* This is a New Adult romance novel recommended for ages 18+ due to sexual content and mature subject matter.
She didn’t know what she was missing…until he found her.
Maxwell Knight was positively trouble, dangerously good-looking, and seductively charming. He was everything Jeanella didn’t need in her life. Only Maxwell didn’t see it that way. His pursuit was relentless, making her even more determined to push him away.
Fresh out of college, life was simple and plain for Jeanella Mefferd. Every part of her life was smooth sailing; her friends, her job, and even the guy she’d started dating. Then one night, while at dinner, she spotted someone who made her feel things she’d never felt before—dangerous, heart pounding and breathless heat. Thinking she would never see him again, she brushed it off, but when she started to run into him unexpectedly, all she could think of was how he made her feel with his sweet flirtations. Everything about Maxwell Knight screamed trouble, especially when she found out he was her new boss’s son. Now, heading to a New York fashion show, would she be able to focus on her career instead of Maxwell, who had been scheduled to attend with her? As much as she tried to forget their encounters, his good looks, smooth words and determination to win her over gravitated her toward him. The next thing she knew, her mind was utterly consumed by him. Would she be willing to ignore all the dangerous signs and jump into his arms? Or would she miss out on the chance of finding something great?
Thank goodness Max had fast reflexes. From the gravity of his speedy pull, my breast collided against his firm chest, and my head slid perfectly into the empty space between his head and shoulder. I sucked in air when I noted how my arms were draped around his neck.
“It’s okay. You’re safe,” he said softly, caressing my back.
Unable to respond, my body shivering was my answer. I was in his hold, and he was in mine. It felt so right, and yet it felt so wrong, but I welcomed it because at that moment I needed to feel safe, and he provided that. When I tried to pull back, he wouldn’t let go. Unable to fight his strength, I relaxed and allowed the beat of my heart to become steady again, but it couldn’t. Now my heart hammered from our bodies molding together. The truth was, I was happy he didn’t let me go.
Since I hadn’t moved a muscle, my nose and my lips were still glued to the side of his neck. How manly and sweet he smelled. I fought with all the willpower in me, when what I wanted to do was to open my lips and indulge myself with a taste of him. When he turned his head, I inhaled a deep breath. A bubble of want was building up too fast. I could feel myself losing control, especially when his warm breath tickled the side of my face.
“Are you okay? That was pretty close,” he whispered softly, every puff of air when he spoke tantalizing me.
Afraid to part my lips to speak—for they would definitely rub against his soft skin—I nodded.
“We’re here,” he whispered again, letting out a soft sigh, seemingly fighting something himself.
When his hand gently slid off my back, he directed my body forward. I was afraid to look him in the eyes, afraid of what emotion I would see in them, so I rooted my eyes to my shoes, feeling overcome with several emotions I desperately needed to control. The door swung open and I stepped out with my workbag.
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Every moment counts…chance encounters are fate’s way of telling you something (at least in my opinion). Jenna first saw Max while he was staring at her from the bar. Being broken and not looking for anything because she was already seeing someone, she ignored it and went on with her life, until she sees him again. As the two keep running in to each other I realized just how sweet this man was. Max is a gentleman and he always says such sweet things to Jenna, trying to get through to her that they should be together. At one of their chance meetings he tells her,
“You…took my breath away. If I were your someone, I wouldn’t let you out of my sight for even a second, because someone like me will surely try to whisk you away.”
When Jenna realizes who Max really is she is sooooo hesitant about starting a relationship with him. She wonders how it will work and if it is even allowed. Before they even begin to be an item there is a misunderstanding that tears them apart. I appreciated that they were able to talk about it like adults (eventually) and work through their issues. I feel like so many stories drag out the fights and escalate the misunderstanding, I did not feel that way here. Especially after Mr. Sweetpants says,
“I fell for you the first time I looked into your eyes. That’s all it took. Then I knew I’s found the one I’ve been waiting fore all my life.”
“I can tell you’re beautiful on the inside and outside. You’re a diamond in the rough. My once in a lifetime chance, and I’m not letting you go.”
Well with those panty melting lines it was a relief to read some panty melting sex scenes. These two are HOT together and Max gets Jenna to really open up and be comfortable with herself.
Jenna always seemed nervous, I guess a schmexy rich guy will do that to a girl ;) but I loved how she was with him. She had some trust issues and it took alot for her to work through them, and then of course enter misunderstanding #2…this time a major one that results in a tragic event (no spoilers here ;) ) Can Max be the man she wants and needs him to be? Read away my schmexy fans and be sure to read the second book Something Wonderful which will be released in February 2014.
Jenna and Max:
1) What is it like living in a big city like LA?
Jenna—I lived here since college. I love it. The weather is perfect and living near the beach is an added bonus.
Max—I’ve lived here all my life. It’s even better that I have Jenna in my life. The only complaint I have is the dreadful traffic.
I’m a small town girl so the big cities are always so exciting to me!
2) How is it being in the fashion business…glitzy, glamorous??
Jenna-Working in a fashion industry has been my dream come true. It’s definitely glamorous and I extremely enjoyed the New York Fashion show. I hope to go again.
Max—Busy. I guess I see it as work. I’m blinded by all the glitz people talk about. All I care about is building and making the company bigger.
3) So what’s with the finger biting?
Jenna—I have a very bad habit. It started with the nail biting, but not wanting to ruin my nails, it became my finger instead.
Max—When Jenna first bit her finger, I want to be her teeth biting her. The first time she did it, I wanted to take her finger and suck it so hard she could feel everything I was feeling.
Jenna, you should totally let Max bite your finger! If you don’t I may jump in ;) (totally kidding….he’s all yours!)
4) How did you feel when you finally shared that panty melting first kiss together?
Jenna—I felt like I was on fire. We were not in good terms and that unexpected kiss was just amazing. I wanted to take off my clothes right then and there for him and I was not that type of a girl.
Max—I can’t even find the right words. It was full of passion, want and the built up desire that I had been keeping at bay. I exploded and I wanted her to feel the same.
5) Favorite position and/or place to have sex?
Jenna—OMG! I can’t believe you just asked me that question. “Blushing” My favorite position is when I’m on my back. Max can go in deeply and pump so fast, I feel like I’m going to burst.
Max—Every position. But if I had to pick one, it would be me on my back. When Jenna is on top, we take it slow and I can play with her beautiful breasts. I love to watch her expression enjoying herself that drives my crazy.
I know that was an awkward questions ;) but the Schmexy fans just had to know!!
1) How did you manage to walk away from Max at the coffee shop?
It was extremely difficult. It took every once of my will power, but I had to do it. He was like a magnet pulling me in. If I wasn’t with Luke, I’m pretty sure I would have stayed.
More power to you! You were strong!
2) Are Rice Krispies treats now your favorite snack?
It had always been, but I love it even more. “wink”
3) So….how does Max make your girly parts feel ;)
Just imagine tiny pleasant fireworks sparkling all over your body. Then imagine them getting bigger and intensifying, then when you think you’ve had enough, you explode and you want more because it feels amazing, yet you can’t handle it because it’s too much. Max is the firework. He’s something great…giggles…blushing…
turning hot red.
AMAZING!!! I think I need a cold shower now ;)
4) Any advice for girls who are interested in a workplace relationship?
I really don’t recommend it, but you can’t help who you fall in love with.
1) Why did you let Jenna walk away from you at the coffee shop?
I had no choice. I was a stranger to her. I could have asked for her phone number, but my heart was beating so fast, I couldn’t think. She actually made me blush. Me…Maxwell Knight blushed…who knew?
2) What made you shape a Rice Krispie treat like a heart?
I thought it was one way I could get her to remember me. I wanted to show her my soft romantic side and that I wasn’t like any other man she’d ever met.
You had me swooning ;)
3) Jenna sounds absolutely beautiful…how did you manage to restrain yourself around her?
It was extremely difficult, especially since she was a great package. It was like putting a plate of delicious steak in front of a hungry man…torture! Beautiful women throw themselves at me all the time, but I could tell she was different. I wanted to do right by her. I wanted her to get to know me. I want forever with her if she’ll have me.
4) TKLS….how did you come up with that?
My little way of flirting on the text without having anyone else understand what we are saying. Our little special code. And besides, writing all those words is too much trouble. I really don’t like to text, but I do it for her.
Thank you both so much for being here today, and for being such great sports with my questions! I cannot wait to read more about you when Something Wonderful comes out next year….I’ll be waiting, not so patiently!
M. Clarke aka Mary Ting resides in Southern California
with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.
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