he will let her go. But not before he’s had his fill of her.
But with the sparking tension between them, and the secrets behind the disintegration of their marriage threatening to explode, will either of them get their wish? Or will this season of good will show them what really lies at the bottom of their hearts?
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