Posted by Black Heart Reviews on Oct 30, 2014 in Reviews | Comments Off on Blitz + Giveaway: Nights With Him by Lauren Blakely
Jack Sullivan is a Sex Toy Mogul.
An extremely eligible bachelor in New York, he’s the full package, right down to his full package. Hell, this man could be the model for one of the toys his company, Joy Delivered, peddles. Instead, he’s the powerful and successful CEO and he’s got commitment issues a mile-long after the tragic way his relationship with his fiancée ended.
He’s looking for a way to erase the pain and that arrives in the form of Michelle Milo. From her pencil skirts to her high heels, she’s his perfect fantasy, especially since she has no idea who he is the night they meet at a hotel bar. He doesn’t have a clue either that she’s the brilliant psychologist his sister has arranged for him to see to help him get over his past. She’s simply the stunning woman he takes to bed that night and delivers many Os of joy too.
His touch helps her forget that other man.
When he shows up at her office door the next day, there’s no way in hell she’s going to treat him after they’ve slept together. Jack isn’t willing to let go of the first woman he’s felt anything for in years so he proposes a deal – share her nights with him for thirty days. At the end of one month of exquisite pleasure, they walk away, having helped each other move on from their haunted pasts.
But soon, all those nights threaten to turn into days as the lines between lust and matters of the heart start to blur. Can two people so terribly afraid of love truly fall head over heels?
Nights with Him is a standalone full-length novel in the bestselling Seductive Nights series following the love affair of a new couple.
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Lauren Blakely does it again and brings readers more smoldering, sexy nights in her Seductive Nights Series with her newest novel, NIGHTS WITH HIM.
In Lauren Blakely’s newest Seductive Nights novel, Jack Sullivan convinces Michelle Milo that he can “show her worlds of pleasure.” And judging from the number of Os he gives her, the man delivers on that promise! Lauren wants to deliver with worlds of pleasure for her readers too — so she’s offering several extra special giveaways with this novel, and we’re thrilled to help announce them!
First, ANYONE who preorders NIGHTS WITH HIM will receive a Julia and Clay short story! That means EVERYONE who preorders is a winner! Readers will be thrilled to know that Julia and Clay, the hero and heroine from the first 3 Seductive Nights novels, have some more story left in them. Lauren has written an exclusive short story that takes place after ONE MORE NIGHT, and you are not going to want to miss what happens next! Anyone who preorders and ENTERS HERE
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“I Can Show You Worlds of Pleasure”
An excerpt from NIGHTS WITH HIM by Lauren Blakely
The balcony circled the peak of the Met Life Tower with a spire above them, a clock right below them. A high fence surrounded the perimeter, and the view of Manhattan was endless, stretching to the rivers and the towns that lay far beyond the city that never slept.
Michelle wrapped her hands around the railing at the edge of the balcony, drinking in the view of Manhattan. The headlights from the distant streets below streaked across the dark night; the sounds of horns and music and madness morphed into a quiet radio station din. The dirt and grime was gone, and New York was aerial and beautiful—a darkly gorgeous nocturnal creature, lit up against the night sky.
Jack dropped his hands to her waist, his thumbs rubbing circles against the fabric of her dress at her hips. She leaned her head back against him, stretching her neck. But then he was gone—he was on his knees behind her, kissing the back of her bare legs, starting at her calves.
“Don’t close your eyes. Watch the city as I touch you.”
No wonder he did what he did. He was a man in tune with pleasure. A man thoroughly connected to his senses, which was all the more unusual, given his background as a numbers and logic guy. But he also had some intuitive sense of the physical.
Or simply the physical of her. His tongue flicked against the back of her knee, and she felt her legs wobble. He steadied her, his strong hands tight on her thighs as he kissed his way up her legs, pressing his lips against the back of her thighs now. First one leg. Then the other. Higher and higher still, the fabric of her skirt rose in his hands as he exposed her flesh for him. Soon he’d pushed her skirt above her butt, and his sinful mouth was leaving a hot, wet trail of kisses against the crease where her ass met her legs.
“Light blue,” he murmured as he slid his finger under the edge of her lacy panties. “Gorgeous, sexy, perfect sky blue.”
“Yes. You like?”
“So much I want to keep them,” he said as he returned his mouth to her skin.
Pleasure pulsed through her veins. She gripped the railing tighter as the sensations spread, starting deep in her belly, radiating to her fingertips, her toes, the ends of her hair, as he brushed those soft lips against her body. He kissed her with a kind of reverence, with a deep appreciation for her body. He kissed her as if she were the most sensual person he’d ever touched. As if she were made for passion, for pleasure, for this kind of bold desire that ran rampant through her cells.
Because everything he’d done so far had been a slice of heaven. A heaven for lovers of the flesh.
He ran his nose across her upper thigh, then pressed a kiss between her legs, his lips grazing the soaked panel of her panties. Useless thing. A completely useless piece of fabric, since the way he’d touched her had turned them hot and damp.
“Take them off,” he said roughly.
She obliged, sliding her panties down her legs, then lifting them over her ankles as she stepped out of them.
“Give them to me.”
She handed them to him, and he stuffed them into his pocket.
He stood and gently placed his hand on her chin, turning her gaze back to the sky. “Watch the city,” he told her, as he pressed his chest against her back, his long, tall body aligned with hers.
Anticipation built between them, the tantalizing wonder of what would come next. Only he knew. She was placing her pleasure in his hands, and that’s exactly where she wanted it to be.
A soft hum whirred through the air. At first, she wasn’t sure what it was. Then she recognized the noise. The way it signaled a response in her body. How the sound tapped into her deepest core, a reminder of something she loved.
One hand gripped her hip, and the other slid down her belly, dipping between her legs as he tugged her closer. Her breath fled her chest. The thrill of not knowing ignited her more, and she felt a rush of heat between her legs. She wanted him to feel it too. To know what he was doing to her. She was After Hours Michelle with him, so she let go of her other self, allowing herself to fully be the sexy, alluring woman who appeared when Jack Sullivan was inches away. “Touch me,” she said.
She felt it. The first press against her throbbing clit. The slide through her wetness. The pressure from something that wasn’t his finger. Something that had been made.
“What is it?” she asked in between staccato breaths.
“It’s The Lola,” he said in a hot, husky voice, whispering in her ear as he rubbed a small toy against her. She looked down—he held a sleek circular device between two fingers, one finger through a silver hole in the middle. The toy was like a large ring, made of the same soft material the world’s best pleasure toys came in. Only this one didn’t just stimulate her with vibrations. Somehow, the toy felt like a tongue touching her. Like fast, intense flicks from the most wonderful, amazing, fantastic tongue she’d ever felt. Like Jack today. Times ten.
It was that good.
“I don’t have this one,” she said, in between gasps and moans.
“I know. It’s new. They say it feels fantastic against the skin,” he said, rubbing the vibrator against her. “Tell me if it does.”
She cried out. “Oh, yes.”
She felt as if her body belonged to this toy, to the intensity of the pleasure strumming through her blood and bones. It owned her.
“Does it make you want more of me?”
“So much more,” she moaned.
“This part,” he said, slowing only to press the soft middle section to her clit, the beads beneath the surface rotating against her, simulating the intoxicating sensations of a tongue flicking against her. “Does that feel like the way I licked your pussy earlier today?” he asked in a whisper, his breath hot against her skin.
“Yes. Oh, God. Yes.”
“I can make this feel like a soft swirl, or like I’m fucking you with my tongue,” he said, and began cycling through the levels of vibration. Her vision blurred from the sweet intensity. She wasn’t sure how she was still standing. “I can show you worlds of pleasure.”
“I want it,” she said, now begging because this was a new land of desire he’d taken her to, and she didn’t ever want to leave.
Working the toy expertly between her legs, he yanked her body closer, his erection hitting her backside. His voice was low and dirty as he growled in her ear. “This is what I can do to you for thirty nights.”
“I want it all. I want you,” she said in between pants and moans, her body arching into the toy.
“This is how you’ll be mine,” he said, gliding the toy across her clit that was so swollen she ached with the need to come. She felt desperate in every pore of her body. The intense need to climax was bearing down on her. Her world narrowed to this hot neon need as pleasure took over, spinning wildly out of control, blissfully into chaos as she leaned back into his chest, his arms holding her in place, his finger working her over and over with his toy as she shattered into endless erotic bliss, crying out his name above Manhattan.
Minutes later she turned around, looping her arms around his neck. “You win. That was the best orgasm of my life. I’m yours for thirty nights.”
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Posted by Black Heart Reviews on Oct 28, 2014 in Reviews | Comments Off on Release: Dark Duet Platinum Edition by CJ Roberts
Please heed all warnings. ****This is a series about captivity in a FICTIONAL and EROTICIZED setting. It contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, strong language, and graphic violence.****
OVER 150,000 COPIES SOLD!
For the first time ever ALL the BESTSELLING BOOKS in the DARK DUET series are available in one complete set. The Platinum Edition also includes: 1) The NEW 30,000 word novella DETERMINED TO OBEY, featuring secondary characters Kid, Felipe, and Celia. 2) Eight scorching-hot fan-written Dark Duet short stories hand-selected by the author. 3) CJ’s favorite interviews & Reviews
Over 1300 pages of content for a fraction of the combined individually priced books in the series and bonus content.
~ Author Endorsements ~
“’This series is the most incredible mindf**k I’ve ever experienced.’ Or something along those lines. Write whatever you want and slap my name on it. I loved it that much.’ – Colleen Hoover, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
“I have never had an author move me to the point that I felt I needed to get in my car and go after someone who was fictional.” –Tina Reber, NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author of the LOVE series
“Absolutely amazing! I have not been this captivated by a book, by a series, in years! Thank you to everyone who told me to read these.” — Aleatha Romig, NYT Bestselling Author of the Consequences series
“I’m very stingy with five stars. I usually only give those to modern classics or books that I am absolutely crazy about. Here is why I think CID deserves five….” — Tarryn Fisher, USA Today Bestselling Author of the Love Me With Lies series
“Just know that I think it was an exhilarating (albeit somewhat exhausting) reading experience and I LOVED it. And… I appreciated it even more once I was done. I felt mostly… complete. Crazy right? Ahhh but sometimes, it just is what it is. It was rich, well rounded, uncomfortable, exciting and scary (in multiple ways). Emotionally affecting. I lived it, I didn’t just read it, although I was VERY happy to be on this side of the book. *phew* I may enjoy the fictional thrill and I may like it crazy at times, but I’m very content on the “safe” side of life.” — Maryse, Maryse’s Book Blog
— All three bestselling books in the Dark Duet Series
— The 100+ page novella DETERMINED TO OBEY, featuring secondary characters
— Eight scorching-hot fan-written Dark Duet short stories hand-selected by the author
— CJ’s favorite interviews
Title: Dark Duet: Platinum Edition
Author: CJ Roberts
Type: Platinum Edition Box Set
Genre: Dark Erotic Thriller
Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For twelve years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature. If Caleb is to get close enough to strike, he must become the very thing he abhors and kidnap a beautiful girl to train her to be all that he once was.
Eighteen-year-old Olivia Ruiz has just woken up in a strange place. Blindfolded and bound, there is only a calm male voice to welcome her. His name is Caleb, though he demands to be called Master. Olivia is young, beautiful, naïve and willful to a fault. She has a dark sensuality that cannot be hidden or denied, though she tries to accomplish both. Although she is frightened by the strong, sadistic, and arrogant man who holds her prisoner, what keeps Olivia awake in the dark is her unwelcome attraction to him.
WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, strong language, and graphic violence.
What is the price of redemption?
Rescued from sexual slavery by a mysterious Pakistani officer, Caleb carries the weight of a debt that must be paid in blood.
The road has been long and fraught with uncertainty, but for Caleb and Livvie, it’s all coming to an end.
Can he surrender the woman he loves for the sake of vengeance?
Or will he make the ultimate sacrifice?
I’m writing this because you begged. You know how I love the begging. In fact, you probably know too many things and know them far too well. Who am I? Well, that’s what I’m trying to figure out. I was a whore in my youth, a killer since my adolescence, and a monster as a man. I am the man who kidnapped Livvie. I am the man who held her in a dark room for weeks. But, most importantly, I am the man she loves. She loves me. It’s quite sick, isn’t it? Of course, there’s more to our story than can be surmised in a few short sentences, but I’m at a loss for justifying my behavior back then. I assume if you’re reading this, I don’t need to make those justifications. You’ve already made your own. You’re reading this because you want to know about the rest of the story. You want to know what happened that warm summer night in September of 2010, the night I met Livvie at The Paseo. It was the night my life changed all over again. It didn’t happen exactly as Livvie said. She’s been very kind to me in the retelling of our story. The truth is far more…complicated.
~ Exclusive ~
DETERMINED to OBEY
Release: November 11, 2014
DETERMINED to OBEY was written as part of the bonus material for DARK DUET: PLATINUM EDITION (Featuring Determined to Obey) and not meant to be read as a stand alone. However, it is possible to enjoy it as such if one prefers.
WARNING: 18+ ONLY. VERY FRANK LANGUAGE, GRAPHIC SEXUALITY AND COERCION. DO NOT READ IF MALE/MALE/FEMALE BOTHERS YOU! YOU ARE WARNED
The character “Kid” appears in both Captive in the Dark and Seduced in the Dark.
This novella takes place in Mexico and follows Kid after he and his girlfriend, Nancy, are taken hostage by a group of men led by Caleb. Unbeknownst to Kid or Nancy, they are taken to the mansion of Felipe Villanueva, an eccentric crime boss with a taste for the taboo.
Wrongfully accused by Nancy of the attempted rape and subsequent assault of Caleb’s escaped captive, “Kitten”, Kid is tortured by his captors.
We join Kid in the dungeon, where he is about to meet Felipe and his companion Celia for the first time…
CJ Roberts is an independent writer. She favors dark and erotic stories with taboo twists and her work has been called both sexy and disturbing in the same sentence.
She was born and raised in Southern California. Following high school, she joined the U.S. Air Force in 1998, served ten years and traveled the world.
Her DARK DUET series has sold over 150,000 copies and is currently optioned as a TV show. CJ invites her readers to sign the petition asking network executives from HBO, Showtime, Amazon, and Netflix to make these books a TV hit:
Posted by Black Heart Reviews on Oct 28, 2014 in Reviews | Comments Off on Jay Crownover’s Rowdy Character Tour: Nash Interview + Giveaway
The New York Times and USA
Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy
story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances.
After the only girl he ever loved
told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust
off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol’ boy looking
for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously,
especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn’t
going to let himself trust a woman again. But that’s before his new co-worker
arrives, a ghost from the past who’s suddenly making him question every lesson
he ever learned.
Salem Cruz grew up in house with too
many rules and too little fun—a world of unhappiness she couldn’t wait to
forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of
the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been head over heels in love with her
Now, fate and an old friend have
brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once
upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working
perfectly—until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to
tear them apart for good.
~ Saint interviews Nash ~
The tattoo she asked him to draw up for her and put on her
side has been going on for about five hours now and Saint is ready to be done.
They’ve been talking the entire time and he’s doing his best to distract her
but she’s barely hanging on at this point. Tattoos hurt and whoever says they
don’t is full of crap.
Saint has her arms crossed and her head buried in her arms.
The sound of the machine is hypnotic and so is the low thrum of Nash’s voice as
he talks to her.
Saint: What do you miss the most about Phil? You’ve done so
much since he’s been gone, have you taken time to appreciate how proud he would
be of all you’ve accomplished?
Nash is quiet for a minute, the first time he has been since
he started working on her: I miss the way he always held us up. We did a lot of
dumb shit throughout the years but Phil never gave up on us, never once tried
to kick any of us when we were down. I miss that he wanted all of us to be a
family and that he knew blood didn’t matter. I miss his art and his skill.
Whenever I couldn’t get a design right, or couldn’t figure out what was off on
a sketch he was always able to help me figure it out. I just miss him in
general but I feel him here in this shop and in the new one. I feel him in every
piece I get to leave on someone and I feel him every time I wake up to you in
the morning. I wouldn’t be a man you could love if it wasn’t for him.
Saint on a hum of pain: Speaking of giving up…was there a
time when you were done, when you just had had enough of me? You were dealing
with so much and definitely didn’t need my drama on top of it.
Nash: It wasn’t drama. I fucked up when I was younger. I was
an absolute dick and I hurt you. No one gets to decide how that affects you or
how you dealt with that but you. I needed to earn your trust and your love and
I totally got that. I was hurt you immediately thought the worst when you came
over that day and walked in on me and Royal, but I was never done…hell, I don’t
think we even really started so there was no way I could be finished. You were
and always have been worth every bit of effort asked of me to put in, Saint.
Now and then and for always, I will do the work.
Saint: You sure do have all the right answers to these
Nash with a silent laugh as he suddenly sits up and turns
off the machine: I’m super good at this game. I think we’re done.
Saint groans and doesn’t move: You are super good at
everything you do, obviously. You’re the only guy who has ever worked for me,
how does that make you feel?
He snaps his gloves off and reaches out to rub her lower
spine with the heel of his hand: You mean how does the fact that I’m the only
guy to ever get you off make me feel? Like a goddamn king. I won’t ever get to
be your first, but I’ll always be your best and I think that might be better. I
need to clean this up and wrap it up so I can take you home.
Saint mutters a dirty word at him and lets him pull her up
to a seated position: I can’t feel my legs.
Nash: That happens.
Saint: How does it look?
Nash: Since I’m anxious to get you home I’m counting that as
one of your questions. I’m only human and you’ve been sprawled out half naked
in front of me all afternoon. Take a look at tell me what you think.
He has to help her to her feet after cleaning her up as best
as he can and since it’s just them in the shop she doesn’t bother to cover
herself as he guides her to the mirror. She wanted a Japanese “Good Luck” cat
for prosperity and good fortune and also to match the massive dragon that
covers half his body. She got it but she also got an entire scene that started
at her hip and ended right below her breast.
The cat is there, so is a much smaller, much more delicate
dragon that wraps its way all the way around it.
Nash: It needs some highlights and shading still but…
She lifts up her head to look at him in the mirror: It’s us
His voice is thick and his eyes get dark when he dips his
head in acknowledgment: You are all my good fortune and I will always be there
to keep you safe and love you.
She leans back into him: What if I hated it?
He puts his arms around her and pulls her back into his
chest. She is topless and they are alone. Getting home might not be as much of
a priority as it was a minute ago.
Nash: That’s your last question by the way. It’s me. You
love me so there was no way you could do anything but love it.
He drops he head and nuzzles her neck.
Saint: I love it and you.
Nash: Good because I’m about to be all over just like that
dragon is all over that cat.
Goody…I was hoping you had something in mind to help
with the pain!!
I Know What I Am by Band of Skulls
She’s Automatic by Rancid
Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the
Marked Men series. She also introduced the dark and sexy world of The
Point in a new series this last summer starting with BETTER WHEN HE’s
BAD. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music
and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for
singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with
interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in
Colorado with her three dogs.
Posted by Black Heart Reviews on Oct 22, 2014 in Reviews | Comments Off on Review: King of Queens (Blackbrooke III) by Emma Silver
Series: Blackbrooke #3
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Crooked Cat
Genre: YA Horror
Source: Copy provided for honest review
Rating: ★★★★ ½
“I’ll find him, and I’ll kill him.”
Liberty Connor is back in Blackbrooke, and this time there’s no escape.
gates are closed, and the town has descended into chaos without its
precious Rules. Crits are roaming the streets day and night, picking off
humans where they find them.
Liberty must put an end to a plan
to finish the town and kill everyone, but there’s a catch: her childhood
friend and one time love, Cassius Godwin, is the ominous figure behind
the war – the King of Queens.
Liberty needs to set aside her feelings and, with the world watching, stop his madness before he destroys Blackbrooke for good.
But she’s running out of time…
To say I was eagerly anticipating the conclusion to Silver’s Blackbrooke series, would be a grave understatement. Blackbrooke was published in the summer of 2012 and was one of the stand out books I read that year. I loved the world Silver built and the characters she forced to live in that world. She brought new life into the horror world for me.
Blackbrooke was never your average town and being raised in it forces you to be something more than average. Maybe that is what makes this such a special series. The characters are not cardboard, because how could they be? Blackbrooke is a monster ridden small town, completely fenced in from the outside world. There is a reason for that but I imagine many of you have not read the first two books and I don’t want to give anything away. But, if you’ve seen the movie The Village – Blackbrooke lives under similar circumstances. Rules. Follow the rules. Obey them at all time or it very well could mean a violent death at the hands of the monsters known as Crits.
Liberty grew up living by the rules, survived by breaking pretty much every one of them and now that the rules no longer apply she is fighting not only for her life but the lives of the entire town.
Cassius is still more than he appears and even though I should have maybe gone in to this book hating him, I just couldn’t. He and Liberty have this crazy chemistry regardless of them loving each other or hating each other. You just know they belong with each other…someway.
It’s the struggle between them combined with danger of the Crits and the plotting of all the higher powers that keeps you nail biting throughout this entire series. You have tender caring moments on one page and blood curdling terror on the next.
I really did not know what to expect in with King of Queens. I had no idea how Silver would come up with an ending that would leave me satisfied. It’s really an impossible story. But she did it. Somehow she figured out how to turn the story around just enough to make me completely content with a story I thought there was no solution to.
I only held back a half star because there was something I really wanted out of the epilogue and didn’t get. I’ll have to imagine how that all works out in my head, but that’s okay, I think I know where she was going with it!
Posted by Black Heart Reviews on Oct 21, 2014 in Reviews | Comments Off on Rowdy by Jay Crownover Release Day Launch [Excerpt + Giveaway]
Marked Men #5
The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances.
After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol’ boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn’t going to let himself trust a woman again. But that’s before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who’s suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned.
Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun—a world of unhappiness she couldn’t wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been head over heels in love with her little sister.
Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly—until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good.
When I put the key he had given me in the door to his apartment it felt like the end of a long journey. Really it was only a little over twelve hours and I had stopped to nap once along the way, but it still felt like too long since I had seen his face or been able to touch all that toned and tattooed skin. Jimbo greeted me at the door when I pushed it open. His tongue lolled out of his mouth and he jumped up and put his paws on my legs. He was going to be huge when he finally grew into his fuzzy body and I was overwhelmed at how happy I was to see him. I dropped to my knees and rubbed my face in his neck as he licked me all over my face. I was obviously missed and I had to say it was just one more reason I knew I was finally where I was supposed to be. It was late, so the apartment was dark.
I checked the dog’s food and water, trying to be quiet in case Rowdy was already asleep. I was winding my way toward his bedroom when a haphazardly discarded sketch pad lying on the couch caught my eye in the dim light. I paused for a minute to pick it up and felt my heart stop and then start to race as I flipped through the first few pages. There were a couple of drawings that were obviously for clients, tattoos that hadn’t made it from paper to skin yet, but most of the pristine white pages were covered with images wearing my face. There was mermaid me, and naughty- sailor- girl me. There was sassy Indian girl me with long Pocahontas braids and there was sexy devil me standing next to angelic me. There were dozens of them all in different shapes and sizes, but every single image was undoubtedly modeled after my distinct look. I wasn’t sure if he had drawn them all over this last week while I had been gone or over the months we had been chasing each other in circles.
Either way it made my heart swell and the full certainty that I was it for him settle deep inside my bones. I set the pad down and tiptoed through the hall. Jimbo took one look at where I was going and huffed out a disgusted- sounding snort. The poor guy had learned early on that he wanted no part of what happened between his humans when they were together in the bedroom. The light was off and Rowdy was sprawled on his stomach across the covers. His blond hair was sticking up every- where and he hand one arm bent up under his head. The only thing that could have made the sight better would have been if he hadn’t bothered with the black boxers before crashing out.
Even with them obscuring the view, I couldn’t complain. I let out a breathless sigh and crept closer so that I could lean over and touch my lips to that anchor on the side of his neck. I felt his pulse leap and tasted the salt on his skin as he murmured sleepily and rolled over onto his back. Those infinitely blue eyes glowed at me in the dark as a grin pulled up the corner of his mouth.
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Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She will also be introducing the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this summer starting with ROWDY. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.
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