I’m teaming up with my friend, Vallory Vance, for a tag-team blog post. We’re also doing a dual giveaway. Visit my blog and leave a comment then head over to Vallory’s blog and leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win one of two copy’s of Vallory’s book Cheers and Dangerous Embrace for Kindle. That’s right, one person will win both books on my blog and one person will win both books on her blog, but you must leave a comment on both blogs.
As a successful Sales and Catering Manager for the posh Hayden Court Hotel located in New Orleans’ famed French Quarter, Darcey St. Claire is absolutely thrilled to be working on New Year’s Eve. The commission and bonus she’ll receive from the two day Guidry Construction event will not only fund her spring trip to New York City, but buy a cute pair of shoes for the plane ride!
Her enthusiasm quickly turns to barely disguised irritation when Vincent Guidry arrives hours early for his scheduled check-in, demanding access to his suite. After he slashes the budget for the event, not even the crystal blue eyes of the former quarterback can quell the anger surging in her chest.
That is until he walks into the Chat Noir where she is trying to regroup after her irksome day.
In the private enclave known as the Cristal Room, Vincent willingly lights up Darcey’s New Year’s Eve and may have lost his heart in the process to the young woman who isn’t looking for anything serious.
“Have a seat.”
The authoritative tone thundered through her daydream and she awoke. Face to face with arrogance personified. Hmph! She was going to have fun teasing this presumptuous man.
“Vincent, why are you interrupting both our evenings?” She let her words drop with each slow rotation of her hips over to the sofa and curled close to him.
“Why couldn’t we have lunch today?” His finger dragged over her arm in a light swooping circle leaving goose bumps in its wake.
“I was working.” She slid her arm away and forced her eyes to meet his. She was the one teasing. “I’d already eaten. I don’t go to non-business related lunches with clients. Lots of reasons.”
No response. He simply leaned forward, popped open the bottle and poured the champagne in an effortless motion that said he did this every day.
“You don’t like my reasons?” She exaggerated her accent in a low rasp and swept her fingers across his hand before taking the offered glass.
He lifted his eyes and knitted his brows so that he was peering up at her through the veiling sweep of his dark lashes. Women must fall to their knees when he looked at them like that – an intent blue-eyed stare with slightly parted lips, waiting to be kissed.
Tilting her head slightly, she was privy to the full view of his mouth opening up to a generous smile against pearly white teeth. One sexy mouth. Maybe just one…
“You know, I’m pretty good at reading people…” He leaned closer.
The spicy aroma of his cologne filled the small space between them and she leaned closer for another whiff of the tantalizing scent. Maybe a little more than a kiss…
“…and I think I frighten you…but I’m a really good guy.” He patted her knee.
“What?” She almost choked on the champagne. Only he could ruin a moment when she was actually beginning to think she was going to make his New Year’s Eve!
“It’s okay. I know I can be intimidating sometimes, sweetheart.” He skimmed his fingers up her thigh to just beneath the hem. “Let me show you how nice I can be.”
Darcey banged her glass down on the table and twisted around to face him, ready to tell him that no man intimidated her. “Listen Vince…”
The gentle push of his lips silenced her.
This new author is a color inside the lines Human Resources professional living in the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex by day. After her family consisting of a husband of almost twenty years, three kids and two dogs have filled her evenings with laughter, she sits down to her laptop to write tales of the first moments of falling in love when nothing else seems to matter.
As a fortieth birthday present to herself, she decided to share her stories. Vallory Vance is the pen name she uses to write contemporary romances that range from sweet to spicy.
Okay, don’t forget the rules. You have two days to leave a comment here then hop over to the Vallory V Blog and leave a comment with your email and you’ll be entered to win an ebook copy of Cheers and Dangerous Embrace. Vallory and I will announce a the two winners at the end of the week.