Friday, June 15, 2012

Lovestruck Blog Hop!

I'm so happy to be a part of Under the Covers Lovestruck Blog Hop! And I'm thrilled to introduce you to the character who has me totally lovestruck--Denysé Bridger's Quinn Lockeharte from HIDE AND SEEK. Quinn is not only all alpha male, but he's a tender lover who's incapable of resisting the woman he truly loves--Bella. Since I had the privilege of beta-reading this work, I've had the biggest crush on Quinn. But don't take my word for it. Check him out yourself ;)


Alone with her journal, Bella examines her feelings and passion for Quinn Lockharte, a man who charged into her life in a storming fury and changed it forever. Quinn’s duty to his family has him engaged to his childhood sweetheart, and though the promise is an old one, Quinn feels bound to honor it. 
A surprise knock at her door brings Bella face-to-face with her destiny…but can she trust what her heart so desperately wants—especially when Quinn is determined to keep her naked and screaming his name? Mind-blowing sex has been their relationship’s strongest bond, but Bella’s tired of being his secret—and Quinn’s not willing to let her go.

An Excerpt From: HIDE AND SECRET
Copyright © DENYSÉ BRIDGER, 2011
All Rights Reserved, Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc.
Your eyes narrow in irritation so I step aside and gesture for you to come into the apartment. I’m startled more than I should be when you slam the door shut and I am suddenly caught between your body’s urgent pressure and the solid wooden door that you push me against. Every part of me wakes, like flame that had been starved for air and is suddenly set free. My response is explosive and desperately hungry. You knot your hands in my soft sweater, already lifting it, your cool touch gliding over my heated skin. I want you, but for the first time this is not enough. Brushing your thumbs indolently over my nipples, you reignite an ache that drags low in my body, threatening to make me forget everything but how much I want you.
“I don’t want you here.” It’s hard to say which one of us is more startled by the words when they spill out of me.
You pull back and look at me intently, your eyes measuring the truth of what I’ve said. Then you shake your head and catch me between your hands as you bend to cover my mouth with yours. Slipping your tongue between my lips, you push your hips against me, telling me precisely what you desire.
I’m drowning in you. When I push at your shoulders you take my hands and pin them to the door, hips thrusting in the same greedy rhythm as your tongue inside my mouth. With a rough twist of my head, I break the lusting kiss and look away.
“I said I don’t want you here!”
Frowning, you step back and run a hand through the thickness of your dark hair, your eyes shrewd and watchful as you calculate your next move. I can see you thinking, working out what you need to do to change my mind. If you only knew how easy it would be…
I see the smile that’s starting to lift the corner of your mouth, the gleam in your eyes tells me you don’t believe my rejection is remotely genuine.
I move away, walk past you, but get only a few steps before you put your arms around me and pull me back against you. Before I can break away, you push your hands under my sweater again, cupping my breasts, stroking and squeezing, fingertips pulling on the hard buds of my nipples, your mouth soft on the curve of my neck.
“You want me, Bella. Why are we playing this game?”
Your voice is equal parts gravel and silk and I feel the question against my skin, pouring into my blood like an injection of heated desire.
I don’t have time to answer before you’re walking into the living room, pulling me behind you. The candles are flickering, the soft recessed lighting adds a warm glow to the room. Outside the glass plates of the windows, the snow is swirling lazily. You sit me on the sofa in front of the crackling fire.
“We have to talk,” I whisper.
You nod and watch me as you take your coat off and toss it onto a nearby chair.
“You talk, I’ll listen.” You come toward me, stop in front of where I am sitting and then drop to your knees and smile.

Want to read more of Ms. Bridger's work? Check her website!

Want to find more alpha males with which to get lovestruck? Stop by my Ellora's Cave page for some bad-girl fun!

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For one lucky commenter today, I'm offering a copy of one of my e-books and a $10 Ellora's Cave gift card. Don't forget to leave your email addy as part of your comment!

And now back to the blog hop!


Denysé Bridger said...

Oh wow - I'd forgotten all about this, Cindy! And, after many, many delays and setbacks, Quinn is about to return to your mailbox for a beta read. I've had one nightmare few months, but I am back and ready to go!!! THANKS so much for this!!!

LOVE you, Cindy Lou!!

Cindy Jacks said...

SQUEEEEE! Can't wait :) Hugs!!!!!

Jenn said...

Great prize!! I've been eager to delve into Ellora's cave :)

Michelle Bledsoe said...

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Anne said...

First person narrative interesting!

The Brunette Librarian said...

Ooo! I like how it is such a different perspective. Awesome excerpt :)

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Stacie said...

I loved the excerpt. I don't know how I haven't read this yet. Thanks so much for the lovely giveaway.

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Yvette said...

Wonderful excerpt and the book is on my summer read list now.

wanda f said...

Hope you are having a fantastic weekend.Thank you for this chance to win .

Cathy M said...

This is one of my favorite stories, too. Quinn is definitely crush worthy. Ellora's Cave is the publisher that got me hooked on erotic romances, and I always have an EC wish list going on, so this is a perfect prize for both your old and new fans.

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Mel Bourn said...

I do love Ellora's Quickies. I haven't read this one yet! Good excerpt!
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mimirose41209 said...

Loved the excerpt! Quinn sounds great! Thanks for participating in the hop!

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Emily said...

Sounds great. Thanks for sharing. Glad you're a part of the hop!

andieleah said...

Added to my tbr list! Thanks for the giveaway!

June M. said...

Nice excerpt. Thank you so much for the great giveaway.
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Tina B said...

I love the excerpt! Hot! I love how you describe Quinn. Sexy! I am adding this one to my pile! Thank you for sharing it. ;)
Thank you for the giveaway also. There are so many great books at Ellora's Cave.
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Sherry said...

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Shadow said...

Great excerpt! Sounds awesome!! Hot! :) I love Elloras Cave! It was the first site i found when i start reading romances. I was hooked fast! They have so many of my favorite authors! ;) Thanks for sharing and for the awesome giveaway!

Darlene said...

I have never read any books yet by Ellora's Cave! Thanks for the giveaway!

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city said...

nice posting.. thanks for sharing.