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Review – Hot on Ice Anthology

Hot on Ice
Authors: Avery Flynn, Robin Covington, Kimberly Kincaid, Nana Malone, Virginia Nelson, Xio Axelrod, Christi Barth, Andie J. Christopher, Kim Golden, Lena Hart, Desiree Holt, Robin Kaye, Katie Kenyhercz, Heather Long, Kate Meader, Angi Morgan, Susan Scott Shelley, Misty D. Waters

20% of royalties from sales of Hot on Ice will go to Homes for our Troops, a charity that builds specially modified homes for injured veterans.

Description:
Wow! Some of the hottest romance authors have banded together to write a hockey romance anthology for charity about a whole team of hockey players who win The Cup and fall in love in some hot, sexy stories.

Review:
Ok – now that I’ve finished fanning my face – because wowsers, i’m pretty sure Hot on Ice, may have melting the ice that the Cajun Rage played on when they won the cup. Pardon me in advance because I may go slightly fan girl during the course of this review (I mean, because with all these awesome authors – who wouldn’t!!). I will prefer this review with admitting that I always find it hard to write reviews for anthologies (especially ones with 18 different contributions) – because who wants to read a review that could run to multiple pages long…so I’m just going to hit a few highlights – but all I can say – is go and buy this book now! you won’t regret it (and if you do…well…ummm, yeah I got nada).

I love seeking out anthologies with multiple authors like this because its rare that a) I either know all the authors or b) all the authors are new to me – so I frequently get exposure both to new stories by old favorites (yes, I’m looking at you Kimberly Kincaid, Avery Flynn and Robin Covington) and well as new authors to check out (everyone that isn’t the afore mentioned 3 favorites!). For me the success of this anthology was the basis of how all the stories were partly inter-related – focusing around a championship winning hockey team and then each author taking their unique storytelling abilities from there.

Please don’t ask me to pick my favorite story in the anthology because I CAN’T! I mean, all things being equal – I can see myself going back and re-reading all the books in the anthology again in the future. So do yourself a favor, run, don’t walk to your nearest favorite ebook retailer and buy Hot on Ice!

Buy Links:
Amazon – http://amzn.to/2jFsJg8
iBooks: http://apple.co/2fOCS8g
B&N: http://bit.ly/2gC6ceJ
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2ggBnyg

Giveaway Link – click here to enter into a rafflecopter giveaway (chance to win a $25 Amazon Giftcard!)

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2017 in Blog Tour, Book Review, Review

 

Blog Tour – Caught in the Crossfire

caught in the crossfireCaught in the Crossfire
Author: Juliann Rich

Review Copy Provided by Publisher via RABT

Description:
Two boys at Bible camp; one forbidden love.

That is the dilemma sixteen-year-old Jonathan Cooper faces when he goes away to Spirit Lake Bible Camp, an oasis for teen believers situated along Minnesota’s rugged north shore. He is expecting a summer of mosquito bites, bonfires with s’mores, and photography classes with Simon, his favorite counselor, who always helps Jonathan see his life in perfect focus.

What he isn’t expecting is Ian McGuire, a new camper who openly argues against phrases like pray the gay away. Ian is certain of many things, including what could happen between them if only Jonathan could surrender to his feelings. Jonathan, however, tosses in a storm of indecision between his belief in God and his inability to stay away from Ian. When a real storm hits and Ian is lost in it, Jonathan is forced to make a public decision that changes his life.

Review:
I’ll admit that I’ve enjoyed pretty much every book i’ve read that has been published by Bold Strokes Books, so when Caught in the Crossfire showed up on the blog tour list, I was intrigued by the description and knew that the publisher would give me a good read, so I opted in. One of thing that intrigued me about the book was how the author was going to handle the conflict between the LGBT coming of age theme and the religious setting (a teenage bible camp). I will admit that I was kind of ambivalent because often it turns into a demonization of either one or the other points of view – so seeing how the author handled the situation was going to be important to my overall enjoyment of the book.

But when I picked up my kindle and started reading, I was sucked it – it wasn’t a long book (less than 200pgs), which meant that it only took me a metro ride and a half (to/from work and then from again) to read it. There was something relatable about Jonathan and Ian and I don’t even fall into the LGBT demographic, but they were people that I think most teens or even adults could identify with, even if they aren’t going through the same struggles. I also found that the author did a good job of not demonizing the religious perspective, she tried to present a view that took into consideration both the positives and negatives of the current perceptions about how the church treats homosexual individuals – I liked the difference between the supportive and unsupportive camp counselors and how their interpretations of the bible differed. I could tell that the author had done her research into the various perspectives that are out there.

Overall, I gave Caught in the Crossfire (which looking back is a great title) 4 stars. The characters were relatable and the conflict in the story presented in a way that was fulfilling without being over-emotional (if that makes sense). I’d recommend it to people interested in YA GLBT titles, in particular, those who know individuals struggling with conflict as they explore the idea of self-identity. I can’t wait to read the next book when it comes out in September, to see what happens to Jonathan after he leaves bible camp.

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2014 in Blog Tour

 

Blog Tour – Hit & Run Bride

hit run bride
Hit & Run Bride
Nana Malone & Misty Evans

Dangerous Intersection Ahead

Marketing analyst Becca Daniels has a life that looks good on paper – a coveted promotion in an exciting new city and a successful, handsome fiancé. But with her Hawaiian honeymoon fast approaching, she has to face her biggest fear…water. She can’t swim. On her way to her first swimming lesson, however, she veers left instead of right and nearly runs over her hot, new instructor.

Caution: Rising Waters

Liam Caldwell has put his life on hold to look after his sick mother. The last thing he needs is the hit-and-run brunette who ruined his motorcycle disrupting the adult swim class. But from the first lesson, he realizes there’s more to the curvy, smart-mouthed Becca than meets the eye, and no matter what he does, he can’t resist her luscious lips and her driving determination.

No U-turn

With each lesson, Becca discovers that what looks good on paper isn’t making her happy. Should she play it safe in the shallow end with her career and fiancé? Or should she dive into deep waters with a man who offers passion and freedom like she’s never imagined?

About the Authors:
Nana Malone
Nana’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin. It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters.

Waiting for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, in the meantime Nana works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is. Though, until that ninja job comes through, you’ll find her acting out scenes for hubby, baby and puppy while catching up on her favorite reality television shows in sunny San Diego.

Misty Evans
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Misty Evans has published over twenty novels and writes romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. As a writing coach, she helps other authors bring their books – and their dreams of being published – to life.

Misty likes her coffee black, her conspiracy stories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, movies, and hanging out with her husband, twin sons, and two spoiled puppies.

Excerpt:

Understanding slowly dawned on her face. “I’m floating? All on my own?”

He nodded, and she froze. Down went her ass, and up went her arms, windmilling like before. This time, however, he was prepared. He swooped in with one arm and snagged her waist to keep her from sinking.

A repeat of their past chest-to-chest mamba occurred, only this time, she didn’t beat him with her fists. “I’m never going to swim, am I?”

He made sure she was steady on her feet, then headed for the edge of the pool.

“Wait right there.”

He climbed out of the pool and grabbed a kickboard. On the way past the bench, he snagged her flippers. Back in the water, he lifted her up and sat her on the edge, then slipped the flippers on her feet.

“What are you doing?” she asked.

“Just hang with me.” After securing the flippers, he lifted her back into the water and demonstrated how to use the kickboard. He kicked back to her and handed her the board. “Your turn.”

Hesitantly, she fingered the board. “I don’t know about this.”

“I do.” He wrapped one hand around her arm and the other around her waist. “I’ve got you. Now do exactly what I did. Ready?”

She shook her head but held the board out in front of her. “Should I hum?”

“What?”

“Should I hum? You know, like when you taught me to blow bubbles.”

He laughed. “Whatever rocks your world, Becca.”

She smiled. “Are you making fun of me?”

“Never.” He positioned her in the water, kept her from sinking. “Now kick those legs, hard.”

With his help, she scooted across the pool from one side to the other. Her face morphed into that self-satisfied look she got every time she accomplished something.

She lowered her feet and nearly jumped up and down in the water. “I did it. I kinda, sorta swam!”

“Yep.” He enjoyed seeing that look on her face, and the bobbing up and down in the water wasn’t terrible either. “You did.”

“Oh, my God, thank you!” She threw her arms around his neck, bringing those luscious, wet curves into full body contact. Her flippers nailed his ankles as she tried to stand on his feet.

And then, without warning, she brushed his cheek with a kiss. “Thank you. I don’t know what to say.” She went to kiss him again, except he moved his face, and her lips,
thank you, Jesus, landed on his.

They were wet and warm, and oh, so soft. When she didn’t pull away, he lingered there, tasting, and hoping she didn’t knee him in the balls.

Her body relaxed into his, her lips parting on a sigh. “I…uh…”

Pull back. Huge breach of teacher-student relations. His hands were one thing, supporting her in the water, but there was no way he should have his lips anywhere on
her body.

But he didn’t push her away. No sir, Alex would have been proud. Liam wrapped his arms around Becca and kissed her again.

She responded, pressing her breasts against his chest. And then, like a light switch, she jerked away, putting distance between them. “What am I doing?” she said, rubbing her fingers over her lips.

“I’m sorry,” he said. “That was completely unprofessional, and it will never happen again.”

Seemingly tongue-tied, she sputtered. Cleared her throat, and tried again. “It’s not you. It’s uhm…I, uh…I got excited, and sometimes I do really stupid things when I’m
excited.”

Stupid things. Kissing him being one of them. Okay, then. Their time was nearly up. “One more time across?”

Swimming got in a person’s blood. He’d seen it a hundred times with the kids—and adults—he’d trained. Even the smallest taste of that kind of freedom made people long
for more.

“That would be awesome.” Becca grabbed the kickboard and avoided his eyes.

“I’m psyched.”

He was too. He only had to remember to keep his hands to himself.

Buy Links:
Hit & Run Bride (Hit & Run Bride Contemporary Romance Series Book 1) (Amazon)
Hit & Run Bride (Barnes and Noble)

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2014 in Blog Tour

 

Blog Tour – Love Comes Home – Andrew Grey

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Love Comes Home (Senses #3)
Andrew Grey

Review Copy Provided as part of Blog Tour

Review
A couple of weeks ago I was approached by a publicist asking me if I would be interested in participating in a blog tour for the release of Andrew Grey’s new book in his senses series, each one of which deals with an individual in the story, either a main character or a secondary one, who is dealing with the loss of a specific sense. After having had the pleasure of meeting Andrew at GayRomLit in New Mexico in 2012, I readily agreed. He was a hoot to hang out with and while I haven’t read a lot of his books, the ones that I have, I have enjoyed in different ways.

While Love Comes Home is book 3 in the senses series, it can easily be read without reading the previous books, which I did. There were a few characters from previous books who made appearances but it wasn’t detrimental to the understanding of the story. I will say that this felt less like a romance, and in some places more of a social commentary on the integration of blind children into society and learning to cope with being blind. I felt like the relationship between Greg and Tom took a backseat to the needs of Greg’s son who had gone blind. Which normally wouldn’t bug me, but if its a romance novel, I expect a bit more romance than I got.

But Andrew does have a way of taking out your heart and twisting it into millions of little pieces. I felt for Davey and Andrew’s ability to describe what Davey was going through as he was going blind sucked me in. I would actually really like to see a book written from Davey’s POV, maybe like a YA coming of age (although he was fairly young) – because from my experience, good portrayals of individuals dealing with disabilities is lacking within the current fiction realm. Although, I will say that I thought Tom was too pushy when it came to dealing with Davey, considering that he was essentially the interloper. It just felt too forced for me and like he needed to show that he had lots of money, which kind of made me dislike him a bit – I know that he was trying to be nice, but it just rubbed me the wrong way.

Overall I gave Love Comes Home 3.5 stars, but rounding down to 3 on Goodreads. It was a good read, but there were enough things in it to irk me that I felt 3.5 was a fair rating.

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Blog Tour

 

Blog Tour/Interview and Excerpt – Nothing Personal – Rosalind James

rosalind jamesAbout Rosalind:
Rosalind James is the author of the Kindle-bestselling “Escape to New Zealand” series (currently five titles strong), as well as the new U.S.-based “Kincaids” series. Her first book,”Just This Once,” has sold tens of thousands of copies in the year since it was published, eventually reaching #85 in the Amazon store. A marketing professional and publishing industry veteran, Rosalind has lived all over the United States and in a number of other countries, traveling with her civil engineer husband. Most recently, she spent several years in Australia and New Zealand, where she fell in love with the people, the landscape, and the culture of both countries. She loves trying new things in her writing, most recently the mystery and suspense in “Nothing Personal.”
Rosalind credits her rapid success to the fact that “lots of people would like to escape to New Zealand! I know I did!”

Interview with Rosalind:
Which of your seven books is your favorite?
That changes all the time. This latest one, “Nothing Personal,” just consumed me. I got to do some mystery and suspense, which I loved, and Alec and Desiree took me over. This book poured out of me in a furious blur, like nothing since “Just for Now.”

What’s your publishing story?
After I finished my first two books, I tried the traditional thing, submitted to 38 different agents and publishers, got pretty discouraged. Three expressed interest, all ultimately said no. The problem seemed to be, “New Zealand rugby? Huh? Tough hook!” And I knew it was a GREAT hook! I KNEW it!

Besides, I’d had a 20-year career in publishing, 10 of those years in marketing, and I figured I should be able to figure out the self-publishing thing if anybody could. I sold 2,000 ebooks the first month, 20,000 ebooks the fifth month, had a magical hour where I outranked Nora Roberts, published the paperbacks, and a year and four more books later, it’s still going great. Guess those folks were wrong . . . not that I’m gloating, LOL. Thank goodness for Amazon!

What’s your writing routine?
I’d like to give you some rational, reasonable schedule, but the fact is, once a book grabs me, I’m working all the time. Just ask my poor husband–if it weren’t for pizza, he’d have wasted away by now. I lost six pounds in the six weeks it took me to write “Nothing Personal.”

You’re best known for your “Escape to New Zealand” series. What research did you do to make sure the setting was real and vivid for your readers?
Swam in the ocean a lot and drank lots of coffees and traveled all around and did lots of fun outdoors things in beautiful places, and watched a lot of rugby in pubs. Sigh. It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it.

Seriously, I’d say, just lived there. The longer you’re there, the more Kiwi culture seeps into your bones. The Maori influence, the geographical isolation (it’s just so FAR from everywhere), the sheer physical beauty of the place, they’re all part of it. You end up with this emphasis on family, the land (and the sea), hard work, and . . . well, I’d describe it as being a “regular person,” no matter who or what you are. Not being a jerk. Oh, and rugby.

All your heroes in that series are rugby players. Why rugby?
Umm . . . Google “All Blacks haka.” Go on. I’ll wait.

Yeah. Well. Tight jerseys, short shorts, full contact, big muscles, the “regular person” deal combined with the fact that the All Blacks (NZ’s national rugby team) are NZ’s version of movie stars—and the best team in the world. The pressure of that in a country of 4.5 million people, about 4 million of whom will recognize you walking down the street—and will come up to shake your hand, ask for an autograph or a picture, and you’ll be expected to smile and SAY YES. It’s life in a fishbowl, and good behavior is expected. Pretty different from the lives of athletes in other countries, and I just found it fascinating to think about what it would be like to be that person.

On the other hand, “Welcome to Paradise” is totally different, a spin on reality television. What inspired the plotline? Why 1885?
I wanted to write a story about brothers—guys’ relationships make me laugh. Somehow I got the idea to put them on a reality show. I’m from Idaho, and I have farm connections, so doing a show about living like pioneers in 1885 was a pretty easy leap. I got to interview some older folks who grew up on farms and whose parents did too, almost back to those times, and my awesome, handsome bull-rider nephew did things like going out and throwing an axe for me. I texted him, “If you have an axe throwing challenge how far can you throw it,” and he texted back, “One handed or two?” That cracked me up. (Axes are HEAVY.)

Why do you write love stories?
Romantic love is such a powerful and beautiful thing. But I try to write about more than that too–about those pivotal moments when you make the big, scary decisions, when you change, when your life changes. I also love writing about parents and children, sisters and brothers, friends, the love of country and place. Sometimes when we say “love,” we forget about all the different kinds of love that enrich our lives. Two of my books, “Just for Now” and “Just for Fun,” are very much about fatherhood and motherhood. Plus, kids are funny.

What type of person is your ideal heroine? Your ideal hero?
Heroine: Strong, with a backbone. Doesn’t necessarily mean she’s “tough”: several of my heroines are very gentle and sweet, but they all have a core of fortitude, character, endurance.

Hero: No question I write alpha males! But not jerks I hope–because to me, a strong man doesn’t need to hurt or control anyone else, especially a woman, to feel like a man. (I’m not talking about what kind of sex you have. That’s a whole different thing, though for me, reading or writing, it has to be explicitly consensual. And role-playing and having fun are one thing, real degradation and pain are another, and not someplace I go. And it has to include condoms!)

I suppose the main thing I like to both read AND write in characters is just basic decency, being a person who’s trying hard to do the right thing, even if you mess up.

What’s next?
Another New Zealand book, I think. I have an idea floating around in there. But Alec and Desiree have to leave my head first!

Nothing Personal Excerpt:

Excerpt:
She’d spooned up every bit of the rich broth, the chunks of beef and vegetables, had dipped a second and then a third piece of bread in olive oil. Alec had watched it all without comment, while dispatching his own dinner with an alacrity that confirmed to Desiree that he really hadn’t had dinner yet tonight.

And when they’d finished, he’d insisted, together with Giuseppe—of course the waiter’s name was Giuseppe, because this wasn’t romantic enough, the white tablecloth and the single red rose and the candle and the worn brick against her shoulder—he’d insisted that she order cannoli for dessert.

“Just one,” he coaxed. “If you don’t want it, you don’t have to eat a single bite. But I think you need to taste whipped cream tonight.”

“Don’t you think she needs some whipped cream?” he demanded of the waiter, who smiled back at him, sensing, Desiree thought through a satisfied haze of red wine, succulent beef, and way too much potent testosterone, a truly magnificent tip.

“Definitely, the signorina needs whipped cream,” Giuseppe agreed. “And we have the best.”

She wasn’t sure how you had better whipped cream than anyone else, but when the dessert arrived, she had to concede that this was the best.

Amaretto, one still-sane corner of her practical brain suggested, but that sensible voice was drowned out, oh so rapidly, by the sensation on her tongue, the silky smoothness of cream, the almond sweetness of the liqueur, the delicate drift of pastry and the deep dark pleasure of chocolate. And Alec, watching her as she allowed the rich concoction to drift between her lips, over her tongue, down her throat. Watching her, enjoying the sight of her enjoying herself, as if it were his tongue. His throat.
By the time he’d slapped a hand against the door of the cab that had again been waiting when they’d stepped out of the restaurant’s front door, leaped back onto the sidewalk and raised that same hand in farewell, she’d been so lost in fatigue, wine, and lust that she could only sit back against the scarred leather and thank heaven that she hadn’t actually kissed him. Or begged him.

Rosalind in Social Media:
Website: http://www.rosalindjames.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rosalindjamesbooks
Twitter: @rosalindjames5

Nothing Personal Purchase Links:
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Rosalind’s Other Books (with Purchase Links):
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Posted by on November 12, 2013 in Blog Tour

 

Blog Tour – Attachment Strings – Chris T. Kat (Part 2)

attachment stringsAs a follow-up to the post from earlier today with my review of Attachment Strings, and an excerpt for you guys, Chris T. Kat kindly agreed to answer some questions for me in an interview. And since I like my randomness when it comes to asking questions – you just never know what is going to come up 😉

1. If we were to get a peek at your nightstand (or wherever you keep books you are currently reading), what books/authors would we see?
You’d see “Urban Shaman” by Lyn Gala (which is what I’m currently reading) and Tali Spencer’s “Thick as Thieves” (which will be up next).

2. What is the one piece of advice you would give to an aspiring writer?
Write the story that’s in your heart and mind and don’t bother with trends.

3. Are you a planner or a pant-ser when it comes to your writing?
It’s a little bit of both. I have rough outlines and follow them but I don’t mind changing my plans if the story demands it.

4. Do you have any superstitions when it comes to writing? (same times, same place, certain habits?)
Nope, no superstitions. I’m just not an evening or night-writer, so I only write in the mornings.

5. Who would you say are your author inspirations/role-models?
I don’t have any role-models but I have some favorite authors. I especially like Dean Koontz because his plots are unique, often tinged with something paranormal, and really resonate with me. I like it when an author explores different genres.

6. If you could have dinner with any person, dead or alive, who would it be?
That’s a hard question! I guess you’re waiting for me to name a celebrity? I have no idea! Would it be okay if I said I’d love to have dinner with my husband? Just him and me—that would be great. 🙂

Thanks again Chris for answering my questions.

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2013 in Blog Tour

 

Blog Tour – Attachment Strings – Chris T. Kat (Part 1)

I’d like to that RABT for allowing me to participate in this blog tour 😉

attachment stringsAttachment Strings
Author: Christ T. Kat
Series: #1 in the Jeff Woods series

Description:
Detective Jeff Woods and his partner have a new case. Someone has been making threatening phone calls to the mayor’s daughter, vowing to kill her disabled child. Though there have been accidents at the girl’s school-enough to take the threats seriously-the facts are few, and leads are sparse.

Needing a breather from the burden of the case, Jeff heads to a bar, where he meets Alex Fisher. Alex isn’t his type, but he’s young and cocky and perfect for a one-night stand. Or two. Soon Jeff starts thinking about how difficult and lonely it is being a cop, and that maybe Alex could fill a void in his life. But Alex has his own obligations: a disabled brother who is the target of threatening letters.

Jeff isn’t sure he’s ready to play house or overcome his prejudices, but he begins to think Alex might be worth it. Caught between his growing affection and his inner demons, Jeff struggles to focus on the case and protect Alex and his brother as the danger builds.

Review:
I’ve read quite a bit of m/m romance over the years, some with a singular focus on the romance, and others where romance and mystery/suspense play hand in hand. So going in to Attachment Strings (which by the way the title is really cute) – I wasn’t sure which to expect. I have to admit that I was hoping for more of a mystery (a la Josh Lanyon and the Adrien English books) – but ultimately i felt like the romance was the highlight – don’t get me wrong, it was cute and all – I just wanted something more especially considering that this is book 1 in a series – I’m just not sure where the relationship is going to go…

I did think that the author did a good job with the characterization of Jeff Woods when he met not only Alex (his love interest), but also Sean, Alex’s brother who is severely disabled. I though she was able to highlight the awkwardness that lots of people (I know I do for sure) feel/experience around someone who is disabled for initial time period – it seems like so often in other books, everyone just rolls with it, but that doesn’t seem all that realistic to me.

Overall, I gave the story a solid 3 stars and I will be checking out more books by the author in the future. it might have been 4 stars, but the mystery was tied up to quickly for me in the end – and I had figured out who it was fairly early on in the lead up to the various events.

See below for an excerpt from the book:

Excerpt:
I parked near Snake Alley, though not near enough to rouse suspicion if anyone saw my car. I was there early, especially for a Friday night. I hadn’t been to this particular club in a while. The Lion’s Den—whoever had named the club was nuts. But that’s just my humble opinion. Maybe the name was supposed to be a very clever wordplay. Or just a nice paraphrase for ‘meat market’. Because that’s what it was. Strangely enough, a lot of the men didn’t get that it was a meat market; they believed in finding their true love here. Damn fools.

I found a good place at the bar and ordered a beer. It wasn’t crowded and from my spot I could overlook the dance floor, most of the bar, and the entrance. Once a cop, always a cop.

For a while, I sipped my beer and let my gaze wander. Around ten the club was filling and I had narrowed down my options to three guys. All of them were tall, broad-shouldered men, able to take it a bit rough.

I fended off a few other guys, though it was a nice ego-boost to be popular. None of the guys who advanced on me were my type: too small, too young, and way too cheerful. I had just finished my beer and decided to try my luck with my main prey, a dark-haired, beefy looking man, when a hand landed on my arm.

“Mind if I buy you another beer?”

I turned around with a frown in place. I was face to face—well, almost face to face, the guy was maybe two or three inches shorter than me—with a very young man. He smiled at me, showing off a line of white teeth, and I blinked. When I was done blinking, I pointedly looked at his hand on my arm, but he didn’t get the hint.

His hand stayed where it was as he ordered two beers. I found myself steered back onto the stool I had just vacated. He sat down on the stool next to me and finally withdrew his hand. Only to hold it out to me. “Hi, I’m Alex. Pleasure to meet you.”

I ignored his outstretched hand. “Thanks for the beer but I’m not interested.”

“You’re not?”

“No.” I wasn’t interested at all. This guy was way too young and absolutely not my type. Fair-haired and slender in built, almost delicate. I grimaced. He would find someone who’d appreciate his looks; there were a lot of men who’d be pleased with someone like him. It just wasn’t going to be me.

“No? Really? You don’t even know me.”

“I’m not here to get to know anyone.”

“Well, neither am I.”

I snorted. “Why did you sound so offended then?”

Alex answered with a shrug. “I’m not used to getting turned down, that’s all.”

Arrogant little prick. I patted his shoulder in a there-there gesture. “You’ll get used to it.”

“No, I won’t. I observed you for an hour and I want you. There’s no one with you, so I don’t get what the problem is.”

My eyes narrowed again. He had observed me for an hour and I hadn’t sensed it? Either I was drunk, which was very unlikely, or I needed to pay better attention to my surroundings. I took great offense at having been spied on without my knowledge. “Kid, do yourself a favor and pick up someone else. I’m not interested, but I can point out at least two men who are.”

“I can point out at least four men who are interested in me, but I don’t care about them. I already made my decision.”

The kid was incredibly arrogant. It should have been annoying but instead I was amused. He had balls and I liked that. “You did? Tell you what, I made a decision myself and it didn’t include you.”

“That’s only because you didn’t see me before.”

I laughed. “I haven’t met someone that snotty in quite a while.”

He grinned at me. “At least it got your attention.”

The bartender placed our beers in front of us and we both reached for them. We clinked the glasses together before we both turned around to stare at the dance floor. From the corner of my eyes I inspected Alex more closely. The blondness of his hair bordered on white. He had it slicked back, though it was already starting to curl up on the nape of his neck. A loose strand repeatedly fell onto his forehead. Unsuccessfully, he tried to tame it.

He caught me glancing at him when he tried to tuck the stray hair behind his ear. A light flush crept up in his cheeks while he muttered, “It never stays where I put it.”

“That’s why you put a pound of gel into it?”

The light flush turned into a deep red. “It wasn’t a pound, only half of a bottle.”

I grinned at him andstretched out my hand. He took it immediately. “Hi Alex, I’m Jeff.”
“Jeff,” he repeated.

His gaze wandered to our joined hands. His hand almost vanished in mine. There were no calluses on his and the skin was baby-soft. Usually, I would have turned and run away. Oddly enough, I found myself stroking my thumb over the knuckles of his hand.

After swallowing heavily several times, Alex looked at me. “You got big hands.”

“Yep.”

“I bet you know how to use them.”

“I do.”

“You need to show me. Really soon.”

I smirked. Even though he wasn’t my type, he was good for my ego. It had been a long time since anyone had looked at me with such open hunger. I said, “I might do that.”

“You might? Didn’t you listen when I told you that you’re it for me tonight?”

“Don’t push your luck. At the very least I’m reconsidering.”

“You like that I’m pushy.”

“No, I don’t. It’s amusing, though.”

“Oh.” He sounded vaguely embarrassed. Maybe now he’d shut up for a while.
He did, but never let go of my hand. Instead, he came to stand at my other side and looped his free arm loosely around my waist. I raised an eyebrow questioningly.

“So far you’re only reconsidering. I’m making the best of it.”

I hope you guys enjoyed the excerpt and my review. Stay tuned for later on in the day when I’ll be posting some answers from an interview with Chris T. Kat 😉

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2013 in Blog Tour