Authors: Nichelle Gregory
A Total-E-Bound Publication
ISBN # 978-1-78184-076-4
©Copyright Nichelle Gregory 2012
Cover Art by Posh Gosh ©Copyright August 2012
Edited by Amy Parker
This is a work of fiction. All characters, places and events are from the author’s imagination and should not be confused with fact. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, events or places is purely coincidental.
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Published in 2012 by Total-E-Bound Publishing, Think Tank, Ruston Way, Lincoln, LN6 7FL, United Kingdom.
This book contains sexually explicit content which is only suitable for mature readers. This story has a
This story contains 196 pages, additionally there is also a
at the end of the book containing 9 pages.
Beauty, brains and voluptuous curves… Terrah’s exactly the kind of woman Nick’s been looking for, but can he convince her that the smokin’ hot chemistry between them is more than skin deep?
Terrah Bryant embraces her curves despite being immersed in the modelling world. Her job as a makeup artist requires confidence, creativity and the ability to stay focused in the presence of some of the world’s finest men. She has never had a problem until she works with Nick Tasso, a gorgeous Greek model who has a thing for voluptuous women. Terrah is swept away by the sizzling chemistry between them and emotionally unprepared when their electric connection blossoms into something more than hot sex. She struggles to deal with the media’s scrutiny over her body and their burgeoning relationship. Terrah must decide to trust her heart and face her own insecurities before she can have the ‘happily ever after’ she truly desires.
Dedicated to my Aunt Neicy, who read this story and many others before they were ever published. Your support and love have helped get me through some dark moments. Thank you for always believing in my work…for telling me to embrace my curves and rock ‘em.
I love you!
Dedicated to my husband, who has always treasured my ample delights…
I love you so much!
Dedicated to my sister, who has encouraged and helped me every step of the way…
I love you!
And finally…this book is dedicated to YOU…yes, you, with your gorgeous curves and beautiful spirit. Never be timid or afraid to rock whatcha got because…
curvilicious is delicious!!
The author acknowledges the trademarked status and trademark owners of the following wordmarks mentioned in this work of fiction:
iPad: Apple Corporation
Mercedes: Diamler AG
—Jamie Foxx: J Records
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The Twilight Zone
CBS Broadcasting, Inc.
Aloha Airlines: Aloha Air Group
Jacuzzi: Jacuzzi Hot Tubs, Inc.
Baileys: Diageo plc
Barneys New York: Perry Capital
“Terrah, can you add a few more sparkles to Jocelyn’s eye makeup?”
“My pleasure. Can you look up for me?” Terrah asked Jocelyn. She ignored the model’s bored sigh as she began to apply more blue rhinestones around her eyes.
The blonde bombshell could be a pain to work with, but today she was worse than usual.
Biting back a sigh of her own, Terrah dusted her brush on her hand before applying more of the smoky bronze eyeshadow to highlight Jocelyn’s blue eyes.
“How’s this?” Terrah asked, turning to Michelle.
The art director had been instrumental in helping Terrah build her portfolio when she’d first started by recommending her to other clients. Terrah had snagged some of the best jobs of her career because of Michelle’s confidence in and praise for her work.
“Perfect!” Michelle looked at her watch. “We start shooting in twenty minutes.”
“Perfect,” Jocelyn muttered as she scrutinised her appearance in the mirror. She got up from her chair, stunning in the couture evening gown that clung to her slender form, and walked away.
Michelle frowned. “She’s in a mood today.”
“I couldn’t tell.”
Her sarcasm wasn’t lost on the art director, and they both chuckled as Terrah stored her brushes.
“You’d think she’d be in a great mood”—Michelle shook her head as she fiddled with her iPad—“especially since she’s working with Nick today.”
Everyone in the world of fashion knew his name. He was one of the most sought-after male models in the business. Tabloid pictures of Nick and Jocelyn kissing in a club had circulated in entertainment news for months. Today would be Terrah’s first time working with him.
“Speak of the
Terrah glanced up from her makeup case to see Nick approaching them. Her heart skipped a beat as her gaze skated over the Greek model.
Lawd, have mercy.
Nick Tasso was beyond gorgeous. Dressed in an elegant tux, he was positively lethal to any female with a pulse, and Terrah’s was racing. He was sexier in person than on the magazine pages she’d never admit to having stared at before arriving at the studio. His thick, dark brown hair gleamed almost black in the studio. He had beautiful…no,
green eyes framed by long, sooty lashes on a profile the gods had surely chiselled with love, by hand. Terrah loved the way his olive skin contrasted perfectly with the pristine white tuxedo shirt, which he wore open, revealing taut abs beneath. His dark good looks
on the glossy pages of magazines, to be seen and adored by women all over the world.
Adored and ogled.
Terrah cursed under her breath, annoyed by her thoughts. She was used to working in close proximity with beautiful females and males. It was her job, and not once had she been physically attracted to a model.
“Ready for me?” Nick asked, flashing them both a brilliant smile before turning his green eyes on Terrah.
His deep voice reminded her of warm leather, strong and soothing to the senses.
“I am.” Terrah patted the chair beside her. “Have a seat here.”
“You’ll be in good hands with Terrah.”
Michelle winked at her as Nick sat down. The art director walked off, and Terrah ignored the flutter of butterflies in her stomach as she fished around in her makeup case for the right powder for Nick. She selected a sponge for application, then pivoted on her heels to find Adonis looking right at her.
And that would be because you’re right in his face.
“This won’t take long. Can you take off your shirt? I don’t want to get makeup on it.”
Terrah stepped out of his way as he stood up to shrug out of his tuxedo jacket and shirt. Her pulse quickened as her eyes swept over hard, defined muscles. She met his eyes and knew, finally knew, what it meant to be spellbound by a man.
How could she have thought his eyes were simply green?
They were aqua green.
Like the ocean.
Terrah straightened her back, annoyed by the flash of heat running up her neck to her cheeks. She prided herself on being a seasoned professional, unaffected by the plethora of male goodness she often found herself surrounded by. Besides, she refused to mentally moon over a pretty-boy model, especially one dating someone as vapid and annoying as Jocelyn. He was obviously into boring, bone-skinny blondes.
Terrah pressed the sponge to Nick’s face and quickly blended the foundation into his skin. It took all of her energy to focus on her task and not the strong line of his jaw or his ripped abs she lightly dusted. She was almost done when Jocelyn rounded the small partition in front of Terrah’s workspace.
“Nick, we need to talk.”
“Not now, Jocelyn.”
Terrah sensed rather than heard the steel in Nick’s voice. “It’s okay, I’m all done.” She stepped away from him, hoping they’d leave her area to have their lovers’ quarrel.
“Thank you,” Nick said with a warm smile.
Terrah returned his grin as he got up, grabbed his jacket and shirt and strode past Jocelyn. She couldn’t help watching the two models as they walked out of earshot, speaking in hushed tones. It was clear they were at odds about something from Terrah’s vantage point. Jocelyn was pissed off, and Nick seemed unconcerned about whatever was bothering her as Michelle effectively ended their little tête-à-tête by calling the models to their places.
Terrah moved toward the set, feeling the familiar surge of adrenaline rush through her as the photo shoot began. With a critical eye, she looked at her work beneath the bright lights. She admired the breathtaking design of the shimmering magenta gown moulded to Jocelyn’s willowy frame. The blonde looked amazing, leaning into Nick’s sculpted body with her hand pressed on his smooth chest. This shoot was going to catapult Jocelyn into the supermodel stratosphere.
And I did the makeup.
Terrah grinned. She was pleased with her work and the direction her career was taking. Her smiled faded a little as her gaze wandered over to the photographer, who was busy snapping frame after frame.
He still looked the same, carried himself in the same self-assured manner that had drawn her to him when they’d first met, almost five years ago. She’d been impressed by his drive and talent, unable to resist a dinner date when he’d asked her out. In retrospect, she’d been a little star-struck when the up-and-coming photographer had taken an interest in her. Dinner had led to a weekend spent mostly in bed. Terrah could admit to herself now that she’d been bowled over by the older man’s attention. She hadn’t allowed her heart to get involved with their little fling, but she hadn’t forgotten him, either.
Terrah watched Aidan work, captivated by his ability to get the models to give him the shots he wanted. Learning he was going to be the photographer for the photo shoot had been a surprise. She hadn’t known exactly what to say to him when she’d planned to say hello. Thankfully, there hadn’t been any time to approach him beforehand and she hadn’t seen him on the set when she’d been doing the makeup. Terrah was certain he’d long forgotten about their little tryst that had taken place many years ago.