Three years into a five-year marriage of convenience, Jenn finds herself wanting something she never thought she’d want from her laidback, ex-military husband. Sex–as a much-needed release of tension from her high stress job. But weekly sex with Nick, despite their careful parameters, is likely to get messy eventually.Ever since her father walked out on her as a child, Jenn knows never to assume the people she loves will stick around, so she’s not about to trust Nick with her heart. She vows to stay strong, no matter how much intimacy develops between them in bed.
But what starts as a tension-reliever soon becomes so much more, until it threatens both their practical arrangement and the heart Jenn has worked so hard to keep safe.
Married by Contract is a standalone contemporary romance novella (43K words).
And now he was smiling again—and looking at her with an expression that was amused and slightly smug and way too hot. “Well, then I can help you out, if you want.”“What? Help me with what?” She’d completely stopped moving on the machine now. She was just staring at him, excitement and anxiety both throbbing in her veins.
“Help you work off your…tension.”
“Why is it crazy?”
“Because…because we don’t do that.”
“We could. I have some tension myself, you know.”
“And you don’t want to hire an escort?”
“That doesn’t really do it for me.” He’d stepped closer to her and now reached a hand out to help her off the machine.
She took his hand and got off, feeling like she might just melt into the floor. “So you think we should…”
“Work off tension together. Why not?”
“I…I don’t know.” She really didn’t know why they shouldn’t. They were both adults, and they’d always gotten along well. Sex didn’t have to be serious. She’d always known that. In fact, she’d never had any sex that wasn’t casual in her life. At least with Nick, she wouldn’t end up with those sick feelings she used to get when she’d fucked someone she wished she hadn’t.
Nick was smiling at her more fully now, like he already knew her answer. “You want to, don’t you?”
“And you want to?”
“Of course I do.”
“You want…to have sex…”
Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she reads any book she can get her hands on and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.
She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.