Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Even Romantic Suspense Heroes and Heroines Deserve a HEA

With: Jackie Delecki

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It’s impossible to calculate how many hours I spent with my characters when I’m writing a book, but I’m sure it’s in the hundreds. When you write a series, that means you spend even more time with those characters until they become almost like real people.

Readers get emotionally attached to characters as well. How often have you wished that an author would write another book so you could revisit your favorite heroes and heroines and find out what is happening in their lives now?

That’s why I wrote A Marine’s Christmas Wedding. I introduced readers to Maddy Jeffers and Hunter Hines in Marriage Under Fire (Grayce Walters Contemporary Romantic Suspense, Book 4). In that story, Marines Maddy and Hunter are given an undercover assignment to infiltrate a Seattle terrorist cell that requires them to pose as a married couple. Although their roles were make-believe, the love and passion that developed between them was very real. Marriage Under Fire ends with a proposal…but no wedding. And everyone knows the only thing better than a wedding is the honeymoon.

Of course there have to be a few complications on the way to the altar. In A Marine’s Christmas Wedding, those complications come in the form of well-meaning but over-attentive friends and uncertainty about Maddy and Hunter’s next assignment, which could separate the newlyweds.

I loved writing Maddy and Hunter’s story and admit to sniffling a few times when I wrote the wedding scene. It was heartwarming to see these two deserving people get their Happy Ever After…even if they are fictional characters.

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I hope your holidays are filled with books, romance, friendship and love!



Keep reading for a short excerpt from A Marine’s Christmas Wedding.

Their pretend marriage—cover for a top-secret military assignment—turned into something real.

Dr. Walters beamed at Maddy. “Tell us about your and Hunter’s wedding plans.”

“Nothing fancy. We’re going to the courthouse on Christmas Eve with Angie and her mother. Then we’ll have dinner somewhere.”

“What?” James’s voice raised an octave. “You don’t plan to invite us?”

“James," Dr. Walters said in a warning tone. “Maddy, you don’t have to invite anyone you don’t want to.”

James continued to stare at Maddy. “Of course, you’re going to invite all of us. We’ve adopted you as family, and we’re not letting you pretend otherwise.”

Family. She shifted on the couch, not knowing where to look or what to say. Her only family was her fellow Marines.

Hollie smirked and elbowed Maddy. “I told you so.”

“I didn’t think you’d want to…” Maddy struggled to find words but was given a reprieve by the chiming of the doorbell.

The caterer opened the door for Aunt Aideen. Maddy was grateful for the interruption and hoped it would be the end of the wedding discussion.

Aunt Aideen’s brusque voice echoed in the high-ceilinged space. “What have I missed?”

“We just started discussing Maddy and Hunter’s wedding plans,” James said.

Maddy found herself sliding down on the couch. Like a darn Marine sergeant with new recruits, James wouldn’t give up until he’d shaped up everyone.

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About Jacki Delecki

Jacki Delecki is a bestselling romantic suspense writer. Delecki’s Grayce Walters Series, which chronicles the adventures of a Seattle animal acupuncturist, was an editor’s selection by USA Today. Delecki’s Romantic Regency The Code Breaker Series hit number one on Amazon. For more information, visit http://www.JackiDelecki.com.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

My Love Affair With Serial Killers


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When I was in elementary school, I didn't play with dolls—the only doll I was concerned with was Chucky.  The red-haired one with the butcher knife.  

In (probably) a spectacular display of parental incompetence, my mother took me to see Child's Play 3 at the drive-in theater.  It was in September 1991, and I was going to start second grade the very next day.  A last-hurrah of summer, one last night of fun before I had to buckle-down and endure the rigors of multiplications tables and  spelling tests.  

That started my love of horror movies, which evolved as I got older (and got tired of horror movies) into my current love of Forensic Files and Criminal Minds.  

Serial killers.  I can talk BTK and Green River Killer all day long.  Another formative moment in my youth was when my mom and grandma took me along when they drove by the Long Beach house of Randy Kraft (AKA the Freeway Killer) like some tourists doing a bus tour of celebrities’ homes.    

It stands to reason that I love to write about serial killers.  My favorite chapters to write are the ones from the killer’s point of view.  

You allegedly get a squirt of dopamine when you hear about their heinous crimes, a primitive survival mechanism to enable you to seek out safety.   

From a psychological perspective, Serial Killers are fascinating because they are the most extreme embodiment of the id.  They torture and kill solely for their own pleasure.  They don’t kill for ‘logical’ reasons.  They kill because it makes them feel good.      

To me, they’re one ingredient in the perfect recipe for a novel.  

A seemingly unstoppable, intelligent and brutal killer.  The woman he’s obsessed with.  And the man who would stop at nothing to protect her.  

What better time to fall in love?  

Why do you think we're so obsessed with serial killers? Leave a comment below!


DISCARDED

He would do anything to keep her safe. Except tell her the truth...

Detective Deborah Turner is pissed. Her friend and corrections officer is found dead in a landfill—and the prison staff are hiding something.

Prison Officer Jamie Brock—a man she knew for one wild, passionate night—is her only ally. As Turner digs deeper and threatens to unearth the prison's darkest secrets, she finds Jamie Brock at the center of it all.
Her heart wants to trust him, but her brain screams for her to run the other way. And behind the barbed wire and towering concrete walls, she's about to find out that some secrets are worth killing for…

BOOK EXCERPT
Detective Deborah Turner declined a ride in the golf cart. Declined to answer Brock’s questions. Declined to even look at him. She didn’t know what to do—and she didn’t like that one bit. She was used to getting things done. Any problem, she could attack head-on, figure out a way to make things happen. That was what she was trying to do in this murder investigation. When the warden had shrugged her shoulders, said sorry we can’t help, Turner had not accepted that. That was what made her a good cop. She never took no for an answer.
She always knew what to do… except with Brock. That man was a different story altogether. She had no idea what to do about him.
He’d spoken one word—detective—in that silky smooth, deep voice and she’d felt like the floor had dropped out from under her. The bass in his voice was like a tremor that wiggled down her chest and bloomed between her legs in a paralyzing agony of heat and desire. One word from him had been able to cut through her anger and frustration and melt her to the core. It had been months since she’d been with him, but she remembered perfectly what it had felt like in her dark bedroom, his lips gently grazing her ear as he spoke filthy things to her.
“Deborah,” he said. He was trailing behind her, waiting for her to stop so they could talk. That was too bad. She did not want to talk to him. Not about the case—and certainly not about their night together.
In his olive drab uniform and boots, he seemed to tower over her—which was rare, as she was a very tall woman. He looked like he was ready to kick ass and take names, hard and lean and full of masculine energy—just the sort of guy she craved. Ugh, she thought, why did it have to be him?
“I’m leaving now,” she said. “But I’m going to come back with the damned National Guard if I have to.”  


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Friday, December 8, 2017

10 Interesting Facts About Martinis



When it comes to food and hospitality, Chef David Korba is the consummate pro. In addition to developing signature entrées and desserts, David also offers trademark martinis with such tantalizing names as Babyface, Bellini, and Long Kiss Goodbye.

Definitely an auspicious start to Xenia, an innovative Greek restaurant near Sudbury, Ontario. But the VIP dinner quickly spirals out of control and the guests leave with empty stomachs. Well, almost empty stomachs...those trademark martinis provided a pleasant interlude before all the drama started in Too Many Women in the Room.

Here are ten interesting facts I uncovered during my research of this classic cocktail:

1. The martini was created sometime between the years 1862 and 1876. According to one account, the martini is a descendant of the Martinez, a sweeter version made with gin, sweet vermouth, and cherry juice, invented by famous bartender Jerry Thomas of the Occidental Hotel.

2. An early recipe for a martini appeared in The World’s Drinks and How to Mix Them (1907) written by William Boothby: “Into a mixing glass, place some cracked ice, two dashes of Orange bitters, half a jigger of dry French vermouth, and half a jigger of dry English gin. Stir well until thoroughly chilled, strain into a stem cocktail glass, squeeze a bit of lemon peel over the top and serve with an olive.”

3. The martini first gained popularity during the Prohibition era. Drinkable “bathtub gin” was easy to produce and made martinis more readily available. The wide mouth of the martini glass made it easy to dump the contents during a raid.

4. The stem on a martini glass was designed to keep the warmth of your hands from affecting the temperature of the drink.

5. The concept of “bruising the gin” has been debated by many martini aficionados. Is a shaken martini better than a stirred martini? Many believe that shaking breaks up the ice and adds more water, weakening the drink, while others claim the shaken martini has a more rounded taste.

6. W. Somerset Maugham declared that “martinis should always be stirred, not shaken, so that the molecules lie sensuously one on top of the other.”

7. James Bond orders his martinis “shaken, not stirred.” In Casino Royale, Ian Fleming provides the following recipe: “Three measures of gin, one measure of Vodka (Russian or Polish), and half a measure of Kina Lillet aperitif, shaken until ice-cold and with a large, thin slice of lemon peel for garnish.”

8. The martini dipped in popularity during the 1970s but has shown resurgence in the past fifteen years. The television series Mad Men, based in the 1950s, has contributed to the martini’s resurrection.

9. At the Algonquin Hotel in New York City, you can order a $10,000 martini. Instead of an olive, the garnish is a diamond.

10. Here are some famous martini quotes:

“Martinis are the only American invention as perfect as a sonnet.”
H. L. Mencken
“A man must defend his home, his wife, his children, and his martini.”
Jackie Gleason
“I never go jogging, it makes me spill my martini.”
George Burns
“Happiness is…finding two olives in your martini when you’re hungry.”
Johnny Carson
 “If it wasn’t for the olives in his martinis he’d starve to death.”
Milton Berle

TOO MANY WOMEN IN THE ROOM

When Gilda Greco invites her closest friends to a VIP dinner, she plans to share David Korba’s signature dishes and launch their joint venture— Xenia, an innovative Greek restaurant near Sudbury, Ontario. Unknown to Gilda, David has also invited Michael Taylor, a lecherous photographer who has throughout the past three decades managed to annoy all the women in the room. One woman follows Michael to a deserted field for his midnight run and stabs him in the jugular.

Gilda’s life is awash with complications as she wrestles with a certain detective’s commitment issues and growing doubts about her risky investment in Xenia. Frustrated, Gilda launches her own investigation and uncovers decades-old secrets and resentments that have festered until they explode into untimely death. Can Gilda outwit a killer bent on killing again?

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In 2008, Joanne Guidoccio retired from a 31-year teaching career and launched a second act that tapped into her creative side. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes cozy mysteries, paranormal romance, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Pretty Dead Girls


Beautiful. Perfect. Dead.

In the peaceful seaside town of Cape Bonita, wicked secrets and lies are hidden just beneath the surface. But all it takes is one tragedy for them to be exposed.

The most popular girls in school are turning up dead, and Penelope Malone is terrified she's next. All the victims so far have been linked to Penelope—and to a boy from her physics class. The one she's never really noticed before, with the rumored dark past and a brooding stare that cuts right through her.

There's something he isn't telling her. But there's something she's not telling him, either.

Everyone has secrets, and theirs might get them killed.



Excerpt from Pretty Dead Girls:
“That car is still trailing us.”
Glancing in the side mirror, I see that the car is behind us. Cass chooses that moment to take a curve extra fast, making the tires squeal, and I gasp. “You’re scaring me,” I murmur. It feels like my heart just flew into my throat.
“Just wait. What I really want to do is going to scare you even more,” he says cryptically.
“What do you want to do?”
“You’ll have to trust me on this.”
“Okay.” I clamp my lips shut. I shouldn’t automatically agree, right? I’m still having trust issues, even though I’d never say that out loud. This entire day has been confusing. I don’t know who to believe anymore.
“No demanding we back out once we commit,” he says, his gaze never wavering from the road. “That’s a surefire way to get ourselves hurt.”
His words are ominous. Like a warning. “Fine. I’m all in.”
He eases up on the gas pedal, just the slightest bit. The car slows, the vehicle behind us drawing closer. So close I swear it looks like it’s going to eat the back bumper. “I don’t want you to freak out.”
“Oh my God, Cass.” Why is he slowing down? “Just tell me.”
“You have to promise me one thing first.” His gaze meets mine, lingering a moment too long. He should be watching the road, not staring at me. “Say you’ll promise.”
“I promise,” I readily agree, frowning. “But what am I promising?”
He’s staring straight ahead once more, his fingers sliding over the steering wheel, almost like a caress. “You can’t scream.”
What?
“I mean it. No screaming. No yelling. You must remain quiet. I need you to trust me, Pen.” He hesitates, his voice dropping lower. “Do you trust me?”
Do I? He’s already asked me once and I said yes, but the doubt still creeps in. He scares me a little. He also—God, I am so ridiculous thinking this, but—he turns me on. He does. There’s something about him. He has this edge that other boys don’t have. And when he touches me, kisses me…
I’d probably do just about anything he asks me to.
So how can I doubt him when we’ve already gone this far together?
“I won’t scream,” I tell him quietly. “And I won’t yell. I promise.”
“Okay.” He nods once, then hisses out a breath between his teeth. I chance a glance at him, the way his dark hair falls over his forehead, how he’s squinting his eyes. What he’s about to do, what’s about to happen, feels…dangerous. “Here it goes.”
With a flick of his wrist he turns the car’s headlights off. Like, completely off. The road goes dark. I suck in a breath, hold it until I feel like it’s choking me. He hits the gas pedal hard, the SUV roaring to life as he flies down the road. A dangerous, winding road where multiple car crashes occur every year. The windows are down, the wind blows through my hair, blasts against my face, and I close my eyes.
I’m scared, and I can’t make a sound. Not a peep. I hold onto the handle right above the window, gripping it with both hands as Cass takes the twisty road with ease. My gaze is trained on the side mirror and I watch for the car lights behind us.
They’re still there.

About Monica Murphy:
Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is a traditionally published author with Bantam/Random House and Harper Collins/Avon, as well as an independently published author. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance. She is also USA Today bestselling romance author Karen Erickson. She is a wife and a mother of three who lives with her family in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere, along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through many angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

The Power of a SEAL


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With over two decades of experience, Navy SEAL Leaper Lefton is bringing his expertise to young and impressionable SEAL trainees in BUD/s. As an instructor, he knows he must prepare them for all kinds of situations—and there’s a perfect opportunity for hands-on training when he spots a woman in danger in rough water. Kerry Hamilton, a marine mammal veterinarian for the U.S. Navy is beyond grateful when Leaper saves her from the rough seas, and their attraction is instant. But after everything Leaper has been through, can he truly love again? And is Kerry willing to give him the chance?

New York Times bestselling author Anne Elizabeth is an award-winning romance author and a popular comic creator. With a BS in business and MS in communications from Boston University, she is a regular presenter at conventions as well as a member of the Author’s Guild, Horror Writers Association, and Romance Writers of America. Anne lives with her husband, a retired Navy SEAL, in the mountains above San Diego.

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Anne Elizabeth’s favorite holiday traditions

ORNAMENTS AND REMEMBRANCES

Opening holiday storage boxes is an emotional experience. We carefully unwrap childhood trinkets, handmade ornaments, craft projects, old pictures, weathered stockings, and scented candles. Even as the wood in the fireplace snaps and crackles, emitting small plumes of smoke, we carefully fill the surfaces of the living room, every table, chair, and couch with our mementoes. Putting together an old recycled Christmas tree and placing the cool-lights around, we place the ornaments together. 

For my husband and me, this has become a time of heartbreaking sorrows and soul-touching moments, remembering those who have passed or those who have become physically or mentally more fragile. We honor these precious souls by decorating ornaments with their names, quotes, or pictures to honor each spirit with a unique creation and then we place it on the tree. It does not erase the pain, but it helps us celebrate treasured souls and share experiences about what these individuals have meant to us.

As we dim the lights and plug in the tree, we are grateful for each opportunity to love. Every day is a gift, whether it is for a brief moment or a lifetime, it adds to life's journey. From our home to yours: May your holiday season be blessed with health, happiness, and delight, and may peace and joy flourish.

Do you have handmade ornaments? Do you treasure them? And, how do you remember those who have passed?

TIME

During the holidays, music fills the house. Some of our favorite singers are Eartha Kitt and Nat King Cole. The holiday classics make us nostalgic, and I love those times when my husband pulls me into his arms and dances with me. Oh, to dwell in those romantic moments, as we cuddle close and move slowly to the rhythm. This harmonious connection chases away every thought, except for one--being together. As my husband nuzzles my neck, I smile musing on the fact that this is my all-time favorite part of the holidays. Being together. Connection and music, whether it comes from the stereo or from our hearts, this time is the best gift of all.

Is there something special you do with your mate, a friend, or family member?

HOLIDAY SENSATIONS

On Christmas Eve, it's a tradition in our home to make hot cider. I'll pull out the chipped crockpot with the broken handle. After rinsing the detachable bowl and top, I'll add fresh cider, granny smith apple slices (leaving the skin on), the peel of half of a lemon and the entire peel of a whole orange. Then I'll add three cinnamon sticks, a dash of allspice, and anise, and as soon as it heats to a boil I'll add a tablespoon of maple syrup. After stirring in the syrup for a full minute, I turn the heat down to warm and prepare to serve it about twenty minutes later. The scent of mulled-goodness fills the room as I make popcorn with real butter and a dash of pink salt. It might not be the most gourmet approach, but for us, the taste sensations are delicious. Have a blessed holiday season!

Are there any special recipes that you make during the holiday season?

RAISE YOUR VOICE

Holiday songs remind me of my childhood. Attending church with my parents and brother, and listening to the exuberance with which the congregation sang inspired intense warmth and comfort. Voices lifted in song varied from out-of-key to perfectly pitched tones, and it was wondrous! Each individual contributed to the joy as we created these beautiful sounds together.

After services, most of the congregation was full of cheer and would hurry outside for hot cocoa or tea. With cups in hand, we walked as a group down to the live action crèche. It was here that we sang the last Christmas song of the night, Away In The Manger. Of course, the goats bleated and donkeys brayed along with the clucking chickens and mooing cow; and all the sounds blended together. To this day, I still wonder if the animals were commenting or singing along.

Do you have a special holiday song, and why is it a favorite?

SNOWFLAKES

Living in Southern California, snow is a rarity. In Julian, we see snowstorms now and then, but nothing can compare to the snow seen in the rest of the United States. Yet, we are full of glee the moment a flake drops from the sky. I always rush outside and turn my face upward in hope of tasting the first snowflake. When I was little, I believed that each snowflake tasted differently, because my brother said that this was so. Even though, I'm all grown-up now, in my imagination I still pretend that there are sorts of unique flavors out there, and I'll keep catching snowflakes in remembrance of him.

Are you ever tempted to catch snowflakes on your tongue? What's your favorite childhood winter memory?

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Aiden and Charlie’s Playlist


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There is nothing that inspires my creativity quite as much as music. It can put me in a good mood, make me want to cry, or in the best of cases, it gets the plot bunnies hopping and results in books being created. I always play music while I write, and getting just the right playlists makes it easier for me to slip into the world I’ve created.

Here’s a small selection of the most-played songs on Aiden and Charlie’s playlist!

Earned It – The Weeknd

Laura – Flogging Molly

Parachute – Chris Stapleton

Devil’s Backbone – The Civil Wars

Crazy in Love (2014 Remix) – Beyoncé

Teeth – Lady Gaga

Ride (feat. Macy Maloy) – Chase Rice

Forever Yours – Trey Songz

Outlaws – Delta Rae

Undiscovered – Laura Welsh

Truth be told, the Fifty Shades of Grey album featured heavily in this album. The music is so freaking good, and it’s got just the right balance between super sex and slightly haunting that made the words really flow! I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t before now.

I have a master lists of songs that are in every single O’Malley playlist, but each book has a slightly different tone, so I end up adding a bunch of new ones. Undercover Attraction, in particular, was a very eclectic mix. I had a little bit of everything on there!

Celebrate the Release of UNDERCOVER ATTRACTION! 
A last chance for justice!


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert delivers the next book in her sizzling O'Malleys family series, hailed as "The Godfather meets Romeo & Juliet." In UNDERCOVER ATTRACTION Aiden O'Malley, one of the most dangerous men in Boston, offers ex-cop Charlotte Finch her last chance for justice.

Meet Aiden and Charlie!

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Title: Undercover Attraction
Author: Katee Robert
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 28, 2017
Publisher: Grand Central/Forever
Series: The O’Malleys
Page Count: 352 pages
Format: Digitial and Print
ASIN: B06XFTR61D
ISBN-13: 978-1455597079

UNDERCOVER ATTRACTION

Scandal. Wealth. Power. Seduction. Welcome to the world of the O'Malleys.

Ex-cop Charlotte Finch used to think there was a clear line between right and wrong. Then her fellow officers betrayed her, and the world is no longer so black and white. Especially when it's Aiden O'Malley, one of the most dangerous men in Boston, who offers her a chance for justice. The only catch: she'll have to pretend to be his fiancée for his plan to work.

Aiden can't afford to let anyone see the man behind the mask. To run the O'Malley empire, he has to be cool and controlled at all times. But the moment he meets Charlie, they're playing with fire. Her slightest touch is enough to send him over the edge. At first their "engagement" was a way to eliminate his enemies. Now he'll do whatever it takes to keep her safe-- even if he has to destroy his own family to do it.

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Undercover Attraction Excerpt
Copyright © 2017 Katee Robert
His brows slanted down, and then his expression cleared. “You’re worried about me? Bright eyes, you don’t have to be.”

Either he was lying to make her feel better or he’d missed the cold calculation in Alethea’s eyes when she’d watched them walk out. If he didn’t dance to the tune she set, she would have no problem killing him. She wouldn’t lose a wink of sleep at night over it.

Charlie gripped his hand tighter. “Promise me.”

“You know I can’t. I’ll do whatever it takes to see this through, and if that means getting into another situation like the one we just left, I won’t hesitate.”

She wanted to shake the stubbornness right out of him. “Even if it means you don’t walk out alive?”

He started to give her a pat answer. She saw the second he registered that she was actually scared for him—not herself. The mask slipped, and something like wonder dawned. Aiden pulled her into his lap and framed her face with his hands. “The end justifies the means. You know that.”

She’d thought the same thing earlier. Now she wasn’t so sure.

But he wasn’t going to listen to her tonight. Either he hadn’t seen the danger or he was determined to downplay it. If she kept pressing, it might mean a fight, and that was the last thing Charlie wanted. She’d never been more aware of time flowing, a river that she couldn’t fight. Aiden wasn’t hers. She couldn’t protect him. She didn’t even have a real right to demand he take more precautions. She was just a woman whose aims had lined up with his.

“Charlie—”

She kissed him. There wasn’t anything left to say that they couldn’t communicate with their bodies. She shifted to straddle him, the move making her dress ride up to indecent heights. All Aiden’s careful control was gone in an instant, replaced by a frenzy that matched her own. He slid his hands up her thighs to her hips, pushing the dress even higher, and grabbed her ass, grinding her against him.

All her fear and anger turned to desire, creating an inferno bound to incinerate them both. She could care less. Charlie reached between them and undid his slacks to pull out his cock. She palmed him. “Condom?”



Praise for UNDERCOVER ATTRACTION

“Robert (Forbidden Promises) combines strong chemistry, snappy plotting, and imperfect yet appealing characters in her fifth O’Malley contemporary.”—Publishers Weekly on UNDERCOVER ATTRACTION

“Imagine the erotic sensibility of Red Shoe Diaries expertly fused with the ruthless power struggles that fueled The Sopranos and you have some idea of the flavor of Robert’s RITA–nominated O’Malleys series. In the fifth installment, she doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to the searing sensuality of the love scenes or the brutal danger propelling the plot, thus delivering exactly the kind of intense love story her readers crave.”Booklist on UNDERCOVER ATTRACTION


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About Katee Robert
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it 'a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension."  When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. 
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