One of the best things about working in publishing is advanced copies — those books we get to read before they hit the shelves. It’s honestly delicious. And this week we’re going to share the love with you. All week long we’re going to be giving away advanced copies of some excellent upcoming titles! Yesterday we started things off with a contest to win Jill Shalvis’s RT Top Pick! October title All I Want — enter here to win!
Today we’ve got some serious goodness coming your way from Avery Flynn and the first in her new series The Retreat, Dodging Temptation. Hero Dodge is trying to close a billion-dollar resort deal, while heroine Harper only wants to lie low after slapping her cheating senator ex-husband — during a press conference. So good, right? Let’s take a peek at the excerpt! And then you can enter the giveaway below.
Dodge stopped beside Harper, looked at the room number placard next to her closed door, and shook his head. “You’re in the honeymoon suite?”
“That would explain the size of the bed.” And the special lotion and oil sampler basket she’d found on the bedside table.
“My mom is always so subtle. Whatever she says, ignore her.”
“What about the universe wanting us to get married?” she asked, the need to prolong their talk and needle him a little overwhelming her better judgment.
He looked up at the ceiling and sucked in a deep breath. “Oh God, she told you.”
“Like you said…” Harper giggled at May’s antics. “She’s very subtle. Don’t worry. I told her I wasn’t interested.”
“Not even a little bit?” He turned and edged closer, putting his hands on the doorframe on either side of her shoulders. He didn’t touch her, didn’t block her in.
Her skin tingled, making her feel every inch of flesh he wasn’t touching. If she wanted to, all she had to do was slide her key card across the lock, and she could escape into the safety of her room. She could get away from the constant tug of attraction pulling her closer to him, the unsettled need that made her clench her thighs, and the way he managed to piss her off and turn her on in alternate breaths. The thing was, she didn’t want to, and, judging by his knowing smirk, he knew it. But that was’t what made her core pulse. It was the look in his eyes again. Hungry. Determined. Possessive. The air practically sparked around them as desire flooded her body—and he hadn’t even touched her yet.
He leaned in, his lips close to her earlobe, but maddeningly far away. “Not even after last night?”
“What’s one kiss between enemies?” She couldn’t seem to help herself from taunting him, seeing how far she could push him before his control cracked.
His hands slid lower on the door, moving from her shoulder level until they were even with the small of her waist. Still he didn’t touch her. “Is that what we are?”
The key card slipped from her grasp, falling to the carpet in silent surrender. “It felt like that last night.”
“And now?” he asked. He tilted the angle of his head so his lips were just shy of making contact with hers.
Dampness soaked through the center of her yoga pants, and her heart hammered in her chest. “No comment.”
“Well…” He pushed his body up against her, flattening her between the solid door and his own thick hardness. “Actions do speak louder than words.”
His mouth came down on hers, obliterating any possibility of doing something other than kiss him back just as demanding, just as aggressive, and just as determined to control the situation. If he was looking for someone who sat back and meekly accepted, then he was kissing the wrong girl. Those days were gone for Harper. No one was going to manipulate her into doing their bidding ever again. She was her own woman with her own plans, and right now they all centered around Dodge’s hefty bulge pressing against her.
“So fucking hot I almost forgot why you’re here. If only…” Dodge’s lips brushed across her jaw as his fingers skimmed down the length of her arms until his hands circled her wrists. “But both of us can’t be in charge.” He whipped her arms upward in one fluid motion, wrapping a single hand around her wrists and pinning them above her head.
She watched him through half-closed lids and pressed her shoulder blades against her room door, rubbing her hot center against his thigh. “That doesn’t seem fair.”
His eyes darkened with lust, and he repositioned his leg, giving her a better angle to press against him. “You know that life never is.”
Bracing herself against the door behind her, she raised up on her tiptoes and undulated against his hard thigh. The stretch Spandex of her yoga pants moved with her as she twisted against him, tempting him and torturing herself with a kind of touch that was good but not quite good enough.
“Fuck me, you’re not wearing panties, are you?” The words came out in a pained groan.
Score one for her. “Never with yoga pants.”
His gaze dropped to where her hard nipples strained against her cotton tank top. “A bra?”
She shook her head. His nostrils flared with desire, and his lips turned up in a predatory smirk that promised every bad thing she could ever want—and she wanted it all.
So good, right? And now you can enter to win an advanced digital copy. This contest is open to EVERYONE, it’s the beauty of digital, people! We’ll select two winners on Monday, August 24. Winners will have 24 hours to reply with a viable email address where we can send a digital ARC. Thanks to Entangled Publishing for providing the copies!
Dodging Temptation will be available on September 14, 2015 in print and digital. You can preorder a digital copy on Amazon, Barnes Noble, Kobo and iBooks today. And don’t forget to check out our other ARC Giveaways here.