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Release Day Blog Tour: Ravaged by Elisabeth Naughton

June 9th, 2015 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour No Comments »

Elisabeth NaughtonToday is the release day for another 1001 Dark Nights title! I don’t know why but this series fascinates me with its concept and the wide range of authors supplying stories for this series. If anything, it has had me read authors that I haven’t had time to read yet. Ravaged is a Paranormal Fantasy Romance novella in Elisabeth’s Eternal Guardians Series! Please enjoy the quick excerpt below!

About Elisabeth:

Before topping multiple bestseller lists—including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal—Elisabeth Naughton taught middle school science. A rabid reader, she soon discovered she had a knack for creating stories with a chemistry of their own. The spark turned into a flame, and Naughton now writes full-time. Besides topping bestseller lists, her books have been nominated for some of the industry’s most prestigious awards, such as the RITA® and Golden Heart Awards from Romance Writers of America, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Golden Leaf Award. When not dreaming up new stories, Naughton can be found spending time with her husband and three children in their western Oregon home.

You can visit Elisabeth around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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“Better.” Sappheire, Athena’s right-hand Siren and the leader of Zeus’s female warrior army, nodded at Daphne’s side. “You keep practicing and you’ll get there.”

Daphne wasn’t so sure. All Sirens went through rigorous training in a variety of different areas—combat, seduction, warfare, strategy—and she’d passed each section with high marks from her trainers. But she couldn’t take her final Siren vows until she conquered the marksmanship exam. And at the moment, her aim wasn’t even close to one-hundred percent, which was why she was out here now, on the training field behind Siren headquarters, working on her shot long after the other recruits had retired to the mess hall for dinner. So far she’d failed the test three times. Until she could hit a target repeatedly dead center—without injuring herself—she was SOL. Which meant her dream of being a full-fledged Siren kept hovering in the distance, just out of reach.

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“That’s a nice thought,” she said, lowering her bow and shaking out her hand. “I’m not sure how realistic it is, though.”

“Persistence will pay off.” Sappheire’s luxuriously sleek mane—a mixture of blonde and chestnut and ginger locks—swayed as she turned Daphne’s way, and those brilliant blue eyes for which she was named sparkled. “If this is your calling, it’ll happen. Just don’t give up.”

Dressed in form-fitting black pants, a tight, black, low-cut tank that showed off her cleavage and muscular arms, and kick-ass stiletto boots that elongated her legs, Sappheire pressed the button at the end of her bow, shrinking the weapon down to a six-inch metal bar. She’d lost the leather breastplate and arm guards she usually wore in the field, but she still looked as menacing as any warrior. And not for the first time, Daphne was glad this Siren had taken a liking to her instead of harassing her as she did some of the other recruits.

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Slipping the weapon into her boot, Sappheire added, “Athena’s been watching you.”

Watching her fail? Daphne winced. She wasn’t sure she needed to know that, not when she already felt like a major loser.

Daphne shrank her own weapon. She was dressed the same as Sappheire—tight black pants, fitted black tank, crazy high boots it had taken her years to learn to walk in—but where Sappheire wore the outfit with confidence and grace, Daphne still felt awkward in the take-notice-of-me-now getup. “Well, if nothing else, I’m sure she’s entertained.”

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RAVAGED

Available June 9, 2015 from Evil Eye Concepts Incorporated

About this Book:

AriOnce an Eternal Guardian, now he’s nothing but a rogue mercenary with one singular focus: revenge.

His guardian brothers all think he’s dead, but Ari is very much alive in the human realm, chipping away at Zeus’s Sirens every chance he can, reveling in his brutality and anonymity. Until, that is, he abducts the wrong female and his identity is finally exposed. It will take more than the Eternal Guardians, more even than the gods to rein Ari in after everything he’s done. It may just take the courage of one woman willing to stand up to a warrior who’s become a savage.

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Blog Tour & Excerpt: Adored: 1001 Dark Nights by Lexi Blake

May 10th, 2015 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour Comments Off on Blog Tour & Excerpt: Adored: 1001 Dark Nights by Lexi Blake

lexi blakeWe are so excited to bring you the Blog Tour for Lexi Blake’s Adored! Adored is a Contemporary Erotic Romance novella in Lexi’s Masters and Mercenaries Series and is also a part of the 1001 Dark Nights series! Check it out the excerpt below and grab your copy today!! My review is coming soon.

About Lexi:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband and three kids. She began writing at a young age concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.

You can visit Lexi around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest

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He helped her up and had the rope in his hands before she could say another thing. She could see the relief stamped on his face. He needed the control, needed it so badly.

Something about her made him lose it and that was great at times. She loved their passion, but this was part of the man, too. He needed to be patient and slow. He needed to rise above his instincts.

She could give him both.

The room was quiet as he worked, wrapping the rope and tying it off. It wasn’t super tight and she suspected that was for her comfort. She found an odd place as she submitted to him. As he wound the rope around her, working it in diamond patterns, she relaxed. Her whole body was humming. Her blood thumped through her system and she was aroused by the feel of his hands on her skin, but there was no hurry.

She loved this quiet time when they didn’t have to talk, when they could simply be together. Peace and passion. They could have both if they tried.

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“Did you hate the spanking? I haven’t had to discipline you before this evening.” They were the first words he’d spoken in fifteen minutes. His hands expertly tied two pieces of jute together before he began a row that would end at her hips.

She could feel where the knots were. The way he’d tied her, they rubbed against her skin, but not in an unpleasant way. It was like everywhere the knots sat was another place he touched her. “I didn’t dislike it and you know it. I suspect you can tell how aroused it got me.”

He breathed in. “I love the way you smell when you want me. And I love how your whole body blushes when I talk about how good you smell.”

It was something none of her previous lovers would have dared to mention, but then nothing was out of bounds sexually as far as Mitch was concerned. He might have a million hangups in real life, but once the clothes came off, he didn’t shy away from anything. “Like I said, I didn’t mind the spanking. And I like this. I like how the rope feels.”

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ADORED Review/Excerpt Tour

May 8

Aly’s Miscellany – Review & Excerpt

The Book Cellar – Review & Excerpt

Coffee Books & Art – Review & Excerpt

Books to Breathe – Excerpt

Agents of Romance – Excerpt

Books Can Take You There – Review & Excerpt

Mama She’s Crazy About Books – Review

Nerdy Book Freak – Excerpt

May 9

Read-Love-Blog – Excerpt

Bound By Books Book Review – Review & Excerpt

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

Rookie Romance – Review

Books to Light Your Fire – Excerpt

May 10

Literary Nook – Review

Roxy’s Reviews – Excerpt

Dark Faerie Tales – Review & Excerpt

The Sassy Bookster – Review

Romance Obsessed Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

May 11

Shawna Shauntia – Excerpt

random jendsmit – Excerpt

Reading Is My Superpower – Excerpt

Romance Reviews and More – Review & Excerpt

Jen’s Reading Obsession – Excerpt

May 12

Summer’s Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Hannah’s Words – Review & Excerpt

I Bookin’ Love To Read – Review & Excerpt

Country Gals Sexy Reads – Excerpt

Smut Book Junkie Reviews – Excerpt

Shayna Renee’s Spicy Reads – Review & Excerpt

Inner Goddess – Review & Excerpt

May 13

Romance Schmomance – Review & Excerpt

Read Catch Kiss – Review

Book Babes And Boyfriends – Excerpt

Reading Keeps Me Sane – Review & Excerpt

Mama Reads Hazel Reads – Review & Excerpt

Friends Till The End Book Blog – Excerpt

Book reviews by Sandra – Review

Greyland Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Kristi’s Book Cellar – Excerpt

May 14

Sultry, Steamy Reading – Review

Read My Mind – Review & Excerpt

Dirty Girl Romance – Review

Red Cheeks Reads – Excerpt

Collector of book boyfriends – Excerpt

Between The Lines – Excerpt

CJ’s Book Corner – Excerpt

Chris Book Blog Emporium – Excerpt

May 15

She Hearts Books – Review

Naughty Book Eden – Excerpt

Book Lovin’ Mamas – Excerpt

Hooker Heels Book Blog – Excerpt

Bookalicious Babes Blog – Review & Excerpt

Southern Yankee Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

May 16

Jax’s Book Magic – Review & Excerpt

The Book Bellas – Excerpt

Becky on Books – Review & Excerpt

JB’s Book Obsession – Review & Excerpt

Evermore Books – Review & Excerpt

Girls With Books – Excerpt

May 17

Indy Book Fairy – Excerpt

One Girl Lost in Romance Books – Review

Books Need TLC – Review & Excerpt

Once Upon An Alpha – Review

Renee Entress’s Blog – Review & Excerpt

G & Co. Book Blog – Excerpt

Vera is Reading – Excerpt

booklover4lifeblog – Excerpt

Wild and Dirty Book Blog – Excerpt

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Adored 1001 Dark Nights

Available May 12, 2015 from Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated

About this Book:

A man who gave up on love

Mitch Bradford is an intimidating man. In his professional life, he has a reputation for demolishing his opponents in the courtroom. At the exclusive BDSM club Sanctum, he prefers disciplining pretty submissives with no strings attached. In his line of work, there’s no time for a healthy relationship. After a few failed attempts, he knows he’s not good for any woman—especially not his best friend’s sister.

A woman who always gets what she wants

Laurel Daley knows what she wants, and her sights are set on Mitch. He’s smart and sexy, and it doesn’t matter that he’s a few years older and has a couple of bitter ex-wives. Watching him in action at work and at play, she knows he just needs a little polish to make some woman the perfect lover. She intends to be that woman, but first she has to show him how good it could be.

A killer lurking in the shadows

When an unexpected turn of events throws the two together, Mitch and Laurel are confronted with the perfect opportunity to explore their mutual desire. Night after night of being close breaks down Mitch’s defenses. The more he sees of Laurel, the more he knows he wants her. Unfortunately, someone else has their eyes on Laurel and they have murder in mind.

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Blog Tour: The Fearless by Emma Pass

April 30th, 2015 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour Comments Off on Blog Tour: The Fearless by Emma Pass

Emma PassPlease welcome author Emma Pass to Dark Faerie Tales! Her new stand-alone YA novel, The Fearless, is a fast-paced futuristic thriller that is perfect for fans of The Hunger GamesDivergent, and The Passage. This novel is filled with nonstop action, chilling secrets, and romance and was released on April 14, 2015 from Delacorte Press!

About Emma:

EMMA PASS has been making up stories for as long as she can remember. ACID was her first novel, and her second is The Fearless. By day, she works as a library assistant and lives with her husband and dog in the North East Midlands. Visit her online at EmmaPass.com or on twitter at @EmmaPass.

You can visit Emma around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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Dream Character Casting for The Fearless

Cass: Emma Watson

Cass Hollencroft is smart, versatile and fearless (in the good sense), and so is Emma Watson, who found fame as the equally smart and fearless Hermione in the Harry Potter films. I think she’d be perfect to play Cass!

Emma Watson

Myo: Mysterious guy from the internet

There’s more to Myo than meets the eye – he has a secret and wants to hide it from the world at all costs. I don’t actually know this boy’s name, and I don’t even know if he’s an actor; I found this photo by accident when I was looking for something else. I knew straight away that he was Myo, so I guess I’d have to insist whoever was casting the film find him and beg him to take on a starring role!

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Sol: Colton Haynes

Sol’s good looks hide a dark personality. He thinks Cass should jump at the chance to be his girlfriend, and can’t understand why she’s not interested, with terrible consequences…

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Jori: a young Rupert Grint

Jori is a typical cheeky kid brother, full of mischief and always getting into scrapes (even before his disastrous visit to the Shudders when he gets kidnapped by a Fearless). He’s a little bit younger than Rupert in this photo, but I reckon a young Rupert Grint would play a brilliant Jori.

Rupert Grint

Captain Denning: Ryan Gosling

Captain Denning loves order and efficiency, and woe betide anyone who gets in his way. In this photo, Ryan Gosling has the same take-no-prisoners look I imagine Captain Denning gets any time anyone questions his authority.

Ryan Gosling

Colonel Brett: Vin Diesel

Colonel Brett is on a mission to round up the Fearless… but he doesn’t want to kill them. He’s got something even more sinister in mind. Who better to play him than tough guy Vin Diesel?

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THE FEARLESS BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE
4/20 – Addicted Readers – Interview
4/21 – My Book Muse – Review and Signed Giveaway
4/22 – Xpresso Reads – Playlist Post
4/23 – A Dream Within A Dream – Review and Signed Giveaway
4/24 – Chapter by Chapter – Review and Top Favs Interview
4/27 – Pandora’s Books – Interview
4/28 – The Irish Banana – Guest Post
4/29 – SciFi Chick.com – Guest Post
4/30 – Dark Faerie Tales – Review and Dream Character Casting
5/1 – Mundie Moms – Guest Post
5/4 – Supernatural Snark – Guest Post
5/5 – Ex Libris – Guest Post
5/6 – Step Into Fiction – Review and Signed Giveaway
5/7 – IceyBooks – Quote Candy
5/8 – A Life Bound By Books – Interview

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The Fearless

Available April 14, 2015 from Delacorte Books for Young Readers

About this Book:

When the Fearless invaded, they injected everyone in their path with the same serum that stripped them of humanity. Life became a waking nightmare. Cass has the invasion seared in her memory. Seven years later, she and her brother, Jori, are living on Hope Island in a community of survivors. No one can enter, and no one can leave. It’s the only way to stay safe.

But when Hope Island’s security is breeched and Jori is taken by the Fearless, Cass will risk everything to get him back.

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Giveaway: All the Rage by Courtney Summers

April 23rd, 2015 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 24 Comments »

Courtney SummersWe have a exciting giveaway today! All the Rage by Courtney Summers is a young adult novel that tackles what happens when a girl is raped and no one will believe her. It is a mystery/thriller. This novel was released on April 15, 2015 from St. Martin’s Griffin.

One lucky reader will win a copy of All the Rage. A huge thank you to St. Martin’s Griffin for today’s giveaway! This contest is open to US & Canada residents only.

About Courtney:

Courtney Summers lives and writes in Canada, where she divides most of her time between a camera, a piano and a word processing program. She is also the author of What Goes Around, This is Not a Test, Fall for Anything, Some Girls Are, Cracked Up to Be, and Please Remain Calm. 

You can visit Courtney around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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One lucky reader will win a copy of All the Rage
(US & Canada)

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Available April 15, 2015 from St. Martin’s Griffin

About this Book:

The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything-friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time-and they certainly won’t now-but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear.

With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women in a culture that refuses to protect them.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Nice Girls Don’t Ride by Roni Loren

April 21st, 2015 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour Comments Off on Blog Tour & Giveaway: Nice Girls Don’t Ride by Roni Loren

RoniLorenAuthorHeadshot2Please welcome author Roni Loren here today for the release of her novella Nice Girls Don’t Ride. It is a contemporary romance short story about a girl following the straight and narrow but learning to become free. This novella was released today, April 21, 2015 from Penguin Intermix! Want to know our thoughts on this story? Read my review here.

A huge thank you from Roni Loren for today’s giveaway! One lucky reader will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

About Roni:

Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. Though she’ll forever be a New Orleans girl at heart, she now lives in Dallas with her husband and son.

If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching reality television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to rockstars, er, rock concerts. Yeah, that’s it. She is the National Bestselling Author of The Loving on the Edge series from Berkley Heat.

You can visit Roni around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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Chapter One

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday, dear . . .

I groan and lean back against the guardrail, shielding my eyes from the piercing sunlight. How exactly should I finish that?

Girl who currently smells like sweat and roadkill?

Girl about to go broke paying for this mess?

Girl whose boyfriend will not answer his goddamned phone?

My fingers move over the screen as I text Caleb again. Where r u???

I stare at my phone, willing a response out of it, but the screen goes black before there’s any answering ding. Caleb had warned me that he was going to be cutting it close for our date tonight. And I know his internship at the local campaign office sometimes runs late when they’re prepping for a rally, but he should be out by now.

My fingers move over the screen again. R U secretly Superman in ur off hours? Come on, u can tell me. If ur saving the world, I’ll understand.

Of course, there’s still no response. And now my neck is prickling with not just sweat but anxiety. What if something happened to him? What if he was in an accident? What if—?

I stop myself before the thoughts spiral, closing my eyes and taking a deep breath. Cool it, Nat. But that little exercise only gets me a lungful of the dead skunk that’s roasting in the heat a few yards away from me on the side of the highway. Blech. I press my fingers over my mouth, fighting a wave of nausea.

I check the clock on my phone for what seems like the hundredth time. The roadside-assistance lady said they would contact a local garage and get me a tow right away. But it’s been over an hour, and the only cars that have passed by have either ignored me or sent catcalls flying my way. Because, of course, my piece-of-crap car had to break down when I’m all dressed up in a low-cut dress and heels for my birthday dinner. Yay for timing.

One guy had at least offered to help and had seemed nice enough, but I’ve seen how those horror movies end. Girl on the side of the road accepts help from a seemingly harmless stranger, only to have her organs carved out later that night. No, thanks.

A grinding of tires on gravel draws my attention upward. A black tow truck rolls past me on the road and pulls to the side, sending a cloud of dust in its wake. I keep my phone clutched in my hand, quickly check the can of Mace in my purse, and then push off the guardrail. The side of the truck says Billy’s Custom Cycles and Auto Repair. There’s a tattoo-style logo of a motorcycle on fire, and I know that it’s definitely not the name of the repair shop the roadside assistance service gave me. It had been some big chain—AutoPlus or something like that. A little shimmer of nerves goes through me and I stop where I am, my heels sinking into the gravel.

The front door of the tow truck opens and a tattooed arm appears before anything else. For some reason, my eyes lock onto pieces of the man instead of the whole—like I can’t handle the entire view quite yet, only snapshots. That muscular arm as the driver slides out of the truck. The worn black motorcycle boots that hit the ground. I force myself to look up, tracking along the faded jeans and fitted black T-shirt, until I collide with a dark blue gaze.

“Looks like you need a ride.”

The deep voice startles me for a second and snaps me back into the moment like a slingshot. Ping! Pay attention, Nat. Now is not the time to let my guard down. “No, thank you, I don’t. I already have another shop on the way.”

His gaze tracks over my dusty dress, slow and lazy like, before he lifts a dark brow. “How long have you been waiting? It’s pretty hot out here.”

The once-over makes me more than a little self-conscious. He can’t be all that much older than me, early twenties for sure, but something about him is intimidating as hell. “I don’t know. Not long. I’m sure they’ll be here any second.”

He crosses his arms over his chest and eyes my car, which has chosen this moment to start smoking from under the hood—as if it senses help in its midst and is crying out for it. “What shop is coming?”

I brush at the skirt of my dress, trying to give my nervous hands something to do. I don’t want to look worried or scared or show him that I’m melting in this brutal Texas heat. “AutoPlus, AutoMart . . .”

He scowls. “Autoland.”

“That’s it.”

“You might as well set up a tent then. They take forever to get to calls, and they’ll charge you twice as much as we would. Plus, they close at six. They’re just going to tow you in and then lock up for the night.”

“Says the guy who wants to make a buck on a girl stranded on the side of the road.”

The corner of his mouth lifts. “Hey, princess, I’m just trying to be a nice guy and get you to your”—he looks me up and down again—“sorority party on time. I get paid the same either way.”

Princess? Sorority party? My eyes narrow and I give him my own head-to-toe look, taking in the messy dark hair, the tattoos, the heavy boots, the finely shaped . . . I snatch the thought back before I can go there. “Look, Son of Anarchy, I appreciate the nice guy offer, but how do I even know you’re legit?”

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He snorts. “You think I drive a tow truck around for fun? Call the number on the side of the truck if you want. But otherwise, I’ve got better stuff to do than stand here in the heat, smelling roadkill. Two minutes, princess. I’ll be in the truck. You want a tow and a ride? You get in. If not, good luck with Autoland.”

He turns to go, and I feel a little dart of panic at being left alone again—even if he’s not exactly the company I want. This isn’t the best part of Austin, and the sun is on its way down. “Wait, what’s your name? You know, so I can verify.”

He doesn’t turn around but calls back. “Monroe.”

I dial the number to the shop and, of course, they verify that Monroe works for them and is driving the truck today. The guy on the phone sounds amused by my questions. And his reaction makes me realize that I’m being paranoid, that my nerves are officially frayed, and it’s making me act like a bitch. I thank the guy on the phone, hang up, and take a steadying breath. This is going to be okay. Not everyone is out to take advantage. Some people actually do things to be helpful without ulterior motives.

My mother would laugh her ass off at that logic. Everybody’s got an agenda, Nattie.

I straighten the neckline of my dress, hike my purse up my shoulder, and walk over to the tow truck with as much dignity as I can muster for a sweaty girl in a dusty dress. Monroe hasn’t climbed back into the cab, but is instead leaning against the front bumper and watching the cars zoom by on the overpass up ahead. He doesn’t look my way. “Verified that I’m not a serial killer?”

“Verified that you work for Billy’s. The serial-killer part is yet to be determined.”

He smiles out at the horizon. “Want to check the backseat for weapons or body parts?”

“I have a feeling you’d be too sneaky to leave such obvious evidence lying around. And if you aren’t that clever, I’m going to be seriously disappointed in myself if I fall victim to a dumb serial killer.”

He chuckles and it changes his whole face, warming it. When he turns his head, his blue eyes meet mine and my stomach tightens a little. I do my best not to let my reaction show on my face. Last thing I need is him thinking that I’m interested in him. Because, of course, I’m not. I’m totally not. If there’s an opposite of my type, it’s this guy. And plus, I have Caleb. Cute, smart, on-his-way-to-big-things Caleb.

Caleb, who won’t answer his goddamned phone.

Monroe pushes himself off the bumper. “I’m not sure if that’s a compliment or an insult, princess, but I’ll take it you’re going to ride with me.”

“Yes. But only because I can’t handle the dead-skunk smell for another minute.”

“I’m preferable to skunk guts? The flattery just rolls off you, doesn’t it?”

The jab lands squarely. I press my fingers to the space between my eyes and rub. “Sorry. I’m really not trying to be a bitch.”

“It just comes natural, then?”

My eyes snap open and I’m ready to hurl an insult back, but I find him wearing a playful grin and clamp my lips shut.

He angles a thumb toward the truck. “Get in . . .”

“Natalie,” I supply.

“Natalie. And kick the A/C on. Getting your car hooked up is gonna take a few minutes. You may want to call someone for a ride, too, because there’s no guarantee we can get this fixed tonight. I’m assuming you have plans.”

I glance down at my outfit, suddenly self-conscious about the sexy getup. It’s not my typical style, but tonight was supposed to be special, and I had wanted to knock Caleb on his butt. He’s been so wrapped up in work and school lately that I’ve felt a little like furniture. So I borrowed my roommate’s dress with its plunging neckline and treated myself to the new risqué lingerie I’m wearing beneath. I’m not exactly Ms. Vixen normally, so Caleb would’ve never seen it coming. Now it’s all a waste.

“I have a date with my boyfriend,” I say to Monroe.

“Right. So, he can pick you up?”

“He’s not answering his phone. But I’m sure I’ll get him soon.”

Monroe makes some noncommittal noise and nods. “I’m going to get to work. You go and cool off. There’s bottled water in the ice chest in the backseat.”

“Thanks.”

Before getting in the truck, I find myself watching Monroe walk back toward my car. He’s easily over six feet tall but doesn’t move in that awkward, hunched way that most of the taller guys on campus move. There’s an easy confidence to him, like he’s fully grown into his body and taken ownership—a man’s walk. My eyes follow him as he pops the hood of my car and leans over. The hem of his shirt lifts as he bends, exposing a strip of tanned, muscular lower back. I find myself wondering what it would feel like beneath my fingers and if he has any more ink hidden under there . . . I force my eyes away.

What the hell is wrong with me? I don’t have random illicit thoughts about complete strangers. Especially not strangers who have tattoos and call me princess.

I shake my head and pull open the door on the passenger side. Maybe I have heatstroke or something.

I lay my head back against the seat and close my eyes. But all I can see is the image of my new mechanic pulling his shirt all the way off, sweat dripping off him, me putting my hands . . .

I sit straight up.

Yep, definitely heatstroke. Has to be.

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Nice Girls Don't Ride

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About this Book:

Natalie Bourne thinks she has the perfect night planned for her twenty-first birthday. But when her car breaks down and her boyfriend bails on her, she’s left stranded in an auto shop dealing with a way too cocky, way too hot mechanic, who seems to be intent on pushing every button she has.

Monroe Hawkins knows he shouldn’t be messing with a girl from the uppity private college. Especially when he can tell she sees him as the help. But he’s having trouble resisting the redhead with the smart mouth and the killer legs. So when Natalie’s night goes from bad to worse, there’s no way he’s letting her spend her birthday alone. He makes her a deal—he’ll take her home but not until the sun comes up.

Ten hours, one motorcycle, and the city of Austin at their fingertips…things are about to take a major detour. And soon, there may be no U-turn in sight.

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