Chapter One Reveal: Filthy Beautiful Lust by Kendall Ryan

FBseriesbanner

goodreads

heartdividerPost

Title: Filthy Beautiful Lust (Filthy Beautiful Lies, #3)

Expected Release Date: November 10, 2014

filthy

From New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, Kendall Ryan, comes the third book in the Filthy Beautiful Lies series.

Pace Drake loves sex. He knows where get it, what to say, what to do, and he makes no apologies for satisfying his needs. But when he meets single mom, Kylie Sloan, he’s enthralled by her, and begins to question his standard operating procedure. After all, there’s no chase, no mystery when banging a woman in a nightclub bathroom. Kylie’s depth and determination make the sloppy, drunken hookups that fill his weekends seem empty and shallow. She’s the opposite of the desperate, clingy women he’s used to. She doesn’t want or need anyone to take care of her and that only makes him want to care for her more.

Kylie’s trust in men has vanished. The last guy she was with played ding-dong-ditch-it with her uterus and left her with a baby to raise. Now her infant son is the only man she has time for, even if she misses sex and intimacy more than she’d ever admit. Opening her heart up to a younger man who’s best known for no-strings-attached sex and his casual lifestyle is probably the worst idea she’s ever had. But Pace wants to prove to her there are still a few good guys left, and watching the sweet way he interacts with her baby makes her want to try…but she can really trust that his days of hitting it and quitting it are in his past?

Filthy Beautiful Lust is the third book in the Filthy Beautiful Lies series, however it can be read as a standalone novel (no cliffhanger). To understand the full growth and development of the characters, it is recommended that you begin with book 1, Filthy Beautiful Lies. 

heartdividerPost

 Pre-Order

heartdividerPost

Chapter One

Pace

The blonde on my arm is driving me nuts. If it weren’t for her giant fake tits, that I very much want to play with later, I would have ditched her at the door.

We’re at a fancy gala for Colton’s charity, the five thousand dollar a plate dinner is designed to bring in the last of the donations they need to ensure the school and hospital Colton plans to open are fully funded in the years to come. It’s a great cause. But all I want to do is leave.

“Pace,” my date says, tugging on my tuxedo clad elbow. “Which one is your brother again?”

The one that looks exactly fucking like me, I want to answer. Instead, I point straight ahead to where Colton is standing talking with a group of benefactors. “Right there in the center. That’s Colton. And his fiancé Sophie is beside him.”

We’ve been mistaken for twins numerous times. He’s three years older, but we share many similar features – tall stature, dark hair, deep blue eyes. The main difference – where Colton is hard edges and serious expressions – I’m friendly, open and relaxed. Life is too damn short to take too seriously. But apparently, grasping our similarities is beyond the capabilities of her three brain cells.

“Are you going to introduce me?” she asks.

She wants to meet my family? No. But rather than provide her with an answer she doesn’t want to hear, I choose that moment to take a swig of my bourbon and pretend I didn’t hear her.

I’d invited Sheena here tonight after meeting her at my health club. I didn’t want to come to Colton and Sophie’s big event alone and thought it might be nice to have someone to talk to over dinner. Unfortunately the only thing Sheena wanted to discuss was her recent enhancements and how the plastic surgeon convinced her to go to a bigger cup size and how she thought he only wanted to sleep with her.

Well no shit he wanted to fuck you sweetheart. Line forms to the left, gentleman.

After enduring two hours with the date from hell, all I want to do is fuck her in my car, and then drop her off at home. Classy, I know. But you try spending ten thousand dollars on dinner for the world’s most annoying date. I deserve a blow job at the very least.

Something tells me that on Monday I’ll be looking for a new health club…

I’ve changed gyms six times this year. The cancellation fees are killing me. Maybe it’s time to rethink my pick up strategy. Nah. There are lots of places in town with treadmills and free weights, and I have no problem switching clubs just to avoid running into my former hookups.

“Let’s get you another champagne,” I say, steering her toward the bar.

Once Sheena is situated on a bar stool, I slip away, making an excuse to use the men’s room. Instead I head straight for where Sophie and Kylie are talking across the room.

My brother’s fiancé, Sophie Evans looks great tonight. Long silky dress, jewels at her throat and her hair is twisted up in some type of knot. She looks happy.

“Hey, sis,” I greet her with a kiss to the back of her hand.

I won’t treat her any differently after her sister’s passing, because I know she wouldn’t want it, but I do try to be sweet to her. After everything she’s been through, she didn’t break, and I’m so thankful. Colton needs a strong woman and Sophie is the perfect complement to him. I don’t plan to settle down anytime soon, but one day I hope to find a girl as good as Sophie. I still didn’t understand where he met Sophie, or why she was just living with him one day, but he was a lucky guy. At least he knew that.

“Hi, Pace.” Sophie grins up at me.

Next I turn to Kylie, who I’ve been trying to figure out for the past several months. She works for my brother, running the office operations for his charity, and I’m pretty sure she’s the one responsible for the gala tonight. She’s stunning – in a deep purple gown that flows beautifully over her curves, fiery auburn hair that falls in loose waves over her shoulders and brilliant green eyes that sparkle on mine. The way she watches me sends tingles shooting down my body, pulsing in my groin. My cock begins swelling. What the fuck? She’s exquisite and classy and put together. The complete fucking opposite of my date.

“It’s a great event. Congratulations,” I lift her hand to my mouth and whisper against the back of it while watching her eyes.

She flinches at the contact and tugs her hand back, but treats me to a warm smile. “Thank you, Pace.” The tone of her warm voice wrapping around my name is fucking sinful. I want to hear her moan out my name when she climaxes, I want to see her green eyes darken with lust, and watch her completely come apart underneath me.

I know she’s a single mom, and I should just steer clear. She’s nothing like the women I typically date, but something about her hypnotizes me.

“Where’s your date?” Sophie asks.

“I’m not sure,” I lie. I can see her from the corner of my eye, she’s still at the bar and seems to be chatting it up with the bartender. Good. Maybe I can offload her on him tonight. I wouldn’t mind going home with the elegant and sophisticated beauty I see before me.

“I was hoping to meet her,” Sophie says.

Sophie doesn’t understand there’s a reason I’ve never introduced her to any of the women I’m seeing. They’re all temporary. And besides, I doubt they’d hit it off. Sophie interests go a little deeper than nail polish and handbags. My brother chose well.

“Isn’t that the woman you were with?” Kylie asks, pointing across the room.

I follow her gaze to Sheena.

Fuck.

Sheena’s currently bent backwards over the top of the bar so that her tits are practically hanging out and she’s letting the bartender pour shots of tequila down her throat.

Christ. This isn’t a college frat party. It’s an exclusive black-tie affair for millionaires and politicians and the nation’s leading entrepreneurs. We’re here for an important cause, not to get wasted and dance on the damn bar. But something tells me my date doesn’t get that.

I don’t often feel embarrassed, and shit, I love to cut loose and have fun as much as anyone, but this is not the time, nor the place. My face flushes slightly and I clench my jaw.

I like a woman who knows how to handle herself – someone poised and put together when she needs to be and freaky as hell in between the sheets. My eyes find Kylie’s and something tells me she’d be that kind of woman.

“Yeah, Sheena’s fun,” I say, clenching my fists in an attempt to hide my true feelings.

Kylie frowns. “I introduced myself to her earlier, and she said her name was Trina.”

“Shit. Is it?” I rub a hand through my hair. The look in her eyes tells me this is a piece of information I should have known.

Sophie excuses herself a moment later, and I’m thankful for the private moment with Kylie.

“Can I get you something else to drink?” I offer, tossing her a flirty grin.

Her answering smile is coy, guarded. “Shouldn’t you be getting back to your date?”

A quick look over my shoulder at Sheena, or Trina, or whoever the hell she is, tells me I have no desire to spend any more time with her. In contrast to the beautiful woman standing before me, my date is all but forgotten. I might have thought she was sexy before, but now, I see her for what she really is – her dress is too short and her breasts are too large, even for my big hands. Kylie, in comparison, is perfectly proportioned–soft and curvy–just like a woman should be. I wouldn’t mind exploring the valleys of her body for hours on end. With my tongue. And my cock. The bastard throbs at the thought.

“She looks pretty well taken care of right now,” I remark.

The bartender is all but ignoring the other customers in his eagerness to talk to her. He can have her for all I care. Good luck, buddy.

Kylie sets down her empty wine glass on the tray of a passing waiter. “I’m actually not much of a drinker. A glass of wine or two is generally my limit.”

Good to know. I file that information away. Remembering her little one, I ask about him. “Where’s Max tonight?”

She smiles lightly as though thinking about her baby brightens her mood. I like that, and I don’t know why. “His nanny stayed late tonight. I’m sure he’s in bed by now.”

I still recall that day in the pool last summer when I’d taken the crying baby from her and entertained him all afternoon. I couldn’t’ even be sure why I’d done it. I suppose, looking back, she just looked like she could use a hand. I never liked seeing a woman struggle. Although a damsel in distress, she is not. I get the sense she’s the type to never back down from a challenge and has enough strength and determination to succeed at just about anything she tried. A sexy quality, to be sure.

As we stand there, me sipping my bourbon, and her grinning politely at the crowd, the silence between us grows. I feel like we have nothing in common, and I’m at a loss, trying to think of something to say, anything that will keep this beauty in my presence. There are so many things I want to know about her, but none of them are appropriate to ask. How she tastes, what noises she makes when she comes. I also want to know how she ended up a single mother, and if Max’s dad is still in the picture. I tried asking Colton about it once, but he remained incredibly vague. The asshat. He’s pretty much the worst wingman ever.

“Have dinner with me this week,” I say. It wasn’t what I’d been planning to say, but once the words leave my mouth, they just feel right.

“Pace, that’s sweet of you to ask, but I can’t…” She pauses, like she wants to say more, but doesn’t. Her body language is all wrong too. Where women are normally vying to get closer, placing their hand on my bicep, or even brushing their breasts against my arm, Kylie stands straight and tall, like she wants to avoid physical contact at all costs.

“Are you here with someone?” I ask. It’s absolutely none of business, but I’d happily shell out ten grand just to find out if she’s fucking someone.

“No,” she confirms.

“No boyfriend?” I press further. I need to know what I’m up against.

“There’s been no one since Max’s father,” she says, quietly.

My inner alpha male beats on his chest in triumph. “That’s quite a dry spell.”

“Indeed,” she murmurs.

“It’s just dinner, Kylie. It’s not like I’m offering to step in and raise Max.” I treat her to a playful, crooked smile, my dimple out in full force. I’ve heard it’s quite irresistible and that’s what I’m banking on.

“That’s exactly why I can’t. I’m sorry.”

Fuck. Why am I such a fucking idiot?

“Oh,” I stammer, at a loss for words for the first damn time in my life. Christ. Grow a pair, Pace.

“Besides, something tells me if you’re interested in a woman like that,” Kylie tips her chin toward the bar where Sheena is making a spectacle of herself, “that you can’t possibly be interested in a woman like me.”

Hold the fuck on. Now that’s where she’s wrong. “Why’s that?” I ask, meeting her fiery green gaze. If she’s about to criticize herself, I will not hold back in proving to her how very wrong she is.

“Pace,” she admonishes. “Look at her. They look…inflatable.”

When I realize she’s not tearing herself down, but instead chastising my taste in women, I almost want to laugh. “A woman like that is good for only one thing and we both know it,” I say.

She raises her eyebrows, waiting for me to explain.

“Fucking once,” I continue.

“You’re crass.” Her eyes light up, and her mouth twitches in an attempt not to smile.

“I’m direct, and I think you like it.”

She shrugs. “At least you’re honest. That’s more than I can say for most men.”

“Go out with me. One time, Kylie. What do you have to lose?”

I can practically see the wheels turning in her head, and for one brief, beautiful moment I think I might have a chance. “Bye Pace.” She turns and walks away, her long legs carrying her across the room while my heart throbs.

Fuck.

“Kylie, wait.”

She turns and tosses me a sexy wink. “Go have fun with Malibu Barbie.

This is not over.

I play to win. 

heartdividerPost

About the Author

Kendall Ryan Headshot 1 pic

Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance novels, including Hard to Love, Unravel Me, Resisting Her and When I Break.

She’s a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. She lives in Minneapolis with her adorable husband and two baby sons, and enjoys hiking, being active, and reading.

Visit her at: www.kendallryanbooks.com for the latest book news, and fun extras.

Newsletter | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page

heartdividerPost

 Now Available

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000030_00045]

Filthy Beautiful Lies (Filthy Beautiful Lies #1)

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords

**Warning: this book contains an addictively filthy alpha male who will dampen your panties and own your days and nights. Proceed at your own risk.** 

Meet Colton Drake

I have no idea why she auctioned off her virginity for a cool mill. Regardless, I’m now the proud new owner of a perfectly intact hymen. A lot of good that will do me. I have certain tastes, certain sexual proclivities. My cock is a bit more discriminatory than most. And training a virgin takes finesse and patience – both of which I lack.

Sophie Evans has been backed into a corner. With her sister’s life hanging in the balance, the only choice is to claw her way out, even if that means selling her virginity to the highest bidder at an exclusive erotic club. When Colton Drake takes her home, she quickly learns nothing is as it seems with this beautifully troubled man. Being with him poses challenges she never expected, and pushes her to want things she never anticipated.

A sinfully seductive erotic romance where everything has a price and the cost of love is the highest of all from New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, Kendall Ryan

heartdividerPost

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000030_00045]

Filthy Beautiful Love (Filthy Beautiful Lies #2)

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords

I never expected to watch Sophie walk away. She was mine. I would own her. She just didn’t know it yet. New goal: Seal the deal and rock her world so thoroughly she never wanted to leave again.

Highly sexual and emotionally charged, Filthy Beautiful Love is the provocative conclusion to Filthy Beautiful Lies.

**Warning: this book contains an additively filthy alpha male who will dampen your panties and own your days and nights. Proceed at your own risk.**

heartdividerPost

Coming Soon

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000030_00045]

Filthy Beautiful Forever (Filthy Beautiful Lies #4)

Expected Release Date: January 12, 2015

Collins Drake exercises control over all facets of his life. From his business, to satisfying his physical needs … it all happens on his command.

So when a woman shows up at his door and reminds him of a promise they made each other when they were just ten years old, it shouldn’t have the ability to rock his entire world.

Yet it does.

Because Mia Monroe wasn’t just his childhood best friend, she wasn’t just the girl he lost his virginity to and hasn’t seen since, she’s the one exception to his perfect control. And piece by piece, she’s about to tear apart his carefully laid plans.

Review: New Leaves, No Strings by C.J. Fallowfield

new leaves

Title: New Leaves, No Strings (The Austin Series #1)

Author: C.J. Fallowfield

Publication Date: March 17, 2014

goodreads

heartdividerPost

Synopsis

So that was sex, I liked it, I really liked it, thought Mia Page as she tried to recover from an Olympic worthy orgasm. She looked into the vivid blue eyes of sex god Gabe Austin who was still holding her up against her bedroom wall and she also thought shit what have I gone and gotten myself into? Why would anyone only want sex no strings with this guy?

Best friends Mia Page and Lexi Clarke start University and make a pact to turn over a new leaf. Tainted by their pasts, they’re going to try and get over their commitment phobias. Mia’s going to lose her virginity with hot, no strings attached sex. The rebellious Lexi’s going to try ditching her one night stands in favour of attempting to have a relationship.

What Mia didn’t count on however was Gabe Austin, confident, sexy and irresistibly gorgeous, who quickly inserts himself into her life. Inextricably drawn to each other, their desire soon leads to a passionate encounter. Gabe’s fears of abandonment and his domineering personality, along with Mia’s own fears of attachment, threaten to derail his attempts to ensure she becomes his, heart body and soul. Despite Mia’s reticence, Gabe Austin’s a guy who is used to getting what he wants. Just as he seems to have won Mia around, he goes and does something that could ruin everything.

heartdividerPost

Buy the Book

heartdividerPost

Christina’s 4.5 Star Review

Mia is an eighteen-year-old virgin that has just started her first year at university. She lives with her best friend Lexi and is ready to dive head first into university life. When the two make a pact at the beginning of the year, one where Mia finds someone for casual sex in order to be deflowered and Lexi will try to find someone to spend more than one night with, things get off to a rousing start, especially when Mia makes the acquaintance of one hot nineteen year old named Gabe Austin.

Both Gabe and Mia are dealing with issues from their youth that make it hard for them maintain healthy relationships. Gabe falls in love too quickly, and Mia is the exact opposite, she fears commitment. Can the two ever get over those hurdles and follow through with the chemistry they quite obviously share? 

Normally I wouldn’t like a book like this because of the instalove aspect of it, however that issue is very much one-sided, and rooted in the past relationships of the character. This honestly makes the story arc far more believable and you can’t help but empathize with each of the characters because you can understand what each is looking to get out of the relationship.

This book is hot, hot, hot, but I almost feel weird reading some of the steamier passages considering I have friends who have kids this age. Personally, I would have preferred that either the characters were just a wee bit older, or things weren’t quite so hot. I mean really, wouldn’t we all liked to have some of the skills these characters have at this age? But, the scenes are well written and descriptive without being overly so.

There is a lot of foreshadowing in this book of where the story is going to take us. Lexi has a major decision to make and Mia, who not only is dealing with her psychological issues, also has health problems, which may or may not be serious. We’ll only find out in the coming volumes.

New Leaves, No Strings is the first in a six part series. Each full length novel follows the journey of Mia and Gabe as they find their way to their happily ever after. I loved the characters, they are well developed and you couldn’t help but fall in love with them. The storyline kept me interested from the beginning and the relationships felt relatable and real. Ms. Fallowfield’s writing draws you in and keeps you there, riding along with the full range of emotions the young couple demonstrates. The entire series is out already so there will be no waiting around in order to finish the story. I highly recommend this 4 ½ star book and look forward to where Mia and Gabe’s story goes next!

Christina

heartdividerPost

About the Author

cj

I write contemporary erotic romance with humour novels, which are full of emotion and plenty of drama. I am a 44 year old female from the United Kingdom and live in the wonderful countryside of Wales, surrounded by rolling hills, trees and fields full of sheep and cows. Writing aids include chocolate, Ben & Jerry’s and copious amounts of coffee, wine or cider.

Media Links

Website           https://www.cjfallowfield.co.uk

Goodreads      https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7807992.C_J_Fallowfield

Smashwords   https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/CJFallowfield

Facebook        https://www.facebook.com/cjfallowfield

Twitter             https://www.twitter.com/cjfallowfield

Email               cjfauthor@btinternet.com

Spotlight: Addicted After All by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Addicted After All Official Cover

Title: Addicted After All

Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie

Series: Addicted #3

Pub Date: October 31st, 2014

goodreads

 

heartdividerPost

Blurb

Two addicts. One epic love story. 

Prepare for the worst. 

That’s what Lily and Lo try to do when Jonathan Hale schedules an “important” meeting. The problem: after being swept into the public eye and battling their addictions, they’re not sure what the worst is anymore. 

In a sea of many changes—including Ryke & Daisy living with them—Lily realizes that the best part of her fluctuating hormones might just be the worst. 

Her sex drive is out of control. 

Loren knows that she’s insatiable, but he’s not giving up on her. She’s too much a part of him. And as he carries more and more responsibility, some of the people that he loves doubt his resolve. 

In the conclusion to their love story, Lily & Lo stand side-by-side to fight, one last time, for their happily ever after. 

**AUTHORS’ NOTE**
Due to the 2-year gap between Addicted for Now (Addicted #2) and Addicted After All (Addicted #3), you must read Thrive (Addicted #2.5) or the Calloway Sisters spin-off series before reading Addicted After All.

 

heartdividerPost

 

Ever since Lily’s sex addiction became public (in Addicted for Now), Celebrity Crush — a popular tabloid — has been reporting all sorts of crazy things about the Calloways. And like most gossip sites, what you believe is true is up to you. The only people who know what really happened are the parties involved – which you can read about in Addicted After All (available October 31st). But for now, here’s an article to tease you with all the shenanigans to (possibly) come.

 

Celebrity Crush Teaser #3

heartdividerPost
About the Authors

Author Photo

Krista & Becca Ritchie are identical twins. They write New Adult books that make you cringe, gasp, and go ooh-la-la. (If you do that sort of thing.) They are currently working on the spin-offs and final books in the Addicted series. Connect with them on twitter and their website: kbritchie.com

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Pinterest

 

heartdividerPost

Giveaway!

*Kindle Paperwhite

*3 Signed Paperbacks of ADDICTED AFTER ALL

 Both giveaways are open internationally!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Review: Finding Eva by Marie Garner

Finding Eva

Title: Finding Eva (Highland Creek Series #1)

Author: Marie Garner

Publication Date: June 13, 2014

goodreads

heartdividerPost

Synopsis

Eva Matthews hates chaos. She worked hard as a high school teacher and prided herself on the life she had made. After a secret from her past sent her well-ordered existence spiraling out of control, all she wanted was answers. Her search led her to Highland Creek and into the arms of the elusive Aaron Sawyer.

Aaron was born a fixer. Every injured person or animal from miles around was treated to his personal attention, and he thrived on putting out fires as the local lawyer at Highland Creek. He never found a problem he couldn’t solve until Eva and although misconceptions led to instant dislike, he couldn’t stop himself from trying to heal her battered soul.

Although Eva is more than willing to engage in a summer fling, she isn’t interested in seeking Aaron’s help or complicating her life with anything long-term. How can the man who lives to fix things stay away? Could Aaron and Eva turn a summer fling into a serious relationship?

heartdividerPost

Buy the Book

heartdividerPost

Christina’s 4 Star Review

Eva has spent her life believing that her mother had died, long ago. So when she finds out she has been living a lie, and her mother had just recently died, leaving Eva her entire estate, she must come to terms with her past, and figure out how to go about her future. Eva isn’t interested in staying in small town Highland Creek, but will a summer fling keep her there? Will the secrets of her past threaten the love of the family she has always known? 

Aaron is a lawyer in Highland Creek, tasked to help execute the estate of Elizabeth Matthews, Eva’s biological mother. Aaron assumes that since Elizabeth had spent her life alone, Eva had abandoned her mother, choosing instead to spend her life with her father. Of course things aren’t what they seem and Eva had no idea her mother was still alive. At first Aaron is rude to Eva, however after speaking with his mother (who was a friend to Elizabeth) about the situation, Aaron begins to understand the situation a little better and decides that he wants to get to know Eva a little better. But is Aaron willing to let Eva go at the end of the summer, when she needs to return to her teaching position in the city? 

As Eva begins to go through her mother’s belongings, she finds herself not only getting closer to the woman who had given birth to her, but to Aaron as well. What originally begins as a summer fling, something to take her mind off the task of dealing with her mother’s estate, soon develops into something far more, and leaves her wondering if maybe she belongs in Highland Creek after all.

Finding Eva is a moving story of finding oneself after having lived a lie for so long, and the journey it takes to get there. Eva not only had to come to terms with the lies told to her, but she also needed to understand why her mother had made the choices she had. In the end, she understands why her mother made the ultimate sacrifice, and Eva finds the love of her life as well. Finding Eva is well written and engaging, with characters that are well developed and relatable. It is a feel good story filled with the drama and challenges of small town life and finding out things aren’t always black and white.

Finding Eva is a quick read, perfect for the beach or vacation. If you like love stories, this four star book will be one for you. It was a little predictable, but it is sweet and you couldn’t help but fall a little bit for the characters. This is the first book in the series and I look forward to more from Ms. Garner.

Christina

heartdividerPost

About The Author

Marie1-300x198

Marie Garner hails from North Carolina, and has had her nose in a book for as long as she can remember. Story ideas have been floating around in her head for as long as she can remember when she finally decided to write them down. She is an avid football fan, often found rooting on her Washington Redskins or her alma mater NC State. She has taught for the past 7 years, with a short break to earn her Masters degree. She loves London, having lived there for a year, and loves taking all those crazy ideas to make stories you enjoy!

Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Website

Cover Reveal: Whatever You Do by Stephanie Smith

whatever you do_high

Title: Whatever You Do (Try Again, #2)

Author: Stephanie Smith

Release Date: January 15, 2014

Genre: Contemporary Romance

goodreads

 

heartdividerPost

Blurb

How do you trust someone who is everything you’re trying to avoid?

Harper Lindell is having a bad day. You know, if a bad day consists of getting fired from your cushy job and then catching your boyfriend red handed playing hide the salami.

Sick of meeting the same guys over and over, Harper decides to try her luck at Internet dating. How bad could it be? Right?

Tate Washington wasn’t looking to meet anyone. Still dealing with the consequences of his one serious relationship, all he’s interested in is revamping his family’s behind-the-times café.

He didn’t plan on seeing the beautiful receptionist from Argo again, walking into his life to use his café as a dating hub, and using him as a BFF.

Can Harper really trust Tate, who is everything she thinks she needs to steer clear of?

Can Tate wait while Harper works through her insecurities and fears?

 

heartdividerPost

Excerpt

“Andrew?” I question as I reach the table.

“Yes. Harper, hello.” He shakes my hand and the first thing I notice are his warm eyes. They are gentle and sincere and I feel instantly comfortable with him. “Take a seat, please.”

He gestures to my seat before pulling it out for me to sit in. I smile up at him in thanks for the chivalrous action as I slide into the chair.

During our emails back and forth this week, Andrew and I had figured out that we are from similar small towns not far from each other. We laugh about all the misguided town folk and the classic ‘types’ every town has. The town clown who has thought of every invention under the sun, the do-gooder mayor, the old lady gossip group, and the crazy minister and his family. Of course I didn’t laugh at that last one, as true as it is, being the daughter of a minister and all.

“So what do your parents do?” Andrew asks.

“Umm.” I stall looking for a distraction, not wanting to make to him feel bad.

“What can I get you guys?” Tate offers and I’m grateful for the interruption.

“Oh gosh I haven’t even looked yet,” Andrew says as he picks up the menu from the table.

“Just the usual for me please.” As my eyes reach Tate’s his are wide with horror. I sit upright at the urgency in his expression wondering what the hell is going on.

He nods his head in Andrew’s direction and I glance over. Andrew is studying the menu oblivious to mine and Tate’s silent conversation.

I look back at Tate giving him a ‘what’ look as he scratches his head then stiffly nods back in Andrew’s direction.

I sigh frustrated and look back at Andrew. He looks up from his menu and smiles at me before turning to Tate and placing his order.

I still don’t see a problem and look back to Tate with a ‘just fucking tell me’ look.

He begins running his hand through his hair as he harshly nods in Andrew’s direction again. I don’t even bother looking at Andrew again, knowing I’m not going to see anything different than before.

With wide eyes and a clenched jaw, I get out through gritted teeth, “I think that’s all.”

Tate sighs heavily, clearly frustrated and storms away from the table.

I shake my head and when I turn back to Andrew he is staring at me in confusion. “Sorry,” I giggle embarrassed he witnessed that final interaction between Tate and me.

“No worries.” He is sweet but his voice is wary. Tate and I probably looked like two mute idiots. How humiliating.

Andrew seamlessly continues our conversation. I use this opportunity to study him and search for the meaning of Tate’s irrational display.

I didn’t really focus on Andrew’s features before. He’s not ugly, but he’s definitely not in the same calibre as Tate or Glenn.

Now that I’m looking closer at him, there is something off about his looks. I can’t put my finger on it but something doesn’t fit. It has to be something small like his eyes aren’t in line or his facial features are too far apart, maybe bad teeth or ears that are too big or small, but I can’t see any of that. All his features seem symmetrical and in proper proportion to his face, but something is definitely not right.

Out of the corner of my eye I see Tate flailing his arms about. I shoot a glance his way trying not to be noticeable only to see he is frantically running his hand through his hair before tugging on the ends. No, tugging is too tame, he is pulling hard on his hair.

I glance around the café and no one has seemed to notice Tate’s complete and mental breakdown. He’s lost it. Maybe it’s all the coffee fumes, they are really strong in here.

When I look back towards Tate he is on his way over to the table carrying our hot drinks. I roll my eyes at his determined stare and wonder what antics he has planned for us this time.

Tate doesn’t falter as he strides towards the table and proceeds to drop a hot cup of coffee all over the table and into Andrew’s lap. I gasp in shock at what is unfolding in front of me. Andrew jumps from his seat, squealing like a small girl. I watch horrified as his hair falls off his head and lands on the table in front of me.

My mouth drops open as I just stare at Andrew’s toupee lying in spilt coffee. Glancing up at Andrew I see the heat rising on his face and shiny bald head. I smile awkwardly at him as I pick up his hairpiece and hold it out to him as if it’s a pair of dirty underwear and I can’t stand to touch it.

He quickly swipes it from my hand and places it on his head, but not before I notice his whole head, bright red in mortification. It’s like a beacon calling in planes for landing. Andrew stares at me, his hairpiece on backwards and coffee leaking from it, dripping all down his face.

“I’m so sorry Andrew,” I whisper, as I place both my hands over my mouth. Shit, I can feel the laughter rising.

“No, I’m sorry Harper.” My gut churns on his behalf at the humiliation he must be feeling. The silence of the café surrounds us, lucky it’s not overly busy at this time of night. Andrew glares at Tate who smiles and raises his hands innocently, before Andrew storms out of the café not breathing another word, just leaving a trail of coffee in his wake.

“You’re welcome,” Tate says casually as he pulls a clean chair up to the table, before relaxing back into it and crossing his ankles in front of him.

 

heartdividerPost

Wherever You Will Go (Try Again, #1)

Wherever you will go-ebooklg

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

Brooke Willis had everything she ever wanted: a happy marriage, volunteer placement at the art gallery, and the promise of starting a family with the man of her dreams.

Saxon Reed had everything he ever thought he needed: a successful career, nice cars, expensive apartment, and more money than he knew what to do with.

After losing her husband Brooke insists on taking over his company to keep his dreams alive. Struggling in an industry she knows nothing about, Brooke turns to Saxon, her husband’s best friend and business partner, for guidance and support. Their mutual grief, and Saxon’s need to look after his best friend’s wife, creates a connection beyond just business.

Can Brooke take over the company and find a new life without saying goodbye to the past? Can Saxon protect and care for Brooke without scaring her away?

What happens when your heart doesn’t listen to your head? When lines are crossed and boundaries are pushed?

 

heartdividerPost

About the Author

10341938_1449624871973501_3416900731231402361_n

 

I’m first & foremost a reader & fangirl, I will always be first & foremost a reader & fangirl. I am on street teams, I pimp and I brag. I LOVE my Authors!!
I have recently started writing as a way to relax and spend some time for me. My first novel Wherever You Will Go is due to release later this year. I’m having so much fun writing my first story and I’m looking forward to the journey it is taking me on.

Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter

 

heartdividerPost

Giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

whatever you do_wrap