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Find out about Sophie Barnes’ Latest Romance + Giveaway!

December 31, 2013

Introducing Rebecca and Daniel

 

Author Sophie Barnes

In the second installment of the At The Kingsborough Ball series, Lady Rebecca has spent two years trapped in the tower room of Roselynn Castle, pretending to be mad so she can thwart her aunt and uncle’s attempts to marry her off to a doddering old earl or a lecherous duke. Her creativity and fondness for theatrics shine through right from the beginning as she plots to find a husband on her own terms. She knows what she wants (a respectable match with a man who will stand by her, protect her and be faithful, even though she’s resigned herself to a loveless marriage), but when circumstance leads her in a different direction and straight into the arms of a rake, she’s determined to make it work.

Her optimistic spirit and outgoing demeanor are nothing short of impressive, considering everything she’s been through, but it’s also these characteristics that will prove an asset in her escape from a future she strives to avoid. That said, there are a couple of moments when even her high spirits are momentarily quashed when a positive outcome seems hopeless, and she has many doubts about joining forces with a renowned rake, however charming he may be, but she’s also the sort of person who’s willing to take a risk. What she fears after meeting Daniel however, is that the risk of accepting his offer to help, will not only lead her toward an uncertain future with a man she barely knows, but that she might actually lose her heart to the charming scoundrel – a man she’s not the least bit sure she can trust.

 

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A struggle definitely lies ahead for this woman who was orphaned when her parents perished in a fire many years earlier, but just as she’s done since then, she turns to her watercolors and to Shakespeare whenever she needs to distract herself from the difficulties of her situation.

Daniel Neville, heir to the marquisate of Wolvington is not the sort of man any parent or guardian would wish their daughter to marry. A renowned rake, he gambles excessively, parades his paramours shamelessly around London and hosts scandalous parties that only the most debauched members of the ton would dare attend. When his uncle threatens to cut him off without a penny unless he reforms and gets himself married, he finds it impossible to propose to anyone when no young lady will dare speak with him. But Lady Rebecca is different, for although she’s concerned for her reputation, she’s far more focused on finding a man who’s willing to marry her. Daniel knows he’s not her first choice, but when he becomes her only one, he’s determined to convince her to place her trust in him. At first his reasons are purely selfish. All he’s looking to do is secure his uncle’s financial support, but as he gets to know Rebecca, his goals change and he begins caring more about her wellbeing than about his own.

Gradually, the good-natured and kind, selfless gentleman hiding beneath the rakish veneer is brought to the surface, partly because Rebecca makes him want to be a better man, but also because she helps him realize that the choices he makes are his own – there’s nobody else to blame for the mistakes he’s made, no matter how easily he’s placed responsibility for his reprobate lifestyle on a deceitful mother and weak father. Little by little, Daniel’s heart is breached by the exotic raven-haired beauty who asks for nothing but honesty from him. Even so, it will take drastic measures for Daniel to realize he’s fallen in love with Rebecca, but he will have matured tremendously by then, and will have overcome insurmountable odds for her sake alone.

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To find out more about me and my books, please visit my website at: www.sophiebarnes.com

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Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian.

She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of all – she’s been married to the same man three times, in three different countries and in three different dresses.

While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion – writing.

When she’s not busy, dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast. 

Sophie is kindly sponsoring a giveaway for 1 e-book copy of The Scandal In Kissing An Heir & 1 signed copy of The Trouble With Being A Duke (can be substituted with e-book for anyone living outside US)!

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Exclusive Interview with Jane Ashford + Giveaway!

February 26, 2013

 

1. Who are your favorite romance writers and their book that stands out the most for you?
JA: I have an enduring affection for Georgette Heyer. I’ve found that over the years, my favorites among her books have changed. When I was younger I loved Arabella and Venetia. Lately, I find myself most touched by A Civil Contract.

2. How to you like your heroes and heroines to be? What can you tell us about the characters in your new release?
JA: I like them to have histories and family connections so that their reactions to occurrences in the plot have some depth. I like them to be strong, able to bounce back from adversity, and kind. In Once Again a Bride, the heroine Charlotte has been sorely tested by her marriage to an old man who disdains her. She has to find a way back to the joy in life. Alec, the hero, has a load of responsibilities, which have made him maybe a little too serious. He has to find a way to let down his guard. Lucy and Ethan, their respective servants, also have familial issues that complicate their love story.

3. Please tell us five fun facts about Once Again a Bride that readers would love to know!
JA: 1) One of the heroine’s inspirations for change is an alley cat.

2)The servants save the day during a protest march.

3) At the end of his rope, the hero gets drunk with his footman.

4) The storyline reminded one reader of Downton Abbey.

5) Its original title was The Widow Wylde.

4. If you could only describe a single scene to encourage someone to read your novel, which scene would it be?
JA: It’s hard to choose just one! Perhaps the moment when Alec arrives at his unpleasant old uncle’s house, after the man’s murder, and discovers the gorgeous young widow. Since Alec has only just learned that his uncle was even married, and the widow he imagined was a radically different creature, he’s flabbergasted. Charlotte, the widow in question, is also amazed. Her wretched husband never mentioned any family. Now here’s another male Wylde in her face. She’s not about to be tyrannized over again.

5. In your opinion, what is timeless about historical romances?
JA: People fall in love. The cultures and circumstances change, and how they can/will deal with the experience differs. But the emotion is universal.

6. What makes a romance novel a great love story and how would you define “romance”?
JA: In a great love story the people change and grow through their connection. Their lives become richer, more expansive, and more fulfilling because they are together. I see romance as a story in which the evolution of that connection is the main element.

This or That:

1. Alpha or Beta?
JA: Beta, usually.

2. Wallflower or Belle of the Ball?
JA: wallflower

3. Debutante or Spinster?
JA: Both can be fascinating characters.

4. Virgin widow or Secret baby?
JA: Considering my latest book, have to say virgin widow.

5. Titled peer or Working man?
JA: I admit I have a weakness for a lord.

6. Love at first sight or Second chances?
JA: Second chances.

7. City or country?
JA: Best of both worlds, a place with some trees and flowers near a city.

8. Writing or Reading?
JA: Writing

9. Plotter or Pantser?
JA: A pantser with a lot of notes on scraps of paper.

10. Your turn to ask a question!

JA: What makes a romance unforgettable for you?

 

Thanks for having me. I’ll be at the RT Booklovers Convention in May. Hope I’ll see you there!

 

 

Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was captivated by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. Jane’s historical and contemporary romances have been published all over the world, and she has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews. Eighteen of her Regency romances will be published by Sourcebooks in the near future! Born in Ohio, Jane currently lives in Boston. For more information, please visit www.janeashford.com.


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She couldn’t be more alone…

Widowhood has freed Charlotte Wylde from a demoralizing and miserable marriage. But when her husband’s intriguing nephew and heir arrives to take over the estate, Charlotte discovers she’s unsafe in her own home… Alec Wylde was shocked by his uncle’s untimely death, and even more shocked to encounter his uncle’s beautiful young widow. Now clouds of suspicion are gathering, and charges of murder hover over Charlotte’s head.

He could be her only hope…or her next victim…

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Tiffany Snow’s Top 5 Favorite Rescues + Giveaway

February 22, 2013

Thank you to Reading Romances for hosting me on the blog tour for TURNING POINT, the third book in The Kathleen Turner Series. There will be a total of five books in the series. Book four, OUT OF TURN, will be released on 12/17/13.

Sometimes people ask me why I chose Romantic Suspense for my genre. Well, I could go into detail about why I like to interweave a mystery and danger with a story of love and romance, the challenges and rewards of crafting a satisfying mystery and relationship in one, but really it just boils down to the fact that writing romantic suspense gives me an excuse to write about a hot man with a gun rescuing a damsel in distress. Not that my heroine always needs rescuing, but I’ll never be immune to the perhaps old-fashioned notion of a woman being rescued.

And while we’re on the subject, let me put in a good work for fictional women who aren’t Sarah Connor or Anita Blake. Part of what draw me to the Alpha-male hero is the lengths he’ll go to protect and rescue the woman he loves. And I think it’s important that he get that opportunity every once in a while. I’ve read some books where the writer passed up what could have been a gorgeous rescue and I felt somewhat cheated. I’m all for a heroine being clever enough and quick-witted enough to outsmart the bad guy, but I’m always on board for a rescue, be it physically or emotionally. So here are my Top 5 Favorite Rescues:

5 – Twilight

Edward realizes Bella is in danger and pulls up to save her from the would-be attackers. It’s a very emotionally satisfying scene because their relationship is still in flux – Bella knows he’s something different, but as of yet, she’s not sure what. Edward has the unique position of knowing exactly what they would have done to Bella without it actually having been done, so his rage is justified.

4 – Casino Royale (remake)

I adore the scene when Bond comforts Vesper in the shower after the harrowing attack in the stairwell. It’s visually stunning and poignant while being emotionally gut-wrenching. His strength is a foil for her vulnerability. *sigh*

 

3 – The Vampire Diaries – the TV show

In Season Two, Damon and Elena are still in a very rocky place, but that doesn’t stop Damon from taking a wooden arrow for her when she’s attacked. Even knowing she’s not in love with him and that the arrow might kill him, Damon shows no hesitation.

 

2 – Club Dead – book three in The Southern Vampire Mysteries

Sookie is staked when trying to help a vampire and it’s up to Eric to save and heal her. Not only does he get her through the ordeal physically, he’s also an emotional rock for her to focus on while consumed with pain. Cleverly written, funny, sexy, angsty, Club Dead has some great Eric/Sookie scenes.

1 – Smallville

My favorite superhero is Superman and my favorite portrayal of him is by TomWelling on Smallville. Erica Durante played Lois in this adaptation and their chemistry was perfect. There were too many times to name how often he rescued her, mostly without her knowledge, and it never got old.

Tiffany is giving away, a grand prize of the winner’s choice, KINDLE Paperwhite or HD. Winner will be selected by Rafflecopter.  Each blog will be able to award one lucky commenter a Kindle copy or print copy of one of her KATHLEEN TURNER books, winner’s choice (Print copy is Cont US only) .

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After her promotion from law firm Runner to Investigator, Kathleen Turner is learning the ropes of her new job from none other than assassin-for-hire Kade Dennon, a situation her boyfriend Blane Kirk is none too happy about. But the lessons with Kathleen take a back seat when Kade becomes a target. Previously untouchable, his enemies now know of the chink in his armor – his brother’s girlfriend.
 
And Kade’s not the only thing coming between Kathleen and Blane. From Blane’s inexplicable defense of a man guilty of a horrible crime, to a mysterious stranger from Kathleen’s past, to Kathleen’ risky investigation into human traffickers, the obstacles mount against a relationship that’s just begun to find trust again.
 
While Blane considers a job offer that would take him back to the front lines in the war on terror, Kathleen is determined to pursue her new career, with or without his approval. Unfortunately, her current case is far more dangerous than anyone knows. Someone close to Blane will go to extreme lengths to split them up, lengths that may prove worse than death for Kathleen.
 
Kathleen, Blane and Kade must atone for the sins of the past and the present. The fallout will force Kathleen to aturning point…in her career, and her life.

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Exclusive Interview with Victoria Vane + Giveaway

February 21, 2013

What is sure to distract you from sitting down and working/writing? 

During the day, anything and everything! I am compulsive andalso suspect I have ADD! This is one of the reasons I write at night when the house is quiet and everyone is asleep.

What’s your “aha” moment when writing a sex scene in a book – the point at which you realize you’ve captured the essence of a naughty scene?

Great question, Nat! Although I have written some highly erotic love scenes in a number of my books, none of them are purely gratuitous. I try to always use the love scene to advance the plot and/or show something new about my characters and their growing relationship. Even the Othaheitian Feast of Venus in A WILD NIGHT’S BRIDE was used as a plot device for it was there that we could clearly tell that Phoebe and Ned were both out of their element and that they belonged together.

In TREACHEROUS TEMPTATIONS, there are several erotic scenes (I won’t call
them love scenes) that are used to demonstrate the moral depravity of the characters. I felt the visual depiction would be exponentially more effective than “telling” of their wickedness. I love the opening scene in Venice between Hadley and Barbara. This scene immediately follows a “wallbanger”.

His gaze narrowed and his voice took on a frigid overtone. “You think I left Paris under my own volition? Pray let me correct your misapprehension, madam. You see, I’ve traded on my good name a bit too long and was induced to leave before my creditors installed me in the Bastille.”

“Is it truly as you say, Hadley?” She regarded him with overt skepticism. “What of your annuity? Do you mean nothing remains?”

“Latera ecfutūt,” he replied darkly.

Her blank look forced him to translate with a mirthless laugh. “Fucked away, my dear. Literally and completely.”

Her frown deepened. “How can you expect to continue living large across the Continent at my expense, while I’m forced to suffer alone in London playing the mournful widow under the disgrace of a ruined name?”

“Mournful widow, eh?” Hadley raked her with a blood-shot gaze that lingered on the brilliant gems adorning her hands, ears, and neck. He reached out to stroke her collarbone, tracing the diamonds resting above the milky white flesh of her bared breasts. “You don’t appear to have suffered.”

He grasped an erect nipple, indolently rolling it between thumb and forefinger, an act that elicited a convulsive shiver from her body and a low moan from her lips. Remarking the lust-filled glitter in her eyes, Hadley cupped both of her breasts and dipped his head to lick the length of her neck. While his tongue played in the delicate hollow behind her ear, his hands went to work deftly removing her necklace. “Ah,” he pocketed it with a smirk. “This should just about cover tonight’s losses.”

“You bastard!” Barbara shrieked. “You would steal the very jewels from my body?”

“Needs must…” he shrugged. “Right now, I would steal the gold from a dead man’s teeth.”

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In my true “love scenes” the “aha” moment is when I manage to capture the emotional connection, the “awakening” between the hero and heroine. This happens several times between Hadley and Mary as their relationship slowly evolves. For the innocent Mary, the “aha” moment follows her first kiss.

“Come now, Mary.” He turned her bodily back to him, his warm gaze seeking hers, his honeyed voice cajoling. “It’s only a kiss, after all.”

Only a kiss?

Perhaps he had no idea how devastating a kiss could be…or mayhap he knew exactly what it did to her. “Perhaps this is normal for you, my lord, but I am an unsophisticated girl and unaccustomed to casual kisses.”

“No? Then perhaps it’s past time you became accustomed. Shall I really kiss you, sweet Molly? Truly and thoroughly?”

Was this the course of a seduction? Is this what he had planned all along? She searched his face for the answer only to lose herself in his blue eyes. Fear gripped her. Not of him, but of her weakening will. “Don’t,” she whispered.

He muted her protest with his mouth, catching her breath and replacing it with his own. This kiss was different, paradoxically soft and firm, it demanded a response that she was helpless to deny. Mary closed her eyes, responding and melting into him as he nipped, and licked, and suckled her lips. Like a vortex, he pulled her into the kiss, stealing the air from her lungs, along with any remaining will. His warm slick tongue teased, gently urging her to open. When she parted, just a fraction, he took command. He entered her mouth deeply, seeking, exploring with his smooth, wet tongue, the contact of which instantly sent a flood of warm moisture between her thighs.

Only a kiss?

It was staggering.

Her mind was lost to time and place, as if nothing existed beyond his divine mouth. He discarded her bonnet and tangled his fingers in her hair. She whimpered, clutching at his lapels, yet he refused to relent. Mercilessly, he intensified the kiss, pulling her so far in; submerging her in so much sensation that Mary thought she would drown in the pleasure of it.

For the rakish and debauched Hadley, the true “aha” moment occurs much later in the course of his planned seduction, but it begins when he finds himself more affected by Mary than he ever would have thought. (Here is a snippet from Hadley’s POV later in the same scene)

He pasted on his languid smile with an effort. “I think perhaps this is enough for the nonce.” His voice was thick and heavy, an effect of his throbbing erection and the sexual frustration constricting his chest. She regarded him in wide-eyed bewilderment and he couldn’t suppress the compulsion to stroke his thumb over her damp and kiss-swollen lips.

With her bonnet discarded, her hair mussed and tangled, she looked scandalously and deliciously tumbled, thoughts he struggled to tamp down. But then in an impulse he couldn’t have controlled to save his life, he claimed her mouth once more, savoring the most intoxicating of concoctions—wine, innocence, and strawberry tarts.

If you could write an anthology with two other romance authors, who would they be and what would the anthology be about? 

Since you didn’t specify living or dead, I choose one of each! My all time favorite historical romance author is Georgette Heyer, mainly for her unparalleled wit. Although she is best known for her Regency books, she also wrote several Georgian romances which all sit on my DIK shelf.

As for living authors, my favorite erotic romance writer is probably Robin Schone, for her ability to meld powerful emotion and erotic elements into a romantic historical setting. Although some of Ms. Heyer’s romances are quite suggestive (Venetia, in particular comes to mind), I can’t quite imagine Georgette Heyer and Robin Schone sharing the same book covers! I often wonder, however, how much steamier Ms. Heyer might have been had she lived in our modern world. As to the theme of this fantasy anthology, other than being a steamy historical romance, I have no earthly idea!


How to you like your heroes and heroines to be? What can you tell us about the characters in Treacherous Temptations?

 I love extreme heroes! Most of my favorites are either honorable gentlemen to the core (Ned Chambers from A Wild Night’s Bride, Captain Hewett DeVere from The Virgin Huntress), or utterly and completely debauched! (Ludovic DeVere from The Devil You Know and The Devil’s Match, and Hadley Blanchard from Treacherous Temptations)

Is there a genre you haven’t tackled but would like to try? I am a true history geek at heart, and I used to believe that I only had a writing voice for historical fiction, but then I got pushed by my first editor into historical romance. From thence, I moved into more erotic waters, which I never could have imagined doing either. Now, I am writing my first contemporary romance series, and am very pleased with it. If it’s a hit, I also have an idea for a contemporary romantic suspense series. I’m not sure if I could pull that one off or not, but the only way to find out is to try. In the long term, however, I always see myself returning to my historical roots.

In your opinion, what is timeless about historical romances? The characters and the essential element of finding one’s soul mate. Times may change, but people don’t. Love also is changeless.

This or That:

1. Alpha or Beta?  Alpha but not Alpha-hole!

2. Wallflower or Belle of the Ball?  Wallflower because I am one.

3. Debutante or Spinster? Bluestocking Spinster. Again because I likely would have been one!

4. Virgin widow or Secret baby? The Virgin widow, although perhaps secret baby goes better with Bluestocking spinster. Nat, I think you are giving me a new story idea. LOL!

5. Titled peer or Working man? Titled peer, although I don’t like extremes in this area. I prefer heroes who are outsiders. Although Viscount DeVere is a peer, he is definitely on the fringe of “polite society!”

6. Love at first sight or Second chances? I have done both, but personally prefer second chances. (Charlotte and Robert from The Highest Stakes, Philip and Sukey from Fortune’s Son, Marcus and Lydia from A Breach of Promise, Diana and DeVere from The Devil You Know and The Devil’s Match.)

7. City or country? I’m a country girl.

8. Writing or Reading? Both as long as I can lose myself completely in the story.

9. Plotter or Pantser? Panster. No contest on that one!

10. Your turn to ask a question: Alright! This is for all your blog followers:

For a giveaway of any e-title form my backlist who is your all time favorite romance couple?

ABOUT VICTORIA VANE

A lover of history and deeply romantic stories, Victoria Vane combines these elements to craft romantic historical novels and novellas for a mature reading audience. Her writing influences are Georgette Heyer for fabulous witty dialogue and over the top characters, Robin Schone , Sylvia Day, and Charlotte Featherstone for beautifully crafted prose in stories with deep sensuality, and Lila DiPasqua for creative vision in melding history with eroticism.

CONTACT:
Web: http://authorvictoriavane.com
Blog: http://victoriavane.wordpress.com
Twitter: @authorvictoriav

Treacherous Temptations

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A reluctant heiress resigned to her fate… Mary Elizabeth Edwardes has one of the largest fortune’s in England, but has no desire to leave her quiet country existence… and even less to acquire a husband she cannot choose for herself. 

A dissolute nobleman bent on retribution… Trapped in a duplicitous existence since scandal destroyed his fortune and family name, Lord Hadley Blanchard has spent the better part of a decade posing as a disaffected exile while spying and seducing in the service of the English Crown.

A dangerous game of seduction, and intrigue… When summoned from abroad by a former lover, Lord Hadley perceives an opportunity for vengeance at last. By employing the full measure of his seductive charm, he woos the ward of the man who destroyed his life, little knowing that winning Mary’s fortune will mean risking his own treacherous heart.

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Love is in the Air Giveaway

February 6, 2013

 

Creating Exciting and New Erotic Scenes

By Em Petrova

Recently I had a writer friend ask how I keep my sex scenes from getting stale. I think most of us have read some old bodice-rippers, and in every book in the series, we could recite the scene along with the author. The characters remove their clothes the same way, their caresses are all similar. *yawn*

In erotic romance especially it’s important to keep the writing fresh. Characters need to interact in new and exciting ways, just as couples need to in real life. My advice on keeping it real varies. If the characters are always in bed, get them on the floor, against a wall, or in public. Add the chance that they might get caught for a little thrill. 

Also, if I still find myself writing the same moves in the same ways, I write it down on a scrap of paper and scribble it out longhand in 3 new ways. Then I use the most interesting.

Another way I keep it fresh is by creating an obsession in a character. Maybe the hero loves worrying the heroine’s velvety earlobe between his teeth. The more he does this, the more it drives her nuts. Soon it becomes their special foreplay. And it takes the focus off blatantly sexy body parts and places it on something normal that the hero can look at while she’s watching TV and fantasize about biting. *grin*

In my latest release HARD RIDIN’, we’ve got two hunky cowboys vying for the same perty little gal’s attention. One has rights to her by day, the other by night. You’ll have to pick up a copy and see if I handled the scenes well!

Thanks for stopping by today. Read on for a sexy introduction to Jens, Laurel, and Holden from HARD RIDIN’!

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Warning: Contains two sexy cowboys who want the same woman; and, in winning her heart, they discover a steaming-hot attraction for each other.

 

Jens Anderson hooked Laurel around the waist and tugged her close as the twangy two-step faded away. The low drawl of a slow song drifted from the speakers flanking the dance floor.

 

 

As Laurel came up against the wall of muscle that made up Jens’s body, a sigh escaped her.

He splayed a hand over her lower back and crushed her hips to his. The action sent a dark thrill through her belly, and lower, between her thighs.

 

 

Jens skimmed the crest of her buttocks with his fingers. “I love you in this skirt, Laurel. When are you gonna let me peel it off you?”

 

 

His baritone rumbled against her ear and raised every hair on her body. Was this the night she let the rough-and-tumble country boy make it past second base? Being stretched out beneath him, gaining and delivering pleasure, seemed the best way to spend a weekend.

Better than being alone, scouring seed catalogs for the best deals.

 

 

She fiddled with a strand of hair clinging to the perspiration on her temple. For two months, she’d been asking herself if he was the one—if she could let him past the barricade she’d erected around her heart.

 

 

When she didn’t answer him, Jens continued to twirl her around the dance floor, easily navigating between other swaying bodies. He was one hell of a dancer, and he was also used to her ignoring his advances. Countless times he’d asked her to spend the night with him, but even after two months of dating, she wasn’t ready.

It wasn’t because the man was lacking in any way. Oh no. At six foot tall, with shoulders made bulky from wrangling livestock and farm equipment, he was wanted by every girl in the small town of Reedy.

 

 

But that was just his body. His eyes were the true allure. Sapphire and twinkling with life, he’d hooked Laurel from the moment he’d pierced her with that gaze.

 

 

He nudged her away from him, twirled her and reeled her back in. Their hips bumped and his erection pressed against her aching flesh.

 

 

“Jens…”

 

 

He gave a huff of laughter. “You caught me. I can’t help it. I’m wild about you, darlin’.”

 

 

For a moment, she lost herself in his bright gaze. His cowboy hat was tugged low over his brow, but the depths of his baby blues glittered with desire. Laurel’s nipples hardened, and the knot in her core tightened. Why was she dragging her heels with Jens? He was everything a woman could want—sexy, a hard worker, a great dancer, and he even grilled a mean steak.

 

 

The music pitched lower and the singer crooned love words. Jens looked deep into Laurel’s eyes. Cupping her face in one big palm, he leaned in slowly. His scent dizzied her—mint and a hint of the beer he’d drank, as well as cologne. Washed cotton shirt and leather boots.

 

 

One hundred percent man.

 

 

Laurel and Jens rocked back and forth, with him singing in a low voice that sent white-hot electricity through her heated limbs.

 

 

In that minute, the warm cocoon of his arms was the only place she wanted to be.

 

 

He dropped his full lips to hers and she couldn’t suppress a shudder of want. Jens squeezed her to him, drawing her onto tiptoe and somehow still undulating to the beat. He pressed on her lips with his tongue, and she opened to him.

 

 

Sensation was a punch to her system as he slipped his tongue over hers. The bodies around

them disappeared, the clank of beer bottles and the hum of voices vanished.

 

 

“What the—? Laurel?”

 

 

She jerked at the sound of that familiar voice—the only other voice to ever send her spinning out of control. Jens released her, and they turned as one to face the reason she continued to hold Jens at arm’s length—the reason she wasn’t ready to take their relationship to the next level.

Holden McAlister.


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 February 5th 2013 by Samhain Publishing

One man by day, the other by night. With cowboys this hot, who needs sleep?

Eight months after her lover, Holden, went off to join the Alaskan fishing fleet, Laurel gave up on him and soothed her broken heart by focusing on her dream of owning a small organic farm. Now her crop is growing—and so are her feelings for Jens, the hunky rancher who owns the land she’s tending.

Behind her affection for Jens, though she hides a secret: she still aches for Holden. If Jens knew she once loved his best friend, she fears he’ll walk out on her, too.

When Holden returns to find his girl in Jens’s arms, he’s nearly crippled with jealous rage. And with fear that she’ll run away from them both unless they figure out a solution—fast. It’s Jens who comes up with the crazy-hot idea to share her.

As their three-way dance of seduction heats up, the sexual and emotional barriers fall like dominos. But now it’s Jens who’s holding onto a secret. One that could not only destroy their tenuous bond, but leave them all without a home.

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