Arresting Jeremiah Arresting Onyx Series Book 2 by Amber Daulton Genre: Romantic Suspense
When threats escalate, will Jim and Calista succumb, or fight for a love they can’t deny?
Injured Parole Officer Jeremiah “Jim” Borden never expected Calista Barlow, the sassy blonde waitress he’s craved for months, to ring his doorbell. She slips into his heart—and his bed—but he’s obsessed with a gangland investigation that threatens his career and maybe even his life.
Calista doesn’t trust easily, not with a daughter to protect and the stalker who keeps calling her. After her violent ex-boyfriend returns, she finds solace in Jim’s arms.
Jim may have to forego his need for answers to protect the ready-made family he adores, but how will he and Calista escape an unseen enemy that is always one step ahead of them?
Calista entered her bedroom and her mouth dropped open. Oh, God.
Her date reclined on her bed as though he starred in a photo shoot. Candlelight flickered across him. The sultry gleam in his eyes arrested her, holding her captive. His sexy smile weakened her knees. None of her past lovers rocked a pair of classic black slacks and a crisp white dress shirt like he did. His chest hair, a few shades darker than the locks on his head, poked from the parted fabric and teased her.
How would that thick hair feel against her nipples? Soft? Coarse? Just right?
Jim was spread out for her pleasure like a Christmas present. She wanted to unwrap him, layer by layer. Maybe he should unwrap himself, so she could enjoy the show.
She let her gaze travel the length of his body to the bulge pressed against his zipper. Perfect. He was hard already. She licked her suddenly dry lips.
“Stare all you want, but it’s more fun to touch.” He patted his thigh, the invitation clear.
“I’m tempted.” She cocked her hip. “I guess the blueberry clafoutis can wait, but you’re a little presumptuous to think this is how the night would end.”
Then again, she did mention having breakfast together. What did she expect him to think?
“End? Honey, we’re just getting started.”
She laughed, grasped the hem of her blouse, and pulled it over her head. Her favorite perfume scented the room, and she picked up the bottle. “You like?”
“Hell, yeah. A lot.”
She sprayed a few drops on her fingers, caressed the pulse at the base of her throat, and dragged her touch down between her breasts. His guttural growl teased across her nerve endings, shooting rockets through her belly. She shimmied her skirt down her hips and kicked aside her heels. A red-satin bra-and-panty set sheathed her body. She locked her hands together behind her back before involuntarily covering her breasts and stomach.
“Damn, look at you. Come here, Calista.”
Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through The Wild Rose Press and Books to Go Now, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats.
She lives in North Carolina with her husband and demanding cats.
The Creation of Arresting Jeremiah
by Amber Daulton
The Arresting Onyx series came together through a stroke of luck. The premise for Arresting Mason, book one, was a dream in which I was the leading lady with an ex-con boyfriend and an overprotective brother, who just happened to be said ex-con’s parole officer. While I was writing this story, I soon realized the end wasn’t really the end. How could it be? The angry, tight-laced PO brother—Jeremiah, better known as Jim—needed a woman in his life to loosen him up.
Bring in Calista—the sexy waitress Jim couldn’t stop flirting with in the first book.
Jim and Calista’s story flowed right out of me, at least at first, but all good things come to an end. Writer’s block and plot holes are the bane of my existence. Seriously. Thank goodness my hubby, Greg, helped me work through some of the issues. The biggest plot decision I made was switching the loyalties of one of my criminals. Now, I won’t say whom—I don’t want to spoil it for the readers—but just know not everyone is who he or she appears to be in the book. Arresting Jeremiah clocked in at only 67k words when completed, which is fairly short for a novel. I wasn’t happy with the length, nor was I okay with Arresting Mason reaching the grand old word count of 40k. Oh yeah. These books were totally epic. NOT! Needless to say, I got back to work and added more characters, subplots, and depth. Some of the things I added are now so cemented in my brain that it’s hard for me to remember I didn’t have the idea right off the bat. With book three on my mind, I had a blast rewriting the first two and creating a lead-in for the third installment.
Once I published Arresting Mason with The Wild Rose Press back in 2018, I edited Arresting Jeremiah again—at this point, I had to have been on my sixth or so revision—and I sent it to my editor. Following more rewrites over the next two years, the published copy is almost unrecognizable from the original draft, which I still have saved on my computer.
From 2013 to 2020, that’s how long it took for me to write, rewrite, tear apart, and write this story again. I’ve fallen in love with it, and I’ve cursed it to the lowest depths of Hell. Eh, don’t all authors do that with their book babies? But at the end of the day, Arresting Jeremiah is one of the books I’m most proud of. I hope you enjoy Jim, Calista, and their wild, sexy adventure as much as I do.
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