Release Week Blitz: Fatal Threat by Marie Force

FATAL THREAT, a romantic thriller title that is part of the Fatal series by Marie Force, went live on Tuesday. Check out an excerpt and the buy links below.


FATAL THREAT by Marie Force

The 11th romantic thriller title in the Fatal Series.

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“Fans of Scandal and House of Cards will love the Fatal Series.” —New York Times bestselling author Cindy Gerard

Don’t miss the next chapter in the New York Times bestselling series from Marie Force! Read the electrifying romantic suspense novel that everyone is talking about!

It’s just another day at the office for Washington Metro Police lieutenant Sam Holland when a body surfaces off the shores of the Anacostia River. But before Sam can sink her teeth into the new case, Secret Service agents seize her from the crime scene.

A threat has been made against her family, but nobody will tell her anything—including the whereabouts of her husband, Vice President Nick Cappuano. This isn’t the first time the couple’s lives have been at risk, but when a bombshell from Sam’s past returns to haunt her, she can’t help but wonder if there’s a connection.

With a ruthless killer out for vengeance, and Nick struggling to maintain his reputation after secrets from his own past are revealed, Sam works to tie the threat to a murder that can’t possibly be a coincidence. And she has to get it done before her husband’s career is irrevocably damaged…


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“Thank you, Brant,” Sam said to the agent in charge of Nick’s Secret Service detail.

“You’re welcome.” Brant paused before he added, “I know we’ve had this conversation before, Mrs. Cappuano, but I really recommend that you have a detail until we’re certain we’ve contained this threat.”

“I appreciate the recommendation, but I’ll be providing my own security through my team here. I’ll be accompanied by other armed officers everywhere I go. There’s no need to be redundant.”

“Redundant,” Nick muttered with a grunt that would’ve been laughter if the subject matter hadn’t been so grave. “Brant is suggesting added precaution, not redundancy.”

“It’s not necessary,” Sam said, digging in. The last fucking thing she needed was to be escorted around by federal agents. She may as well hang up her badge if that was going to be her reality.

“On that we disagree, my love,” Nick said. “But I’m not going to waste everyone’s time fighting a losing battle. Brant, we appreciate your thoroughness and ask you to keep us posted on the situation.”

“Will do, sir. I’ll wait for you outside.”

When they were alone, Sam looked up at Nick. “I know what you’re going to say, and—”

Nick kissed her hard. “I’ll see you at home later. Let me know if anything pops in the investigation.”

“That’s it? That’s all you’re going to say?”

“That’s it.”


“What does that mean?”

“You surprise me.”

He threw his head back and laughed. “Then my day is officially made. I’ve managed to surprise my shrewd, sexy wife.”

“I thought you were going to do the whole alpha-dog lift-your-leg thing and demand I have a detail.”

“Sorry to disappoint you on the leg lifting, babe, but we have a deal. Would I like you to have a detail? Abso-fucking-lutely. Do I understand why you won’t allow it? Yeah, I get it. Doesn’t mean I like it, but I get it.” He kissed her forehead and then her lips. “Now, we’ve both got stuff to do, so let’s get to it so we can get to the best part of the day.”

“Which is?”

His lips were a heartbeat away from hers when he said, “The part where you crawl into bed with me and rub your naked self all over me.”




Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of 60 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the name of M.S. Force. All together, her books have sold 6 million copies worldwide!

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.

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Release Blitz + 5 Star Review: Big Shot by Kim Karr


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Big Shot

Sexy Jerk World – Book 2

By Kim Karr


Ten years ago I had no idea what I wanted out of life, until I met Hannah Michaels. She was a computer-engineering student ready to conquer the social media world, and I was smitten. Even though I knew she was taken, I had to have her.

Being the big shot that I was, I didn’t let her status stand in my way. It wasn’t long before my hands were on her thighs and my name a whisper on her lips. This smart, sexy girl inspired me to greatness, helped me grow into the kind of man I never knew I wanted to be. The man I am today.

Too bad I hadn’t grown fast enough to keep her.

Moving on wasn’t easy, but I knew I had to let her go. Eventually, I found someone to share my days and nights with, and together we had a daughter. My life was nearly perfect until my world turned upside down.

A single father has challenges, and one of those is learning how to calmly deal with your child coming home in tears. I had no idea the day I pounded on my daughter’s classmate’s door, Hannah would be the one standing on the other side.

The wild, burning desire that rushed through my veins was unwanted, and yet impossible to ignore. Letting her in meant so much more this time around. Guilt hit me like a hammer. I hated myself. I hated her. The problem was I really didn’t hate her—I wanted her more than ever.

But this time around, I can’t have her.

This time it’s my status that stands in our way—and going up against myself just might be the hardest thing I’ve ever done.



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Michel’s Review

It’s no secret that I am a huge Kim Karr fan.  I love her writing.  She has the unique ability to think outside of the box and take predictable plots to another level.  She also gives her characters complex personalities that come as a surprise as their character develops in a book.  I can honestly say that Big Shot is one of my favorite books by her so far.

Readers were introduced to Jace in Sexy Jerk.  Besides being a successful businessman, he is a single father and widower.  Readers were able to get a glimpse of him while he was bogged down with his grief and maneuvering parenthood.  We also got to see a bit of his kinky side as well, when he becomes the third in his best friend’s bedroom.  The impressions readers were left with were intriguing.  We knew there had to be more to this man than what was initially presented.  It all goes back to ten years ago when he was a college student and fell hopelessly in love with his best friend’s girl.  The twisted love triangle ended badly and none of them got their happily ever after.  They all moved on in life and found their special someone to build a future with.  Unfortunately for Jace, his happily ever after was ended abruptly and he was left alone with his darling daughter. His main focus in life is raising her.  When a bully from school upsets his daughter he does what any good parent does, he takes control of the situation.  When he confronts the bully’s parent he’s in for a complete surprise.  It was the girl he fell hopelessly in love with and lost ten years ago.  He doesn’t want to want her and he can’t stay away.  This time around he has life experience, maturity, and better coping mechanisms in his arsenal.  He’s not going to let Hannah get away this time but first he has to let go of his grief.

Hannah never thought she would see Jace again after college.  When he turns up on her doorstep angry and defensive, she’s shocked.  Dealing with him on a daily basis through their children’s school functions is manageable.  What makes it worse is she was hired to work for his company.  Now she has to deal with him at work.  She’s not the same girl she once was.  Her future took a very different path and now her priorities are making a good life for her and her son.

Hannah and Jace can’t stay away from one another.  This time there isn’t a third person in the bedroom to hold back their insatiable passion for one another.  The only thing standing in their way is themselves.  They will have to choose how they want to mold their futures.  The choice may be what fate intended for them all along.

The only thing I can say is I LOVED THIS BOOK!  Kim Karr explored all the emotions that most authors don’t touch upon in menage type romances.  She showed the other side of the passion and the realities of the emotional repercussions.

I would highly recommend this book!

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Reader * Writer * Coffeelover * Romantic

Kim is a daydreamer. So much so that if daydreaming could be a hobby it would be her favorite. It’s how her stories are born and how they take root. An imagination that runs wild is something to be thankful for, and she is very thankful. 🙂

She grew up in New York and now lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She’s always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, she wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. She went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise her family. Kim currently works part-time with her husband and with the rest of her time embraces one of her biggest passions–writing.

Kim wears a lot of hats! Writer, book-lover, wife, soccer-mom, taxi driver, and the all around go-to person of her family. However, she always finds time to read.

She likes to believe in soul mates, kindred spirits, true friends, and Happily-Ever-Afters. She loves to drink champagne, listen to music, and hopes to always stay young at heart.

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Release Blitz + Excerpt + Review : Illicit by M. N. Forgy – Sin City Outlaws Series – Book 4


Sin City Outlaws Series – Book 4

By M. N. Forgy

Release Date: July 27, 2017

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I’m an animal, a member of the Sin City Outlaws motorcycle club that isn’t capable of human compassion. So I’ve been told anyway.

Raven is my club’s prisoner. I’ve been ordered to break her. It should be easy given my violent history. But being this close to a woman—this woman—for the first time in a long time, is like sharing company with the demon Lilith herself.

She’s my perfect toy. Filled with a dark rage. Blessed with perfected beauty. Sinfully sweet and wickedly divine. Everything about her solicits the demons inside me

I want to hear her screams. I want those big, dark eyes looking up at me—silently begging me for mercy. I want to be her heaven…and her hell.

My desire for her is forbidden. My infatuation is illicit. I’m betraying my club.

And if the wage of my sin is death, then this woman is going to get me killed.



“Kill me?” she whispers, her fingertips caressing my cheek. I want to push my body onto her, and feel her warmth against my skin one more time before I take her life and her body cools. I’m going to enjoy her. She’s dark and twisted.
I smile and bend down to get closer to her. Running my hand through her soft black hair I pet her, brushing her loose hairs away from her face. Fuck, I’m excited to play with her, hear her scream and watch her fear me. To quickly kill someone as pretty and smart as her would be a goddamn waste. Like breaking a toy before you got a chance to play with it, this needs to be done slowly.

“Oh no sweetheart, the fun is just about to start,” I threaten in a low whisper.

Something dark passes over her face, but she doesn’t break eye contact. It’s almost as if she sobers completely.

Suddenly a foot strikes me in the chest and I sail into the side of the van.

Michel’s Review

Illicit by M. N. Forgy is the fourth book in the Sin City Outlaws series.  Although this book is  a follow up of the aftermath of Retaliate, it can be read as a stand alone. I must warn readers there are graphic violent scenes and the author doesn’t sugar coat the outlaw biker life style.

The Sin City Outlaws are at war with the mafia, both factions want to rule Vegas.  Cross has betrayed the Sin City Outlaws and the mafia .  They both want to take him down.  One woman holds the key to getting to Cross and they have taken her prisoner after she tried to kill Alessandra.  Raven is their prisoner and they have put their most brutal enforcer in charge of getting answers.  Machete has no conscience and a deep need to hurt others.  He’s going to take great pleasure in breaking his beautiful prisoner.  What he didn’t count on was she was just as twisted and bent as he was.  She thrived on pain.  Together they are the perfect pair, a little bit crazy and a little bit sane.

The lines have been drawn and war has been waged.  Machete has to break Raven fast because time is running out.  The club whores are dying, the mafia wants their due, and Sin City Outlaws wants their city back.

M. N. Forgy once again wrote a very intense romance and proved that every person is capable of loving.  I can’t wait to see where this series leads.

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As the president of the Sin City Outlaw Motorcycle Club, l I fuck as hard as I ride and rarely go to bed alone.

The women are fast and the violence is intense.

I excel in both.

People either respect me or fear me. I’m not arrogant. It’s just the truth.

I was a king, reigning over Vegas without complication, until one gorgeous sheriff made everything fall apart.

When I saw her, I became a Neanderthal, wanting nothing more than to be between those legs.

I guess that’s where I went wrong, because my reality was shot to hell real

fucking fast.

One kiss caused her to step over that blue line.

One night in her bed made me a traitor.

And now… we’re both screwed.



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I’m an outlaw. I don’t fall in love and I sure as fuck don’t run… Until Jillian McAdams.

I fell for a law abiding Sheriff, breaking my vows to my own club, and turning her against her family of blue.An outlaw and a sheriff, it can only end in one way… Mayhem.

Now we both have to pay the ultimate price for betraying our families.

I swore to kill my brother, his allegiance sworn to another club, if I ever saw him again.

Yet here I am running to him in hopes to save Jillian’s life…

We both will have to rewrite the rules we know to stay alive.

Even if it means we lose everything we had in doing so…


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Being the Vice President of the Sin City Outlaws Motorcycle Club comes with its perks.

Respect, power, and easy women whenever I want. I have control in everything I do.

Because of that, I wasn’t expecting my president to put me on babysitting duty, and on a female cop of all fucking people. I kill law enforcement, not protect them.

Alessandra pretends to be the good-guy hiding behind that shiny badge. But I see the darkness dancing in her eyes, and it draws me to her in the worst way. I want to devour that act of innocence, pull her over the line of justice, and into my bed.

I just wasn’t expecting the handful of secrets I got behind that badge of honor I ripped from her chest. Because now, we’re retaliating against a common enemy together.



About M. N. Forgy

m-n-forgyM.N. Forgy was raised in Missouri where she still lives with her family. She’s a soccer mom by day and a saucy writer by night. M.N. Forgy started writing at a young age but never took it seriously until years later, as a stay-at-home mom, she opened her laptop and started writing again. As a role model for her children, she felt she couldn’t live with the “what if” anymore and finally took a chance on her character’s story. So, with her glass of wine in hand and a stray Barbie sharing her seat, she continues to create and please her fans.



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Release Blitz: The Brightest Sunset by Aly Martinez – The Darkest Sunrise Duet – Book 2

Today we are sharing the release for The Brightest Sunset by Aly Martinez. This is the conclusion of a must-read contemporary romance duet, and is it available to read for FREE on KindleUnlimited!

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The Brightest Sunset (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #2)

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Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.


Words destroyed me.

“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”

“Daddy, he can’t breathe!”

“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.


Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.

Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.

“He’s gone.”

In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise.

“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”


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Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.




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New Release + Review: Exploited by A. Meredith Walters – Zero Day Series – Book 1


A Zero Day Romance – Book One

By A. Meredith Walters

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In this pulse-pounding novel from the bestselling author of Butterfly Dreams, a vigilante hacker plays a seductive game with the agent who’s chasing her online—and sharing her bed in real life.

At first glance, I’m nothing out of the ordinary. I am a daughter. A sister. A friend. When you look at me you won’t see anything that warrants suspicion. I don’t look like a criminal.

My name is Hannah Whalen, but most people know me as freed0mov3rdr1v3, or “Freedom Overdrive”—one of the world’s most prolific and notorious hacktivists. My goal—my purpose—is to shed light on the evil that lurks behind the corporate and government lies we have been force-fed for too long.

My story begins with the best possible intention. Devoting my life to exposing the corrupt. The dishonest. The unethical. For that, they label me a cyber-terrorist. Wanted by the FBI, I’ve always been one step ahead.

Until I fell in love.

Because I’m sleeping with the man who’s hunting me. And he has no idea that I am his prey. Now I have to decide what’s more important: my freedom or my heart.

Note: Exploited ends on a cliffhanger. Hannah’s story continues in Aftermath.


Michel’s Review

Exploited by A. Meredith Walters is the debut book  in the new Zero Day series.  This new series has a fresh storyline which focuses on cyber crimes and the elite underworld of hackers.  With the stroke of a key a person’s life can be ruined.  Corporations can be bankrupted.  Powerful secrets can be revealed.  The almighty hacker has the power to destroy the world without a warning.

Freedom Overdrive… aka freed0mov3rdr1v3… has gained notoriety in the cyber world as the hacktivist exposing powerful corporations known for their corrupt misdeeds and control over the ordinary peoples lives.  This cyber vigilante’s actions are untraceable and has eluded the FBI for years.  Freedom Overdrive’s activities have waned in the past two years but suddenly resurfaced in a big way and once again gaining attention in the cyber world as well as the FBI.

Hannah Whelan is Freedom Overdrive.  She’s on a mission to destroy those who have destroyed ordinary people and ordinary families.  Her motivations are pure.  She covers her tracks and is untraceable.  On the surface she’s appears to be an ordinary person that no one really notices.  She lives her life quietly, doesn’t socialize, doesn’t have friends or family relationships, and never allows anyone to become close with her.  Her focus is revenge for her family. Her secret world behind the keyboard is expertly hidden and off the radar.   When she steps outside her perfectly structured domain and teams up with another hacktivist, TOx1cwrath, it becomes  the biggest mistake of life.  Her perfectly structured world spirals out of control.

Hannah targeted FBI agent Mason Kohler to stay one step ahead of the FBI.  What she didn’t count on was falling in love with Mason.  She also underestimated his brilliance and dedication to his job. She also underestimated her shadow partner TOx1cwrath.

Between her relationship with Mason and her partnership with TOx1cwrath, her life is spiraling out of control.  Her lies are catching up to her.  Her over inflated ego is blinding her.  Her new shadow partner has outsmarted her and is destroying her with her own weapon of choice, the keyboard.  One stroke and Hannah is exposed.  Mason knows who she is.  Her shadow partner, TOx1cwrath, has set her up.  Who is TOx1cwrath?  Can she outsmart him and take him down before it’s too late.  Can she let go of her love for Mason to save her skin or will she be ruined by her own inflated ego?

I found this book very intriguing.  It had a different plot line that kept me turning the pages. A. Meredith Rogers did an excellent job portraying the cyber world without making it too overly complex for readers to follow.  There were a few blips in the overall plot that left me scratching my head wondering what I missed because there wasn’t enough explanations. One was why she targeted Mason in the first place because at that point her endeavors were untraceable.  The other thing that threw me off track was the build up of some of the potential characters who could possibly be TOx1cwrath.  There just wasn’t enough background to understand the hostility or motivations.  While Hannah was a different kind of book character I will say that she really wasn’t a nice person.  She treated people with indifference or hostility.  I had a hard time seeing the connection between her and Mason.  The one thing that kept me intrigued and turning the pages was all the possibilities that haven’t been revealed at this point.  My faith in A. Meredith Walter’s writing ability kept me invested in the story because she is known for creating complex characters and unpredictable plots.  I want to see what comes next because I feel this book is only scratching the surface.


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Aftermath – Book Two

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Can a thrilling love affair survive a scorched-earth cyber-war? The chase is online in the explosive conclusion to the Zero Day series from New York Times bestselling author A. Meredith Walters. 

Spoiler alert! The following reveals crucial plot points from Exploited.

I thought I had been so careful. I had planned, plotted, played the role, always staying hidden from the man who was hunting me. But now Mason Kohler knows who I really am. The cat has found the mouse—the agent has found the hacker.

And the worst part is, he thinks our love story is a lie.

I fell for him from the beginning. That was always real. But it doesn’t matter now. Mason’s waging a war against his heart, and he’s determined to bring me down at all costs. So now I live in fear, all because I was betrayed by someone I foolishly chose to trust.

See, all that time I thought I was exposing corruption, I was unknowingly conspiring with the worst kind of evil. Now, to prove myself to Mason and save what we have, I have one last hope. One obsession. I must learn the identity of my true enemy—the anonymous individual known as Toxicwrath—before it’s too late.



A.Meredith WaltersThe New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep series as well as the upcoming stand alone romance, Reclaiming the Sand, and a dark new adult series for Gallery Books.

A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.

When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of her very imaginative and extremely girly daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.

A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.



Release Day Blitz: All Or Nothing At All by Jennifer Probst

Today we are sharing the release of ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL by Jennifer Probst. This is the third novel in the Billionaire Builders series. Check out the buy links below. Stop by Jennifer’s facebook page for information on giveaways and more!

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All or Nothing at All by Jennifer Probst

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HGTV’s Property Brothers meets The Marriage Bargain in this third volume in the Billionaire Builders series, an all-new, heart-wrenching, and sexy contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.

Tristan Pierce left the family business to carve out a life of his own, but never forgot his passionate affair with the much younger, inexperienced Sydney Greene, or the hurtful breakup that tore him apart. When he’s forced to return home and face his past, will he be able to carve out a future, or will lies ruin his second chance at love?

Sydney Greene loved Tristan her entire life but when he left, he took not only her heart, but her trust along with him. Now that they’re together again, it’s time they both face the biggest secret of all…


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Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.
She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at


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Release Day Blitz: Well Built by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde


Well Built by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

Date of Publication: July 25, 2017



When it comes to women, sexy, well-built Kyle Coleman has always been a lover, not a fighter. His one exception? The sassy, tempting, smart-mouthed Ella Fisher. Her family and his are sworn enemies, which make the two of them off-limits—despite the fact that she’s inspired some of his dirtiest, most erotic fantasies for years. But when the lines between animosity and lust become irrevocably blurred one fateful evening, their one night stand leads to a very unexpected consequence—that changes everything between them forever.

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Ella flinched, and without thinking, she clutched on to Kyle’s arm with both of hers, one hand clamping tight around his bicep and the other around his forearm as she clung to him.  As if he sensed something was majorly wrong, he anchored her closer to his side and pulled her into the first alcove they came across, which was a boutique that was closed for the evening.  She gulped in a breath, feeling as though she couldn’t inhale enough oxygen into her lungs.

          “Jesus Christ, Ella.  You’re not okay,” he said, his voice gruff as he framed her face in his hands, his brows furrowed in worry.  “You’re shaking and on the verge of hyperventilating.”

          On top of everything else, she felt her cheeks heat with embarrassment that he had to see her like this.  “It’s the city,” she wheezed out.  “I hate everything about it.  The noises, the people, the traffic.”  She was starting to pant, which only increased her light-headedness and her panic.  “Everything feels like it’s closing in on me.”

          He immediately pulled her against his chest, and she went willingly.  Wrapping one arm securely around her waist to hold her tight against his body, he pushed his other hand through her hair until his fingers were curved around the back of her head, which he guided down to his chest with her face turned away from the congested street. She desperately gripped his T-shirt like a lifeline.

          “Close your eyes and concentrate on slow, deep breaths,” he ordered huskily.  “Just relax.  I’ve got you, Ella, and you’re going to be fine.”

          She swallowed hard and concentrated on each inhale and exhale while he stroked his big hand up and down her back and gently massaged her skull with his fingers.  Her cheek was pressed against his warm, solid chest, and she couldn’t remember ever feeling so safe and protected.  For so long, she’d been the responsible one taking care of everyone else and putting their needs above her own. It had been that way for so many years that it had become second nature to her and a part of her daily life taking care of the market, her father, her sister . . . 

          But this comforting embrace . . . it was almost luxurious.  Like a rare treat where she could let down her guard for a few minutes knowing that someone else had everything under control.  She’d never thought that someone would be Kyle Coleman, or that being in his arms again would feel so good . . . or so perfectly right.   

          God, she’d missed him.  So damn much

          She burrowed closer, stealing a few more moments with him.  With her heart rate and breathing returning to normal, the masculine scent of him filled her senses—woodsy with a hint of spice—calming her jangled nerves and elevating her awareness of him as a man who was attentive, tempting, and becoming increasingly irresistible by the second.

          While her body had softened against his, she realized that he’d gone tense, despite the gentle stroking motion of his palm along her back.  Her breasts were cushioned against his muscled chest in the most sensual, arousing way, and through her skirt, she felt his thighs flex against hers as he shifted ever so subtly.  She bit back a soft groan when the firm bulge in his jeans pressed against her lower stomach, telling her just how affected he was by this embrace, as well.     

          “Better?” he asked, his gruff voice reverberating through his chest and against her cheek. 

          “Yes.  Much better,” she murmured, but made no effort to move just yet.  Not until she was absolutely forced to, because this was sheer heaven.  “Thank you for being so patient and understanding.  I really do appreciate it.” 

          “Of course,” he responded, as if him taking care of her was a given.  “I had no idea you had urban-phobia.”

          “Urban-phobia?”  She couldn’t contain the giggle that bubbled up inside of her as she lifted her head to meet his rich, dark brown gaze.  “Did you just make that word up?”

          “Maybe.”  His eyes crinkled at the corners as he gave her a boyish grin that peeked through that trimmed beard on his face and was filled with humor.  “But you’ve got to admit, it sounds official, doesn’t it?”

          She laughed, the last of those jittery nerves ebbing into a slow, simmering warmth that settled in her belly just as everything and everyone around them faded away.  They stared into each other’s eyes, and with his arm still wrapped tight around her waist and his fingers still tangled in her hair, the atmosphere between them changed, their mutual desire growing into a nearly tangible thing. 

          Slowly, she released his shirt from her fists and splayed her hands on his chest so she could better span the impressive expanse of muscles beneath the soft cotton.  He was solid and strong and well built, and so deliciously hard, she thought, as she dared to skim her hands a bit lower, until her thumbs boldly brushed across the upper ridges of what was undoubtedly the start of a spectacular six- or eight-pack abdomen.   

          A deep, tortured groan rumbled in his throat, and the fingers in her hair tightened.  Holding her head immobile, he tipped her face up to his while his darkening gaze dropped to her mouth.  His chest rose and fell much heavier now, as if he was trying to maintain a tight rein on his control, and right or wrong, she wanted to crumble that polite restraint.

About Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

***About Carly Phillips***

Carly Phillips is the N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels featuring hot men, strong women and the emotionally compelling stories her readers have come to expect and love. Carly is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs (two wheaten terriers and one mutant Havanese) who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at

***About Erika Wilde***

Erika Wilde is the author of the sexy Marriage Diaries series and The Players Club series. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two daughters, and when she’s not writing you can find her exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. For more information on her upcoming releases, please visit her website at

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