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Book Blitz: ‘For the Sake of His Heir’ by Joanne Rock

Title: For the Sake of His Heir
Series: The McNeill Magnates #6
Author: Joanne Rock
Publisher: Harlequin Desire
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 1, 2018

 

Blurb

When a marriage of convenience is the only answer…things get inconvenient.

Gabe McNeill is done being manipulated. By everyone from his ex-wife who abandoned him and their baby to the grandfather forcing him to remarry. Now the only way Gabe can ensure his son’s inheritance is if Brianne Hanson agrees to be his bride. They’ve always kept things strictly business and this is no different…until she falls into his bed and all bets are off!

 

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The curtain of hazy snow and steam around them gave the sense that they were all alone in the world, a veil of cold mist separating them from everything but one another.

Or maybe the wine was going to her head.

She felt a sweet happiness all over to be with Gabe. It was dangerous, perhaps, to feel that way. But she’d never been with a man like him, someone strong and noble, kind and warm hearted.

And so very sexy.

Her eyes dipped to the top of his chest above the water as he drained his glass and set it aside, his triceps flexing in a way that made her want to take a bite.

“I certainly didn’t expect a wedding gift.”

He shook his head, a wry smile kicking up one side of his mouth. “We’ll have to make our own rules for this marriage since the regular conventions aren’t going to apply.”

“Like tonight, for example.” She hadn’t meant to say it out loud, but there it was, floating on the cold breeze before she could take it back. Drawing a steadying breath, she explained herself. “I don’t need to worry about your expectations because—”

“Because there are none.” He cupped her shoulders with his hands, a warm weight that anchored her in the swirling water. “I thought we deserved this time together to get to know each other as more than friends, but I will be glad just to talk to you tonight. To learn how to make you happy.”

“I know that.” She wanted to close her eyes and concentrate on how his hands felt on her. To soak up all the sensations of being with him.

“You never made me feel like you brought me here for more than that, but still…it’s a wedding night. I can’t deny I’ve been thinking about the possibilities of what that means.”

His thumbs skated a slow circle over the tops of her shoulders, a subtle touch that set the rest of her on fire.

“I’ve been doing plenty of thinking of my own,” he admitted. “But that doesn’t mean we have to act on it.”

If he kept touching her, though, the possibility of her launching across the hot tub to kiss him was very real.

“When I said I wasn’t all that experienced, I didn’t mean to suggest I’ve never been with a guy. Of course I have.” Though she had kept her virginity longer than any of her friends, haunted by her stepmother’s taunts long after they should have lost their power to hurt her.

“I just don’t feel like I ever got high marks. You know?”

“Sex shouldn’t be a graded assignment.” He said it with one-hundred-percent seriousness.

But she laughed anyway, because it was a strange conversation for a wedding night. “Right. I get that.” She flipped a damp piece of hair out of her eyes as she warmed to the discussion. “But when I decided to lose my virginity, I think I was probably…too determined. I did some research and felt well-prepared, but in the end—epic fail.” She shook her head, remembering the expression on her boyfriend’s face afterward. It hadn’t been blissful pleasure.

More like being shell-shocked, maybe.

“The thought of you researching to the point of being over prepared is going to animate some very good dreams for me.”
He never stopped touching her. His thumbs trailed down the satin straps of her bra in the back. Then in the front. Over and over. “It’s my turn to be intrigued.”

“I think I was studying techniques that were too advanced for a beginner.” She shrugged, the water around her splashing with the movement. “But I don’t like looking foolish, and I’d waited so long to give sex a try that I put a lot of pressure on myself not to make it obvious that I was a first-timer.”

“What about afterward?” Gabe’s knee grazed hers under the water and she didn’t skitter away because it felt too good.

“Didn’t things get better once the first time was out of the way?”

“I wasn’t keen to repeat the experiment at the time.” She retrieved her wineglass and took another small sip. “But now, I think maybe I’d like to.”

 

Author Bio

Four-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn’t like. The author of over eighty books enjoys writing a wide range of stories, most recently focusing on sexy contemporaries and small town family sagas. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her life outlook perfectly–love is worth fighting for. A frequent speaker at regional and national writing conferences she enjoys giving back to the writing community that nurtured and inspired her early career. She has a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Louisville but credits her fiction writing skills to her intensive study with friend and fellow author Catherine Mann. When she’s not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded sons.

 
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Book Blitz: ‘Strike Force’ by Beth Rhodes

 

 

Title: Strike Force
Series: Hawk Elite Security #4
Author: Beth Rhodes
Genre: Romantic Suspense Standalone
Release Date: November 15, 2017


Blurb

Hawk Elite Security, a group of dedicated men and women.

Moved by duty and honor.

Dedicated to being courageous in the face of adversity.

Passionate about life.

~*~*~

Descendant of a line of Romanian gypsies, Marie Gabor uses both truth and legend to create a persona that will fool even the most jaded of men. When the family heirloom—the gold armband—is stolen by the long-feuding family from the old country, she’ll do whatever she can to get it back, including work for Hawk Elite Security, the very men who are supposed to be guarding the amulet.

Malcolm Daniels has dealt with lying, cheating women before, so when Marie steps into Hawk Elite to work, he sees right through her façade to the woman with secrets and a sly hand. But the more he works with her, the harder it is to ignore just how much he likes; she thinks outside the box, she faces danger with courage, and—hell—she’s gorgeous. He wants her but doesn’t trust her.

The stakes are raised when her plan to acquire the armband goes awry. Life becomes a commodity paid to the highest bidder. But will Malcolm be willing to pay such a high price?

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Chapter Two

His doorbell rang at almost eleven the next evening. He’d packed, run through a few of his programs, played Assassin’s Creed, and was in his gym—the only clean place in his apartment at the moment. His computer room had exploded with his latest project, and his living-room-slash-gaming-room-slash-bedroom looked like what it was…confused.

He pulled himself over the bar one last time and dropped to the mat below. He grabbed the chamois off the hook on the wall and wiped his neck, face, and chest. His fingers bumped over the scar bisecting his pectoral.

His wake-up call.

He tugged a t-shirt back on. When he went through the confused room, he stopped to open the blinds. Stepping over the pile of movie cases, he scowled in disgust and then opened the front door.

Marie. “Fuck. What are you doing here?”

“Is that how you say ‘hi’ to all your friends?” Her brow rose.

Speechless, he hesitated, not sure what to say. Friends. She’d said the word, but he still struggled to equate what they had with something he shared with…say, Craig or John.

“I was thinking,” she began, as if sensing his dilemma, “maybe we got off on the wrong foot.”

Forget feet—the sight of her and those big eyes had his tired body reacting…inappropriately, or appropriately if they were on a path toward being in his bed. He cleared his throat and thought about the last string of code he’d created for Tangent Media.

Her hands fluttered to her sides and she shrugged, reminding him of how small she was, but delicate? No. “Look, if we have to spend the next few days together, I’d like to clear the air.”

Malcolm couldn’t invite her in. The mess was embarrassing, a problem he’d been meaning to fix. He glanced over his shoulder. “Um…”

“Oh my God. Do you have someone in there with you?” Her eyes had gone even wider. “I’m so sorry. I didn’t think. Of course you have someone over. You’re leaving town for a few nights. And—” She paled. “Uh, you know what? I’ll just see you at the airport in the morning. I’m sorry.” She leaned, as if to yell around him. “I’m sorry,” she called out into his empty apartment.

She turned to leave, and guilt rode his conscience to stopping her. “It’s not a woman,” he called out, immediately second-guessing himself. He wanted the distance. He didn’t need her thinking about him as single or available or…fuck, a liar. He prided himself on being straightforward and honest. “It’s only… Fuck. Weeks of not cleaning up.”

Marie turned back, a wary look on her face. “It’s a bad time.”

“It’s fine. Come in,” he said. “For a few minutes,” he added pointedly. She might be the drop-by-and-stay kind of girl. Admitting the lust was better than ignoring it, he told himself, feeling like a total prick. No matter if she was a crook or a sweet girl who really did want friendship.

She could have turned over a new leaf.

Or she could be playing them all.

“I’m going to go get changed. I’ll be right back.” He hesitated. “Don’t steal anything.”

“Hey.” She pouted, her bottom lip sticking out.

He pressed his lips together on the groan wanting to escape.

And then she surprised him by laughing. “Okay, okay. No touchy.”

Oh, that did it. And why did her voice sound sultry?

In his bedroom, he picked up his jeans and stepped into them. He removed the sweaty shirt and wiped himself with it before he tugged the shirt he’d had on earlier over his head. Shower later.

She’d made herself at home in his kitchen and pulled down his only package of Oreos. “How do you eat these?” she asked.

“The usual methods. Sometimes, I pop it in whole. Sometimes, I twist it open and lick the cream filling.”

She swallowed. “Oh.” Her cheeks flushed, in the same moment he realized how those words sounded.

“That’s not— I mean, sorry. I didn’t mean… Shit. I would never purposely make you uncomfortable. Shit. Talk about a sexual harassment suit.”

She waved him off. “What I mean is…they’re horribly unhealthy, have a habit of getting stuck in your teeth, and, overall, aren’t exactly adult cuisine.”

“Oh, that.” Heat rose on his neck. He shrugged. His history with Oreos was long and complicated.

Marie leaned against his counter and waited, at ease, as if she belonged right where she was, waiting for a friend to say something. A flyaway strand of her hair fell against her face. Her eyes showed a warm interest he hadn’t seen in them before.

Then she took a bite of Oreo. A little crumble stayed at the corner of her mouth until she licked it off with the tip of her tongue. Fuck. He cleared his throat. Friends. If she was going to push and insist on a truce, they could be friends. He could handle that.

“I never had any of the extras growing up,” he finally said. “My first night on my own, I had enough money for very little. I bought a small bunch of bananas and a package of Oreos—”

“Did you sit and eat the whole package or ration them?”

It was a personality quiz, and he might have avoided answering. But for some reason, he looked at her and knew the shaky friendship they’d developed over the past several months either needed to take shape or be cast off completely if he was going to move on.

“I rationed, eating three a day for almost two weeks.”

“A big package.” She laughed at her double entendre. “Sorry.”

His laughter came unexpected, and he cut it off, covering his mouth as his shoulders shook. “Geez.” When he looked up at her, she was smiling. Was this the truce she wanted? It was working.

“You ready for tomorrow?” he said.

“Almost.”

He nodded. “Anything you want to share about this trip? You did say you wanted to ‘clear the air.’”

She moved then, pacing away from him toward the hallway, which led to his bedroom. “No. It’s hard enough to work with someone who I’m close to. I thought it would be good if we were at least speaking. You’ve been avoiding me, Malcolm.”

Self-preservation.

“You have an uncle that lives on the coast, near Portland,” he said.

“He is my uncle!” she exclaimed, crossing her arms over her chest.

“Sure,” he drawled, egging her on for no good reason other than he liked to see the fire in her eyes…and that blush on her pretty little neck. Glutton for punishment.

She scowled at him. “He raised me. He’s at least seventy-five-years old.”

Malcolm lifted his hands in surrender. “There’s fucking something, though,” he muttered.

“There’s nothing,” she answered, the look in her eyes challenging him.

He conceded with a nod.

“We going to be okay?” she asked, serious again.

“Have you given up your pickpocket ways?”

She narrowed her eyes. “For the most part.”

He considered her, taking in her open sandals and the long skirt with lace on the bottom and pretty metalwork on the belt at the top, below her navel. “You like people to see you a certain way. You fill a stereotype.”

“I am what I am. A Romanian by birth. I come from a long line of proud, sometimes arrogant, people. My family.” Her chin went up, and he wanted to run the edge of his thumb along the soft skin revealed beneath it. “I like the peasant skirts, and I love the jewelry. That’s being a woman, nothing to do with my roots.”

She never admitted to being a thief. But she’d wanted something in Germany. And that was what bothered him. What had she wanted and did she want now?

There was only one way to find out—by staying close to her. “Okay.”

“Okay, we’re going to be okay? Or okay, whatever you say…?”

“Okay, the air is clear, and I’ll be watching you,” he added.

She’d said she wanted to clear the air, but as far as he was concerned, the smoke screen was thick between them. She had plans for something, and if she wouldn’t talk to him about it, wouldn’t he be a fool to trust her?

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Beth Rhodes grew up thinking she was going to travel the world and be a missionary, helping the poor. She would travel to exciting places…like Russia and Australia. She was going to wear a canvas backpack and take a wooden raft down a river through the jungle. She never had any plans for romance or getting married, either. But after a few years of college, studying English Literature, she married her own real-life hero, who patiently puts up with her absentmindedness and creativity… And the only poor babies she helps now are her own six children.

She learned that life doesn’t always go the way she plans, except for one thing, BOOKS.

Beth writes in order to share a little love and lots of hope with a hurting world. Find more about her Online!

 

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Book Blitz: ‘Charming’ by Chris Leite

Title: Charming

Author: Chris Leite

Genre: Thriller / Contemporary Fiction

 

About the Book:

After getting dumped and publicly humiliated by her boyfriend on her birthday, Ashley begins to hear a voice in her head, and gets haunted in the mirror by an incendiary reflection that convinces her to hold her ex hostage, while Ashley torments his new girlfriend. The innocent girl fights back and tries to save her man, but doesn’t realize that she’s walking straight into a trap, she’s just a puppet in Ashley’s hand.

CHARMING is a YA/thriller about a hopeless romantic kidnapping her ex, and actively making his new girlfriend’s life a living hell. It takes place in high school, but it’s a story about us all.

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About the Book:

Jack Lemon is a schizophrenic with zero empathy and a twisted sense of humor. The sociopath experiences guilt and accountability for the first time after he accidently kills the only woman he’s ever loved. Jack plummets deeper into the abyss of insanity, and copes with his grief in the only logical way: by blaming and killing anyone who catches his fancy.

Clementine is a sweet teenage girl that’s being held captive by a deranged man (not Jack), who believes that the key to Clementine’s heart is to chain, threaten, and woo her in his cavernous basement. Clementine suffers from Stockholm syndrome and she finds her imprisonment romantic in a masochistic way. She also finds her captor’s devotion and chilling authority to be sexy. Both Jack and Clementine must separately fight their self-inflicted torment, and embrace that there’s no escaping who they really are.

When life gives you lemons, kill somebody.

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Book Blitz: ‘Kingdom Come’ by Justin Coogle

Title: Kingdom Come

Author: Justin Coogle

Genre: Fantasy

About the Book:

It has been 5 years since Pope Quintus replaced the late Pope and shook the world by forming the DH, Vatican City’s new demon hunting division, changing spiritual warfare forever. The Swiss guard have been replaced by three elite warriors, the Trinitarians. Exuberant funds have been funneled into their weapons division, Section 12. Their new intelligence unit, the Oracles, locate demons with unprecedented accuracy for first strike advantage. All these come together to support the heart and soul of the DH, the very demon hunting teams who hit the ground and take the fight to the enemy.

But Jason Collins is struggling to find his place on his own team, Team Joshua, let alone be the life force of the DH. He doesn’t have the impeccable talent and skill of Maria, the wisdom and faith of Michael, or the courage and cunning of their team leader Rodrick. In his desperate attempts to prove himself worthy to himself and his team, Jason now teeters on the edge of expulsion. But when Team Joshua encounter a pair of witches in a demonic graveyard, Jason discovers a plot set by the ancient demon lord Baal that would change the world order. Jason must wrestle with his failure, friends, and faith to save the Church and the world there after.

KINGDOM COME puts everything on the line and throws its readers into a faith-fueled supernatural adventure unlike any before.

 

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Justin Coogle was born in Texarkana, Texas. Most of his childhood was spent in Fort Leavenworth, and he went on to attend the University of Kansas to earn an undergraduate in Japanese. He is currently a 3rd year medical student at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, in the hopes of becoming a Pediatrician one day.

Passion was always a key marker of Justin’s life. Every stage of his development can be accompanied by a unique creative outlet that he made his own. From building forts, acting, entering Yu-Gi-Oh tournaments, fervently watching anime, and even almost going professional in League of Legends, he has always thirsted to express himself. It wasn’t until Sophomore year of college did he realize that writing was the ultimate outlet to channel his endless fount of stories. Kingdom Come is the marriage between his love of epic adventure and his faith.

He is a dedicated follower and believer in Jesus Christ and the Bible. He currently lives in Kansas City, Kansas.

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Book Blitz: ‘After Hours’ by Melinda Di Lorenzo

 

Title: After Hours
Series: Business or Pleasure #1
Author: Melinda Di Lorenzo
Publisher: Lyrical Caress
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotica
Release Date: January 2, 2018

 

Blurb

 

Desire never takes time off . . .

Six foot two. Lips to die for. And boy, can the man fill out a suit. The gorgeous stranger sending Aysia Banks steamy looks from across the bar is the perfect way for her to take her mind off her high-stress job, and maybe even forget about her ex.. An invitation to dance leads to a smoldering night, which turns into a weekend of uninhibited, toe-curling, blow-your-mind passion. Things are starting to look up for Aysia—until Monday morning . . .

Another city, another company to save. It’s nothing new to executive Marcelo Diaz, who’s used to calling the shots and getting what he wants. But what is different, is Aysia: the vixen he spent the weekend rewriting the entire playbook with. But before Marc can take things any further he’s shocked by what he discovers . . .

Marc was hired to keep his employer’s reputation squeaky clean.

Part of Aysia’s job is to enforce her department’s strict no-dating rule.

And they work for the same company.

Now, with their red-hot connection doused by office policies and politics, Aysia and Marc try to put their fling behind them. It should be easy. But when a behind-the-scenes power play threatens their careers, they’ll have to bring their hearts to the table . . .

 

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Amazon bestselling author Melinda Di Lorenzo lives on the beautiful west coast of British Columbia, Canada, with her handsome husband and her noisy kids. When she’s not writing, she can be found curled up with (someone else’s) good book. Visit the author at melindadilorenzowrites.blogspot.com, find her on www.facebook.com/MelindaDiLorenzo, and follow her at twitter.com/melindawrites.

 

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