Guest Post: Risky Business by Amy Andrews

Risky Business by Amy Andrews

Risky Business by Amy Andrews

From bestselling author Amy Andrews comes a new single-title romance about putting pleasure before business, and the risks we all need to take when we find someone worth risking everything for.

Samantha Evans’s life is going to hell. Not only has she rage-quit her beloved, high-powered job, but she is suddenly afflicted by hormones, free time, and an unavoidable, unignorable, undeniably gorgeous irritant in the form of Nick Hawke, her extreme sports star neighbour, who has come home to take over the reins of his grandmother’s second-hand bookshop. Sam needs something to keep her from begging for her old job back until she’s good and sure her boss understands how wrong he was, and taking a low-risk, low-stress job helping Nick at the bookstore might be just the thing.

After all, it’s not like Nick is the right guy to help her with her hormones. He’ll just be fun to look at while she searches for the one.

Nick has six months to get over an injury before Everest and a big, fat contract beckon. That means no sports, no danger and, above all else, no risks. It means playing it safe. And Nick Hawke doesn’t do safe. So he’s going to need something to stave off the boredom while selling books he doesn’t read to people who wouldn’t know a carabineer from a crochet hook. What could be safer than hiring a cranky, unemployed accountant to help run the bookstore? Sam is efficient and methodical and messing up her neat, post-it note world could be a fun way to pass the time….

Risky Business mixes the classic romance of Philadelphia Story, the humour and wit of When Harry Met Sally, and a strong, contemporary Australian setting to create a delightful, irresistible, utterly satisfying treat of a novel.

The Rubenesque Heroine
Samantha in Risky Business is not your usual romance book skinny-minny. She has an average size 14 figure and feels every one of those sizes. Speaking as someone who’s never ever been in the range of skinny, I can relate to Sam. I can relate to her hang ups and her genuine confusion when a bone fide sex god takes an interest to her. She’s spent so many years screwed up about herself she honestly can’t understand what a man who could give Hugh Jackman a run for his money sees in her.
But Nick is interested.

‘Hey, trust me. If I think you’re sexy there’ll be others.’
She gaped at him. She understood compliments slipped off Nick’s tongue easily — that’s the kind of guy he was. But decades of thinking herself average had never allowed for the possibility of sexy. It was just too foreign to her.
And it wasn’t right for him to mess with her head.
‘You think I’m sexy?’ She frowned at him but he stood uncowed, his arms folded as if he was waiting for the penny to drop. She hoped he wasn’t holding his breath.
‘Okay,’ she sighed. ‘I’ll bite…why?’
‘Besides your Rubenesque qualities?’
‘That’s just code for fat,’ she dismissed.
‘No it’s not.’ Nick shook his head. ‘Jesus, why can’t women just take a damn compliment?’
‘Reuben’s models were fat,’ Sam said stubbornly.
‘They were curvaceous.’
‘They had cellulite.’
‘They were round and soft and female. They were sexy. You can’t see the beauty in them?’
‘Cellulite is never sexy.’
Nick shook his head. ‘Women are so screwed up.’

Nick’s right – women are screwed up and sadly, it takes Sam time to get used to the idea of his interest. Time and some hot and smexy heavy petting that breaks every rule they put in place!

So let’s hear it for the Rubenesque heroine and the men who can’t get enough of them!

Have you read any good books that feature heroines who can’t fit into a size zero?

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Guest Post from Molly McAdams Introducing Brody Saco from Sharing You & Giveaway

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Twenty-three year old, Kamryn Cunningham has left all she’s ever known and moved to a small town where no one knows her name, who her parents are, or her social status in the horseracing world. Months after opening her own bakery and evading attempts of being set up by her new best friend, she meets Brody. But Kamryn fights the instant pull between them because there’s a detail she can’t dismiss. Brody’s married.

To say that twenty-six year old, Brody Saco has had a rough marriage would be an understatement. After marrying his pregnant girlfriend, he spends the next six years in a relationship filled with hatred, manipulation, and guilt involving a tragedy that happened five years earlier. When he keeps running into his sister-in-law’s best friend, Kamryn, he can’t ignore that she makes him feel more with just one look than his wife ever has; and soon he can’t continue fight his feelings for her.

When staying apart proves to be too difficult, Brody and Kamryn enter a relationship full of stolen moments and nights that end too soon while they wait for Brody to file for divorce. But the guilt that comes with their relationship may prove to be too much for Kamryn, and Brody might not be strong enough to face the tragedy from his past in order to leave his conniving wife.

The force of his kiss surprised me and a high-pitched moan slipped from my chest. Brody laughed softly as one of his hands left my hip and went to my back and under my shirt, his hand leaving a trail of fire on my skin.
Turning us so the backs of his legs were hitting the couch, I pushed back and followed him down, planting myself on his lap and stifling another moan when our new position had his erection pressing against me. Brody brought our mouths back together and when I rocked against his hard length, he took my bottom lip between his teeth and tugged gently. When he released me, I sat up straighter so my chest was directly in front of his face and went back to rolling my hips against him.
With a growl, he leaned forward and pulled the stretchy material of my tank top down to free my breasts and sucked one nipple into his mouth. I whimpered when he bit down before resuming his torturous licking; when my eyes were finally able to flutter open again, I looked down to see him looking up from under his dark eyelashes and goose bumps covered my body at the sight. It was strangely erotic and I couldn’t stop watching him tease my nipple now that I’d started. The hand that wasn’t caressing my breast was gripping my hip and I reached down to slide his fingers under the thin material of my shorts.
He released my breast with a soft pop and brought my face to his, staring intently in my eyes. “You sure you’re okay with this?”
I sat up on my knees, giving him better access, and leaned in to whisper, “I was stupid to think we could take it slow.” I pressed my lips softly to his once, but didn’t move away. “Don’t leave tonight, Brody, please. Stay with me.”
His response was to kiss me deeply while his fingers moved to stroke along my soft folds. “Christ, Kamryn,” he groaned, and slid one long finger deep inside me as his thumb rubbed against my clit, and I couldn’t stop the whimper that bubbled from my lips from having him touch me like this.
I ground my hips against his hand as he continued to move his fingers in a way I’d never experienced with Charles, not that Charles and I hadn’t done numerous sexual activities, but he was always pushing for the ones that benefited him, and sex with him didn’t last long; so more often than not, I ended up frustrated or excusing myself to the bathroom to finish myself. The muscles low in my stomach tightened, and my entire body was warming, I was close to begging him not to stop when he slipped a second finger inside and my body exploded. Hard. My head fell back as a breathy cry left me and I rode out wave after wave of the most intense orgasm I’ve ever had.
His fingers didn’t still, but softened and slowed as he pressed his lips against my throat. “You’re so beautiful.”
Bringing my head back down, I rested my forehead against his as I fumbled with the zipper and button on his uniform pants, my hands were shaking so much from the after effects of my orgasm it took two tries just to pull the zipper down; but the moment I finally succeeded, Brody’s hand left my shorts and his large fingers curled around my wrists.

Oh, Brody, Brody, Brody. #Swoon (hopefully you’ll be saying the same thing when you read Sharing You) Brody is a character you might want to shake, but you can’t help but falling in love with. He’s been married to a woman for six years, but he fell out of love with her long before they married, and he’s more than positive that his wife never loved him. By trying to do the right thing by her, he ended up entering into a life that would slowly break him. His spirit, his fire for life, pretty much everything that makes Brody Brody has been dying since he married Olivia Reynolds. But he feels responsible for her, he feels like he owes it to her to take care of his wife who is only a shell of the girl he fell in love with in high school, and what kind of a man would he be if he left her? So every day he goes home to where his wife may or may not be, and stays on his side of the house to avoid her unless she’s having one of her psychotic fits … we’ll call them “episodes” for now … and tries to remain calm as she blows through every dollar he makes as a police officer.

Despite how it sounds, Brody isn’t spineless. Something happened soon after they married that was enough to break him completely, and it had nothing to do with his wife—Olivia is just the added daily push. If you read Capturing Peace, you already know what that event was, if you haven’t … well you’ll find out quickly in Sharing You. On one of the very rare days that he’s able to get away from his wife to hang out with his brother and sister-in-law, he bumps into a girl who makes him feel alive for the first time in five years. A girl who makes him want to live, period. After running into her at random places, and thinking about nothing but her, he caves and goes to her bakery to find out what exactly it is about the girl.

He quickly finds out that life without Kamryn isn’t a life at all, and knows that without a doubt, he’ll do anything to be with her. It kills Brody that Kamryn is suffering through their relationship because of his marital status, but Brody quickly learns that leaving Olivia isn’t as easy as trying to find her help and filing for divorce—and he’ll do everything to keep the drama with his wife away from the woman he loves. Now that he’s paying attention rather than avoiding her, it’s evident that Olivia’s episodes are nothing more than the best pranks she’s ever pulled … and now he’s being threatened to stay with her. Brody never stops trying to find a way out of his manipulative marriage, but as time goes on, Kamryn starts to second-guess everything about their relationship since all she knows is that Brody is still married. And Brody’s constant fight to get away from Olivia and her family for a future with Kamryn, may prove to be too much when his world seems to come crashing down around him.

Molly’s Daily Question: What about Brody’s tug-o-war between a powerful family and the woman he loves are you looking forward to seeing the most in Sharing You?

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Guest Post from Molly McAdams Introducing Kamryn Cunningham from Sharing You & Giveaway

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Twenty-three year old, Kamryn Cunningham has left all she’s ever known and moved to a small town where no one knows her name, who her parents are, or her social status in the horseracing world. Months after opening her own bakery and evading attempts of being set up by her new best friend, she meets Brody. But Kamryn fights the instant pull between them because there’s a detail she can’t dismiss. Brody’s married.

To say that twenty-six year old, Brody Saco has had a rough marriage would be an understatement. After marrying his pregnant girlfriend, he spends the next six years in a relationship filled with hatred, manipulation, and guilt involving a tragedy that happened five years earlier. When he keeps running into his sister-in-law’s best friend, Kamryn, he can’t ignore that she makes him feel more with just one look than his wife ever has; and soon he can’t continue fight his feelings for her.

When staying apart proves to be too difficult, Brody and Kamryn enter a relationship full of stolen moments and nights that end too soon while they wait for Brody to file for divorce. But the guilt that comes with their relationship may prove to be too much for Kamryn, and Brody might not be strong enough to face the tragedy from his past in order to leave his conniving wife.

My phone started ringing as I stepped out of the shower, and I hurried to dry off before running to the nightstand. A wide smile crossed my face when I saw his name on the screen.
“Hey! I didn’t think you were going to call.”
Brody had come over the last two nights as well, but we were both worried about pushing our luck with a fourth. Even though I hated not knowing when we would get to see each other, or even talk again, the surprise of hearing from him almost made it worth it.
“Can I come over?” he asked hurriedly.
I frowned and glanced at my phone quickly before bringing it back to my ear. “Of course, are you okay?”
“I am, I just need to see you.”
My smile came back and I took off for the door leading to the garage. “Okay, I’ll have the garage door opened, and the other one unlocked. Just come in.”
“Be there soon.”
Running back to my bathroom, I threw the towel on the floor and brushed my teeth, cutting it short when I heard the door shut.
“Kam?” his deep voice called from the front of my condo.
“Shit!” I hissed, and rinsed out my mouth before running to my room. “Be out in a sec!” Throwing on the first tank top and shorts my hands touched, I took a few seconds to settle my breathing before walking calmly out to meet him.
He already had his shirt and vest off, and the way his dark eyes raked over my body had my stomach heating. There was a determined look on his face as he took long steps to meet me, and just before we got to each other, he shook his head and said, “I can’t do ‘slow’ anymore.”
His arms went around me, and he brought his mouth down to mine. The minute our lips touched, something in me ignited, and a small groan came from Brody when I opened my mouth to him and his tongue met mine. His large hands slid down my sides, his thumbs barely grazing the side of my breasts before continuing down to rest on my hips, pulling me closer to him. I let the tips of my fingers trail down his chest until I hit the bottom of his undershirt and lifted, letting him finish taking it off and dropping it on the floor.
“If you want to stop, you need to say it now.”
“I’m not saying anything,” I whispered against his lips.
I couldn’t. We’d agreed to go slow, but nothing about what we were doing was normal. Even though we’d kept the last three nights pretty chaste, the charge between us had been growing steadily, and we’d been in some sort of unspoken agreement that it was getting too hard to stay away from each other. Both silently moving away from each other when the electricity between us grew, both pulling away breathlessly from kisses that had our resolve quickly slipping.
Just before his mouth slammed down on mine, he mumbled, “Thank God.”

What, oh what is there to say about Kamryn? She’s a whole lot of everything compacted into one. Kamryn grew up in a world that she hated—a world full of labels, money, power-hungry people, and couples who are together only for status. With the high status of her family, she didn’t have many options on straying from this world. Things were expected of her, her life was planned out pretty much from day one, and those she loved most were used against her as a way of keeping her on her perfectly planned path. So she did the only thing she could do, she disappeared. After years of planning, she took off, changed her look, moved across the country, and opened the bakery she’d always wanted.

Even with her new best friend constantly trying to set her up, she stays away from men. She wants to just be herself, enjoy this time where she’s doing what she wants, and focus on baking. She isn’t the kind of girl who needs a man, and after the train wreck of a forced relationship back home, she’d prefer not to have one at all! But then she meets Brody—her best friend’s brother-in-law.

Kamryn’s heard about Brody and the horrible marriage he’s in. His entire family is constantly on him, trying to get him to divorce the woman who has single-handedly ruined his life—Olivia. And as the story goes deeper, Kamyrn finds out more and more about Olivia, sees how she’s slowly taking away all that is Brody, and learns why Brody has stayed with his manipulative wife through the years. Despite what Kamryn has heard, she knows better than anyone that there can be underlying reasons for staying with someone you don’t want or love, and it doesn’t change the fact that he’s married. Kamryn tries to stay away from him … she tries not to think about him. But neither of those are as easy as they should be, as they have been. Everything in her calls to Brody. It was as if she’d been living in the dark until she met him, and it’s hard going back to the dark when she’s craving the one man who can put light in her life. Even more when the man seeks her out, begging her to help him understand what this attraction between the two of them means.

But loving someone who belongs to another woman is painful—even if his marriage died five years ago. And it’s in that pain that we see, for the first time, Kamryn’s struggle. A struggle of a girl who knows she is the other woman … a home wrecker. A girl who can’t forget about Olivia even with the obvious hatred and issues between Brody and his wife. A girl who has grown up hating people who do exactly what she is doing. A girl who hates what she’s doing. And a girl who, despite everything, is undeniably in love with a man who isn’t hers.

Molly’s Daily Question: Have you ever met a guy who you felt like you needed him to breathe, only to find out that he was already taken?

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