Friday, July 19, 2019

#SocialMediaBlast::INTERFERENCE by Harlow Cole

Author: Harlow Cole
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 18, 2019

About the Book
I’m a goddamn prodigy. It’s true. Ask anyone.
I threw my first curveball the day I was born.
The whole damn town is waiting on me.
To live up to my father’s famous name. To reach for the stars.
All I want to reach for is her.
But Ashley is the sweet addiction I can’t afford. She’s my best friend’s sister. Hell,
she’s practically my little sister. For years, I’ve protected her from guys that want
one thing. What happens now that I’ve turned into one of them? Who’s gonna
shield her from the way I was made, from my little white lies and from what I’m
about to become?
My game plan sounds simple: Pitch my way into the Major League draft and stay
out of Ashley Foster’s pants. That first part may be statistically difficult.
The second feels damn near impossible.
From the moment we met, I knew he was trouble.
The kind my mother sent me to find.
The type that ruins you for any other brand.
When we were young kids, Didn’t know what to call the frogs and butterflies that
danced in my belly whenever Brayden came near. Now I know they have a
Those three little words that could heal or destroy him.
Before Brayden, my life was normal. And then it wasn’t. It couldn’t be. Ever
How was I to know that stealing his seat would change all our lives?

Anger and forgiveness share two halves of the same coin.
Our story might make you choose sides.

About the Author
Harlow Cole is a former journalism student, turned techie, turned mother, who finally decided at age forty-plus what she wants to be if she ever she grows up. Her writing journey first began in sixth grade, when she and her best friend penned boy band fanfiction in an old spiral notebook. Harlow is a connoisseur of peanut M&Ms, brand-new school supplies and angst-filled love stories that always end happy. At fifteen, she met her first love. They’ve now been married for twenty years. They reside in suburban Washington, DC, where Harlow moonlights as a taxi driver for their farting beagle and teenage twins. Interference and Stealing Home are her debut novels.
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#Relase day Blitz::VICTOR by Brenda Rothert

Today we are celebrating the release of VICTOR by Brenda Rothert. This is a contemporary romance, standalone, and it is the third title in the Chicago Blaze hockey romance series. Purchase your copy now!

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Victor by Brenda Rothert

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He’s a hockey star with a headboard full of notches. She’s a shy NHL concession worker at who’s never been kissed.
They don’t call me Belinda Boring for nothing. It’s my name, after all. And for a 23-year-old with plain brown hair who still lives at home and gets tongue tied over nothing, it’s a fitting one. I’m not even one of those quiet girls with a hidden talent, unless making a mean order of nachos at the NHL arena I work at counts. My life consists of working, reading and harboring a secret crush on a hockey player who doesn’t know I exist. At least, until we accidentally meet and become unlikely friends.
I’m living the dream. A poor kid who worked his way into the NHL, I’ll never forget where I came from, though I try to. My past follows me, a nagging reminder that I’ll never be what everyone thinks I am. As the threat of my secret being exposed looms closer, my game slips, leaving me in danger of being cut from my team--the only family I have. I’m losing my hold on everything when a new friend helps me find hope. She’s nothing like the women I’m used to, but by the time I figure out that’s exactly why she’s right for me, I’ve lost my chance with her. Somehow, I have to convince a woman who thinks she’s invisible that she’s the only one I see.

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Brenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, chocolate, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.


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#Cover Reveal::Confessions of a Sex Kitten

Confessions of a Sex Kitten
Mila Rossi
Publication date: August 30th 2019Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Striving to be the sex kitten Avery Taylor portrays on her blog is a lot harder than she imagined, but having a hot, new neighbor move in next door sure gets her imagination going. His green eyes alone would give a girl the vapors. And yet, getting involved with someone so close just isn’t in the cards for Avery, even if her inner kitten is telling her that all rules are meant to be broken once. Or twice. Or as many times as it takes to get familiar with James’s one billion abs.
James Mardin moves to NYC to focus on family and work. Quirky Avery just plops into his life out of nowhere. She’s the last thing he needs, and yet, he can’t seem to stay away from the damsel down the hall, especially after he stumbles upon her secret blog. A sexy goofball lusting after him? It just wouldn’t be proper if he didn’t make her fantasies come true.
With views to die for, neighborly favors to return, and secrets to uncover, James and Avery are in for a treat. The attraction is evident, but is it enough to get them through snarky family remarks, burning buildings, and the heat of a typical New York summer?

Author Bio:
Mila Rossi is a contemporary romance author who writes feel-good stories - no angst here. She creates heroines who don't back down, stand up for themselves and insist on freedom and independence until the right man comes along. Then all rules are thrown out the window. The heroes must be clever, generous and able to throw a girl over their shoulder.
Mila has seen the world and loves to write about it. She also loves to paint vintage anime characters, belly dance, try new foods and perfect her archery skills. She wishes she could partake in extreme sports but only allows her characters to tempt fate. Her own chances of causing disasters are just too high.
Mila also writes historical romance under the name Alice Lake.


#Release Blitz::IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW by Samantha Chase

Author: Samantha Chase
Series: Magnolia Sound #3
Release Date: July 23, 2019

Golden child Mason Bishop has finally had enough. Tired of bearing the weight of his parents’ expectations, he’s determined to break free and forge his own path.
It’s time for him to go after the things he really wants—including the girl he never forgot. Scarlett Jones is done being ruled by her insecurities. She’s ready to be seen as
something other than one of the guys, and she’s done thinking she’s not good enough for the social elite—especially the Bishops. When he runs into Scarlett at a concert, Mason believes it’s fate bringing them together. But fate only gets you so far. If he wants a real chance with Scarlett, it’s going to take a whole lot of charm to convince her he’s worth it.

About the Author
Samantha Chase is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of
contemporary romance. She released her debut novel in 2011 and currently has
more than forty titles under her belt! When she’s not working on a new story, she
spends her time reading romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or
Solitaire on Facebook, wearing a tiara while playing with her sassy pug
Maylene…oh, and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two
sons in North Carolina.
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I am stoked to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for THE ADVENTURES OF MAGGIE PARKER Series by Marth R. Carr! I have an excerpt to share with you today check it out and enter to win the giveaway below!

About The Books:

Title: THE GNOME'S MAGIC (The Adventures of Maggie Parker #2)
Author: Martha Carr
Pub. Date: June 6, 2019
Publisher: MRC Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 238
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Maggie Parker is learning to make magic and after a showdown with Simon Wesley, it’s clear she’s running out of time. But nothing is going as planned. 

Did she just turn a mouse into a corgi? Oops Magic is a lot more complicated than she realized.

Not only does Maggie have to find the compass, she has to rescue a friend of her late father who may hold the answersbefore the world realizes shes living on borrowed time. 

A Godwin Knight has teamed up with Maggie and Bernie, swearing to protect the Elemental on her journey, even as more humans wake up to their magic.

But Maggie needs to figure out who she can trust, including that tall drink of water, Jake. She needs a plan and fast.

Will she find the other four Elementals in time to put the machine back together? 

Title: THE ELEMENTAL’S MAGIC (The Adventures of Maggie Parker #3)
Author: Martha Carr
Pub. Date: July 22, 2019
Publisher: MRC Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 230
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Elemental Earth Magic. Intergalactic Consequences. Maggie Parker holds the compass and her magic can change everything - but time is running out. 

Can the Austin Detective find the other Elementals and fix the great machine to continue the quest? They’re only a few steps ahead of Simon Wesley and his dark magic.

Maggie’s still searching for answers. What happened to her missing childhood friend? Who’s been behind all the strange robberies? Why can’t Bernie change back from being a talking raccoon?

It doesn’t help that the Earth is trying to kill her and swallow her into its depths. 

Nothing like knowing your life, as well as the lives of everyone you love are at stake to kick you into overdrive to survive.

Can Maggie stay alive and complete the quest to bring the five Elementals together and decide of the fate of the ship, which happens to be Earth? 

Join Maggie and Bernie on their quest for the missing parts and uniting the Elementals to save Earth in The Elemental’s Magic.
About Book 1:

Title: THE MAGIC COMPASS (The Adventures of Maggie Parker #1)
Author: Martha Carr
Pub. Date: April 11, 2019
Publisher: Martha Carr
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 244
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Find the compass, save the world or save herself? 

For Austin robbery detective Maggie Parker, dating is harder than running down a felon, even if the guy is worth it just ask Jake. Now add in magic.

When she finds someone breaking into her garage, stealing a favorite wooden puzzle box everything changes. Did she just see a compass fly?

Can she learn how to use the magic of bubbles to chart a new course in time? The mechanics may hold the answer. 

Her new quest: Rescue the passengers on an ancient ship a big blue marble called Earth and save herself.

Recover the compass, find the other Elementals and help decide Earth’s fate. 

Simple? It’s a lot harder than it sounds. And there’s that fourth date 

Now on to the excerpt!
Maggie walked into the precinct carrying a large cup of coffee from her favorite convenience store, despite a thief shooting a bullet at her head the last time she was in there. Magic was the only thing that saved her, for now. Joey insisted on giving her the coffee gratis but she drew the line at free food. Maggie had paid for a tacquito and eaten it sitting in the El Camino at a red light. She could still feel it sitting in the pit of her stomach.

She took a good long swig from the coffee and made her way past the small break room, stepping in to grab an oatmeal raisin cookie. O'Malley's wife was baking again. She always baked too much when he had night shifts.

I just need a little routine, something familiar.

Taylor caught up to her, grabbing a small pile of cookies in his large hand, picking up his pace to walk alongside her. Maggie took another slow sip of coffee, turning briefly to the side to let another detective pass by.

"Morning partner," said Taylor. "I don't suppose you know anything about the ruckus on South Congress this morning?" He slid an entire cookie into his mouth, filling his cheeks, and still tried to get out another sentence, dribbling crumbs on his pressed shirt.

"I heard something about it on the scanner." Maggie kept walking, keeping her eyes straight ahead. It was a lot to explain.

Taylor nodded at Detective Moss as they passed his desk. "Hey Taylor, you made the spread on the game last night, well done."

"Even a squirrel sometimes finds a nut."

Moss let out a snort of laughter and went back to typing. "The paperwork never ends," he muttered.

Taylor smiled at his friend but as soon as he turned his back, he let the smile fade. "I spoke to the cop and he said something about a witness reporting bees attacking a man, a large snake and a blue light show that took up an entire acre." He counted the list off on his fingers. "Two days ago I'd have said the guy was having a flashback to a Twisted Sister concert and I might have even leaned in that direction today." He bit into another cookie, chomping down.

Maggie raised her eyebrows, watching him. "That's like your Xanax, isn't it? You have a pileup on there," she said, pointing to his shirt.

"Very funny. I come by this waistline honestly. Good solid Italian food at home mixed with whatever is in that vending machine."

Maggie got to her seat and pulled it out, sliding into it and drinking down the last of her coffee. She kept her head down and started typing, opening a folder on the screen and filling out a form. But Taylor wasn't going to let it go and leaned over, taking a look around to make sure no one was close enough to overhear, picking up where he had left off.

"But I had to stifle a few good swears when I heard the rest of the report. The 
witness said there was a short guy in an orange sweater wrestling with a young woman, standing under a man with white hair. I'm gonna guess you, your new friend, Bernie, and our coroner Simon. Am I right so far?"

Maggie slowly looked up at Taylor. "You got me. We got caught playing out in the open and I'm pretty sure Wesley is our former coroner at this point. I don't see him coming back from this one."

"This isn't funny, Parker. It's amazing that no one has a video of it."

She finally looked up and saw Taylor's pursed lips. He only did that when he was up against a problem he couldn't solve. He always saw that as a temporary situation and would come back at it, twice as determined. She let out the breath she had been holding and decided to trust her partner with the truth. "The Huldus took care of that. Bernie's people. Before you say it, yes, they missed one. Magic isn't perfect. We were there because we tracked Simon to that pavilion, and he has something of mine that I have to get back."

"Tracked him..." He shook his head. "I have a thousand questions, but I'll start with the one about the tall guy from the medieval festival. Was that the gnome in a taller version of himself?"

"I'm pretty sure if Bernie could make himself taller, he'd just stay that way. Just call it a hunch. That was a Godwin Knight who has appointed himself my personal bodyguard. What? No laugh at even the idea?"

Taylor finished off the last of the cookies, still chewing too fast to really taste one. "I know you can take care of yourself, Parker, at least under normal circumstances. What I don't like is the lack of normal." He looked down and saw the fading welts on her hands and narrowed his eyes. "Are you okay?"

Maggie's face softened and she turned in her chair to face him. "I'm okay, really, well at least for now." She held up her hands and watched Taylor's eyes tracking the red marks along the back. "I know that was a lame sentence, but I'm catching on to all of this at about the same rate as you are. My hands are okay, I'm okay."

"For now..."

"That's the general state of things. What I could really use is a somewhat normal day of regular human mayhem, thievery and general disregard for others."

Taylor's phone buzzed and he looked down, reading the text. "Then your day is getting better. I'm going to assume you'll let me help you when the time is right."

"Thank you for trusting me."

"That's how this works. Come on, we have a robbery over on Brodie. A nice normal smash and grab."

"Unless someone turns into a bird..."

Taylor's eyes widened as he grabbed his coat off the back of his chair. "Is that even possible?"

"At this point, I wouldn't bet against it."

About Martha:

But from the day I walked into the Philadelphia library and found out there was a place that would let me borrow books to read, bring them back and get more, I was hooked on telling a good story. My love affair with books has been a theme throughout my entire life but my first taste of getting a review was when I was nine years old.

My Dad dropped off the three youngest of us at the movies and drove off without checking the movie listing. It was 1960’s style parenting Turns out it was a Vincent Price triple horror feature in black and white. Scary stuff in the day. Lots of blood and poisonous vines and a little murder. My brother and sister insisted on leaving but I knew this was the only movie I was going to get to see and I wasn’t budging. I stayed all by myself.

The next week when we were asked to write a Halloween story in school, I wrote my first thriller and filled it with all my newfound knowledge, with a twist. My father was called in to explain and like he did whenever he had to visit a principal for one of his kids (even if it was his fault), my father the minister wore his collar. Bottom line I saw the power of words and weaving a good tale and just kept going. I mean, I scared the teacher with a good horror story Vincent Price style. The wheels started turning.

Fast forward through writing for the Washington Post, having a nationally syndicated column on politics, a few books and FINALLY, I got back to that inner nerdy kid and started writing about Elves and Wizards and magic again in the bestselling series, THE LEIRA CHRONICLES. A little thriller, a lot of magic, some loyal friends, a swearing troll and a detective named Leira Berens who never gives up and always believes in the possibilities. All adds up to a really good time and feels like I finally came home. A lot more adventures to follow

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7/8/2019- BookHounds- Excerpt
7/9/2019- Sometimes Leelynn Reads- Review
7/10/2019- Books a Plenty Book Reviews- Review
7/11/2019- The Tired Buyer- Excerpt
7/12/2019- A Dream Within A Dream- Excerpt 

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7/15/2019- Triquetra Reviews- Excerpt
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7/17/2019- Smada's Book Smack- Spotlight
7/18/2019- AURELIA LEO- Excerpt
7/19/2019- Ramblings of a Book Nerd- Spotlight

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7/24/2019- A Gingerly Review- Review
7/25/2019- Two Chicks on Books- Excerpt
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Cover Reveal: Discovery by Hayley Faiman

Today we have the cover reveal for Discovery by Hayley Faiman! Check it out and be sure to pre-order your copy today!

Title: Discovery

Author: Hayley Faiman

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Blitz: July 18th

About Discovery:

Lucas Black, Esquire. The name alone was an enigma. Dressed in a suit that cost more than my rent. Green eyes that danced and a cocky smile firmly planted on kissable lips. The rumors about him were true. I wasn’t ready for all that was Lucas Black. I knew it. I didn’t care. I was willing to take whatever he gave me.

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“You have a meeting today with Lucas Black, don’t you?” Kay Robinson, the paralegal in my office, asks. She’s older, in her early sixties. She’s let her hair go naturally gray and wears it in a tight bun at the back of her head. She always has on calf-length suit skirts. Her jackets cover a frilly ruffled shirt beneath. I absolutely love her. She also says things that, nine times out of ten, shock the shit out of me. She has the dirtiest mouth and the most prim-and-proper appearance. I hope to be like her one day. Looking up at her from my coffee, I nod. “Yeah, in an hour. I’m trying to prepare a little. Honestly, I probably have this entire file completely memorized,” I admit with a shrug. She grins. “Honey, there is no way in hell you will ever be prepared to meet Lucas Black.” Curiously, I look up at her, waiting for her to continue. When she does, I’m not prepared for her next sentence, let alone the enigma who is Lucas Black, apparently. “Lucas Black is one of the sexiest, nastiest, downright lickable men I have ever seen before. He’s tall and dark, with green eyes and scruff on his face that makes you want to rub up on it just to feel it against your thighs. The promise of multiple orgasms that man could give, Lord, I need to stop thinking about him,” she whispers. “Kay,” I gasp. “Thanks, now I’m terrified.” Giving her a shaky smile, I decide that he must be way too old for me anyway. I mean, if Kay thinks he’s hot, he’s got to be closer to her age than my own, right? All I can think about is this man, this nasty lickable man.   She nods. “You fucking should be.” She lifts her chin, turns and walks away.

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I was born and raised in a small farming town in California. I met my husband when I was 16 and he was 19. We married four years later and have two little boys! We lived in Oregon for a few years while he served in the US Coast Guard. Texas is now where we call home, where our boots rest, and where we’re raising our two little boys and a chocolate lab named Optimus Prime.  

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Excerpt Reveal:: Beautifully Damaged by Laura Pavlov

Today we have an exciting excerpt reveal from BEAUTIFULLY DAMAGED by Laura Pavlov! Check it out and be sure to pre-order your copy today!

Title: Beautifully Damaged

Author: Laura Pavlov

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Blitz: July 24th

Peyton Kroft was his forever, until the unthinkable happened. Walking away all those years ago had been the right thing to do. But, a decade later, he was ready to put the past behind him. Moving to San Francisco and hiring his first love, the city’s top designer, was a good place to start. Seeing her again stirred up feelings he thought he’d long buried. He wanted her. Just one taste of those sweet lips. The girl like a light leading him home. She’d found a way back in somewhere she could never stay. And, the worst part—he liked her there. ~~~ Jackson Vance broke her heart. He took half of it with him on his way out of town. Picking up the pieces hadn’t been easy, but more than nine years later, Peyton is living her best life. Coming face to face with her first love is not on the agenda. Emerald green eyes that see straight to her soul. Jackson Vance is beautiful, broken, and everything she’s ever wanted. He’s not a forever guy—but when their lips touch, it feels like forever. History has a way of repeating itself. The past still hovers like a dark cloud. But every dark cloud has a silver-lining.


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Last night he’d caught her off guard. Today—she came prepared and her walls were up. He couldn’t blame her. He’d left her. Been cruel. He'd seen her through good times and bad. She had the etiquette of a royal princess, the perfect manners of a debutante, but the girl could fight like a caged pit bull when she wanted something. “I think it’s best we keep things professional. I take my job very serious, and I don’t want any complications. Let’s start fresh as work associates.” Her voice as distant as her eyes. “Ah. So, this is how we’re going to play it,” he said with a chuckle. “Excuse me? I’m not quite sure how to act around you, Jackson. You show up here out of nowhere, and you’re judging my behavior?” “Since when do you have to act a certain way?” “What? I don’t. You’re taking things out of context. I’ve never had a client who happened to be an ex-boyfriend. This is a first for me.” “I’ve never had a problem being your first.” Yep, it would get a reaction. They needed to get past the awkward bullshit and hash it out. Forcing her to engage would be his best bet. She clenched her jaw. “I see you’re still an asshole.” “Ahhh—There she is.” “Meaning?” “Meaning, you need to stop putting on airs.” Using his index and middle fingers on each hand and bending twice, he fought back a smile. “Are you seriously using air quotes on me? How ridiculous are you?” She jumped up and stormed over to her desk. “I’d say I’m pretty fucking ridiculous.” His fingers intertwined behind his head, he leaned back to enjoy the show. Goddamn, this woman only got sexier when she was pissed. He remembered how feisty she could be, but she appeared more controlled and refined now. He didn’t miss the way she struggled to rein in her emotions, jamming things into her desk drawer now. First, a stapler. A pencil. A couple of files. She picked up her water bottle and tipped her head back, taking a long, slow sip. His heart pounded in his chest. He yearned to taste her soft lips. Maybe it would get him through the next decade. No woman ever made him so greedy for more. But he wasn’t here to take anything from her. He’d taken enough. “Peanut.” “What? And stop calling me that,” she demanded, returning to sit beside him. “I’m sorry.” “What are you sorry for?” “I’m sorry for everything. I’m sorry for leaving you—for hurting you.” She studied him, lips pursed. “Is this really your apology?” “What do you want me to say? I went fucking crazy. I wasn't equipped to handle what happened. It wasn’t anyone’s fault.”

About Laura Pavlov:

Laura Pavlov writes sweet and sexy contemporary romance that will make you both laugh and cry. She is happily married to her college sweetheart, mom to two awesome almost-grown kids, and dog-whisperer to a couple crazy yorkies. Laura resides in Las Vegas where she is living her own happily ever after.

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Cover Reveal:: MAKE ME LOSE by Ember Leigh

Today we have the gorgeous cover for Ember Leigh’s MAKE ME LOSE! Check it out and be sure to pre-order your copy today!

Title: Make Me Lose

Author: Ember Leigh

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Blitz: July 23rd

About Make Me Lose:

Grayson Daly and I aren’t just rivals. We’re enemies.   Born minutes apart on the same day in the same hospital, our parents thought this meant we were somehow destined to be together. We knew were we just destined to beat each other.   Competition boiled over until junior year, when the cold war turned into an unexpected peace offering. Maybe my hormones allowed me to notice his broad shoulders, stormy gray-blue eyes, and soccer star’s chiseled frame. But after I fell for him…he stomped all over my heart. Ten years later, I’m at the top of the realty game in Bayshore and Grayson is just a distant memory. Until he shows up from NYC, his ego bigger than a skyscraper, and asks me to sell the house he recently inherited.   It’s easy to say no. Even though I want to climb him like the jungle gyms we used to dangle from in strong arm battles.   But I forgot that Gray doesn’t take no for an answer. And that he isn’t content unless he’s defeating me. He butts into my evenings on the boat. Ropes me into water skiing battles. Even shows up at the bar and creates a scene when I’m scouting a date to the upcoming Bicentennial Ball.   It’s almost like he’s gunning to win me.   But if he wins, that means I lose.   And I’m not ready to cede victory just yet.

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“You can drop me off here.” “Hazel, I’m seeing this through.” I step up to her door, hoisting her up on my back one last time. “You know I can’t see our friends again and tell them I didn’t drop you off inside your house after your water-skiing injury.” She grumbles but fishes a key out of her purse. I bend so she can reach the lock. The door swings open, revealing a spacious, two-story great room. Dark wood floors are intermittently covered with slate gray rugs and low, comfy-looking couches. A staircase curves up to the second floor. Everything is as immaculate as a showroom, yet somehow distinctly lived in. “Nice.” I head to the couch and come to my knees so she can slide off. Once I’m gazing back into those mossy green eyes, I can barely remember what I’m supposed to be doing here. “What?” she asks. “Your house. It’s exactly what I would expect.” Hazel seems to have softened a little. Her lips curl up at the edges. “Thanks, I think.” I push my palm over the edge of her couch, dangerously close to her knee. She crosses her ankles as she settles back into the cushions. My fingertips brush her skin, and I meet her gaze again. And damn, if the way she’s looking at me right now isn’t making every inch of my body come to attention. Electricity snaps between us; the air grows taut. I trail my fingers over her kneecap, then trace that sensitive hollow behind. Her breath hitches. So the unshakeable Hazel can be shaken by Gray, even ten years later. “What are you trying to do?” she asks, a lazy tone to her voice. Like she’s caught somewhere between a dream and distraction. My heart hammers as my gaze drifts up the sun-kissed expanse of her thigh. Fingertips sizzling from the contact, I trace a slow, invisible pattern over her knee. I want to be honest with her. I’m trying to fucking kiss her. To reduce this tension in my chest by a fraction. To see if she’ll let me spend the rest of the evening at her side, getting lost in the past as much as the present. “You know what I’m trying to do,” I say, enjoying the goose pimples blossoming beneath my touch. She’s never been good at fully convincing me she doesn’t like me. Hazel talks a good game, but I know her weaknesses. The area behind her kneecap might as well be an earlobe. I swipe my middle finger over that dip again, watching as her nostrils flare. “Taking advantage of the woman you mortally wounded out on the lake?” She lifts a brow, but her gaze is on my hand. I scoff and move my hand away from her. My skin protests the decision. And apparently she does, too. She moves her knee closer to me. My gaze snags on that scrap of fabric covering her pussy—that sweet heat I’d been lucky enough to know once upon a time. The ball’s in my court right now. I don’t know what to do with so much power. I wonder if she realizes that she lost. The evidence is her prickled skin. Her flushed chest. Her green eyes boring a hole through me. “There’s nothing wrong with being nice to my new realtor,” I say. It’s a struggle to hide the evil grin that wants to overtake my face, but I manage. I push away from the couch after summoning every last ounce of willpower. “You good here? Or do you need more help tending your loser wounds?” And then Hazel cocks her head at me, eyes shrinking to slits. But I see the things she’s trying to hide the most. Like the start of a smile on those pretty lips.  

About Ember Leigh:

Ember Leigh has been writing erotic romance novels since she was far too young. A native of northern Ohio, she currently resides near Lake Erie with her Argentinean husband, where they run an Argentinian-American food truck. In addition to romance novels, Ember also writes travel memoirs and occasionally updates a couple of blogs. In her free time, she practices Ashtanga yoga, hops around the world, and eats lots of vegetables.

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