Jace rose to his feet and, in that languid way of his, crossed to the doorway where she stood. Alice was a tallish woman but, still, he towered over her. Casually, stretching out one arm, he rested his hand on the doorframe, just a hair’s breadth above her head. He was close, so close. His body was supple, strong, and—yes, she had to admit it—warm, fragrant. The heat of him reached her over the few inches separating them and she ached to curve into it. Aura? This man was a flesh-and-blood heat-wave.
The strange, tingling excitation was flowing through her again like thick port wine. She lowered her eyes, refusing to meet his gaze, although she knew he was, once again, examining her minutely.
“And I want to take the room.”
“Look, you don’t need my room,” she said, desperation evident in her tone. “There’s a perfectly reasonable motel the other side of the Winterback Mine, out in the direction of Logan. Actually, it’s far better equipped to take in tourists than anything you’d find here in Blake’s Folly.”
“I know. Rider Motel. Air conditioning, closed-circuit television.” His smile was wry. “That’s exactly where I’ve been staying for the last three nights. And over and over again during those three nights, I remembered Blake’s Folly and the ‘room to let’ sign on your wall. And the more I thought about it, the more appealing it got.” He paused, let his eyes wander over the faded wooden framing, over the settee on the veranda. “Right here, it feels more like home.”
That wasn’t it, she knew. That wasn’t even part of the truth. He was back because something hot and wonderful shimmered between them. Did she fascinate him as much as he did her? Possibly. Although she hadn’t done anything to encourage him, not even once. It would have been hard to find anyone less friendly than she’d been.
Still, there was something about him that touched her, something that had nothing to do with raw desire. Was it the warmth in his eyes? A quirk to his lips that promised humor and understanding? Or was it just plain magic, the magic that happens when the right female meets the right male.
What people are saying about All About Charming Alice
This book definitely falls into my "feel-good romance" category! Loved the story, the characters, the setting... a great choice for those of us in the "older" population who would like to sit down and enjoy a mature romance with mature characters. Excellent book... just my style... highly recommend!! Chattykat
I loved this novel and Culiner's writing is magnificent. The reader is pulled into the thoughts and ideas of the characters immediately through very strong and deliberate dialogue and does not let us go until the perfect ending.
Sheila Clapkin, Author
Love, lust, and longing are here aplenty. Culiner's unerring gift for off-beat characters, her sharp wit, and believable dialogue, as well as bang-on descriptions of place, keep eyes and pulses racing page to page, chapter to chapter. Gritty, authentic, and fun. Herpetology anyone?
Penny Lynn Cookson, NOL Reviewer
Gosh, I enjoyed reading this book immensely. The humor during Jace's courtship of Alice and of her self doubts often had me laughing out loud. Blake's Folly residents all 53 of them are enough to make up one of my crazy family plus in-laws.
Lisa McCombs, Readers' Favorite