Joyfully Reviewed is taking the DARE! $50 Gift Card Giveaway + Author Interviews!

Joyfully Reviewed is taking the DARE!
$50 Gift Card Giveaway + Author Interviews!

We are very excited to welcome Harlequin DARE Authors to Joyfully Reviewed!!

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Introducing DARE from Harlequin!

 

A new imprint from Harlequin featuring strong, independent women and sizzling hot heroes. DARE delivers riveting, irresistible romance stories featuring highly explicit sexual encounters, making it the publisher’s sexiest series ever. Look for four new titles each month.

 

Sexy. Passionate. Bold.

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“I want to taste you tonight.”

 

With chemistry this hot, it’s worth getting burned…

 

Billionaire Jack Grant is totally off-limits to Gemma Picton. He’s wild, deliciously dangerous…and her boss. When working late turns X-rated, it’s better than her wildest imaginings—and Gemma’s imagined a lot! But Jack has major emotional baggage, so when Gemma starts wanting to heal his heart as well as enjoy his body, she knows she’s in big trouble…!

 

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Excerpt: Copyright © 2018 Off Limits by Clare Connelly

 

I am holding my breath again. Is that how I’m going to get over this little hurdle? Suffocate myself? Is that even possible? I’m pretty sure we have some breathing trigger in our brains, but my brain is a bit pissy with me so maybe it would conveniently forget about the button.

I push air out consciously, quietly, and he takes his seat.

‘Anyway…’ I prompt impatiently.

His smile is a clicker. Is he laughing at me? Arrogant arsehole! That’s be just like him. See? That’s the problem! I know him. I’m not one of his other women. I know that is he as bastardy as he is sexy.

‘How did you sleep?’

I blink at him, my eyes wide. ‘You’ve already asked me that.’

‘You didn’t answer.’

I except a sign that speaks of anger. ‘Like I always do. Seriously, Jack. My desk is covered in paper. I have to get to work.’

I’m your work,’ he says with a shrug.

Insolent bastard.

He leans forward, and while his face is casual there is an urgency in the flecks of gold that fill his eyes. ‘Did you see him last night?’

I want to remind him of the salient fact I pointed out the night before. It’s not his damned business. But I’m not sure I can say that with such conviction now that I’ve tasted his mouth; now that I’ve been stunned by his desire.

Can I skirt around his question?

You’re my work? Okay, the thing is I have the New York guys waiting on contracts, you have a meeting in a week that I have to prepare for and Athens wants your input-which means my input- on a lease agreement. And I need to – ‘

‘Quiet.’

God! Don’t hate me, but when he’s bossy I love it. And he’s almost always bossy.

I glare at him across his desk; it’s best if he doesn’t know that this is just about my favourite version of him.’

Clare Connelly – Dare Q&A

Off Limits is a hot read! Have you always written sexy storylines, or was this your first?

 

I love ‘open door’ romance. Sex is obviously a very normal, healthy part of a relationship, and I feel that exploring a couple’s sexuality creates a more rounded romance. All of my books feature a high heat level, but the premise of Dare really gave me the ability to push those boundaries. I’m very comfortable writing the bedroom scenes – I always feel like it’s a very organic extension of my couple’s interaction. It’s never sex for the sake of sex; as with real life, it serves to further their emotional connection.

 

What can you tell us about the inspiration behind your latest book, Off Limits?

 

I wanted to write a hero who had loved deeply and lost – who had been almost completely broken by that loss – and who fought very hard not to be put back together, as though remaining broken was the ultimate proof of his love for his late wife. Jack has a lot of baggage, and he’s his own worst enemy. He doesn’t want to feel anything for anyone because he’s afraid it will devalue what he shared with Lucy. I loved writing his emotional contradictions. He has a huge heart but is terrified of using it again. Gemma has to gently break through his barriers and take the lead in their relationship, yet, at the same time, of course she’s utterly terrified of loving a man who can’t and won’t love her back.

 

How do you feel about being one of the first authors to write for Harlequin’s new series, DARE?

 

Writing for Dare is a dream come true. Let’s face it, writing anything for Mills & Boon is that! But I was sold on the premise of Dare from the first moment it was described to me. Modern, sexy, gritty and realistic – with the satisfaction readers know they can count on from a Mills & Boon. I think this series has universal appeal.

 

Your book has a lead female character who is a driven lawyer. Do you consider yourself a feminist?

 

Absolutely! I have two wonderful sisters and my mum is an incredibly strong, resilient and fiercely intelligent woman. She always set a great example – she taught us to work hard, and be kind, fair and gracious. These lessons are something I am ever-mindful of passing on to my son and daughter.

 

Why did you choose London and Sydney to feature in your book?

 

Beyond the fact it suited the story, I am a complete Anglophile! I have always loved the UK – London is a heady mix of history and contemporary glamour – which makes it an ideal story setting. My husband and I spent four years in London and I feel so very bonded to the beautiful city and its people. It is in my blood! But, first and foremost, I’m Australian, and I think an Australian setting has so much to offer. While our cities are cosmopolitan and urbane, our climate and the natural beauty of the country are beyond compare. I wanted my reader to fall in love with Jack and Gemma… and the locales they inhabit!

 

Do you envisage any celebrities when dreaming up your characters?

 

I do! I almost always start with a celebrity in mind, as I plot the book. It helps to get their ‘voice’ in place. But usually, by the second chapter, my characters have become fully their own people and I see them, instead of the original celebrity. In case you’re wondering, Colin Farrell and Gwyneth Paltrow were my Jack and Gemma inspiration.

 

Do you read in the same genre you write?

 

Yes! Voraciously. Well, I read almost anything, actually, but romance has always been my jam. I picked up my first Mills & Boon as a young adult (twelve years old) and wrote my first full manuscript at fifteen. And I read and read and read a lot of romances in between. Mills & Boon Modern is my go to, but really, I do read anything that has a strong narrative. I actually love crime and thrillers as well.

 

What are your top three books of all time?

 

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Million-Dollar Love-Child by Sarah Morgan

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Duma Key Stephen King

 

(I know, that’s four, but seriously… top three of all time? I can’t do it!)

 

What advice would you give to someone who wants to write but is too scared to start?

 

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is that ‘writers write’. If you have a story to tell, you will find a way to tell it. Try not to put the cart before the horse – it can be onerous if you get bogged down in the concept of publication! Write because you want to tell a story, because you have a story worth telling. And enjoy the ride.

 

What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?

 

Ending it! When I write a book I really love, I don’t ever want to vacate their world. I fell so completely in love with Jack and Gemma that I felt an incredible responsibility to give them the ending they deserved. I needed to know that their HEA would truly stand the test of time.

 

And finally, when can we expect another book from you?

 

BURN ME ONCE will be out in May – it’s a very sexy, fun read about a Grammy award winning rockstar on the rebound from a bad breakup, and his ‘convenient’ one-night stand … who becomes so much more.


The Rebel vs. The Princess

 

Complete opposites who share the same burning passion!

 

Jaxon Brady of the Hard Riders MC has sworn to protect Evie Kent from a rival gang. His hard muscles and black leather motorcycle boots are a sharp contrast to the girlie dresses Evie wears for her successful party-planning business. Their instant attraction is magnetic, and their lust keeps them glued to each other’s side…but is it a dangerous distraction?

 

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Excerpt: Copyright © 2018 Ruled by Anne Marsh

 

I have to be more cautious. From the rising volume of the squeals emanating from the backyard, cake consumption has concluded and the party will be wrapping up as the sugar highs hit, the early departers fleeing past my RV parked out front. Spotting the princess in an R-rated embrace with a biker would be bad for my business. You can’t be a dirty girl and host children’s birthday parties for a living. The moms will kill you. Fortunately, the moms aren’t mind readers. I’m only a party-perfect princess on the outside. Riding anywhere with Rev would be career suicide.

My bad voice promptly weighs in. But only if you get caught.

“I don’t do bikers.”

Something flashes across Rev’s face. “You don’t get hurt on my watch. I promise.”

 

“You’re not an ax murderer?”

He reaches into his pocket and pulls out the wallet attached to his belt by a silver chain. Silently, he flips it open and holds it out so I can read his driver’s license. There’s a military ID underneath it, too, the kind of card that gets you into Nellis Air Force Base.

“Your name isn’t Rev.” According to the State of Nevada’s laminated plastic, he’s one Jaxon Brady.

“Road name,” he says tersely.

I examine the license again. He’s also turning thirty-three in four weeks. I bet he won’t be booking a celebratory princess party.

“Wow.” I hand back his wallet. “Former navy?”

He nods, as if it’s no big deal. “SEAL. You’d be safe with me.”

 

He’s not big on talking. Or negotiating, asking, or sweet-talking. I’ve always trusted my instincts, though, and right now they’re on board with Rev Brady. Completely, totally, 100 percent in favor of getting on this man’s bike and riding off with him. Somewhere. Wherever he wants to go. He’s big and strong and tempting. He’s fought for our country and kept everyone safe.

How bad can he be?

The little voice in my head pipes right up. How bad do you want him to be?

That voice needs a gag.

“Think about it,” he says and then he turns and saunters toward his bike. I stand there, watching his ass the whole way, and wondering why I don’t mind his attitude. He’s scary as shit. He’s not Mr. White Picket Fence and he’s not promising happily ever after, but the man has a fantastic butt and I’m lonely. That’s all it is. I need to get out more, need to make a point of seeing someone.

Someone else.

Anyone else. There are absolutely, positively no bikers anywhere in my future.

Anne Marsh – Dare Q&A

 

RULED is a hot read!  Have you always written sexy storylines, or was this your first?

I’ve always written sexy storylines. My very first book, my then-editor called me up and told me to expand all the sex scenes because they were too short. After I got done dying of embarrassment, I took her advice to heart.

 

What can you tell us about the inspiration behind RULED?

I ran out of MC books to read (Joanna Wylde needs to write much faster!), so I went the DIY route. And once I had a big, tough, alpha biker, naturally I wanted to pair him with a princess with a spine of steel. I love women who sparkle and kick butt.

 

How do you feel about being one of the first authors to write for Harlequin’s new series, DARE?

I feel like one of those explorers who sails for terra incognita in a rickety boat with limited foodstuffs and water! I can’t wait to see what the other books in the line look like, and I’m honored that they chose me to be one of the firsts. I sincerely hope I don’t crash or end up on the wrong continent. Thank you for coming on the ride with me.

 

Your book has a lead female character who runs a successful small business. Do you consider yourself a feminist?

Absolutely. I’m 100% in favor of equality. Plus, writing books is very much a small business; and especially if you’re a romance writer, it tends to be a woman-owned business. I’m part of the Dare team, plus I have a number of other writing projects. That’s a whole lot of timelines, project plans, covers, editing schedules, and promotions to wrangle and I employ a number of part-time people (all women) to help me with that. Being a boss has been a learning experience for me that I’ve appreciated.

 

Why did you choose Las Vegas to feature in your book?

I’ve visited Las Vegas a number of times, and I’ve always been fascinated by its possibilities. It’s a place of glitter and grit, which is never clearer than when you’re walking up the Strip at 6am and the sun’s coming up. You can see behind the magic then, and you can also see the trash on the sidewalks, the drunks, the slight tattiness of it all—it just makes you look and dream.

 

Do you envisage any celebrities when dreaming up your characters?

Never! I am one of the least visual people ever, plus I don’t watch TV or movies. I used to work at Pixar, and my co-workers’ favourite game was to drag me down to the atrium and see which visiting celebrities I couldn’t spot even when they were right in front of me in the lunch line. I totally missed Bono, although I did identify a bunch of visiting sheiks thanks to my Harlequin reading! (They wore the long white robes but left the horses and oases at home, which disappoints me to this day)

 

What I do tend to do is have a theme song for the hero—and then I play it about 10,000 times on auto-repeat (I’m sure my family is eternally grateful for headphones). Rev, the hero of RULED, has a song for certain—it’s Brantley Gilbert’s “Just As I Am.”

 

Do you read in the same genre you write?

Absolutely. Does a baker have to swear off cake? I know some authors consider that a no-no, but there’s no way I’m not devouring contemporary romance and rom con. I read pretty voraciously and go through 5-10 books a week. I also go on binges where I re-read every book in a series. There are just too many amazing contemporary authors not to indulge—Emma Chase, Jill Shalvis, Ainsley Booth, Kristan Higgins, Helena Hunting, Kylie Scott… there’s a reason I read so much!

 

What are your top three books of all time? (I’m assuming your favorite books by others, not your own 🙂)

That’s an evil question. Even Marie Kondo let me have twenty! There are books, like the Bible, that I’ve always got with me. But if you were to ask me what three books I’ve re-read at least four or five times this year and I run around gifting to everyone I know, I’d pick Ruby Dixon’s Ice Planet Barbarians, Anne Bishop’s Written in Red, and Kylie Scott’s Play.

 

What advice would you give to someone who wants to write but is too scared to start?

BIC. Butt in chair. You have to sit down and you have to put words on the page. Maybe it’s just ten words or fifty, but you start writing and you keep writing. Writing isn’t the scary part—that’s publishing. Then you have to let someone else see your words, and I’ll be honest, that feels like parading down Market Street in San Francisco in my laundry day underwear. But you do it, and you listen to what people with experience have to say, and you learn from it. Dare has some fabulous editors, and I get better every time I listen to them.

 

What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?

Let me just say that I write dirty. I do not write Christian inspirational. But… Rev, my hero, comes from a religious background. His father was a minister. He has those core values to love, honor, respect, although he’s not Mr. Theology and he’s no fan of rules. These things influenced him, and it was a challenge to let that upbringing and those values be a part of him—and quite a bit of it ended up on the cutting room floor during edits. Some day, I’d like to write a hero who is both alpha and Christian. It seems like an interesting challenge.

 

And finally, when can we expect another book from you?

The second book in the series, INKED, releases on April 1st, 2018.


A daring game of temptation

 

She’ll play his game—but only by her rules!

 

Alex Lancaster is an adrenaline junkie. He’s also a sexy British billionaire who should come with his own warning signs. When Libby insists she’s done with men who live on the edge, Alex coaxes her out of her comfort zone—professionally and very, very personally. Libby’s taking a high-stakes gamble, but the payoff could win her everything

 

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Excerpt: Copyright © 2018 A Week to Be Wild by JC Harroway

 

The man occupying her thoughts swept up beside her on a cloud of freshly showered deliciousness, his hand taking a proprietorial hold of the back of her barstool and his smoky, heavy-lidded smile stripping her naked.

Alex.

‘Hi.’ Libby closed her slack-jawed mouth and swivelled to face him, turning her back on the stranger, never one to pass up a golden opportunity. She hated rudeness, but if Beer Breath was too stubborn or thick-skulled to take the hint…

Alex kept his stare on her, his smile genuine and warm enough to melt her underwear clean off, and then signalled the waiter with a flick of his wrist.

Libby sensed the moment when Beer Breath slinked away, and the hairs on the back of her neck settled—but only temporarily, because Alex hadn’t taken his eyes off her. In fact, he was looking at her as if he was seconds from devouring her whole.

She shivered, delicious tendrils snaking to all her erogenous zones. ‘What are you doing here?’ Libby took a slug of her previously untouched drink, the burn calming her enough to meet his bold stare with one of her own.

‘I came to invite you out for a late supper. I was on my way to Reception and then I spotted you here.’ His hand slid from the back of her stool, and he settled into the one next to her, passing his order to the waiter before returning his disconcerting focus to her.

She stared back, lost for words and missing the proximity of his hand on her chair. He was close enough that his warmth traversed the space between them, but far enough away that she battled her body’s urge to sway closer. And keep on swaying.

‘What?’ One corner of his mouth kicked up. ‘What kind of host would I be if I left you to fend for yourself on your first night in a strange city?’

She couldn’t help the snort that left her. ‘The non-stalker kind…?’

He took the jibe with a cocksure arch of one brow, sipping wine while his poised stare flicked over her face from feature to feature.

Libby flushed hot all over. The ‘stalker’ comment had been beneath her. He hadn’t once touched her, hadn’t bought her drink, hadn’t tried to grab her phone, hadn’t even chased away her unwanted admirer—he had simply given her the out she’d wanted. The rest was all her.

What was wrong with her? Rudeness to a generous host and influential employer? All because he’d awoken needs within her? Needs too long dormant. Needs she’d never had before. Needs threatening to overwhelm her in their intensity.

Hardly his fault.

 

JC Harroway’s Q&A

A Week To Be Wild is a hot read!  Have you always written sexy storylines, or was this your first?

No, it’s not my first rodeo… I have four other books published, which have their steamy moments. But writing for Dare took things to the next level in that the stories have the seductive escapism of glamorous settings but the strong female leads face very real problems and issues, all while owning their sexuality and chasing what they want in life. What’s not to love?

 

What can you tell us about the inspiration behind your latest book, A Week To Be Wild?

I love to travel, so my stories often feature international locations or characters from different countries. For A Week To Be Wild, I loved the idea of throwing a sexy English gentleman and a feisty, straight-talking New Yorker together in a professional capacity. And what better backdrop than the thrill and glamour of London!

 

How do you feel about being one of the first authors to write for Harlequin’s new series, Dare?

I’m completely thrilled. It’s a dream come true for me to write for Mills and Boon and this exciting new line in particular. My grandmother, who shared not only my love of reading, but my love of romance, was a huge Mills and Boon fan—she’d be so proud of me.

 

Your book has a lead female character who is a powerful businesswomen.  Do you consider yourself a feminist?

Absolutely. And an egalitarian. I believe in gender equality and equality full stop. And to me, feminism and equality are about choice and opportunity. I’m a doctor, a woman and a mother of a daughter and two sons. I write stories about women read predominantly by women.

 

Why did you choose The Shard to feature in your book?

It’s fun to use iconic landmarks in stories, and until recently, I’d never been anywhere near The Shard. But the main motivation for this choice was Libby, my heroine in A Week To Be Wild. She’s had a traumatic experience in her past and avoids risk at all costs. I wanted to throw her off balance for her first meeting with the hero, Alex (mwah, ha, ha *evil laugh*). So I chose a restaurant on the thirty-first floor of London’s tallest building—sophistication and toe-tingling danger all rolled into one and the perfect setting for my opening scene.

 

Do you envisage any celebrities when dreaming up your characters?

Great question, and the answer is, of course, yes! Now you’re going to ask me who…. I’m a visual learner, so I like to have an image to put with my creations so the odd celebrity snap or two has come in very useful… For the dark, intense, insanely hot romance hero like Alex Lancaster, it’s hard to overlook a certain British actor who occasionally plays Mr Poldark…

 

Do you read in the same genre you write?

Yes, definitely. I try to write the kind of story I want to read, but I also read widely. I always come back to romance though, because we all have our favourite genre. And I’m addicted to those happy endings. Did you know reading romance and the HEA in particular actually triggers an endorphin rush? Powerful stuff.

 

What are your top three books of all time?

That’s a really hard question to answer… But if I absolutely had to pick just three, I’d choose Jayne Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Little Women By Louisa May Alcott and Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover.

 

What advice would you give to someone who wants to write but is too scared to start?

Just sit down and do it! I’ve always been a creative person, but I came rather late to writing. I’d half-heartedly toyed with writing some years ago, but never actually finished anything, or shown my efforts to anyone, because…terrifying.

But I had a story, some characters, that wouldn’t leave my head. One day someone said “You should just write it” and I did. I didn’t know where it would go, or if that story would ever see the light of day, but I finished it. I knew nothing of the craft of writing—just as well or I’d have been way too intimidated—but I’m learning all that as I go, by doing. And I’m so glad I was brave enough to try, because I’m here now, writing for Mills and Boon!

 

What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?

For me, the biggest challenge is fitting all the elements of story, plot and characterisation into the series requirement of fifty-thousand words—it’s a real skill and I take my hat off to all those writers who do it so well.

 

And finally, when can we expect another book from you?

The second book in this series is almost complete. I can’t share too much, but it features sexy Frenchman Jack Demont, Alex’s cousin from A Week To Be Wild. I have a thing for the French accent; I could listen to it all day, even if it was just the shipping report!

 


 

“You are mine for the next two weeks.”

 

Resigning might be the sexiest thing she’s ever done…

 

Quitting her job puts executive assistant Bette Monroe in a very compromising position. She has ten days left, and powerhouse lawyer Simon Kramer is working her late into the night…and seducing her into oblivion! While he’s convinced she’s selling business secrets, the bombshell secret she’s keeping would shock him more. Does she bare all…or keep him guessing?

 

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Excerpt: Copyright © 2018 Legal Seduction by Lisa Childs

 

“So then more money will get you to stay,” he said dismissively, as if he’d closed a case. He tossed her crumpled-up resignation letter into the brass trash can sitting beside his desk.

Frustration—and not just with this conversation—overwhelmed her, overcoming her natural inclination to avoid confrontation, and she blurted out, “No!”

 

Working for him these past two years had increased her frustration because of all those damn fantasies he’d inspired.

“But you just said—”

“I took the job because I needed money,” she said. “I needed money then.”

His eyes narrowed more as he studied her face. “And you don’t need it now?”

“My reason for leaving has nothing to do with money,” she said. Had she not found another source of income, she would have been forced to stay, but he didn’t need to know that.

“So you do have a reason.”

 

He wasn’t the trial lawyer of their partnership, but he could have been. She felt like she was being cross-examined on the witness stand. And she didn’t enjoy it one bit. Quitting was not a crime.

“I don’t have to give you a reason.” At least she didn’t think she did.

Maybe she should have had a lawyer look at that employment contract before she’d written her resignation letter. But no matte

 

r how much she paid, no lawyer would be as good as Simon Kramer. He was the best.

And, according to his ex-lovers, not just at the law…

“Why don’t you want to tell me?” he asked, and he stepped closer now, so close that she could feel the heat of his body through his suit and her cardigan and skirt.

Heat flushed her body, making her skin tingle. She tried to step back but the desk stopped her, the hard wood pressing into the backs of her thighs as he nearly touched the front of her. Her breasts pushed against the front of the gray cardigan as she struggled for breath. She had never been this close to him before. It was more than unsettling. Her knees trembled and her already tripping pulse quickened even more.

“Because it’s personal,” she murmured. And they had never been anything but businesslike with each other, except in her dreams.

He leaned down, so close that his warm breath whispered across her lips as he asked, “Are you in love with me?”

Lisa Childs – DARE Q&A

 

Legal Seduction is a hot read!  Have you always written sexy storylines, or was this your first?

 

Of the nearly seventy books I’ve written, there have been some other hot ones, but Legal Seduction might be the hottest yet!

 

What can you tell us about the inspiration behind your latest book, Legal Seduction?

 

I’ve had the idea in my head for a while to write a series about lawyers who hadn’t started out on the right side of the law. I wanted them to be sexy alpha males who’ve fought their way to the top, and that’s what the lawyers of Street Legal (the law practice in the book) have done.

 

How do you feel about being one of the first authors to write for Harlequin’s new series, DARE?

I am so honored and excited to be included on the launch of this sexy new series.

 

Your book has a lead female character who is a lingerie designer. Do you consider yourself a feminist?

 

That character, Bette Monroe, designs the lingerie for herself – for her pleasure.  She’s tough and independent, and I like to think of myself that way as well.  So yes, I guess I am a feminist.  More importantly, I am very proud that I raised two young women who are also very strong and independent.

 

Why did you choose New York City as the setting of your book?

 

I chose to set this series in New York City because it’s my favorite place to visit. The city has such an energy to it that it’s like a living, breathing character all its own.

 

Do you envisage any celebrities when dreaming up your characters?

 

I totally based the main character, Simon Kramer, on Simon Baker from the Mentalist.  Both Simons are super sexy and former con artists.

 

Do you read in the same genre you write?

 

I love romance novels.  Just as I write for different subgenres of romance, I also read all subgenres of them.  Because of my deadlines, I do prefer shorter, hotter books like these Dare books.  I can’t wait to read all the books in this new line.

 

What are your top three books of all time?

 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a favorite that I’ve re-read many times.  I like funny books too so anything by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and of course, Fast Women, by Jennifer Crusie.  I have several other favorites – too many to name…

 

What advice would you give to someone who wants to write but is too scared to start?

 

Anyone who really wants to write needs to put her fears aside and just write. Anything. Don’t edit it to death. Don’t agonize over every word or line. Just write. You’ll be surprised what comes out if you give yourself the freedom to make mistakes. You can always edit it later. But, and this has been said before, you can’t edit a blank page.

 

What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?

 

Since Dare is a brand new series, my biggest challenge in writing this book was knowing if I was writing too hot or not hot enough.  So of course, I erred on the side of too hot!

 

And finally, when can we expect another book from you?

 

The next book in the Legal Lovers series, LEGAL ATTRACTION, will be out in May.  It’s Ronan and Muriel’s story and is super hot and exciting!


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“I want everything.”

She’s taking control. And it’s driving him wild!

Lucy Baudin’s ex did a number on her self-esteem, but it’s time for her to regain control. In her job as a lawyer she’s bold, confident. But in the bedroom she needs inspiration to reawaken her inner seductress. Asking her friend Gideon Novak for help seems wrong…yet so deliciously right!

 

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Make Me Want Excerpt

Copyright © 2018 Katee Robert

 

“What the fuck, Lucy?”

“Hmm?”

“You know exactly what I’m talking about.” He pulled her dress up, though he didn’t need the confirmation. “You come in here with that cock tease of a dress and you aren’t wearing panties.” Jealousy and desire twisted viciously through him. “Were you going to give Aaron a little show?”

“Oh, please. Give me a little credit.” She lifted her chin. “I’m proving a point. You, Gideon Novak, don’t get to make my decisions for me. I appreciate your help, but that’s where it ends.”

She didn’t want him.

He was good enough to fuck but not good enough to listen to.

He kept a white-knuckled grip on his temper because having a knock-down, drag-out fight here and now wasn’t an option for either of them. Not to mention the fact that he didn’t have a right to be pissed. She’d laid out the terms that first day and if he chose to ignore them, that was on him—not on Lucy.

It didn’t make how shitty this situation was any easier to swallow.

Gideon stepped back. “The table. Bend over it.”

Her eyebrows inched up. “You can’t be serious.”

“As a fucking heart attack. I told you what would happen if you showed up like that, and you were all too eager to pick up that gauntlet. Choices have consequences, Lucy. This is one of them.”

She backed toward the table. One step. Two. “The consequences being that you’ll spank my ass red and then fuck me right here.”

She wants it.

It didn’t soothe his temper. If anything, it ratcheted it up a notch. She might want it but she didn’t want him. “The table.”

Lucy turned and, prim as a princess, bent over the table. She seemed to consider and then lowered her chest further until the top half of her body was flush against the polished wood. The position left her ass in the air and had her skirt riding up so he could see how turned on she was by this.

“Which part is getting you?” He stood between her and the door and pushed her dress the last few inches to bare her completely. “The spanking, the defiance, or the fact that we’re in an unlocked room where anyone could walk in—including your fucking date?”

She tilted her ass up, just a little, an offer that made his mouth water. But it was her words that sealed her fate. “All of the above.”

About Katee Robert

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it ‘a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension.”  When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

 

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