First Kiss: Carson: Bad Boys After Dark by Melissa Foster

This is a featured article column called FIRST KISS. We ask authors to share a first kiss scene from one of their books published in 2017. And each author graciously sent in an excerpt. Enjoy!

 
 
 
Title: Bad Boys After Dark: Carson
Author: Melissa Foster
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: July 11, 2017
Buy Link: Amazon

Second chances really do exist…

As the founder of a multimillion-dollar international security business, Carson Bad exposes secrets for a living. He knows better than to forge relationships built on them. But for years he did just that with his best friend, and secret lover, Tawny Bishop. She brought a sense of calm and understanding to his life—in and out of the bedroom. Until one fateful night when a knock at the door changed everything.

Tawny is no longer a naive college student. She’s a sought-after perfumer living in Paris. She has plenty of resources at her fingertips, and lots of lonely nights to think about the only man she’s ever loved—the one she ran away from all those years ago. She needs to move forward with her life, but how can she when Carson still owns her heart?

Maybe showing up in the middle of the night unannounced isn’t the best route to unraveling the past and figuring out her future, but Tawny has played it safe for ten long years, and it’s only made her long for the man she never should have walked away from. Now she’s back in Carson’s life, and he’s determined not to make the same mistake twice. If only he knew what that mistake was…

FIRST KISS EXCERPT:

He placed her hand flat on his chest, silently telling her to leave it there as he caressed her thigh. “Tell me I didn’t kill your marriage.”

“You didn’t,” she said a little shakily. “Memories of us did.”

Memories of them had ruined her marriage? The same way they’d ruined him for any other woman? He had so many questions, but she licked her lips, leaving them slick and enticing, unmistakable passion burning in her eyes, and his need for answers got lost in a surge of desire. She knew how much he loved her lips. He’d told her often enough, though only on Sunday nights. That part of their life had been kept separate from the rest, but she was giving him the green light now. She was here for five nights, and he’d gone without her for too long. He wasn’t about to turn down her invitation.

Her eyes darkened as he pushed his hand along her smooth, soft thigh and beneath her dress, feeling the rough brush of lace at the top of her thigh-high stockings, the soft expanse of her bare ass, and the sliver of a thong across her hip. He brushed his lips over hers, tracing her lower lip with his tongue. Her breath left her lungs in a needy sigh, and her fingers dug into his chest.

“I never meant to hurt you.” His hand splayed over her thigh, inching toward the heat radiating from her center.

“I know,” she said hungrily. Continue reading

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First Kiss: P.I. I Love You by Joanne Jaytanie

This is a featured article column called FIRST KISS. We ask authors to share a first kiss scene from one of their books published in 2017. And each author graciously sent in an excerpt. Enjoy!

 
 
 
Title: P.I. I Love You
Author: Joanne Jaytanie
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 13, 2017
Buy Link: Amazon

Rivers don’t let rocks hold them back.

River Nightingale has decided to blow past the rocky men in her life. She’s played by the rules for too long—especially when it came to her career as a cop. She was the top closer of cases for years, but promotions in her small town cop shop went to her less productive male counterparts. River decides it’s time to change careers. She leaves her small town to purchase a Seattle private detective agency and become her own boss.

Homicide Detective Gage Hamlin takes pride in his job; he closes cases and fosters justice. All that changed the day River Nightingale sauntered into his office. River has him questioning his pride, his cases, and his aversion to private detectives, especially beautiful private detectives.

River’s client thinks Gage got it wrong, and River is forced to prove Gage missed a murder. Will River and Gage find a way to play nice, or will River be forced to leave Gage behind?

FIRST KISS EXCERPT:

“My turn,” he said. “You grew up in Oregon. You went to college, majored in Criminal Justice and Psychology, and moved to Bear Creek, Montana, to serve on their police department. I don’t mean to offend you, but why Montana? It’s too cold in the winters, and too hot in the summers.”

“It’s also a breathtaking place. I enjoyed Montana and got to see most of the state. I took the job because they were the first to offer me a position. I wanted to secure a job on my own. I thought a small town would be a good place to start, and in a lot of ways, it turned out, I was right. Much to my dismay, the cowboys in Montana aren’t just on the open ranges. They also carry handguns and drive police cruisers. However, no matter how much I outperformed my male counterparts, I would never be promoted above them.”

“Why didn’t you transfer to another department, or another state?”

“I’d thought about moving. My goal was to make detective. My friends and I met here and spent a week together. While we were here, I saw the ad regarding the sale of the agency. Something just clicked inside me. I wanted to become a private investigator. Fight crime and be my own boss. The perfect combination. I studied and got my license. Believe me, it has some drawbacks. I don’t have all the avenues for information at my fingertips, like I did when I was a cop. Even so, I love what I’m doing, except for one thing.”

“What might that be?”

“The less-than-pleased looks I get from cops when I tell them what I do.” Her eyelids squinted into tiny slits. Continue reading

Review: Thicker Than Blood by Anne Marie Citro

How can you feel safest with the person who has hurt you the most?
REVIEW


5 stars from Gabrielle Sally!

“THICKER THAN BLOOD is another amazing story by Anne Marie Citro…As the summary will tell you, Dakota is in a car accident that could have killed her if it wasn’t for the fast response of EMT and ex-boyfriend, Caden. From there the ball is instantly rolling taking you on a bit of a Rube Goldberg ride as readers are forced to navigate the emotional ups and downs of everything that happens. Told in a mix of present and flashback, we are given the highlights of the developing relationship between Dakota and Caden and it is both sweet and sexy…”

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McNaught-E November Mondays with Giveaways

We are excited to share with you that the fourteen Judith McNaught titles listed below are available for the first time in E-Book today, November 1st! If you previously read any of these amazing titles, revisiting them in E-Book is not “All for Naught,” as each E-Book will contain original, new content (a letter) from Judith McNaught.

Excerpts:

To celebrate this abundance of new material from Judith McNaught, we kick off McNaught-E November today with an excerpt for Whitney, My Love ($2.99 special price November 1st – December 4th, 2016). Please check back on McNaught-E Mondays (every Monday in November) to enjoy additional excerpts for the other thirteen E-Books.

Promo Code Giveaway:

For McNaught-E Cyber Monday (11/28) we will announce the winner(s) of 14 promo codes, one promo code for each title. Enter to win today! You can enter on all blogs on the tour listed below, but you can only win once. The contest is open internationally.

Mechanics:

  1. On each McNaught post every Monday, we’ll post a question. Each answer will give you 1 chance to win. For this post, Answer this question: Which is your favorite Judith McNaught book? Why?
  2. The giveaways may be grouped according to their series, so each winner may win more than 1 book. However, stand alone titles will be for separate winners.
  3. Winners will be announced Nov 28.

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#TRRparty #Featured #Book Notorious by Jianne Carlo

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Terrence O’Connor knew all his flaws only too intimately, knew no woman could ever accept the sins of his past, knew he’d die alone. Su-Lin Taylor barges into his world and none of that matters anymore.

When Su-Lin’s mother dies, she discovers she has an uncle and aunt, a rich Hong Kong couple who whisk her away to Europe on a fairytale graduation trip. They promise to establish a trust fund for her, which means she’ll never have to worry about money again. Their first stop is France at an exclusive boutique hotel fronting the Mediterranean.

A silly mistake pits a naked Terry with a nude Su-Lin in the men’s steam room. Totally smitten, Terry manipulates Su-Lin’s uncle into a three-week cruise aboard his luxury yacht, the Glory.

Or so Terry thinks…

Adjoining cabins with a connecting door results in explosive sex. Su-Lin and Terry can’t keep their hands off each other, which so upsets her uncle he collapses with chest pains. A guilty Su-Lin insists on secrecy.

Mere days later, Terry finds Su-Lin unconscious. Hospital tests point to attempted murder.

Who’s trying to kill Su-Lin and why?

This book was originally released in March of 2009, and has been substantially updated and reedited for this edition.

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#TRRparty #Featured #Book Time Eternal by Lily Morgan

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Time Eternal is the story of Skyla Gray, a TSCAA agent in the present day, and Rei Dusan, the crown prince of the sixteenth-century Serbian Empire, who has traded his soul to the gods so he can travel through time to find his one true love, Elizabeth Magini.

The story opens with Agent Gray time-ported to an underground bank vault. Her mission is to retrieve a device, but someone else has gotten there first. More maddening is that she recognizes this man’s voice even though she cannot remember ever having met him before. Sent back to the present day by this stranger, she finds the life she knew slowly beginning to unravel…and learns that the stranger is not the only one who has been looking for her these past five centuries.

At the Last Battle, Rei Dusan lay dying alongside his father, his brothers, and his countrymen, when a handmaiden from the gods offered him a bargain: his soul and his eternal pledge to do the gods’ bidding in exchange for immortality. With his life, he will avenge his family, his country, and his beloved Elizabeth, who sacrificed her life to save his. He accepted the bargain with the gods only to later discover Elizabeth did not perish in the fire.

Will Skyla remember who she really is? What Rei meant to her—to Elizabeth? Will she accept Rei in her present life, where she is no longer a helpless young girl needing rescue from an evil Medici lord, but an ass-kicking agent fighting terrorists for a living? And how will Rei answer to the gods when they find out he has defied their orders? Will there be a happily ever after for Rei and Skyla?

Time Eternal is the first book of the Time series, which tells the story of the men and women who are part of a secret government agency, fighting not garden-variety terrorists but the gods and their enemies, who are facing off in a final showdown. Should their wars not be contained, the world will go up in flames—literally.

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#TRRparty #Featured #Book Anatomy of a Player by Cindi Madsen

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This bad boy is about to get played…

After getting her heart broken by a player again, Whitney Porter is done with men. She’s focusing on her future career and her first assignment at the college newspaper: Posing as a sports writer for an exposé on the extra perks jocks receive. But Hudson Decker, the bad boy of the hockey team, is about to test her resolve. To keep herself from breaking her no-sex rule with the temptingly tattooed athlete, she decides to use him for a side project: Anatomy of a Player, to help Whitney—and women everywhere—spot a player, learn what makes him tick, and how to avoid falling for one.

With his life spiraling out of control, Hudson Decker’s looking for a distraction. When his teammates bet him that he can’t land the gorgeous but prickly new reporter, he accepts the challenge, boasting he’ll have her in bed by the end of the semester. But Whitney is so much more than Hudson expected, and soon enough, he’s in too deep. The last thing he needs is another complication, but staying away isn’t an option. One thing’s for certain: this girl totally throws him off his game.

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