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When Avery Hensley met Conner Wellings, she thought she’d found the guy she was going to spend the rest of her life with. She got married young and had the most beautiful son in the world.
Life seemed perfect.
But not everything is what it seems.
Turned out Conner had another side to him, a darker side that Avery didn’t see coming. He wrecked and broke her into a thousand pieces, leaving Avery to put herself back together. From then on, Avery vows never to let a man into her life again.
But then she meets Tristan Morganson. He’s sweet and sexy and wrecks Avery in a different way than Conner did, the kind of way that makes her feel alive again, the kind of way that makes her think maybe not all guys are bad. But can Avery trust him enough to let her walls come crumbling down?
As if I’ve lost my mind, I wet my lips with my tongue, a move I haven’t done in years. A slow smile curves at his lips.
“You did that on purpose,” he murmurs while eyeing my mouth and moistening his lips with his tongue.
“No I didn’t.” I suck my bottom lip into my mouth.
What the hell am I doing?
Stop leaning in Avery.
But we move like magnets. He leans in a little. I lean in a little. Me. Him. Me. Him. There’s hardly any space left between us. I can feel the warmth of his breath. Smell the delicious scent of his cologne. He’s still holding the cigarette and smoke circles around us mixing with the intensity of the moment. Am I going to do this? Let my wall down for another guy?
I never fully get to make the decision because Tristan eliminates the last of the space between us and our lips collide.
The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessica Sorensen, lives in the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.
Book Title: Vanishing Dreams (Devil’s Bend 2)
Author: Nicole Edwards
Release Date: October 22, 2014
Dalton Calhoun hadn’t always planned on a life up on the big stage, beneath the bright lights, but that was where he found himself. A second chance of sorts. An opportunity that had come along after his real dreams vanished when he was eighteen years old. Although country music was more than he could’ve expected, he’d never dismissed the notion that there was still something missing.
When Dalton followed his buddy Cooper Krenshaw to Devil’s Bend, Texas, it didn’t take long before Dalton realized just what that was. But just because he has topped the country music charts, and made his fair share of women swoon, doesn’t mean that everything comes easy to him. And when he sets his sights on the black-haired, gray-eyed waitress at The Rusty Nail, Dalton realizes he might just have to work for what he wants.
Katie Clarren’s life has been a series of unfortunate events, starting from the time her mother left on her eighteenth birthday. Not exactly how she had planned to spend one of the major turning points in her young life. Nor had she planned to spend the next five years dealing with the fallout. Somewhere along the way, Katie adapted, doing exactly what she needed to do in order to survive. But Katie has secrets that even her closest friends don’t know. Secrets she has worked hard to protect.
Although she longs for handsome, charming, country music sensation, Dalton Calhoun, she knows that anything that starts between them can’t last. Too bad her heart doesn’t seem to be on the same page. Katie gives in to her love for Dalton, needing that human connection that has been missing for so long. But when it comes time to make the hard decisions, Katie forces herself to walk away from him. To protect her secrets, and him. The last thing she wants to do is hurt Dalton, no matter how much pain she has to endure in the process. She loves him.
Can the two of them overcome the secrets and lies? Can they look to the future and stop living in the past? Or will they keep dwelling on the dreams that vanished, not seeing what is right in front of them? Each other.
New York Times bestselling author Nicole Edwards launched her professional writing career in July of 2012. Having been an avid reader all of her life and a huge fan of creative writing, it seemed the likely path for her to take. Since then, she has released fifteen books and has no plans to stop. As her full-time career/hobby, Nicole writes steamy contemporary and erotic romances.
Nicole is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who was born and raised in Texas. Married with three kids and four dogs, she has plenty of interaction to keep her imagination brewing. Her books have been featured in USA Today’s Happy Ever After segment as well as Indie Reader’s best seller list. She has forged her way as an independent author.
Although she has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, she prefers to be hiding out in her writing cave, talking to the fictional characters that have built up in her head over the years.
When she isn’t writing or plotting her next book (sometimes translated to “playing on Facebook”), Nicole loves to read and spend time with her family and her dogs.
Exclusive Interview with Author Beth Kery
Beth Kery is one of the first authors I read when I started reading books in the erotic romance genre. She consistently writes male leads who are sexy and enigmatic, but who are also often wrestling with painful pasts. In The Affair, her latest e-series, Ms. Kery has outdone herself. I was thrilled when she agreed to an exclusive interview. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Then I hope you can’t resist clicking weeks 1 through 6 of The Affair, currently available on Amazon.
TBE: Hi Beth. First, can I just say thank you for agreeing to talk to The Book Enthusiast. I am such a fan, and am so excited to get to ask you some questions.
BK: Hi Cindy. Thanks for having me.
TBE: Your heroes are among the most complex and enigmatic men I’ve read. Where do you get your inspiration?
BK: Thank you. I worked as a clinical psychologist for most of my adult life, so I like to think that my education and experience allow me to create characters that are layered and complex, and sometimes tortured, just like I know human beings often are. My inspiration is mostly the ability to understand and be compassionate with people who are struggling, I think. My characters come strictly from my imagination, but because of my experience, I allow them to be flawed. I’m compassionate toward them for their flaws, which I think translates at times to readers—although not always. Some readers can get really impatient with my hero’s cockiness or narrow-mindedness, for instance. I know that people suffer at times, however, and get stuck. Sometimes because of that suffering, they grow and become better people. My heroes are never perfect. But because I write romance, I show them triumphing over their personal demons, usually because they have to grow in order to embrace the heroine and love in their life. If there’s one thing love can potentially do in the best of circumstances? It can transform.
TBE: I’m such a sucker for “love conquers all,” and when it comes to such troubled heroes, I swear I swoon.
Do you write with a muse in mind? If so, I’d love to know who your muse was for Vanni.
BK: I didn’t have a specific muse for Vanni—as I’ve said, my characters are strictly products of my imagination. However, in a peripheral sense, one of my inspirations for THE AFFAIR was one of my all-time favorite romances, Jane Eyre. Specifically, I wanted to do something with an innocent, but fey and strangely wise young woman working in the brooding mansion of an enigmatic, cynical and tortured man. Of course, like Rochester to Jane, Vanni is drawn to Emma’s otherworldly freshness and innocence. The first ‘scenes’ that I imagined in my head were a modernized version of that, and then the rest of the story sprung from there. I also was drawn to the themes of grief, loss and forgiveness, specifically how forgiveness can either prolong grief or eventually lighten the burden of it, allowing the griever to enter in to a different way of seeing the world.
Shrugging. I know. Who would have thought an author of sexy romance thought about stuff like that? J
TBE: I love Emma’s existential wisdom. I think it’s what “saves” Vanni.
Your characters sometimes have a cameo in a subsequent e-series. Any plans for Vanni and Emma to make a return appearance?
BK: I have no present concrete plans for any other books in THE AFFAIR world. THE AFFAIR as a whole is actually quite long, and it was an arduous writing process for me. It’s the equivalent in length of two novels, and I spared nothing in regard to content and emotional detail. Although I’m still recovering from that a bit, that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to write more in this world, and of course include Vanni and Emma. They were two of my most favorite characters to date. I loved them both for different reasons, and thought they were so poignantly perfect for one another.
TBE: I think they were probably my favorites too. Probably the most complex couple of yours I’ve read to date.
So, I’m curious about your writing process. When you sit down to write, what is that process like? Music? Food? Beverage? Time of day?
BK: I’m mostly an early riser and morning writer. I do a required word count every day once I start a book. I record my daily word count on a calendar. It gives me a feeling of making progress. I have to be distraction-free when I write. Since I’m an urbanite and live in the middle of a bustling city, I use a white noise machine. I always have coffee or ice water nearby.
TBE: Yes, I needed ice water for some of those scenes (laughs). Tracking your daily word count on a calendar – what a brilliant idea. I admire your discipline!
When Beth Kery reads, what is your go-to genre, and who are your go-to authors?
BK: I read in almost every genre—straight up fiction, women’s fiction, fantasy, science fiction, romance, horror, history, autobiographies and biographies . . . anything that captures my imagination, I’ll read. I’d have to say my go-to genre for escapism is young adult. I guess because it makes me feel cozy and comfortable, like the pure happy experience of reading when I was a kid. I love Sandra Brown, Linda Howard, Nalini Singh, Robert Jordan, Alice Hoffman, Mary Stewart and Neil Gaiman, just to name a few. J
TBE: I’ll have to add some of those authors to my TBR.
Beth, I just want to say thank you so much for agreeing to talk to us. It has been such a pleasure! I can’t say enough about The Affair. Now, more than ever, I need a re-read. I hope others find it as engaging as I did.
A young woman’s quiet life is upended when she meets the man of her forbidden dreams in the startling new novel from New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery. The Affair begins…
The Affair Week One
Innocent yet unconventional hospice nurse Emma Shore has secured a new position at The Breakers, the sprawling mansion of enigmatic and dangerously handsome racecar billionaire Michael Montand. Hired as caretaker for Montand’s stepmother, Emma expects few complications. But one night, lost in the mansion’s maze of corridors, she comes upon a woman and a man she can’t identify engaged in a raw, naked interlude of sexual subjugation. Silently, from the shadows, Emma watches—shocked, appalled, and unnervingly aroused.
But Emma wonders… if this mysterious stranger is not Montand, then who is it? And what other surprises are in store for her? Night after sleepless night, she’s considering the possibilities. And for the first time in her life, she’s not going to run away from them.
Beth Kery lives in Chicago where she juggles the demands of her career, her love of the city and the arts, and a busy family life. Her writing today reflects her passion for all of the above. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Because You Are Mine. Find out more about Beth and her books at BethKery.com and Facebook.com/Beth.Kery.
Hell on wheels meets Hell in high heels.
Bad boy mechanic Josh Stone likes to get his hands dirty any way he can—the filthier, the better. Ever since his wife walked out on him and their young son, he’s only had room in his heart for two loves: the kid and cars.
Roped into playing his best buddy’s gay boyfriend during a romance writers convention, the player meets the girl who’s gonna rock his world. Leelee Songchild. Shy, bashful, beautiful Leelee who blushes at the drop of a hat yet writes hardcore smut to rival Josh’s backlist of Penthouse Forum.
The only problem is his hands are tied. Josh can’t stab his old friend/fake lover in the back even though all he wants to do is take luscious Leelee to bed, and maybe, love her. When the truth comes out, all hell breaks loose.
Too bad romance is just for books.
I NEED to give this book 10 stars. What.A.Great.Book!!!! Written from the perspective of Josh/Stone, there are some great moments of hilarity perfectly balanced with some amazingly hot action (in the book as well as in the book in the book). It’s a story of life imitating art, in the sexiest ways…
This book is written from the male perspective, being exposed to a female-dominated slice of the universe. Josh and Nick attend the Litluv writers convention as a gay couple to help convince Nick’s colleagues that he is indeed gay. It’s hard for a man to break into the romace novel industry, writing from a female’s perspective! Josh is a seriously great friend, willing to take one for the team, a.k.a., Nick. Nick has always been there for him and his son. Shoot, he might as well be his brother, having grown up in the Stone household. You know your relationship is beyond tight when you offer to be a gay lover to your best friend, even being willing to plant a wet (albeit sexy) smooch on your bestie in front of a crowd of people and enter a cover model contest. Josh’s “gay alter” ego, Stone, is just as sexy!!
While Josh is fulfilling his best friend duties, he stumbles upon the woman of his wet dreams. Could she be the women of his waking dreams, too? He knows he wants her, but can he take the risk of acting upon his hetero tendencies without outing his faux gay relationship?
Leelee is all sorts of pin-up sweet and sexy. She is written with a perfect blend of innocence and sex kitten…just enough to entice Josh and drive him crazy with her written words. You’ll love the “hens” and the “widows” at the conference. From the hen mauling, literary acronym soup to the supportive spouses, you’ll get a massive kick out of the type of characters who frequent this genre of writers convention. Getting a glimpse of what a convention is like makes you wish you could attend one. Maybe Josh (or Stone) and Nick will be there?!
There are scenes that will make you giggle and others that may require a change of underwear. All of it is excellently written and completely worthy of a second read. There is a second book in the series about Nick. If it’s even half as good as Warren’s first one, then it will be a hit!
Badass, sassafras Rie Warren is the author of Sugar Daddy and the Don’t Tell series—a breakthrough trilogy that crosses traditional publishing boundaries beginning with In His Command.
She lives in gorgeous Charleston, South Carolina with her small family where she basks in the sunshine during the day, and adjourns to her woman cave at night. A nocturnal creature, she stays up way too late talking to herself, her characters, and anyone who will listen. She’s all about writing with heat, heart, and a hint of the dark, and she doesn’t shy away from the impossible.
Rie’s work has been called “edgy”, “daring”, and “some of the sexiest smut around”.