Sunday, 20 August 2017

PRE-RELEASE BLITZ ~~~~~ Oh Henry by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Oh Henry

Ohellno Series by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff 

Publication Date: August 25, 2017 

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romantic Comedy





From New York Times Bestseller, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, comes a new Romantic Comedy. 

 Henry Walton has been called many things throughout his life—fatty, bathtub, tree trunk, moose, walrus, lardo—you name it. 

But at over six foot five and weighing two hundred and eighty pounds, Henry is now solid muscle and the hottest defensive end in the NFL college draft. This is the moment he’s been waiting for: fame, money, women, and glory. 

Okay, there’s also a ten-million-dollar contract in it for him. There’s just one teeny tiny problem: He can’t quite get over being dumped by the coldhearted shrew with thick glasses and a genius IQ he dated for a mere few weeks. 

Elle. God, he so hates her and that stupid little squeaky laugh—a laugh that sounds like music to his ears and sweet, sweet victory to his career. Because for those two perfect weeks, his game was perfect. 

And now that she refuses to talk to him, everything is falling down the crapper. Call him superstitious, but he’s got to get her back. Even if she’s the last girl he really wants and she hates his guts.



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Smart Tass

Ohellno Series by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff 
Publication Date: April 11, 2017 
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romantic Comedy



From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes SMART TASS, a new Romantic Comedy. 

 He’s the hot quarterback all the girls want. She’s the smart girl he loves to pick on. And now that they’re all grown up, things are about to get geekin’ ugly… 

 My name is Tass. I’m smart, I’m driven, and I am determined not to let prankster Hunter Johnson continue raining on my parade. When we were little, he’d pull my hair and call me names. When we were teenagers, he’d throw food and tease me for being a flat-chested virgin. 

 But now that we’ve ended up at the same college, he’s out of his hot head if he thinks he can keep messing with my life. It’s like he’s fixated on me or something. 

Well, guess what, Mr. Amazefootball? I’m not that geeky little girl anymore and you do not screw with a smart woman. So what’s my plan? It’s definitely wild, and he’s about to find out…

About Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Mimi Jean Pamfiloff is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of Paranormal and Contemporary Romance. Both traditionally and independently published, Mimi has sold over 800,000 books since publishing her 1st title in 2012, and she plans to spontaneously combust once she hits the one-million mark. Although she obtained her international MBA and worked for over 15 years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance-closet and follow your dreams. When not screaming at her works in progress, Mimi spends time with her two pirates in training, her loco-for-the-chili-pepper hubby, and rat terriers, Mini & DJ Princess Snowflake, in Arizona. She continues to hope that her books will inspire a leather pants comeback (for men) and that she might make you laugh when you need it most.



Saturday, 19 August 2017

BLOG TOUR ~~~ Bama Girl Blues by Gracen Miller



It was supposed to be one night of passion…
Winston “Keys” Cornell is the guitarist for Hot Wired, the hottest band around. With hard work and dedication his band has become a household name. He’s no stranger to a high profile life. Being the heir to a New York fortune meant he was nurtured beneath the scrutiny of the public eye. The paparazzi have been kind, dubbing him the gentleman rocker, a man that plucks the heart strings of women everywhere.
…an agreement between friends, nothing more.
Nessa Hayes is a woman on a mission. She’s outspoken, foul-mouthed, and has her life mapped out. Determined no one will sidetrack her dreams, she’s surprised by her attraction to her childhood friend, Keys. Engaging in an affair with no-strings seemed like a great idea at the time, but falling in love might be the least of her heartache.
But scandals never sleep and…
When their different worlds collide, can they overcome their diversity for a chance at romance? Or will they be broken hearted, left to sing a sad and lonely tune?
…this one might leave Keys singing the Bama Girl Blues!


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Excerpt:
Keys could pick his nose and I’d think it’s hot.
What’d that say about Nessa when Keys looked like he was one twitch away from going into a full-blown seizure? At least that’s what his version of dancing resembled. So clearly her nose-picking logic made the most sense.
Nessa tried not to gawk, but good lawd, she couldn’t have turned away from watching a train wreck either. An apt description of Keys’ so-called moves.
Train wreck. Poor guy.
His personality and looks made up for this shortcoming, but still… poor guy.
Fang and Derr made him look worse with their rhythmic steps. Even Fallon was better, and she came across as a little stiff. Jase acted the fool, throwing out seventies style strut, a little Footloose panache, and inserted some crazy foot-moves flair she’d only ever seen performed on reruns of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Needless to say those moves had no business ever being performed in public. His over-the-top dance style not only worked for him, but also was fun and demonstrated his zest for life. Despite Jase’s zaniness he still outshined Keys, which was more of a rocking back and forth on his feet and a little hip thrust that was so stiff she cringed each time he executed it.
“Sad, huh?” Her best friend, Samantha—Sam to her friends—said from beside her where they waited at the bar for the next round of drinks.
Tonight was Fang and Sam’s bachelor/bachelorette party and Fang had rented out the nightclub, Double Shots, where apparently Fang—not Heath—had kissed Sam the first time. Sam swore the two personas of Fang’s personality kissed differently. Personally, Nessa couldn’t care less about the details because the idea of Fang’s kisses resulted in bile churning at the back of her throat. Yuck! But her bestie was the happiest she’d seen her since before her parents’ deaths.
“He’s so hawt and then he does that.” Nessa flicked her fingers in Keys’ direction, while shaking her head in mild disgust.
BIO:

GRACEN MILLER is a hopeless daydreamer masquerading as a “normal” person in southern society. When not writing, she’s a full-time lacrosse mom for her two sons and a devoted wife to her real-life hero-husband of over twenty years. She has an unusual relationship with her muse, Dom, but credits all her creative success to his brilliant mind. She’s addicted to writing, paranormal romance novels, horror movies, Alabama football, and coffee... addictions are not necessarily in order of priority. She’s convinced coffee is nectar from the gods and when blending coffee and writing together it generates the perfect creative merger. Many of her creative worlds are spawned from coffee highs and Dom’s aggressive demands. Gracen writes in multiple genres—paranormal romance, paranormal erotic romance, rock star contemporary romance, and dystopian romance. To learn more about Gracen or to leave her a comment, visit her website at www.gracen-miller.com.
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Friday, 18 August 2017

RELEASE BLITZ ****** Havoc by Laramie Briscoe



MY REVIEW

4 stars of steaming hotness

Holden and Leighton married under unusual circumstances and both are wary of revealing their true feelings, hopes and fears for their marriage. The chemistry between them was so hot my kindle was in danger of melting and I loved the will they/won't struggle around moving their relationship on. 

I enjoyed the sexual tension and understood how their baggage made it difficult for either Holden or Leighton to make the first move. There was a lot of sexual based thoughts and whilst this certainly raised the heat level of the book, at times it did lack emotional depth. Leighton carried some deep emotional scars from her childhood and whilst Holden did reassure her and build her up, I would have liked an emotional and honest discussion about this. The conversations they did have were a little too brief and lacked the depth I was hoping for. However this was a very minor and certainly didn't spoil the book and is very much a personal preference.

There is a lot of action and some parts of this story were clearly setting up future stories. In some ways the teenage party, whilst full of tragedy, felt a little rushed. OK it helped conclude the story but for me it needed to have had more follow up in the community and in their thoughts. Whilst too much navel gazing irritates me in a book, this sometimes just lacked that little bit of contemplation by the main characters. This is why I gave 4 rather than 5 stars. 

Over all the story is good, it is very well written - no trying to guess who is speaking or series editing flaws - and wasn't predictable or cliched. The pace was good, the story felt believable and I felt a connection to the characters. I want more of Leighton and Holden but also can't wait for Ace, Violet and Mason to get their stories too.




Havoc

(Moonshine Task Force #3)

by Laramie Briscoe

A Contemporary Romance


Release Date: August 18, 2017






Blurb

When a marriage of convenience turns into the passion of a lifetime…

Holden “Havoc” Thompson

My job as the leader of the Moonshine Task Force is my life. I eat, breathe, and sleep it. The men under my command mean the world to me. Knowing they count on my guidance has kept my demons at bay for longer than I care to admit.

The control I have over myself is an iron fist that sometimes threatens to squeeze the life out of me. What I want more than anything is to live again – let go of the hurt smothering every bit of light I have in this darkness.

I don’t expect it to come in the form of a Moonshiner’s daughter needing my protection.

Leighton Strather

My whole life has been defined by who my family is. In the state of Alabama, we’re number one with a target on our backs. The danger and prestige isn’t for me. I don’t care about the money, and I care too much about the families we’ve ruined.

My brother and my dad are proud of it. They wear their arrest records like a badge of honor. Me? I want as far away from the lifestyle as I can get.

It’s the only reason I ask Holden to marry me. At least that's what I tell myself.

I never expect his whispered yes to cause such upheaval in my life. Even though I resist, I learn some havoc is good – and this one? It’s a whirlwind of lust, hope, and love and all I can do is let it sweep me away.







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Author Bio


Laramie Briscoe is the best-selling author of the Heaven Hill Series & the Rockin' Country Series.

Since self-publishing her first book in May of 2013, Laramie Briscoe has published over 10 books. She's appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling E-books Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. She's been called "a very young Maya Banks" (Amazon reviewer) and her books have been accused of being "sexy, family-oriented, romances with heart".

When she's not writing alpha males who seriously love their women, she loves spending time with friends, reading, and marathoning shows on her DVR. Married to her high school sweetheart, Laramie lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband (the Travel Coordinator) and a sometimes crazy cat named Beau.



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BLOG TOUR AND BOOK REVIEW ~~~ Just a little Harmless Sass by Codi Gary

Just a little Harmless Sass


Codi Gary



Twilight, Idaho, is all Greer Kimble knows. Despite the rumors and fear-inducing campfire stories, she's never seen a wolf in her hometown woods. But then a tumble roughs her up and puts her face-to-face with the most beautiful creature she's even seen. One moment she's looking at a mesmerizing beast, and the next she's in the arms of a sexy stranger with eerily familiar electric-blue eyes. And now she's caught in a war between fear and lust.
Beautiful, curvy, and sassy as hell, Greer is everything Xander Thorson craves in a mate. But he can't allow a distraction like desire to compromise his mission to track a pair of rogue shifters who murdered his family. Hunting justice, thirsty for vengeance, he needs to stay focused. Getting involved with a woman who challenges him at every turn is as dangerous as it is reckless.
Xander's vow to stay away from Greer shatters when the shifters target her to get to him. He'll do anything to protect her...even if it means making her his.

Buy Link https://amazon.com/dp/B074HP7JSH/

MY REVIEW

This was what I would call a very 'typical' shifter book but also a well written one. Greer and Xander were both well written and likeable characters. I felt Greer had more depth and made more of a connection with the reader, this may have been a deliberate move by the author to emphasise Xander's 'lone wolf' attitude.

There was plenty of fast-paced action to keep you in the story, and this momentum combined with the book being novella length made it a one-sitting read. Not having read any other books set in this 'world', there were a few shifter characters I struggled to "get a grip on". I'm sure reading other books in the series would clear this up.

The chemistry between Xander and Greer was definitely hot and you definitely need to like (almost) insta-love for this story. I did like that Greer didn't take the whole shifter 'thing' in her stride but actually had some issues - especially towards the end of the book. I felt a little let down at how suddenly she did a complete turn around though, personally I wanted some discussion with Xander and a little more soul searching. But hey it's a novella so you either choose action or emotional depth, and this book went for action.

I've not read anything by Codi Gary before and this was definitely a positive introduction to her work. Whilst I might not be rushing out to buy all her books (mainly because I have 96 paid for books waiting to be read on my kindle and over 200 free books!) I will be keeping an eye out for this author in future.




Author Bio:

Since I was eleven years old, I've know I wanted to write books, but it wasn't until I picked up my first romance (an alien abduction slave and master book) that I knew what I wanted to write. Although I got side tracked with school, working as a Veterinary Technician, and eventually having my two beautiful babies, when we moved to Idaho in the dead of winter, with one car and all the books on my shelves read a dozen times, I finally sat down and started writing my first book. It was terrible, as most first novels are, and it will never see the light of day.


But then, I saw a posting on Avon Romance's Facebook page; an open call for Valentine's Day novellas. I never expected to have The Trouble with Sexy pulled from the slush pile, or dared hope for the eight other books and one novella that would follow it.


But now, I get to live in my special world where even when life get's hard and the chips are down, anything can be overcome with humor, good friends and family, and a happily ever after. Because, let's face it, life isn't always like it is in books. That is why the world of romance is so important. Every book, every HEA, and every hero an author makes you sigh over, can help relieve your stress and worry, at least for a little while. It's why I read amazing authors, from YA to Historical, Indie or Traditionally published, I love them all.


When I'm not writing, I love to kick back with my kids and take a nap or watch a movie, catch up on my must watch shows, knit a scarf, or read one of my favorite authors. I have been in love with animals since my first tuxedo Manx at three years old, and have a special fondness for Calicos (even the ornery ones). Even though I am more of a cat person, I adore our family dogs, and adopted a very spoiled PUG named Bella, who has become my shadow (or growth, as my husband likes to call her.) You'll find my animals get to make cameos in my books, and I believe that all fur babies need to be rescued. Oh, and I watch adorable animal videos when I'm sad.


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REVIEW TOUR ~~~ My Hot Boss by Betty Shreffler


My Hot Boss

by Betty Shreffler

Contemporary Romance

Release Date: August 15, 2017 













Emma
From the moment I met Grayson Cole, I knew he was someone I wanted to let in my panties and maybe, even in my heart. One night, one sexy-as-sin kiss, and several drinks later, our incredible evening turns into a disaster and I’m apologising for the vomit spatter on his fancy, black shoes. I never thought I’d see him again after that, no matter how many nights I spent wishing I would. Until a month later, he waltzes into my office as—MY NEW, HOT BOSS. I’m so screwed. 

Grayson
She was meant to be a fun f*ck. That’s all I wanted. That’s all I needed. But Emma Williams could never be just that for me. The quirky, brunette vixen challenges me at every opportunity. My desire to have her has me working for her affections, like I’ve never done before. What is this woman doing to me? Not only am I her Boss, but I don’t do feelings. There’s only one way I see this ending. I’m f*cked for sure.











4 out of 5 stars


There was nothing wrong with this in terms of writing but I just kept waiting for something to happen. It started well, looked like it would be a good rom-com but then just meandered around.

I couldn't get that Grayson actively pursued Emma, knowing she wanted commitment, then demanded exclusivity from her but didn't want to be in a long term or committed relationship with her. One minute he was 'you're mine' and the next he was 'well it won't last'.

No wonder neither Emma nor I were very sure if they even had a relationship. I get he feared commitment but he was so up and down I couldn't respect Grayson and struggle to like him. Thankfully Emma was a very likeable and natural feeling character and she kept me engaged in the book.

It wasn't a terrible read, I found it enjoyable and it was written and edited well. The story flowed easily and it didn't feel like a chore to read this book. It just didn't quite have that spark, for me, to turn it from a good to an outstanding book.








Betty Shreffler is a self-proclaimed nerd and nature enthusiast obsessed with folklore, photography, writing, reading, movies, board games, hiking, gardening and spending time with her husband and five fur babies. Not necessarily in that exact order though. During her outdoor adventures she's been face to face with an alligator, a bear and a coyote, making for some of the most memorable experiences of her life. She loves to capture and share the world's beauty through the lens of her beloved Nikon camera. Her work experience has been diverse from working as a Ranger for the National Park Service to management positions in Fortune 500 companies. She’s lived in four different states and moved homes twelve times. She received a BA in organizational management and minor in sociology, although her heart has always belonged to writing and photography. Growing up, she read romance or supernatural novels and jotted down poems and short stories to express her emotions and alleviate the characters' voices in her head. Not much has changed, only now her stories are lengthier and her characters more interesting.








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COVER REVEAL AND EXCERPT Lost Within by Jennifer Domenico writing as Jaelyn LaStoria


Lost Within

by Jennifer Domenico writing as Jaelyn LaStoria

An Adult Time Travel Romance

Cover Designer: Wicked by Design

Publication Date: Oct. 12th, 2017


Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR





Blurb: 

What happens when two women, five hundred years apart, switch places?


~Aven~
As an archeologist, my life is spent uncovering mysteries from the past. Each year spent digging in the dirt fuels my dream to find something that will change my life.
And then it happens—that life changing event I never imagined could be true. Somehow I ended up five hundred years in the past. Lost Within a world I only read about in history books.

Every moment is spent unraveling this mystery and trying to go home. But there’s a snag. I just might fall for the man I’m supposed to marry. The question now is once I figure out how to get back home, will I want to?


~Lucia~

I thought I had rid myself of it. I was certain my unexpected journeys through time were over. I was wrong, and now the unthinkable has happened. Again. This time though, I did not cause it.
I ended up five hundred years in the future. Lost Within a world I don’t recognize. My fate and return home lie in the hands of the woman whose life I now lead, and all I can do is wait.

Every moment is spent confused and longing for home. But there is a problem. Two men valiantly fight for my heart, and I might just fall for one or both of them before this is all over. The question now is once I have the chance to go home, will I want to?
Lost Within - A modern love story with a twist.








From contemporary romance author, Jennifer Domenico, comes a different kind of love story.
Writing as Jaelyn La Storia, the author spins stories that combine her love for the past with the reality of the present. Her debut new adult novel, Lost Within, is scheduled to release September 15, 2017. She is represented by Lady Amber’s PR for promotional opportunities.
Jaelyn La Storia. Because history is sexy.





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“Lucia,” Caterina calls. “Cosimo is here.”
A heavy sigh escapes my lips. Time to meet the man who will be my husband tomorrow. “Be right down, mother.”
Magdalena pinches my cheeks to give them color and fusses over my hair. “You look lovely.”
“How should I act? Will I be nice? Or cold? Or warm?”
She creases her brow. “Lucia is always polite. She will smile and let him take her hand. He will take you to the garden. You are allowed to go alone.”
“Why?”
“Because papa knows you do not love him. He knows Cosimo will not make advances, and if he did, you would not allow it. Your honor is safe.”
“Ah. Well that’s the good part at least.” I tilt my head. “Does Cosimo know Lucia doesn’t love him?”
She shrugs. “I have no idea.”
I nod, and then force a smile to my lips. “Here goes nothing.”
“What does that mean?”
“It’s just a saying.”
“You have a lot of those. Good luck.”
“Thanks.”

After taking a deep breath, I sweep the bottom of my dress up enough to allow a safe descent down the stairwell. As I near the front room, I see the back of a man’s head. He’s very tall with thick black hair. His clothes make me smile, like something out of a historical romance, which is exactly what my life has become. His blue velvet trousers fall only to his knee where they button. The remainder of his legs are covered in a similar coloured material, and on his feet are shiny black shoes. His upper body is clothed in a type of jacket that matches the pants with a white collar that wraps around his neck. Around his waist is a thick belt. He looks exactly as I would expect of a sixteenth century gentleman.

When the parents’ eyes shift to me, Cosimo turns around, and my mouth falls open slightly. I don’t know what ugly means in Renaissance Italy, but this man is far from meeting that description. He is… well, he’s gorgeous. He watches me with piercing dark eyes as I study his face and finish stepping down the last few steps. He has strong features, but they come together nicely. Full lips, a classic Italian nose, lush hair. He reminds me of…

He bows slightly toward me. “Good day, Lucia. You look lovely as always.” His voice is deep and rich. It warms me like drinking a full bodied wine. His Italian is proper, elegant, sexy. I swallow slowly as I continue my approach.

He extends his hand so I take it and he places a soft kiss on it. I smile. “Thank you, Cosimo. I hope you are well.”
“I am always well in your presence.”

As he stands upright again my eyes follow his height. He has broad shoulders and amazing posture. I don’t know what to say next so I look to my pretend parents for guidance.

“Lucia dear,” the mother says. “Why not take Cosimo to see the roses blooming in the garden?”
“Yes. Would you like to walk to the garden with me?”
“I would.”

He puts his arm out for me to take and I do, recalling everything I’ve read about sixteenth century courtship. I should be demure, submissive, delicate – three things I am definitely not. We walk out to the garden and sit on a bench. Cosimo seems nervous, fidgeting and wringing his hands a bit. I decide it’s best at this point to let him lead the conversation.

After a moment of silence, he speaks. “Are you as excited as I for our union?”
Totes getting there. “Yes, of course. I am also nervous, but I will do my best.”
“You do not have to do or be anything more than you are.” He takes my hand in his swallowing hard. “I hope someday you will love me. I will work hard for your affection. I know I might not seem like the best choice, but I will be good to you.”
He’s so sweet. “Do you love me, Cosimo?”
“Oh, yes, my darling. I have loved you for a year now.”
“A year?”
“Since we started our walks alone in the garden. I feel like I have come to know you well in that time.”
“What are your hopes for our marriage?”
He smiles sweetly. “I hope to be a good husband to you. To bring a smile to your face when you see me. I hope we have children, strong, healthy children, and that we grow old in each other’s arms. I hope that you will know in your heart that you are so treasured and loved and wanted.” He lifts my hands and places a firm kiss on them. “I do so desire you, my darling, Lucia. I hope you will desire me as well.”
I smile, averting my eyes like I should. “Would you like to kiss me?”
His eyes open wide. “I would, but it is not proper.”
“Says who?”
A smile tugs at his lips. “You have never offered before. Why now when our wedding is so near?”
I half shrug. “Just seemed like it might be nice.” I cup his cheek. “What difference would it make now? I will be your wife by this time tomorrow.”
“This is quite a shift. A happy shift.”
I lean a little closer and whisper, “Do you want to?”
“I have always wanted to.”
“Then you may.”

Our mouths move close until they touch. His lips press against mine, softly at first, but then firmer as his hands slide down my arms. He keeps his lips closed even when I slightly part mine. Slowly, he pulls back, kisses me once more, then sits upright. That was a pretty good kiss.

“I am honored, Lucia. Thank you. I look forward to many more kisses.”
“You are terribly sweet, Cosimo.” I smile. “Will we go away for a honeymoon?”
He tilts his head, narrowing his eyes. “You did not wish it. Have you changed your mind?”
“What would we do if we did not go away?”
“My hope is we would consummate our union in our marital bed tomorrow evening. From there, I was planning to allow you to decide.”
“And if we did go away, where would we go?”
“To my family estate in Siena. We would have it for a week to ourselves. I can arrange for it if you would like it so.”

Hmm, holed up in a Tuscan house with this pretty hot guy for a week? “I would like it so.”
A gorgeous smile spreads across his lips. “I am so pleased. I thought, perhaps, you did not find me attractive. I had hoped over time you would warm to me.”
I feel a little sad for him. If only he knew I am not the woman he thinks I am. What a shock it will be when Lucia comes back. “It is a big change when a woman marries. It has taken me some time to adjust to the idea of leaving my family and my relative independence. It was not a slight to you.”
“You will have your independence. I love that about you. You have your own mind and thoughts. You read and we can talk about things. You can pursue anything you wish. All I ask of you is your fidelity and the possibility of children.”
“Of course. Those are quite reasonable requests.” Crap. I can’t get pregnant here. As it is, things are a little wonky since thanks to all of this, I had to stop my birth control pills mid-cycle. “Would you consider allowing me to wait until my next birthday?”
“Wait?”
“For children?”
“Oh.” His face falls a bit. “I have waited this long. What is a few more months?”
“You are so gracious. Thank you, Cosimo.”
He smiles, brushing his thumb across my cheek. “You are beautiful, Lucia. The most stunning woman in all of Florence. It is you that is gracious to accept my love and my name. I will care for you until my dying breath.”
I wonder if she knew he loved her like this. He’s not old at all. At twenty-nine, he’s only four years older than me, but to Lucia, he’s twelve years older. Of course in my time, a guy nearly thirty dating a girl still seventeen is illegal in most states, but you got to get things going in the sixteenth century. Short life expectancy and all that.
“I will do my best to be a good wife to you.”
“I have no doubt.”
He starts to stand, but I tug his arm. “Do you want to kiss me again?”
“May I?”
I nod. “Please.”
Our lips meet once more, and when I press against him, Cosimo sighs against my mouth and holds me tight. There is a whole lot of passion simmering underneath the surface of this proper gentleman, and I have a feeling it’s all boiling over tomorrow.