I'm thrilled to be part of the cover reveal for for Melting In To You, the second book in Tracey Alvarez's Due South series! Isn't it gorgeous?
Available on June 16 2014, the second book in the Due South series.
Big, sexy men who don’t relate well to kids need not apply…
Kezia Murphy plays her widow card well. When you don’t trust people not to let you down, it’s easier to not get involved—and getting involved with a man who makes her skin sizzle just by looking at him would be una pazzia—crazy! Four years ago while Kezia’s daughter, Zoe, battled leukaemia, a tragic accident stole her husband’s life. Starting over in the little town of Oban where she’s adopted into the close knit community on Stewart Island, Kezia and her daughter are all the family the other needs. Except Zoe yearns for more.
New Zealand’s worst candidate for instant fatherhood…
Ben doesn’t do gooey emotional stuff. He doesn’t do cosy home and family. And he sure isn’t the big teddy-bear Kezia Murphy, the woman he secretly fantasises about, thinks he is. So when Jade, his surprise eight-year-old daughter arrives on his doorstep, he’s a D-minus student struggling to pass a crash-course in parenting.
They’ll either melt or raze their lives to the ground…
When the sparks of attraction between Kezia and Ben fan into an inferno, Ben doesn’t know how much longer the layers of resistance around his heart can resist melting into the gooey mess he fears. The more he fights it the harder it is to make the choice that will destroy the family he now longs to claim.
He moved like a much smaller, lighter man. A runner or a gymnast—all coiled power that could switch from casual swagger to lightning-fast action in a heartbeat.
She licked dry lips as he stalked closer, a witty response swallowed by the slow burn kindling low in her body. Both English and Italian deserted her, and she simply drank him in. Too good-looking, too confident—too much of everything that eroded her determination to resist him.
Bracing her spine as he stood alongside her, she waited for the punch line or another double entendre.
But he said nothing.
Just gazed down with a small half smile. Which was another word for a smirk—a baby, you know you’re impressed smirk.
She fanned herself with the edge of the board. Did she need a reminder of why she hated Alpha males? After growing up in a home full of five bull-headed Alpha brothers, no, she did not.
Ben’s arm brushed hers as he moved to let Noah past. Beneath her summery dress, her nipples puckered against her lacy bra cup.
Oh, no! Not again.
Kezia hugged the clipboard to her chest and closed her eyes. Please St. Paula, let the clipboard base be wide enough to cover my boobs.
A soft, rumbling sound next to her—Ben chuckling.
Sweet Mother! Had she spoken aloud? A quick glance confirmed her worst fears unfounded. Ben stared blandly into the crowd, as if he had no idea how much his closeness affected her.
Honestly, she should ask the Patron Saint of Widows for more than boob coverage. She needed strength—brute strength—to resist either the urge to murder the man, or the almost-as-terrifying urge to jump his bones until he begged for mercy.
Due South Series
Visit the wild and beautiful Stewart Island and the Due South world by reading Book 1 of the Due South series, In Too Deep.
Tracey Alvarez lives in the Coolest Little Capital in the World (a.k.a Wellington, New Zealand) where she’s yet to be buried under her to-be-read book pile by Wellington’s infamous wind—her Kindle’s a lifesaver! Married to a wonderfully supportive IT guy, she has two teens who would love to be surgically linked to their electronic devices.
Fuelled by copious amounts of coffee, she’s the author of contemporary romantic fiction set predominantly in New Zealand. Small-towns, close communities, and families are a big part of the heart-warming stories she writes. Oh, and hot, down-to-earth heroes—Kiwi men, in other words.
When she’s not writing, thinking about writing, or procrastinating about writing, she can be found reading sexy books of all romance genres, nibbling on smuggled chocolate bars, or bribing her kids to take over the housework.
Congratulations to fellow Escape author Alexa Bravo on the release of In Bed With The Boss!
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Escape Publishing (Harlequin AU)
A high-flying corporate romance that’s sure to add ‘elevator’ to your list of erotic destinations!
Trish Carter is chasing the career opportunity of a lifetime, and nothing is going to stand in her way. After a failed marriage and years of self-doubt, she needs her business proposal to succeed, and there’s only one hurdle left: presenting to the Board of Directors and charismatic CEO, Keith Donnelli. So it can only be the stress and extreme tension that leads her to jump the hot stranger in the elevator.
But the unexpectedly explosive encounter puts all her plans in jeopardy, when the stranger isn’t a stranger at all. Now, her whole future rides on how well she can resist the temptation of sleeping with her boss. Will Trish finally have the chance to make her secret dreams come true or will following her heart destroy her chance at a future?
In Bed With The Boss – excerpt
Trish felt a cold fury sweep over her as resentment for his presumption overcame baser reactions to his nearness. How dare he drag her off like a naughty child! He stopped suddenly outside the double doors leading to the kitchens, well away from the lunch time crowd and pulled her roughly towards him, not letting his hold on her arm slacken for an instant. As she faced him with furious anger in her hazel eyes she noted the blazing fury in his own and suddenly she welcomed this encounter, wanted the chance to strike back at him for causing her so much anguish for the last two days.
‘What the hell do you think you’re doing?’ she asked coldly, ignoring the thrill of his familiar scent and the havoc it was playing with her senses.
‘Is this the reason you avoided me yesterday?’ he hissed at her, barely suppressing the snarl that rose to his lips. ‘Is he the reason?’
‘What business is it of yours?’ she asked coldly, and was rewarded by the flicker of doubt in his intense blue gaze.
‘None!’ he almost yelled the word at her. ‘None,’ he repeated more quietly, and the intensity of his gaze deepened as awareness overrode her anger. Her body seemed drawn to his against her will and she swayed towards him before her mind had registered her body’s surrender. She felt his arms crush her and his mouth descended with clear purpose towards her own. His groan against her lips spoke of the remnants of his anger and the frustration of his reaction even as he raided her mouth with abandon bordering on desperation. Trish could no more help her answering response than she could stop the moan that escaped her own lips as his tongue sought and gained entry to the sweetness within.
‘God,’ he moaned against her lips, ‘what you do to me.’ His hands ran up and down her back in a gloriously possessive gesture and Trish’s fingers were inexorably drawn to his silky hair as she luxuriated in the feel of the soft, fragrant strands.
The sound of the kitchen door being opened behind them caused them to start back guiltily as they once more became aware of their surroundings.
Alexa Bravo “self-published” her first manuscript at age 12, when she typed a one-page romance story in the seventh grade and gave it to the girl sitting next to her in class to read. Before she knew it the story had been passed along from classmate to classmate and Alexa was getting requests for more stories and taking reservations for those already in circulation. Alexa has always been passionate about reading as well as writing and despite her “real job” managing a business, she enjoys as many romance novels as she can fit into her e-reader and also works on her own romantic stories. Alexa is currently completing Brendan’s story based on a secondary character from In Bed With The Boss, and she also has several works in progress covering other genres, including historical romance. Alexa lives in Sydney, Australia with her three beautiful girls and her very indulgent husband.
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Author of dark, sexy paranormal and contemporary romance. Mum, chocoholic & book hoarder.