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#CoverReveal – On Higher Ground by Melissa Collins

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Releasing May 18, 2016

ON HIGHER GROUND

When there’s no peace after war…
When there’s no solace after death…
When there’s only pain and suffering…
Anxiety and loss…
All you can hope to find is something more…
Something that makes you whole and complete
Something that puts you
On Higher Ground

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#Spotlight #ReleaseDay #99P – Adoring You by Michelle Dare

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Radek Cole had been the stereotypical bachelor, just the way he liked it. Then he fell hard and fast for Kasi Markson, a fiercely independent woman, who always speaks her mind and never backs down. They’ve overcome major obstacles in their short time together, but that only made their relationship stronger. Too bad there are still hurdles to conquer.

An admirer becomes unhinged and a former lover reappears. What else awaits them? Can they weather any storm that comes their way, even the one that’s about to turn their lives upside down?

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Michelle Dare is a romance author. Her stories range from sweet to sinful and from new adult to fantasy. There aren’t enough hours in the day for her to write all of the story ideas in her head. When not writing or reading, she’s a wife and mom living in eastern Pennsylvania. One day she hopes to be writing from a beach where she will never have to see snow or be cold again.

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#review – Cupid’s Arrow by Onne Andrews @OnneAndrews

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A cupid shooting another immortal with an arrow of Love was stupid and dangerous, so Galen fully expected to be punished by his grandmother, the goddess Aphrodite, after he shot Jack Frost. What he didn’t expect was Grandmother to strip his wings and powers, then dump him stark naked in the middle of Detroit’s coldest winter on record.

As a social worker, Cassie Stamos has a thing for hard luck cases. However, the naked hot guy who stumbles into her life isn’t the typical homeless man she deals with, though Galen Erotes may be just as crazy. Or she thinks so until he introduces her to a talking reindeer.

She knows she can never be a part of his world, but has the kiss she stole from him already condemned him to the mortal realm forever?

***Warning! For my regular readers, this story severely departs from my usual style in that it involves a heterosexual relationship between one man and one woman. I apologize if this subject matter offends some of you.

It also involves instances of matchmaking, elf violence, senior citizen sexual mishaps, and more really bad t-shirt puns.

Novella, approximately 30,000 words

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I received this book from the author for an honest review.

I love to read Onne’s stories because they are always super fun…hot and sexy plus always fun too.

Galen is Cupid.  Like he is THE man.  In the last book, which I didn’t read and it didn’t affect my reading of this story, he caused a major problem…like a big time no-no.  SO his grandma and father are not too happy.  They decide to punish him and teach him a lesson.

Stripped literally and figuratively, he is dumped outside naked in Detroit.  Enter our heroine Cassie.  She steps in and helps to take care of Galen until his memory returns because the story he is telling has to be from a head injury right????

Galen and Dmitri, Cassie’s dad, crack me up a lot in the book.  Dmitri wants his daughter to be respected and treated well by Galen all the while Cassie is throwing herself at Galen…snicker…if only daddy knew who the naughty one in this situation really was.

The story is a quick and fun ready.  I mean we get to find out about the great war the Roman Gods are having with Santa Clause and his people….SEE FUNNY STUFF all the while waiting for Galen and Cassie to finally make a love connection.

Seriously though, this book was really fun and I sat one after noon and read through it laughing and fanning myself…f you are loking for something funny this is a good book to take a chance with.

about the author

Onne Andrews is currently trapped in a tiny Great Lakes town and writes erotic fiction to keep from turning into Stephen King’s Carrie. Cheesecake also calms the monster in her.

#ReleasePromo – Evading, A Regent Vampire Lords Novel book 4 by KL Kreig

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Release Day: April 25, 2016
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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“Let me obliterate each and every last beast that’s holding that beautiful mind captive, Giselle.”

It’s no secret Detective Mike Thatcher wasn’t a fan of the blood drinkers. They stole his life, his woman, his future when they kidnapped his college sweetheart. So of course Fate paired him with the one thing he’d spent the past eleven years hating…a vampire. But Giselle isn’t just any vampire. She’s seduction, sin, strength and fragility all wrapped into one ice-cold package.

“That could take a lot of time. I have a lot of demons.”

Giselle has reasons for her sandpaper exterior, but they’re hers and hers alone. Then along came the one male she never wanted. Her Fated. Mike changed her in ways she didn’t like. He made her soft. He made her care. The gorgeous asshole made her feel, goddammit. And he’s just made it clear the running is over. Letting love in would prove to be the biggest challenge she’d ever faced.

But as Mike lets the past go, can Giselle do the same? Can she bare her soul? Show her shame? Just as Giselle stops fighting the inevitable, her entire world doesn’t only shift on its axis…it falls the fuck off.

NOTE: THIS IS NOT A STANDALONE. This is a novella in the Regent Vampire Lords series that picks up on Mike and Giselle’s relationship toward the end of Reawakening. To understand their back story, you MUST read the series in order, starting with Surrendering.

**Contains graphic sexual content and foul language. It is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+

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About the Author:

I’m just a regular ol’ Midwest girl who likes Game of Thrones and am obsessed with Modern Family and The Goldbergs. I run, I eat, I run, I eat. It’s a vicious cycle. I love carbs, but there’s love-hate relationship with my ass and thighs. Mostly hate. I like a good cocktail (oh hell…who am I kidding? I love any cocktail). I’m a huge creature of habit, but I’ll tell you I’m flexible. I read every single day and if I don’t get a chance…watch the hell out, I’m a raving bitch. My iPad and me: BFFs. I’m direct and I make no apologies for it. I swear too much. I love alternative music and in my next life I want to be a bad-ass female rocker. I hate, hate, hate spiders, telemarketers, liver, acne, winter and loose hairs that fall down my shirt (don’t ask, it’s a thing).

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#WOTR #CoverReveal – Forged in Fire by Maggie Adams

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Author – Maggie Adams

Book – Forged in Fire
Event – Cover Reveal
Date – 1st May
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“Lady, if I were you, I’d get the hell away from here ‘cause
when I make it up this hill, I’m gonna be looking for you.” Lucky Coalson’s luck has run out.  His ex-wife turned out to be a con artist; his business is in a shambles; and he’s been tossed into a muddy river by a smart assed feminist with a chip on her shoulder.  Things couldn’t get much worse…or
so he thought.
When Lucky’s accused of murdering his ex-wife, the Coalson
family enlists the help of a private investigator to gather the clues necessary to prove his innocence. Little did they know that Renee Morgan is the same woman that sent Lucky scrambling up a sodden river bank at the height of a storm.
The two square off immediately, but Renee’s admiration of
the Coalson family, despite her dislike of Lucky, is the deciding factor in her acceptance of the job. And although Lucky bristles every time she speaks, he grudgingly respects her intelligence and savvy skills as a private investigator.
As the hunt for the killer escalates, the two find they are
not the only ones looking for the mysterious assassin. And the other people are more than willing to take out anyone that gets in their way, including those that Lucky and Renee hold dear to their hearts.  


In a moment of passion that rocks them to the core, they
realize their love may be forged in fire, but both have been badly burned by past lovers, and too stubborn to admit the truth.  Can they find a way around their fears, or will Lucky’s ex-wife continue to plague him from the grave?

 

 
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 Whistlin’ Dixie, Book One


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 Leather and Lace, Book Two


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 Something’s Gotta Give, Book Three


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  Love, Marriage & Mayhem, Book Four
 
  Getting Lucky, A Tempered Steel Novella


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Maggie Adams is the author of the bestselling Tempered Steel
Series of contemporary romance. Her fans call her Queen Minx because she likes a bit of naughtiness with her romance! She lives in St. Louis, Mo, with her husband, aka, ATTRACTIVE OVER FORTY MAN. He’s also the head of her research and
development (if you know what we mean *wink) She loves dancing, cooking, reading and writing romance, especially erotic romance. She makes sure each of her books has a little something about her in them, so keep your eyes open,
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#review – Wicked Need by Sawyer Bennett

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Synopsis:

Rand Bishop’s dreams of Olympic gold were shattered years ago but he’s left that all behind, settling into a new career and lifestyle that would make any man jealous. While he may not be competitively racing down the ski slopes anymore, he’s just as happy getting his rocks off as a Fantasy Maker for The Silo. He’s good at what he does. Damn good. But while life couldn’t be better for Rand, it seems to be falling apart for Catherine Lyons Vaughn, the dark haired, brown-eyed beauty that has captivated an entire sex club. Having spent years degrading herself on her husband’s whim and now left destitute after his death, Catherine has hit rock bottom. With nothing but her body to peddle, Catherine is merely trying to figure out how to survive in a harsh, cruel world. Lucky for her, Rand has taken her under his tattooed wing, and he’s determined to give her a safe life where she can be the woman she was always meant to be. Now all Catherine has to do is believe she deserves the chance.

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I received this review copy from the publisher off of NetGalley.

Oh man!  Rand Rand Rand!!  You secret fulfiller you….scratch that you naughty secret fulfiller you!!  LOL  Rand has been in a couple of pretty hot and steamy scenes through the series and so I gotta say, I was interested in what he had to “bring to the table” if ya catch my drift!!!

Cat is a hot mess.  We saw her demise at the end of the last book and we kinda feel bad for her but do we really???  I mean she was rich entitled woman but then we find her sleeping in her car…SAY WHAT?  So I was interested in what the heck happened to go from flowing in cash to negative cash in her accounts.

Rand is a Mr. White Knight and he does his best to try and get through to Cat but she doesn’t deem herself worthy of Rand.  Rand goes through a lot as do we the readers.  There were times I was giving the stink eye and then I was kinda frowing but then was fanning myself because man can Sawyer serve up the hotness in her novels!!

As much as I loved this book and I look forward to the next novel, I am waiting not so patiently for Bridger because that BROKEN Man has my heart and has since book 1…do you remember that threesome????  Oh wait I mean do you remember how broken he is…LOL

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Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions. A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone. Sawyer likes her Bloody Mary’s strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.

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#WOTR #Review #NewRelease #MM – Bryan & Jase, Something About Him by AD Ellis @adellisauthor @WriteronRiver

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*~*~*It’s RELEASE DAY for Bryan & Jase: Something About Him by A.D. Ellis!*~*~*

Bryan & Jase (Something About Him)

 

The blurb:

Jase Rafferty grew up hiding his sexual curiosities—until he meets Bryan Keating. Bryan’s sexual preference is no secret, and being deployed overseas together allows the two men to forge a solid friendship. The sexual attraction is undeniable, but after one lust-filled week, they must go their separate ways.

A year later, a chance meeting gives them one more weekend together, even though they know Jase can’t risk his military career or his family obligations to be with Bryan.

Several years pass before Jase finally accepts the desperate longing in his heart and body. But when fear and hatred threaten to tear them apart, Jase must make a tough decision, one that he isn’t sure he and Bryan can overcome. Together, they must choose to weather the storm or say goodbye forever.

 

**This is a male/male romance meant for ages 18+ due to adult language and adult situations.**

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I received this book from the author for an honest review.

*Wipes my tear and shakes my fist* DAMN IT AD!!!! UGH!! This book!!! So much about this book…the feels, the emotion, the want and the needs of the characters in the book.

I love MM stories and read the short novella about Bryan and Jase a month or so ago. SO when I saw the full length novel, I was stoked. I was keeping an eye on the teasers and knew that the guys were together and there was a child but that was about the extent of what I knew. When I sat down today, I DEVOURED the book. I stopped only when I HAD TOO because Jase, Bryan and Gray NEEDED ME!!! They needed me to read their complex and long love story….SIGH……

Jase and Bryan knew each other when they were in the military. Bryan was out about his sexuality. Jase was always in the closet and afraid to admit his feelings for men…well for Bryan specifically. When the two meet up (AFTER THE NOVELLA) we catch up and see that Jase is still hiding. They guys spend another long weekend end with the “what if’s” playing in their minds. When they lose touch they re-connect at a gaming convention out of pure coincidence. The guys pick up right where they left off.

Jase is trying to find a way to deal with this love of his, how to talk to his son about who he loves and trying to make it work with Bryan. Bryan is stumbling because he is all in so he wants to shout it out at the rooftops that this is his boyfriend but he is trying to be patient with Jase and respectful of his son’s needs.

The story, unfortunately, hits on many subjects that homosexual couples have to endure. They have to deal with judgmental worries from co-workers plus judgement from family members but many harmful world spewed at their children. Love is Love People. PERIOD!

My favorite part of the story is Bryan talking to Gray about bigotry…..
“I used to hide that I like boys. But as I got older I remembered all the lessons that I learned in church and two of them stuck out the most for me. God never makes mistakes, so I know he didn’t mess up when he made me. And God teaches us to love one another. He didn’t say love only the people you agree with or love only those who live that way you think they should.”

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#review #NewRelease #ReleaseDay – Hunt, The Grizzly Brothers Chronicles Book #1 by Alssa Rose Ivy – @AlyssaRoseIvy

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There’s a new Alpha in town and he just found his mate, she just doesn’t know it yet.

Welcome to Crestview, Montana. Population ~1000 and not all of those are human.

After his brother is murdered, Ian must step up to become Alpha of his bear shifter pack. At the same time law student Mara shows up in town, and Ian knows she’s destined to be his mate.

When a rival pack lays claim to Mara, Ian and his brothers will stop at nothing to protect her.

*New Adult Paranormal Romance*

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I received this book from the author for an honest review.

*Clapping* Well played Alyssa , WWWEEELLLLL PLAYED!!!  That right there was what I essentially screamed after throwing my kindle and dropping some major cuss bombs.

As with any story from this amazing author we get to stay connected to “the Society”.  The character are all under the rule of King Levi who isn’t mentioned much but he is there .

Our alpha…like real bear alpha is Ian.  He comes home to find his alpha murdered so he is the new alpha who is looking to find out what happened to his brother.  When he is at the funeral he sees a beautiful girl there.  He figures she has something to do with his brother’s death so he is concerned and interested at the same time.

Mara is sad and alone.  She has lost her entire family.  She is working for a family friend who has left town and left her alone.  She likes to visit funerals of people who have no family because like her grandpa taught her “no one should be alone the day they are buried”.  She sees Ian but thinks she is imagining him.

Ian’s interest if peaked and after getting to know Mara, thanks to her meddling landlord, they get to spend a lot of time together.  Ian cannot deny his need for her and his desire to mate and claim her as his.  Before he can do any of that he has to tell her his “truths” about what he is.  Mara can’t believe how she is so relaxed and carefree with Ian and then freaks out at how she acts when she is away from him.  She can’t help the draw she feels for him either but keeps denying it too.

When the plot EXPLOSION happens and he finds out about Mara and her family plus the bad place they left her with the bad guys….WOW but then……we meet……. the guy in the suit……all I can say is EPIC!

If you are a fan of all of her Chronicle books, you will love the this new series and all it has to offer.

about the author

Alyssa Rose Ivy is the bestselling author of more than twenty novels with over half a million books sold worldwide. She loves to weave stories with romance and humor, and she is best known for writing about college boys with wings and skinny dipping. After surviving law school and earning her masters in library science, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

#Review – I Hear….Love by Annalisa Nicole @AnnalisaNicole4

I Hear...Love (A Different Road, #2)

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Release Date February 29th!

Kate Mason at twenty-three, feels as though she has lived through enough sorrow and pain to fill generations of lifetimes. On the outside, she wears a beautiful mask. On the inside, she’s a million, jagged, broken pieces. She blames herself, not only for her parent’s death, but for her brother’s blindness.

For Kate there is no hope of silencing the chaos in her head. There is no forgiveness for what she has done to her family, or herself. There will never be anyone to love her and her shattered past.

Cooper Sullivan recently moved to Malibu and was immediately adopted by a stray black lab he named Sadie. Cooper soon realizes there is something very special about Sadie when she is drawn to a beautiful woman, with a kaleidoscope of emotions that churn deep in her eyes.

Cooper sees Kate’s broken pieces scattered all around her, but he finds himself wanting to show her just how beautiful each piece is. Underneath her mask, he sees an even more beautiful woman, and he wants to help her put the broken pieces back together.

When you are broken you can never be fully put back together. There are always tiny slivers here and there that can never be replaced.

Can Kate finally silence the noise enough to forgive herself and hear the one thing she desires most?

Can one truly hear…love?

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I received this book from the author for an honest review.

I met this author at a signing in Houston.  We found out we had a mutual friend so I offered a review for her if she wanted.  She happily accepted and here we are.  I had no clue what the story was or anything I just said “send it to me” and BOOM it arrived on my Kindle the next day….

I liked the premise of the story.  Kate and her brother River are in a car accident that killed their parents.  Kate has been tormented by the accident feeling that their parent’s death and her brother’s consequential blindness from the accident are her fault.  She has been a wreck her entire life.  She can’t forget the sounds of the accident and tried to end her life feeling she is not needed in this world.

When the story actually begins Kate meets her neighbor Cooper and his dog Sadie.  Sadie can feel the loneliness radiating of Kate and they form a crazy bond.  Cooper is also along for the dog/human friendship but is curious about the sad but beautiful woman who lives so near.  Kate is a mess about what Cooper is asking from her so she puts it all out there.  She is ready for him to leave because when people find out the crazy train she has been on, that is what they do.  But Cooper won’t leave and in fact becomes more attracted to this strong and brave but broken woman. The story is them trying to find a way to work while Kate’s brother River is trying to stop the relationship from beginning.  Big Brother feels he knows what is best for his sister.

I liked the storyline of Kate’s past because suicide is a tough topic and something that people with depression deal with DAILY.  There is never a “you’re cured” button to give to someone.  I liked the introduction of the Semi Colon tattoo and what Kate tells Cooper it means.  With as heavy as the subject matter of the storyline was, I, the reader, did wish for a bigger emotional attachment.  For me the writing didn’t go near as “heavy” as I would have liked to see it go.

Cooper is a great guy but at times I felt his character was a little off.  He is super sweet and kind but when he goes a bit alpha, in regards to River demanding they stop seeing each other, it seemed off and out of character for him.

The story also seems to have a lot of side story lines that kind of muddle up the main storyline.  I think that those story lines thrown in took away from my reading enjoyment of the main couple.

about the author

International Bestselling Author Annalisa Nicole is an “Indie” Adult Contemporary Romance author. She’s been married to her husband since 1996 where she enjoys being a stay-at-home mom to their two teenage boys. She was born and raised in Michigan, but currently lives in California.
She published her debut novel Take A Chance in October of 2013.

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#ReleaseBoost – Craving Justice by Fiona Archer

 

 

Title: Craving Justice
Series: Sons of Sydney #1
Authors: Fiona Archer
Genre: Erotic Romance
 Release Date: April 21, 2016
Blurb
Four Aussies in Seattle
Once brothers
Now strangers
As an unseen enemy takes aim
Four must stand as one for Justice to survive.

 


A man branded by his past

Seth Justice is tall, daring and dangerous. The former street kid from Sydney owns a thriving technology company in Seattle. But he has bigger goals―or should that be ghosts?―that drive him harder. On the verge of selling his business for a fortune, he’s celebrating when Harper Fox, daughter of the buyer, tumbles into his arms. The curvy café owner enchants him with her sassy personality. Soon they move from easy banter to a night of passion that reveals a sweet vulnerability in the soft-hearted woman.

A woman determined to control her future

After a lifetime of her domineering father’s scorn and rejection, Harper dances to her own beat. She has her café and surrounds herself with a chosen family of her eccentric staff and close friends. While she’s mostly content… her heart aches for more. But Harper has been burned before and doesn’t trust easily. That is, until a man with a panty-melting Aussie accent and a commanding stare entices her to take a chance—on him. When Seth takes charge in the bedroom and ties her control in knots, he awakens a need in Harper that leaves her hungry for more.

A new beginning worth fighting for

When an unseen enemy attacks the new life Seth and his brothers have built, the ensuing disaster tests not only his developing relationship with Harper, but also threatens to sever the last remaining bonds with his brothers. As Seth struggles to protect everything and everyone he loves, he has to determine if Harper is his enemy’s target—or accomplice.

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Seth was refreshing and vastly different from the people attending her father’s little cocktail party. These people hid behind well-constructed facades. The football players kept close to each other, as if there was strength in numbers. The men in suits, outwardly bored yet underneath excited as any kid, wanting to get a few words with their favorite player. And the wives of her father’s rich clients, eyeing the buffet of testosterone and fantasizing about secret autograph sessions in a motel somewhere.

She sighed and closed her eyes at the superficiality of it all. When had she become so cynical? She snorted softly. Maybe some of her father had rubbed off on her after all. After years of being an unwilling spectator at his events, she hadn’t managed to escape unscathed.

“I’m guessing from that sigh these parties aren’t your kind of thing.” Seth pointed his glass of beer at the crowd.

Damn, she needed to hide her thoughts better.

“That obvious, huh?” Oh, heck, did he think she found him boring? “It’s me. It’s not you, definitely not … um, I mean, you’re fabulous.” She snapped her mouth shut. Awesome, Harper.

His gaze gleamed with silent laughter.

She sucked in a breath and battled on. “You’re right. These corporate gigs aren’t for me.”

“What is?” Seth sipped his beer.

She thought for a second. “Street markets, hanging with friends over a home-cooked meal, seeing a classic movie at the Grand Illusion Cinema in the University district. The interior is original with red brocade chairs and fancy metalwork. Just divine.” Okay, now she was on a roll. “Oh, and I have to have Milk Duds. Two boxes if I’m with someone, because I don’t share.” If he didn’t understand the importance of candy while watching a movie then she’d leave right now. Some things were sacred.

“I get you on the Milk Duds. I have the same with Allens Jaffas lollies.” At her head tilt, he answered, “Aussie candy I order online and have mailed over. I guard that stuff like it’s the crown jewels. My brother Heath tries to steal handfuls when we watch the rugby. Bastard can get his own.”

Ah, they had a meeting of minds.

“I feel your frustration,” Harper nodded, her tone solemn.

Seth studied her for a moment then, after a quick glance around the garden, asked, “Can I tempt you to leave. Buy you dinner?”

“You tempt me a great many ways, Seth.”

She slapped a hand over her mouth.

The big Aussie’s lips kicked up at one corner, and his low chuckle sounded as if Hades himself was amused.

Under the influence of whatever evil genie now controlled her mouth, she’d just have to ride it out.

His invitation was tempting. Why hang around when her father had clearly dismissed her earlier? After all standing before her was a man who intrigued her and had just asked her out to dinner.

Not exactly a hard choice.

“Just what did you have in mind?” Her voice was calm, unlike the flutter in her tummy.

“Dinner, conversation and a chance to impress you with my suave moves and epic sense of humor.”

Hmm, he was laughing at himself, which was damn sexy, but there was a self-assuredness in the way he stood tall and proud that made her pulse skip. That alone should make her wary. She’d met plenty of cool dudes who turned out to be jerks with all the right words.

Still, Seth seemed so…upfront. And that dry humor was an instant hook for her.

“Confident, aren’t you?”

All teasing fled his eyes. He stepped closer, so close she could smell a hint of aftershave—a rich woody fragrance undercut with warm spices.

His gaze locked with hers as he ran a finger down the side of her cheek, leaving her skin tingling in its wake.

She held her breath and waited.

“I’m a man who knows what he wants. Right now, I want to take you to dinner and find out if you’re as intriguing as the idea of getting to know you promises.” He traced the blunt tip of his finger over the edge of her bottom lip. His touch wasn’t light but…firm, commanding, as if he was giving her a chance to feel him before he took possession. “My guess is I’ll be left wanting more.”

Her breath rushed out in a soft whoosh. Tall, daring and dangerous. That was Seth. Damned if it didn’t make her crave him all the more.

 

Author Bio
Fiona Archer writes erotic romance filled with masterful Aussie alpha heroes and teams them with sassy heroines who limit their submissive side to the bedroom. She lives in sunny environs of Sydney, Australia, and is harassed by a flock of wild cockatoos that take over the back yard each afternoon, demanding their feed. Her favorite hobbies include watching Nathan Fillion on television, shopping for that ever-elusive perfect shade of lipstick, and drinking iced coffee.
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