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This Sleepless in Manhattan excerpt takes elevator sex to a whole new level

Sara Dobie Bauer is a writer, model and mental health advocate with a creative writing degree from Ohio University. Her short story "Don't Ball the Boss" (inspired by her shameless crush on Benedict Cumberbatch) was nominated for the Pus...

Sarah Morgan's new romance novel Sleepless in Manhattan heats up the Big Apple

USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan returns with a brand new series that follows three women as they maneuver their way through love, careers and friendship in the bustling and exciting backdrop of Manhattan.

About Sleepless in Manhattan:

Cool, calm and competent, events planner Paige Walker loves a challenge. After a childhood spent in and out of hospitals, she's now determined to prove herself — and where better to take the world by storm than in the exhilarating bustle of Manhattan? But when Paige is let go from the job she loves, she must face her biggest challenge of all — going it alone.

Except launching her own events company is nothing compared to hiding her outrageous crush on Jake Romano, her brother's best friend, New York's most in-demand date and the only man to break her heart. When Jake offers Paige's fledgling company a big chance, their still-sizzling chemistry starts giving her sleepless nights. But can she convince the man who trusts no one to take a chance on forever?

Here's your hot, hot, hot excerpt:

She was holding her breath, her mouth a mere whis­per away from his, and then his head lowered and he took her mouth in a slow, hard, deliberate kiss.

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She gave a start of shock but he held her firm, her body locked against his.

Desire ignited, engulfing fear, and she moaned against his lips, breathed him in and tasted the essence of him as he kissed her slowly and thoroughly. Hold­ing her head still, he explored her mouth with long, leisurely kisses that changed the source of her shivering from fear to arousal. Her mouth opened under his in complicit surrender. She'd often wondered how it would feel to be kissed by Jake, and now she knew. It was like drinking champagne too fast, like riding a roller coaster with your eyes closed, like diving from a high board into deep water. She swayed, dizzy, but he held her cap­tive, anchoring her against the power of his body with strong hands. And just when she thought she'd felt ev­erything there was to feel, the kiss changed from slow and seeking to rough and raw, from gentle seduction to pure primal sex. She'd never experienced anything like the erotic intimacy of being kissed by Jake. It was wild. Thrilling. And it awoke something inside her that had been dormant her whole life.

Excitement exploded in a starburst, shocking her with its intensity. It was like suddenly discovering a whole new part of herself. A part of her more alive than any other.

The jacket slithered from her fingers to the floor.

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She rose on her toes to bring herself closer to him and in doing so felt the effect she was having on him, felt the hard thickness of him through the fabric of her dress.

Shoots of delicious pleasure spread through her, the anticipation and promise of still more to come almost unbearably exciting. She held herself still, waiting on the edge of something, and then his hands were there, on the thin, flimsy fabric of her dress, finding access points, sliding the roughness of his thumb over the straining peak of her nipple until her vision blurred. Logic told her there had to be a ceiling to the excitement, but if there was, she had yet to reach it.

He urged her back until she was sandwiched between the hard, unyielding glass of the elevator and the hard, unyielding power of his body. He murmured something against her ear, a deliciously explicit suggestion of what he wanted to do to her and exactly how he intended to do it, and she closed her hand over his shoulder, dig­ging her fingers into the pumped-up swell of male mus­cle. She might have taken a moment to savor the feel of those muscles, but then he was kissing her again and she'd wanted him to kiss her for so long she wasn't going to waste a single second of it. Then she felt him jerk her dress up to her waist and felt the warm slide of his palm on her bare thigh.

So close, so close…

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His tongue was in her mouth, his kiss hot, searching and so insanely skilled she felt sorry for all the women in the world who had never been kissed by Jake. She felt that kiss shimmer through her body, connecting to someplace deep inside her. And she kissed him back, consumed by desire, her fingers locked in the silky spikes of his hair, dragging his head to hers, terrified in case he changed his mind, in case he stopped. She'd dreamed about this so many times, and it had been frus­trating because she'd never been able to totally imagine what it would be like. There was an elusive quality to Jake, a hardness, a hint of sexual experience that she knew would make being with him different from her few other encounters. And it was different. She inhaled him and he inhaled her, his mouth devouring hers as if she were the last thing he was ever going to taste be­fore his life ended. The kiss was tinged with hints of desperation, colored by their personal history, made intimate by their knowledge of each other. It was the most intense, shockingly personal connection of her life. She'd imagined his mouth on hers, his hands on her body, so many times, but not even the most erotic of her daydreams had ever come close to the reality.

She never wanted it to end.

Delicious. If you want to see how it turns out for devilishly handsome Jake and ambitious Paige, pick up your own copy of Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan today!

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Sarah Morgan's new romance novel Sleepless in Manhattan heats up the Big Apple
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