Release Blitz: More Than Love by Ja’nese Dixon

Title: More Than Love 

Series: After I Do #20 

Author: Ja’nese Dixon

Genre: Contemporary Romance 




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Burn or Sign.

Love, at first sight, is how I describe the second I met my wife. It sounds cliche. It sounds romantic. But I knew Meghan would be my wife from the moment she blew off my request for a date.

Then the quest to make her mine became an obsession. I didn’t need years to know. All I needed was a single word: Yes.

We met. We married. It’s been good. Or, so I thought.

And now her gold band rests on top of a divorce decree and my wife, the woman I love, won’t look me in the eyes.

I’m a closer. I assess the risk, opportunity, and sweeten the offering enough to make my opponent think he’s bested me. I close billion-dollar deals because I know every weakness, every secret, every opportunity. But I didn’t see this coming.

The ultimatum of thirty days to repair the marriage I didn’t know was broken. To burn the decree or sign it, as if our forever is optional.

I swallow around the unexpected rage solidifying in my throat and I prepare to close the most significant deal of my life. And the prize isn’t financial, the prize is my wife’s heart.

I declare my victory with a master plan in mind until I realize I’ve grossly underestimated my opponent.


This coming February, you’re officially invited to attend a month-long celebration of love! Twenty-eight of your favorite short steamy romance authors have teamed up to bring you stories that will make you swoon, laugh and set your e-readers on fire! Whether they’ve stumbled into love, fallen for their worst enemy, corralled their bestie or are fighting to rekindle a lost love- Tag along and find out what happens “After I Do.”


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Release Blitz: Romancing The Billionaire by Fern Frasier

Title: Romancing The Billionaire 

Series: Galentine’s Getaway 

Author: Fern Fraser 

Genre: Contemporary Romance 



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 A dare, a lie and a vacation fling that just might lead to a forever kind of love ♥

Emmy

I might be young and idealistic, but I set goals in life. One of which–being a successful romance author–I’m already living. While at a writer’s retreat with my besties, I drink too much Champagne and let my secret slip. I may write about dirty things but have no real life experience. My friend suggests a solution and the smoking hot mountain resort groundskeeper seems like the perfect candidate to help solve my ‘V-card ‘problem.’

Griff

I have more money than I know what to do with, and giving it away makes me happy. I’m tired of people judging me by the number of zeroes in my bank account. Being burned one too many times leaves me feeling guarded and private.

I own Big Bear Lodge mountain resort, and when a sweet and way-too-young-for-me guest assumes I work here, I don’t correct her. After one heated night spent in each other’s arms, we both want more. I won’t let any other man have her, but in order to claim her, I have to come clean. She values honesty above all things and we started with a lie. Will she accept me when she finds out who I really am?

Steamy sweet instalove age gap short romance between a secret billionaire philanthropist and a sassy, curvy girl. Safe, no OM/OW drama and a guaranteed Happily Ever After.


What happens at the yearly writer’s retreat stays at the retreat…except the bonds these authors forge and the stories they tell. But someone forgot to mention that to the men they find themselves falling for in stunning Lake Tahoe. From the small-town sheriff to the hot, bossy cowboy to the grumpy, reclusive mountain man, these romance authors have stumbled upon real life trope-tastic heroes that sweep them off their feet. Sometimes literally. Get ready to laugh, cry, and swoon this Valentine’s Day when these six authors bring you on a Galentine’s Getaway you won’t forget.

Galentine’s Getaway is a collection of steamy short romances brought to by six of your favorite instalove authors!


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Fern Fraser is a steamy short contemporary romance author who knows love at first sight is real. Fern’s books feature possessive Alpha Heroes and the Strong Sassy Women who bring them to their knees.  The path to true love isn’t always a straight line, but with laughter and steam, happy endings are real. Every Single Time. 

 

Fern Fraser: Short Romance with Heart and Hot Happy Endings.

 

Fern Fraser is a steamy short contemporary romance author who knows love at first sight is real. Fern’s books feature possessive Alpha Heroes and the Strong Sassy Women who bring them to their knees.  The path to true love isn’t always a straight line, but with laughter and steam, happy endings are real. Every Single Time. 

 

Fern Fraser: Short Romance with Heart and Hot Happy Endings.

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Release Blitz: Dating The Boss by Kameron Claire



Title: Dating The Boss 

Series: Matchmakers Inc #9

Author: Kameron Claire 

Genre: Contemporary Romance 



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He’s Spring City’s hottest and most eligible bachelor attending A-list events with his small entourage, but what he really wants are nights at home with his off-limits assistant. She’s tired of being the boss’s third wheel and accepts an invitation to the MatchMaker’s Valentine’s Day speed dating event, even though what she really wants is him. When he learns he might lose her to one of twenty potential men, he makes a decision to cross a line that could cost them both personally and professionally, but will he be too late?
Is the risk worth the reward?

This Valentine’s Day, our heroes and heroines are skipping the dating apps and attending one of MatchMakers Inc. famous Speed Dating events. Is five minutes enough time to feel a spark of chemistry? Is love truly in the air? Go on a speed date with us and find out!

This February, thirteen of your favorite romance authors celebrate steamy instalove in this Valentine’s Day series!

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USA Today Bestselling Author Kameron Claire loves building worlds where heroes and heroines push, pull, and fight their way to the love and happiness they deserve. She writes full length and short, steamy romance with an emphasis on strong female characters—often in male-dominated roles—and the alpha men who know how to love and support kick-ass, take-charge women.

While she may not need him to save her, she wants him to love, support, and most of all, RAVISH her.

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Blog Tour: Dad Bod- Men Built For Comfort Books 15-20

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Dad Bods made a big impression in 2021 – and they’re not going anywhere! This January, some of your favorite contemporary romance authors are bringing you a sexy selection of brawny, hot Dad Bods and the women who love their men with a little something extra to hold on to. These men may be built for comfort but don’t be fooled – they will stop at nothing to protect the women who’ve claimed their hearts


Title: Beefing with the Dad Bod
Series: Dad Bod – Men Built For Comfort #15
Author: Shyla Colt



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I’ve suspected my engagement has been broken for a while, and no amount of nails can hold it together.
I’ve had a secret dream for a long time, and now it’s time to DIY it and start fresh. After I kick my unsupportive fiancé to the curb, I quit my corporate gig and purchase my first house—a fixer-upper that looks better on paper than it does down to the bones.
Suddenly this all feels a little too real.
To make matters worse, my new neighbor is the cocky quarterback I spent four years tutoring, Bennett Cromwell. Our love/hate relationship is still heavy on the hate, which is the last thing I need after sawing away the man who stood in the way of my happiness.
Now, I have the sexy tattoo artist doling out unsolicited advice, annoyingly helpful assistance, and sinful dreams. If I can’t keep him and his adorable puppy off my property, I may forget why I loathe him.
There’s a thin line between love and hate, and our fights leave me nailed in more ways than one.

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Title: Dad Bod Bodyguard
Series: Dad Bod – Men Built For Comfort #16
Author:  Penn Rivers


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The mission is simple: keep the Senator’s daughter safe until the election’s over.
This should be a piece of cake.

As the owner of a top level protection agency, there is no one more qualified than me to play bodyguard to beautiful, bubbly Lyn Houston. In fact, guarding her body is a privilege because her curves are what dreams are made of. Soft and sweet, with extra cushion for the pushin’–

Ahem. I’m a professional.
I’m strong. Smart. Capable. But I should’ve known things wouldn’t be easy.

Plush little damsels in distress are my kryptonite.

I’m a little thick around the middle myself, but it’s never stopped me from getting what I want. Except this time, what I want is for this stubborn woman to stop making my job so difficult.

She could start by taking the threat seriously instead of running out into traffic to save kittens. She could do as she’s told, and actually lock her windows at night. Or hey, she could stop baking so many delicious cupcakes and learn some self-defense moves.

My nerves– and waistline– would thank her.

Instead, she drives me crazy with her sassy mouth and ability to always see the bright side of things.

If we make it to election day, it will be a miracle.
If I make it there without kissing her silly, it will be a damn sin.

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Title: Devoured by the Dad Bod
Series: Dad Bod – Men Built For Comfort #17
Author: Autumn Knight


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Ty: I’ve been putting my whole heart and soul into perfecting my Jamaican pastries for so long I almost forgot what it is like to be attracted to a woman. Food never breaks your heart. But when I meet Chance for the first time, I almost forget that I’m about to realize my dream of opening Jamaican Me Hungry, my own coffee and pastry shop.

Chance: Travelling and having adventures has been my life since I was old enough to drive. I thought I might be ready to settle down when Rosie and Frank welcome me into their family, but then I meet Ty. I think there might be one more move in my future!

Devoured by the Dad Bod is part of the Dad Bod – Men Built for Comfort series but it’s also part of the Daily Special series. What can you expect? Older men and younger women, steamy scenes, and happily ever after endings. If you crave more sweet and steamy lunch hours, these short reads are for you!

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Title: Dad Bod Lumberjack
Series: Dad Bod – Men Built For Comfort #18
Author: Gia Bailey


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I’ve just met the woman from hell.
She broke my window, chained herself to my tree, insulted me at every turn, and turned my life upside down.
And I am never letting her go.

I live a quiet, reclusive life, with only my dangerous job as a source of thrills, but that all changes when I find Megan at the side of the road. Or, I should say, when she breaks my window and demands my help. She’s a hellion, my little cookie, and yet, from first glance, I’m addicted. She’s been through a lot, and I’m going to ease her worries. She needs someone to take care of her, and I am that man.

Dad Bods made a big impression in 2021 – and they’re not going anywhere! This January, some of your favorite contemporary romance authors are bringing you a sexy selection of brawny, hot Dad Bods and the women who love their men with a little something extra to hold on to.

These men may be built for comfort but don’t be fooled – they will stop at nothing to protect the women who’ve claimed their hearts.

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Title: Dad Bod Mechanic
Series: Dad Bod – Men Built For Comfort #19
Author:  Sammi Starlight


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After her recent heartbreak, Norah moves back to her hometown to rejoin her best friend Missy at college. With some unfortunate car trouble, she finds herself face to face with an old high-school crush: Mr Adams.

Inviting her to stay at their place, he offers a shoulder to lean on. Conflicted, Norah does not want to upset her friendship with Missy but feels that familiar pull to her younger infatuation. Giving in to temptation, she uses her feminine wiles to show him the passionate young lady she has grown into. Not invincible to her charm, he begins to see her in a new light, creating a whole new dimension to their relationship. Yet, with change comes complications and they both try to deny what is happening for the sake of their mutual loved one.

Can Norah ever have her happy ending?

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Title: Dad Boy Country Boy
Series: Dad Bod – Men Built For Comfort #20
Author:  Jailaa West


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“She chased her dreams. But he held her heart.”

For every woman who runs away to chase big city dreams, there’s always a country man secretly hoping she’ll come back.

Ryan thought he’d seen the last of his best friend, Alix—who’s hitting the charts as a country music star—until she shows up at their school reunion. Could this be his chance to show her what she really means to him?

All Alix ever wanted was to hit it big in country music, but that dream’s on hold until she deals with her paralyzing panic attacks. He’s always been her break-in-case-of-emergency guy, but is she coming back to use him and lose him? Or will she finally realize what he’s known all along?

One-click now to grab this steamy, small town, friends to lovers romance that is part of the hit Dad Bods series. These men may be built for comfort but don’t be fooled – they will stop at nothing to protect the women who’ve claimed their hearts.

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Blog Tour: The War Within by LisaMarie Kade

Title: The War Within
Author: Lisamarie Kade
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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The Maxwell brothers and Fallon grew up as best friends…

Fallon~
Once upon a time I had a secret crush on one brother.
I grew up and started falling for the other brother.

Then tragedy struck.

Trent~
She belongs to my brother. I shouldn’t want her.
What happened wasn’t supposed to change things between us.
But it did.
Lines start to blur when it comes to our friendship.
We’ve created a dangerous web tangled in a mess of guilt and desire.

Now there’s a war brewing within.


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Lisamarie Kade is a romance author living in the sunshine state with her husband and small army of children.
When not writing, she can be found chasing the kids around or volunteering for one of their many activities.
Lisamarie enjoys chocolate peanut cups, music, and reading something steamy while sipping sweet wine.

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Blog Tour: Shadow by Emma Jayne Mills



Title: Shadow: An Everyday Heroes World Novel
Series: The Everyday Heroes World
Author: Emma Jayne Mills
Genre: Romantic Suspense



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Emma Jayne Mills’ Shadow is a fast paced, sultry, romantic suspense written in K. Bromberg’s Everyday Heroes World.

“Nothing lasts forever…”

Madeleine Hayes was dragged away from her quiet British life when she was just a teenager. As much as she loved Sunnyville, California, something stopped her from ever feeling at home there and twelve years later, following her father’s death, she has questions. With nothing left to lose, Maddie returns to her home town to dig into the events that sent her family fleeing for their lives all those years ago.

Kaden Kemp’s life was torn apart the night he witnessed his father’s murder. A corrupt police force ensured no one paid for the crime but he always knew exactly who was responsible. With no choice but to get on with his life, he thinks the events of that night are behind him, until the killer’s daughter returns to Frost Ford. Kaden is determined to finally get justice. If he can keep his hands off her, that is.

The spark between them is undeniable as sworn enemies are forced to work together to uncover a deadly secret.

Will they survive?



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Emma had a dream. It took a long time to realise that dream.

When it finally happened, it came via a career as a pre-school teacher, becoming a Mum of three, and 15 years as an army wife, following her husband from posting to posting across the UK and Europe while he served his country. She and her family have now left the army bubble and settled in their forever home of Spain.

In between masquerading as a domestic goddess and drinking gallons of sangria in the name of staying cool she has, at last, sat down and listened to the voices in her head.

Emma writes strong female leads who enjoy running in circles around the men who turn to mush for them. Her books can be dark and twisty, with bloodshed before the happy ever after, but she’ll get you there. Eventually.



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Release Blitz: Dirty Little Secret by LK Farlow

Title: Dirty Little Secret
Author: LK Farlow
Genre: New Adult
Older Brother’s Best Friend Romance
Release Date: September 23, 2021

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She’s always been off-limits. Forbidden. Way too young for the likes of me.
And yet, she still managed to carve out a space for herself in my heart.
But when push came to shove, I made the only choice I could, and I did it even knowing it would break her heart.
I’m back now, and ready to make her mine. Only, she’s not the sweet girl I left behind. She’s wild, reckless, and sexy-as-hell…a challenge I’m all too eager to meet.

STELLA

He was only ever meant to be a crush. After all, what girl isn’t into her older brother’s best friend?
But somehow, our innocent flirting quickly gave way to so much more. He swore he felt the same way about me… he promised we’d tell my brother together the day I turned eighteen.
Except the night before my birthday, he did the unthinkable, and now I’m not sure I know how to forgive him.
All I know is, I refuse to be anyone’s dirty little secret.

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LK Farlow (A.K.A Kate) is a small town girl with a love for words. She’s been writing stories for as long as she can remember. A Southern girl through and through, Kate resides in beautiful, sunny LA–that’s Lower Alabama, y’all–with her amazing husband and four rambunctious children. When she’s not writing, you can find her snuggled up on the couch watching car shows while she crochets or with her nose in a book.
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Cover Reveal: My Girl by Dorothy Ewels

Title: My Girl
Author: Dorothy Ewels
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 15 October 2021


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Gabriel Stone’s answer to all life’s problems is to avoid facing it head on. When a serious accident threatens to end his career as a drummer, his life is thrown into turmoil.

Sister to the band’s manager, and lifetime friend, Sheridan Daniels opens her home to Gabriel as a place to recover and hide from the world, as their family had done before. But Gabriel’s teetering on the edge. Can Sheridan pull him back or will all be lost?


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South African author Dorothy Ewels lives in the city of her birth, Cape Town, with her husband, son, two crazy rescue dogs and a cat with plenty of cattitude. A lifelong love affair with reading got her writing at a young age, but it wasn’t until she was retrenched in 2017 that she finally found the courage to write her first book, leading to its publication in 2018. She’s addicted to coffee, books and finding humor in life, not to mention happy endings against all odds. As well as being a proud and active member of the Romance Writer’s Organization of South Africa (ROSA), Dorothy is also thrilled to be a contributing author in Samantha A. Cole’s Suspenseful Seduction World, Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward’s Cocky Hero Club and Kristen Proby’s Lady Boss Press. 


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Release Blitz: Return To The Mob by Tami Lund

Title: Return To The Mob
Series Detroit Mafia #6
Author: Tami Lund
Genre: Mafia Romance
Release Date: September 16th



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Marco Romano is a former Navy SEAL with a habit of saving people from the mob and then helping them to disappear.

Until the mob catches up to him.

Now he’s desperate to avenge his parents’ death, but more importantly, he needs to protect his baby sister.

Because his estranged aunt wants to take his sister away from him—the only family she’s ever known.

Marco will be damned if he’ll let that happen.

Now he needs to win a custody battle, and the only way he can is if he looks respectable on paper. How can he do that?

By finding a good girl and convincing her to marry him.

Or at least pretending until the custody papers are signed.

Now his problem isn’t taking care of his sister or even taking down the scum who killed his parents. No, now his biggest problem is convincing himself he’s not in love with the woman who agreed to be his fiancée.

Hillary
Despite her best intentions, Hillary Karney’s had one too many brushes with the mob. So what the hell is she doing back in Detroit, where it all started? And she’s hanging out with Marco Romano, no less, a man whose picture is probably in the dictionary under “caveman.” He wouldn’t know good manners if they slapped him in the face.

And now he wants her to help him win custody of his sister?

Of course she’s going to say yes; saving women from the mob is what she does. She’s built an entire career around it. But she’s not going to make it easy on him. She agrees—with a stipulation.

She’s going to teach him how to be a gentleman. He’s going to have to develop manners, common courtesies… and when she’s done with him, some lucky girl is going to snag herself a hell of a catch.

Too bad it won’t be her.


Detroit Mafia series, in reading order:
Paid by the Mob
Trapped by the Mob
Freed from the Mob
Destined for the Mob
Born into the Mob
Controlled by the Mob
Return to the Mob


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Uh-oh. While Hillary appreciated the woman so willingly sharing this information, she needed to get Marco out of this office, pronto. His fury was like a living, breathing thing, and she could practically picture him as a dragon, shooting flames out of his mouth and burning this whole place to the ground.


Stepping more firmly in front of him, she said, “It was so nice to meet you, Mrs. Morgan. We so appreciate you and the rest of the faculty and staff here taking Julia under your wings. Here”—she grabbed a scrap piece of paper from the counter and wrote down her name and cell number—“Give me a call or text if you feel Julia needs something or if Patricia or any other family member happens to stop by. We just want to make sure we are aware of her entire environment. You understand, of course.” 


Mrs. Morgan accepted the paper while Hillary steadily moved backward, forcing Marco to go with her.


“Absolutely,” Mrs. Morgan said, pressing the note to her chest. “Thank you for entrusting her to us.” 


Hillary waved and then turned around and pushed Marco out the door. “Go, go, go,” she said when he didn’t move fast enough. 


They practically speed walked to his truck. He stepped up to the passenger side door, but then he clutched the keys in his hand and swore viciously before whirling around to face Hillary.


“She came here to Julia’s school.”


Seemingly benign words, but Hillary understood. “I know.”


He began pacing the length of the truck, clearly trying to burn off his fury. “Actually told them she was going to take custody.” 


“Well, to be fair, Mrs. Morgan said ‘if’ she takes custody.” 


He continued pacing, clenching and unclenching his fists. The anger radiating off him was not diffusing. They needed to get out of this parking lot before someone noticed him, yet Hillary wasn’t sure she trusted him to drive at the moment.


“Do you want me to—?”


He stopped in front of her. “Yes.” And then he cupped her cheeks and without warning, pressed his lips to hers. He dove his hands into her hair, tangling his fingers, tugging on the strands while canting her head before his tongue brushed against her lips. She gasped, and he thrust his tongue into her mouth. 


She wrapped her arms around his back and clutched at his T-shirt as if her legs might collapse if she let go. Which, frankly, was entirely possible. 


She’d never been kissed like this before. It was aggressive, feral, no holds barred…and so damn hot, she was half afraid she was going to burst into flames. 


She didn’t stop it, didn’t try to pull away. She pressed against him, taking it all in, reveling in every stroke of his tongue, every tingle between her legs, the hardness she could feel brushing against her belly. 


Gradually, the kiss shifted from hard and fast to slow and easy. He nibbled at her bottom lip and then trailed kisses along her cheek to her ear. “Thank you,” he whispered, his breath fluttering her hair. “I think I’m okay now.” 


He pulled away, and without looking her in the eye, opened the door and motioned for her to climb into the truck. He still didn’t look at her when he slid in next to her and cranked the engine. The atmosphere no longer vibrated with fury. 


“Did you just kiss me to alleviate your frustrations with this situation?” she blurted. 


He kept his gaze straight ahead, although she saw the slight lift of his lips. “I kissed you to diffuse the anger so I wouldn’t do something stupid. So now, instead of angry, I’m just frustrated.” 


“I understand.”


“No, I don’t think you do. I’m not frustrated over the situation with Julia. I’m frustrated because I want a hell of a lot more than just a kiss from you.” 



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Those happy endings come in contemporary and paranormal, so pick your poison. Or try them all. You’re bound to find something that curls your toes and makes you smile.

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Release Blitz: Vik by Belle Aurora

Title: Vik
Series: Shot Callers #2
Author: Belle Aurora
Genre: Forbidden Romance
Release Date: September 17, 2021

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Nastasia Leokov has loved her brother’s best friend since the very moment she met him. Understanding that she’ll never be anything more to Viktor Nikulin than a treasure to guard, Nas sensibly hides her feelings. But when she makes a brash decision to kiss him, everything changes.

That kiss. That hot, explosive, all-consuming kiss.
It haunts Vik. And suddenly, Nastasia Leokov isn’t just a teenage mob princess.
No.
She is his. Undeniably. Indisputably.

An unbreakable connection. A hidden relationship. A lifetime of firsts.

And yet, something is missing.
Nas desperately craves the one thing Vik has never offered her.
His heart.

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I was tired. I was restless. I was irritated.

The trifecta of bitchiness.
So, when I saw him sitting at a table by himself, I stilled midstep, and my annoyance grew.

Seriously?
Why, God?

How dare he look so good when I could barely find matching shoes this morning.
He brought his espresso up to his lips as he read from the newspaper he held in his hands. I didn’t know why that got to me. Maybe because he looked so effortlessly relaxed, and my fragmented mind was being split in a flurry of puzzle pieces, none of which fit back into their original spaces.
My body rigid, my feet started moving, and they didn’t stop until I stood in front of him with a cold expression that could’ve set off the next big freeze. Before he even looked up at me, I hissed quietly, “This is my spot.”
Vik simply peered up at me with a furrowed brow. “No, it isn’t.”
Uh, excuse me? “Yes, it is. This is my spot. My café. You go get your own.”
And his grin had my heart racing with anger. “Firstly, I brought you here, so if we’re getting technical, you wouldn’t even know about this place if it weren’t for me.”
My neck flushed.
Oh, right. I’d forgotten about that.
Feeling stupid, I huffed out a short breath, threw up my hands, and said, “Fine. I’ll leave.”
As I turned to walk away, Vik’s hand shot out and gently but firmly circled my wrist. I twisted back to find his gaze had darkened some, and he uttered, “Stay.”
It wasn’t a plea nor a demand. I might’ve been delusional, but to my ears, it sounded like a wish.
My rigid stance loosened mildly.
Only one word out of his mouth, but I felt the caress of it all over.
I peered down at that hand. It held me firmly as his obsidian gaze locked me in. “I heard you’ve been spending time at Laredo’s. I know you’re smarter than to try to get the attention of a particular Frenchman, so I won’t warn you against it.” Those eyes sliced over the length of me. “You know better, don’t you, baby?”
Every fiber of my being screamed to sit and stay, but the insecure part of me told me to leave before we hurt each other. Against my better judgement, I sat opposite him, and because I often had trouble keeping my mouth shut, I said smugly, “Sounds like you might be jealous.”
The hand on my wrist flexed, and Vik held me down with his glacial gaze. “Wanna test that theory?”
My chest squeezed.
My ego was a petty bitch and hooted loudly, all for it. My heart thought nothing would be more romantic. But my brain, on the other hand, knew what Vik plus jealousy was capable of. And it wasn’t pretty.
Don’t get me wrong. I was never the target of his anger when he got like that. The men standing in his warpath, however, usually ended up with a split lip, a broken nose, or a concussion, or all three. And after it was all done and dusted, Vik would then take me home, take my mouth, and then take me roughly against the nearest surface, all while maintaining eye contact.
Ugh. It was so fucking hot.
The memory had my knees snapping together under that table, trying in vain to ignore the thrumming warmth that suddenly lit in my core.

Hmmm. Maybe we should test that theory after all.

No.

But—

Not a good idea.
My inner self pouted and called me a prude.
Not so smug anymore, I cleared my throat and asked, “What do you want from me, Vik?”
Refusing to let go, his thumb gently caressed the sensitive spot at my inner wrist, and without hesitation, he responded one word that shattered my resolve.
“Everything.”
The way he said it, with zero hesitation, had my heart aching. I wanted that too. If only the stakes were even. If only he had as much to lose as I did. My heart was on the line. I wasn’t sure if Vik even knew how to access his.

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Belle Aurora is thirty-something year old and was born in the land down under. 

At an early age she fell in love with reading. Boredom one summer had her scouring the bookshelves at home. She stumbled across Sandra Brown’s Breath of Scandal and fell in love with romance.
Having been brought up in a loud and boisterous family of Croatian descent, she developed a natural love for dramatics and laughter. Only some years ago had she discovered a new love. 
Humorous romance novels.
So many authors had opened a brand new world where she could lose herself yet feel safe and at home in their stories. Belle has been known to become a screeching banshee while anxiously awaiting their newest titles.
Belle never thought she would write. It had never interested her until recently. Friend-Zoned began to form and in February this year Belle typed the words Chapter One. And she fell in love.
With words.
With writing.
With a creative imagination she never knew she harbored.
Belle Aurora is a USA Today best-selling author.

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