Avarice Unleashed by A.C. Melody

AVARICE UNLEASHED

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Hell hath no fury…

Saphiel’s gone and it’s all Kami’s fault.

Panicked and riddled with guilt, she turns to the only one who can help, only

to fall into the wrong hands time and again. It seems opportunity has knocked, and not a single enemy is

willing to miss out. Everyone wants their dues and Kami’s the perfect bait.

All she wants is to reunite with Saph and she’ll face off with the Devil, himself,

to do it.

Facing herself and the reluctant truths of her heart are a whole other matter,

especially when it could be too late. Will the unforgiving Avarice ever pardon her for endangering them

both?

 

As the calendar races toward Beltane, sickening plots of

greed and single-minded obsessions continue to unravel all around them, but their greatest challenge awaits in the aftermath

of retribution. Can they find some semblance of redemption in one another at

last, or will the demon within change everything?

…like a Devil unleashed.

 

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They’re baaack! The devilishly hot duo of Saphiel and Kami are back in the third installment of the Avarice series in Avarice Unleashed. (Though there is a girl on a leash, fair warning. s well as kinky sex, demonology, and some pretty twisted religious themes.) In other words, it’s a completely yummy, dark and twisty tale that A.C. is a master at telling.

Things aren’t looking too hot for Saph when we join this tale, and Kami is running around, trying to not only stay safe,but figure out what the seal has to do with Saph’s disappearance. She calls for help, but help isn’t exactly what she gets. A human family has got their clutches on Saph. Will Kami see him again? You’ll need to grab a copy to find out!

And you really, really should! What a wonderful book this outing! It’s steamy, kinda dirty, definitely kinky, and so different that you just can’t put it down. Bravo!

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BOOK #1

 

 

Devils Only.
It was a permanent note-to-self tattooed right above Kameo Kross’s panties, because anything less was a disappointment. Had anyone cared to issue the warning: Be careful what you wish for, she might have thought twice before wording it like an actual invitation.

Kami doesn’t fear pain, death or eternal damnation. She fears only submitting completely. A matter she usually has well in hand… until an unexpected detour into kink and a relentless bastard of a new boss decide to put all of her resistance–and chosen ink–to the trickiest of tests.

Warning: This a work of Dark Erotic fiction with possible triggers. If you are faint of heart, easily squeamish or sensitive to religious/world views and violence, please do not read this book.

Cliffhanger Warning: This is the First of Three books and ends in an abrupt cliffhanger.

 

 

BOOK #2

 

 

Run.


That’s Kami’s first instinct when shit gets a little too real for her peace of mind.

 

Kink was supposed to be an escape, a release, but her mysterious Dom robbed her of that and there’s no going back. Her job was supposed to be an accomplishment, a step forward, but Mr. Kress took that from her and twisted it to his own design.

 

They want her to submit.

 

If Kami had her way, they’d both be kissing her ass on her way out the door.

 

Now, there’s a new threat hanging over her head. An unknown enemy wants to expose all of Kami’s sordid, depraved secrets to the media. Little do they know, that even she has no clue who in the hell she really is…but someone does.

 

Someone who’s about to reveal an incomprehensible tale. A truth that will unravel Kami’s entire life at the seams. Everything she’s ever believed will be altered as she’s thrust into a world she’d never feared existed, and only one undeniable fact will ring through the loudest:

 

Running had never been an option.

 

Trigger/Content Warning: This book contains unorthodox religious views, graphic anal sex, explicit language, dark eroticism, BDSM, violence and references to demonology, paganism and the occult. Intended for mature 18+ audiences only!

 

 

 

A.C. Melody is a quirky, unconventional and often contrary (mostly to her muse) hybrid author, both traditionally and self-published. She has a soft spot for hard ass alphas and the strong women who capture their hearts. Her favorite part of writing, is having the ability to explore her favorite subjects from unique angles. Also, she loves putting her characters through the ringer one way or another, to expose all of the various facets that make them tick. She’s guilty of putting all her money on the underdogs, the anti-heroes and the shameless whores.

 

Outside of writing, A.C. is a confessed javaholic who loves reading, music, gaming, American Football, ancient civilizations, foreign cultures and everything supernatural. She has an insatiable curiosity that tends to earn her more hobbies than time. You can find her in the beautifully green Pacific Northwest with her two teenage sons and two blue-eyed, Himalayan-Siamese mixes who think they own the joint.

 

 

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Release Date: May 23
Series: Bound Forever, Book 2
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For Emmalyn and Kodah being set free meant living in the real world away from the clutches of her step-father. It meant living a life they always dreamed about together.

But it’s never that easy, is it?

Life is cruel and untamed.

And not everything in their past can be forgotten. Nor is it as settled as they hoped.

With their new-found freedom comes challenges no one should ever face. Separated by memory but together at heart Emmy and Kodah must find their way back to each other so they can finally live their happily ever after.

So they can once and for all be set free.

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About the Author:

M.R. Leahy was born in Amarillo, TX, where she was briefly raised before moving to a small Island in the middle of the Puget Sound called Whidbey Island. Growing up she lived with her mom and younger sister and a few cousins scattered close by.

As soon as she could, M.R. Leahy left the small island to get a feel for what the world had in store. After jumping around a few places, she landed in beautiful Wilmington, NC where she not only met the love of her life but became pregnant with her first child. Not long after finding out about the life they created they married and moved to San Diego, CA so they could be closer to family and start the beginning to their forever.

M.R. Leahy now has two beautiful boys and is living life to the fullest, not taking anything for granted. She now spends her time being a stay at home mom. When she’s not making lunches and kissing booboos, you can find her nose deep in a book getting lost in the many different worlds authors provide, or writing and creating different stories of her own.

M.R. Leahy writes dark romances but also has her hands in contemporary romance and romantic comedy. Her possibilities are endless.

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Her Hero by Jane Henry and Maisy Archer

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Donnie Nolan learned early that the secret to life is control. Born into a world of blood and violence, he broke free from the chains of his past with the help of Master Blake and his crew at The Club, and vowed that nothing would drag him back… until a knock at the door reminds him that there are some chains that can never be broken.

All Grace Diaz had ever dreamed about was freedom – freedom to control her destiny, to explore her passions, and to love the boy who’d always been her hero. But those dreams died the day Donnie Nolan left the neighborhood. Now, thanks to her older brother’s debts, Grace has become a pawn in a criminal chess game. Kidnapped and held by a man with ties to human traffickers, freedom has never felt like more of a dream.

Donnie must confront his painful past to save Grace. But what will happen when she realizes that he’s not the knight in shining armor she once thought he was, but a sadist who longs for control? Will Donnie be able to reconcile his dark desires with his need to be… her hero?

Publisher’s Note: This book is intended for adults only. It contains raw elements of violence, power exchange, and mild BDSM, including the disciplining of adult women. If these themes offend you, please do not purchase.

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Her Hero is the Sixth book in the Boston Doms series by the talented team of Jane Henry and Maisy Archer. One of my favorite BDSM series, this one brings us to The Club South, which happens to be in Quincy, Ma., my old hometown. (I still live close, and boy do I wish there were an actual club there, so readers, don’t go looking.)

Our Hero of the story is Donnie Nolan, manager of The Club South, he’s gotten away from his old legbreaker days from his gangster cousin Mikey Nolan and has become a respected Dom. An old friend comes through his doors and sends him on a rescue mission back into Mikey’s purvue. He goes after the woman who hero worshipped him growing up, his Grace.

He brings Grace back to the club to keep her safe, but who’s going to keep Grace safe from him? Both want each other but age and her virginity, added with the danger she’s in make Donnie keep his hands off. But who holds out the longest? Grace has loved Donnie for years.

I loved this! The mix of sensuality plus danger and suspense was phenomenal, and I just knew something was up with that sub. ’nuff said. Plus, being a native of South Boston and Quincy Massachusetts makes this series a bit more special for me.

5 Sexy Spanktastic Stars

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Her Relentless SEAL by Caitlyn O’Leary

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Small-town girl Evie Avery’s dream vacation has become her worst nightmare. Now she’s on the run in a foreign country, and has no idea why.

NO ROOM FOR ERROR

Navy SEAL, Aiden O’Malley, had his reasons for turning his back on Evie all those months ago, but he hasn’t been able to get her out of his mind. She changed him, for better or worse. When he finds out she’s missing, long-pent-up feelings come roaring to life, and he will stop at nothing to bring her home.

A LOVE WORTH FIGHTING FOR

Evie finds herself face-to-face with a man she vowed to forget. The flame she thought had burned out months ago suddenly ignites. Storming back to Tennessee, she is mad as hell when he follows her. Worse, she finds that the terror she’d experienced abroad, is still stalking her. Aiden hounds Evie’s every step as he tries to keep her alive, but she doesn’t care, it’s not his protection she wants. If she can’t have his heart, she wants him gone. As the enemy closes in, Aiden wonders if there enough of his battered soul to give to a woman who deserves the world.

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Her Relentless SEAL is the 10th book in the Midnight Delta series by Caitlyn O’leary, and I for one have no problem if it keeps right on going. It’s a great series, and one of my favorites! Honestly, who wouldn’t want one of those Midnight Delta boys?

Our MD man up in rotation this time around is sexy Aiden O’Malley. Aiden had let Evie go for what he thought was her own good, but when she’s taken hostage in Turkey, he goes after her and makes sure that she knows he’s back for the long haul. Which is a good thing, because her stalker hasn’t forgotten about her.

This book was a continuation of the pure brilliance of this series. It was a page turner that sucked me in from page one all the way until the very end. The characters had great chemistry, and it was a joy watching Aiden and Evie get back together.

5 Star Salute!

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Caitlyn O’Leary is an avid reader, and considers herself a fan first and an author second. She reads a wide variety of genres, but finds herself going back to happily-ever-afters. Getting a chance to write, after years in corporate America is a dream come true. She hopes that her stories provide the kind of entertainment and escape that she has found from some of her favorite authors. Her Series Include: THE FOUND: It’s a bit Paranormal, a bit Sci-Fi and 100% Action/Adventure. The characters have special abilities, that make them targets. MIDNIGHT DELTA This is focused on a group of Navy Seals. What makes them special is their bond to one another, and the women they come to love. FATE HARBOR This is the series that started her career, it is a Menage Series that takes place in Fate Harbor Washington. It focuses on a tight knit community who live and love and care for one another. She loves to hear from her readers. caitlyn@caitlynoleary.com

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Cover Reveal! All About the D by Lex Martin and Leslie McAdam

 

Title: All About the D

Authors: Lex Martin & Leslie McAdam

Genre: Standalone Romantic Comedy

Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs

Model: Mitchell Wick

Photographer: Wong Sim

Release Date: May 2, 2017

 

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A

sexy new romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author Lex Martin

and bestselling author Leslie McAdam…

ALL

ABOUT THE D

I’m

known for being formal. Meticulous. Professional.

 

So

you’d never suspect I spend my nights photographing my impressive junk for a

NSFW blog. Don’t roll your eyes. I’m not bragging. I have millions of followers

who’ll tell you they live for my posts. 

 

I’m

like a superhero, saving humanity one dick pic at a time.

 

Except

leading a double life means I need someone to help me protect my anonymity, so

that no one, especially my family, ever discovers my online celebrity.

 

When

I call one of the most respected law firms in town, I expect quality legal

advice and confidentiality. Not a sinfully sexy attorney whose dangerous curves

and soul-piercing gray eyes make me want to personally demonstrate my

particular skill set. 

 

I

shouldn’t be tempted.

 

Especially

when she knows all of my best-kept secrets. But everyone has a breaking point.

And I’ve met mine.

 

 

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Lex Martin

Lex writes contemporary romance, the sexy kind with lotsa

angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she’s not

writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher.

She loves printing black and white photos, listening to

music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust,

she’s  lived all over the country but

currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.

Lex is represented by Kimberly Brower of Brower Literary

& Management.

Leslie McAdam

Leslie McAdam is a California girl who loves romance, Little

Dude, and well-defined abs. She lives in a drafty old farmhouse on a small

orange tree farm in Southern California with her husband and two small

children. Leslie always encourages her kids to be themselves – even if it means

letting her daughter wear leopard print from head to toe. An avid reader from a

young age, she will always trade watching TV for reading a book, unless it’s

Top Gear. Or football. Leslie is employed by day but spends her nights writing

about the men you fantasize about. She’s unapologetically sarcastic and

notoriously terrible at comma placement.

Always up for a laugh, Leslie tries to see humor in all

things. When she’s not in the writing cave you’ll find her fangirling over

Beck, camping with her family, or mixing up oil paints to depict her love of

outdoors on canvas.

Sweetest Obsession by Ann Mayburn

This is a STANDALONE insta-obsession erotic romance set in the Cordova Empire series (no cheating-HEA-no cliffhanger)

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In my family, there’s an old story going back generations about love at first sight. I used to think it was a fairytale, until I met my sweet Joy. The more I got to know her, the more I wanted her. But the world of the cartels is a dangerous place, so I watched her from afar, wishing things were different and I could claim her for my own. Despite my best efforts to keep her safe, evil found Joy. After she endured a savage beating at the hands of a rival cartel, I vowed to do everything in my power to make her mine and win her heart. I can only pray that when she finds out the truth about me, and the things I’ve done to bind her to me forever, that she’ll be able to love the monster I really am.

Joy

Without a doubt, Ramon Cordova is one of the biggest jerks I’ve ever met. He’s egotistical, bossy, and seems to know how to push all my buttons. Too bad he’s also sinfully handsome, utterly charming when he wants to be, and is the only man I feel safe with. After the attack, I’ve become afraid of the world outside of my home—afraid of crowds, afraid of loud noises, afraid of everything. When I’m in Ramon’s strong arms, those fears melt away. I know there’s a darkness inside of him that he tries to hide, and I’m afraid that when I finally find out the secrets he’s been keeping, he’ll destroy what’s left of my battered heart.

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With over forty published books, Ann is Queen of the Castle to her husband and three sons in the mountains of West Virginia. In her past lives she’s been an Import Broker, a Communications Specialist, a US Navy Civilian Contractor, a Bartender/Waitress, and an actor at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. She also spent a summer touring with the Grateful Dead-though she will deny to her children that it ever happened.

From a young Ann has had a love affair with books would read everything she could get her hands on. As Ann grew older, and her hormones kicked in, she discovered bodice ripping Fabio-esque romance novels. They were great at first, but she soon grew tired of the endless stories with a big wonderful emotional buildup to really short and crappy sex. Never a big fan of purple prose, throbbing spears of fleshy pleasure and wet honey pots make her giggle, she sought out books that gave the sex scenes in the story just as muchd etail and plot as everything else-without using cringe worthy euphemisms. This led her to the wonderful world of Erotic Romance, and she’s never looked back.

Now Ann spends her days trying to tune out cartoons playing in the background to get into her ‘sexy space’ and has accepted that her Muse has a severe case of ADD.

Ann loves to talk with her fans, as long as they realize she’s weird, and that sarcasm doesn’t translate well via text.

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Welcome to April 28th is Kiss Your Mate Day eBook Giveaway Event. Believe it or not, Kiss Your Mate Day is an actual holiday. So pucker up and give that special someone in your life a big fat kiss of love. To recognize this romantic day, a group of talented romance authors has come together to celebrate hugs and kisses, from romantic love to paranormal love to contemporary love. It’s all here, a weekend of free eBooks to last you through the spring.

Don’t wait to meet your next favorite author and book. The giveaway will only run from April 27th-30th. So be sure to click on the book cover, which will take you to a page where you can download your FREE eBook. To learn more about an author, simply click on the author’s name.

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Coming June 13th!!! More Than Need You (More Than Words Series) by Shayla Black

Release Date: June 13, 2017

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I’m Griffin Reed—cutthroat entrepreneur and competitive bastard. Trust is a four-letter word and everyone is disposable…except Britta Stone. Three years ago, she was my everything before I stupidly threw her away. I thought I’d paid for my sin in misery—until I learned we have a son. Finding out she’s engaged to a bore who’s rushing her to the altar pisses me off even more. I intend to win her back and raise our boy. I’ll have to get ruthless, of course. Luckily, that’s one of my most singular talents.

Sixty days. That’s what I’m asking the gritty, independent single mother to give me—twenty-four/seven. Under my roof. And if I have my way, in my bed. Britta says she wants nothing to do with me. But her body language and passionate kisses make her a liar. Now all I have to do is coax her into surrendering to the old magic between us. Once I have her right where I want her, I’ll do whatever it takes to prove I more than need her.

This book is the second in the More Than Words series. The books are companions, not serials, meaning that backstory, secondary characters, and other elements will be easier to relate to if you read the installments in order, but the main romance of each book is a stand-alone.

This book contains lines that may make you laugh, events that may make you cry, and scenes that will probably have you squirming in your seat. Don’t worry about cliffhangers. HEA guaranteed! (Does not contain elements of BDSM or romantic suspense.)

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Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty novels. For nearly twenty years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages.

Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past eight years.

Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and two spoiled tabbies. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

 

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arrangedKash Kamdar is the king of a peaceful but powerful island nation. As Loa Mali’s sovereign, he is always in control, the final authority. Until his mother uses an ancient law to force her son into marriage. His prospective queen is a buttoned-up intellectual, nothing like Kash’s usual party girl. Still, from the moment of their forced engagement, he can’t stop thinking about her.

Dayita Samar comes from one of Loa Mali’s most respected families. The Oxford-educated scientist has dedicated her life to her country’s future. But under her staid and calm exterior, Day hides a few sexy secrets of her own. She is willing to marry her king, but also agrees that they can circumvent the law. Just because they’re married doesn’t mean they have to change their lives. It certainly doesn’t mean they have to fall in love.

After one wild weekend in Dallas, Kash discovers his bride-to-be is more than she seems. Engulfed in a changing world, Kash finds exciting new possibilities for himself. Could Day help him find respite from the crushing responsibility he’s carried all his life? This fairy tale could have a happy ending, if only they can escape Kash’s past…

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First, I would just like to say I’m a huge fan of Lexi’s and a huge fan of the Masters and Mercenaries series. I sincerely hope Lexi doesn’t get upset, but not so much a fan of this book.

The writing, as always, is brilliant, but after the beginning, when we see Kash and Dayita as two college kids at Oxford, the two characters take a decidedly different course. Kash becomes a spoiled brat who parties and sleeps with prostitutes, and Day becomes…Mistress Day. And right there is about where you lost me in the plot.

I am not a fan of books with dommes, especially if I haven’t known them throughout a series. I pretty much will skip books in a series where the female is the dominant. I just found Day to be too bossy, too arrogant, and trying too hard to prove she wore the pants in the kingdom. It was cool seeing the other members of Ian’s team inserted here and there trying to keep the royals from Moa Laui safe, but not enough to make me truly happy. I shall just have to wait for the next book.

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“Are we a happy couple?”

“I don’t think we’ve had time enough to be sure of that yet, but I know we were once.” She’d thought it through in a way she never had before. She had a much different view of those months with Kash in England. “You were courting me back then, weren’t you? You wanted me to be your girlfriend.”

He sat down in the plush chair that dominated the sitting area portion of his bedroom. Normally they stayed in the living room, but he’d wanted more privacy. This was the only place in his suite that wasn’t covered by CCTV, the only place where they could truly be alone. Everything about the space was masculine and decadent, including the man himself. With his hair disheveled and his chest on display, it wasn’t hard at all to see him as a primal male.

One she’d dearly enjoy taming.

“I don’t think you realized it at the time.”

She was willing to admit her faults. “I didn’t. I had my nose in a book most of the time back then and I had little experience with men. No, I had no idea you were interested in me beyond copying my notes from class when you slept in.”

“It would surprise you to know that I often thought about sleeping in with you.” His voice had gone low and gentle. “I was crazy about you back then, Day. I find myself in the same position today, but I don’t want to scare you. I know you think we should take this slow and I will honor your wishes, but I want this marriage to work. You see me as a playboy, but I don’t want to be some forty-plus player who trades on his money to keep young girls around him. I think it might be time for me to find out if I can be the king my father would have wanted me to be.”

It was all she needed to hear. If he wanted to try, she was ready. Despite his reputation, she’d fallen right back into a peaceful friendship with him. He’d been the old Kash, supporting her when she needed it. He’d asked her questions about her work with the education department and then gave her ideas on how to handle the parliament. He hadn’t told her what she should do. He’d suggested, debated.

“I think you’ll find me less averse to giving this marriage a real try than you think. I was planning on talking to you about using the Palm Ceremony to begin to explore what we could be as a couple.”

He frowned. “I’m not sure what that means. You want to talk? Or have counseling? Because that sounds terrible.”

“I was talking about sex, Kashmir. I thought we could use this time to see if we’re sexually compatible.”

He popped up out of his chair like an eager puppy. “Yes. I think that is a brilliant idea. We should start now. Don’t worry. I intend to be gentle with you.”

She didn’t move at all. “Like you are with your lovely flowers?”

“Women deserve a man’s care,” he said quietly. “Day, I can’t erase my past.”

“I don’t want you to.” He misunderstood her problems with his statement. “But I do need you to understand that I’m not one of those flowers. I’m not here to sit at your side and bat my eyelashes in the hopes that you’ll buy something for me. I don’t work like that. I don’t care about your money.”

“That is easy for you to say. You’re about to have access to all of it, aren’t you?”

He had a point. “Even if I wasn’t, that wouldn’t be why I would want you, Kash. Sit down. We have some things to talk about before we get started. Come here close to me.”

He moved to the chaise she was sitting on, lowering himself down with a sullen frown. “I knew there would be talking.”

She was fairly certain his lovely flowers did very little talking, but he would get used to it. “Why did you want me back then?”

“I liked you. I liked talking to you. I liked being around you. I rather liked who I was when I was around you.” His expression softened. “I don’t think you knew how alluring you were to someone like me. You didn’t understand how beautiful you were, so you didn’t use it against me. Most women do.”

“Well, that happens when you surround yourself with women who are mostly valued for their looks. I don’t blame them. They’ve been told their beauty is the only thing worthy about them. If you want to meet women who don’t feel that way, you should probably expand out of models and actresses.”

“Well, you would be surprised how many gorgeous, sexy physicists turn me down because I’m not smart enough for them.”

 

 

 

 

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog int eh world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

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