Sunday, August 18, 2013

Spotlight + Giveaway ~ WICKED FIRSTS Anthology ~ Elisabeth Naughton, Alexandra Ivy, Cynthia Eden, Laura Wright, Katie Reus, Joan Swan

Publication Date:  August 19, 2013
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Six New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors bring you six all-new contemporary and super sexy suspense stories of first loves, first attractions, first temptations, first times and first obsessions.
FIRST EXPOSURE Excerpt (Elisabeth Naughton):
“That’s all you have to say to me after twelve years?” Avery asked. “‘Yeah?’”
Cade clenched his jaw as the car pulled away from the curb and finally met her gaze. And was thankful, this time, that he had the protection of sunglasses so she couldn’t see into his thoughts. “Does ‘Hi, how’s your life been?’ suit you better?”
Those pretty, pouty lips he’d watched kiss dozens of other guys on-screen turned down into a frown. “It’s a start. Why didn’t you tell your boss you knew me? I did read that correctly, didn’t I? He doesn’t know about us?”
Memories of that “us” flittered through his mind. The same memories he’d played over in his head countless times late at night when he couldn’t sleep. Of the way her naked body had felt wrapped around him in that dive of a motel room they’d run off to in Spokane, of how having someone care about him had changed him in fundamental ways he hadn’t realized until years later. But he forced them back. Reminded himself getting lost in those memories now wouldn’t do him any good. And they wouldn’t help her find her friend. Besides which, he was over her. Long over the girl she used to be.
“No,” he said, looking back down at his papers. “Ryder doesn’t know, nor does he need to. This isn’t personal, sweetheart; it’s business. And I’m good at what I do. If you’re uncomfortable with me, we can turn around and you can get someone else.”
She didn’t say anything, and he didn’t try to read her expression. But from the corner of his vision, he noticed she turned to look out the window.
He tried to focus on the words in front of him, but they blurred together on the page, and after several moments, he gave up. Closing the folder on his lap, he glanced toward her profile. The sleek line of her jaw was obstructed by a few strands from the ridiculous dark wig hanging to her shoulders, but her skin looked as creamy and soft as it had when she’d been a kid. The years had been good to her. At twenty-nine, she’d matured from an innocent girl into a beautiful woman. This close, he couldn’t see any sign she’d had work done, and though it went against every professional instinct he had, he hoped she never gave in to Hollywood pressure and turned to plastic surgery. He wouldn’t want to see all that perfection ruined by a scalpel. “If my being here bothers you so much, why didn’t you tell him?”
“It doesn’t bother me,” she said nonchalantly, still looking out the window. “‘Us’ ended a long time ago. All I care about is finding Melody. If you’re the best person for the job, then that’s all I care about. I’m an actress, Blackwell. A very good one.” She turned those pretty brown eyes his way again, but this time they were flat. Resigned. Jaded. Not a thing like the eyes he remembered. “I can pretend like the past didn’t happen as well as you can. After all, it’s just business, sweetheart.”
She looked back out the window, but in the silence, Cade’s heart sped up. And a bitter truth hit him square in the chest with the force of a freight train.
He’d lied to Jake, but most of all, he’d lied to himself. This was, without a doubt, the stupidest thing he’d ever done. Twelve years hadn’t changed a damn thing. He was still head over heels for Avery Scott.
And that meant he was compromised in every way possible.

FIRST EXPOSURE by Elisabeth Naughton
A film that could make her career. A weekend that will change her life…

When actress Avery Scott’s assistant goes missing researching a role for Avery at an exclusive adults-only resort, Avery finds herself with only one choice: travel to the resort herself and look for clues. She hires an elite operative from Aegis Security to accompany her. She just doesn’t expect to get former undercover FBI agent Cade Blackwell—the man who ripped out her teenage heart twelve years before. One weekend at the sexiest resort in the world with the only man she’s ever loved will expose her to more than just a kinky new lifestyle. It’ll expose her to numerous wicked firsts that will test every ounce of her self-control. And if she’s not careful, she could lose her heart—and her life—in the process.

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FIRST RAPTURE by Alexandra Ivy
Madison Philips has only one reason to return to Las Vegas: Luc Angeli. The tall, dark bad boy took her virginity on her eighteenth birthday and then walked away, now she’s back, and ready for revenge. Luc Angeli spent his youth trying to earn the approval of his philandering father. Now he’s his own man, but there’s still something missing from his life. He doesn’t know what it is until he catches sight of Madison across a balcony. Suddenly he knows this woman is what he’s been searching for, and this time he’s not walking away.

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Hot sex. No regrets. Jess Delaney has spent her life playing the role of the good-girl. On a trip to Vegas, she decides to walk on the wild side when she meets mysterious Blake Landon. Rich, powerful, and carrying plenty of secrets, Blake is unlike any man she has ever met before. But as the passion burns between them, danger waits in the darkness…a danger that may just claim Jess’s life…

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FIRST INK by Laura Wright
Women in his bed, celebs and rockers in his chair, life is pretty freaking swell. Then she walks back into it again. Not for pleasure, but for pain. For Ink. A bleeding heart to match the one she left him with five years ago.

She can’t forget him or the pain she caused him. All she has is a hope for redemption. But it’ll only work if he lets her inside his exclusive world, under his famous artist’s needle and into his bed—once again.

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He’s dangerous, sexy, and everything she wants. And he’s about to make his claim…

Hayden, the dangerously sexy, tattooed ex-SEAL is one of the best friends Sierra has ever had—and the main star in her wildest fantasies. But he doesn’t see her that way. And she’d die of embarrassment if he found out she was still a virgin.

Hayden’s struggled to keep his attraction to the beautiful, dark haired casino chef a secret. But when an attacker targets Sierra, Hayden’s protective instincts go into overdrive. With the attraction between them burning out of control, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her and make her his.

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Counterterrorist agent Taft Walker is up for the challenge of posing as an adult store owner with a new female undercover partner who is also a sex-toy virgin. At least until he sees the real woman beneath her tough façade.

Border Patrol Agent Zoe Brooks is ready to get off the front lines. She’s willing to tolerate a swaggering partner like Taft for a new opportunity. But she’s not prepared for the way he understands her deepest, sexiest desires.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi, Heather! Thank you so much for featuring the anthology!