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Excerpt: OFF LIMITS – Sawyer Bennett

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“There is a vulnerability there, hovering just below the surface. And I want to pick at it until I expose it. Then I want to kiss it.”

Two years ago, Emily Burnham, had an epiphany about the shallowness of her life.  And she made it her mission to become a different person…a better woman.  Out from under the controlling thumb of her mother, Emily is tasting the real world for the first time.  And she likes it.

Nixon Caldwell has served his time in the Marine Corps, surviving two brutal tours in Afghanistan. He is back home, surrounded by what he likes best…isolation.  It’s certainly the easiest way to avoid confrontation of the consuming guilt that is weighing him down.

When an accident brings Emily and Nix together, he soon learns he is not the master of his own fate. Struggling with his own pain, Nix tries to guard himself against Emily’s charms.  He wants her in his bed, but he doesn’t want her in his heart.

Having grabbed life by the horns, Emily wants it all.  But is she willing to accept just the small part of himself that Nix is offering?  Can she reach the part of his soul that he has deemed to be Off Limits?

This book is the follow up novel to Off Sides by Sawyer Bennett. However, OFF LIMITS can be read as a stand-alone.


An excerpt:

I take in his clothing with just a quick glance but I’m fascinated by the tattoos that are peaking out just under the sleeves of his t-shirt. He has three strands of black barbed wire circling each bicep. Some of the prongs have been inked to look like they are digging into his skin, and there are realistic drops of blood dripping from each wound. It’s a terrifying piece of artwork and sinfully erotic just because of its badass look. I’ve never seen anything like it.
I pull my eyes from his tats and look at him. My face heats up as I realize he’s been watching me ogle his arms.
“Like what you see?” The remark should have been a teasing comment but his voice is hard.
I try to play it cool. “Not really. Just fascinated, that’s all.”
“If you want to see more of my tattoos, you only have to ask. I’ll be glad to strip down and show you everything.” There…now that was teasing in his voice but his eyes are still hard. It’s like he wants to tease me but has no clue how to do it. For some reason, that makes me feel sad for him.

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Sawyer Bennett Small
Sawyer Bennett is the pen name for a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed.
Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

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This entry was posted on April 16, 2013 by in Excerpt.

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