Meet Xavier Valentine

A Risque Engagement

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It was the most intense flight Corinne had endured thus far. After making her rounds to check on each passenger, Corinne returned to the stewardess seat and crossed her legs. The plane had been airborne for an hour, and Xavier was fast asleep. Corinne knew he must’ve been exhausted, but he refused to rest like a normal human being and recharge. She surmised he was a machine, driven by adrenaline and the basic key nutrition that would keep him invigorated. Corinne drove a lackadaisical eye over Xavier. With his head inclined against the seat and his eyes drawn to a close, she drew a blueprint of the schematics of his charming face, leaving no detail excluded. It held a soft edge in his sleep, and his chest pushed and pulled quietly as he breathed. Her eyes rode down the colossal mastery of his muscular arms that were propped on the rests of the chair at the elbows. In his lap, Xavier’s hands gathered, and his fingers linked to rest against his brown leather Saint Laurent belt.

Corinne’s tongue tasted the corners of her mouth as she continued to peruse him, and his toned thighs made the jeans, not the other way around. At his feet, his ankles were crossed, and the Reeboks were so crisp they appeared as if he’d just pulled them from the box. Corinne had never felt so turned on by a man resting peacefully in his slumber, and for a long minute, she contemplated what it must be like to be the leading lady in his life. Could she withstand the lens they would surely be under once word spread that they were dating? Could she compare to the women he’d dated previously, models, actresses, and royalty? Corinne drifted off in such a daze that she didn’t notice when Xavier’s eyes fluttered open, and his lids hovered, just slightly taking in her full beauty. He watched her watching him without Corinne’s awareness. He wondered what was going on in that pretty little head of hers as his gaze journeyed over her face.

The uniform she wore didn’t own her, and although it was professional, her curves would not be hidden. Corinne sat posed with a silky brown leg crossed over the other. The fullness in her thighs traveled to her hips, and they curved like the stroke of a painter’s brush. Xavier’s skin tingled with a sulfuric heat, instantly, like he’d been smacked with it. Her beauty was unparalleled to anyone he’d ever laid eyes on, but what stirred him the most was her unmoving attitude, and he wanted to know her inside and out.

“What’s on your mind, beautiful?”

Corinne’s daze was snagged when his profound voice scurried over her skin. She squirmed in her seat, and her eyes met his thick, penetrating stare.

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A Risque Engagment

Atlanta Kickback

Come out, come out, wherever you are! This July 14th 2018 catch me at Atlanta’s Kickback book festival signing copies of the Falling for a Rose and In the Heart of a Valentine series. I’d love to meet you! Put your vacation time in at work and make preparations to come out and enjoy yourself, meet yours truly, and possibly find new authors you’ll love. Hope you see you there!

Atlanta Kickback 2018

No Holds Barred Blog Tour

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Hi guys! Hunter Valentine and I are going on a one-day blog tour where we will stop at eighteen blogs in a twenty-four hour period. During these hops, you’ll get to know Hunter Valentine (hero) and Camilla Augustina (heroine). You’ll also get to know a little bit about me! 😉 Below are the scheduled hops, come along with me!

Author Nancy Fraser http://nancyfraser.ca/

Arlena’s Book Reviews Blog https://arlenasbookreviews.blogspot.com

Beach Bound Books   https://www.beachboundbooks.com/blogging-about-books

Hope. Dreams. Life… Love    http://www.elainepcantrell.blogspot.com

Adrienne Thompson Writes  www.authoradriennethompson.blogspot.com

What Is That Book About   https://www.whatisthatbookabout.com/

Authors & Readers Book Corner      www.arbookcorner.wordpress.com

Sheena Binkley   www.sheenabinkley.com

The Fegins Report http://www.thefeginsreport.com/

Laura Lu’s Book Reviews      http://lauralusbookreviews.blogspot.com

Just Books     https://rainnes.blogspot.co.uk/

Nothing but books http://pauletteharper.blogspot.com/

Blessed Poet  blessedpoetpat.blogspot.com

Allyson Deese http://www.allysonmdeese.com

J.L. Campbell www.joylcampbell.com

Brandi Janee’s Bookshelf   http://brandijaneesbookshelf.blogspot.com/

KitnKabookle. https://kitnkabookle.blogspot.com

Manic Reader. http://manicreaders.com/blog/

You don’t want to be personal with me, Angel? Because I’d like to become personal with you. – Hunter

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No Holds Barred an excerpt

Benjamin’s Breakfast Hut

“Good morning,” a hostess chimed as she entered.

“Good morning,” Camilla replied. She glanced around the bistro, noting the bustling activity. “It seems you have a full house.”

The hostess looked around as if she hadn’t notice.

“I have a special spot just for you,” the hostess sang.

Camilla perked. “I’m following,” she sang back.

The hostess put on a bright smile. “Right this way.” She turned with a sharp twist and meandered easily through the restaurant.

A few busboys passed them as they headed for a table to the far right of the eatery. “Excuse me,” one said as he scurried around Camilla, wiping a hand on the neatly folded apron tied around his waist.

“How’s this,” the hostess said, stopping at a small table.

“You did have the perfect spot,” Camilla said, staring out the window to the hustling Chicagoans who strolled through the downtown streets. “Nice and tidy, too,” she continued taking a seat at the short table.

“Yeah, we’re always crowded this early. Are you new to The Regency?”

Camilla smiled. “Yes, I am.”

The hostess’ eyes popped. “In that case, let me be one of the first to welcome you to Benjamin’s Breakfast Hut. I’m Alicia, it’s nice to meet you.”

“Camilla,” Camilla said, offering her a handshake.

“That’s a pretty name,” Alicia beamed.

“Thank you.”

“Camilla, your server will be with you in just a second.”

“Thank you again,” Camilla responded. She set her briefcase down and pulled out her cell phone. Camilla could sit for thirty minutes before she made her way to work. The beauty of being on the staff at WTZB was that it was within walking distance of The Regency, which was another plus when Camilla decided to rent a space in the luxury towers. It had only cost her a small fortune to lease the mini penthouse suite, but it was well worth the security and convenience.

She strolled through her missed calls. Two of them were from her friend Corinne Thomas whom Camilla had worked with for five of her seven years at News 12 before Corinne left the studio to become a stewardess. Camilla was also supposed to call Corinne for safe check-in as well, but she’d yet to do so. The other five missed calls were from Stephen her ex-boyfriend, the last person Camilla wanted to talk to.

After being engaged to Stephen for three years, Stephen suddenly decided marriage wasn’t for him. He called it off the minute Camilla began bridal shopping. Six months later, Stephen was back, begging for a chance to show Camilla he’d changed. For three months, Camilla let him fester and beg like the dog he was, but she eventually took him back. Another two years of her life later and Stephen was doing it again, calling off the wedding. Camilla had had enough, letting Stephen know there would never be another chance for them. That was eight months ago, and now he was back again, ringing up her phone, probably wondering why there was a for sale sign in her yard.

Camilla skipped right over his number and hit send on Corinne’s. “Pony” by Ginuwine cruised through the receiver, and Camilla frowned.

“I was just getting ready to put an ABP out on you,” Corinne answered.

“Before we can move any further with this conversation, I need to know why Ginuwine is singing to me when I’m calling you. Is that seriously one of those ringback tones?”

Corinne cleared her throat. “Oh, so you didn’t have Missy Elliot singing when someone called you?”

Camilla’s lips thinned out. “Yeah, like ten years ago.”

“Whatever.”

Camilla laughed in whispered tones. “What happens when your boss calls and ‘Pony’ plays in his ear?” Camilla continued to laugh.

“I like how you just flipped this whole conversation around to me,” Corinne said. “I suppose you’re safe.” Corinne’s voice was stern, and Camilla knew she’d upset her.

“Aww, okay, I’m sorry. There’s nothing wrong with your ring back tone,” Camilla lied. She dropped her head in her hand and shook it slightly. “I’m okay. Thank you for calling to check on me.”

“I told you I would, didn’t I?”

“Yeah, you did. And I wish we could’ve come up on the weekend together.”

“Ooh, that would’ve been nice. Then I could get all up in your Chicago business.”

Camilla chuckled. “I don’t have any Chicago business. Yet, anyway—”

Excuse me…”

The timbre of his voice not only sent a shrill of heat cascading over Camilla’s body, but it also caught her by surprise and threw her off balance. Bringing her eyes up to the mystery man himself, Camilla’s heart skipped a beat as her sight took in the magnificence of his stature. Black suit pants laced around his powerful thighs and what Camilla knew was probably a taut ass. A leather Christian Dior belt buckle aligned through the loopholes of his pants, holding a pristine shine.

The maroon long sleeve button-down shirt stretched up the barrier of his grandiose wall of muscle and waved slightly over the pecs in his chest. With his collar flipped down and the first two buttons undone, his unblemished coffee brown skin was displayed. Camilla swallowed so hard she could’ve ingested her tongue. Her heart binged in her chest, and Camilla had a hard time trying to recover.

As if the palpitations weren’t bad enough, Camilla’s gaze locked with her mystery man, and immediately, she felt pulled toward him. With piercing dark brown eyes, he held her stare just as his tongue cruised across his lips to wet his mouth.

“I don’t mean to interrupt you, but, there’s nowhere else to sit while I have my breakfast, so I was hoping you’d have mercy on me and allow me to dine with you.”

“Corinne,” Camilla said, speaking into the phone, “I’m going to call you back.”

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I hope you enjoyed this preview of No Holds Barred! It’s available today on Amazon! Grab your copy, some wine, and chocolate if it moves you and tell me what you think. 🙂

 

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Meet Hunter Valentine

President of VFC Energy a Fortune 500 company
Former President of Alpha Phi Alpha
Philanthropist
Saxophone Enthusiast
Self-Made Millionaire
Plays For Keeps
6’4 275 pounds of testosterone
Love Interest, Camilla Augustina
Rivals with the legendary Rose Brothers
Hunter’s journey to Love comes April 12, 2018

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Love was no longer on the menu for Camilla Augustina. After her fiancé calls off the wedding not once but twice, Camilla’s had enough. In a brazen move, she takes a new position in the windy city of Chicago; leaving her parents, friends, and ex in a bittersweet goodbye. Adapting to her new surroundings isn’t easy but as Camilla settles in a chance encounter with an infamous playboy throws her off balance and rattles her world. She hadn’t expected to be drawn so meticulously to another but denying the magnetism that lures her is a futile fight.

As President of VFC Energy, a fortune 500 company, Hunter Valentine is at the top of his game. The renowned bachelor holds no secrets about his risqué rendezvous, and his allegiance is saved for family only. However, when Hunter spots Camilla Augustina, dining alone at the breakfast hut in his building, he can’t explain the adulation that runs through his core and shakes his entire world. Lust never weakened him like this, and the inclination of love at first site was silly. But when Hunter decides to prove the sudden rapture is unreal, he may find himself enamored by love.

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Happy New Year!

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We made it! It’s 2018 and wow I almost can’t believe it. This is going to be a fabulous year for you and me, just wait and see!

If you decide to go out, be careful, catch Uber’s if need be, and drink responsibly! Or… you could just pick up a book to read. 😉

Before I let you go, let me say I’ve had a lot of people ask me about adding a story to the Falling for a Rose series. Well, I’ve added a poll to this post, so go vote on the couple whose story you want to see the most, and I’ll make it happen. 😍 Side Note: If you don’t see your couple then rest assured they already have a story coming. This means Jordan and Selena. 🌹