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It’s time for another Teaser Tuesday with a giveaway! Today we are featuring an excerpt from Amazed by You by Kelsey Browning. This is one of the books in the Get Lucky Anthology coming out on Monday, March 16, 2015!
Author: Kelsey Browning
Release Date: March 16, 2015
Category: Contemporary Romance
As a mere assistant to a bestselling author, Olivia McLaughlin has yet to live up to the Most Likely To Succeed label given to her in high school. But now, this small-town Texas girl has a chance to prove herself by pulling off an extravagant St. Patrick’s Day garden party in Houston. If she succeeds, she’ll be promoted to business manager for her boss’s multi-million dollar publishing empire. Unfortunately, Olivia only has seven days to organize the event, and the garden looks like the set from a horror movie.
And worse, the sexy landscape designer her boss hires to help is none other than Cody Kavanaugh, Olivia’s high school boyfriend. The one she ran out on the day after graduation. But her hormones don’t realize it’s been years, and they light up as if those steamy teenage sessions in Cody’s truck were yesterday. From the way he’s looking at her, it’s obvious Cody feels the same. But physical is all they can indulge in because Olivia is an ambitious, big-city career girl while Cody is still a laid-back, small-town guy.
Now, Olivia must decide which she can’t live without—the job that will make her a success or the man offering her a second chance at love.
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Excerpt from Amazed By You
“Couldn’t you tell your boss the deadline’s too tight? That you can’t do it?” Cody cocked his head and rubbed a fingertip over his chin. “Oh, that’s right. I’m talking to Liv McLaughlin. And she never steers clear of an opportunity to prove herself. To get a little further down the success freeway. So there has to be something in this for you.”
“You make me sound like an opportunist.”
“No, you know what you want, and you don’t let anything or anyone get in your way.”
His words—monotone and matter-of-fact—stung. But they weren’t edged with the bitterness she’d expected. Maybe she hadn’t hurt him as badly as she’d feared when she left Conrad. “If I can pull this off and do a great job, Sadie Leigh will fire her agent and promote me to her business manager.”
His eyes went suitably wide. “That sounds like a big job. Have you been in this book business long?”
And that was the rub. Her prior jobs had all been office manager positions, nothing that came close to the complexity of helping Sadie Leigh run her publishing empire. But she was a fast learner, and no one worked harder than she did. “About six months.”
His whistle was low and long. “As ambitious as ever, Liv. Then again, if people’s feelings can’t stop you, then something as puny as a deadline sure isn’t an obstacle.”
With his words, guilt about the past and the pressure of the present rose from the pit of her stomach to sit on her shoulders like a forty-pound bag of chicken crap. “With every minute we stand here, I’ve lost one. You saw the yard when you walked up. I’ll be honest, the backyard is twice as bad. Is there any chance you can not only clean them up but make them amazing in a week?”
Because she didn’t have time to find another landscaper, no matter how distracting she already feared this man—who’d stirred up her hormones with a simple touch—would be. He’d always been able to do that. In high school he’d do something as simple as put his arm around her waist in the hallway, and her body would light up as though she had glow sticks under her skin. But no matter how much her heart had wanted to follow her body’s wishes, her brain had stopped her from ever letting things get past third base.
After all, Cody Kavanaugh was a family guy, a forever guy.
And she could never pledge forever in a place like Conrad.
But now she needed him, so she’d just have to handle this humming attraction she still felt. Besides, she had so much to keep her occupied in planning the party that it would be easy to pretend Cody wasn’t even on the property.
He stepped forward, getting just inside the circle of her personal space, filling it with his earthy scent. He didn’t touch her, but then again, he didn’t have to. Every cell in her body was doing the electric slide in his direction, shaking their tits, wiggling their butts, and blowing air kisses.
And dammit, she hated line dancing.
She herded those slutty cells off the dance floor and tried to breathe without drawing any more of Cody into her lungs. But he wrapped a piece of her hair around his finger and gave it a little tug that echoed in all her happy spots. Get back, you drunk and dance-happy traitors.
“I guess my ability to be amazing,” he said, “depends on your ability to face what could have been.”
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Kelsey Browning writes sass kickin’ love stories and co-authors Southern cozy mysteries. She’s also a co-founder of Romance University blog, one of Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers. Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she’s either adventurous or downright nuts.
These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, Bad Dog and Pharaoh, a (fingers crossed) future therapy dog.
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Kelsey is giving away one digital copy of the Get Lucky Anthology! To enter to win, just comment below and tell us if you like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and how you do that! Giveaway will remain open until Saturday, March 14, 2015. Winner will be notified via email and announced on the blog.