To Have and to Hold (The Hold Series Book 3)(116)

By: Arell Rivers


Chuckling, I kiss her neck while my right hand traces her bare stomach and pushes aside her panties. Warm wetness greets my fingers as they play with her hard clit and pulse into her body. I remove my hand and bring my fingers to her lips, which she sucks. My balls tighten in response.

She moans. “Please.”

I’m one lucky bastard.

I rend her panties in two, eliciting an excited noise from deep within Rose’s throat. After dropping the bit of lace on the deck, I open my jeans and pull them down as far as necessary to free my straining cock. Lining up, I thrust into her welcoming pussy. We both groan in unison.

She pushes back as I push forward. Nothing exists outside the two of us. Not the ocean. Not our bodyguards somewhere on the grounds. Not the bubbling hot tub.

I grab a fistful of her long hair and pull it back, exposing her arched neck for my exploration. I kiss a trail up the graceful column and end at her ear, all the while pounding into her tight body.

“Please,” she pants again.

As much as my body demands to explode, I want to make this moment last forever. I bring my free hand down her body and tease her nipples. Her knees buckle for a suspended note.

I wrap my arm around her waist to steady her. Bringing my mouth to her ear, I whisper, “Not. Yet.”

She moans and pushes back into me, squeezing her inner muscles around my cock. Hard.


God, this woman is perfect. I slap her ass and thrust harder.

She clenches around me. “Cole! Yessss!”

Despite my intentions, her orgasm and the sound of my name on her lips triggers my own climax. The rush of an insane, impending explosion causes me to still, then roar as I release inside Rose. I collapse forward holding on to her to keep upright while my breathing calms down from prestissimo to merely allegro.

From my fog, Rose’s giggles penetrate my brain. Still connected, I smile against her neck. She runs a shaky hand through her damp hair. I puff up. I did that.

“We just gave the whales and dolphins a show.”

I pulse into her, enjoying the way it makes her whole body shudder. “Not to mention the birds and squirrels.”

On a sigh, she whispers, “My Tarzan.”

I nip her ear and slip out of her while she rights her bra. She turns to face me, naked from the waist down, her eyes zeroing in on my semi-erect cock. Reveling in her attention, it bobs. Her eyes widen. Shrugging, I put him away—for now—and head over to the table as she slips back into her dress.

I pour us both a glass of champagne and open up the fruit and cheese platter.

“Open,” I say.

Without hesitation, her lips part and I pop a grape into her mouth. She chews with a blissful look on her face. “God, I love you, Ro.”

She brings her flute to mine and clinks. “Right back at ya.”

My eyes travel to the hot tub. Hers follow and soon we’re naked and wet and hot for each other all over again.

LOUNGING IN THE plush sectional next to the piano with wedding magazines strewn about, Rose snuggles in the crook of my arm. “I want to have a small wedding with just our family and friends.”

“Sounds good to me. No media.”

She intertwines her fingers with mine. “Agreed.”


“How about after this leg of your tour?”

I’d rather do it sooner—tomorrow even—but I won’t deny her what she wants. “A November wedding. Perfect.”

She tilts her head up. I kiss her lips.

“I’m thinking of hiring the event planner who did the launch party.”

“Sounds good to me.”

“I wish everything could be this easy,” she says, stroking my arm.

“It will be if I have anything to say about it.”

She sighs. “I have to check out the media reports about last night. Hopefully they were positive.”

I curl a lock of her hair around my finger. “Can’t that wait for a day?”

Her pink tongue peeps out and she sucks her bottom lip between her teeth. “Well, I guess if something were really important, Shari would call.”

Best defense is a good offense. “I’ve been thinking a lot about the Julie Manchester Music Foundation. Do you think your mother would like to help Aunt Doreen run it?”