Dec 1, 2013

Sunday Smooch with Amy Andrews

Welcome to another LoveCats DownUnder Sunday Smooch!


Today we have a smooch from  Amy Andrews but first ... the two winner's of last week's Sunday Smooch Giveaway are -Helen and Sharlene!


Can you please contact barb(at)barbaradeleo(dot) com to receive your copy of Winning the Boss's Heart



And now for today's Sunday Smooch from ........The Most Expensive Night of her Life







Her million-pound question!
Supermodel Ava Kelly is more used to luxury yachts than London canal boats. But she desperately needs a refuge from the paparazzi and delectable Blake Walker's boat will provide the perfect bolt-hole. This brooding ex-soldier is bound to rescue her, right…?
Wrong. Pampered princess Ava is the last person Blake wants in his personal space—she's far too tempting! But with a million-pound charity donation hanging in the balance Blake can't say no. Now that Ava's close enough to touch, keeping his hands off her is pretty difficult, too! Maybe money isn't the only thing at stake this Christmas….

Scene set-up: Ava, gorgeous Brit super-model, has bribed Blake, wounded war veteran cum house reno project manager into letting her stay the night with him on his boat after somebody shot at her house and he yanked her to the ground and protected her. 
And now she's there - she wants a little bit more.....



       Ava smiled at him encouragingly. “It’s okay, you know,” she said, “to be a little...daunted. It’s really quite common. Some guys are a little freaked out at first because of who I am...They don’t want to screw it up and it makes them... nervous ... reticent. But really, I’m just a woman.
She leaned forward, conscious of her gown gaping a little more and the lowering of his gaze. She picked up his hand, and placed it half way up her thigh. 

“A flesh and blood woman,” she continued. “Don’t think of me as a...celebrity. I’m just Ava...a woman just like any other.”

Blake’s gaze stayed fixed on where his hand met her flesh as Ava straightened. Her thigh was warm beneath his palm. And very, very female. Something his erection appreciated with gusto. So much that it almost made him forget her ridiculous statement.

Lord. Her ego sure as hell hadn’t been scared into submission last night.

She didn’t intimidate him. 
But she definitely got under his skin.
He dropped his hand from her thigh before he did something completely contradictory like smoothing it up. All the way up. He looked up instead – a much safer alternative - as he mentally thrust the temptation aside.
“No, Ava.”
Ava heard the roughness of longing in his voice despite his denial. What was his problem? And then suddenly something else occurred to her and she felt both stupid and insensitive. Throwing herself at him – an injured war veteran.
“Oh God, I’m so sorry,” she whispered. “You’re injuries ...” She shook her head. “I should have thought. I didn’t realise you couldn’t...that you can’t...that you’re...impotent ...I’m so sorry...”
Blake almost choked at her wild assumption. Right at this second he’d never been more bloody potent in his life.
Or more goaded into proving it.
Screw it,” he growled forgetting all the reasons he shouldn’t as he grabbed her hand and yanked.
Ava barely had chance to catch her breath before she landed hard in his lap, looming over him, her thighs straddling his. Her gown had flown open and her bare breasts grazed the neckline of his shirt. Her hands clutched for purchase, finding the hard wall of muscle that constituted his chest. 
But she didn’t protest or stop to clarify. She just followed her instincts. And her instincts led her to his mouth. A mouth that was seeking hers, his fingers spearing into her hair, his hands dragging her head down to his.
Her mouth down to his.
And when his lips touched hers, full and firm and open, she opened to him too, parting instantly, her nostrils full of the intoxicating scent of him, her tongue savouring the hint of beer and the fuller, earthier taste of aroused man. 

 


I hope you enjoyed the Smooch :-)
I'm giving away a copy (paper and international) of The Most Expensive Night Of Her Life to one lucky person who leaves an answer to this question in the comments -  Ever met a celebrity and been all daunted and tongue-tied? Does fame intimidate you?


Come back next Sunday, when the winner of today's giveaway will be announced -- and a smooch from . Jen St George will be posted!


Smooch Graphic by WebWeaver

31 comments:

  1. Hi Amy,
    Love this set up! What a hook of a kiss! I'm looking forward to reading the whole book now.
    Not many brushes with celebrities unless you count a couple of Prime Ministers in passing. I have to say there are other celebrities I'd much rather see.

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    1. A couple of prime ministers, Annie - that's kinda cool though. I like how our PM's are reasonably accessible like that!

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  2. Yes, I am from Santa Barbara, CA and I have met many celebrities. Only one got me flustered, Bruce Boxleitner, He was so handsome and nice, I treasure my picture with him.

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    1. Many?? Wow, Tammy! So they're just like, what, a dime a dozen where you live?
      I remember Bruce Boxleitner back in the day - good looking guy!

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  3. I've met national television news anchors and not been intimidated. There were a couple of television stars, but it was like, "Oh! That's who you are. That's nice." And I continued walking. They are just like you and I. What's that phrase? We all put our shoes on in the morning, one after the other, or something like that.

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    1. Lol good phrase, Laney. A friend of my Mum's always said - they've gotta go to the toilet for #2's like the rest of us :-)

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  4. What a way to prove he's potent. LOL

    When I was in high school I met basketball player Moses Malone and got his autograph with my girlfriends. I remember being overwhelmed with his height. Now I have to laugh because he's the same height as my hubby, 6'10".

    Marcy Shuler

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    1. Aha, Marcy! Clearly you had a thing for tall men way back when :-)

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  5. Amy

    Just fanning myself here LOL loved that smooch I do have this one on my kindle ready to read better shift it up the list :)

    I have met lots of authors who are celebrities to me and yes there have been a few fan girl moments when I have been tongue tied but I try hard to be myself :)

    Thank you so much for the win as well :)

    Have Fun
    Helen

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    1. Oh yes, Helen. I remember meeting Jenny Cruise for the first time - totally awesome moment :-)
      I hope you enjoy Hayson's book!

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  6. hmmm, in the reading world I have met Yvonne, Barbara, Nalini Singh and other kiwi authors that I can not remember the names of at present. This was at the last RWNZ conference which I think contributed to me not being tongue-tied.

    In my previous job, I would serve kiwi sports stars, but often wouldn't realise until after the fact.

    The Most Expensive Night of Her Life sounds like it will be a great read :)

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    1. Well you've met 3 shining stars there, Lyn, and all very lovely down-to-earth women too :-)
      I swear, I wouldn't know 90% of sports stars if I fell over them so it would be totally lost on me :-)

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  7. Oh, dear Lord,Mathis pair sound like their in for some fun and hi jinks! Great moment and fab smooch, Amy. :-)

    I remember the first time I met Marion Lennox -- utter goddess. I went all shy and gauche and tongue-tied. Now we swill champers together at conferences and laugh about it. ;-)

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    1. Oh yes, Michelle, Marion was a biggie for me too :-)

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    2. Please 'scuse spelling and grammar mistakes in the above. Am all thumbs today...chocolate will help...off to find chocolate.

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  8. Great scene, Amy! I love how Blake was trying so hard to resist temptation and then all his good intentions came crashing down!

    Oh, SNAP about feeling all tongue-tied when meeting Marion Lennox for the first time! And Emma Darcy too! Very overwhelming! But they're both so lovely to talk to once you've managed to get over the nerves!

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    1. Oh yes Sharon, Emma Darcy was a biggie for me too!

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  9. I love that smooch, Amy! What a fun time these two are going to have together.

    I'm with you in that meeting Jennifer Crusie had me tongue tied and saying stupid things.

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  10. Thanks Rach. Yes, I remember we both had stars in our eyes that day!

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  11. Whew! This book sounds hot, Amy! I haven't met any celebrities, but I am sure I would have no clue what to say. I would probably say hi & shake their hand or something & that would be it. LOL!

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    1. I think they'd probably prefer it to gushing and stammering and a lot of OMG's! ;-)

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  12. Met a couple; they were nice

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    1. Oh come on now bn! Don't be shy - spill the gos! :-)

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  13. That's one hot smooch, Amy. Ccan't wait to read the whole book. With an icy cold drink beside me, of course.

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  14. I just ordered this book on Friday from the Harlequin bookstore. After reading the smooch, I wish I had waited and bought it from the store next week. It will go to the top of the pile when I get it.

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  15. Have to love a hero who accepts a challenge head-on! Loved the smooch, Amy, and I reckon there will be a heap of fireworks between this pair. Fab dynamic!

    I also have been completely fan-girlish when first meeting my favourite authors. Two I remember clearly are Barbara Samuels and Jennifer Crusie -- I gushed and blabbered and sounded like a complete fool but they were both extremely gracious and nice. I try to be more urbane but sometimes it is impossible.

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    1. I can't imagine you sounding like a fool, Bron. I remember Barbara Samuel - she was a very gracious woman.

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  16. Loved the smooch thank you.

    I have never met a celebrity, but I am quite sure that if it is someone I admire I will just stand there like an idiot.

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    1. lol, Mary, you may surprise yourself :-)

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