Driven By Passion’s Destiny
by Bobbi Cole Meyer
GENRE: erotic/contemporary romance
Lee Harris’s life of championship wrestling, gorgeous women and trekking all over the world to manage his chain of gourmet restaurants is over. A spinal injury puts him in a wheelchair. Despite a will of steel that has seen him through numerous injuries, there is no getting up and walking away from this one. Confused, bitter and angry, Lee resists all efforts of rehabilitation to help him adjust to his new life. Frustration is added to the mix when he meets Cassie, the first woman he wants since his accident. Wants and can’t have.
Cassie Sheppard has never gotten over her crush for the green-eyed, charismatic wrestler, Lee Harris. Now fate puts him within her reach. She is assigned to be his live-in physiotherapist. Despite his coldness toward her she finds herself falling for him more each day. She is determined to break through his stubbornness to help him regain his mobility, sexuality and self-esteem. Even if it costs her a broken heart.
Cassie sighed with shivering contentment as Lee tenderly explored her body. He ran his hands down the length of her torso and back up, leaving in their wake a wave of chill bumps that seemed to multiply and skitter throughout her senses. As he cupped her breasts and rubbed her hardened nipples with his thumbs, she caught her full bottom lip and emitted a shuddering sigh.
Trembling, her breathing labored in ecstasy when Lee leaned to suckle each breast. When he released one, he blew on it gently. The coolness of his breath on her moist skin was like an aphrodisiac, sending sensual shivers down her spine that coalesced in her sensitized area between her legs.
She felt she might die as a tidal wave of emotion washed over her when he tweaked each pebbled breast tip with his tongue. Eager to claim his mouth in a kiss, she twisted her fingers in his hair to urge him up.
The desire to be one with him, to have him deep inside her, their bodies linked, her wet with desire, him driving to her core was all she could think about. She wanted him more than she believed it was possible to want a man.
Her response intensified as she strained against him—opened for him—reached to direct him inside. Every quivering nerve in her body tingled, creating a buzzing in her head that grew louder and louder.
The buzzing alarm persisted, shattering the dream at the crucial moment when Lee was about to enter her. Frustrated, Cassie reluctantly opened her eyes. Her mouth was cotton-dry. She was still shaking with sexual anticipation, but with her waking reality came the colossal letdown.
She ran her hand down her arm, feeling the goose bumps. She yearned for that mind-blowing climax she’d almost achieved in that fantastic dream. It was the same dream she’d had for years, varying only slightly in intensity.
She glared at the clock, hating it for interrupting. Inexplicably, as always, that fantasy dream had kindled an overwhelming, obsessive desire to experience what her imagination tortured her with—ephemeral glimpses of satisfaction in Lee’s arms and their ultimate body connection.
Cassie released a dejected sigh as she sat up and hugged her knees. For a moment she allowed herself to bask in the dream’s sizzling afterglow, her thoughts running back to the evening before and her first face-to-face meeting with her fantasy lover, Lee Harris.
Though their initial meeting hadn’t been as good as she’d hoped it would be, it was better than she’d expected, given what she’d heard about how despondent and irritable he’d become—and how unruly he was with the other therapists. All of them had given up on him. She would not.
My, my. What book this one is. I don’t really know what I expected when I started reading but I got more than I bargined for. A hero to die for, a heroine that I actually liked, a secondary that finally got her comeuppance and a sweet romance that had all the feels. You see, Lee is paralyzed. But it’s only in his legs. And being an ex-wrestler, that is a hard pill to shallow. He still could do everything private but he was still wondering if he could have sex. I loved how Ms. Meyer handled this aspect of the story. She didn’t sugar coat it but she did handle the material very tastefully. This book is labeled erotic but I just found it to be spicy at best. 🙂 Again, it was handled with maturity, tastefully and respectfully.
Cassie, I liked her from the beginning. She had a thing for Lee when he was a wrestler and I really worried about how Lee was going to handle it when she admitted that she followed him throughout his career. No worries. In fact, I thought it was sweet. I also liked how she finally reached out to her family. I could understand why she hadn’t but the reunion and scenes later in the book were also very well done. I kinda felt sorry for her sister. She never knew how to handle Cassie and I think in the end, she finally did.
The secondary character of Heather is one big piece. Oh, my word…you have to read the book to find out about her but I was so happy when Lou and Lee FINALLY figured out what her angle was. Too bad it led to the black moment in the book but I did LOVE how Lee when to the lengths that he did in finding Cassie again. *major swoon*
Overall, this is a sweet book between two people that couldn’t be more suited for each other. The characterization of Lee and his paralysis isn’t glossed over. Ms. Meyer did her research and it shows. I can’t wait to read Luke’s book next. Oh and Ms. Meyer since you have written Harm’s and Kayla’s books, too. Maybe after Luke’s book, and epilogue/reunion. Maybe?
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Bobbi Cole Meyer is the pen name for Barbara Meyer, who relocated from her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a career as a lyricist. Over the years Barbara has had numerous songs she co-wrote cut by major artists such as Tom Jones, Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Barbi Benton, Stella Parton, The Soul Shakers, the Poppies, Bandana, Mason Dixon, the Wright Brothers and several others. She also co-wrote the theme song for the Italian movie, Summer Affair, with well-known guitarist and composer, Bucky Barrett.
Now residing in a small town outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, Hank, Barbara is busy pursuing a second career, writing fiction, which she claims is her first love.
Barbara’s slogan is, “grab them with the first paragraph and don’t turn loose until the last period.”
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