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Sharing my Favorite Book blog hop

Welcome to the Sharing my Favorite Book blog hop with Reading Romances.com.  I’m giving away an ebook copy (INT) of my latest release DANCE WITH A MILLIONAIRE to a lucky commenter and newsletter subscribers get a bonus entry.

Southern belle Campbell Layne is the rising star of the Manhattan Ballet Theatre, providing she lands an upcoming principal role. The stage heats up, however, when Rod Carrington steps in and teaches her more than she ever expected!

Determined as she is to stay focused on the audition that will push her into stardom, dazzling attorney Rod Carrington still proves to be a major distraction especially when he ends up teaching the college class she’s taking in her spare time. Campbell humiliates herself on their first date, but that doesn’t stop Rod from whisking her off to Italy and turning her into quite the vixen. Too bad he also had to use his powerful influence to secure the lead for her. Now she’ll never know if her talent was real or “bought” by the man she thought was the love of her life.

“It leaps right off the pages and into your heart. I will remember and reread. I look forward to Ms. Crow’s storytelling in the future. I just love the sassy, Southern girl meets cool rich guy. This book is well worth the read.” My Erotic Reviews

Here’s a sneak peek with this mainstream excerpt:

“Thank you for attending the performance and for your generous donation to MBT.” His dark eyebrows shot up a notch, highlighting a definite mischievous twinkle in his eyes. Why did they have to be the exact shade of turquoise as the Caribbean Ocean at sunset? Stunning.

“That’s well-rehearsed, Miss Layne. Tell me, though, do you turn on the Southern belle charm for all your fans or only the male ones?”

Her mouth fell open, but thank goodness she had the presence of mind to snap it shut. “How dare you? First of all, I’m from Alabama which makes the accent genuine, and secondly, that’s…that’s the rudest, most ungentlemanly thing to say.”

“I never said I was a gentleman and readily admit to be undeserving of your sweet façade. I’d much prefer the real you.”

She propped her hands on her hips. “And precisely what, may I ask, do you assume to be the real me, seeing as our acquaintance has a life span of what? Thirty seconds?”

Rod glanced at an expensive-looking gold watch. “Forty-five.” He stepped closer.

She did not see that coming and stumbled back only to become trapped between the wall and his body. The hard, cold stone competed against his warm, harder presence. Damn it, the latter won out. She ground her traitorous fingertips into her palms in an effort to prevent them from brushing away the stray curl that fell across his forehead.

The hem of his jacket brushed her hip as he moved in to splay his hand over her waist. The pressure built as he gathered her an inch closer. She caught a faint whiff of his cologne. The clean, fresh scent permeated the air and reminded her of the Southern pines back home, but this was not the time to reminisce.

“In fact, I’d like to get to know every inch of you.” Another sharp tug had her chest pressed against his rock solid form.

Her blood boiled in a delicious rhythm. Obviously, the vibrator thing was getting old if this jerk was turning her on. She made a mental note to ask her best friend, Heidi, to set her up on a date. Any man would do—as long as it was not Rod.

She flexed her fingers and pushed against his shoulders. “Let go of me, you arrogant pig.” A lion, cougar, leopard—anything powerful—seemed a more apt description though.

Rod chuckled and loosened his hold. A fraction. Enough to insert his finger between them. It followed the line of fabric at her shoulder slowly, very slowly, across her chest. As he glided over her cleavage, he said, “But, my dear, you’re mistaken. It’s confidence I possess.”

“More like cockiness.” Even as she said it, Bella couldn’t take her gaze off his finger or steer her attention from the intense hunger  sweeping through her. She instinctively arched her back, lifting her breasts to silently beg for more.

“Either way, but I always get what I want, and in case you need me to spell it out”—he slid his finger up her throat to tilt her chin, forcing her to look at him—“I. Want. You.”

He uttered the words with such conviction, her breath hitched. No, stopped. She literally thought she might pass out. Swoon, like one of those Regency ladies she’d thought of a moment ago, only she wouldn’t give him the satisfaction.

Feigning haughty sophistication was not in her repertoire, but there was a first time for everything. She raised a brow and allowed her gaze to wander his body as he’d done to her. The black tux cut a dashing figure, making her mouth water for a taste of what lay beneath. She imagined herself undoing each of the black buttons on his starched, white shirt. His bowtie was a little askew. She reached to straighten it, brushing against his neck. She heard his breathing deepen, sensed, rather than saw, the quickening of his jaw. She inwardly smiled and wiggled her toes in a victory dance, but those stupid, treacherous fingers battled back, wanting to still the muscle with a gentle caress. She balled her fists in reprimand, uncaring that her short nails dug into her palms.

When she reintroduced her eyes to his, she shot him what she hoped was a contemptuous glare. “Take your hand off me,” she said slowly and deliberately. She made a dramatic showing of enclosing her fingers, one at a time, around his wrist and tugged his finger away from her boobs.

Nothing happened. Well, almost nothing. He managed to do that trick when one eyebrow lifts higher than the other.

She sighed loudly and exceedingly unladylike. Then she pulled. Hard.

Finally, he broke contact by approximately six inches when twelve would have been much closer to the acceptable personal space limit. Too late to hide her puckered nipples, she still folded her arms across her chest and tapped her foot in perfect tempo with her index finger. “An apology would be appropriate at this time.”

“Ah, but then I’d have to, in fact, be sorry.”

He said that? Seriously? She just stood there, gaping. It would’ve been so nice to find the words, any words to speak, but nope. A boa constrictor squeezed her throat.

“What? No response? I assume that negates the possibility of you actually wanting an apology.”

Again, robbed of speech. She felt like a fool, but her mind remained as blank as the sky on a cloudy night. So much for feigning haughty sophistication.

“Um…” Jackpot! At last. Okay, it wasn’t a three-point goal in the final seconds of the game, but her voice hit a few decibels nevertheless.

Rod’s deep chuckle reverberated throughout the alcove as he captured both of her shoulders. He laughed at her. Worse, he was going to kiss her. She knew it. Right here, right now. In front of everyone. A complete stranger. Well, not completely, she knew his name at least. Knowing the first name made it all right, didn’t it?

Lord, what am I thinking? She did not go around kissing strangers. Hell, she didn’t go around kissing people she knew. What would her mama think? She’d die of shame, that’s what.

But heaven knew she wanted to taste those beautiful, full lips. She purely ached to run her fingers through his wavy, chestnut hair and slide her hands inside his coat to see if his abs were as hard as she imagined they would be. She closed her eyes and barely swallowed the lump stuck in her throat before licking her lips, preparing for the inevitable.

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So I guess you’ve figured out that DWAM is one of my favorite books. I also love Pride and Prejudice (who doesn’t?). I just finished Susan Mallery’s Delicious which was great and before that was Jennifer Crusie’s Agnes and the Hitman. I also love the ease of reading Nora Roberts and Debbie Macomber. What’s your favorite book?

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Sharing My Favorite Read Giveaway Hop is being hosted by Reading Romances!


What you can win here: Ebook copy (INT) of my latest release DANCE WITH A MILLIONAIRE

Number of winners: 1

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22 Comments to “Sharing my Favorite Book blog hop”

  1. Wendy Says:

    Thanks for the chance! Love the cover!!

  2. Casey Crow Says:

    Wendy – thanks! So glad you stopped by!

  3. Casey Crow Says:

    Wendy – thanks! So glad you stopped by! Enjoy the hop.

  4. Jennifer Irving Says:

    Thanks for the giveaway, I’d love to be entered. I’m also a newsletter subscriber. :)

  5. Casey Crow Says:

    Jennifer – thanks for visiting! Happy summer!

  6. Natasha Says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! Sounds really good!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  7. Yvette Says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Yvette

  8. Catherine Says:

    Thanks so much for a chance to win one of your favorites!

  9. C. Lanny Says:

    hi casey, thanks so much for this giveaway..

  10. Kim D Says:

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    thanks for the contest!!!

  11. Casey Crow Says:

    Natasha – thanks for popping!

    Yvette- Glad you stopped by.

    Catherine – Nice to have you.

    C. – You’re welcome!

    Kim – Hope you enjoy the hop.

  12. JLH Says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. Donna Says:

    Thanks for the contest.
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  14. Casey Crow Says:

    JLH – You’re welcome!

    Donna – Happy to have you.

  15. Filia Oktarina Says:

    I want read this story, love the excerpt. Thanks for sharing and chance to win this :)
    I’m also a newsletter subscriber.
    filiafantasy at gmail dot com

  16. Casey Crow Says:

    Filia -Thanks! Hope you are enjoying the hop!

  17. Leia Shaw Says:

    thanks for participating in the hop and i hope you have a great time!!!

  18. Casey Crow Says:

    Leia – Glad you stopped by!

  19. Darlene Says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!
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    +1 newsletter subscriber (at wpgapmama at gmail dot com)

  20. Tina B Says:

    My favorite book right now is Tempted by Elisabeth Naughton. :)
    Newsletter subscriber ~ trb0917 at gmail.com
    Thank you for participating in the hop.

  21. Casey Crow Says:

    Darlene – happy hopping! Thanks for visiting.

    Tina – I got to hang out with Elisabeth Naughton at the RT Booklovers convention. She’s so nice!

  22. Casey Crow Says:

    Congrats Wendy, winner of DANCE WITH A MILLIONAIRE! If you are still interested in DWAM, please check it out at http://www.bookstrand.com/dance-with-a-millionaire

    This book also comes out in print this month! Thanks everyone for hopping!

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