Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Jaimie Roberts Deviant and Redemption Blog Tour @JaimieRoberts77






DEVIANT

***Warning: Contains strong language, violence and scenes of an explicit nature***

Most fairy tales end with a happily ever after.

This is not a fairy tale. He is not her Prince Charming about to whisk her away into the sunset. This is a story about betrayal, lust, desire and, ultimately, revenge...

And revenge can only lead to one thing.

Tyler

He was my stranger, my visitor, my shadow in the corner of my room. He stalked me, watched me, knew everything about me. But all I could do was sit and wait. I waited for him to visit me night after night. He was becoming my addiction, my craving, my obsession. He knew every inch of me, but I knew nothing about him.

His calls himself Lotus and, as crazy as it sounds, I think I’m falling in love.

Dean

I wanted to take her, possess her, dominate her, and ruin her. I wanted to ravish her, please her, and consume her until I couldn’t take much more of her.

She will want me to kiss her. She will want me to hold her all night so that she feels a connection with me. I would make it so that she would seek me out in the dark. The one that satisfies her ultimate fantasy. A stranger who sneaks into her room. Someone who gives her the ultimate pleasure, but also seeks to give her ultimate pain. Pain she has never had to endure. Pain that will eat away at her until there is nothing left.

She was my nemesis, I was her lotus. And payback was a bitch.

Review by  Mazzy Boss Lady

Read in January, 2015

This book is definitely not a fairy tale book and it is just how I like them.

I think that some of you will agree that this book tells a tale of a fantasy that deep down you would have, but wouldn't tell anyone.

Tyler is such a girl that expressed her want of a fantasy, but didn't know about how real it was about to become.

Dean I think is a character that you would love to hate, I understood in some ways the reasons behind his feelings towards Tyler. He went to the extremes of exacting his revenge, hoping that the outcome will come out in his favour.

Jeremy is a child that is older than his years and you will find yourself feeling for him, I think in the end he had his bit of happiness.

This is a read that will take you along for the ride, you will be engrossed within the pages and rooting for certain characters. It is a dark read and not suitable for readers that don't like taboo subjects.

I for one cannot wait for the next book by Jaimie.


Review by Nadia Chief Obsessive Pimpette

~*~ Obsessed by Books copy given in exchange for an honest review ~*~

Childhood friendships, three best friends that thought they would always be there for another morphs into something dark and twisted. Ian and Tyler grew up together, having only two years between them, their parents knew each other and they spent their childhoods in each other's shadows. Now adults Tyler is fast approaching 30, she is a successful journalist and works alongside her best friend Ian. They have a friendship that borders on a FWB and sometimes Ian takes the flirting a little too far but Tyler thinks nothing of it. She is blissfully unaware of his true intentions.

Now the third best friend Dean arrived in a blaze of flying fists, immediately becoming Tyler's hero. From the age of six she was aware of him as something more than friends. Their souls connected and they planned on a happily forever after. At sixteen they were planning on consummating their love but Dean had to leave due to family issues...promising to come back. Tylers parents never approved of him and she could never understand why they leaned in Ians favour.

We learn all the dynamics of the threesome in flashbacks to their shared youth and relive some sweet memories glimpsing who they were destined to be before an act of jealousy twisted their paths and made Dean very dark and Deviant.

Believing Tyler to be partly responsible for the death of his parents he embarks on a quest to destroy her as she has destroyed him. Carefully planning his retribution he stalked her every move and becomes her "Stranger." Playing to her fantasy of having an unknown man take her Dean uses the name Lotus to break down her inhibitions and infiltrate her every thought. She is totally unaware that she is being manipulated although her dreams are trying to break through her blindness.

Starting her own column "Love from Afar" Tyler builds a relationship with a young boy in the hospital and forms a deep loving friendship with him. We see another side to Tyler and my heart felt bruised after I read their scenes. I won't give anything away but Jeremy was the light in the darkness in this book.

Tyler submits to the very unusual agreement with her stranger/stalker and as we read Deans POV see he too is being sucked in to his own plans as his Uncle advises him,

"You seek havoc, but all you'll end up finding is repair."

The plot thickens and wow what an ending. Suffice to say the devil is unmasked and things are not what they seem...will Tyler be reunited with her childhood love Dean? Can they bury the past and heal old wounds...

A four star gripping read.
 


Review by Emma Mistress of all Dark & Twisted

Deviant by Jaimie Roberts is not a sweet fairy tale, it's not a love story, nor is it a romantic novel. It's a dark, sinister and an insidious tale of heartbreak and revenge. Every page, every sentence draws you in, makes you want to know more about these people who are driven to extreme measures. The twists and turns,while unexpected, are so well thought out and planned that you can't put this book down.


Tyler is a 30 year old journalist, who really has never got over the boy she fell in love with at 6 years old. Dean was her one and only, but he disappeared when she was 16. Never to be seen again. But now, Tyler is being stalked. Scary, horrible and eerie? Not for some reason to Tyler. She is not scared, in fact she almost enjoys it. She's intrigued and curious about her stranger, but what path will he lead her down and will she be prepared for what she discovers down there?

Dean is powerful, strong and wealthy men. But moreover he's pissed off. He loved Tyler but she betrayed him. Now, he will make her pay: simple, logical and reasonable to him. He is finally ready to begin his revenge, but can it do without risking his well thought out plan!! As with many events not all is always as it appears and if "you seek havoc, but all you'll end up with is despair."

This is a definite must read for anyone who likes stories of revenge, lust and plenty of twist and unexpected turns.

*** read and reviewed on behalf of Obsessed by Books ***
 


Review by Julie Whips & Chains Pimpette


I received this ARC for a honest review. 

Tyler is a hard worker and a sweet character. 

Ian is a good friend or so you would think. 

Dean is the best character to read about. He is really lost and playing his revenge game. 

Will he succeed?

No spoilers here. Read: you will not be disappointed.










How could anyone move on from a betrayal so devastating, it cut down to the bone and rooted itself deep within? You could never forgive such heartache…

Or could you?

From the moment Tyler was six, she fell in love with that cocky eight-year-old boy with the black spiky hair, captivating blues eyes, and scruffy uniform. From the moment he punched a boy for hurting her, Tyler knew there was no going back. They were always meant to be together...

Always.

Then everything changed. The stage was set like a tragic Shakespearean play, and Tyler’s and Dean’s world—as they knew it—had ended.

Or had it?

Tyler

My name was Jessica now. I faked my own death, changed my identity, and moved thousands of miles across the ocean just to escape the one man I would never get out of my heart. I had a four-year-old son I adored more than anything in the world. On one fateful, horrific night, the life I knew disappeared in the blink of an eye. I left people behind. People I cared about. People I would never forget. People I loved.

But had I truly moved on?

No one said leaving behind the one man you had loved since you were six would be easy. I lived life day-to-day. I even met a man and tried to settle down. Evan was a man any woman would desire. So why could I not love him the way he obviously loved me? Why couldn’t I move past the dark-haired, blue-eyed boy who consumed my every thought? I may have left him, but he had never truly left me.

I could never love another man. Dean made sure of that the day he breezed into my life. I was only half a woman now. I had been broken and bruised by the one man I thought I could always love and trust. How could I let go of something like that? I suppose I just had to. I was just getting by with each day that passed. I was coping. I was managing, and that was keeping me from falling apart.

But then disaster struck again. And it was on that day…

Everything changed.

Dean

You can’t hide forever, Tyler. I will always be hunting you, always be searching, and will never give up. If there was ever one certainty in your life, it was that. You slipped through my fingers, not once but twice. You took my heart with you when you left me that day. No amount of alcohol, women, or punching bags would block you from my mind. You couldn’t be dead. I wouldn’t allow you to be dead. You’re out there somewhere. I must congratulate you that you had evaded me for this long. You always were a smart girl. How could I not have fallen in love with you? You did escape me this time, but I will find you, Tyler. I promise you that. And when that day comes…

I will finally make you MINE.

Review by Nadia Chief Obsessive Pimpette

~*~Obsessed by books copy given in exchange for an honest review ~*~

"I was a withering mess, all because of a lost boy I loved with all my heart."

After the devastation of a hurricane that has travelled through full force without a care for the damage caused what choices do the survivors have? Lock it down and rebuild all that was lost or move somewhere far away in the hope that you can out run the storm and salvage from the scraps enough to carry on? This is the second part in their story and you must read Deviant first for this to make sense as this is set four years after and deals with life after the natural disaster that is Dean. Tyler has moved far away, half way across the world and taken extreme measures to leave her past behind. Yet one moment of sheer panic sets the wheels in motion and her past quickly introduces itself to her present but can Dean ensure he has a place in her future?

Tyler now known as Jessica as rebuilt her life after realising the true extent of Dean's meddling in her life, the orchestration of so many life shaping events just in the name of revenge. Living in America and now working as a teacher Jessica has it all; a home, a career and a talented surgeon that worships her. Yet something is holding her back and preventing her from giving her heart away. He haunts her dreams and the echo of him lingers so that she is never truly free. Throwing caution to the wind knowing he will find her Tyler braces for the impact, facing her fears her anger and most of her emotions.

This is a truly wonderful second part of a story that was originally planned as a stand alone. It's not often we get to read about the aftermath of such a dark and twisted plot and this made a surprising change. Not as dark as book one this instead deals with the grittier more realistic side, the ugly truth of the life after vengeance and how everyone dale with the scars differently. Tyler has grown up a lot, sacrificed plenty to enable herself to be strong enough to be enable to face Dean. Dean has spent the last four years in a hell of his own making, desperately missing her and living with the regrets of his actions. Dean is determined to make amends and prove how sorry he is. The chemistry between them has not diminished and these tow seriously need a room whenever they are near one another.

The supporting characters add lots of humour and a sweet sub plot too. Jimmy and Tara have their own demons to battle but no one messes with Dean's family without facing the infamous wrath of the Scozzari's. With an amazing blend of drama, emotion and suspense this book had me hooked. There are still the darker elements of the first book as don't forget Dean is head of a very powerful and scary family...the ingenious use of rats had me smiling, I like the dark side ;) Can Dean leave the past behind or will Tyler be proved right when trouble comes knocking at their door? Can they ever just be the two children that met and fell in love...and god forbid live happily ever after?
A five star deviously delicious read! 



Review by Emma Mistress of all Dark & Twisted

Redemption is the second book by Jaimie Roberts in the Deviant series. You need to have read Deviant first before venturing into this one as it answers many questions left from book 1 along with taking you on a roller coaster of epic highs and lows in typical Roberts style. It's not as dark as the previous book but instead it gets under your skin with the realism of the characters and feel inducing writing, it's an emotional read with clever suspenseful twists and turns you truly don't see coming...

Set four years after the gripping and shocking ending of Deviant Tyler O'Shea is merely existing in her new life in the states. She's a kindergarten teacher, financially wealthy but feels empty and alone. Her only solace is Jeremy, he keeps her going; without him she'd be hollow after the betrayals of Ian and Dean have left her feeling like: "I was drowning, flailing in a sea threatening to swallow me whole and never spit me out again."

Tyler has managed to allude Dean Scozzari finding her for 4 years, but when an event rocks Tyler's carefully constructed new life her world begins to shatter around her with the act of one phone call back home to England.

This book is truly about Dean's redemption, he never gave up in finding Tyler and this book is him fighting to find Tyler, make up for everything he did to her and doing his best to let her see he's not Lotus anymore.....and make her 'his'. Tyler is understandably not one to easily let Dean back into her life, she battles with the conflicting feelings she has for him against what he's capable of doing: "You're too dangerous to my mind, my body, my heart. Don't you understand that? Don't you understand what you did to me?" But her dilemma lies in choosing: do you fight for what your heart desires and take a chance at possibly being truly complete with the risk of heart break and danger or keep running and hiding living a half existence without your other half?

When her old and new life collide and many secrets are revealed who will Tyler trust and what will she do with the secret she's protecting too? Plus, can you ever truly leave your dangerous past behind now matter how hard you try to escape it or will its roots find you wherever you go and wreak chaos and vengeance in its wake?

I devoured every page of this book and delighted in the humour, drama and passion within its pages. Jimmy and Tara were amazing secondary characters who I hope we get more on and gave the whole book a family feel to it. Redemption is more than a concluding book to Deviant, it's story telling at its best and I can't recommend this book and Deviant enough!!!
** reviewed on behalf of Obsessed By Books **



Review by Julie Whips & Chains

I received this ARC for a honest review.

This second book was absolutely wonderful.
Finally the story takes hold and give you one great ride. Dean and Tyler are fabulous character as well as Jimmy and Tara.

So much love and emotion in this read.
Perfect writing. Highly recommend







AUTHOR BIO 
Jaimie Roberts was born in London, but moved to Gibraltar in 2001. She is married with two sons, and in her spare time, she writes.
In June 2013, Jaimie published her first book, Take a Breath, with the second released in November 2013. With the reviews, Jaimie took time out to read and learn how to become a better writer. She gets tremendous enjoyment out of writing, and even more so from the feedback she receives.
  


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Release Day Blitz for Against All Odds by J.L. Perry @givemebooksblog @JLPerryAuthor




Title: Against All Odds
Series: Destiny #4
Author: J.L. Perry
Genre: New Adult/Erotica
 Release Date: May 27, 2015



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Angel and Chase come from two different worlds. Angel grew up privileged. Her father is CEO of Cavanagh and Associates and her mother owns a successful dance school. Chase on the other hand grew up with a neglectful, manipulating mother, who put her numerous husbands and boyfriends before the welfare of her own son. So much so that when he was twelve, his stepfather at the time, who also happens to be a member of a notorious bikie gang, walked away from his marriage, taking Chase with him.
 
Angel Angel is daddy’s little princess. In his eyes, no one is good enough for his little girl. Due to his overprotectiveness, at the age of twenty-two she’s never had a serious boyfriend. She decides to move away from home to finish school, so she can experience all that life has to offer. That includes men. When she meets Chase Daniels, sparks fly. He’s the ultimate womanising bad boy. Even though her common sense says stay away, she can’t seem to control the attraction she feels for him.
 
Chase Chase doesn’t hold women in high regard due to his past. With his good looks and charm though, he has women falling at this feet. Just the way he likes it. He’s a playboy and doesn’t do commitment. Then he meets Angel. She’s not only beautiful, but sweet and innocent. Nothing like the women he’s used to. The feelings he has for her are foreign to him and he doesn’t like it one bit. Despite all this, he’s drawn to her, like a moth to a flame.

Not only do they have their families to contend with, there’s also the secrets from Chase’s past. These secrets have the potential to destroy him, and will also tear them apart. The odds are stacked against them, but will they still be able to find happiness together? Or will it be enough to stop the one thing they want more than anything, each other?








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**VOTED BEST NEW AUTHOR FOR 2014 IN AUSROM TODAY'S READERS CHOICE AWARDS**
 
J L Perry is a mother and a wife. She was born in Sydney, Australia in 1972, and has lived there her whole life. Her love of reading, from a young age, gave her the passion to write. My Destiny was originally written for her sister, in 2013. It was never intended to be published. However, after finishing this book, she felt there was still a lot of Brooke and Logan's story left to tell. This inspired her to write My Forever. With the encouragement of her family and friends, she decided to follow her dream and become a published Author.

That dream was realised on the 6th of June, 2014.

My Destiny is her debut novel in the Destiny Series. My Forever is the conclusion to this book. Her third book Damaged - Jacinta's Story was released October 15th, 2014. This is a stand alone book, but is based on a character in My Forever. Her fourth book Against All Odds, is a stand alone book, as well, but part of the Destiny Series. Due to be released on the 27th May, 2015. She's also currently writing a fifth book, a standalone, that will be released later in the year. It's called 'A Beautiful Bastard'. This is NOT part of the Destiny Series.

J L's love of romance and happy endings makes a perfect combination when it comes to writing her beautiful love stories.

Her hobbies include reading, writing, drinking wine, shopping, listening to music, and anything artistic or creative. She loves spending time with her family, friends and her dog when she isn't writing. She also loves being outdoors and travelling and exploring the world.






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Release Blitz for Rocking Danni by Kacey Hamford @ckhamford

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Title: Rocking Danni
Author: Kacey Hamford
Release Date: May 27, 2015

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Synopsis:
Danni has spent the last three years raising her daughter and living with a possessive boyfriend, she thought she was happy until ‘Flix’ arrived back in town.
Will, the strong, tattooed drummer for the band ‘Flix’ spent the last few years sleeping around trying to forget a certain blonde that had invaded his head and heart.
When Will and Danni meet again after three years apart she finds herself mesmerised by his chocolate brown eyes and re living intimate memories. Did she make the right decision walking away from him?
Will old feelings come back to life, will their hearts be drumming to the same beat or have they both moved on? A tragedy brings them closer together and Will discovers a secret. Will it make or break them? Only time will tell.




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Review by Wendy Book Obsessed Pimpette

** ARC giving on behalf of obsessed by books for a honest review**

Danni is working at a local bar trying to make ends meat for her and her 3 year old daughter Skylar and her boyfriend Josh. Danni hadn't planned on her life being this way, but she loves her daughter and she loves Josh but she isn't in love with him. things with josh was great at the beginning but since he lost his job he has become abusive. one night at work some friends from her past came in and it was great catching up with them and seeing them. Will was there as well and Danni has always carried a spark for Will and deep down Will has carried one for her ever since their night at the wedding. with her friends back they are waning to catch up with Danni but Josh doesn't want it to happen. Will notices how Danni flitches when she is around Josh and wonders if Danni is keeping something hidden. Will is super sweet and the sexy complements he whispers to her make me blush. Will offers to be there for her and to take her care of her but she cant do that to josh plus Will is serious about just one girl. Danni's life takes a turn and she has to make a decision that is better for her daughter the truth has to be told. Will Danni allow Will into her life, will she trust him enough. I loved this story. I will definitely be reading the rest of this series.
 


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Kacey is a pen name for two friends, Kelly and Claire. We started this journey together writing Rocking Esme in January 2014. We are avid readers and love all kinds of books. We were inspired to write a rock star book as that’s one of my (Kelly) favourite sorts of books to read. We joked about writing a book and then once we started it kind of just took off and we really love it. We both contributed to all of the Rocking books. Now Claire has taken a back seat due to work commitments and I wrote ‘Taking A Chance’ by myself and Claire was very much involved with the editing, reading and formatting. Now, I have written ‘Giving A Chance’ and had help from many of my friends with editing and beta reading. 

It still makes me so happy to see reviews and sales going up. I love writing and hope to do it as more of a full time job in the future.

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Forever Ours ~ Cassia Leo ~ After 8 years of foster homes, Claire yearns for permanence. Tattooed rocker Chris gives her a home and steals her heart. But will he give up stardom for her?

Resisting ~ Chelle Bliss ~ Ever have a man walk into your life and alter your entire universe? My answer would’ve been no before he tempted me into his bed.

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Chasing The Dragon (Deception Duet, Book 1) by T.K. Leigh @TK_Leigh

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He’s trying to protect his heart… She’s a shell of the girl she once was… Can he chase away the demons threatening to destroy her?
Mackenzie Delano craves control. After tragedy strikes during her freshman year of college, she compensates for the helplessness she felt by micro-managing every aspect of her life, from her business life to her social life…to her love life. But she wasn’t expecting to cross paths with a mysterious man who seems to invade her every thought. Tyler Burnham has been living his life with one rule in mind…never fall in love. Focusing solely on his career, he is able to remain a detached observer of life… Until a case is dropped in his lap, forcing him to form an intimate relationship with a sharp-tongued woman in order to obtain the location of a man deemed an enemy of the State. When Tyler finds himself falling for Mackenzie, will he be able push his feelings aside and recover the information he needs? Or will he put the mission and their lives at risk to follow his heart? Chasing The Dragon is the first installment of a two part series of deception and betrayal where nothing is as it seems. ***Note - Chasing The Dragon is the first book in a two-book duet and is a spin-off of T.K. Leigh's USA Today Best Selling Beautiful Mess series. It is not necessary to have read that series in order to read this duet, but it will contain a mild spoiler from the third book in the Beautiful Mess series, Gorgeous Chaos.***


Review by Ally Obsessive One Clicker

Wow what a great book T.K. Leigh has done it again. Chasing the Dragon is a new romantic suspense novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I was hooked on the first page and couldn't stop reading. Loved the story and the characters that T.K. has created in Chasing the Dragon. At first I didn't have a clue what this book was about going into Chasing the Dragon. After seeing the blurbs for Chasing the Dragon I knew I was done for and so glad that I got a chance to read and review it. If you like romantic suspense novels you should give this a try you won't be disappointed highly recommend reading Chasing the Dragon.

*** Review copy provided by Obsessed by Books ***

Review by ToniAnn New Yorker Pimpette

This was hands down the best book of 2015 for me. I just love every single book I read for T.K. I received an ARC for an honest review. I like to take my time to read her books so instead of it taking me 2 days to read the entire book it took me 4 days. I also went back and read certain parts over again with my mouth hanging open. The best part is you cant get enough. You want more as your turning the page.

Let's start with Mac. Something happens in the beginning of the book and its sad since being a little girl, you don't understand fully on whats going on. As you read on and shes older a lot is explained in the book. She just steps into your heart and stays. Shes tough, beautiful, and knows what she wants in life. She has the best of friends Jenny and Brayden who I love by the way. I giggled a lot with them especially Brayden. They always have her back.

Then we have Tyler and OMG! I love the Burnham's. Alex was sexy and determined but Tyler is so much more. When he loves, he loves hard. He didn't give up with Mac. You will fall in love with him quick. He's sexy, handsome, strong and just amazing!
This is a mystery, sexy and just one hell of a story. I know I say this every time I read your books T.K but I'm going to say this again! YOU ARE AMAZING!! From the stars to the ocean. I can not wait for Slaying The Dragon. Thank you for this yet again
 


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“Dance with me, Mackenzie,” he said, holding my hand in his, sensually placing the other just below my hip bone. “What are you−” “Shhh…,” he admonished, expertly leading me in our dance, the band playing Cole Porter’s Every Time We Say Goodbye. “Just enjoy it and don’t think.” I simply nodded, turning my head to scan the restaurant. “Mackenzie, eyes on me. I need to know you’re with me.” I snapped my eyes back to his, my mouth slightly agape as my heart pounded in my chest. He was warm and spellbinding. The way he held me in his arms comforted me and made me feel as if they were made to hold me. “Are you with me?” he asked, raising his eyebrows. “Yes,” I said, my voice soft. He leaned toward me and the bit of stubble on his chin brushed my skin. “Yes what?” he whispered. “I’m with you.” The corners of his lips turned up slightly and there was a spark about him that wasn’t present yesterday. “I like the sound of that, Miss Delano.” He pulled me closer and I tilted my head to peer into his striking eyes, needing the connection I felt at that moment. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced, all because of a well-placed hand, a sinfully sexy voice, eyes that made me want to melt, and arms that felt like home. “Who would have thought that the Mackenzie whose lips I couldn’t stop seeing in my dreams last night would turn out to be Mackenzie Delano, proprietor of South Padre’s hottest new spot?” “How did−” “Shhh,” he said once more. “You think too much. Just enjoy the moment because it’s over once the band plays the final note to this melody.” I snapped my mouth shut, a strange awareness of loss washing over me at the prospect of this complete stranger walking away from me once the song came to an end, wondering if I would ever see him again. “You’re a lovely dancer, Miss Delano,” he commented. “Thank you,” I answered, unsure of whether to say anything further. He seemed to be in complete control of the dance, of his words…and of mine. And, for the first time, I was okay with someone else calling the shots. “You have a dancer’s body. I’m confident you’ve bewitched quite a few men with the way you can seamlessly navigate the dance floor.” He leaned toward me and whispered, “I must confess… You’ve bewitched me.” His voice was sweet as it crooned in my ear, and I was left a silent, blubbering mute, the sincerity in his declaration sparking a renewed sense of longing I had ignored for years. My breathing grew ragged, and I was unable to formulate any response. I simply lost myself in the moment of our dance, wanting his sensual words to ring in the recesses of my mind for all eternity. I wished I could have recorded his voice murmuring those endearing words to me so I could replay them over and over again when I needed to feel something I didn’t think I would ever feel again. He molded my frame to his, our bodies swaying to the classic tune, and began to sing along with the band. I imagined he was singing to me, and me alone. His voice was deep and guttural, but sweet as he leaned toward my neck and crooned the last verse into my ear. I closed my eyes, losing myself in his warmth, his voice, his everything. All too soon, the final note rang out, silence encompassing the room, but we continued to sway to the music in our heads, our rhythm perfectly in tune to each other. A loud drum kick echoed, startling me, and I opened my eyes, almost expecting it all to be a dream. But it wasn’t, and I was met with my mysterious stranger’s strong face. Time stood still as we simply stared at each other, neither one of us moving. I licked my dry lips, nerves causing my breathing to grow more intense and labored. He grabbed my hand and brought it to his soft lips, placing a kiss on it. The contact caused a rush of adrenaline to run through me. Before I could ask his name, he was gone, leaving me stunned and alone once more.
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T.K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is the USA Today Best Selling author of the Beautiful Mess series. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny Southern California with her husband, dog and three cats, all of which she has rescued (including the husband). She always had a knack for writing, but mostly in the legal field. It wasn't until recently that she decided to try her hand at creative writing and is now addicted to creating different characters and new and unique story lines in the Contemporary Romantic Suspense genre.
When she's not planted in front of her computer, writing away, she can be found running and training for her next marathon (of which she has run over fifteen fulls and far too many halfs to recall). Unlike Olivia, the main character in her Beautiful Mess series, she has yet to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
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