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Have You Ever Fallen In “Love At First Sigh”?

On this hump day, I have the distinct pleasure of having Elodie Parkes visiting with her latest Hot Ink Press release, Love at First Sigh. Elodie’s no stranger to the Spicy Butterfly Garden and I always love having her. She brings excitedly sexy stories with her every time she comes! 🙂 Welcome back, Elodie!

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The first thing people ask me concerning this release is about the title. They say ‘is that a typo, shouldn’t it be Love at First Sight?’ No, it’s not a typo (smiles). This book is a duo of red-hot contemporary romance stories, Pina Colada and Handy Hubby Hire. The stories feature a love at first sight thread, but initially it’s huge physical attraction to each other when the couples meet. They sigh with lust and then the romance develops.

Here’s the blurb for Handy Hubby Hire

Tired of the maintenance jobs mounting up in her house, Sara hires a handyman. She never dreams someone like Griffen Fox will show up to fix the faucets and back yard gate. Sparks fly, but will they lose their heart to each other?

And for Pina Colada

When Emma takes a long weekend vacation in a warm beach resort, she meets the very handsome Matt Tyler. They spend an idyllic few days together. Will this only be a holiday romance?

 

I wanted my male characters in the two stories to be very different personalities and yet still similarly alpha enough to go for the girl they wanted sexually right away.

Matt Tyler in Pina Colada is fun and almost dares the heroine, Emma, to engage in lust driven sex. He also gives her romantically exactly what she needs on her holiday break in the sun. Picture the white sandy beaches, the pale green almost transparent ocean, frangipani perfumed, warm night air and a drop-dead gorgeous man, who wants you…bad.

Griffen Fox in Handy Hubby Hire is visually a bad boy, muscled with a swirling black tattoo and an old truck. He’s capable and calm, but underneath the professional exterior simmers…sex…lust…red-hot desire for the heroine, Sara, as soon as he sees her.

He tells her what he’s going to do. He gives her what she’s longing for and then…something happens to him…something unexpected.

 

As the writer I like Matt very much, but Griffen, well, he’s an absolute darling.

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I designed and produced the book cover using Handy Hubby Hire as the inspiration. It took some time tracing the stock photography of the truck and had other people in it, which I edited out and then I found my couple. I love this premise, with the sexy guy holding his lover up against him and nuzzling her neck. I hope it gives a feel for the originality of the stories, their heroes and heroines that could be you and the sexually charged atmosphere of hot summer encounters.

 

Read an excerpt of each story

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Pina Colada: General rating

Her third floor room provided a balcony that overlooked the glittering pool below, and the warm, azure ocean beyond. Emma opened the sliding glass door, and walked onto the balcony. It contained a tiny white metal table, two folding chairs, placed close to the rail, and a lush, broad-leaved plant growing in a massive terracotta pot next to the door.

She hung over the rail and took in the scene below. Bronzed people lay stretched out on the gaudy loungers that the hotel arranged around the pool. A few striped sun umbrellas flapped in the soft breeze. Even from her vantage point on the third floor, the distinctive smell of coconut oil, and other exotic suntan lotions wafted by. The atmosphere was sun-drenched, exciting, and pungent with promise.

Emma turned to go back into her room and saw him. About a meter away on the balcony of the adjacent room, a man stood silently staring down at the pool. Emma took in his gorgeous profile, his dark hair falling attractively over his forehead, his perfect nose, and his jaw with just the right amount of stubble. She sighed over his muscular body shown off perfectly in his low riding shorts. A Celtic design tattoo snaked on the top of his arm. It looked incredibly sexy, a short sleeve of swirling ink on his muscle. She paused to stare at him.

He looked her way. His dark blue eyes met hers. He held her gaze and something passed between them, a silent appraisal of each other. They both liked what they saw.

She knew she’d sparked his interest from the expression on his face, but Emma, suddenly shy around such a sexy man, stepped into her room.

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Griffen Fox drew a deep breath as he watched Sara walk down the hall to her office. He grinned as he took in the sight of her soft ass in her cutoff jeans. Made for grabbing…she’s made for fucking. Pretty, beautiful eyes, lips that make you want to bite them hard as you ram her onto your cock. Damn, Griff, that’s a little over the top, get a grip, and start work. He opened the front door, clicked up the catch so that it wouldn’t lock him out, and went to his truck. An old F500, he’d covered the tray top and made space there for tools and supplies. It proved a good workhorse. Griffen calculated the time it would take to do the jobs in the house — not long really, pesky jobs, but not hard or time consuming, as in a week, unless he strung them out. He’d be there most of the day and one more morning. He looked back at the house from his vantage point on the gravel drive. It’s a nice place. She seems to live there alone. What’s a lovely woman like that doing with no man in her life? Maybe there is one. Maybe I’ll ask her.

Griffen took his tools and supplies in the house and started work. He hummed as he worked. He thought about Sara too, as he rehung the backyard gate. He liked the way her nipples peaked in that tight, white T-shirt, before she covered them up. She’d gazed hungrily at him too. There was something needy about her that made him want to pick her up, crush her to his body, kiss her tenderly and then fuck her hard. Fuck away that fleeting sadness in her eyes. Fuck a smile onto that pretty face. Have those fingers of hers curl around my cock… have those full lips suck it. Hell, I’m getting an erection. I’d like to kiss her. I like her. I do. I bet she tastes sweet.

He jumped when her voice interrupted his thoughts.

“I’m making coffee. Would you like a cup?”

She stood behind him and he turned. The sunlight caught her hair and lit it up with golden streaks. Her T-shirt skimmed the top of her low riding, cutoff jeans. Griffen stared at the flat expanse of stomach on display as she reached up and plucked a few dead twigs off the young tree nearby. He ran his tongue along his top lip as he saw the muscles in her thighs tighten when she stood on tiptoe. She’s lovely… Her nearness made him shake a little.

“I’d love a cup of coffee, thank you.” He steadied his voice, and followed her to the kitchen.

Copyright Elodie Parkes 2014 Hot Ink Press, All right Reserved

About Elodie:

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Elodie Parkes is a British author writing romance, erotic, contemporary, and often with a twist of mystery, paranormal or suspense. Her books are always steamy — cool stories and hot love scenes.

Elodie lives in Canterbury with her two dogs. She works in an antique emporium by day and writes at night, loving the cloak of silent darkness that descends on the rural countryside around her home.

Elodie writes for, Hot Ink PressMoon Rose PublishingEternal PressSecret Cravings, Evernight, and Siren Publishing.

She has also released titles as an individual indie author.

Find Elodie online: Blog  Tumblr  Facebook  Twitter

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‘Love at First Sigh’ is on launch special at .99 cents and .77 GBp on Amazon initially so grab it fast.

 

TBR https://www.goodreads.com/review/new/22823385-love-at-first-sigh

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Totally Tantalizing Tuesday – Joshua Saari

Last week of summer for the kids down here! I’m one of those moms that has mixed feelings about it. I love the lazy days of summer, hanging out by the pool or going to the beach and enjoying the sunshine. But as most of you know, I’ve got a full-time career in the legal field, so having the kids in school tends to make my day job a little easier! 🙂 But enough about that!

It’s Tuesday AGAIN and I have a great tantalizer for you this week! JOSHUA SAARI! I’ve seen him around on posts and websites and it’s no secret why. He has a rough, edgy look with a shaved head, tattoos and a strong stern face… but when he does smile… Oh my! Enjoy!

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You can find Joshua on Facebook here! Hope you enjoyed today’s Tantalizing Tuesday! I know I did.

 

 

Some Things In Life Are “Forbidden”

Welcome JJ Lore to the Spicy Butterfly Garden. She has a new Evernight Publishing Planet Alpha release entitled Forbidden and it sounds fabulous. Come join us on this adventure.

 

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 Blurb:

Working to heal wounded Alphan warriors is the new duty of bondmates Leo and Deklan. Although recovered from severe injuries received on the field of battle, they are no longer fit to fight. Their orderly, all-male existence is turned upside down when an injured human female becomes their new responsibility.
Aura Tremain wakes up in an alien hospital, healing from a beating delivered by the Xyrans who’d kidnapped her. Upon her discharge, two handsome Alphan men offer her refuge until she’s well enough to travel.
Even though Leo and Deklan know they will never be permitted to bond with Aura as their souls demand, they can’t ignore the desire she stirs in them. Her time with them is short, but so intense. Will the intimacies they share be strong enough to withstand the expectation that bondmates are for battle-worthy warriors? Can their passion bind the three of them forever?

Excerpt:

It was strange to wake up in a bed with an alien male, no, two alien males, she amended. She glanced over to see Leo was still asleep, sprawled on his belly, his head cradled on his bent arm. Lots of thick muscles under gleaming skin on display. They both looked so strong.
She turned her head back to Deklan and jumped with surprise to find him watching her with half-closed, sleepy eyes.
“Sleep well?” he whispered.
She nodded. Deklan’s eyes crinkled at the corners. He inhaled and stretched his arms over his head with a sigh, inadvertently dislodging the sheet even further down his body. He was wearing dark pants so there wasn’t much more she could see, not that she should be looking any further. She couldn’t quite take her eyes off him, though. As he lowered his arms, the one closest to her nudged along her shoulder and coasted down her arm, his large hand finally coming to rest next to hers. He edged closer and watched her for a moment. She could feel the heat of his body.
“Do I look very different?”
“Different than what?” Aura whispered back, unwilling to disturb Leo when he’d been so kind to her.
“A human male. I’ve never seen one in the flesh nor seen a human female until the ship landed.”
“You look different. Bigger, stronger. Your skin is…” She trailed off, not quite sure how to put her newfound affinity for gold.
“Is what?” Deklan rubbed his hand along his chest, bumping over swells of muscle, disturbing the fine black hairs tapering down his abdomen. His voice was rough, and the timbre of it vibrated some previously unknown part of her ear.
“It’s beautiful.” Her honest assessment resulted in a disbelieving smile from the Alphan lounging next to her.
“It serves its purpose. I’d never call it beautiful, especially compared to yours.” Deklan glanced at her face, then her shoulders and arms exposed by the borrowed tank she’d worn to sleep. She knew she was blushing since her face was so hot. In an effort to compose herself, she looked over at Leo to find he was still deeply asleep, unmoving from when she’d last seen him.
A large hand sliding along her arm brought her attention back to Deklan to find he’d edged closer and turned so he was curving against her now. Maybe he was just affectionate in the morning, maybe—
The sudden press of a hard cock against her hip made her shiver. At least, she assumed the hard, warm shaft she could feel through her thin clothing was a cock. Deklan was alien, so perhaps his equipment was different. Although why he’d be aroused in proximity to her was a mystery. Perhaps he was similar to a man and this was just the usual morning reaction.
“Your skin is so smooth and soft,” he murmured as he ran his fingertips along her hip, then her belly, cloth bunching up under his fingers, exposing some skin at her waist. The slight parting of fabric made her shiver, made warmth spike into heat along her nerves. “Not frightened?”
“No,” she whispered, caught up in the intensity of his gaze, the sheer sensual pleasure of having someone touch her.

Buy Links:

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About JJ Lore:

J. J. Lore needs three things; strong, black coffee, time to write, and…well…you can guess the third. When she isn’t inventing fantastical tales filled with passionate people, she’s shaking sriracha on whatever she’s eating or reading about the Justinian plague. For updates on her erotic romance releases, visit her at http://www.jjlore.com/

She’s also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/J-J-Lore/1393971707546734

Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8188490.J_J_Lore

Twitter @JJLore1

Totally Tantalizing Tuesday – Kevin Kiermaier

Hard to believe the days and weeks of summer go by so quickly. The kids start back to school in less than two weeks and then it’s back to the grind of school, homework, projects and so on. It’s been a great summer. Travel. Pool. Beach. Fun times with friends. Hope everyone has enjoyed their summer too!

Speaking of summer… one of America’s favorite pastimes carries through the summer! That’s right… I’m talking about baseball. Growing up in Ohio, I was raised a Cleveland Indians fan, but living in the Tampa Bay area for the last decade, I’ve adopted the Tampa Bay Rays. It’s been fun watching them grow! Their in the toughest division in the American League, having to face the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees repeatedly throughout the year. And they’ve held their own.

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As you know, I’m a sports buff, so I don’t really need a ton of reasons to watch a good game of any sport. But I will admit it does help when a team has some eye candy and well, the Rays have several guys worth oogling! 😉

This week’s tantalizer caught my attention while I was watching a Rays game at Tropicana Field this season. We were only a few rows up from the dugout and he turned around to look into the stands and I lost my ability to breathe for a few seconds. His eyes are AMAZING!

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He’s beautiful to look at, he seems to have a huge heart and he’s proven he’s an incredible baseball player, but what won me over even more is his roots are in the Midwest (Ft. Wayne, Indiana)! Yep, I told you… the Midwest raises the most remarkable individuals! 😉 Please welcome Tampa Bay Rays outfielder, KEVIN KIERMAIER!

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In the Rays fashion show fundraiser!

 

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Thank you @KKiermaier39 for being so darn adorable! Go Rays!

 

Totally Tantalizing Tuesday – Daniel Osborne

I’m a busy gal! You all know it. Work full-time as an attorney. Am a wife and a mother of three children under 7. And on the side, I write. I spend my time doing what I love, so I’m not complaining at all. In fact, I’m bragging! As part of my writer’s blog, I host Totally Tantalizing Tuesday and well, I must say, my research for each week’s post has been some of the most fun I’ve ever had! 🙂

This week, I’m bringing you Daniel Osborne. Who is he? Yeah… I asked the same question at first. He is on a reality TV show call The Only Way is Essex. Never heard of it? Me either, but then again, I don’t get to watch too much television these days. However, I think I’ve just found a reason to check this out! 🙂

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Hope you enjoyed this week’s Totally Tantalizing Tuesday! It’s been fun! If you want to check out more information on Dan Osborne, check out his website http://www.daniel-osborne.net.

(P.S. I don’t own any rights to these photos. They are readily available on Google Images.)

 

 

Totally Tantalizing Tuesday – Chase Rice

What? It’s Tuesday already! Where the hell is this summer going? I can’t believe we are on the second side of July and that I’ve been doing Totally Tantalizing Tuesday for more than half the year! Phew! It’s tough work trying to find guys that get your heart rate up! 😉

This week I’m bringing you one of my favorite new country hotties. Yep, you know me… if he’s got jeans, a baseball hat on backward and a guitar, I’m all over it. Check out Chase Rice. He’s got a new song out Ready Set Roll and a new album. He’s tearing up the charts and breaking hearts along the way!

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Uh huh… yeah… bought it!

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Hat backward! Check! Red solo cup with beer! Check! Tight shirt! Check! Tight ripped jeans! Check!

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And if you’re wondering what his stage presence is, check out his Ready Set Roll video!

Totally Tantalizing Tuesday – Eric Decker

In the Midwest, football is KING! With the World Cup over (Way to go, Germany!) and having just gotten back from an excursion through the Midwest visiting the Big House in Ann Arbor and my favorite stadium in all of the world “The Shoe” in Columbus, I came back with football on the brain.

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Raising my kids right! 🙂

So, I thought I’d find a former Big Ten player to drool over this week. Yep, I’m tantalizing this week with Eric Decker! Former Minnesota Golden Gopher/Denver Bronco and current NY Jets wide receiver. He looks good buzzed (and by that I don’t mean drunk though I have no doubt he’d looked good that way too) or with long wispy curls. Beard or shaven! Dressed to the nines or in his football uniform. He’s got it going on! Yum!

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Is that a hat on backward and wispy curls?! SOLD!

 

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Totally Tantalizing Tuesday – Alexander Skarsgard

There are many reasons for me to watch True Blood… many reasons! To just show a few….

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However, I will graciously admit that I never swayed to the dark side until I watched Eric Northman, played so brilliantly by Alexander Skarsgard. I’m the first to admit I like a bad boy and well, Eric Northman is a bad boy to the Nth degree!

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So, I instantly crushed on him. But to see him wielding those fangs and all that sex appeal, he’ll make a vamp lover out of just about anyone. Myself included.

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So, I thought I’d allow this gorgeous Swede to grace this week’s Totally Tantalizing Tuesday because I was feeling a bit frisky! Let’s sit back and enjoy all that is Alex Skarsgard!

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He even likes a good book! 😉

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If you’d like more information on the character Eric Northman, check out the fan dedicated site: www.ericnorthman.net. Or if you want to know more about Alex himself, check out www.askarsgard.com.

If you missed this week’s Man Candy Monday, you missed a lot, so click over to visit my best gal DC Stone at www.authorscstone.com.

Love Is In The Air… Evernight’s Love Scene Blog Hop

LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.

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We all love to read about it. Some of us love to write about it. And hopefully, we are living it! LOVE. I’m not one of those women that gets all gushy and crazy over Valentine’s Day. I feel love should be celebrated in some way every day! I don’t need roses or jewelry. But then again, I will admit… I do love chocolate! 😉

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This year I’m participating in the Evernight Publishing Love Scene Blog Hop! The Grand Prize will be a $100 Visa gift card awarded by Evernight. The winner will be chosen randomly from comments left on the various blog posts along the hop…so make sure you leave a comment everywhere you go and leave your email address so we can get you your prize! Also, I will be doing a random drawing for a $10 Amazon or BN gift card from the comments left on my blog! Answer me this: What was the most romantic thing someone’s ever done for you?

I have three books and one short story in an anthology published by Evernight, so I had to think long and hard as to which couple could use a new love scene. It wasn’t an easy decision because I truly do love all the characters I’ve created. I live and breathe them while I’m writing them. But I thought I’d spark a little excitement for one couple that I don’t feel has received enough attention. Greg Snow and Tessa Mills from my book Board Approved book 2 in the Taking Advantage series. Click here for the blurb:

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The biggest feedback from readers was that I didn’t draft the shower scene indicated in this excerpt below. I’ve included the last few lines of that chapter and am now giving you all what you asked for… the shower love scene! Enjoy!

“When I first met you yesterday, you were cussing like kindergartener.  Now, all I hear is fuck and cock,” he said with a laugh.

“True.  You are a bad influence on me,” she said with a thoughtful tone.  “Do you think we can get another round of bad influence in before I pass out?”  He pulled his head up from the spot on her neck that he showered with kisses.

“Seriously?” he asked, looking into her blue eyes.

“Seriously,” she replied, moving her hips against him.  He groaned and felt himself start to stiffen again.

“I haven’t even pulled out yet and you’re ready to go again?”  He ran his fingers along her cheek.  His thumb brushed gently over her bottom lip.

“Please,” she said with a giggle.  He lowered his lips to her and nuzzled her bottom lip between his teeth.

“You’re going to be the death of me, Tessa,” he whispered against her mouth.  “But I can’t think of a better way to go than buried inside you.”  He pulled out of her, tossed her over his shoulder and walked her to the bathroom, where he fucked her in the shower until she was incapable of standing.   Then he carried her back to his bed and slept like a log wrapped around her beautiful body.

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Throwing Tessa’s naked body over his shoulder, Greg strutted across his bedroom toward his en suite bathroom. Her yelp made him chuckle, but it was her bite on his bare ass cheek as she dangled upside-down that made his cock thicken… again. Damn!

“You’ll pay for that,” he said. His voice was a mix of playfulness and desire.

“Where’re you taking me?” she giggled. She squirmed in his arms. Pushing the bathroom door open, he walked across the room and into the large shower stall tiled in multiple shades of blue and green Caribbean glass. He’d always loved his bathroom, particularly the shower that he’d actually designed with this type of fantasy in mind. Tessa would be the first girl he’d ever take in this shower. He twisted the knob and cold water pelted her bottom and the back of her legs. “Ahhhh! That’s freezing!” Her little hands pounded his low back.

“The cool water will do you good,” he said, teasing her. Lifting her upright, he held her under the spray of the shower allowing the water to turn warm and soak her from head to toe. The water rolled off her blonde ringlets and over her perky breasts. He caught a pert nipple in his mouth, lashing it with his tongue before biting it gently. The sound that escaped her caused his chest to rumble with lust. They hadn’t known each other very long, but she already had him by the balls… almost literally.

Pressing her against the shower wall, he lowered her until they were eye level. His hands grasping her hips. Her blue eyes sparkled with hunger as her legs wrapped around his waist, pressing her wet warmth against his length. She sighed.

“You said you wanted another round of bad influence,” he said in a teasing manner.

“Uh-huh,” she said in a whisper. Her eyes were hooded. The tip of his cock was poised at her entrance, begging to get inside of her. She pulled her bottom lip between her teeth and gave him a look that caused him to lose all sense of control. With his fingers digging into the flesh of her hips, he raised her just enough before impaling her fully on his cock.

“Ahhh! Christ!” he cried out. She gasped, releasing her bite on her lower lip and he took advantage. His mouth slammed into hers, his tongue sweeping between her lips and dancing with her tongue. His kiss was hard and energetic, as if they hadn’t just made love ten minutes ago. Their slippery chests pressed against each other causing a divine friction between them. His pelvis pounded into her, his cock slick from her juices and that of the shower. Her hips rotated against his own as her legs tightened around him.

“Greg,” she whimpered against his lips. Her hands clenched in his hair, pulling and grasping in desperation. Slipping a hand between their bodies, he pressed his thumb to her clit and she came instantly, shuddering around him. “Oh God! You’re amazing.” Her body went limp against the shower wall as he placed little kisses along her jaw.

“Oh baby, I’m not nearly done with you yet,” he said. He pulled out of her body and set her feet on the ground. Turning her around, he placed her hands on the wall, covering one of her hands with his own. The water rolled down her back and over her beautiful ass. He stood behind her for a few seconds admiring the view. She was gorgeous… every part of her. Holding his cock in his hand, he pressed inside her core, one slow inch at a time. Her legs trembled.

“You’re kidding, right? How long can you go?” she asked. Her body quivering under his. He slipped a hand down her abdomen and between her legs, circling her clit with his middle finger. Her head fell back against his shoulder as she cried out.

“I’ve got all night, baby. All night.” In fact, if he were honest, she had him all tangled up inside… he had the rest of his life and he no plans to waste a moment of it.

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Finding Love in Sin’s Haven

Please give a warm welcome back to Carlene Love Flores! Sometimes you find those people that are just warm and welcoming and even though you don’t know them that well, you just want to hug them. That is Carlene to me! She’s a doll and she writes amazing stories. Today, she’s here to tell us a little about latest Evernight Publishing release, Sin’s Haven, her third book in her Sin Pointe series. And oh what a series it is! Welcome back, Carlene! (((Hugs)))  🙂

Hello! I’m always excited to visit the Spicy Butterfly Garden; it’s so pretty here and there are great romance book finds tucked all over. I’m here to add a little bit about my newest release, the third book in the Sin Pointe series, Sin’s Haven. This story is one of my favorites and that’s because of how entertaining the hero is. He’s gentle but a risk-taker, quirky but down to earth, and he’s one of those guys who has absolutely no idea how sexy he is. I hope you enjoy Ben’s story and I wish you all Happy Holidays!

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Sin’s Haven (A Sin Pointe Novel, Book 3) Blurb:

When Sin Pointe webmaster, Benjamin Wright, is publicly humiliated on his birthday, he knows he’s never gonna be able to show his face around the guys again. But an angelic hostess who lets him sleep it off at the club seems surprisingly eager to help him out. Is his luck changing or does she just feel sorry for him?

Hazel Temple, bagel mistress by day and club hostess by night, feels horrible for inadvertently playing a part in Ben’s embarrassment and vows to make it up to him—by telling him they had a sizzling hot one night stand. Still recovering from losing her fiancé to suicide, she worries about Ben when he discovers her lie. Is she bound to hurt the men she cares about?

A Sin Pointe camping trip provides Hazel her chance to get Ben’s groove back.

Will her webmaster be the one to rock her world?

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Sin’s Haven Excerpt:

Finally, after finding out he seemed to be the only person there, he tossed the last paper towel he’d used to clean up his mess and plopped down on the toilet seat where he sat now. What he wasn’t prepared for was the note he found tucked into his shirt pocket. He patted it and pulled it out carefully.

“Holy crap. No way.”

He read it again.

Apparently he’d had relations with her, pretty good ones at that, but had no recollection of it. What was her name? He couldn’t remember but it started with an H according to the note. Crap. He’d had hot, amazing sex last night with her? With Haven?

He closed his eyes, and tried to remember more, considering dropping his pants and inspecting his stuff. He didn’t go that far but adjusted himself in his briefs, now conscious that he’d been inside a beautiful woman who he’d somehow brought some pretty decent pleasure to. More amazing than that, she hadn’t been turned off when she’d seen him. God, this was the weirdest feeling in the world.

But straining to remember more was no use. It only gave him a worse headache, not a name of the woman he’d slept with so carelessly. Or any remembrance of touching her. No way would he have not touched her. Ah, he did remember feeling something. He was an idiot. She’d sung him happy birthday, which would have been cool if he hadn’t just been crowned king of the losers by Erby. Wait, before that. The chorus of his favorite song as he’d sat there in silent chaos had touched him, even if he hadn’t let it show.

Somehow, after all that, he’d gotten close enough to kiss this other woman. Back on that well-meant futon. But how in the world did a guy like him end up hooking up with a woman like Haven?

She probably felt bad for him.

Story of my life, he thought.

Where was she now? Was she okay? They’d been in the office together. Which meant she could have seen him tossing his nachos. Surely she’d written the note and left in time to spare them both that lovely experience. And apparently, she was well. Better than well.

He shook his head, trying to understand last night. The problem was, his pride might be swelling on one hand but on the other, he felt like a huge ass wipe. He’d slept with a woman whose name he couldn’t remember and oh yeah, he didn’t do that kind of thing. It wasn’t anywhere in his nature. Jaxon and Stefan made women melt at the mere thought of the things those guys could do to them. Unless a chick was super into a personalized website or slick Facebook banner, Ben didn’t have much woo factor to offer. And a one-night-stand-to-blow-your-mind was definitely not on his menu. He wouldn’t have slept with Erby on their first date and he’d known her for six years! Okay, maybe he would have last night…

“I suck and ow,” he said, holding his head in one hand while his elbow dug into his knee. Closing his eyes, he tried to remember Haven’s hands on his legs, maybe playing with his knees. It was a hot fantasy, but he got nothing. “Great, just great,” he muttered and then stood up and flushed, even though he hadn’t even dropped his trousers.

It was time to make his way out.

But what if she was out there, waiting?

An apology. That’s what he owed her. A big ole I’m sorry. This woman might have been pleased with her experience but she should know he wasn’t that kind of guy.

As he dragged his reluctant feet from the stall, her kiss popped onto his lips. He remembered. She’d tasted like sweet cherries. He was so screwed. He knew he’d messed up and had no idea how to deal with this which meant avoidance until he figured it out. What would Jaxon do?

“You’re not Jaxon, dip wad. You’re Saint Benjamin,” he told himself as he swallowed, and followed the narrow hallway from the back office up to the café.

Coffee.

He needed some and if she was up there, he could invite her to have a cup with him. And maybe talk. Nerves brewed heavy in his stomach as he pushed open the curtains that divided the club from the café. Why in the world he chose that very moment to start worrying about condoms was beyond him. But he fumbled for his wallet and found the one he kept still tucked into his bill fold.

“Oh shit.”

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