Book Two in The Wake Series
by M. Mabie
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This isn’t just a two-year long one-night stand. It’s my life.
This is my life. Our life. It isn’t just some careless affair.
I’ve made the worst decisions a woman could, but I’ll earn my second chance.
She can try keeping all the guilt for herself, but I’m just as much to blame.
Loving Casey wasn’t my biggest mistake. Fighting it for so long was.
I’ll show her how fearless our love makes me. I’ll protect her torn heart.
He still has magic in his eyes. He’s the man who makes me happy.
Her voice still brings me to my knees. She says my name like it’s sacred.
I live for the day when I’m his. To take care of him. To love him the way he deserves.
I can’t wait to be all she needs. I can give her a happy life, security and so much love.
Sometimes two ships never meet in the night, but ours did.
Sometimes the water is rough. It beats you all to hell until you have no choice but get stronger.
Our love story reads more like a tragedy, but to me it’s clean and pure.
Let them point their fingers. Without a love like ours, they haven’t really lived. I pity them.
I’m a cheating wife and a villain. I am his honeybee.
I’m a snake in the grass and I sleep best when I’m lying next to his wife.
I want to be his everything.
I’m nothing without her anyway.
This isn’t even close to over.
It’ll never be over.
Sail is the second book in the continuing Wake Series. For more information on the first book in the series see the link for Bait below.
The room was dimly lit with the few lights we’d left on. It was late, and even though I was tired from travel and just life in general, I craved the feel of him.
Our suite was warm, void of chill or worry. In the bedroom, we didn’t bother with a light, knowing where everything was by memory.
He guided me to bed. He let my hair down and brushed it off my shoulders, and then he held me close and pressed his lips to mine. Casey laid us down so softly I barely knew we were moving until I felt the fluffy pillow under my head.
I deepened our kiss and moaned when his body pressed against mine.
“We’re not going to have sex tonight, Blake,” he said breathlessly around my lips. Why? I wanted him so badly. Just like that. Slow and easy.
I tried to evict thoughts of uncertainty from my mind, but they snuck in with his words. His behavior was contradictory. He’d shown me nothing but affection and care since we saw each other in the airport.
Why wouldn’t he make love to me?
Old demons felt the need to speak up.
What if he doesn’t want you after the chase? What if he only likes the thrill?
I felt my body begin to tense for the first time since we’d arrived. The hands that had been wandering across his back stilled. The leg I had started to wrap around his waist slowly began falling to the side.
“Hey, where are you going,” he said, as he kissed my neck and ran a hand through my hair to the nape of my neck.
“I don’t understand,” I contested. “I want you.” He shifted his weight and I felt how hard he was against my inner thigh. He was definitely turned on. So what was his deal? “Don’t you want me, too?”
“Mmmm,” he breathed near my ear. “God, I want you.” His big right hand hitched my leg back around his hip and he palmed my ass, bringing my dress up to my waist in the process and exposing my pale pink underwear. “I’ve wanted you day and night for so long now. I don’t know how to not want you.” He spoke between kisses and rubbed his nose along my clavicle. Then he bit me gently at the crook of my neck. “But there’ve been too many times I’ve let that need for you cloud my focus.”
“No, Blake. Not tonight. Tonight, I’m going to make you come and then I’m going to sleep next to you. I’m going to fall asleep with you in my arms. All those nights I missed out on holding you and feeling you next to me. I stole them from both of us being scared and stubborn.
I have to be better this time. I see all that you’re doing and I’m so damn proud of you, honeybee,” he said calmly. “But I want more than just physical things from you. It isn’t that I don’t want you. Fuck, do I want you. But I need all of you. Not just this.” He moved against my center and I knew I had to change his mind. After hearing those sweet
words, I had to have him and I wasn’t going to fight fair.
“Please, Casey. Fuck me.”
He growled and pressed his forehead to my chest. “You’re evil.” He laughed. I wished he sounded defeated, but mostly he sounded amused. “You’re not making it easy for me to be noble.”
“Don’t be noble then,” I said as I wound my arms around him and
pulled him closer to me.
“If you knew what I was thinking about doing to you, you’d know I wasn’t.” He rolled partially over toward the center of the bed and ran his hand under my dress and up to my breast.
“Then tell me,” I shamelessly suggested.
The tips of his fingers roamed down my stomach and my pulse sped up. His fingers slid under the sheer fabric of my underwear and my breaths came in spurts as I mentally begged him to keep going. I was so wound up.
“Don’t worry. I told you I’d take care of you.”
As soon as I finished Bait, I dove into Sail head first. I was still (and am still, truthfully) reeling from Bait. I know I said it in my Bait review BUT it definitely needs to be said again that M. Mabie knows her craft. She pulls no punches delivering all of the feels. Mo has made her way up my list for go to authors and I can’t wait to see what comes from her in the future!
I once again fell into Casey and Blake’s story, feeling every single emotion they both went through. There were times while I was reading Bait that I got so damn frustrated with both of them, wanting to yell to STOP. I was so glad to see growth between both Casey and Blake. Cheering for them to finally find the happiness they both deserved all the way from the beginning I was so, so happy when they were getting to achieve it.
This series is a top recommendation from me. If you have not read Bait, you should bump it up on your TBR, and then follow up with Sail. You won’t regret it.
Oh I love me some Casey!! I want to pet him and love him and stroke him. Wait. What? No not like that. Well... Sorry... hazard of a smut reader. What I even love more is the fact that the basic ingredient of an idea of this story makes my heart swoon HARD. I mean really the subject of wanting to be with someone so badly that all else be damned but is still scared to make the leap strikes a nerve so deeply in me that it makes my over romanticism go to def. con four. But enough about me let’s talk about M. Mabie and her amazing series to date.
Book two to the Wake series, Sail takes place back into the lives of Blake and Casey. Two people who met on the off chance and struggled to be together as their hearts want them to be, only to have life and relationship commitments blocking their path. Sail takes place after events that led to the explosion of truths that came to light in book one Bait, and Casey and Blake try to find their way to be a “real” couple. Even though this is what they wanted for a few years, Casey and Blake still find that their personal hang-ups can break them as well.
M. Mabie has written superbly a story; a series that starts off so dark and deep in Bait that while I was reading from the very first page she had my emotions all over the place. So filled with angst and longing, absolutely coveting one another Bait had me questioning why I continued to torture myself. I later found the answer to that question to be simply because Bait is a great story and needs to be read. When I jumped into Sail, I was scared that I would be on emotional overload. Thanks to all that is filled with chocolate and rainbows, Sail breathed fresh air and bright light into me. I really think M. Mabie took pity on her readers and felt that she needed to give us a break from being in the dark. Well played Mo, well done. HAHA
While Sail still consumes you as Bait does, Sail is written as if the pressure has been lifted right off your chest and only now can you really appreciate the characters even with all their faults. Completely polar opposites of the sea current. In my opinion it takes a wonderfully well versed writer and storyteller to be able to write a series with the first two books to be completely different in vibe but uniquely the same in relation.
So really what all my mumbo jumbo means is that I would recommend to everyone that Sail needs to be read but only after Bait. Please, PLEASE HURRY so I’m not sitting alone jonesing for more words from whom sure will be your next go to author.
Book One in The Wake Series
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He was trouble from the start, but I couldn't resist.
She was the best kind of trouble. The kind that was so wrong, it felt right.
I’ve tried and failed to stay away from him.
I’ve done everything in my power to make her mine and keep her.
He’s almost impossible to say no to.
She never tells me yes.
We’re always fighting.
When we’re not fighting, we’re… well… making up.
He makes me laugh so hard.
I miss her laugh the most.
I'm a liar.
She knows the truth, but won’t admit it.
Sometimes, I wish I'd never met him.
I wish we could meet all over again. I'd do better.
His sweet girlfriend knows.
The guy she’s with is a fool.
I’ll never love anyone like I love him.
She doesn’t love me enough to choose us.
It was the wrong place.
It was the wrong time.
It should have been him.
It will always be her.
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M. Mabie lives in Illinois with her husband. She is the author of the steamy comedy Fade In. Her sophomore release, Bait, is the first book in the angst-filled erotic Wake Series. She writes unconventional love stories and tries to embody "real-life romance."
She cares about politics, but will not discuss them in public. She uses the same fork at every meal, watches Wayne's World while cleaning, and lets her dog sleep on her head. She has always been a writer. In fact, she was born with a pen in her hand, which almost never happens. Almost.
M. Mabie usually doesn't speak in third-person either. She promises.
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