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Tapped by Liz Crowe – Book Tour + #Giveaway

21/02/17

Tapped
The Brewing Passion Series #1
By Liz Crowe
Genre: NA Romance
When wealthy brewery owner Austin Fitzgerald meets sexy saleswoman Evelyn
Benedict, angry sparks fly. They seem destined to clash, until a hot
hookup in a cold beer cooler changes everything.
For Austin, it’s a life-altering moment that sets him on a path away from
his birthright, while Evelyn must face her fears about committing to
a man considered the playboy of the micro-brewing world.
The power of preconceived notions nearly tears them apart—until they
meet up with brew master Ross, who opens their eyes to a deeper, even
more erotic connection.
But three strong personalities don’t
always make for the best emotional mix and when a simple
misunderstanding causes chaos, it’s up to Ross to somehow repair
the tattered shreds of their relationship.
tap-excerptSensing the heat of Evelyn’s fury as he finalized another large order, he excused himself and made his way toward the restroom. The tuning-fork sensation had morphed into a dull ache centered in his gut, which steadily made its way down to his balls.

When he emerged—after splashing water on his face enough times to calm the hardening in his jeans—he almost plowed straight into her. He gripped her arms to keep her from falling and the impulses that had bounced around in his brain since the morning nearly brought him to his knees. He dropped his hands and looked away, swallowing back the urge to say something, anything, to convince her he wasn’t such a bad guy.

“Sorry.”

Her voice was flat. He took a step back, stopped only when his butt hit the wall. The space between them filled with near-visible silence, but he didn’t move.

“I don’t know how I’m doing it, but the longer we work together, the more sales I make, and the more you hate me. Clue me in here, Benedict. I thought sales were the goal of the day.” He crossed his arms, holding them close to his chest so she couldn’t gauge how shaky his hands had gotten.

She swallowed, and he watched the exquisite warm peach hue of her skin redden. Admiring the line of her neck, her jaw, the plump fullness of her lower lip as she bit it, a nervous tic he’d love to come to love, if she’d let him, Austin sensed himself falling deeper into a very scary hole. Her ongoing silence took on a life of its own.

“Well? I left my secret-sales-goal decoder ring at home. You obviously have a different agenda for today. I get it. ‘Prove to the rich boy he doesn’t have what it takes’ is fine, but we could have saved some time if you’d just told me first.”

She opened her lips, then pressed them together and shouldered past him. He watched, fascinated, as his hand reached out of its own accord and snagged her arm. She stopped, stared at it, then up at him. When he realized the blue of her eyes was brighter because of tears, he hesitated. Female tears always unnerved him, but his chest tightened in a thoroughly alarming way at the thought of having caused her unhappiness.

He let go. “Sorry. I didn’t mean to…”

In a split second, her beautiful face was within inches of his. “Don’t flatter yourself. I’m just pissed off. You’ve had that effect on me since I first laid eyes on you, so yeah, I guess I set you up. But apparently, all your country-club, private-school time has been worth it. Bullshitting comes naturally to you. And that’s all this job is. A whole barrel of bullshit.”

She stomped away before he could speak or, even better, grab her and kiss her. The space she vacated quivered with anger. But her crisp perfume stayed in his nose and he had to clench his hands into fists to keep from shoving her up against the wall and kissing her until she saw it his way.

Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery
marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and
graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann
Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus
an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.
Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking
fiction subgenre, “Romance: Worth the Risk,” which has gained
thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and
more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).
With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer
pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic
locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a
fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader
seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of
characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination
long after the book is finished.
Don’t ever ask her for anything “like a Budweiser” or risk bodily
injury.

 

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The Realm Enforcers Series by Rebecca Zanetti – Cover Reveal

17/02/17

Join us for the stunning new covers for the Realm Enforcers Series by Rebecca Zanetti!
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If you love Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protectors, try the wicked hot
Realm Enforcers, together for the first time . . .

Wicked Ride

Seattle vice cop Alexandra Monzelle’s short skirt and sex-kitten
heels are tools to lure her suspects into talking about the deadly
new drug hitting the streets. But Kellach Dunne is complicating
matters. An affair with an immortal like him could undo
everything—including every bit of her resistance . . .

Wicked Edge

When Coven Nine Enforcer Daire Dunne spots Cee Cee across a Titan’s
of Fire party, it’s not long before she’s back in his apartment.
Where after one overheated kiss, she drugs Daire and steals valuable
files that can’t fall into enemy hands. The second he comes to, the
hunt is on . . .

Wicked Burn

Irish witch Simone Brightston didn’t get to her position on the
high council without serious power. But of all the men she’s known,
Nikolaj Veis is the hardest to intimidate. So when he pulls up on a
roaring bike and tells her to climb on or fight it out, the only
thing to do is grab a handful of jacket and hold on tight . . .

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Wicked Ride
Realm Enforcers Book 1
Released6/23/2015
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Alexandra Monzelle is a hard-fighting, heat-packing Seattle vice cop, and she’s not
much interested in being protected. Her short skirt and sex-kitten
heels are tools to lure her suspects into talking about the deadly
new drug hitting the streets. She can take care of herself and then
some. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to get that through to Kellach
Dunne.

Kellach is a fresh import from Dublin, and he’s
landed at the heart of a vicious motorcycle club that deals in guns,
narcotics, and mayhem. He’s all male, all rough power—and all
interference in her damn investigation. Maybe he’s one of the good
guys. Maybe not. Lex knows an affair with an immortal like him would
risk everything. No matter how delicious he looks…

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Wicked Edge

Realm Enforcers Book 2

Released- 11/10/2015
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Daire Dunne is more than ready to take a quick break from his duties as a
Coven Nine Enforcer. When he spots a sexy blonde across a Titan’s
of Fire party, it’s not long before she’s on the back of his
Harley on the fast track to his apartment. Unfortunately, one
overheated kiss in, the woman drugs Daire and steals valuable files
that can’t fall into enemy hands. The second he comes to, the hunt
is on . . .

Now that Cee Cee has the information to take down an enemy that destroyed
her family, she can implement her perfect plan for revenge. Nothing
will stop her, not even a shockingly sexy enforcer barging into her
life. Not even the spectacular, fire-branding sex engulfing them. But
if Daire ever figures out who her family really is, all bets are off
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Wicked Burn
Realm Enforcers Book 3
Released – 6/7/2016
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Simone Brightston knows she can beat the rap her enemies are pinning on her.
An Irish witch is nobody’s fool, and she didn’t get to her position
on the high council without serious power. But her cousins want her
to hide out—and they somehow convinced her arch nemesis to play
getaway driver.

Of all the men she’s known, Nikolaj Veis is the hardest to intimidate.
With his demon-dark eyes and his inscrutable beauty, he’s as
desirable as he is dangerous. And he knows better than to
underestimate Simone. So when he pulls up on a roaring bike and tells
her to climb on or fight it out, she grabs a handful of jacket and
holds on tight. Running from the law may not be the smartest plan.
But when it comes to Nick, hot pursuit and a blazing fast ride are
exactly what Simone’s looking for . .

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Wicked Kiss
Realm Enforcers Book 4
Releasing- 7/4/2017
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Working as an informant for the DEA, Victoria Monzelle is used to living on
the edge. But she’s not a big fan of getting kidnapped. And
definitely not by a bunch of bad boy witches with fancy-colored fire
to shoot at people. So when Adam Dunne shows up and claims to be a
witch enforcer, she’s not going to put her life in his hands based
on his word, no matter how smooth and smart and beautifully Irish his
words sound. But on the run from a tribunal of witches, she isn’t
going to make it far . . .
Before she knows it, Adam’s word is all that stands between her and
execution. Sophisticated, just-gotta-ruffle-him Adam has vowed to
make her his one eternal mate, wild and unpredictable as she is—to
save her from a sentence of certain death. But Tori isn’t
interested in being anyone’s pity date. And if they think she’s
unpredictable now, they should see what’s coming next . . .

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Wicked Bite
Realm Enforcers Book 5
Releasing – 8/01/2017
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As she hunts for a drug lord killing her fellow witches, all Tessa
Lansa’s instincts point to the Grizzly motorcycle club. That might
be because their leader, Bear, is the strong, silent shifter type:
warm brown eyes and more muscle and alpha male than any woman can
ignore. Which makes Tessa’s plan to seduce and betray him all the
more dangerous . . .

Bear doesn’t trust the curvy, blue-eyed witch. But Tessa can heal the
injuries that sap his strength. And since he can’t stop thinking of
her lush body and teasing smile, her plan to mate him to reclaim her
own power is highly tempting. Just one problem. Once a desire this
wild is loose, no one will ever control it . . .

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WICKED KISS and WICKED BITE now for exclusive content!
http://sites.kensingtonbooks.com/RealmEnforcers/
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling
author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator,
Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner – only
to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who
claim them. She writes contemporary romances, dark paranormal
romances, and romantic suspense novels.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the
Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures
to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her
husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day—or
at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.

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Savage Woods by Mary Sangiovanni – Cover Reveal

16/02/17

SAVAGE WOODS
by Mary SanGiovanni
Genre: Horror
Pub Date: 9/26/2017
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author Mary SanGiovanni returns with a terrifying tale of madness,
murder, and mind-shattering evil . . .
Nilhollow—six-hundred-plus acres of
haunted woods in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens—is the stuff of urban
legend. Amid tales of tree spirits and all-powerful forest gods are
frightening accounts of hikers who went insane right before taking
their own lives. It is here that Julia Russo flees when her violent
ex-boyfriend runs her off the road . . . here that she vanishes
without a trace.
State Trooper Peter Grainger has
witnessed unspeakable things that have broken other men.
But he has to find Julia and can’t
turn back now. Every step takes him closer to an ugliness that won’t
be appeased—a centuries-old, devouring hatred rising up to
eviscerate humankind. Waiting, feeding, surviving. It’s
unstoppable. And its time has come.
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Bram Stoker nominated novel The Hollower, its sequels Found You and
The Triumvirate, Thrall, and Chaos, as well as the novellas For Emmy,
Possessing Amy, and The Fading Place, as well as numerous short
stories. She has been writing fiction for over a decade, has a
masters in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University, and is
a member of The Authors Guild, Penn Writers, and International
Thriller Writers.
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Review of Spy Game by Suz deMello

12/02/17

Spy Game: Romantic Suspense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spy Game: Romantic Suspense by Suz deMello

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was unsure what to expect when I started to read this book, but I am pleased to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Ani Sharif is an agent with the USSA and an excellent hacker. The only thing is, she has never been in the field until the need arises for her to go undercover in Silicon Valley at Rexford.com. This is where she meets Richard Rexford or Sexy Rexy, as he is known. Richard is the owner of the company and suspected of selling classified, security software to the Chinese. Ani has to get close to Richard to get access to his laptop. Ani is a strong, independent young woman who is also vulnerable and inexperienced in the relationship area. With the assistance of her sister, who like her was adopted by their parents. The two infiltrate Silicon Valley to find out the truth and identify the traitor.
The characters in this story are likable and believable. The story reads well and is a definite page turner. With a plot that is paced well, I would definitely recommend this book

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Lady Be Good by Heather Hiestand – Cover Reveal

10/02/17

LADY BE GOOD
by Heather Hiestand
Genre: Historical Romance

Pub Date: 9/5/2017

When exiled royalty and espionage
combine, expect a romance as bold as the 1920s . . .
Olga Novikov is a princess without a
throne. Her fiancé and her family slain in the revolution, she flees
Russia and finds herself working as the head of housekeeping at
London’s luxurious Grand Russe Hotel. It’s a far cry from the
glamour of her former life, but she’s grateful for the job—until
a guest forces her to question where her loyalty lies. The charming
nobleman challenges her at every turn—and arouses dreams of romance
she thought she’d abandoned forever . . .
Douglas “Glass” Childers is living
a double life. On the surface, he’s the indolent Viscount Walling,
but in truth he’s an intelligence agent searching for a Bolshevik
weapons master. The coolly beautiful and headstrong housekeeper is a
distraction he doesn’t need—unless she’s the key piece in the
puzzle he must solve. Trusting her could be dangerous—but loving
her is an undeniable temptation . . .
Heather Hiestand was born in Illinois
but her family migrated west before she started school. Since then
she has claimed Washington State as home, except for a few years in
California. She wrote her first story at age seven and went on to
major in creative writing at the University of Washington. Her first
published fiction was a mystery short story, but since then it has
been all about the many flavors of romance. Heather’s first
published romance short story was set in the Victorian period and she
continues to return, fascinated by the rapid changes of the
nineteenth century. The author of many novels, novellas and short
stories, she makes her home in a small town with her husband and son
and supposedly works out of her tiny office, though she mostly writes
in her easy chair in the living room.
Author Links:

You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

 
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Igraine by Jane Godman – Book Tour + #Giveaway

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Igraine
Camelot Uncovered, #1
by Jane Godman
Genre: Historical Romance, Fantasy
Igraine is the most beautiful woman in the world and her destiny is to become
the mother of King Arthur. The daughter of a mysterious fae, every
man she meets desires her. Married to a man who dominates her body,
Igraine is in love with a man she has never met.
Uther Pendragon, the mighty King of Britain is said to be more god than
man. When the great sorcerer, Merlin, promises Uther he will marry
the beautiful woman who features in his erotic dreams, the
consequences threaten to tear his kingdom apart.
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Jane Godman writes paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne, thrillers
for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, and steamy historical romance for
Samhain Publishing. Her new paranormal series, The Arctic
Brotherhood, is coming from SMP Swerve in 2017.
Although I’ve lived all over the world and have traveled to lots of
interesting countries, the place I call home is the Wirral Peninsula
in North West England. It’s on the opposite side of the River
Mersey to Liverpool and the iconic ‘ferry ‘cross the Mersey’
originates here.
I’ve always loved writing, and for as long as I’ve been able to I’ve put
pen to paper and told stories. As a teenager, I lived in South
Africa, and my best friend and I discovered the novels of Kathleen E
Woodiwiss when we were thirteen. We used to spend our evenings
writing books in the style of ‘The Wolf and the Dove’ and ‘The
Flame and the Flower’. When I had a big birthday (let’s just say it
had a zero at the end), my friend gave me the most amazing present.
She had kept one of the books I wrote when I was fourteen! It’s a
medieval romance, written in felt tip pen. It’s one of my most
treasured possessions.
I love reading, traveling and spending time with my family (especially
my new grandson).
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Sunset Reads by D.C. Triana – Book Tour + #Giveaway

06/02/17

Sunset Reads: William & Cristina
A Sunset Reads Novel Book 1
by D.C. Triana
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Within the doors of Sunset Reads William Jameson has come home to take over
his mother’s New York publishing house after her death. He’s
ready to turn things around when an electrifying encounter with the
company’s sexy bestselling author makes him change his priorities
to more sensual plans. While his cruel stepfather has decided he
wants control of the company, William tries to remain focused as
images of soft brown eyes and sensual lips continue to keep him up at
night.
Cristina Cruz suddenly finds herself with part ownership of Sunset Reads. Not
only has the previous owner left her with part of the publishing
house, but also at the mercy of her son William, the company’s
handsome new CEO, who seems to be determined to drive her crazy. Not
only is he annoyingly attractive, but his alluring blue eyes continue
to send shivers down her spine. Working side by side with him becomes
all the more torturous as his enticing looks and their heated
encounters send her senses reeling.
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Opening the door slowly she peeked her head in. “Mr. Jameson, Miss Cruz is here to see you.”

“Yes, yes, I was expecting her eventually.”

Cristina walked through the door, feeling confident in herself and her work. “Were you now?”

He stood up and his long lean body stretched out to enhance every muscle beneath his fitted, black suit. Her confidence suddenly managed to waver and she took in a deep breath and found a way to compose herself. She stood straighter and forced herself to act professional.

Stop ogling him Cristina, he is the enemy and you are a renowned author, get your shit together! She forced herself to look at the deep blue eyes that had been so rude to her moments before.

He stood in front of her, his hand outreached. “Sorry about before Miss Cruz. It truly is a pleasure to meet my favorite author.”

Cristina stood there, staring at this sexy god, not knowing whether to slap him or drape herself around him. She blinked twice, and grabbed his hand in a strong shake. Electricity poured through every cell of her body as his warm hand enveloped hers. She told herself to remember to breathe. “So, you are Mr. Jameson. I’m sorry, but all I know of you, is your last name.”

Cristina’s thoughts went back to her romance novels, when the heroine meets the man of her dreams and everything goes perfectly well, and she knows exactly what to say and how to react… Well, it’s not true. It usually goes down right sour, even though his hand feels warm and strong and he drips sexiness and charm.

He laughed at her comment, an almost unrealistic sound that would send tingles down the spine of any hot blooded woman. “Yes well, you wouldn’t know me. You are far too important to notice a man like myself unless you considered reading Forbes Magazine and Business Journal every once in awhile.”

Was that a quip? She smirked. “I suppose if those matters intrigued me, I would know you. Yet, if you were that important you would have not only been mentioned, but written one of those articles yourself.”

He laughed again. “You are everything Adele said you would be and more.” He let go of her hand, taking its warmth with him. “Please, have a seat.” He walked back to his desk and hit the intercom. “Miss Arias, if you would please be so kind to bring in two coffees, I take mine black. Miss Cruz?”

“No thank you Daisy, I’ll just be a minute,” she answered, averting his gaze by focusing on the intercom in front of her.

He sat down, unbuttoning his suit jacket and leaning forward giving her a glimpse of a strong, tanned neckline and well-developed muscles. She stared for a moment and then blinked trying to glance around the office instead of at him.

“What can I help you with today, Miss Cruz?” he asked, bringing her out of her stupor.

She cleared her throat and forced to herself to look straight at him. “Well, I’d like to know why suddenly I get limitations and deadlines placed upon me?”

He nodded. “I understand why you might be upset, Miss Cruz, but this can only benefit you.”

“And you…you do understand, Mr. Jameson, that if I am forced into a short deadline, I am being forced to produce half assed work.”

He nodded. “Honestly, Miss Cruz, I didn’t feel you could ever possibly produce less than wonderful work.”

“Flattery will not get you anywhere Mr. Jameson…”

“Will,” he replied suddenly.

She paused. “I’m sorry?”

“My name is William, I go by Will, I prefer my colleagues call me that.”

She stopped and stared at him for a moment, her mouth slightly ajar in confusion. She shook her head. “Yes…ok, Will…the reason I am here is because I need an extension.”

“And why is that, Miss Cruz?” The deep tone of his voice vibrating in what seemed like fake concern.

Seemingly flustered, she tried to explain… “My inspiration…I am having trouble…I can’t concentrate.”

“Are you telling me you have writer’s block, Miss Cruz?”

“Yes…no…yes, and stop calling me by my last name!” Suddenly feeling aggravated by him, she pressed a forefinger to her temple.

“Oh… and how would you like to be called?”

Shocked, Cristina stared at him; his eyes almost looked endearing, like a small child’s. “Crissy…” she whispered nonsensically.

“Crissy…” he whispered back and smiled. “I can work with that. Well then, Crissy, how long of an extension were you looking for?”

“I’m not sure, deadlines make me flustered and I don’t like them. I don’t work well under them, it’s one of the reasons I chose to work with this publishing company….”

“And are you aware, Miss…Crissy, that because of our lack of deadlines, this company may collapse.” His voice held a slightly serious undertone to it causing Cristina to squirm uncomfortably in her seat.

“I doubt very much….”

“I am not finished,” he said sternly.

She paused, and stared at him in astonishment as he stood and walked to the far side of the office, proceeding to actually pour himself a drink. A drink! In the middle of the day?! Cristina realized that no matter how handsome he was, Adele was right, he truly was a conniving bastard, a truly slimy businessman who was used to getting his way.

“Neither was I.” Her voice sounding stronger and louder than she meant it to be. Standing up, she walked over towards him.

If he wants to play hardball, then he needs to be prepared for what’s coming.

She stood straighter, coming to stand in front of him. “Now, are you going to give me a drink or will I have to serve it myself?”

William’s eyes widened and he looked at her…then down at the bottle. He slowly handed her the glass he held and proceeded to pour another. Cristina held her breath and took a sip, the dark liquid unexpectedly heating up her insides. She managed not to cough and set the glass down, reaching out for her purse. “As I was saying, Mr. Jameson, I don’t work well under pressure. I’m well aware of your status here, but I also know you are well aware of mine. So I suggest you buy me some time unless you want to lose your best author.”

She went to leave, but quickly turned back around, wanting to get one last glimpse of the handsome man. “And Mr. Jameson, I hope next time you’ll be able to offer me a better drink.”

He smiled at her, a real smile that lit his face up. She quickly stepped out and walked away before she lost her nerve. Cristina felt good as she closed the door behind her, like she had won a battle. There was absolutely no way a man, let alone that man, would place any restrictions on her work. She refused to abide by them and she would make sure he understood it if he wanted to keep her. Her confidence remained strong, that is…until she reached the elevator doors and was stopped by Daisy, his receptionist. Astonished, Cristina watched as the pretty, petite, brunette came running up to her.

 

Sunset Reads: Damian & Layla
A Sunset Reads Novel Book 2
One year.
It’s been one year since Agent Damian Trent left for Washington without a
word.
One year since he’s seen her beautiful face.
One year since he’s heard his name on her lips.
He’s been recently called back to New York City on assignment, to catch a
criminal who’s trying to infiltrate Sunset Reads. The last thing he
expects is to work side by side with the woman he turned his back on.
Having her close is an unwanted distraction that he’s more than willing to
ignore, if only she wasn’t so damn tempting.
Everything seems under control, until a night of feverish passion has him
abandoning all thoughts of reason. Now, he will do everything in his
power to get her back, and even more so to protect her.
Layla Reece wants nothing to do with the man who left her a year ago.
The man who took her heart with him, leaving her broken.
After a year of trying to forget Damian Trent, she is finally ready to move
on.
But trying to forget him becomes a tedious task when he suddenly
reappears in her life.
Although she fights to stay away, his magnetism is too strong and she finds
herself giving into the deep timbre of his voice, and the strength
and safety of his arms.
Staying away from Damian turns out to be futile, especially when his kisses
consume her and his heart shatters the walls she spent so much time
building.
Finding herself in danger, she now has to turn to the only man she trusts to
keep her safe, but can she trust him enough to give him her heart
once again?
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As she hurried to the back of the tent, a hand reached out for her and pulled her into the bushes. Before she could let out a scream, her mouth was covered and a deep voice whispered in her ear. “Don’t scream. It’s me.”

She immediately recognized Damian’s voice and more so the feel of his body pressed against her back. He slowly turned her to face him, all the while making sure to keep her in his embrace.

Layla looked up at him with wide eyes, “What are you doing here?” she breathed. “You scared the crap out of me!” She smacked him in the arm with her purse.

“What are you doing here?” he returned.

“I work here.”

“What?”

“I’m Sunset Reads’ new PR Director.”

His brow furrowed at her news, and then his eyes traveled lower, down her throat, over her collarbone, to the low-cut of the dress and the tempting view of her full breasts. He swallowed hard and it took everything in him not to take her deeper into the park and have his way with her.

“What the hell are you wearing?” His voice came out deep and husky.

She looked down at herself, and realized that Damian had a lovely view straight down her dress. She quickly squirmed out of his grasp and took a step back. “It’s called a dress, and stop looking at me like that!”

“Hey, it’s not my fault you look sexy as hell in that thing. It’s barely covering anything!”

Layla was grateful for the lack of light; that way Damian couldn’t see the bright blush on her cheeks. His eyes were all over her, but she secretly enjoyed the appreciation in them. It brought hot tingling sensations across her lower abdomen, and erased any semblance of Gus Schwartz’s dark leering glare.

She shook her head, trying to clear her lust-hazed thoughts and said slowly, “I asked you what you were doing here.”

He pressed a finger to her lips as a couple passed by and she stared at him with dark eyes. After a moment, he looked down at her. Seemingly distracted, he grazed her plump bottom lip with his thumb.

“I’m undercover,” he whispered.

A slight thrill ran up her spine and she looked around them into the dark night. “Are we in danger?”

“If Schwartz keeps staring at you like that he will be.”

“What do you care if he stares at me?”

“I care. I care a lot,” he said calmly but tightened his grip on her arms.

“You didn’t care for a whole year, Damian. What does it matter now?”

“Stay away from him, Layla, he’s not a good man.” He looked down at her once again, his eyes intense and his jaw held tight. After a long moment, he stepped around her preparing to leave.

“Wait!” she whispered, grabbing his arm.

He looked back at her, an eyebrow lifted, waiting.

She quickly released his arm. “Does William know about this?”

He shook his head. “No, and I prefer to keep it that way for now.”

“What? You have to tell him. He’s about to do business with him!”

She now had his full attention. “Are you sure?”

She nodded. “They were just talking about it. William wants Skyline to manage the technological advances at Sunset Reads. We’ve set up a meeting.”

“We’ve?” he asked

“I’m the Director, Damian. Who else is going to be his contact if not me?”

Damian frowned. “I’ll talk with William, but you… I need you to remain as far away from Schwartz as possible.”

She looked behind her towards the party. “I had a feeling he couldn’t be trusted. Tell me,” she turned back to Damian, “what did he do?”

Damian shook his head, looking off into the distance as if in thought. “Nothing that can be proven yet, but I have a feeling he’s connected to someone big. Someone who can hurt William and Cristina.”

“Damian?”

He looked at her. “Just do your job and forget I was here.” He quickly went back to the party, leaving Layla alone.

“If you only knew how hard that is,” she whispered in the empty space.

D.C. Triana was born in 1982, in New York City, to Colombian Immigrant
parents. Being bullied in school made her find a healthy outlet in
writing at the age of fourteen. She now resides in Florida with her
family and shit-szu, Obi Wan, and works in Human Resources helping
others.
Being a hopeless romantic, she is a fan of Pride & Prejudice and spends
her free time reading new romance novels and supporting new authors.
She won’t miss an episode of the Walking Dead and being a huge fan of
Vampires has inspired her to dabble into the supernatural world for
her next series. It was always her dream to become an author, and
recently that dream has come true and continues to flourish. D.C.’s
debut romance novel, Sunset Reads: William & Cristina is now
available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. It currently has a 4.5 star
review rating on Amazon & a 4.3 star rating on Good Reads. She is
currently working on her Sunset Reads four part series.
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