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July 28th, 2013
Sneak Peek: The Bottom Line

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The rules are simple.
1. Post 6 paragraphs (no more, no less) from either a WIP or a published work.
2. Open to both un-published and published authors.
3. Post the link back to Sneak Peek Sunday so that others can hop along.

My peek this week comes from The Bottom Line, a contemporary erotic romance, and the first in my Love and Friendship series. Past Regrets, which is book two in the series, is due out on 10 September. This scene takes place between Connor and Maggie, and Connor is plucking up the courage to offer Maggie a friends-with-benefits proposition…


“I have an idea, but I need a kiss first.”

Smiling, Maggie leaned close and pressed her lips against his cheek. She moved back before he had a chance to react.

“That wasn’t quite what I had in mind.” Blood rushed through his veins, his heart thudding against his ribs in an erratic manner. Hell, sex between them would be good, if this innocent little kiss was any indication. “A real kiss.”

Connor closed the distance between them and grasped her head firmly in his hands. She jumped at his touch, stared at him, a spark of indefinable emotion darkening the golden brown of her eyes to chocolate. His gaze dropped to her mouth. God, he’d always loved her mouth, fantasized about kissing it, seeing her lips wrapped around his cock. He snorted inwardly. Like that idea would score him points. Connor brushed his lips against hers. Soft. So soft. The rest of his body went on high alert, cock filling to press against his fly.

She sighed and he took advantage, slipping his tongue inside to taste her. Coffee and a faint minty flavor danced across his taste buds. At first he kept the kiss slow and gentle, then he lifted his head to study her. He liked the dreamy expression on her face, but he enjoyed kissing her more. He wanted her to respond to his kiss, needed to know she felt even a little like he did. Her eager lips and the hands threading through his hair, holding him in place as he wrapped his arms around her again, shot all his doubts to hell.

Slowly, he pulled back. They were both breathing fast. “Okay. That answered my question.”

Love and Friendship 1: The Bottom Line


Spicing up her sex life sounds exciting…until the fantasy hits the fan.

When Maggie Drummond buys an erotic romance novel by mistake, she gets more than an unexpected eyeful. She gets an introduction to a world that arouses her to a fever pitch: Spanking.

Her boyfriend isn’t interested in pushing his vanilla-flavored sexual boundaries. Then there’s Connor Grey, who haunts her fantasies like a magical genie. As a source of masculine advice for her and her female friends, he’s off limits. The only safe place to explore her fetish is her anonymous blog.

The recent changes in Maggie don’t escape Connor’s notice. Now that her boyfriend has dropped her, he can finally—carefully—make his move. Given his family history, laying a hand on any woman, even in fun, is a line he’s reluctant to cross. But for Maggie? Anything the lady wants.

As Maggie gives in to the temptation to let Connor add some sin to her life, she finds herself juggling lies, half-truths, friendship and sensual delights. Her job is in jeopardy—and she’s falling in love. Exploring her fantasy is one thing, but she’s beginning to question if indulging her own pleasure is worth the cost to everyone around her. Especially Connor…

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8 comments to “Sneak Peek: The Bottom Line”

  1. Great sneak peek!

  2. Thanks, Mary.

  3. I was hooked with, ‘I have an idea but need a kiss first!’

    Great excerpt, Shelley!

  4. Thanks, Nas. I’m glad you enjoyed the peek.

  5. Ooh, Shelley, I like this peek, and I liked the blurb even more. If you’re looking for a new place to promote, we have a Saturday Spankings blog where authors promote snippets from novels that have spanking in them. This book looks like it might be a good fit for the blog. If you’re interested, you can visit my blog and scroll down to the Saturday Spankings image and give it a click. We’d love to have you, and it’s free.

  6. Thanks for the offer, Kathryn. It’s much appreciated.

  7. I really like that, Shelley. Such a tease.

  8. Glad you enjoyed the peek with Maggie and Connor.