Blog Tour: Stroked Long (Meghan Quinn)

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We’re so excited about the release of STROKED LONG by Meghan Quinn! 

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STROKED LONG by Meghan Quinn

Scheduled to release: September 20, 2016

Sports Romance

Cover Designed by: Indie Solutions by Murphy Rae

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Review:

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From his dirty-blond hair and breathtaking smile, to the abs from heaven and the irresistible V in his waistline, everything about Bodi Olympic-gold-medalist Banks screams hot piece of @$$.

Yet there’s more. 

Dark shadows lurk behind his soulful, serious eyes.

I’m enamored. He’s captured me.

How can running an art foundation with Bodi Banks turns into a slow-burning, epic romance, even though he tries to push me away at every chance? How can I stay away from a broken, routine-driven man whose soul cries to be forgiven for a crime only he believes he committed? Or is that a lie?


I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so go there on Monday to check her review of this book. SPOILER ALERT: she also loved it!

First of all, I loved the writing style. YES! First person is completely me and I love it. This is my third Meghan Quinn’s book, and I’m in love with her writing, for sure. Luckily in this one, we only have the two main POVs, Bodi’s and Ruby’s – I don’t know if I could have dealt with anymore insight into Bellini’s brain! I’m now thinking that if Stroked didn’t have her POV, I might have enjoyed it even more.

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I’m totally in love with the two main characters of this book. I was intrigued by Bodi in book 1, because he was so difficult to read, but here we finally understand the reasoning behind the way he acts, and his obsessive compulsive behaviours, and honestly? It broke my heart. I really liked his evolution, and how he was able to open up to Ruby, at least a little bit, and include her in his life.

I LOVE Ruby! Her behaviour is hilarious and her rants are amazing. While Bodi is all broody and quiet, Ruby is a ray of sunshine! She’s so strong and understanding. I love her. I love him. I love THEM!

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The romance was amazing and I liked that it evolved slow. They first became co-workers, then decided to be friends, and then finally, finally, they went beyond that. Their talks – and texts – were AWESOME!!! It made sense that way, because Bodi was so closed off and it was so hard for him to became close to someone. So, when they’re finally in a relationship, they are IN. I just loved them together, even when it was clear how they would fall apart, I just wanted my babies to be happy.

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The fall-out was very well done, and it made a lot of sense, even though I didn’t want it to happen. I really liked how their friends and family were supportive of both of them, and helped them to come together again.

I didn’t find this book as predictable as the first one, and the only big problem I had with it was the repetition, mainly on Ruby’s POV. I loved that the ending was real, and it wasn’t all sunshine and roses.

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People, if you guys like hot romances and olympic swimmers, then read this book. NOW!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped. 

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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STROKED by Meghan Quinn

Released: July 19, 2016

NA Romantic Comedy

Cover designer: Indie Solutions by Murphy Rae

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Reese King: Olympic medalist, underwear model, Greek god.

His body is chiseled from rock, sculpted by the weight room, and refined by water.

On a daily basis his skin is completely bare for everyone to see, tan and defined, only covered up by a minuscule piece of spandex. There is no denying his sex appeal.

I hate to admit it, but I’m head over heels infatuated with him.

There is one HUGE problem though. His achingly gorgeous abs, inked up arm, and cocky swagger belong to my boss, the high-profile, reality star bitch from hell and certified heinous human being, Bellini Chambers.

What I think is going to be an easy job assisting a glorified wench turns into a cluster f*ck of epic proportions.


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Rookie Move (Sarina Bowen)

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In high school they were the perfect couple — until the day Georgia left Leo in the cold…

Hockey player Leo Trevi has spent the last six years trying to do two things: get over the girl who broke his heart, and succeed in the NHL. But on the first day he’s called up to the newly franchised Brooklyn Bruisers, Leo gets checked on both sides, first by the team’s coach — who has a long simmering grudge, and then by the Bruisers’ sexy, icy publicist — his former girlfriend Georgia Worthington. 

Saying goodbye to Leo was one of the hardest things Georgia ever had to do — and saying hello again isn’t much easier. Georgia is determined to keep their relationship strictly professional, but when a press conference microphone catches Leo declaring his feelings for her, things get really personal, really fast….


As it should come to no surprise by now, I’ve read Rookie Move with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, as a buddy read, so check out her blog in the next couple of days for her take on it.

So far, everything I’ve read by Sarina Bowen, I loved! This book was no exception. Once again the writing was captivating, and really enjoyable. I’m more of a 1st person narrative fan, so the fact that the book was told in the third person was not my favorite thing, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

I loved both main characters, that’s not much to say about it: they’re AMAZING! Actually, I kind of liked everyone in this book. Georgia was fierce and strong, whether she was Princess or Killer, she was awesome all the way. And Leo? Leo was kind of dreamy! The way he knew what he wanted and went after it was great. But mostly, the way he loved Georgia was the most amazing thing of all.

Their connection and relationship was great as well. Even though we don’t get to see how their first relationship went, we get a few glimpses, that are enough to let us know the depth of which it went and how perfect they are for each other, since the time they were both 16. Their connection as adults is even better, because they have known the difference between being with each other and without, and with is definitly the better option.

The plot is great as well, and I liked that their conflicts came from within, from their own fears and limitations, and not from external sources.

All in all, I really loved this story. It was cute and funny and heartfelt, and it made me laugh and cry and swoon like crazy. I can’t wait for the next story in this series.

Six Month Rule (A.J. Pine)

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She created the game, but the rules are about to change. 

Taurus: Hold fast to your single-minded nature today — no matter how long her legs or how lush her red lips.

Gemini: You were a shining star last night, but reality can be a real — well, you get the picture. Just remember: Tall, dark, and British equals no corner office for you.

Will Evans never wanted a reason to stay.  

Holly Chandler wants nothing more than for him to go.

But neither one is prepared for what can happen in six months. Because it doesn’t matter what you want when what you need walks out the door.

Holly’s been busting her butt to make partner at Trousseau and there’s no way she’s going to let some stuck-up British arsehole get in her way — no matter how drop-dead gorgeous he is. But that doesn’t mean she can’t have a little fun in the process. She has a six-month rule: date just long enough for the honeymoon phase to wear off, then walk away before anyone gets hurt. If they both know the rules up front, walking away will be a piece of cake. Or maybe not…

*SIX MONTH RULE is a stand alone book in a connected series.


I read this book with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, as buddy read, so check her blog soon to read her review of this book.

As you can see above, this is the second book of the  Kingston Ale House series, and although you don’t need to have read the first book of the series, The One That Got Away, to understand the book at all, it still helps to get a better understanding of Holly and her group of friends.

I was already kind of familiar with A.J. Pine’s writing, and although it’s not exactly my favorite kind, it’s still pretty good. I think the book would have benefited if it had a bit more dialogue and a little bit less internal struggles, because the dialogue that existed was brilliant and showcased the characters amazingly well.

I absolutely loved the two main characters. I think I loved Will and Holly even more than Brynn and Jamie – and those were BFFs turned to lovers, which is a favorite of mine. I loved how sure Holly was of her priorities, even if she was wrong, because she didn’t take shit from anybody and she truly did shine. Will… I loved Will, I mean, the dude is british, hot and a dedicated single dad who uses 3 pieces suits?! Yeah… I’m a gonner… I really liked how dedicated he was to be a better father, even leaving his own wants and needs aside for it.

I really liked the progression of the romance and how it didn’t happen in 2 seconds. Yeah, there is an almost instant attraction, but their feelings develop through time and so does their relationship. I think Pine did this in a very smart way, showing glimpses of their relationship in the several months they were together, instead of making the narrative completely linear. The time jumps still allow for a complete understanding of their relationship, without it becoming too overbearing and repetitive.

The plot and conflict were kind of predictable, and so was the resolution, but it was very well written, so much so that it actually hurt a bit.

In the end, I really liked this book, and I enjoyed it more than the first book of the series – Holly is slightly less frustrating than her older sister. I can’t wait to see who comes next, I’m hoping it’s Jeremy’s book, and that maybe we’ll finally get a certain engagement? I do recommend this series, it’s good!

The Secret Life of a Dream Girl (Tracy Deebs)

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Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, references to drinking and drugs, and a kiss so steamy it’ll fog up your ereader.

Hiding in plain sight is harder than it looks…

Dahlia Greene — aka international pop superstar Cherry — is undercover as a normal high school student. She just wants to experience what real life is like, so when she overhears hottie Keegan Matthews nervously talking about liking a girl, she sees the perfect opportunity to live a real life and play a little matchmaker. What was not part of the plan was falling for a guy she can never tell the truth.

Keegan Matthews has been secretly crushing on Dahlia ever since she started at his school. Sure, Dahlia thinks he’s crushing on some other girl — not realizing his Dream Girl is actually her — but he figures, play along with her tips to woo someone else, let her get to know him, and then make his move. But with so many secrets in the mix, their romance is doomed from the start…


A little while back I read How Willa Got Her Groove Back, which is the second book in the Creative HeArts series, and then I read  (the second one) and I loved both books so much. But I have to say that I think this one is my favorite!

Once again, the book is told between two POVs, where Dahlia’s POV is told in the first person, and Keegan’s POV is told in the third person. I do like this formula! The difference to the 2 previous books, is that we get A LOT more of Keegan’s POV, which was fabulous in my opinion. The writing was amazing. I thought it was a bit more complentative than the other books, but it was also funny and light at the same time, and it fitted both these characters so well, because they were both going through so much.

I absolutely loved Dahlia! It’s such a smart concept to use a pop star, ex-Disney sweetheart, going through those motions of hyper sexualization and managing to get a step away from it, and what it might mean for herself and her career. I really like how smart and strong she was, though I’m scared to where this will lead in the next couple of books.

Keegan was so amazing! Having a business guy in the middle of all those artists is brilliant, especially because it also makes you think how important what he does is to the whole artist vibe of his friends. Also, he’s Jacen’s BFF, and while Jacen is not my favorite guy, their friendship is pretty awesome. He also treats Dahlia like she’s precious. They both have so many layers! I love them both :D.

The plot was really simple and great. We get to see them becoming close, friends somehow, and then something a bit more, while they both struggle through a lot, and in the end I think they’re there for each other, and that’s really important. I do hope the next 2 books will be nice to them, because they don’t deserve to hurt, at all.

It was really great to see little glimpses of the characters of the other books, especially Finn, who keeps getting better and better throughout the books.

If you haven’t read this series yet, you definitly should!

Me Before You (Jojo Moyes)

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Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.


With all the buzz surrounding this book lately, I just had to read it, right? I mean, the trailer came out, everyone went crazy, so me, Kat and Cátia decided to have our second buddy read (the three of us), and it went as well as can be expected 😛 . It’s tricky to sync our three schedules, but at least it didn’t take us the whole month like with Lady Midnight 😉 . You can read Kat’s review of this book HERE.

I was surprised by how light, funny and fast the writing was. I was somewhat expecting a heavy book, but this was not at all heavy. The book flows very well, and even the very british vocabulary is easy to assimilate and enjoy. The book is mainly told in Lou’s POV, but every now and then we get a chapter from one of the other character’s POV… well, I didn’t think they were really necessary to be honest, I think they served to make those characters more likable, but they didn’t bring any additional information and feelings that couldn’t have been delivered from her POV. I think that if we had to have another POV, it would have been more useful to have those from Will’s POV, because his thoughts were the ones that Lou didn’t have access to.

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I really loved both main characters of this book. Lou was a delight to read and she had such a huge growth in this book. I really liked how she started to set the foot down on the things that she wanted and wished for, because in the beginning of the book, Lou is a bit of a doormat, and everyone steps on her, and I hated that. Will… oh Will… I loved Will. Will knew who he was and what he wanted, and that’s rare!

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I had a huge problem with most of the other characters though, and although most of them kind of redeemed themselves at some point or another, they still weren’t very likable. They were real, flawed and raw, and I guess that’s good, right? We should like real characters. But I hated that all of Lou’s family put her down, I hated that they saw her useless and made sure to tell her as much. And Pat, Lou’s boyfriend, was the worst of all… I honestly didn’t get their relationship.

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The story is beautiful and it’s definitly important and relevant. More than a romance, this book is about the right to live your life the way you chose to. It’s about Will’s decision about his life, and about Lou wanting to live hers to the best of her abilities. Before I read it, I thought the romance would be heavier than it actually was, I thought that was too bad really, but again, it was also not really the point.

The ending was inevitable, and while I liked it, I thought it was a bit abrupt. I also kind of wish that those last few days of the book hadn’t been told in Trenna’s POV, because I needed to know what was going on through Lou’s eyes.

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I did cry a bit in the end, it is an emotional read and a lovely story. But I wasn’t blown away… Still, I’m super excited for the movie :D.

Smut (Karina Halle)

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What happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets? 

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree, and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finally finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project, but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is a pushy asshole (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her ass (though it’s a brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also may find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there. 

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it’s not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot, but at least there’s make-up sex now. 

But even as they start to fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed? Or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?


A little while ago I was part of the release blitz for this book, and I’ve been meaning to set my hands on it since then. Then I did! And GOD! This book was funny!

The book is told in dual POV, and both voices, Amanda and Blake’s, are super different and funny as hell. The author did an amazing job distinguishing the voices of the two main characters. Have I mention how funny this book is?!

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I really liked the characters. It was funny to see both Amanda and Blake grow, personally and professionally. They’re also both complex characters, with lot of baggage and layers… especially Blake.

I LOVED the romance, because it evolved slowly and even with the sex being a huge element of their relationship at some point, they had become friends by then and actually knew each other. They were also always themselves around one another, and that was fantastic, as well as the fact that they were so supportive of each other’s goals. Also, Amanda has my idea of romance down!

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The plot was so unique. It was hilarious to see them poke fun at all the tropes used in the erotic romances, and dissect what works and what doesn’t, and then see how it applies to some points of their own romance. So well done. Also, this book gave me such a better understanding for all the indie publishing process… 🙂 . Also, the nerdiness and popular references were beyond amazing!

Overall, this was a great NA romantic comedy, with a good story and great character development, and good dialog and amazing sex scenes. I want to read more of Karina Halle now :D.

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Finding London (Ellie Wade)

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London Wright thought she’d been in love before, but she hadn’t — not even close. 

Then she met him.

Rugged and gorgeous, Loïc Berkeley, a special forces soldier is everything she’s ever wanted. Getting him to notice her was a challenge, but keeping his love is proving to be more difficult.

London’s used to getting what she wants so loving someone like Loïc is a humbling and somewhat terrifying experience. For everything she has in her life, he’s the one thing she can’t bear to lose. 

Loïc Berkeley never wanted love. He views it as an unneeded distraction that causes nothing but pain. Love, for Loïc, always ends in disappointment. 

Then he met her.

Spoiled, witty, and breathtakingly beautiful London Wright is his undoing. From the moment he laid eyes on her, he knew his life would never be the same. Though he tries to fight it, he finds himself falling for her. 

Having lived a life full of sorrow, finding London brought Loïc rare happiness. Though his feelings for her are strong, is what they have powerful enough to break the cycle of his past? 

When one is destined for heartbreak and loss, can love really change anything?


Once again, let me first tell you that I read this book with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much as a buddy read. So go to her blog to check out her review and thoughts of this book.

This book starts in a very powerful way, with a POV of Loïc at the age of five years old, and every once in awhile we get glimpses of him growing up, and honestly those were probably my favorite chapters. Such raw pain. I really enjoyed the writing, it pulled all sorts of emotions from me, one moment I would be near tears and then I would be laughing at something one of the characters was saying. You know it’s good writing when that transition is seamless and so well done.

The characters were something else. I really liked Loïc. With everything that went on in his life, I felt that he was a relative “normal” adult, granted, with a lot of issues. Still, the fact that he was willing to admit those issues, talk about them and work through them, made me like him even more. London… wow… I really liked her, but boy, was she challenging. This girl was passionate and understanding and caring, but she was also spoiled, extremely spoiled, and without a clue of what to do with her life. And she sometimes reacted so impulsive and such like a brat… oh… so many flaws. Both of them are extremely flawed.

The secondary characters were super interesting, and I hope we get to see more of them in the following books. I like the dynamic that Loïc has with Cooper and Maggie, and given how important they are to him, I hope they’re more present from here on out. While I enjoyed Paige, London’s BFF, immensely, I wish she lived a little less in the clouds.

Generally speaking I liked the plot, with London and Loïc growing up together and helping each other through things. But this is clearly only a third of the story, and I don’t think the plot was enough by itself. The conflicts were small and while I thought that it wasn’t quite enough, I also felt that it was kind of a perfect way to start their story. Conflicts! LOL. I should also note that this is a huge case of Insta-LOVE/LUST/STRONG LIKE.

I think that the privileged and spoiled life that London has had so far will come into play at some point, because while I liked them together, I do think they still have a lot of obstacles to go through. I’m not sure how they’ll deal with the amount of differences between them. Well, I’ll tell you this, I can’t wait for the next two books!

Also, just a small aside, HOW GORGEOUS IS THAT COVER?! 

Neanderthal Seeks Human (Penny Reid)

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There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris: 1) She is incapable of engaging in a conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and 3) She doesn’t know how to knit.

After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can’t help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan – aka Sir McHotpants – witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can’t afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn – the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies – to make her an offer she can’t refuse.


I’ve had this book on my kindle for awhile now, and given that it has great reviews and all, I decided to finally pick it up. Somehow this wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, though I still enjoyed it.

I found the writing a bit dense, this had in part to do with Janie’s (the main character) rants, but it mostly just dragged a bit, and I think that the overall book could have been cut a bit short.

I really liked Janie, it’s great to see an “atypical” woman represented. She’s an introvert, and she struggles with the act of socialization and general interactions with other human beings, doing it mostly for others and because she knows some of the benefits of it. As an introvert myself, it was awesome to read about her. But her awkwardness around people leads her to spill some very random facts about the world and everything in it, and those moments were hilarious.

Unfortunately I wasn’t all convinced about Quinn. I liked how he understood Janie and literally chased her and did everything in his power to show her how good they were. BUT, I felt like he purposely deceived her for longer than necessary, and although he struggles to change later on, the fact that he’s the type of guy who orders your food without even asking first, just doesn’t fly with me. He had his good and funny moments though, and he made Janie a lot happier, so points to him.

I also found the whole knitting group a bit too much and sometimes unnecessary. To be clear, I liked the concept, because I understand that’s the connection between all the books, but there were too many characters introduced, and while they were very different from each other, they weren’t relevant enough for the story for me to be actually invested in them.

The plot had some weird moments and to be 100% honest, I didn’t really like the conflict and I’m not even sure I understood why it came to be. This made me like the book a little less, though the action itself was fun.

All in all, this was a fun romantic comedy, but I’m in no hurry to pick up the rest of the books in this series.

Release Day Blitz: SMUT by Karina Halle

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Smut AMAZON - CopyWhat happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets? 

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finally finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career. 

What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is a pushy asshole (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her ass (though it’s brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also might find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there. 

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership together using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it’s not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot but at least there’s make-up sex now. 

But even as they start to fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?

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Excerpt:

She holds my gaze for a moment and something passes over her. Regret, maybe. Then she nods. “Sit down. Let’s work.”

And so we do. And for the first time in a long time, it’s strained. I’m about to suggest maybe we need the Estonian vodka anyway when she lets out an exasperated sigh over something she’s reading.

It happens to be something I wrote.

“What?” I ask, wondering what I did wrong.

She gives me the the ‘are you kidding me?’look. “Okay, I was ignoring it earlier but I think you need to get a grip on some of this shit. This simply does not happen.”

“Explain, please.”

“I just think it’s unrealistic for there to be so much talking, let alone the fact that the first time they do it it’s in a public place.”

“Too much talking?”

“Yeah.” she scans over the document. “You know, give me your cock, oh you feel so good, harder, harder, you’re so big, fuck me harder big boy.”

“Have you even had good sex?” I ask incredulously.

She flinches. “Of course I have. And it’s none of your business.”

“We’re writing about sex. It’s completely my business. I’m not letting you interject your edits based on your personal experiences about sex because believe me, if the sex is good, you’re moaning my name.”

She raises her chin. “Maybe all those girls were faking it.”

Oh, brilliant.

“Excuse me?” I say, hands pressed against the table, nearly getting out of my chair. “You have no idea. I pride myself in giving a girl as many bloody orgasms as she can handle.”

“Bloody orgasms don’t sound like fun,” she jokes softly.

“They can be if you’re into knife play,” I tell her, even though that’s not exactly what I meant. Still, she scrunches up her nose. “Don’t knock it until you try it, but that’s neither here nor there. When you were with Alan, he must have made you come at least a few times.”

If he didn’t, I feel like finding the guy and showing him a thing or two for wasting four years of her life.

“Yeah,” she says flatly.

“And in the middle of that orgasm, didn’t you want to yell a few things?”

“Sometimes.”

“And why didn’t you?”

She looks at her nails as if they’re suddenly fascinating. “It didn’t seem right. It was…too intimate. I would have felt dumb. He didn’t like any of that stuff.”

The plot thickens. “Any of what stuff?”

“Sex that didn’t involve the missionary position or the bed.”

My mouth drops open. My brain and penis can’t compute this. “I feel so sorry for you.”

We must remedy this.

She glares at me. “It’s not like I didn’t want to do it. I did. And he did try it. Most of it. But it always went back to the same old.”

I knew it. She’s a nerd on the streets and a freak in the sheets.

“I don’t mean to brag,” I tell her in all seriousness. “But you do realize that I could give you an orgasm in thirty seconds.”

Her eyes widen. I can’t tell if she’s horrified or intrigued. “I don’t believe you and I don’t want you to try.”

She’s not getting it. I frown, trying to explain. “If you’re having good sex and it’s with someone you’re comfortable with, you won’t worry about holding back. You’ll cry out all the nonsense you want, you’ll make noises like a pig and scream like you’re on fire because you truly can’t have a good orgasm unless you’re letting go on all accounts.” I lean back in my chair and study her, running my fingers along my jaw. “I would venture that every time you came with your ex, you were only experiencing half of what you should have been. How is it with your vibrators?”

I expect her to tell me to fuck off, that I’m getting too personal but to my surprise she gives me a small smile. “It’s better. But I do have a roommate with exceptionally good hearing.” She clears her throat. “Anyway, so I guess I’m wrong. The heroine can make all the noise she wants.”

“And have first time sex in public.”

“I don’t know…”

“Believe me, when you finally get a chance to fuck, you don’t care where it is. That’s why I always have a condom in my pocket. And the more public the sex, the sneakier you have to be, the hotter it is.”

“But in the book you would never get caught.”

“You don’t always get caught in real life too.”

I can see she wants to ask me where I’ve done it but she loses her nerve. “Okay.” She looks back to the document. “I accept defeat.”

But I don’t want her to. I want to prove to her I’m right and not have her take my word.

Is there a non-creepy way to show her just how amazing good sex can feel? I’m thinking not.

Or…maybe there is.

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About Karina Halle:

Halle HeadshotKarina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Racing the Sun, Sins & Needles and over 25 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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