My guest, Michelle Smart, and I share the same publishing house - Entangled Publishing - but her book Tempted by Trouble is coming out way ahead of mine (not that I'm jealous), in fact, you can get it now if you follow the links. But first you ought to know what you are getting into. I'll start with the cover (cos it's hot) and provide a few links (cos it's polite and professional) then I'll hand you over to Ms Smart who reviews her own book (cos she's not shy) then you get a sneaky peek at an excerpt (that is one butt ugly word).
10/10 Review (because insight is a gift) by Michelle Smart
And now for the except:
“Excuse me, buster, but I think you’ll find we both lost control. The only difference is I’m not the one making excuses for it. We’re both adults. What happened between us was inevitable—it has been since the day I arrived here.”
He raked a hand through his hair, trying to think of the right words to explain everything that was simmering within him.
She was right. It had been inevitable since the moment he had stood before her at the airport parking lot and been consumed with a hunger that refused to be sated. “All I’m saying is that nothing can come of this. My position hasn’t changed. There is no future for you and me.”
“Of course there isn’t,” she said. “How could there ever be a future for us when you refuse to let go of the past?”
His hands balled into fists, the acid in his guts bubbling. “It’s not a simple case of letting go. I can’t forget what you are.”
“Will you get over yourself!”
The loud shrillness of her tone jolted them both but did nothing to stop her from slipping off the Steinway and rising in front of him.
“For a start, Mr. Ego,” she said, prodding a slim finger into his chest, “I do not recall asking for a future with you. For another, I am not the screwed-up teenager you remember or the tarty ‘It Girl’ who caused so much destruction. Not anymore. I have spent the past five years trying to make something of my life…”
“Make something of your life? You call working stupid hours serving food making something of your life? When you’ve got a God-given talent you’re hiding away from the world?”
“Don’t you dare put down my job. It might not be glamorous, but it’s honest work.”
“At least there is something honest about you.” It was a low blow and he regretted it the second the words left his mouth.
“How dare you?” she seethed, jabbing harder at his chest, her blue eyes ablaze. “I know I was a rude, drunken, spoiled brat and believe me, I am sorry for the harm I caused. But I am not that person anymore. If I could make amends with you then I would, gladly. Just tell me what I can do to put things right. In the meantime, I would thank you not to keep throwing my past in my face like you promised you would. I can’t change it and no amount of sniping from you is going to change it either. Get over it.”
...And that is it, a wonderful introduction to Michelle Smart, whom I would like to thank for being gracious enough to grace my blog with her modesty and talent. I'm just going to repeat the title of her book one more time 'Tempted by Trouble'. Cheers Michelle!
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