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To celebrate the U.S. release of The Unexpected Consequences of Love by Jill Mansell, we’re sharing excerpts from the book to get you geared up for some Valentine’s Day love – from your book boyfriend or otherwise – with an excerpt from her newest book!

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The Unexpected Consequences of Love

by Jill Mansell

“Waaah, stop it,” shrieked Tula as Riley scooped her up into the air. “Put me down! I’m too heavy…

“Don’t give me that. You’re light as a feather. Okay, hang on tight…”

You hang on tight,” Tula retorted, before letting out another yelp as he expertly threw her over his shoulder in a fireman’s lift.

In front of them in the parking lot of the Mermaid Inn, CJ called out, “Everybody ready? Down to the beach, around the rocks at the end, and back again.” He raised two ominously murky pint glasses like trophies. “Losers have to drink these.”

There were six couples taking part. Tula was just glad she wasn’t wearing a short skirt. But the party was brilliant, everyone was incredibly friendly, and the drinking games had been hilarious. So long as they didn’t lose this one; God only knew what had gone into making that muddy–looking brew.

“Three…two…one…GO,” bellowed CJ, and they were off.

Urgh, being carried in a fireman’s lift was a bumpy experience. Clinging on for dear life, Tula admired Riley’s physique; his shoulders were broad and his biceps rocklike as he ran out of the parking lot and down onto the beach.

“Don’t be sick down my back,” he warned as they headed for the outcrop of three rocks exposed by the low tide at the far end of the beach.

“I’m never sick.” Raising her head and seeing the rest of the party cheering them on, her heart clenched with joy at the sight of Josh’s instantly recognizable figure among them. He was here; at last he’d turned up. Hooray!

It was dark, but the full moon and the strings of lights looped between each of the street lamps along the esplanade went some way toward illuminating the beach. She could see and hear the white, foamy waves breaking along the shoreline. The whoops and shrieks of the other contestants mingled in the warm night air with the yells of encouragement from the pub behind them. Just as they reached the rocks, Riley tripped, lost his footing, and stumbled…

And then they were lying on the sand, tangled up in each other, and he was saying, “Sorry, that was the seaweed. Are you okay?”

“I’m fine.” He’d been the one who’d broken her fall; she’d managed to land inelegantly on top of him. “How about you?”

“Never better.” He was grinning up at her, his long, blond hair spread out on the sand beneath his head. His eyes glinted with mischief as he slid his hand around the back of her neck. “Well, now we’re here, seems like an opportunity too good to waste…”

“Losers!” bawled one of the other couples, racing past them.

“That’s what they think,” Riley murmured. “Sometimes losers win.”

“Ooh no, no no no.” Before he could guide her mouth down to meet his, Tula vigorously shook her head and wriggled away.

“No?”

No.” Glancing over in the direction of the Mermaid’s parking lot, she could still see the others outside, watching the racers. And if she could see Josh from here, the chances were that he could see her.

“Oh dear. Someone else you’ve got your eye on?” Riley’s tone was playful.

“No.”

Ignoring her protest, he raised his eyebrows. “Josh?”

“No!”

“Come on. I saw the way you were looking at him this afternoon. It was pretty obvious.”

“Oh God. Really?” Tula’s heart sank; just for once in her life why couldn’t she be the cool, enigmatic type?

“To be fair, I’m pretty much an expert.” Rising to his feet and brushing the sand off his jeans, Riley added, “Although I’m usually the one on the receiving end.”

“Sorry.” She smiled at his wounded expression.

“And I really liked you too. This is crushing.” Holding out his hands, he hauled her upright. “I’ve lost all my confidence now.”

“I’m sure you have.”

“I’m not that ugly, am I?”

“You’re beautiful,” Tula assured him as her phone beeped.

It was a text from Sophie:

What are you two DOING out there??

Leaning in to read it, Riley said, “Nothing, sadly.” Then he took the phone from her, switched it to camera mode, and held it at arm’s length, capturing both their faces on the screen. “There you go, a little something to remind you of the time we met, that romantic fireman’s lift you were given on the beach. In years to come, you’ll look at this photo and think, damn, what an idiot I was to turn him down, the one who got away.”

“I had my chance and I blew it.” Tula nodded sympathetically.

“You’ll probably regret it for the rest of your life. Your friends will see this picture of us and go, ‘Wow, who’s that? He’s gorgeous!’”

“They will say that.” If she’d thought for one second he meant any of this, Tula wouldn’t have been able to joke about it. “I’ll probably have this photo blown up to poster size and hung on my bedroom wall. I expect I’ll cry myself to sleep every night in my lonely single bed.”

Riley slung a companionable arm around her shoulders as they made their way back up the beach to the Mermaid. “I really hope that happens. It’s no more than you deserve.”

 

About the Book

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The Unexpected Consequences of Love

By Jill Mansell

Sourcebooks Landmark

Women’s Fiction

February 3, 2015

ISBN: 9781492602088

 

Sophie has no interest in finding love. But what happens when love finds her?

Sophie Wells is a successful photographer with a focus on putting the past firmly behind her. When Josh Strachan returns to the seaside town of Cornwall from the States to run his family’s hotel, he can’t understand why the fun, sexy girl has zero interest in letting him—or any man for that matter—into her life. He also can’t understand how he’s been duped into employing Sophie’s impulsive friend Tula, whose crush on him is decidedly unrequited. Both girls remain mum about the reasons behind Sophie’s indifference to love. But that doesn’t mean Josh is going to quit trying…

 

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About the Author

With over 9 million copies sold, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Mansell writes irresistible and funny romantic tales for women in the tradition of Marian Keyes and Sophie Kinsella. She worked for many years at the Burden Neurological Hospital, Bristol, and now writes full time. She lives with her partner and their children in Bristol, England.

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In The Cards Blog Tour

In the Cards

by Jamie Beck

 

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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About the Book

Lindsey Hilliard flees her charmed life in New York, searching for answers after her fiancé’s betrayal fills her with self-doubt. Unfortunately, her rented Malibu home is next door to Levi Hardy, the sexy but insufferable man who humiliated her years ago.

Hardened by a grim past he keeps concealed, Levi prefers maintaining a comfortable distance from folks, especially a nosy princess like Lindsey. But then a motorcycle collision brings him to his knees, forcing him to accept her assistance with his recovery. Sparks begin to fly when the woman who doesn’t believe in herself teaches the cynic how to have faith in others. Levi realizes his body will recover, but his heart won’t if Lindsey returns to the ex who wants her back.

In the biggest gamble of his life, Levi teaches her to trust her own voice, and hopes she’ll use it to say good-bye to her past and hello to a future with him.

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Question: “Is it possible to be turned-on and afraid at the same time?” – Lindsey Hilliard, heroine, IN THE CARDS.

Short Answer: Yes.

At least, it is if you’re anything like me, who perpetually fell for the type of boy who had an edge about him. That mysterious, slightly dangerous, entirely sexy dark side I just could not resist despite all my instincts.

Naturally, Lindsey, an open-hearted people-pleaser, falls victim to that kind of desire when fate has her crossing paths with Levi Hardy not once, but twice in her lifetime.

Born to a con man and a mother who abandoned him before his tenth birthday, Levi spent his youth mastering poker while living on the run with his dad.  When his father was preying on unsuspecting marks, Levi would hole up in motel rooms reading and preparing for the day when he could break free from his unsavory lifestyle.  But growing up in constant fear of losing one’s remaining parent to prison—not to mention being taught to trust no one—takes a toll on the psyche.

Enter Lindsey. The first time they meet, she’s a guest at the resort where he’s working as a bartender. At barely eighteen, she’s nursing a schoolgirl crush on him until they actually talk, at which point things turn south for both of them.  Years later, fate reunites them, and an accident forces Levi to rely on Lindsey for help during his recovery.

Despite his best efforts to protect himself by pushing her away, his bark is no match for her optimism, determination, and curiosity. Although unaccustomed to someone as cynical and wary as Levi, Lindsey senses something special beneath his gruff exterior. His self-reliance, work ethic, discipline, and unexpected tenderness give her a glimpse of a softer side of the intriguing and incredibly attractive, if somewhat mysterious, man. Gradually her tireless nurturing and steadfast friendship enables him to lower his guard and confide his darkest secrets.

And isn’t that the draw of an enigmatic man? That deep down he’s looking for love to rescue him from isolation, and that the right woman will help him become the man he wants to be? Maybe that’s just a fantasy in my head, but if you agree with me, then you might enjoy how these two characters’ journeys of self-discovery lead them to find true love.

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Jamie Beck is a former attorney with a passion for inventing stories about love and redemption. In addition to writing novels, she also pens articles on behalf of a local nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering youth and strengthening families. Fortunately, when she isn’t tapping away at the keyboard, she is a grateful wife and mother to a very patient, supportive family.

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A Single Kiss Book Tour

A Single Kiss

by Grace Burrowes

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Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Release Date: January 6, 2015

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About the Book

Hannah Stark has set her sights on corporate law to assure her a career of paperwork, predictability, and conservative suits. Contracts, finance, and the art of the deal sing to her, while the mess and misery of the courtroom do not. But her daughter needs to eat, so when Hannah is offered a temporary position in a small town firm’s domestic relations department, she reluctantly accepts.

Trent Knightley is mightily drawn to his newest associate, though Hannah is as protective of her privacy as she is competent. When their friendship and attraction heat up, Hannah’s secrets put her heart and Trent’s hopes in double jeopardy.

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“I’m not sure why we’re having this conversation. Hannah’s your employee.” James tapped a golf ball into a practice cup. The door to his office was closed or he’d never have indulged, though in Trent’s experience, when the putter came out, James was working through some maze of subrogation or indemnity language.

“We’re having this conversation because I very nearly kissed an employee. You’re pulling to the left.”

James nodded, ever serious about his play. “Because I’m the office Lothario, you’re coming to me for what? Pointers? Absolution? Both?”

“How about moral support?”

He missed again, by a whisker. “Is this serious?”

“I don’t know.” Trent sat back in James’s ergonomically ingenious chair and propped his feet on the corner of the desk. “It’s something.”

“You’ve known the woman two days, and you’re hitting on her? Mac won’t approve.”

“Mac doesn’t approve of anything except thin mints in moderation and regularly annihilating the state’s attorney’s case.”

“He’s getting worse.” James moved back a couple of feet and squinted down the handle of his putter. “Needs to get his wick trimmed.”

“Your answer to everything.”

“When has a good old-fashioned bout of sweaty sex ever hurt a guy’s outlook on life?”

“It ain’t world peace, James.”

“A little not-quite kiss on the cheek in public is hardly World War III. Did she slap you?”

“She’s the quiet type.”

“Did she quietly ask you to desist? Threaten legal action?” He wiggled swooping golden brows.

“She did not.” Not yet.

“What did she do?”

This was what Trent had sought from his brother, analysis and reflection rather than interrogation. “She blushed.”

James straightened, expression puzzled. “A grown woman admitted to the bar in the great State of Maryland, practitioner of family law, wearer of sensible shoes – all you did was not kiss her on the cheek and she blushed? Blushed?”

“Very becomingly, and gave me a Mona Lisa smile.”

About the AuthorGrace Burrowes

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes’ bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish and Lady Eve’s IndiscretionThe Heir was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was a PW Best Spring Romance of 2011, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish won Best Historical Romance of the Year in 2011 from RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, and The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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Braden, Kara: The Longest Night

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THE LONGEST NIGHT

Author: Kara Braden

Pub Date: July 1, 2014

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Summary

TheLongestNightThis could work, whispered the little voice in the back of her mind, the voice that had been silent for seven years…

SHE SOUGHT SOLACE IN SOLITUDE
Years ago, former Marine Captain Cecily Knight fled her dark past and the nightmares forever haunting her nights. Alone in the remote Canadian wilderness, she survives day to day…until Ian Fairchild comes storming into her life and shatters her protective seclusion.

UNTIL ONE TOUCH BARED HER SOUL
Aloof but intriguing, defensive but undeniable, Ian is everything Cecily shouldn’t want but can’t ignore. He watches her with shrewd blue eyes, as if determined to decipher her secrets…and for the first time in years, she finds herself coming alive beneath the hands of a man with too many scars to count.

As the hushed and harsh winter closes in around them, two lost souls find themselves on the precipice of a love that could save their lives…or destroy them forever.

Longest Night Series:
The Longest Night (Book 1, Longest Night)
The Deepest Night (Book 2, Longest Night, forthcoming December 2014)

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Advance Praise

“One of the best debuting romance writers in memory… Braden has a genuine gift for this genre, and readers will hope to see many more books carrying her name.” – Booklist Starred Review

“In this touching and stupendously fresh debut, Braden proves that one doesn’t have to turn an entire genre on its head to get something new and exciting. Contemporary romance fans will savor every page.” – Publishers Weekly Starred Review

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Cecily shifted her weight, and Ian caught her sleeve, silently cursing the bulky jackets and gloves that separated them both. At the touch, she went still, saying, “Ian—“

“Cecily,” he interrupted quietly. He wanted to pull away her sunglasses, but he sensed that she needed that little artificial shield. If Ian pushed too hard, she would shut down completely, and he might never get another chance at her. Even this might be too much, but Ian had to try.

Lightly holding her sleeve, he raised his free hand and used his teeth to tug off the glove. Her head turned sharply to watch the path of the glove as Ian tossed it aside. Cold air bit at his fingers, but he didn’t care. He set his fingertips to her face, for an instant feeling the icy skin of her jaw before she flinched away.

“Cecily,” Ian repeated quietly, soothingly, and touched again. This time, she didn’t pull back. She parted her lips and inhaled quietly. The motion drew his gaze down, and he saw no reason at all not to chase that breath.

Tight with tension, her lips tasted of cold and snow. Subtle, burning point of contact connected them skin-to-skin—Ian’s fingertips on her face, his thumb on the thinner flesh over her cheekbone, their lips touching lightly The kiss was barely more than the air they shared for one breath, two. Her exhale shuddered against his mouth.

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Author Biography

KaraBradenKara Braden makes her debut in modern romance with The Longest Night, a story of love in isolation. She believes that engaging, romantic fantasy can be found everywhere in the world, even in the most unlikely places. With the support of her wonderful husband, cats, and dogs, she writes from her home office outside Phoenix, Arizona, where she spends her time hiding from the sunlight and heat.

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7264239.Kara_Braden

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Debut author Kara Braden is hosting a giveaway to give one reader a Coach bag to celebrate the July 1st release of her book THE LONGEST NIGHT.

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