Saturday, 30 July 2016

My Monthly Book Review...The Dress Thief by Natalie Meg Evans


My latest review is for the wonderfully written, deliciously plotted and nostalgic The Dress Thief by Natalie Meg Evans. I must admit, it was the cover that drew me to this book, it is SO eye-catching and conjures up just the right atmosphere for the story itself.

Set against the backdrop of 1930's Parisian haute couture, The Dress Thief is a mystery, love story and suspense-filled tale following the career dreams of heroine, Alix Gower. The author brings together a wide cast of characters that each have an affect on Alix as she pursues her dreams in many ways that could be considered lack integrity. Having said that, the reasoning and motivation behind her actions make every agonising decision she makes understandable, thus provoking an empathy and sympathy that is all-important when creating reader care for a protagonist.

The hero, Verrian Haviland, a war reporter with a sad, heartfelt past is the perfect match for Alix's strong, purposeful spirit and I was rooting for their union from the moment they came together on the page.

There is little else to say without spoiling the page-turning richness of this book, other than I highly recommend this tale for lovers of suspense, romance and love of a by-gone era.



Happy Reading!

Rachel x

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Welcome fellow RNA member, Ros Rendle...

Welcome Ros! It's great to have you visit my blog and the chance to find out more about you and your work. Wishing you all the best with your latest release, FLOWERS OF FLANDERS! Let's get started with my questions...

What was your first job? Did you like or dislike it? Why?
My first proper job was teaching. I wanted to do this since I was about six years old. I must have had a teacher I liked at that age, or something, and wanted to emulate them. I always enjoyed the work and the company of children and staff. Towards the end, when I was a head teacher it became too bureaucratic and so I don’t miss it.
Do you have a pet peeve? If so, what is it?
I dislike insincerity. It’s not helpful, honest or loyal and I value loyalty and trust, probably, above everything.
Would you describe your style as shabby chic, timeless elegance, eclectic, country or------?
I’m probably eclectic. I’d like to think timeless elegance but in reality my lifestyle lends itself more to tomboy-shabby. We’ve just come back to the UK from living in France but not in the chic part.
Tell me about your book, Flowers of Flanders, and where you got you inspiration for it.
The image on the front cover is that of my granny. It’s not her story but she was definitely the inspiration for the main character. She was like Little Grey Rabbit of Alison Uttley fame from my childhood. She did everything for everyone and always put herself last. She tried to see the good in people and thought their actions were a reflection of their experiences so if they did something upsetting she tried to understand why.
At the same time my husband has been researching family history; particularly my grandad’s WW1 experiences. Again the main character is definitely not him but the investigations turned up some amazing stories of other soldiers.
Who is your role model? Why?
 I think I may have answered that question already, reading my last answer.

How much of your book is realistic?
Whilst the story and the characters are wholly from my imagination, I have done a vast amount of research into the period and so I would like to say the setting is very realistic and the events, highly plausible.
What are you ambitions for your writing career?
. My first book, ‘Sense and French Ability’ was published by Endeavour Press but indie published ‘Flowers…’ I’m in the middle of writing a sequel to ‘Flowers of Flanders’. It’s set largely in Vichy France and features the daughter of one of the characters in the first book. A third is planned and will be a dual timeline story telling of the youngest sisters in the first book and her experiences of the Cold War and a young girl she meets when she is an old lady. It is set in the 1960s.
I should LOVE to have an agent because it would help guide me in who best to submit my work.
Share one fact about yourself that would surprise people.
Crikey, that’s hard.
My mother was a published author many, many times over with Robert Hale, and Mills and Boon. She, too, was a member of the RNA but I only just discovered that. I should like to think she would be proud of my achievement to date but she died many years ago.



Blurb for ‘Flowers of Flanders’
Rose rivals her beautiful, mercurial sister for Michael’s love. Thom loves Rose. She considers settling for second best but then war breaks out and Michael is as eager as the others to go.
The world in turmoil changes everyone’s perceptions but which sister does Michael need to survive? Does he need grace and serenity to rediscover his own or is it frivolity and seduction he craves when he has been through the darkest of places.
This is something a little bit different but still an Edwardian romance with all the right ingredients.

About the author
Having worked as a head teacher, Ros has been used to writing policy documents, essays and stories to which young children enjoyed listening. Now she has taken up the much greater challenge of writing fiction for adults. She writes both historical sagas and contemporary romance; perfect for lying by a warm summer pool or curling up with on a cosy sofa.
Her stories are thoroughly and accurately researched. This is her third book. 
Ros is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and The Historical Novelists’ Society.
She has lived in France for ten years but has recently moved back to the UK with her husband and dogs. Ros has two daughters and four grand-daughters, with whom she shares many heart-warming times.
Links
You can also connect with Ros on:
 Twitter, @ros_rendle or on Facebook, www.facebook.com/RosalindRendleAuthor

Saturday, 23 July 2016

HER ONE TRUE LOVE on sale!!

Happy Weekend, lovely readers!!

Just wanted to give you a heads up that my latest Victorian romance, HER ONE TRUE LOVE is on 99p/99c sale until Monday - would love you to grab your copy this weekend at an amazing bargain price!


Here's the blurb & buy links:

She Can't Forget Him… 

Jane Charlotte Danes has loved the squire of her idyllic country town for as long as she can remember. He is good, kind, and alluring beyond words… and he chose to marry another. Tired of dwelling on her futile longings, Jane plans a move to Bath, where she dreams of a new beginning. But the man who has so imprisoned her heart is only a few steps behind…

He Can't Let Her Go…

Until now, Matthew Cleaves has endeavored to meet the responsibilities of his position with dignity and good spirits--including his dutiful marriage. But when his wife leaves him for another man, Matthew is at last free to pursue his one true love. Only one vital question remains: will the captivating, stubborn, beautiful Jane allow him the challenge, and the pleasure, of winning her back?.. 

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Happy Reading!

Rachel x

Friday, 22 July 2016

Welcome Accent Press author, April Hardy...


Hi April! Love welcoming fellow RNA members to my blog and really hope you enjoy your first visit with me - wishing you much success and sales with your latest release, SITTING PRETTY! Let's kick off with my questions...

1. What did you want to be when you grew up?

Thanks to my theatrical grandmother I grew up believing my mother and aunty had been members of both the Tiller Girls and the Bluebell dance troupe. So of course I decided to carry on the family tradition. Why not?
Well, because I just wasn't good enough, that's why not!
After starting out in the local ballet school they ran together, just outside the New Forest, it was easy enough to spot the mediocrity of my dancing talent. I got through ballet, modern and tap exams by the skin of my teeth and acted rather than danced my way through the end of term shows.
So I decided to go into acting instead. After all, my grandparents, great grandparents, great aunts, Old Uncle Tom Cobbly and all had been on the stage, running their own touring theatre companies between working for other shows. Now there was a family tradition I could carry on, especially after spending most of my formative years treading the boards in two local Am Dram groups.
So I auditioned for every drama school which would let me and actually got into one. Sorted! I was going to be the next Judy Dench. Why not?
I suspect you're sensing a pattern here? Well, it seemed that when dancing was required I was more of an actress, and when acting was required I was more of a dancer!
Strangely enough, I did end up doing a few touring pantomimes and some children's theatre before  joining a dance troupe and eventually working as a choreographer, but I always felt a bit of a square peg in a hexagonal hole.

My naughty grandmother, however turned out to have been embroidering the truth a little, and not for the first time (she insisted we were related to Bob Hope!). Mum and my aunty had been Jackson Girls, a prestigious troupe of dancers, but they hadn't been tall enough for either the Tillers or Bluebell. It just hadn't occurred to me that Grandma might be fibbing!

2. Coffee, tea or hot chocolate?

Well that depends! I don't function as a fully paid up member of the human race until I've had at least 2 cups of English Breakfast in the morning. But my teatime choice of beverage is Earl/Lady Grey.
I do like a coffee after a meal, but it usually has to be decaf as I have an intolerance to caffeine and can end up having palpitations.
Of course, if chocolate, milk and sugar had no calories it would be hot chocolate all the way! But they do, damn it! So that has to be saved for treats.
I suppose if I had to choose only one then it would be tea - I'm terribly English!


3. What genre do you typically read? Why?

I've always gravitated towards anything that makes me laugh, anything that makes me feel good about the world.I suppose I've always seen laughter as the best antidote to most of life's little mishaps or disappointments.
I grew up loving H E Bates' The Pop Larkin Chronicles - now there was a warm-hearted, generous family who knew how to have a good time, and how to make sure that everyone around them did, too. I still like to return to those stories from time to time, but now I read mainly contemporary romance, and if there's an element of light comedy about it, so much the better.
My favourite authors are Trisha Ashley, Milly Johnson, Sophie Kinsella,  Carole Matthews and Katie Fforde. Whenever one of them has a new book out I'm itching to get my hands on it - they never ever disappoint!


4. Share a favourite childhood memory.

It was the seventies and my mother had started taking my brother and myself to London for little theatre weekends. Money was incredibly tight and so we'd stay in the cheapest little hotels available and Mum would pack up food to take with us, but it felt like such an adventure - even the time a mouse got into Mum's bag and chewed its way through the grease-proof paper wrapping and into our sandwiches!
One of the very first times we went, Mum took us to see J B Priestley's The Good Companions. I'd seen John Mills in things on television, but this was the first time I'd seen Judi Dench in anything and I immediately developed a huge, little girl crush on her. I remember I used to imagine she was my older sister and away working in the theatre. I used to make believe all the exciting stories she'd tell me when she came home for a visit, and all the backstage gossip she'd share with me!
When I went to theatre school I harboured a hope that one day I might get to work with her, but of course that never happened. If I ever got the chance, I'd still love to meet her, although I'd probably stammer and stutter and make a complete show of myself ... They do say you should never meet your heroes, don't they!

5. Do you prefer dogs, cats or none of the above?

I actually love both cats and dogs, and would happily have 2 or 3 of each, but that would have to wait until I was back in UK and in a house rather than an apartment.
One of the main characters in my debut novel, Sitting Pretty, is a gorgeous, smokey grey cat called Talisker (after the whisky), and I had great fun writing his scenes. But I had a lot of laughs writing about the various dogs in the story too - probably because they're all so naughty!


6. Do you have any pet peeves?

Probably more than would be considered rational! But I suppose my main one is loud, arrogant people in restaurants or on public transport, thinking their conversation is so fascinating that everyone else must be desperate to hear every word of it too. It turns me into a female Victor Meldrew every time - not a pretty sight - and I do eat out quite a lot!
Thank God though, for the  "quiet carriages" available on a lot of British trains. I could hug the person who came up with that idea!

7. What was your first job? Did you like or dislike it?

My first job, at 16 and 17,  was helping out at weekends in the little cafe in my local village. It was run by a lovely couple called Len and Barbara and was part of a dairy which had been in Len's family for generations. There was also a shop which was a bit like the one in Open All Hours!
They were a very kind couple who had no children of their own and I think they were quite bemused by me - I was certainly the only teenager they'd ever employed who had theatrical aspirations!
All staff were allowed to eat what they wanted from the menu and so my lunch for those 2 years I worked for them consisted mainly of sausage sandwiches, Cornish pasties, vanilla slices and strawberry milkshakes - but I was as thin as the proverbial rake back then.
I loved working for them and was sad when they decided it was time to retire. The couple they sold the business to were full of promises about keeping on the existing staff, but they soon started letting us go. Their reason for getting rid of me? Apparently I wasn't cost effective because I ate too much!  Can't imagine where they got that idea from!


8. Tell me about your book, Sitting Pretty, and where you got your inspiration for it?

OK. This is going to make me sound completely paranoid, but the very first time we needed to call a pet sitting agency to come in and feed our cat while we were away, I somehow got it into my head that in our absence they could be getting up to anything in our apartment. My husband just rolled his eyes and muttered something about my imagination having an off switch. But, even though the agency we used turned out to be fabulous and our cat was more than happy with the care she received (and I'd happily recommend them to anyone in Dubai!), the thought stayed in my head that a situation involving a pet-sitter squatting in her clients' homes could have some comedy value.
Add a broken romance which, in my heroine's case is her husband dumping her, by phone, just after the removal men have driven away with all their worldy goods, and it sounded to me like the start of a plot for a rom-com.

SITTING PRETTY by April Hardy is out now!
BLURB:

Professional pet-sitter Beth believesher Greek boyfriend, Alex is the one. So when he’s offered a job in Dubai, he and Beth marry so they can move there together. But on the day they’re due to fly to their new life, Alex says their marriage was a mistake and ends it. By phone. Beth is suddenly husbandless and homeless. Distraught, and with her life in turmoil, when her old boss asks a favour she agrees on autopilot, and goes to feed Talisker the cat, whose handsome but dour owner Henry travels one week in three. Finding herself in luxury surroundings, with nowhere to go and determined not to hear her mother’s “I told you so”, she sleeps on Henry’s sofa. Next day, Beth has her job back and a plan. For the time being, she’ll quietly stay in her clients’ homes until she can convince Alex that this is all a big mistake. She’s pretty sure squatting’s against the law, but if she’s careful, no one need find out … until the mysterious Henry comes home unexpectedly.

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BIO:

I grew up on the edge of the New Forest, my evenings & weekends filled with dance classes and amateur dramatics. That’s me on the left, aged 7, in Snow White & the Seven Dwarves at my aunty’s ballet school, and below, about 9 or 10 years later in Me & My Girl at our local theatre. At 18, I went off to drama school, where I soon learned I really wasn’t going to be the next Judi Dench!
A few years of Theatre-in-Education, cringe-worthy pantomime tours and waitressing 3 jobs a day, saw me ready for a change. I took a 4-month dancing contract in a Greek bouzouki club, in Athens.
For 18 years, I lived in several parts of Greece and did many interesting jobs. I was a dancer, choreographer, caterer, cake-decorator, bar tender, bar chef, house-keeper on a yacht, volunteer at an animal sanctuary … And just after getting together with my future husband, I did a 7-month stint on a cruise ship – not great timing, but the sea-sickness did make me drop 2 dress sizes. Maybe I should give it another go!
In 2005, my husband’s job took us to the United Arab Emirates. I didn’t want to go at first – I’d just completed a Diploma in Culinary Arts (that’s me, front and center) and had a fabulous job as an assistant pastry chef at Astir Palace, a lovely 3-hotel resort in Vouliagmeni. But I worked my notice and followed hubby to Dubai. And I haven’t looked back!
LINKS
SITTING PRETTY by April Hardy (Accent Press). Publication date, 7th July 2016

Winner of Emirates Airline's Festival of Literature's Literary Idol 2014


Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Welcome Harlequin & Wild Rose Press author, Christina Hollis...


Great to welcome you back to my blog, Christine! Hope you're well - I'm looking forward to catching up and finding out more about your latest release, MY DREAM GUY! Let's kick off with my questions...

1)    What is the strangest talent you have?
     My OH says it’s managing not to throttle him, in all the years of our marriage! That aside, I can leave my watch off all day yet still tell the time pretty well. I have no idea how this works, although as my time-guessing skills are more accurate outside, it must be something to do with the position of the sun, or shadows.

2)    What is the best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?
     I’m a Christian, so I don’t dress up for Halloween.

3)    Are the titles of your books important?
     Very! Big publishers often supply their own titles, but with my Princes Of Kharova series for The Wild Rose Press (His Majesty’s Secret Passion, Her Royal Risk and Heart Of A Hostage), they liked all the titles I’d used when my books were still works in progress. With My Dream Guy, my working title was My Holiday From Hell. I didn’t particularly like that, but it was a good starting point since the story is based on something that happened to me. When it was finished, I gave my beta readers a choice of titles. They picked My Dream Guy. They had a say in choosing the final cover for me, too! If anyone would like to join my panel of beta readers and get the chance to join in the fun, just sign up for my newsletter.
    
     4)If you’re struggling with a scene or difficult character, what methods help you through it?
     I give my brain a break by doing something completely different for a while. Taking the dog for a walk in the wood is my favourite, or going to the gym. Both give the creative part of my brain a chance to freewheel. That usually fixes it.
    
     5) Do you prefer dog, cats or none of the above? I love both, although strange dogs make me nervous as I was attacked as a child. In April we got a puppy, Alex. While he was brought up with cats and loves them, our own cat boxes his ears each time he gets too close. I’m hoping Alex doesn’t give up trying to make friends, but right now it’s hard to see our mutt and mouser cuddling up together on the fireside rug!

     6)Who’s your favourite author? Why?
     Romance is my first love, but the natural world is my life. H.E Bates wrote both fiction and non-fiction, giving me the best of both disciplines. He produced some of the best commentaries on gardening I’ve read, and also evokes the lost English countryside and its people in books such as the lovely Larkin series, and his My Uncle Silas stories. 

     7) Do you have a pet peeve? People who think writers have an easy life used to be top of my list, but since we got our puppy it is definitely people who don’t pick up their dog’s poop. It was the part of pet ownership I dreaded, but like nappy changing a baby, the first time was the worst. After that, I soon developed a quick, clean system. It takes only seconds to bag it and bin it. Note the word “bin”. To see heaps of poop left about to fester is one thing. We live in a wood where waste could possibly be ignored, but not when one or two people bag the stuff only to throw it into the undergrowth. When the leaves fall, all those little plastic sacks come into view again. Yuk!

     8) Do you remember your dreams when you wake up in the morning? Hardly ever—although sometimes I wake in the night after dreaming up a good idea for a story. A notebook by the side of the bed means I can capture the inspiration fast, so I don’t forget by morning.


Thanks for interviewing me, Rachel!

MY DREAM GUY BLURB

The sparkle has gone out of Emilys relationship with Jack. When he books them into a Welsh campsite during the wettest summer on record, its nearly the last straw.
Emily thinks the bronzed farmer who was her teenage crush will be the best thing about this dreaded holiday. But time has moved on. Shes in for an almighty shock—and then her boyfriend Jack springs some even bigger surprises. 
Can Emily’s holiday from hell ever have a happy ending?

Christina Hollis met her husband on a blind date. She wrote non-fiction for national magazines and award-winning short stories to fit in with the school run,  until she had a full-length historical novel, Knight’s Pawn, published by Harlequin. Five more historicals followed under the pen name Polly Forrester. Then in 2007 her first Mills and Boon Modern Romance, The Italian Billionaire’s Virgin, was published. Since then, she’s written eighteen more novels, lots of short stories, sold nearly three million books, and her work has been translated into twenty different languages.

You can find a selection of Christina’s work at http://christinahollis.com, follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ChristinaBooks, like her Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/1Ee1urM and follow her blog at http://christinahollis.blogspot.com

Monday, 18 July 2016

Welcome contemporary romance author, D. J. Davis...



Hi D. J! Great to have your visit my blog again and to be a part of your ongoing tour for your latest release, Summer Star. Wishing you much success and sales! Let's start with my questions...

1) What is the strangest talent you have? 

I have extremely sensitive hearing. That’s not a talent, but it’s almost a super power. I hear everything that happens nearby. My husband teases me that he has to be at least half a mile away to say anything he doesn’t want me to hear. To that I ask, “What don’t you want me to hear?” Strange how quiet he gets. 

2) What is the best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?

Way, way back, when I was nineteen, I wore a sexy vampire costume. My fake fangs kept falling out. Funny thing, nobody noticed whether I had fangs or not.

3) Are the titles of your books important?

They are important. A proper title is just as important as a good cover. It needs to fit the book, to say something about it.

4) If you’re struggling with a scene or difficult character, what methods help you through it?

Hiking. The clean mountain air, the sights and sounds of the wilderness, clear my mind. If that doesn’t work, I just write the scene anyway. It may come out bad, but that’s okay. Bad can be fixed. Something that doesn’t exist can’t be fixed. Making myself write it opens the flood gates.

5) Do you prefer dog, cats or none of the above?

I love all animals, but I’m definitely a dog person. My debut novel, “Courageous Cain,” is about an abused dog. I donate a portion of all sales of that book to Big Bones Canine Rescue in Colorado.

6) Who’s your favourite author? Why?

There are many on the list, from Louis L’Amour to Dean Koontz. Currently, I’m enjoying Harlan Coben’s unique style and fast paced writing.

7) Do you have a pet peeve?

Sure, who doesn’t? Mine’s probably odd. I can’t stand having to listen to someone else’s loud music, especially when I’m in the mountains where it’s supposed to be quiet. It must be because of my sensitive hearing.

8) Do you remember your dreams when you wake up in the morning?

Yes, but if I don’t jot it down right away, I usually forget. Sadly, writing it down is usually too ambitious when I first wake up. But if it relates to a story I’m working on I rouse myself enough to write it down. Those little gems often become some of my scenes.


Summer Star
by D.J. Davis

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GENRE: Paranormal romantic suspense

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BLURB:

Loner and history buff Troy Hart gets more than he bargained for when his psychic connection to the past leads him to the mountains of Colorado. The legend of buried treasure is nothing new, but falling in love is—and that’s the last thing Troy wants.

Troy’s visions of the old west are all fun and games, until the ghost of an outlaw forces Troy to fulfill his dying wish. To save his own life, and the life of the woman he loves, Troy must follow the trail of greed, betrayal and revenge on a treasure hunt for lost Civil War gold.

Now the fun is over and the game is survival as Troy battles the elements, a dead man, and his own heart deep in the remote high country.

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EXCERPTS (Please choose only ONE to use with your post):

Excerpt One:

He gazed at her with those haunted smoky-quartz eyes. “Come with me after the snow flies. Stay all winter.”

“I haven’t been with a man in a very long time. Years. So long that I’m afraid I’ve forgotten what it’s like.”

The corners of his mustache lifted. “Don’t ask me. I’ve never been with one.”

“Aren’t you ever serious?”

“Not if I can help it. I’ll try if you want.”

She imagined him as a lonely little boy in a sprawling mansion. There probably wasn’t much laugher in that house. “Don’t try too hard. I like your sense of humor.”

“Good to know. If it’s any consolation, it’s been a long time for me, too.”

“Remember what you said about life being too short to live in fear?”

He nodded.

“I’ve been living in fear for most of my life. I don’t want to live like that anymore.” She unsnapped his flannel shirt and slipped it off his shoulders. She ran her hands over the solid muscles, down the silky black hair on his chest, to the perfect six pack of his belly. His skin pebbled under her touch.

“Are you sure?”

“More sure than I’ve ever been.” She unbuckled his belt.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

DJ Davis is a Colorado native and the rugged high country sets the scene for her stories. When she's not writing, she can be found hiking with her dogs, photographing the wildlife, or camping with her husband. A Great Dane runs her life.

A portion of each sale of her novel "Courageous Cain" will be donated to Big Bones Canine Rescue in Windsor, Colorado. Help us help big dogs in need.

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

D.J. Davis will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Introducing Shopping for a Ceo's Fiancee by Julia Kent...



Shopping for a CEO’s Fiancée Promo Info


Book Blurb:

We skipped right over the whole fiancée thing and went straight from girlfriend to wife.

At least, I think that’s what happened. I woke up after my brother’s Vegas wedding reception with my luscious girlfriend in bed with me. We’re both wearing wedding rings.

So is her coworker, Josh.

And our Vegas chauffeur, Geordi.

Who the hell am I married to?

Unraveling this mystery will be as difficult as figuring out why Amanda and I are having panic attacks over the thought of being husband and wife.

Or, whoever we’re actually married to.

Oh, ^%$#.

It’s true that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, with one exception:

If she’s my wife, we’ll make it work.

If she’s not?

I’ll make it happen.

Get the 9th book in Julia Kent's New York Times bestselling romantic comedy series as Andrew and Amanda sort out their wild Vegas night...and the rest of their lives.


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 “We’re not—you don’t really—we can’t be—”
“Married?”
She laughs, but it’s a brittle sound. “Come on. We didn’t actually have a wedding last night.”
“We didn’t? You’re sure?” I perk up. Great. She remembers last night. I squeeze my eyes and try to recall something—anything—that happened after Declan and Shannon said their goodbyes at the reception last night.
“I’m, well, I mean...” Twisting in my arms, she looks at me with those big, wide, trusting eyes, her left hand splayed against my bare chest, digging in where the robe has separated. “You don’t remember what happened?”
My voice drops with uncertainty.
Hers goes up.
“No.”
“Quit joking.”
“Not joking.”
“We both can’t remember any part of last night?”
“When does your memory end?” I ask.
Mascara is streaked along the corner of her eye, and any makeup she wore last night currently resides somewhere on my skin or on the bedsheets. I can only imagine what I look like.
Amanda, though, is gorgeous. In my arms and looking at me with a perplexed expression, biting her lower lip while she flips through the filing cabinets of memory in her mind, and—
“I don’t know.”
I sit up. “You’re the fixer.”
“I know! But I remember saying goodnight to Shannon, hugging Declan, and then—poof! Nothing.”
Poof.
“That’s when my memory ends, too,” I say, my skin beginning to crawl. “I know one thing: we did not have a foursome.”
“And I soooooo did not sleep with Josh. He’s gay. The man can’t handle watching a birth video. A real-life vagina would send him into cardiac arrest.”
“I know my heart pounds whenever I see yours,” I whisper. She gives me a reluctant smile, in spite of her hangover.
“That was baaaaaad,” she groans.
“All signs point to the sex question being put to rest. Worst case, all we did was sleep with each other,” I note.
Worst case? Buddy, sleeping with me is best case. Best case. Always best.”
That was an unfortunate choice of words on my part. Before I can do damage control, she speaks.
“What if we are?” she hisses.
“Are what?”
Her eyes dart to mine.
“Married.”

About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge, and new adult books that push contemporary boundaries. From billionaires to BBWs to rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every book she writes, but unlike Trevor from Random Acts of Crazy, she has never kissed a chicken. She loves to hear from her readers by email at julia@jkentauthor.com

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