The official kick-off is Wednesday, May 22nd. The hop runs through May 29th.
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My hottest summer night is an excerpt from my upcoming Books To Go Now read, Latin Heat. Hope you enjoy it, and most of all, I hope it gets you in the summer spirit!
To give you some context, here is a short, short pitch:
Broken-hearted Simone Blackburn escapes to a beautiful Caribbean paradise to forget her cheating ex-husband and finds herself face-to-face with the one thing she hoped to avoid: an available, sexy, and handsome man.
** EXCERPT **
“Señora Blackburn, I was concerned. You missed dinner and hadn’t called for room service.” Roberto’s brows furrowed but then smoothed when his eyes flitted over her body, apparently taking in the state of her undress.
Simone realized she still wore the short robe that barely covered her thighs. Girl, what were you thinking? Answering the door in this robe? She felt a blush creeping into her cheeks. Damn fair skin showed all of her emotions as brightly as a neon sign! “I ended up falling asleep.” She continued sheepishly, “I guess the travel got the better of me.” However, she was sure it had more to do with the long, hot massaging shower. She imagined what it would have been like to share the shower with someone. A muscular, confident man like the one standing before her. Simone felt her blush deepen.
Roberto nodded and gestured toward the inside of her suite. “May I?”
“Of course.” Simone answered automatically and stepped back to allow him to enter. Why had she let him in? She wasn’t dressed for company, and his presence made her much too aware of her nakedness beneath the skimpy robe. He stepped inside, and she noticed he carried a covered plate and a bottle of wine. Huh . . . is that for me?
“I thought you might be hungry so I brought you some food.” He sat the plate on the small table and uncovered the dish. The scents that wafted toward her nose were incredible.
Her stomach decided to rumble its appreciation. “Sorry about that.” Simone walked to the table to investigate. Scallops and shrimp were served over a bed of rice. Simone plucked a large shrimp from the plate and moaned at the rich, tender taste. She eyed the remainder of the food ravenously.
Roberto stopped uncorking the bottle of wine to meet her eyes. She noted his eyes went straight to her lips. His voice was deeper, huskier when he said, “I’m glad you’re enjoying your meal.” He pulled out the chair. “Please sit. There is no need to stand and eat.”
Simone laid the shrimp tail on the side of the plate, but refused to sit as she met the man’s smoldering eyes. “Are you this attentive to all your guests?”
A small smile crossed his lips. “Only to those deserving of it. La Isla Bonita prides itself on its exceptional customer service. I simply want to make up for the inconvenience you experienced before.”
“I see.” Simone wasn’t entirely convinced, especially the way his eyes seemed to gently caress her with every look, but her stomach interrupted her thoughts demanding more food. She tightened the belt on her robe, took a seat, and picked up the knife and fork he had laid out. “Thank you for doing this.” She paused, knowing the right thing to do was to offer him to join her, but she wasn’t sure that was a good idea.
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