Kiss Me, Kate

With the arrival of the sequel, Three Reasons Why, on June 17, I thought I’d share a few details and a snippet of Kiss Me, Kate.

Kiss Me, Kate was my very first Ellora’s Cave release. I can still remember the absolute shock and excitement I felt when I received that first email from editor, Kelli Collins in March 2008. Back then, she was Kwiatkowski–yeah…let me just say I was very happy when she got married. Took me ages to learn how to spell that name! The original title for Kiss Me, Kate was At the End of the Day, which Kelli wasted no time in telling me SUCKED. Ah, that truly was the beginning of a beautiful friendship, and yes, the Collins clan in the Wild Irish series were named in her honor. Kiss Me, Kate was contracted in May 2008 and released in September of that same year. Les Byerley designed the cover, which I loved!

The character of Kate is actually one of the few heroines in my stories who actually resembles me. Not in looks so much as personality. They say write what you know. That story was early in my career, so Kate (and Julia in Erotic Research) were stories told from my personal perspective had I been put in those situations, which, dammit, I have not. LOL.

If you haven’t had a chance to read Kiss Me, Kate, I hope you’ll give it a try. It’s not “required” in able to understand what’s going on in Three Reasons Why. Both books are stand-alone stories. Jill and Wes from Three Reasons Why are featured in Kiss Me, Kate, and I think their love story has been one of my most requested books over the years. I’ve received countless emails wanting to know where there book is! Thanks to all of you for that kick in the pants. I needed it.

Kiss Me, Kate

Kate is blindsided when her husband cleans out their house and bank account before skipping town with another woman. Desperate to get out of her sister’s apartment, Kate jumps at the chance to help Rick and Wes, DEA agents whose latest case finds them in urgent need of a house-sitter.

Taking care of the old farmhouse is just what she needed. As the months pass, a stronger Kate emerges. She’s also developed an email friendship with Rick, and it isn’t long before they secretly begin starring in each other’s lust-filled fantasies. Problem is, after her failed marriage, Kate wants only a physical relationship. She’s terrified of losing her heart—which is exactly what Rick intends to capture upon his return.

They reach a compromise. One that involves explosive no-strings sex—for now. Rick patiently deflects her fears and willingly slakes her passion while keeping his darker fantasies in check, afraid of scaring his shy, innocent lover. But unbeknownst to Rick, Kate has a few untapped fantasies of her own.


His hands wrapped themselves into the long strands of her hair, pulling her face back to his. “I want to be with you, Kate.” His lips traveled along her cheeks until they reached her ear and he teased the lobe with his teeth. “I want to make love to you.”

Kate’s heart began to race at his words.

“But not tonight,” he said. “Tonight we’ll play. Get acquainted.”

“Play?” Zack was more the wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am type and she wasn’t quite sure what Rick meant by “play”.

Chuckling, Rick’s lips traveled down to her neck, nipping and sucking at the sensitive flesh there. “My sweet little innocent.” His hands reached down to the hem of the shirt she’d hastily donned after Zack’s attack.

Kate’s hands flew to his in an attempt to stop him, but he merely brushed them away. “Trust me, Kate.”

Those three words were her undoing because Kate knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that she did trust Rick, implicitly.

Pulling the shirt over her head, Rick gave her no reprieve as he quickly slid her pants down. “Step up,” he directed and she complied.

She was left standing before him in her new sexy black bra. Unfortunately, she’d replaced the matching thong with a clean pair of granny panties. Sighing heavily, she cursed her luck again.

“You just missed the matching thong,” she said with a crooked smile. If she couldn’t wow him with her sexy new body, she would have to fall back on the only other attribute she had left—her sense of humor.

“You can model it for me later.” His hands held hers away from her body. She was uncomfortable with his close scrutiny and tried to pull her hands free.

“Rick.” She wanted to protest, but he merely continued to look his fill.

“You’re gorgeous.”

“Yeah, right,” she replied. “You have a thing for belly warmers, do you?”

Rick laughed and pulled her body against his. “I have a thing for anything you wear. Although, I am looking forward to seeing you in nothing at all.”

Kissing her, he slowly moved her backward until she felt the backs of her legs brush the mattress.

“Lie down.” His voice became commanding as he issued the order and she complied willingly. She couldn’t wait to see where tonight would lead.

Rick quickly shed his shirt but left his jeans on. Bending over her, he pressed kisses on her neck and at the bare flesh above her bra.

“Your breasts are amazing.” As he spoke, he cupped one in each palm. “The perfect size.”

“They’re too big.”

“Sweetheart, there ain’t no such thing as too much money or breasts too big.” She giggled as he leaned farther down and blew a raspberry on her stomach. Squirming underneath him, she tried to escape as he held her down and tickled her.

“Stop,” she cried breathlessly through her laughter. “Uncle!”

“Ah.” He smiled smugly. “Victory. Now I have you at my mercy.”

Reaching up, Kate pulled Rick’s face down to hers for a kiss. She never laughed in bed and she found his teasing irresistible and charming. He was turning out to be so different from the man she’d expected him to be. She knew he had a sense of humor, but he was always so intense and serious in his emails.

Breaking free from her kisses, Rick’s face suddenly turned serious. “Put your hands on the bed above your head.”

She did as he asked and Rick placed his own hands on top of hers, pushing them into the mattress. “Don’t move them. No matter what. If you do, I will punish you.”

“Punish me?” Kate’s insides melted at the thought of Rick turning her over on his lap and spanking her. She’d read lots of erotic novels during her lonely marriage and the idea of spankings never failed to arouse her.

Rick bent down and took one of her lace-covered nipples between his teeth and bit down, softly at first, gradually nipping harder. Kate gasped at the feeling, her hips thrusting up for relief.

“Be a good girl, Kate, and you won’t have to worry about my methods of punishment.”

“Doesn’t sound like much fun.”

Kiss Me, Kate is also available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Sony and All Romance Ebooks.

Copyright 2016. All rights reserved.

Posted June 15, 2011 by Mari Carr in category "Uncategorized


  1. By Sandie on

    I loved your Kiss Me Kate and will be reading it again before Three Reason’s Why releases. It would be nice to refresh my memory since I haven’t read it in almost 2 years.


  2. By Kelli Collins on

    Hey, I had to learn to spell “Kwiatkowski” in kindergarten. If I can do that…

    And yes, the start of a beautiful friendship, indeed! Can’t wait for the release of “Three Reasons Why”!!


  3. By Kim B on

    I read this and downloaded the book. Finished it while the boys were at baseball practice. I loved it, but I am very mad at myself for reading it right now. I should have waited until closer to the release of Three Reasons Why. I read the Wild Irish one right after the other, so now I’m spoiled. Wait…I just read that again. I thought it was July 17! Wow! I think I can wait two days! It’ll give me something to do during exams! hehe!

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