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Between The Waves

Between The Waves

by Ellie Malouff
Publication Date: June 28, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romantic Suspense

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Life for former pro-surfer Jake Garrant moves pretty slow in the small town of Manalua, Hawaii until one day a mysterious black haired beauty in a Cubs cap asks for surfing lessons. He commits to six lessons and does his best to keep it professional, but he can’t help falling for a woman named Audrey Logan. As each lesson goes by, the heat between them grows and they give into their desires, until one day they’re forced to face the ultimate riptide.

About Ellie Malouff

Ellie Malouff has been dreaming up stories for as long as she can remember. As an avid reader, she loves getting lost in books and decided one day to give a little back to the literary world with her own contribution. When she’s not writing, you can find her parked on the couch in Colorado with her husband, kids, and cats. She loves traveling to Ireland whenever she gets the chance.

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Jake and Audrey Make Up Constellations and Have Their First Kiss from Audrey’s POV

Jake leans back on his elbows and looks up at the sky. I follow his move.

“I feel like I’ve been taking all the best parts of Manalua for granted. You’re helping me look at it through a fresh lens,” he says.

“Good. I’m glad I can give back something to you.”

“Do you know your constellations?” he asks.

“Of course, I do,” I answer and point up to some random assortment of stars. “That’s Sharkemis, see it?”

“Sharkemis?” he asks cynically.

“Yeah, Sharkemis. The Greek god of sharks. He knew how to tame them and keep them away, kind of like an Aquaman, St. Patrick hybrid.”

His chuckle at my fake constellation hits me in the heart. I love the sound of his laugh.

“Well, do you know about Shellsopholes?” He starts tapping at stars that may, in fact, be the big dipper.

“There?” I ask, pointing at some different stars. I admit it. I want to see his next move.

He scoots closer to me and takes hold of my hand in his. He points up at the sky and taps the stars he wants me to see. His touch sends a rush of flutters through my chest and I take a deep breath. I’m enjoying this game. “Oh right, Shellsopholes. I’d forgotten all about it. Remind me about his story.”

“Wow. I thought you were smart.” I turn his way in mock disgust and he laughs a little. “Okay, well Shellsopholes was the Greek god of seashells. No one took him seriously, so he barfed seashells on the beaches of Earth, so everyone would hurt themselves stepping on his creation.”

“Right, right, right, Shellsopholes. How could I forget?”

“Yeah, that guy was a real dick.”

We both laugh and I fall back into the sand, not caring a bit that I’m going to need another shower tonight. Jake turns and gazes down at me.

“I’m happy you stumbled into my shop and stole those sunglasses, newbie.”

“I’m happy, too,” I tell him.

His eyes flash to my lips and back up to my eyes. I know an important moment is coming and I have to decide what to do. My mind thinks it would be best to retreat, to turn away from that handsome face and those lips that look like they could devour me in the absolute best way possible. But my body wants his kiss. It wants to know what it’s like to enjoy the feel of someone again.

Screw it. I want to kiss him.

I reach up and place my hand on his cheek, brushing my fingertips over his ear. His eyes close a little long on a blink and he puts his hand on my hip.

“Newbie,” he whispers, and I’m relieved he didn’t say Audrey.

Thor,” I whisper back and that makes the little lines beside his eyes crinkle in happiness.

He rubs his nose against mine. Once, twice, and a third time as his lips lightly graze over mine and I’m undone. I want this. I want him. I slip my hands into his hair and he rewards me with a deep hum that reverberates down my spine, all the way to where my thighs meet. His eyes close fully and mine do too, not even a second after. Suddenly, I can’t tell where my heavy breath begins and where his ends. We’re synchronizing and it’s sexy as hell. The need is very real.

Finally, his lips make the contact I’ve been craving, soft at first, but full on my mouth. There’s a little growl in his throat as he pulls back ever so slightly and kisses me again, this time while running his hand down from my hip to my thigh and giving it a squeeze that dares to bruise me, he’s that strong.

Audrey’s Second Surfing Lesson from Jake’s POV

A swell comes our way and this one will break. If Audrey can get up on her board, she’ll get a good push on the white water.

“You got this,” I tell her and flash her a shaka sign.

She does it back. “Hang loose,” she says excitedly, and that makes me laugh.

“Now,” I instruct her.

And she does beautifully, but the wave breaks a little harder than I predicted, and she wipes out rather dramatically. My head knows that she’s going to be just fine, but my heartbeat triples in speed. I slide off my board in a rush and find her beneath the surface. We swim up together in each other’s arms.

I’m worried that she’s going to be discouraged and that she’ll want to give up, but honestly, I should know better. Audrey is tough and determined.

“That was fucking amazing!” She throws her arms around my neck and gives me a hella good hug.

I squeeze her tighter, pride radiating through me. “That pop-up was great. You really went for it.”

She pulls back and our eyes connect. They’re as bright as the sky behind her and they’re the last thing I see before she presses her mouth against mine. Her lips are trembling, probably from the adrenaline. She tastes understandably salty, but surprisingly sweet. I pull her body closer to mine, and she wraps her legs around me just like she did last week. It drives me absolutely wild and makes me uncomfortably hard in my wetsuit. My hand goes up to the back of her neck and I kiss her deeply. I’m ready to drag her out of the sea, rip off these suits, and dive right into her on the spot. But…the ocean knows better. My surfboard smacks me in the back of the head on the swell of a wave and brings me back to my senses. I pull away and lift her up as a wave passes through us.

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