Ready, Willing, and Abel
by Sarah O’Rourke
Ready, Willing, and Abel Synopsis:
Patience McKinnon has never even tried to live up to her unfortunate name. Her sisters would gladly point out that she’s impetuous, fickle, and stubborn to a fault. History has taught her that she’s the only one, besides those crazy sisters, that has her best interests at heart…and she’s not about to let down her guard and let herself get hurt. She did that once…and that was more than enough. Next time, she’s fairly certain that she’d rather just shoot first and ask questions later, thank you very much!
Enter Abel Turner. The suave town attorney has had Patience McKinnon in his sights for years. Sure, he strayed along the way, but he’s always come back to the beautiful blonde bartender that fills his dreams and drives him crazy at the same time. After all, he owes her…and he plans to rectify the bad impression he made in the past with a humdinger of a sensual night.
But that one night may just change both of their worlds…forever. Will Patience overcome her insecurities? And will Abel ever convince her to trust him again?
Join the entire town of Paradise and the intrepid McKinnon sisters in this humorous and poignant erotica romance! Standalone.
Maybe she’d been Roofied. That could explain it. She’d love to blame drugs for her traitorous body’s reaction to his. Unfortunately, she’d watched the bartender pour every shot she’d downed during the evening. She knew nobody had spiked her drink.
Nope, the sad fact was that Abel Turner still turned her on in a way no other man could.
And that really sucked.
“I want a do-over,” he growled, his body somehow getting impossibly closer as he held her against the wall.
“A what-what?” Patience snapped. She couldn’t have heard him right. No way.
“A do-over,” he repeated, sliding his free hand around her waist to stroke the curve of her lower back. “I told you I wanted one the night you got shot… you know, when you were announcing to the entire staff of Paradise General Hospital that I had a defective decorated dick and couldn’t last more than the three pumps it took to achieve satisfaction. You were stoned, and might not remember it, but I told you then that I wanted one night to do it over again with you.”
Oh, she wouldn’t admit it, but she remembered it fine. Other details might be a little fuzzy from that night, but feeling Abel’s hot breath fanning her face as he’d told her all the things he intended to do to her was not a memory she’d lost. His words had been a promise that she had no intention of helping him keep.
Even if she’d satisfied herself every night since remembering all those darkly erotic vows he’d made to her.
She’d just never thought he’d have the balls to actually make a move. Especially not when she’d laughed in his face. Loudly.
Once again, it appeared she was wrong.
“We’re not having a do-over, Abel,” Patience denied, trying to wriggle away from him and only succeeding in rubbing against his body like a cat in heat. “We did it once, and you failed miserably, Big Boy. Once would be enough for anybody that knows what I know. Unlike your other conquests, your penis holds no powers of persuasion for me. Your penis is just a penis – bedazzled though it might be.”
Abel dropped his head, nuzzling her neck as he chuckled. “You are hell on a man’s ego, Baby Girl, but I’m not giving up. I want you. You want me…”
“He had a body that screamed sin, and if she hadn’t been occupied planning his murder in her mind, she might have appreciated the scenery a whole lot more.”
“I fail to see how it’s MY fault that your legs have opened more times than the sliding doors down at the Shop n Save. It’s not on me that your ex-boyfriend finally saw the light and moved on with his life.”
“Just turn around, grab your broomstick, and go. If I see your Winged Monkeys, I’ll tell them you came by,”
“We’ll always fight. It’s our foreplay, darlin’.”
“‘Orla, you have a pecker at home… Two of ‘em if you count the one in the bedside table.”
“The man was walking, talking sex on a stick and every red-blooded woman in town knew it. Heck, even man-hater Old Lady Winslow fanned herself when Wrath McKay walked into the café.”
I love Sarah O’Rourke! Whenever there is mention of a new book by these ladies (there are two of them), the books become an instant addition to my TBR before the rough drafts are even finished. Their writing is steamy, ridiculously funny, and highly entertaining, yet also insightful and observant. I have loved each book in the Paradise series, although I found Patience a bit hard to warm up to. I loved the story and the writing, adored the humor, and loved the smart dialog and witty banter, but I found the character of Patience to be a trial. She was often petty, rude and a general nightmare towards most everyone and especially poor Abel. She had a short fuse and a violent temper, indicating that her given name of Patience was a total contradiction as she appeared completely lacking in that skill set. However, Abel’s name for her of Hellion seems right on the nose though. And I pitied the poor swoon-worthy Abel, although his behaviors toward her years ago were part of the reason Patience was such a bitter and snarky mean-girl. When the besotted Abel finally wears her down and gets her to agree to a “do-over” they find their chemistry and passion to be utterly volcanic – we knew it would be right? Although the consequences soon come back to bite them in the derriere. Toss in some intrigue and a crazy ex, and settle in for a long and amusing read. I am already looking forward to the next one! More please Sarah, and just plan to keep them coming.
Sarah O’Rourke is the alter ego of two best friends who have taken their passion for romantic & erotic fiction to the publishing world. Born and raised in the southern United States, one lives near Louisville, KY, while the other resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Neither is ever very far from a tall glass of sweet iced tea, their dog-eared copies of Gone With the Wind, or their Steel Magnolias DVDs! Formerly an accountant and a chemist, they are now overworked, stay-at-home moms who adore their children, their husbands…and writing about love in every way possible!