Monday, January 21, 2013

Sweet N Sexy Soulful Quotes

The holidays have flown by and now we're left to endure the long, cold, dreary days of winter. While I absolutely dread this time of year, I love to snuggle up under a warm, fuzzy blanket, drink a heavenly cup of coffee and whipped cream, and rest by my fireplace with a great romance book. Lucky for you, I have a few hot reads to share with you that are sure to spice up your dismal winter as well.

The books I feature are from authors who were not afraid to be soulful, sappy, and/or suggestive when it came to their heroes. Did Santa bring that ereader you wished for? Then let's put it to good use and add these new releases to your collection.

Happy reading!

Leaning back in her chair, she ignored the twinge in her belly and eyed him speculatively. “Next week, huh? Seems like you run a little late on everything.”

“How do you mean?”

“A week, Spence? I’ve been back in town for six months, and you wait until you only have a week left?” She raised an eyebrow. “On purpose? A way to make sure things don’t get too hot and heavy?”

His bark of laughter made her feel only marginally better. The tightness in her chest eased when he shook his head, a rueful smile crinkling his eyes. “I’m not that bright.”

“You’re bright enough to be admitted to medical school.” She tapped the rim of her empty glass then gathered a bit of the salt on the pad of her finger. “I bet you know how to handle women too,” she said, carrying the coarse grains to her lips.

She sucked the salt from her finger and his pupils dilated, ebony pools widening until they swallowed the bittersweet brown. Beth let her eyes close as she drew on the digit, reliving the moment when his salty musk filled her mouth. A low moan curled its way through the desire fogging her brain. She opened her eyes but had a hard time determining if the sound came from him or her.

“You think I would have taken those six months if I knew?” he asked.

She plucked the finger from her mouth. A wicked smile curved her lips when the memory of a familiar popping sound registered in his glazed eyes. “Knew what?”

“I never thought you’d want me too. Not until the day of my shoot. Not until I caught you peeking.”

“So you tricked me into sneaking another peek?”

“I had to be sure. I needed to know this wasn’t wishful thinking on my part.”

He reached for her hand and pulled it to his mouth. Her fingers curved to the contour of his cheek and stubbly whiskers scraped her palm. His lips caressed the pulse strumming in her wrist. He pressed a tender kiss to the center of her palm, his eyes locked on her the entire time.

“I’m sorry,” he whispered.


“Sorry for the oblivion. Sorry I wasted our time. I won’t waste any more, I promise.”

“For at least the next few days,” she amended.

“Six,” he corrected with a wince. Clasping her hand, he held it firmly between his. “My life is not going to be my own for the next four to six years.”

“At a minimum,” she added with a nod.

“But if you want me, the next six days are yours. All yours.”
Maggie Wells, Jumping Mr. January

“Holy crap.” Her cheeks flamed when she realized she’d spoken the words aloud, but the grin he rewarded her with made it so very much worth it. With their fingers intertwined she finally found the nerve to ask him the question that had been weighing on her mind since his confession. “So how does a guy like you end up on an online dating site?”

He nodded, as though he was expecting the question. “I could ask you the same thing, Elena.” Just the way he said her name brought on the tingles. “Do you have any idea how beautiful you are?”

Again. He knocked the breath out of her lungs again. The first time her butt might have been partially to blame, but this time his words had the same effect. Hell, nearly every word out of this man’s mouth was like poetry to her ever-increasing libido.

God bless him, he even knew when to keep talking, because right now she was having a hard enough time breathing let alone forming a coherent sentence. “I’m pushing towards thirty-five. I have two younger sisters who are married with children. I’m just…tired of dating the wrong women. It’s so hard to find someone you connect with on more than one level. I thought maybe this site would do the dirty work for me.”

“God,” she whispered. “I’m sorry. I just…I’m having a really amazing fantasy in my head right now. Do you think, uh…Could you say the whole ‘beautiful’ thing again?”

He laughed harder than she’d heard him laugh. He could laugh all night long and she’d never grow tired of it. When he calmed down, he raised a hand to cup her cheek and repeated the magic word in a deep, husky timbre. “Elena, you are a stunningly beautiful woman.”
Evelyn Jules, Cheapskates In Love

When they got back on the boat and pulled away from the dock, Whitney said, "That was really nice."
"St. John is beautiful," Chris replied.

"Not that. I mean you. You didn't have to go to his house and unload all

Chris shrugged, concentrating on backing out of the dock and turning the heavy boat around.

"And you weren't coming here anyway," Whitney continued.

Chris met her eyes, but didn't say anything.

"I'll bet you're going back another day to help him put in those windows and fix his roof," she said.

Chris kept one hand on the wheel, but reached out with the other arm and pulled Whitney tight against him. His arm wrapped all the way around her, practically crushing her against his chest. "If I kiss you, will you stop talking?" he asked.

"Maybe," she said, unbalanced but strangely steady. "I can't tell you for sure."

"Because I need to test the theory?"

"No," she whispered, "because I can't think when you're touching me."

"Good," he said, lowering his head to hers.

The thrum of the boat's engine under her feet was no match for the buzz electrifying her body where it met his. Chris' scent, sun-warmed skin, was the first sensation. Fingers brushed her cheeks, stroking outward and
tangling in her hair until his hands held her head firmly. Not that she would have moved. His lips found hers at the very moment she was sure she could not wait another second. Gentle at first, then more insistent, his mouth covered hers. Leaning into him and slipping her hands under the back of his T-shirt, she surrendered to the kiss like a diver leaping from the beam into warm inviting water. Eyes closed, Whitney focused on every square inch of connection between them. Lips, hands, bodies. A loud boat horn shattered the kiss like glass.
Amie Denman, Will Work For Love

Sam stood and came around to her. Pulling her into his arms, he held her close with one hand firmly on her head as the other stroked up and down her back. Her story was familiar, and yet he couldn’t remember why.

“Shhh. Tenlee dear, you can’t take blame for having any part in this. None of this was your fault.” When he felt her stiffen and start to pull back he held her in place. “Tenlee, if you had worked Christmas morning, you still wouldn’t have been there to run the errand for her. She was meant to go to the store that morning. Don’t you see?”

He pulled back to search her eyes. “There was nothing you could have done to change that. And as for you working that morning, I think you were supposed to switch shifts. That way, you wouldn’t have to be the one to help her. God spared you that extra bit of sorrow, because I believe that if you had been the one there and she still had passed away, your grief and guilt would be even worse than it is now. It was her time. I’m sorry.”

He pulled slightly away, but didn’t let her go. “It’s okay to grieve for her, to miss her, to even wish you had her back.”

His hand came up to grip her chin gently and he made her look him in the eye. “But don’t you, for one second, believe you had anything to do with it. Do you

hear me? I won’t let you go on any longer carrying this burden that isn’t yours. Tonight, here and now, it lies in a jail cell with its rightful owner.”

Tenlee stared up at him with such trust it stole his breath. She was so beautiful, and it crushed him to see her in pain. He hadn’t known her for very long, but he’d grown to care about her in the past few weeks.


Tenlee took a deep breath and let it out. “I’ll try. It’s all I can promise.”

“Then, I’ll take it.”

They stood there for a few moments looking into each other’s eyes. An ever growing need to kiss her enveloped him. He lowered his head just an inch or two and waited, looking at her, hoping she would agree. When he saw Tenlee lick her lips, desire filled him, and when she ever so softly nodded her head yes, that need ran over the edges of his self-control. He lowered his head and feathered his lips gently over hers, but when their lips touched and he felt the connection between them grow, he knew he was lost forever.
Sarah Hoss, Heaven Sent

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Renee Vincent is an award-winning author of historical and contemporary romance.


Tina Donahue said...

I love that title "Will Work for Love" - great quotes again, Renee - thanks!

Liz said...

great post! shared on my networks

Sarah Hoss said...

Thanks for hosting me here today! I appreciate it and love the quotes from the other authors as well!

Renee Vincent / Gracie Lee Rose said...

Thanks Tina and Liz! You gals are great!

Renee Vincent / Gracie Lee Rose said...

It was a pleasure to feature you Sarah! Wishing you all the best with your first release!

Jerrie Alexander said...

Enjoyed reading all the posts. I have to say the excerpt and cover of Heaven Sent was awesome.

Laurie said...

Great selections. I've read two of the four so far. Loved Maggie Wells' sexy and sizzling, Jumping Mr. January and Evelyn Jules' funny and steamy, Cheapskates in Love.

Renee Vincent / Gracie Lee Rose said...

Yes Jerri, I agree! Thanks for dropping by! Happy reading to you.

Renee Vincent / Gracie Lee Rose said...

I've already bought Jumping Mr. January on my kindle just have to get caught up with my stuff so I can sit down and indulge in my little reading enjoyments.

Janna Shay said...

Terrific quotes. I especially love the cover and excerpt from Heaven Sent.
The best of luck to everyone with their books.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

How fun to see names of people I adore on your blog today. You've really put up a lot of great books here. Loved stopping by.

Renee Vincent / Gracie Lee Rose said...

Thanks Laurie and Janna! I always try and pick some great reads for my followers. Hope you enjoy them.

Sarah Hoss said...

Thank you Jerri and Janna so much! I really appreciate it! You have made my day!

Debra St. John said...

Mnn. Great teasers. Lots of books to be added to the TBR list!


Renee Vincent / Gracie Lee Rose said...

Thanks Debra! So glad you enjoyed them this month.

B J Scott said...

loved the quotes and the post. Thanks for sharing them with us

Renee Vincent / Gracie Lee Rose said...

Paisley, how in the world did you slip in there without me noticing? You sneaky little devil.

I am so glad you dropped by to see the authors I featured today and their amazing new releases. Next time, don't be so nonchalant. LOL

Just kidding, darlin. Thanks for coming by.

Renee Vincent / Gracie Lee Rose said...

Paisley, how in the world did you slip in there without me noticing? You sneaky little devil.

I am so glad you dropped by to see the authors I featured today and their amazing new releases. Next time, don't be so nonchalant. LOL

Just kidding, darlin. Thanks for coming by.

Margaret said...

Thank you so much for featuring my hunky Mr. January! I appreciate it!

Maggie said...

Thanks so much for featuring my hunky Mr. January! I appreciate you and all you do!

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Sarah,
Great excerpt and cover. I enjoyed all the excerpts.



Sarah J. McNeal said...

Boy oh boy, I know the authors you chose to highlight are very happy. Thanks for the great excerpts.
All the best to you.

Renee Vincent / Gracie Lee Rose said...

Margaret E./Maggie: You KNOW I always enjoy recommending your work. There's a reason I've read everything you've put out. And judging by the monthly releases you have out this year alone, you're gonna keep me very busy!

Margaret T.: Thank you for coming by and giving Sarah some love. I'm sure she appreciates it.

Sarah: There's that smiling face I love so much! What a pleasant surprise to see you here! Thanks honey for dropping by to read the quotes I chose this month.

Sarah Hoss said...

Thank you everyone for stopping by!

Margaret Tanner! It is so good to see you so much for coming to see me!