Books, Photos & a little bit of everything else: May 3

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  • Craving by Helen Hardt: Release Blitz & Giveaway

  • Blur by Xavier Neal: Release Blitz & Giveaway

Craving (Steel Brothers Saga #1)

by Helen Hardt

(Release Date 3rd May 2016)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

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After being left at the altar, Jade Roberts seeks solace at her best friend’s ranch on the Colorado western slope. Her humiliation still ripe, she doesn’t expect to be attracted to her friend’s reticent brother, but when the gorgeous cowboy kisses her, all bets are off.
Talon Steel is broken. Having never fully healed from a horrific childhood trauma, he simply exists, taking from women what is offered and giving nothing in return…until Jade Roberts catapults into his life. She is beautiful, sweet, and giving, and his desire for her becomes a craving he fears he’ll never be able to satisfy.
Passion sizzles between the two lovers…but long-buried secrets haunt them both and may eventually tear them apart.
Meet The Author
Helen Hardt’s passion for the written word began with the books her mother read to her at bedtime. She wrote her first story at age six and hasn’t stopped since. In addition to being an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance and erotica, she’s a mother, a black belt in Taekwondo, a grammar geek, an appreciator of fine red wine, and a lover of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. She writes from her home in Colorado where she lives with her family. Helen loves to hear from readers.

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Book: Blur

Author: Xavier Neal

Genre: Romantic comedy and sports romance
Synopsis


Aside from being a father,  husband, and lucrative business owner, Logan “Unbreakable” Kellar is a retired MMA world champion. However, after a challenge is made that he can’t refuse, stepping back into the ring will do more than warm up old routines and habits. Will Logan be able to withstand the punches pulled in and out of the ring or will everything he loves suddenly become just a blur?

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Xavier Neal lives in Texas where she spends her time getting lost in writing, reading, or fandoms she recently discovered. Whether she is enjoying books or movies, she continues finding inspiration at every turn to bring more exciting stories to life.

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Books, Photos & a little bit of everything else: May 2

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  • Unspoken Words by H.P. Davenport: Release Blitz & Giveaway

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Two lives…as close to perfect as they can be.
Camryn Townsend has everything she’s always dreamed of…an amazing family, supportive friends, and the perfect job. Everything a girl could want. Or is it? A trip back to her childhood home threatens to unravel her web of perfection.
Her problem…she’s in love with her best friend and she’s too scared to sacrifice their friendship for a love she’s always wanted.
Jamie Banks’ life is the epitome of perfection. His company is thriving, his band is on the cusp of stardom, and the girl he loves is returning home.
His problem…the girl he loves has been his best friend for as long as he can remember and he’s not sure he’s ready to sacrifice his best friend for a lover. Pursuing a relationship with the possibility of losing her has him second-guessing everything he knows.
Unspoken words are the only thing standing in their way.

 

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“Yo, you like what you’re seeing? The girls sure have formed a fan club out there,” Christian yells across the table. He is being such a ball breaker today. Do I have ‘I’m in love with your sister’ written on my damn forehead?
“You gonna let those guys try and make a move on the girls, or are you going to show them what you got?” he continues with a raised eyebrow challenging me.
Sitting here at the table watching the girls dance is killing me. My fists are clenching under the table as I notice guys approaching the girls. The girls aren’t paying them any mind until one dude walks up behind Camryn. He stands there, eyeing her up like she’s a freaking piece of candy. He hasn’t touched her yet, but the idea of him being that close to her has my blood boiling. My jaw begins to clench, and my body tenses. I look over at Christian, and he has this shit eating grin on his face.
Not being able to stand it anymore, I grab my beer and take a long swig. It’s nearly empty, so I motion to Lincoln to order me another one then I head to the dance floor. Camryn’s back is toward me so she doesn’t see me approaching, but Morgan does and she has a huge smile on her face. If I were to bet, I would think Morgan knows more than she lets on about Camryn’s feelings for me. But, of course, Morgan being her best friend, her lips are sealed yet she never misses an opportunity to make comments about the two of us.
Morgan continues to dance in front of Camryn, never letting her know that I nudged the guy out of the way. Desnudate by Christina Aguilera comes on and Morgan moves in between Camryn’s legs so she can grind up against her. Morgan wiggles her eyebrows at me and yells over the music and motions to me behind her, “Cami, keep dancing. You’re good.” Camryn doesn’t turn around to see who is behind her. I’m guessing she figures if Morgan said to keep dancing, she’s going with the flow. It could also be that she had a huge grin plastered on her face when I approached, so Camryn knew it was okay to continue to dance.
My body is now against Camryn’s back and my hands are on her waist moving her to the beat. Camryn hasn’t attempted to turn around, and I want to keep it that way. I don’t want her to know it’s me… not yet. Camryn continues to dance, her hips moving to the beat and her ass is grinding against my straining dick. Heel, boy…Down. I move back a little, trying to adjust myself, but it’s not working. Screw it, moving closer to Camryn I pull her ass into me and move my hips. I know she can feel how hard I am for her, but she doesn’t pull away, so I move my hands so they are around her waist and rub her stomach. I can feel her muscles tense up under my touch, but she is enjoying this as much as I am.
Morgan laughs while she dances. She moves away from Camryn to Karsen and Lindsey, leaving Camryn with me. I lean down and gently move Camryn’s hair away from her neck. The smell of her lavender vanilla body spray makes my mouth water.
Whispering, “Are you enjoying yourself?” I can feel her laugh as my hands glide across her stomach. She simply nods her head and continues to push against me. Camryn’s body relaxes, so my hands continue to roam up and down her lean body. She knew it was me the entire time. Camryn would have never allowed a stranger to dance with her the way I am. When Morgan gave her the okay, she knew it was me. Camryn knows my body, this isn’t the first time we’ve danced like this. Leaning into her ear again, I ask “Do you feel what you’re doing to me, Camryn?”
© 2016 Unspoken Words by H.P. Davenport


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Paralegal by day, romance genius by night! When she’s not tending to her furry children and her handsome husband, HP DAVENPORT is seamlessly carving beautiful stories from her mind in her comfy PJs in New Jersey.
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Book: Tapping the Billionaire

Author: Max Monroe

Series: Billionaire Bad Boys #1

Publication Date: April 25, 2016

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Blind dates? Online dating profiles? Been there, done that.

Georgia Cummings has zero luck with dating, and the era of the internet is not her friend.
No matter how fast she runs, how many corners she turns, she can’t find her way out of this weird, alternate universe where men think dick pics are a replacement for small talk and getting to know a girl. One more crotch selfie and she might write men off for good…

But why can’t she stop fantasizing about him?

Kline Brooks is the quintessential billionaire bad boy—dark, styled, short hair, muscles for days, and a panty-dropping smile.
Except—he isn’t.

As his employee, he won’t touch her with a ten foot pole.
But she won’t touch him either.

Too bad their hormones missed the memo.

REVIEW

You must read this book and you must read it now! It is great. It is sweet, it is cute, it is funny, it is heartbreaking and it is full of love. Kline is the type of man every woman wants. Georgia is smart, funny and as Kline would say, adorable. The two together are dynamite. This is a great book.

After reading, I am only left with two questions; when will there be more from Max Monroe and who the heck is Max Monroe!

Five huge stars for this book!!

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Books, Photos & a little bit of everything else: Apr. 29

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  • Crossing the Line by Jacquelyn Ayres: Cover Reveal

Book: Crossing The Line
Series: The GEG Series #3

Author: Jacquelyn Ayres

Genre: erotic romance/humor


Synopsis

Psychotherapist, Madelyn St. Claire, has all the answers. At least, that’s what the plaques on her wall say. There isn’t a fear she’s met that she hasn’t helped a client blast through. So, why can’t she work through her own?
Oh, that’s right…
She’s been so busy helping everyone else through their challenges over the years, including her best friends—the GEGs—that she never even realized she had any of her own true fears. Then again, she didn’t have a reason to until he came along.Cellist, Declan Pierce, can hit all the right notes, as long as he’s hitting them on stage. When he’s off . . . well—he’s off. So, he keeps his head down and tries to stay focused on his career and his son, Hunter. They have shared in a trauma that would bring most closer. However, theirs has only weighted their bond down, slowly causing them to drift further and further apart. 

That is until a beacon of light shines through.
That beacon is about five-foot-nothing, all curves, heart, brains, and no BS.
But that is only part of this story.

It’s a long road to Happily Ever After. Maddie and Declan learn that it takes more than just the two of them to get there, and it’s not a smooth stroll. It’s not meant to be, though, is it?Life can give you whiplash. Buckle in and hold tight to those closest to you because, honestly…

It takes a village to make love epic.


Meet the Author

I am a domestic engineer (born and raised in NJ) whose sole responsibility is to guide three young, impressionable kids into becoming phenomenal adults. This challenging yet rewarding work requires a lot of love (coffee), patience (wine), and determination (periodic exorcisms). I work this magic from the beautiful state of New Hampshire.
Before becoming a domestic goddess (not really), I spent over a decade in the medical field, where I wore more hats than the Queen.
I have loved the written word and the great escape it provides since I was a little girl. When I wasn’t reading about people and the places they lived, I was creating my own characters and adventures.
Finding myself again through my writing in The Lost & Found Series, The One, and The GEG Series has been nothing short of a dream come true. Also, it makes people feel better when I laugh randomly or talk to myself, knowing it’s my characters and not “the voices” . . . that would be creepy.
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Books, Photos & a little bit of everything else: Apr. 26

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  • Tapping the Billionaire by Max Monroe: Release Blitz & Giveaway

  • Bound to You by Skylar Nightingale: Blog Tour

  • Ladies Man by Katy Evans: New Release

  • B-Sides and Rarities: A Collection of Unfinished Madness by K. Webster: Release Blitz

Tapping the Billionaire (Billionaire Bad Boys, #1)

Book: Tapping the Billionaire

Author: Max Monroe

Series: Billionaire Bad Boys #1

Publication Date: April 25, 2016

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BLURB

Blind dates? Online dating profiles? Been there, done that.

Georgia Cummings has zero luck with dating, and the era of the internet is not her friend.
No matter how fast she runs, how many corners she turns, she can’t find her way out of this weird, alternate universe where men think dick pics are a replacement for small talk and getting to know a girl. One more crotch selfie and she might write men off for good…

But why can’t she stop fantasizing about him?

Kline Brooks is the quintessential billionaire bad boy—dark, styled, short hair, muscles for days, and a panty-dropping smile.
Except—he isn’t.

As his employee, he won’t touch her with a ten foot pole.
But she won’t touch him either.

Too bad their hormones missed the memo.

REVIEW

You must read this book and you must read it now! It is great. It is sweet, it is cute, it is funny, it is heartbreaking and it is full of love. Kline is the type of man every woman wants. Georgia is smart, funny and as Kline would say, adorable. The two together are dynamite. This is a great book.

After reading, I am only left with two questions; when will there be more from Max Monroe and who the heck is Max Monroe!

Five huge stars for this book!!

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Book: Bound to You

Author: Skylar Nightingale

 Genre: New Adult Romance
Synopsis
Dear Nina,
Ever since I met you back stage at my concert, you penetrated my heart, and there was no turning back.
Despite the fact that you told me you had a boyfriend, I still wanted you to be in my life, so I asked if we could remain friends. Unfortunately, he shattered your world forever when you caught him cheating on you. Although broken, I vowed to comfort you through it all.
Your beauty’s so profound, inside and out, I wanted you to be in my music video. I was pleasantly surprised when you agreed to do it. During that time, our relationship grew, and I knew I wanted you in my life forever. Then you pulled away repeatedly, allowing the fear of getting hurt again to engulf you.
Now, I’m damaged and alone, and don’t know how much more my heart can take. I need to know, are you going to keep me in your life or avoid another broken heart and run?
I hope you choose me because I’m Bound to You.
Love always,
Terry Rayborn

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Skylar Nightingale grew up in Syracuse, NY. She was a shy girl who internalized ideas and events into stories. Skylar discovered her talent when she was in 3rd grade. Her teacher had a writing contest to win a poster of a character from a Dr. Seuss book. The first time she lost, but when she realized what the teacher and the class were looking for, she won every writing contest after that. She continued to write poetry when she moved to Connecticut at the age of 15. When she moved to South Carolina, she entered a writing competition, coming in third against hundreds of writers.
She has been called a talented and brilliant author by the editorial reviewer of the Pages of Sunshine blog. Her first published novel is called “Forbidden Acts.” Skylar Nightingale’s second New Adult Romance was released on April 5th.

When Skylar isn’t behind her keyboard banging out amazing worlds and characters, she can be found spending time with her family, reading, or listening to music.

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Book: Ladies Man
Author: Katy Evans
Series: Manwhore #3
Publication Date: April 25, 2016
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TAHOE ROTH.
Irreverent, cocky, playful and naughty.
He’s not the guy you date.
He’s the one night stand.
The one your mother warned you about.
The one your body craves.

You’d think the man who called me succulent would want to strip me down and spread me out on his bed—like he’s done with countless others.
But he passed on my offer….
Just like I’d once passed on his.
He’s wary, like I am.
He’s broken, like I am.
And everyone knows two broken parts can’t ever make a whole.
Tahoe and I are strictly friends.
So I distract myself with other men.
He doesn’t think my new man is good enough. This blond blue-eyed beast doesn’t think any man is—himself included.
But the more time we spend together, the more confused I feel.
I’m trying to open myself to love.
Yet I’m quickly realizing that the only man I want is Tahoe Roth.
The one man who will surely break my heart.

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B-Sides and Rarities: A Collection of Unfinished Madness
by K. Webster
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Genres: Anthology, Teaser Stories

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Peeking into the head of a writer is like opening the door to a room filled with lunatics, villains, and demons—all running amuck while screaming at exactly the same time. In other words, complete chaos. Most days, authors are able to quieten those voices in their head and focus on the ones who yell the loudest. They are able to clutch onto the hand of the most important character and pull them from the fray.

But what happens when they’re all screaming much too loudly? What happens when they all speak at once and they pull the author into the depths of their fiery hell?

Writer’s block, that’s what.

Have you ever wondered why an author jumped into a different story while in the middle of a series you’ve been following or why they are taking too long to release or why they’ve gone genre hopping?

Well, I’ll tell you why.
They’re in hell.
The hell of their own mind.

In most cases, the writer will open new documents and tell portions of these character’s stories if only to shut them up for a while. Other times, it’s because the author simply needs to feel useful or productive when their work in progress has come to a screeching halt. Regardless of the reason, you can ask just about any writer in this world and they’ll show you right to a folder on their desktop or a notebook of many scribblings of unfinished stories.

This is our therapy. Our coping mechanism.

And most days, as a reader, you’re only welcome into the world of our stunning, finished works of art we’ve spent months and months agonizing over. The beautiful final product of our blood, sweet, tears, and insanity. Nobody ever lets you in to see what wasn’t ever meant for the world. The imperfect. The incomplete. The utter madness.

Nobody would ever share that with the world, right?
Well, they’d have to be a little crazy.
They’d have to be me.

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WARNING: This is a collection of incomplete stories. Some end abruptly, almost as quickly as they started. Others let you sink your teeth in just a bit before pushing you away. A couple will leave you pulling at your hair and cursing for more. In this collection, it’s all about beginnings…there are no climaxes or epic endings. It’s madness I tell you! Enter at your own risk.

About the K. Webster

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K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.

Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

You can easily find K Webster on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads!

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Books, Photos & a little bit of everything else: Apr. 22

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  • Obsession by Helen Hardt: Cover Reveal & Giveaway

 

Book: Obsession (Steel Brothers Saga #2)

Author: Helen Hardt

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 19th July

 

 

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Jade Roberts is in love with Talon Steel but no longer welcome in his home. While she resolves to move on, she still longs for the passion she and Talon shared…and when her boss asks her to dig up information on the Steels, she’s only too happy to comply. Talon and his brothers are hiding something, and Jade is determined find out what it is.

 

The moment Talon saw Jade he wanted her, ached for her, craved her…and now his desire has become his obsession. He knows she deserves better than his broken soul, but he can’t stay away from her, and he finally confesses his love. If he and Jade are to have a future, he knows he must make peace with the dark shadows and horrors of his past.

 

But as Talon begins his journey of healing, Jade uncovers some startling secrets…

 

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Helen Hardt’s passion for the written word began with the books her mother read to her at bedtime. She wrote her first story at age six and hasn’t stopped since. In addition to being an award winning author of contemporary and historical romance and erotica, she’s a mother, a black belt in Taekwondo, a grammar geek, an appreciator of fine red wine, and a lover of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. She writes from her home in Colorado where she lives with her family. Helen loves to hear from readers.

 

 

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Books, Photos & a little bit of everything else: Apr. 21

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  • Unforeseen Secrets Boxset by N. Nieto: Cover Reveal

 

 

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TITLE: Unforeseen Secrets Boxset
AUTHOR: N. Nieto
GENRE: Romantic Suspense
IMPRINT/PUBLISHER: Edge, Bison Publishing
RELEASES: May 3rd, 2016
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SYNOPSIS
 
Resurrected Secrets, Book 1
Mandy Miller is a broken woman trying to keep everything together. She lost her will to love when a drunk driver took her husband and two children away from her. She is sick of all the sympathetic looks she gets in her hometown of Cottonwood Alabama, so she makes the drastic change and moves across the country to L.A to follow her dreams and become a lawyer. She thinks she finally has everything together and can leave her horrific past behind. That is until she meets her new assistant who turns her world upside down.Joshua Rodgers is new to town and is looking for a job to help him pay his way through Law School. He finds the perfect job as an assistant at one of the best law firms in L.A. Joshua quickly becomes smitten with his new boss and vows to never hurt her. But what happens when he is the very reason for her pain?
Dispirited Heart, Book 2
Sandra sees all she will ever want when she looks at her best friend Mandy and her fiance Josh. She wants that. She wants true love.With her 30th birthday quickly approaching she is certain it will never happen for her. Is she destined to be the crazy cat lady and be forever alone?She finds herself getting unwanted attention from a stranger in a night club. Will he turn out to be her one true love or her one true regret…Secrets Of A Shattered
Heart, Book 3
Collin Morrow has 4 days before he is deployed back overseas. When the love of his life goes missing he has to choose between saving her or going AWOL… There is no choice he will save her at all cost.Sandra Jones finds herself broken and alone with no one to turn to for help when she needs it the most. She fights for life in this gripping tale of love and obsession.Can Collen save Sandra not only from her capture but from herself?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Let me tell you a little bit about myself…. I am a true southern belle. I like my sweet tea and I like blessing hearts. I was born and raised in a one stop light town in North Alabama. As a child I was a bit of a tomboy. I loved riding bikes and playing basketball and volley ball. I have 2 younger sisters and although I never had a brother my older cousin was the closest thing to that than anyone.
As a teen I loved to read. My favorite author was Lurlene McDaniel, I loved and still love all of her books. I think I have made it through all of them by now. Lol. Although I have added several authors to my favorites list I still enjoy her writing style. But she isn’t the reason I became an author. That is all my cousin LeAmbra’s fault. Y’all may know her better as Author Salice Rodgers. I had a dream one night about an unplanned and secrets filled relationship between a broken women and even more broken man and I asked Amber to write a book about it. She refused and said she wouldn’t write my story that I should. So that’s how Resurrected Secrets was born and Author N. Nieto.
These days I spend my time chasing kids and cleaning house. I somehow find time to read and write in the middle of all of that crazy. I always say as long as one person likes my stories then it is worth it in the end for me.
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Books, Photos & a little bit of everything else: Apr. 20

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  • It Started With You by Melissa Alexander: Release Blitz & Giveaway

It Started with You by Melissa Alexander
Genre: Contemporary Romance


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Alexandria McNeil has had a killer week. After showing up at her boyfriend’s house, Alex discovers him with another woman. By the end of the day, she returns home to find the police at her condo and her neighbor has been violently murdered.  The lead homicide detective working this murder is her long-time crush and best friend’s older brother, Carson Knight. The last thing Alex needs is Carson Knight entering her life and turning it upside down. The last thing Carson wants to deal with is coming face-to-face with Alex and acknowledging his desire for her.
While Carson and his team race to track down a killer, both Alex and Carson have to deal with their feelings before it is too late.
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Melissa Alexander grew up in South Carolina. She attended the University of South Carolina and holds a BA in Liberal Arts. She met her husband while in college and after living in Columbia, South Carolina, Chicago, Illinois and London, Ontario. Melissa and her husband, their two children and two dogs finally settled in Atlanta, Georgia.
Melissa has always enjoyed reading and after a co-worker brought over some books for her to read while on maternity leave, she was hooked on romance novels. When Melissa is not busy with her family, she enjoys running, reading and working on her next book.
Melissa loves to hear from her readers. 

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As we are standing there waiting for the hostess to seat us, Catherine begins looking around. “Holy shit. This can’t be happening,” she utters.
I glance over at her sharply. “What?”
“Don’t look, but over there in the corner are Adam and Carson with some girls.” 
It takes all my strength not give myself a whiplash and look. I cannot believe it. It has not been twenty-four hours, and he is out with someone else. So much for me being the ‘best one’.
The hostess walks us to our table. Just my luck, we are headed over to the same area where Carson and Adam are sitting. “Do you want me to see if they have another table or we can go some where else?” Catherine asks me.
I shake my head. “No, I will have to get used to seeing him with other women in social settings so it’s fine.”
As we are approaching the table, I see Adam has spotted us and is nudging Carson. I watch as Carson’s head whips up and he makes eye contact with me. I can feel the electricity in the air as our eyes lock onto each other. It is like a massive thunderstorm is about to begin. The hostess stops to seat us at the table directly across from them. I am unable to suppress my groan. I look around the restaurant to see if there are any open tables we can move to, but the place is packed.
I see the grin on Adam’s face. I hope he will not torture me or Carson in front of the two women they are with. “Hi Catherine, Alex. What are you girls doing here?” Adam asks as we are about to sit down.
Catherine glances over at them and makes a face at Carson. “We came to have dinner and drinks since Alex had a rough day,” she replies as she cuts Carson another dirty look.
“Ladies, this is Catherine. Carson’s younger sister and Alex, her best friend. Catherine, Alex, this is Samantha and Kami”, Adam says as he does the introductions. I smile and nod trying to be friendly, but not wanting to intrude. Carson is still staring at me and has yet to say anything.
“OMG, you are Alexandria McNeil. I absolutely adore you and follow your fashion style in the gossip section,” Kami says.
“Thank you,” I reply as I try to sit down.
“Wait a minute, crap. Now I know where I recognize you from Carson!”, Kami squeals. “I saw those pictures of the two of you at the gala. Your dress was amazing, Alexandria. I assumed you two were dating just based on the way you were looking at each other in the photos.”
This is getting very awkward. I look over at Carson and see an unreadable expression on his face. He does not look like he will to try to offer any explanation to his date. “We went as good friends,” I reply hoping we can end the conversation and sit down.
“Wow. I’m on a date with a guy who knows Alexandria McNeil well enough to go to events with her. Amazing!”, Kami says.
I fight the urge to roll my eyes at her. Carson claims to have issues with my age, but this girl has to be four years younger than me. I look at Catherine with a plea of get me out of this. “Ok, it was nice to see you guys. We will let you get back to your date,” Catherine says as she sits down.
“Thank you,” I tell her when I am seated. “I thought I was going to punch her for being so excited to be on a date with Carson.”
“Well, she shouldn’t be too excited about her date because all Carson is doing is staring at you.”
I glance over and make eye contact with Carson. The emotions that fly between our eyes are so intense. I am surprised we have not caused this restaurant to burn down. “I’m going to go use the restroom. I will be back in a minute. Order me a vodka cranberry when the waiter comes for our drink order,” I tell Catherine as I stand up. I need to get some space from Carson.
“Are you ok?” Catherine asks with concern in her voice.
“I’m fine. I need to use the restroom,” I tell her with a relaxed smile. Or what I hope is a relaxed smile.
I go the restroom and I glance in the mirror. I am happy to see while I am a mess inside, I look great on the outside. I just need to keep up the appearance of everything being fine until Carson leaves. As I am walking out the bathroom, someone steps out and grabs my arm. I jump and then recognize Carson.
“Alex, I am so sorry. I had no idea you and Catherine would be here tonight,” he begins.
“Carson, there is nothing for you to apologize for. You made it clear what last night meant to you,” I tell him and try to walk away, but he pulls me further down the hallway.
“No, listen. Adam pulled me into this dinner at the last minute.”
“We are fine,” I tell him again. This is killing me. I believe he wants more from me. For us, but Carson is struggling with making it happen.  I want to get past him, but he has me blocked with his arm.
“Alex. I. I don’t actually know what I am trying to say,” he says with a sad laugh.
I look up at him and see him clenching his jaw again. The intensity in his eyes tells me what he wants. I reach up and stroke his cheek. “You know I really like the scruffiness on your face,” I tell him. Carson looks surprised and then he turns into my hand and kisses the palm of my hand like he did last night. I can feel a shiver run through me. It is like a bolt of lightening goes from my hand to my core. I can feel myself begin to get wet from the passion this one little move as elicited. “Carson, what are you doing?” I whisper to him as I gaze into his eyes.
“What I have been dying to do all day since I woke up and saw you sitting there naked in your bed.”  Carson begins to lower his head towards mine. My body is screaming in anticipation of his kiss. “Alexandria”, he breathes out as his lips make contact with mine. My world explodes in this moment. The passion is flowing between us becomes frenzied. I can feel him pushing me up against the wall as his tongue begins its quest of my mouth. I can hear myself moaning into his mouth as his hands begin to move restlessly over my body. I grab Carson by his shirt and pull his body closer to mine. I feel the evidence of his hard arousal against my stomach. Once I again I wish I was taller so I could feel that hardness against my center.
I am aware of his hands slipping under my shirt and moving up towards my breasts. “I want you so bad Alexandria,” he groans out against my ear has he nips at my earlobe.
Just then a flash a goes off which startles the heck out of the both of us. “What the hell?” Carson utters as we both look over. I see a photographer standing there with a huge smile on his face as he realizes what he just caught on camera.
“I thought I recognized the two of you when you each headed back here. This will make a great story in The Post, considering he is here with someone else,” the photographer says with glee as he turns around and walks off.
“Oh my god. What were we thinking? You are here with a date and I am making out with you,” I groan while I frantically push Carson’s hands from underneath my shirt. “Plus, it will create a scandal for my family if that story is printed,” I continue. I can feel myself getting panicked. 
“Alex, calm down. I will take care of it,” Carson says gently.
“How can you tell me to calm down?” I hiss at him. “We will be in every gossip section in this city. All because I find you too damn attractive and can’t think straight when I am near you!”
“You think I’m too damn attractive?”
I look up at him and he is smiling like an idiot. “This is what you’re worried about? My world may come crashing down on me, and you are smiling because I said I find you attractive. What the hell is wrong with you? Are you drunk?” I demand.
“Little one, I will take care of this for the both of us. I am sorry for what just happened. I should not have kissed you and let it get out of control so quickly,” he replies. “Go back to your table and enjoy your dinner with Catherine.” Just as he is about to walk away from me, he turns back and kisses me one last time on the lips and walks away.
I walk back to our table and ask the waiter for our check even though Catherine and I have only ordered a drink. “Let’s go eat somewhere else or sit at the bar,” I tell Catherine as I take a huge sip of my drink. “I can’t sit here with them so close to us.”
Catherine gives me a funny look. “What?” I ask her.
She smiles at me and glances over at Carson, who is returning to his seat. “Your lipstick is a little smeared. I also find that highly suspect since Carson followed you to the bathroom,” she replies with a smirk. I groan and turn red.
I glance over at Carson and Adam and see they are whispering back and forth to each other. I watch as Adam gets up and makes a phone call away from the table. “So, spill the beans Alex. What just happened?” Catherine prods.
I sigh out loud, “Your brother followed me and things got a little out of hand between the two of us. A photographer took a picture of us making out.”
At that moment the waiter returns but without our check. “Ms. McNeill, someone has picked up your check,” he tells us. “Who?” Catherine asks. “The gentlemen at the table across from you paid for your drinks,” he says with a smile.
“Of course he did,” I say rolling my eyes.
Catherine and I grab our purses and walk over to sit at the bar. “This is better,” I tell her now that I cannot see Carson and we are enjoying our drinks. “I’m sorry that my brother is a pain in the ass.”
“It’s not your fault. He says one thing but then does another. I feel like a slut since I just made out with someone who is on a date with another woman. I honestly would have let the entire thing get way out of hand if the photographer had not distracted us.”
I feel a tug on my hair and glance behind me to see Adam standing there smiling at us. “Why did you guys move over here?” he asks trying to sound innocent.
“You know why,” I tell him.
“Adam, why the hell did you bring Carson out on a double date? Don’t you realize that I am trying to set him and Alex up?” Catherine demands.
“Calm down Catherine. I did it because I want Carson to become conscious of the fact he is head over heels for Alex,” Adam says with a smile. “We are on the same team. Based off how he came back from the bathroom, I can see you worked him up nicely.”
“Thanks guys, except Carson does not want to be on any team so please leave me out of it,” I tell them.
“Alex, I came over here to let you know that I have taken care of the photographer,” Adam states.
“What, how?” I ask him amazed.
“The editor at The Post owes me a favor, and I called it in. Also, your dad may have to give them an exclusive in exchange for not printing such a ‘juicy story’,” Adams says laughing.
“Thank you. I don’t know how I can ever repay you.”
“For starters, keep making out with Carson. You guys are good for each other,” he says as he walks back to their table.
Catherine and I order some tapas and have another drink. We are beginning to enjoy the evening, and as usual men are coming to flirt with us. I am sitting there listening to a guy give Catherine the lamest pick up line when Carson and Adam and their dates walk over to say bye.
“Alexandria, it was awesome meeting you,” Kami gushes.
“Nice to meet the both of you,” I reply to both girls. I notice Kami is trying to hold one of Carson’s hands but he moves his hands to his pockets to discourage her. I glance up at him and give him a look.
“Alex, have a good night with Catherine. Try to not stay out all night,” Carson says as he leans over to kiss my cheek. Before he pulls away from me he whispers, “I am sorry about tonight little one. I never meant for any of this to happen.”

“It’s ok,” I tell him as he pulls away. “I will see you guys around,” I tell the both of them. In reality, I am not sure when I will see either of them again and my heart breaks a little at the thought.

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