I’m so happy to have Bella Andre as my guest this week! I love her books! And what a great excerpt! I’m continuing the same giveaway from my blog, Taming Her Irish Warrior by Michelle Willingham. So be sure to leave a comment and your email address. I’ll be announcing the winner on my next blog on Aug 16, and I’ll also add you to my newsletter for updates.
A quick plug for me before I hand it over to Bella. The first book in the Max Starr series, Dead to the Max, is up on Amazon Kindle. Be sure to check it out!
And away we go, Bella, thanks so much for stopping by!
Hello! I’m so thrilled that Jasmine has invited me to be a guest here today. She is not only one of my favorite writers, but she also happens to be one of my very favorite people too.
And I’m also thrilled to get the chance to tell everyone about my brand new (very) sexy contemporary release, called LOVE ME. Five years ago I wrote TAKE ME, a book with a full-figured heroine and a whole lot of unrequited love that was about to explode into crazy passion between Lily and Travis, my heroine and hero. Ever since then, I’ve received email after email asking me when I was going to write the sequel. Finally, this spring, I got the chance to write Luke and Janica’s book, the hero and heroine’s respective brother and sister.
I had so much fun revisiting these characters as I wrote LOVE ME. It’s amazing the things that will happen when you’ve been walking around with a hero and heroine inside your head for five years. 🙂 Thanks again to Jasmine for the chance to drop by and say hello. I can’t wait to get to know you all better.
LOVE ME by Bella Andre (available only as an ebook on kindle & smashwords or by ordering the paperback through Amazon and other online retailers)
Print (via Amazon): http://www.amazon.com/Love-Me-Take-sequel/dp/1453669973/ref=tmm_pap_title_0
ebook for Non-US/non-Kindle users: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/18589
It’s been five years since Lily Ellis and Travis Carson got married and fell in love in TAKE ME….now it’s finally time for Janica Ellis and Luke Carson to get their very own happy ending.
If there’s one thing that Janica Ellis is absolutely certain of, it’s that she and Luke Carson are totally wrong for each other. She’s a wild, artistic and outspoken fashion designer. He’s a type A, workaholic trauma surgeon (who just happens to be sizzling hot and her brother-in-law!). But Janica is about to be proven wrong when opposites attract…in the sexiest possible way.
After a life-changing night in the ER, Luke is desperate for escape – and relief from his personal demons. For five years he has fought his attraction to his sister-in-law, but when he’s pushed too far, he can’t fight it another second. He needs her. Desperately. He’s spent his whole life doing the right thing. For one night, he’s going to follow desire instead. Straight into Janica’s arms.
Janica can’t believe Luke is finally at her front door…and that he’s kissing her like he’s been waiting his whole life to touch her. But even as their sensual connection deepens with every touch of skin on skin – and the man she always thought was such a good boy turns out to be sinfully, toe-curlingly bad between the sheets – Janica soon realizes she wants more than Luke’s body. She wants his heart too. But what will Luke do when one night of extreme passion turns into an all or nothing proposition?
Excerpt copyright Bella Andre, 2010
Janica couldn’t get enough of Luke.
She could feel the warmth of his skin beneath his clothes as her hands roamed down his back, then back up and across his broad, muscular shoulders, but it wasn’t good enough. She wanted to know the feel of him beneath her fingertips.
Skin on skin.
Let the love begin.
She couldn’t remember ever feeling like this, so utterly consumed by a man, so frantic to get him naked, to feast her eyes and hands and mouth on every inch of his body. Sex had always been at the top of her favorite-things list, but this desire-this total, all-encompassing need-was something else entirely.
So different, in fact, that as she yanked his T-shirt out of his pants and broke their kiss long enough to pull it up over his head, she started freaking out a little bit.
Because with his torso bared before her, with all of that hard heat at her disposal to caress and run her tongue across, she wanted so many things so powerfully all at once that instead of being able to do any of them she found herself paralyzed.
Pressing her hands flat against his chest, she could feel the beating of his heart against her palms. A hard, fast pounding that mirrored her own heartbeat.
So many years she’d dreamed of this moment, so many years she’d thought it would never come, and now that it had, she felt almost frightened.
She lifted her eyes to his at the exact moment that her heart said, I love you.
She stumbled back from Luke, or tried to, but his arms were faster than she was.
She hadn’t read love in his eyes at any point so far tonight, only lust. Pure lust. And now he was saying, “Yes or no?” in a low voice that rumbled through her entire body like a sensual earthquake.
Oh god. It couldn’t be true.
She couldn’t be in love with Luke.
Of all the stupid things to feel for him, love was definitely the stupidest.
She swallowed hard, made herself locate her voice, which felt like it had dropped way down deep into her toes. “To what question?”
“Tonight. This. You and me.”
Ah, now she got it. He was asking her if she could forget about who they were. About their past. About how this could thoroughly complicate their future. He was asking her to make a choice between risking everything she was for this one night…or running scared from it.
She hadn’t been afraid of anything for a very long time. So why, she wondered helplessly, was she afraid now?
And why had her brain actually thrown the word love into the mix?
His hands were warm on the small of her back, just above the curve of her ass. The heat of his bare chest radiated out to her as she stood in his arms. A bone-deep longing to shut her eyes and lay her head against him while he held her close hit her hard.
God, what was wrong with her tonight? Here she was on the verge of getting everything she’d ever wanted and instead of grabbing Luke with both hands, dragging him to her bedroom, and having her dirty way with him, she was freaking out.
“Yes or no?” he repeated.
She tried to say yes, but all she could get out was, “You already know the answer.”
He shook his head, just as she’d known he would. He wasn’t the kind of man you could fool. He was too smart. Too quick.
“I want to hear you say it, Janica. I need to hear you say it.”
His need rocked through her. She couldn’t say no to him. Just as she couldn’t say no to herself, to her own desperate need.
She licked her lips. Opened her mouth. Finally whispered, “Yes.”
That one small word was all it took for him to take over.