Excerpt: Sweet Dreams by Nina Lane

He may own a candy company, but this wealthy bachelor is no Willy Wonka.

Sugar Rush Candy Company CEO Luke Stone is a devoted businessman who doesn't do relationships. He does short-term affairs with clearly defined rules. But when a sexy bohemian angel propositions him in a bar, Luke is tempted to want more. 

Polly Lockhart is horrified when she wakes the morning after her twenty-third birthday to realize she made a fool of herself with a sinfully delicious man. She tells herself she doesn't have time for romance anyway, as she's fighting to keep her mother's beloved bakery afloat and finish her culinary studies. That all changes when her class tours the famed Sugar Rush headquarters, and Polly collides with her dream man again. 

As she succumbs to their hot attraction, Polly soon realizes her bakery isn't the only thing that needs saving. Luke, driven and unyielding, will burn out unless someone convinces him to taste the sweetness of life. But can Polly remember this sugar rush is only temporary?


“Why, Mr. Stone, are you offering me a job?” Polly pushed up from the table and approached him.

She let her gaze slide admiringly over his body, lingering on his shirt stretched across his broad chest and shoulders. His tie hung loosely around his neck, and the first few buttons of his shirt were undone, revealing a tempting V of tanned skin.

“Sure.” Luke grabbed her around the waist as she neared, tugging her down onto his lap. “You can be my personal assistant.”

A rush of warmth filled Polly. She settled herself on his thighs. “You already have an assistant.”

“Not a personal assistant.” Luke’s hand slid up her leg. “You can be in charge of walking around my office half-naked and occasionally bending over to pick something up off the floor.”

She gave him a light smack on the cheek. “Pig.”

“What? I’ll give you all the candy you want.”

“Hmm. Sounds like you’ll want the same thing from me.”

“And who could blame me?” His eyes crinkled with a smile.

He lowered his lips to hers. Pleasure filled Polly as their mouths sealed together in a warm, lovely kiss that held the promise of more. Luke lifted his hand to cradle the side of her face before trailing his lips down to the hollow of her throat. She eased back into the strong circle of his arm and gave herself up to the heat flaring like quick-fire between them.

About Nina Lane

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances and spicy erotica. Originally from California, she holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she's that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.

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