Amy Thornton felt as if she'd died the night her husband was killed. Now, two years later, she's ready to starting living again, and she knows just the man to help her do so.
All she has to do is get him to admit he wants her as much as she wants him. One call to Colbert Escort and Security Services brings owner Josh Colbert running to her door and
with him all the emotions she'd forgotten exist. Little does she realize the power in her hands--to crush Josh's heart or to bring it to life.
Author note: This is a re-issue of a previously released title.
FIVE LIPS! Bring Me To Life is a beautiful, sexy, exciting, and absolutely exhilarating love story that you don’t want to miss reading! I chose it because of the superb reputation of Caitlyn Willows as well as the intriguing storyline. I expected good, even great, and was rewarded with fantastic, riveting, delightful, and completely immersing! Josh is amazing. His insecurities are sweet, touching, and very real and Amy’s wants and desires, clear and focused. The way that these two come together is hot as well as poignant and moving. Between the tender emotion and entertaining banter, I loved Bring Me To Life and am confident that you will too! ~Kerin, Two Lips Reviews
FIVE HEARTS! What a wonderful story! Bring Me to Life is a novella with a unique plot and is told in such a manner that it is extremely easy to feel as if you are part of the narrative. The romance is explicit from the very beginning, but it is not so “over the top” that it becomes a tale of nothing but sexual encounters.... an incredibly sexy story about love the second time around and the mistakes made when two people are actually “too close” to the situation to realize the pitfalls which can sabotage their pending relationship. The book is captivating and one worthy to be read more than once. Good job, Ms. Willows! I appreciate the chance to read this and believe that others will be thrilled when they, too, read this book! ~Brenda Talley, The Romance Studio
BRING ME TO LIFE is sexually and emotionally charged. Amy and Josh have deep feelings for one another and it's time they explored said feelings. Throw off the covers and get ready for some heat when you open up BRING ME TO LIFE. ~Sinclair Reid, Romance Reviews Today
FIVE HEARTS! This is a very touching, emotional story of two people who have held their feelings back, but in one night let everything out. It is a story that will have the reader turning the pages to see how their relationship turns out. The reader will certainly feel the heat between these two multi-dimensional characters as Ms. Willows brings them together very intimately. BRING ME TO LIFE is a very evocative story. This reviewer found this story very emotional. It gave her a warm tingly feeling at the end and made her sigh with content. Caitlyn Willows is a new author for this reviewer and this will certainly not be the last book she reads. Ms. Willows masterfully blends a great romance with emotion and sensual, erotic love scenes. This reviewer will be looking for more! ~Valerie, Love Romances And More
FOUR CUPS! Delightfully sexy and touching. Ms. Willows puts heart into this story as a widow decides to come back to life. Fabulous characters; this couple is perfect for each other and the author makes sure the reader feels it. Set at a steady pace with touching moments and wickedly erotic love scenes, this is truly a romantic romp not to be missed. ~Wateena, Coffee Time Romance
The chemistry between the couple was explosive and erotic in nature. Their love scenes are sure to leave you breathless with desire and panting for more. Enjoy! ~Nikita Steele, Joyfully Reviewed
Bring Me to Life by Caitlyn Willows is one tale that any reader will love from its sexy hero to Amy’s courage to continue going on and become stronger than ever. I loved Amy for here is a woman who has known heartache with a loving man to learn that it is not wise to stay secluded and hidden from life for the past two years. Now if there ever was a man to be her other half that is Josh Colbert. Here is a guy who knows what he wants and that’s Amy. These two are not only sexually compatible but man they heat up the pages even without the love scenes, and only Caitlyn Willows can bring two people like them together in a short story book. ~Lena C., Fallen Angel Reviews
FOUR STARS! [A]n interesting story about the aftermath of death and the start of living again. There are intense and arousing sexual scenes between Amy and Josh (read this out loud with someone you love!) I was amazed and aroused. The sexual encounters are important to the plot, but they also fit perfectly into Amy and Josh's continuing love story. The characters are well written, including a secondary character that provides comic relief. I have again enjoyed a book written by Ms. Willows! ~Marcy Arbitman, Just Erotic Romance Reviews
BRING ME TO LIFE is a heart-warming story about a second chance at love. Josh and Amy are very interesting and independent characters who need each other in order to feel alive. Caitlyn Willows has written a wonderful story that touched my heart and made me root for these two characters to find the love they deserve. This is a story that should not be missed! ~Robin, My Book Cravings
Amy Thornton’s hands shook as she read the newspaper ad for
the fifth time. She couldn’t believe she was considering this act of
desperation. She didn’t know what else to call it. Morning light streaming through
the windows of her breakfast nook spilled over the ad. Was it calling her
attention to it, or trying to make her see how stupid this was?
Perched on the edge of her chair, she jiggled her legs under
the table, trying to expend nervous energy, while she weighed her decision for
the thousandth time. She was lonely, sad, and all the sex toys in the world
didn’t help ease that deep ache inside. She needed to be held, touched, loved
on. With Dan’s death two years ago, she’d died too. She needed someone—anyone—to
bring her back to life, and she knew just who that someone was going to be.
She pushed the newspaper back and returned to nibbling her
raisin toast. Amy would be the first to admit it had taken her a long time to
pull herself out of that pit of shock, grief, despair, and depression. It still
strangled her heart each time she recalled that awful night. One minute she and
Dan were standing outside Mario’s Trattoria waiting for the valet to bring
their car around. The next minute Dan was dead, along with six other people—all
victims of a driver who’d fallen asleep at the wheel. Yes, it’d been a very
long time to crawl from the pit—eighteen months. But she was out now, ready to
breathe in life once more.
Unfortunately, it appeared as though their friends and
associates weren’t ready for her to do so. It didn’t take long for Amy to see
the sad truth—most everyone respected Dan too much to make a move on his widow.
Any men who smiled her way were snagged aside fast and told to back off. While
Amy had appreciated that consideration during the first year, it had grown very
trying later when she was ready to explore the world that awaited her.
But she was the widow of the sainted Dan Thornton—whose
legend seemed to grow each day—and now the head of his multi-million-dollar
production company. Her reputation could not be besmirched, or that of the
company. A liaison with the wrong man could end in disaster for all, or so
she’d been advised by her directors. She wondered if they were more concerned
she’d marry and her new husband would attempt to take over the company. Not
that anyone had said anything, but she could see worry in their eyes.
It was the same look she got that first day she’d walked
into the boardroom and announced she’d be stepping into Dan’s shoes. She’d
expected the cool reception they’d given her. It was the same frosty demeanor
Dan had received when he’d taken over after his father’s death five years ago.
It didn’t take long for him to win them over.
Amy followed his example and didn’t back down. The directors
had eventually warmed to her when they realized she wasn’t a ball of fluff and
knew what the hell she was doing. Now they guarded her like a queen in a fairy
castle. Any white knight attempting to rescue her was drowned in the moat
before a single digit touched her drawbridge.
Amy sighed and drew the paper toward her again. She didn’t
need rescuing, she needed male contact. She needed to get laid. Was it
asking so much? Out of the millions of men in Los Angeles, wasn’t there one
with balls enough to scale the battlements and fuck her good and proper?
She buried her head in her hands. It was more than that. She
wanted to laugh again, feel the warmth of another body next to hers as she
slept, to not be single at a table of couples. She wanted Josh Colbert.
She couldn’t say when she’d realized Josh was the main
person responsible for chasing away would-be suitors. She’d noticed it by
accident two months before at a party. Some actor had cornered her over a
platter of mini-quiches—a nice-looking man, with an interesting smile, who
seemed capable of intelligent conversation. Amy had been intrigued. She’d
turned away to set her champagne glass on the tray of a passing waiter. When
she looked back, the man was gone. Josh had him by the arm, their heads bent in
serious conversation. The actor moved on to other prey, studiously ignoring
Curiosity had her seek out another male at that same party.
Josh wasted no time cutting him off. Then another and another, until Amy was
fairly certain she had the answer she was looking for. Josh wanted her for
himself. So she’d flashed him what she presumed was a knowing smile over the
fresh champagne flute she’d toyed with. His brown eyes had dilated, his
nostrils flared while his long fingers tightened around his glass. Her glance
down had revealed his tux was considerably tighter across his crotch.
Yes, definitely interested.
Getting him to make a move, however, was a different issue.
Years of marriage had taught her a lot about male pride. She
couldn’t come right out and confront Josh with how he felt, not when she
couldn’t be sure how he’d react. Now that her eyes had been opened to the
possibilities, she wanted him in her arms, not running the other way screaming
Josh and Dan had been friends for a long time. Dan had given
Josh part of the start-up money to help get the Los Angeles franchise of
Colbert Escort and Security Services going. It had turned out to be a good
investment. Dan had recouped his investment and then some in less than six
months. Josh had been more than grateful for the help.
Amy needed to make sure that elephant was banished
completely. Josh had to admit he wanted her because that’s what he wanted, not
out of any feeling that he owed Dan, or, heaven forbid, that he had to protect
Amy from all the men in the world, even himself.
Josh wasn’t inclined to let other men near her. He wasn’t
inclined to approach her either. Someone needed a little prodding. She’d been
alone long enough. They were going to resolve this. Either Josh would step up
to the plate and admit his feelings, or he would step away and let Amy move on.
Although doing the latter felt akin to another death all over again. Her heart
and body were set on him.
Since that party she hadn’t been able to get Josh out of her
mind. His smile, his laugh, the light in his eyes, the way the edges of his
brown hair curled ever-so slightly against his collar. She’d seem him dressed
to the nines and stripped down to swim trunks. His looks could devastate a
woman’s senses no matter what he wore. Amy could almost feel herself tucked
against that hard body as they danced. Could easily imagine his weight bearing
her into the mattress as she wrapped her legs around him. Could almost taste
his lips as they merged with hers.
Damn his stubbornness. The man needed a serious
It seemed like hiring an escort from his company was as good
a place to start as any. Perhaps that would open his eyes.
Her palms sweated as she reached for her cell phone. She
wiped them on her white shorts. There’d be no tennis with the girls today if
this worked according to plan. The privacy of her home was a good place for a
trial run. Her friends often teased her, but Amy was really glad now that she
and Dan had never had live-in staff. The cleaning, landscaping, and pool
maintenance services all came once a week. If she had a large gathering, which
hadn’t happened since before Dan’s passing, she hired a caterer. It was one of
the smartest moves she’d ever made. The one she was about to make remained to
She punched in the number before her courage failed her. A
woman picked up on the second ring, answering in smooth, cultured tones.
“Colbert Escort and Security Services, how can we help you today?”
You can get Josh Colbert’s tight buns over here.
“I’d like a dinner escort for this evening. I’d like to
inquire about your special services and rates.”
That ought to get his attention. Colbert wasn’t a
front for prostitution. Their agreements were very specific about the services
they provided, and especially those they did not provide. But many of
the escorts were trained massage therapists. The prospect of Amy nude with a
man’s hands roaming her body ought to give him pause.
“Excellent. I’m Nancy and I’ll be more than happy to make
the arrangements.” Her confidence boosted Amy’s. This ploy really might work.
“Let’s start with the basics.”
That involved Amy’s name, address, phone number, billing
information. They progressed to the evening’s date—where she wanted to go, if
she wanted limo service. She opted for a quiet dinner in a romantic restaurant
and no limo.
“Excellent.” She heard the keyboard tap out the information
through the phone. “Now for our special service… Do you want male or female?
Before or after the date, or for an extended period of time?”
Amy’s confidence faltered. What if this didn’t work?
Suddenly being naked, even under innocuous circumstances with a strange man
didn’t feel so enticing. The last thing she wanted was to set up a schedule for
massages when she already had one.
“Let’s forget about that one.”
“Gone. If there should be a need, please know your escort is
fully trained in all the arts.”
She resisted the urge to ask which ones. Getting Josh’s
attention was one thing, making veiled innuendoes about his business was another.
She wanted him in her bed, not pissed off.
“Now, what type of man would you like? Being as specific as
possible will help us match your wishes.”
“Well, I’d like for him to not look like he’s fifteen.” She
and Josh had frequently joked about how young everyone was starting to look to
Nancy’s soft laughter filtered back. “Boy, do I know what
you mean. Lately, they’re all starting to look like high school students to me.
Our boss teases me about that all the time.”
Amy smiled. She’d bet some of their older clientele liked
them looking on the young side. Maybe she should really rattle Josh’s cage and
pick the youngest escort she could find. No, this had to be believable if she
was going to pull it off.
“No baby faces,” Nancy said, and Amy heard the click of the
keyboard as the woman typed in the information. “What else?”
“No taller than six feet. No shorter than five-ten. More
muscle than lean but not overweight. I also want him fit, not muscle bound.
Brown hair and eyes. Strong hands, a good sense of humor, well read, a
gentleman, punctual, and…” Laughter swallowed the rest of her list. “I guess I
was a little too specific.” She’d pretty much described Josh.
“Not at all,” Nancy quickly assured her. “We want you to
have a good time. You won’t be able to do that if you’re focused on some facet
you find distressing. Anything else?”
“No, that’s all I can think of.”
“Excellent, give me a few seconds to access our files to see
who’s available. Ah, here we are. Brian Ross. In fact, he just walked in and is
nodding his acceptance as we speak. Would you like to talk to him?”
“No. That won’t be necessary. I’ll see him tonight.” Unless
she missed her guess, Brian Ross wouldn’t get within five miles of her house.
“Good. Six it is. One of our representatives will be by
shortly with paperwork for you to sign. We have to ensure you’re completely
aware of the services you’ve requested, and of the ones we cannot provide.
You’ll also have our nondisclosure agreement. We want nothing to distract from
the evening. This gets it all out of the way before then to help keep the night
“Wonderful.” Perfect, in fact. “Thank you. I
appreciate your attention to the small details.”
“Thank you so much for calling Colbert Escort and Security
Amy set the phone down. Phase One complete. Now for Phase
Two—wait for Josh to show up and pray her minimal acting skills held up.