Here’s the fun little book video for Tempting Adam if you haven’t seen it.
Here’s what reviewers are saying
“Shelli Stevens has done it again. With a mix that can only be described as her own unique style she has you all steamed up. …Ms. Stevens certainly knows how to turn up the heat with just a few words and it isn’t difficult at all to picture yourself in the front row watching Adam and Christy.” 5 Angels, Rachel, Fallen Angel Reviews
“Ms. Stevens has crafted a vividly described world with interesting and likable characters.” Literary Nymphs Reviews
“I thoroughly enjoyed this spicy and erotic tale.” Tanya, Joyfully Reviewed
And if you’re interested, here’s an excerpt:
“Tempting Adam is one of those really fun romances that you just can’t put down…one of those light love stories that will have you feeling really good and wanting some more when you are done.” Madame Butterfly Reviews
“Do you want to get out of here?” Adam asked, reaching out to touch her hand. He heard the sharp breath she drew in, and his own pulse jacked up a notch.
Her gaze met his. Her pupils were dilated, her breathing was uneven. She still wanted him. The signs were all there. She broke the contact, averting her gaze and sliding out of the booth.
Adam gritted his teeth, staring at the sexy curve of her ass. That temptation threshold was crumbling, slowly, but surely. He stood up and followed her out of the bar.
They stepped outside and the noise dropped to a muted roar. Thank God. Not even for Christy would he go back to that place. If she ever came over the mountains, he’d show her what a real bar was like.
His earlier idea once again flickered through his head. It was gaining momentum.
“Are you cold?” Adam asked as he unlocked the passenger door to his truck. Christy had her arms folded in front of her chest, and he saw a shiver pass through her.
“A bit. Nothing a little car heat won’t cure,” she answered and climbed into the truck.
Adam went around to his door, already shrugging out of his flannel shirt. He had a T-shirt underneath and was still hot from being squashed into that hellhole.
“Here, put this on.”
Christy caught the flannel with a look of surprise. “You didn’t need to take off your shirt.”
“My mama raised me right, darlin’.” He deliberately inflected an accent as he shut the door to the truck.
She laughed as she slipped her arms into the shirt, leaving it unbuttoned. It was so big that it almost went to her knees. She looked ridiculous. And sexy as hell.
“See, you could easily be a local,” she told him. “You’ve got the flannel shirt and everything.”
“I thought the grunge movement died out.”
“It did, but I’m not sure all of Seattle got the memo.”
Adam’s grin widened. “I like your humor, Christy.”
“What else do you like?” she quipped with an impish grin. Her cheeks reddened and she dropped her gaze. “Oh God. Sorry, sometimes it just pops out before I think about it.”
Lord it was hard to resist her. Especially when she was flirting so adorably. Which should’ve been a problem in itself, Adam reminded himself. She didn’t have the right to flirt.
“I don’t mind.” Why didn’t he mind? And why wasn’t he starting the truck and driving away from this intimate moment?
“You don’t?” She looked so damn surprised and hopeful.
“Darlin’, sometimes I want you the way I had you on Tuesday.” Sometimes? Hell, all the time. But he was better than that. He was, damn it. He wouldn’t seduce his brother’s girlfriend. Again. “But it just can’t happen.”
“Says who?” Christy’s tongue did that sexy swipe over her lips, her eyes bright and intense.
“Rules.” Adam clenched his fists, the only way he could stop himself from touching her. Get a hold of yourself, buddy.
“You know what they say about rules. They’re made to be broken.” She slid across the seat towards him. Her warm body pressed close to his. “I need you to do something for me, Adam.”
“What’s that?” Tresses of her hair tickled his chin and he could smell the flowery scent of her shampoo.
She raised her head and locked her gaze with his. “I need you to trust me when I say that nothing is as it seems.”
That wasn’t exactly what he’d expected her to say.
“What isn’t what it seems, Christy?”
She hesitated and then sighed, shaking her head. “That’s all I can say.”
Lord she was making this hard on him.
“Do you trust me, Adam?”
He wanted to. Her intensity seemed so sincere, her desperation for him to say yes, puzzling. And God, he wanted her so bad.
“Your silence speaks for itself.” She started to slide away. “I don’t have the right to ask you to trust me anyway.”
The loss of her warmth pressed against him spurred Adam into action. He turned, wrapping his hands around her waist. She seemed surprised, but didn’t protest, as he settled her on his lap. She shifted, leaning back against the door.
“I trust you, Christy.” He rubbed his thumb over her mouth, which parted on a sigh. “I think I’m probably crazy to do so, but for some reason I trust you.”
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If you’ve read this far, you’re fabulous! I hope you have a great week!
Today I’m sharing some great books recently released from authors who are also represented by my agent Laura Bradford. Definitely don’t want to miss these!
Taken by Anya Bast
Anne’s morning starts like any other normal day—and ends in a race for her life. The surprise that interrupts her regular date with a latte looks a lot like Frankenstein, except this monster is for real. And it chases her straight into the arms of two mouthwatering hunks who whisk her away from everything she knows. That would be Earth.
Suddenly life isn’t so normal anymore.
Caleb and Van have been watching Anne for several weeks. Women are scarce in their world, a situation that sometimes forces two or more males to share one wife between them. Anne is their perfect match. Now all they have to do is convince her of that—while trying desperately not to let their intense desire for her scare her away.
Then there’s the little matter of protecting her from the Guardians, who want to make sure no match is ever made…
Sexual healing.there’s nothing like it. And Ecstasy Island is where it happens. Meet two heroes who know exactly how to vanquish a woman’s every fear and teach her to love-and fully live-again. But this erotic escape is by invitation only.
Killing Me Softly
Chris Cavanaugh considers it his calling to breathe new life into women with troubled pasts. From the moment he brings Claire Vaughn to the beautiful but isolated outpost of Ecstasy Island, he’s surprised by her strength and spirit-and held captive by her sensual imagination and skill, night after night after night.
In Living Color
Treah Baldwin believes in greeting each one of the women sent to him to be healed with a literal sexual awakening. His hands-on technique does wonders for body and soul. Dana Lancer has never experienced anything like it. Finding scorchingly hot erotic bliss in his muscular arms becomes a reality straight out of her wildest dreams.
Madeline Brewster practically owns Plum City, Colorado. But at thirty-two, she knows she has missed any chance for happiness. Until she finds a tall, strong, handsome Irishman on the wrong end of the hangman’s noose. Suddenly this unconventional woman comes up with an outrageous idea…Teague O’Neal has rugged cheekbones, tousled black curls, and eyes as blue as the sky, even if he is caked in Colorado mud. The men insist they caught him horse-thieving, and there’s something desperate about him that says he’d do anything for a buck. Maybe it was pure chance, or maybe it was something more that brough Madeline and Teague together. But one thing’s clear, between a woman who has just about everything she could ever want, and a man who’s lost that and more, they might find something in between worth living for.
Celeste Rice’s life has been shattered by terrible violence more than once. Violence threatens to creep back into Celeste’s world when her ex-boyfriend stalks her. When Celeste inherits her aunt’s home, she decides to move back into her childhood neighborhood after long years away. Upon her prodigal return, she encounters old friend and long-time object of her desire, Mick MacGilvary at a charity event and knows that she is finally ready to pursue that heart-stopping attraction. She believes she’ll stop craving him if she has sex with him once and gets it out of her system. She decides to test the wildfire attraction, even though Mick’s violent past and his SWAT position frighten her.
Mick will do anything in her defense…
SWAT cop Mick MacGilvary’s instincts tell him Celeste’s ex-boyfriend has something evil up his sleeve. Mick’s uneasy past with Celeste makes him gun-shy around her. His protective feelings for Celeste have never abandoned him. Ten years ago, Celeste rejected his advances, and he hasn’t forgotten. The heavy-duty attraction he’s always had for her ramps up now that she’s near. Better yet, she’s obviously interested in bedding him.
I don’t think I mentioned on this blog how my signings went! They were absolutely fun and fabulous, and on the second one I sold out of books! What a great feeling! Here’s a picture of from the first one.
So I finished the second Aphrodisia book in my contract a couple of weeks ago. That book is currently out with my critique group and beta readers. So instead of biting my nails and waiting for their reactions, I’ve gone on to start my very first proposal. Meaning I’m going to try and sell a book on a synopsis (eek!) and a chapter or two. Or three. I’ve got some great ideas floating in my head–mostly using some of the characters and the world I created in my Sexy Beast novella that’ll come out in the future. So I’m actually pretty excited about this! I’ll keep you posted on how it’s going!
And onto other news, I just found a new review today from The Romance Studio. Sweet! It’s for my book Trust and Dare which came out about a year and a half ago! I’m so glad the reviewer Shannon found it and picked it up. Thanks, Shannon for the lovely review!
Trust and Dare is a sensual delight on all levels. The characters are well developed, emotionally flawed, and haunted by past events. Yet they still maintain qualities that make them pleasing to the reader. The chemistry between the couple is smoking hot and yet surprisingly touching and tender. The sex scenes are sensual and very frequent, but the author does not fail to demonstrate the feelings of each character. There is something to be said about a sassy female who challenges an alpha-male head on with electrifying results. The plot offers a somewhat unique and rip-roaring thrilling adventure for the hero and heroine with life altering result.
Underneath this spicy tale is a fantastic and highly humorous story that will keep the reader hot and bothered as well as laughing out loud with this couples sexy shenanigans.
This book is a pleasure to read and one that shouldn’t be missed!
Meet local authors Dona Sarkar, Pat White, Shelli Stevens, Alexis Morgan and Lacy Danes.
Date: Saturday, February 14, 2009
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Location: Park Place Books
Street: 348 Parkplace Center
City/Town: Kirkland, WA 98033
Valentine’s Day Romance Writers Panel
Valentines Day – and love is clearly in the air as five local romance writers talk about their new books and the craft of writing romance novels. Meet local authors Lauren Dane, Lacy Danes, Alexis Morgan, Shelli Stevens and Pat White.
Date: Saturday, February 14, 2009
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Third Place Books
Street: 17171 Bothell Way NE
City/Town: Lake Forest Park, WA
So it’s going to be a busy week. My daughter’s half sister is staying with us for four days. And I’m trying to explain to my daughter (who is an only child otherwise) that the world does not indeed revolve around her. I told her she could watch a movie with her sister before bed. Oh the drama. She wanted Star Wars Episode II (she’s a big fan of all things S.W.), but her sister wanted to watch something else. And my daughter just couldn’t understand the theory of ‘you must agree on a movie’. *Sigh*
Today we had lunch with one of my friends whom I haven’t seen since college! Then I took the girls to the aquarium, Pike Place Market, and the Seattle waterfront. Lots of walking! I also picked up a couple more things for my basket I’m putting together for the Brenda Novak auction. A mug from the very first Starbucks shop, and a ferry boat mini sculpture made of Mt. St. Helen’s ash. My theme for the basket is kind of ‘All things Seattle’ and Shelli’s favorite Etsy finds.
We’re doing manicures (or just painting the nails) tomorrow to get ready for my two signings on Saturday. And we’re going to see Pink Panther 2 and then I’m hoping to bring my niece back over to spend the night too. So a busy busy weekend full of kids! But I’m not complaining!
Oh, I simply must share! Jackie Barbosa just sent me my book video for Tempting Adam! YAY! This book comes out in print in just a couple of weeks (though I think Barnes and Noble may be shipping already!)