Included in the
Precious Gems Series
- Book 2 / Contemporary Ménage Novella
"...the essence of love can be experienced in so many different ways..."
Emerald Tucci is engaged to one sexy man. Mark Vistar embodies every woman's dream. Tall, muscular, and handsome enough to send shivers down any woman's spine. But still, Emmi can't confirm a wedding date and the reason is Jay, Mark's best friend. She doesn't love Jay, yet the man's sensual magnetism has her enduring sleepless nights and rampant sexual emotions
as she wonders what it would be like to have two men make love to her at the same time.
To squash her wandering thoughts of a fantasy come true, she speaks honestly with Mark in hopes that by coming clean, her strange desires will be put to rest. Emmi even admits that her candor could possibly mean the end of her engagement.
She never counted on Mark and his devotion to her, or the fact that he loves her enough to make her fantasy come true.
Book One and Book Three
PRECIOUS GEMS, in
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Her gaze flowed over the bare skin of his back. She would give anything to get off the chair and drape her arms around him from behind, but Emmi hadn't a clue if he would accept the loving gesture in the manner it was intended. So instead, she wrapped her fingers around the cup, tried to keep her hands from shaking and waited to see if he would respond.
Mark turned with the frying pan in his hand and dumped half the contents onto a clean plate. Reaching into the cabinet, he grabbed a second dish, filled it and set it in front of her. Finally, he met her wary stare. "I guess you need a fork." He quickly took care of that then sat on a stool beside her.
She picked up the fork then set it down. Emmi couldn't even think about eating. "Mark, I can't stand this. Please talk to me. Tell me you're okay with us still. Tell me you're pissed, tell me we're through. Just say something."
He set down his fork and looked at her. "I'm not angry, Emmi." He took a deep breath. "I was at first. Simple male pride. You threw me for a loop last night."
"I know," she stated quietly. "It's just that—it's just that I love you so much, Mark. I said it last night and I'll say it again. I love you and only you. What I've been feeling has nothing to do with you. You haven't done a thing wrong or said anything that would make me want out of our engagement. Thinking about that makes me physically ill. I want us to spend the rest of our lives together, but I had to tell you. I don't want my fantasy causing us trouble down the road."
Incredibly, a hint of a smile appeared on his lips.
She tipped her head and stared dumbfounded. "You're smiling. Are we going to be able to get past this?" Relief rippled through her when his eyes sparked with his usual humor. "I'm sorry if I hurt you, Mark."
"You didn't hurt me, Emmi. You wounded my male ego."
"But that's not what this is about."
"I know that now. I thought about it all night. In fact, I almost woke you up to ask you a few questions."
She reached out, happy beyond words when he met her halfway and clasped her fingers. "I wish you would have. I missed you last night."
"It's probably a good thing I didn't, because it gave me more time to shuffle this through my head."
"It is a fantasy—something I'll never act on. That's the honest truth."
"But a strong enough fantasy that you felt the need to tell me about it. You must have known how I would take it."
Emmi simply shrugged in the face of his perceptiveness. What could she say? He was totally on the mark.
"So is it really just a fantasy, Emmi, or something that you truly want to happen?"
She stared incredulously. "What do you mean by that?" She was amazed that he didn't sound pissed. He'd simply stated the question matter-of-factly.
His shoulders rose, then fell with a deep sigh. "I spent the entire night going over this. I love you, Emmi. That's not ever going to change. Once I got over my chipped ego, I really thought about you and why you would even bring up something like this if it wasn't more than a fantasy? Once I opened my mind fully, I came to the realization that I wasn't being fair—not when I've fantasized about the same thing."
Her lips parted in wonder.
"That surprises you, doesn't it?
I'm not saying that I've fantasized about you, me and Jay. But there isn't a healthy male on this planet who hasn't thought about it. I just needed to look at it from your point of view. I guess the only difference is that I never put a face on any ménage partners. You have and you happened to pick two people you care deeply for. I guess I'm the luckiest in that scenario, because I'm the one you love enough to tell all."
"Oh, Mark." Emmi reached for him. When his arms came out to hold her close, tears sprang to her eyes. "Last night was horrible," she whispered against his chest. "I was so lonesome without you beside me. I thought I would lose you. I was so frightened because you're the most important person in my life. I promise you, I will never do anything to hurt you. It's just a fantasy about Jay, that's all." Warmth and security filled her when his fingers played with the hair that tumbled down her back. She cuddled closer to listen to the steady beat of his heart.
"What if it is a fantasy that I'd like to think about?"
She blinked, wondering if she'd heard him right. Slowly, she sat back and met his steady gaze. "What are you saying?"
His fingertip brushed her cheek. "If this is something you want to do, then I think we need to discuss it more fully."
"You would consider a ménage? With Jay?" A nervous giggle left her mouth. "God, my emotions have been in such an upheaval that I can't even think straight. I can't tell if you're kidding or not."
"I'm not kidding. I'm serious."
5 BLUE RIBBONS!
"From the very first page Ruby Storm's ESSENCE OF EMERALD captures the readers interest. I became very intrigued by Emmi, Mark and Jay, their situation, and the emotions that are almost tangible. I loved the heartfelt honesty between the characters and the adult way they sit down and discuss the possibility of fulfilling Emmi's fantasy. It's obvious that the friendship they share is extremely important to all of them and somehow that makes their
ménage much more personal and sweet. While the ménage is undoubtedly very hot and exciting, it's the emotional interaction and trust between them that brings an extra satisfying spark to this storyline. This is a thrilling story that I will definitely be adding to my keeper shelf to read again in the near future."
Chrissy, Romance Junkies Reviews
has written a shocking and surprising tale that will have readers floored.
Essence of Emerald is every woman’s fantasy come true. Ms. Storm
has truly turned up the heat with Mark and Emerald’s love story with a
fabulous twist. Ms. Storm had this reviewer shocked and surprised
until the end. Essence of Emerald is definitely worth getting. This
is a story that will twist your emotions and still leave you smiling at the
end. I cannot wait to get my hand on her next book."
Sonya, Fallen Angel Reviews
4 1/2 HEARTS!
"This book was
totally hot! A very definite testimony to the strong love between Emmi and
Mark since it takes a very strongly committed person to agree to share his
fiancé with his best friend. The angst they all shared while in the planning
stages is a testament to how much they care for each other, plus their
insistence that whatever happens will not affect their friendship. The
author easily lets the reader know the ménage is only happening because
their relationship is so strong and it is written clearly with emotion and
deep caring while still being highly erotic. Highly recommended as a true
Lisa, The Romance Studio Reviews
"Honesty can make or break a relationship,
and Storm explores that concept skillfully in this sensual ménage story.
Bringing another person into their relationship, even for one night, causes
a realistic awkwardness between Emmi and Mark. Their love, their emotional
connection and their longevity together do a lot to bridge that gap in a way
that's true to the situation. Highly erotic and passion-filled, this novel
is a tasteful and exhilarating exploration of a typical sexual fantasy."
Sarah, Romantic Times
favorite fantasy mirrors the dreams of many women, I am sure. The desire to
have two men at once definitely makes me all hot and bothered. Mark and Jay
are perfectly characterized as hunky men who could fulfill that dream very
well. Ms. Storm's depiction of the ménage fantasy is one that is sure to set
many a reader's cold winter night to heating up admirably."
Coffee Time Romance
of Emerald is a sexy tale of a couple deeply in love. The relationship
between Emmi and Mark is honest, open, loyal, truthful, and trusting. The
friendship they have with Jay is loyal, true and important to both of them.
The sexual chemistry is intense, exploding off the pages and will leave you
wondering if three people really have enough stamina to pull off the intense
ménage in this book.
If it is possible,
has created a written diagram for one very hot, very sexy ménage.
Essence of Emerald is a great book with a touching lesson to
be learned about trusting the one you love and honesty regarding your sexual
preferences and fantasies."
Two Lips Reviews
you say dripping with sex? Ms. Storm brings the sexual tension alive from
the prologue. The beginning of ESSENCE OF EMERALD is roller coaster
mixture of fear and desire for the forbidden. This reviewer was pulled into
Emmi’s emotions almost immediately. Her struggle for right and wrong was
undeniable. Ms. Storm’s way with words had this reviewer routing for the
heroine all the way.
This reviewer highly
recommends ESSENCE OF EMERALD. Be sure to set aside some time,
because once you start reading you won’t want to stop until the final
Loves Romances Reviews
"What a quick and fun read. Both sex and love
were at the forefront of this book. All of the characters possessed an
understanding and willingness to act out an orgasmic fantasy for the love of
another. The character interactions and dialogs were amazing. I loved all
three characters in this story. I couldn’t believe how sweet Mark was about
Emmi’s fantasies regarding Jay and also that he was willing to allow this
for the woman he loved. I felt really bad for Emmi while she was discussing
this threesome with Mark. She was so scared and worried her marriage would
end. The plot premise was explosive and left me contemplating an erotic
“what if” of my own. This story had everything; hot sex, ménage, great
characters, and great plot line. Definitely a must read. I will be very
excited to read more from Ruby Storm in the future."
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