Sunday, December 29, 2013

Hot Kisses (and Prizes) for YOU in the #MidnightKiss BlogHop!

I'm excited to be participating in the Midnight Kiss Blog Hop, because what's hotter than a kiss at midnight on New Year's Eve? Except maybe prizes, and we've got those here, too!

More about the prizes down below, but first I'm sharing a hot first kiss from my new book, Hard As It Gets. Have you read it yet? Grab your copy today so you're ready for the second book which releases February 25!

Hard As It Gets first kiss excerpt:

When Nick spoke, the words were even, straightforward, factual. “Someone ransacked your house. Picked the back door lock again. Went through just about every room.”

The brick walls bent and warped around her, but she shook off the dizziness and forced herself to focus on Nick’s face. His presence was the only thing grounding her. “Why would they do that? Could you tell if anything was missing?”

He shook his head. “The why of it I intend to figure out. I promise you. But the place was too much of a mess to—”

“Take me.” Becca pushed past him and hit the handle on the door.

Arms wrapped around her from behind. “Becca, we—”

“No!” She threw off the hold and scrambled away, her back coming up hard against the wall.

Nick’s expression was a roiling sea of emotion. Surprise. Fear. Anger. Concern. “I’m sorry. What just—”

“That was how he grabbed me.” She swallowed hard and shuddered at the remembered press of her would-be kidnapper’s flesh against hers. “I’m sorry,” she rasped, embarrassment heating her face, despair and exhaustion sucking the fight out of her.

He came forward slowly. “Don’t apologize,” he said, his voice cranked tight. “And don’t cry.” His thumb swiped under her eye, once, twice, and then his knuckles caressed her cheekbone. The little touches were comforting, sweet, and she thought maybe he needed to give them as much as she needed to feel them. He tucked the loose strands of her destroyed ponytail behind her ear.

“I’m not crying,” she said despite the wetness plain on her face. She shook her aching head, then pressed her cheek into his hand. “I’m not.”

“I know.”

Peering up at him, her breath caught. The moment their gazes connected, his expression shifted from sympathetic concern to uncontrollable desire. His mouth fell open. His chest rose and fell against hers. His fingers burrowed into her hair.

Becca went hot all over, like the sun had hung itself in the stairwell above them.

He leaned closer, closer, his free arm bracing on the wall above her shoulder. The warm puff of his breath caressed her lips as his gaze bore into hers. She couldn’t move, couldn’t blink, couldn’t breathe.

He kissed her on a groan so needful it made her dizzy and wet. His mouth devoured hers, his big hand cupped the back of her head, his body completely surrounded and trapped hers against the bricks. It was a full-body onslaught, with every part of him engaged in the act of claiming and seducing.

Becca clutched at his coat, his shoulders, his back, his hair. Anything to bring him closer, deeper. His lips pulled and tugged, his tongue stroked and twisted. He smelled of leather and mint and tasted like sin.

The harder he came at her, the more her conscious mind let go. Her aches, the stitches, her house, even Charlie—for a few minutes, just a few precious minutes, Becca let it all go.

The surrender was euphoric. It rushed through her blood and sent her flying.

“That was so close, Becca. Too close,” he rasped, kissing her jaw, her ear, her neck, and sending her heart flying. His fingers stroked down over her breasts and found the hem of her shirt. And then those warm, calloused hands snaked up her stomach, pulled down the cups of her bra, and caressed her breasts skin to skin. He massaged her, teased her with roughened fingertips, and tormented her until she was panting.

She gripped the collar of his coat, half afraid her knees would go soft and give out. Nick pulled his body away just enough to tear the coat off his arms and throw it to the floor. Geez, the gun holster was sexy hugging tight over his shirt, but he slipped out of it, too, and eased it to the floor with a thunk. Then his hands were back on her breasts and his tongue was back in her mouth, stealing her breath and convincing her she could live without it.

God, this kiss. It was the kind she’d remember forever, that would invade her dreams and haunt her in quiet moments. The kind her older self could look back on and know, once, she’d really lived. The kind that, no matter what, she could never, ever regret. And it made a part of herself bloom with affection for the man who’d made her feel that way.

She snaked her hands under his shirt, moaning when her palm smoothed over the hard planes and muscled ridges of his abdomen, his sides, his chest. Her fingers swirled through the light covering of hair on his chest and swiped light, teasing brushes over his nipples. The low growls he released into the kiss as they explored each other thrilled her, made her yearn for the opportunity to bring a man as powerful and deadly as him to his knees in ecstasy.

“Closer,” he ground out. With one arm, he ripped the cotton over his head, revealing a body that was no doubt capable of inflicting pleasure and pain in equal measure. Desire roared off his skin and his hands were everywhere, massaging her breasts, kneading at the swell of her ass, pulling them harder together.

The heat of his demanding touches ripped through her and settled a pressing ache low in her abdomen. She squeezed her thighs together in response, emphasizing her arousal against her panties.

“I want you, Becca. I’m not gonna lie.” He spoke in low tones against her cheek, but pulled back to meet her gaze. “But I think—”

She placed three fingers over his mouth. “Don’t think.”

“Edgy, sexy, and full of suspense! A great read from a great new author!”
~J.R. Ward on Hard As It Gets

About Hard As It Gets:
Five dishonored soldiers.
Former Special Forces.
One last mission.
These are the men of Hard Ink.

Tall, dark, and lethal...

Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey's tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome--pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He's left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander's daughter. Loyalty won't let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too.

With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn't expecting to want him so much. As their investigation turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees.

Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge...

Read an Extended Excerpt of Hard As It Gets
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77 comments:

Anonymous said...

My favorite line is when he said "CLoser".

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Zoe Forward said...

"Don't think."
This book is awesome...just finished it.

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Anita H. said...

I loved this line: "The little touches were comforting, sweet, and she thought maybe he needed to give them as much as she needed to feel them." It just makes their connection all the sweeter

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LadyVampire2u said...

That excerpt was amazing! My favorite line was "It was the kind she’d remember forever, that would invade her dreams and haunt her in quiet moments.". I wish I could get a New Year's kiss that would inspire that thought! Thanks for the giveaway. LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

LorettaLynn said...

The surrender was euphoric. It rushed through her blood and sent her flying.
Happy New Year!
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crystalguidroz1 said...

I loved - He smelled of leather and mint and tasted like sin.
Thanks for the giveaway and hop!

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Life Without Frank said...

She placed three fingers over his mouth. “Don’t think.”

That's my favorite!

Shannon

Krystle Watts said...

Just bought the book Hard as it Gets!!
Can't wait to read it! :-)

erin said...

"She placed three fingers over his mouth. “Don’t think.” "
great tease!! Thanks for sharing!

Carolyn Johnson said...

I cant pick a line cause everything Nick said and did was sexy and hot but i did really love the drawing on Becca

kim sowards said...

I think my favorite part is when Nick and Becca are boxing and he said he could take right against the heavy bag! Yep that is hot. I was like do it!

Marcy Meyer said...
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Marcy Meyer said...

My favorite line is "Don't think." Love it! Nick was definitely too much in his head and needed to just feel. Love this book!

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Heather said...

I liked "He smelled of leather and mint and tasted like sin." Thank you. bluepooh1 at hotmail dot com

Margaret Taylor said...

Perfect Trouble looks good...:D

1dc7ada2-4ba4-11e3-bb60-000bcdcb471e said...

My favorite line - It was a full-body onslaught, with every part of him engaged in the act of claiming and seducing.

Victoria said...

God, this kiss. It was the kind she’d remember forever, that would invade her dreams and haunt her in quiet moments.

Love it!

kerbytejas said...

I loved Hard as it Gets and can't wait for the next book - even moved it to my Goodreads Favorite's that show up on my profile page

kerbytejas said...

my favorite lines from "this" excerpt

"God, this kiss. It was the kind she’d remember forever, that would invade her dreams and haunt her in quiet moments. The kind her older self could look back on and know, once, she’d really lived. The kind that, no matter what, she could never, ever regret. And it made a part of herself bloom with affection for the man who’d made her feel that way"

Beppe DM said...

She placed three fingers over his mouth. “Don’t think.”

Lindsey V. said...

I like the whole excerpt!

Thank you so much for the giveaway. Fingers crossed. :-)

Raonaid Luckwell said...

His thumb swiped under her eye, once, twice, and then his knuckles caressed her cheekbone.

That just made me swoon

Beautiful Disaster said...

I like this line...“I want you, Becca. I’m not gonna lie.” He spoke in low tones against her cheek, but pulled back to meet her gaze. “
Happy New Years!!!
Lori

Angie said...

Closer,” he ground out. With one arm, he ripped the cotton over his head, revealing a body that was no doubt capable of inflicting pleasure and pain in equal measure.

MMMMMMM, YUM!!!

Marissa A said...

This one: "And it made a part of herself bloom with affection for the man who’d made her feel that way." :)
Thanks for the giveaway!

Malinda said...

My favorite line is “I want you, Becca. I’m not gonna lie.” He spoke in low tones against her cheek, but pulled back to meet her gaze. “But I think—”

She placed three fingers over his mouth. “Don’t think.”

Glittergirl said...

Wow I've got to get this book...
Favorite line ~ "God, this kiss. It was the kind she’d remember forever, that would invade her dreams and haunt her in quiet moments." among others. The whole thing was awesome!

Anonymous said...

My favorite part:
"He kissed her on a groan so needful it made her dizzy and wet. His mouth devoured hers, his big hand cupped the back of her head, his body completely surrounded and trapped hers against the bricks. It was a full-body onslaught, with every part of him engaged in the act of claiming and seducing."

Loved it all, actually. I'm half way through the book and ponly stopped because my Nook needed recharging. LOL

Marcy Shuler
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Amiee Ryan said...

This was my favorite part "God, this kiss. It was the kind she’d remember forever, that would invade her dreams and haunt her in quiet moments. The kind her older self could look back on and know, once, she’d really lived. The kind that, no matter what, she could never, ever regret. And it made a part of herself bloom with affection for the man who’d made her feel that way."

Hard As It Gets is one of my favorite books of the year can't wait for the 2nd one next year :D

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Debby said...

I liked what she said in the end - "Don't think."
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Krysykat said...

One of my favorite lines: 'The heat of his demanding touches ripped through her and settled a pressing ache low in her abdomen.'

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angieia said...

When Becca says "Don't think".

amy Smith said...

Love when becca says "don't think".

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Elii Vela said...

Yeeeesss!!! Is the following:

God, this kiss. It was the kind she’d remember forever, that would invade her dreams and haunt her in quiet moments. The kind her older self could look back on and know, once, she’d really lived. The kind that, no matter what, she could never, ever regret. And it made a part of herself bloom with affection for the man who’d made her feel that way.

Elii Vela said...

Yeeeesss!!! Is the following:

God, this kiss. It was the kind she’d remember forever, that would invade her dreams and haunt her in quiet moments. The kind her older self could look back on and know, once, she’d really lived. The kind that, no matter what, she could never, ever regret. And it made a part of herself bloom with affection for the man who’d made her feel that way.

Melanie Tikalsky said...

Love the entire teaser!!

SpiderEffect said...

The surrender was euphoric. It rushed through her blood and sent her flying.

Tonya Allen said...

“That was so close, Becca. Too close,” he rasped, kissing her jaw, her ear, her neck, and sending her heart flying. His fingers stroked down over her breasts and found the hem of her shirt. And then those warm, calloused hands snaked up her stomach, pulled down the cups of her bra, and caressed her breasts skin to skin. He massaged her, teased her with roughened fingertips, and tormented her until she was panting.

John Poindexter said...

This is wonderful. You can picture them going through these motions. Great job!
Love the last line where she stops him from speaking.

Thanks for sharing.
John

Stephanie Lamb said...
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Stephanie Lamb said...

I love this book!
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Renee Sass said...

Love this book!

February can't get here fast enough!

books4me said...

"God, this kiss. It was the kind she’d remember forever, that would invade her dreams and haunt her in quiet moments."

Wow...no THAT's a kiss~

Barrie

Shari said...

Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets

Colleen Derringer said...

Boy, I can't wait to finish the rest of this book. Sounds hot!

Steph F. said...

The surrender was euphoric. It rushed through her blood and sent her flying.


Sums the story up for me. Loved the book.

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Izzy L. said...

Favorite line has to be "The kind that, no matter what, she could never, ever regret."

lisagkendall said...

They were all favorites but I got chills when I read: The low growls he released into the kiss as they explored each other thrilled her, made her yearn for the opportunity to bring a man as powerful and deadly as him to his knees in ecstasy.
Thank you for asking. lisagk(at)yahoo

lorrie0729 said...

God, this kiss. It was the kind she’d remember forever, that would invade her dreams and haunt her in quiet moments.

Anonymous said...

The low growls he released into the kiss as they explored each other thrilled her, made her yearn for the opportunity to bring a man as powerful and deadly as him to his knees in ecstasy.

Ada said...

She placed three fingers over his mouth. “Don’t think.”

Love it! Thanks for the chance to win!
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elena k said...

God, this kiss. It was the kind she’d remember forever, that would invade her dreams and haunt her in quiet moments

I loved this book!

Anonymous said...

Ummmm.....impatiently waiting to read.....I am at my mother's recuperating from foot surgery. I love when he said I want you Becca, i'm not gonna lie.....

Mary Preston said...

It's a great excerpt. Love this line:

“I want you, Becca. I’m not gonna lie.”

Just A Girl said...

My favorite line from this exert is "The little touches were comforting, sweet, and she thought maybe he needed to give them as much as she needed to feel them." I love this book and have already read it 3 times. I can't wait for the next one!!!!!

Michelle Willms said...

What a great excerpt. I loved this line: The low growls he released into the kiss as they explored each other thrilled her, made her yearn for the opportunity to bring a man as powerful and deadly as him to his knees in ecstasy. michelle_willms at yahoo dot com

Rhonda D said...

I love that excerpt and am buying the book now. Just OMG! My favorite line was “I want you, Becca. I’m not gonna lie.” Just Yummm!

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

"Don't think." is the perfect line. Just go for it and work your magic. lol Loved the excerpt. :)

Veronika said...

"She placed three fingers over his mouth. “Don’t think.”
Loved the excerpt!
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Tina M said...

I love this book!!! Can't wait for Hard as You Can!!!
"Don't think" is my favorite line from the excerpt!
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Alina P said...

I'll go with "“Don’t think.”" It's always cool when you can just... stop :)
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Unknown said...

I loved this book can't wait for the next one :)

Vanessa N. said...

I love when he said Closer.

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Filia Oktarina said...

“I want you, Becca. I’m not gonna lie.”

Christi said...

"He smelled of leather and mint and tasted like sin"

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Linda said...

"She gripped the collar of his coat, half afraid her knees would go soft and give out. " *swoooon*
Happy New Year!! =)
//Linda

Frank Hutchinson said...

I loved it all.

Dabooknut (Jess) said...

I love when he grabs runs his fingers through her hair...you know it's gonna get hot when he does that! Thanks for the giveaway :)

Michelle Bledsoe said...

Here is my favorite excerpt:
He leaned closer, closer, his free arm bracing on the wall above her shoulder. The warm puff of his breath caressed her lips as his gaze bore into hers. She couldn’t move, couldn’t blink, couldn’t breathe.

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Neyra said...

When she talks about the kiss her older self will never forget. I get it, and I love it all the more for it (;

Rhonda D said...

I read Hard As It Gets last night (stayed up until 3 in the morning) and couldn't put it down. OMG now I have to wait for Shane's book - so not FAIR! I loved it.

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Catherine Lee said...

"...the kind she'd remember forever." I don't have any kiss I'd remember forever. That sounds so sad!
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bn100 said...

Becca went hot all over, like the sun had hung itself in the stairwell above them.

Shadow said...

Hi! My favorite line is: When he says "Closer". I want to push her at him! lol Thanks for being apart of this great hop! Im having a blast! Thank you! Happy New Year!
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Denise Van Plew said...

Awesome cover looks good.

Heather Hand said...

I loved the line "he kissed her on a groan so needful it made her dizzy and wet".

I think that is what everyone wants a kiss from their lover in a moment of passion to feel like!

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