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review 2015-08-04 11:19






No Kissing Allowed

by Melissa West

Release Date: 07/28/15

Entangled Embrace

New Adult


Summary from Goodreads:


Armed with her besties, an embarrassing number of shots, and her list of 10 Wild Things To Do Before Adulthood, recent grad Cameron Lawson is partying it up before she starts her dream job at New York's biggest ad agency. Her last task?  Hook up with a random guy. And while it's so not her style, the super-sexy guy sitting next to her is definitely game. No names. No details.

At least, that was the plan.


On her first day of work, Cameron discovers her hook-up is none other than Aidan Truitt—her new boss's boss. Talk about failing the “no fraternizing with coworkers” policy on an epic level. Especially when Aidan makes it clear their one night was only the beginning. Falling for him could cost her everything, but sometimes the only way to get what you want is by breaking a few rules...


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Melissa West writes heartfelt Southern romance and teen sci-fi romance, all with lots of kissing. Because who doesn't like kissing? She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction. Connect with Melissa at www.melissawestauthor.com or on Twitter @MB_West.


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EXCERPT/Excerpt 2:


I glanced quickly at the door and then leaned in closer and lowered my voice. “Look, so we had sex. It doesn’t have to be a thing. It’s nothing. No big deal.”


Aidan raised his eyebrows as a slow grin spread across his face. “Actually, I was just going to tell you that you have a little mustard on your cheek. Right there.”




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I took one long look at Mr. Confident again. “You know, I was hoping to run into you.”


You were, huh?” he said, his voice low and oh so sexy.


I…Yes.” I stared at him, wondering why the lights were making everything so blurry, and then suddenly out of the corner of my eye I caught sight of Grace, her face inches from a guy and victory, and I knew I had to act fast. “Look, I sort of need a favor.”


His eyebrow lifted again. “A favor?”


I need you to kiss me.” Were my words slurring?


Both eyebrows lifted this time, his mouth open to respond, but there wasn’t time for him to comply. This was right now, this moment, win or lose, and I planned to take home the gold. “Just…” And then before I could chicken out, I leaned in, my eyes closing, my lips puckered, but my mouth never quite made it to his. I pushed a bit harder, sure that I’d just misjudged my lean, when he began to laugh. Loudly.


My eyes flew open to find him shaking, literally shaking, he was laughing so hard. I jerked from his grasp, nearly losing my balance. “What is your problem?”


He tried to rein in his laughter, but the smile remained. His eyes squinted, a sense of familiarity there. Like he was talking to a friend, but we’d never met. “Look, you’re cute…but this isn’t happening.” Those deep brown eyes rooted me to the spot. “Why don’t I grab you a cab?”


My cheeks flamed as his words sunk in, knocking the wind out of me. Cute? Not happening? I forced myself to hold his gaze, to keep the last bit of my dignity from slipping through one of the cracks in the floor. I’d never been called cute in my life.


What’s your name, anyway?” I asked, unable to hide my frustration.


He smiled again. “You don’t give up easily, do you?”


It’s just a kiss.” Even through my slight drunkenness, I could feel my face burning. God, I was going to kill Grace and Lauren for doing this to me.


There’s no such thing as just a kiss. It’s personal.” His gaze dropped down to my lips. “More personal than something you do with some nameless guy in a bar.”


My insides coiled at his words, at the way he seemed to know this wasn’t me and was calling me out on it. “Yet you’re still standing here.”


He swallowed, and I knew that despite his words, he was tempted. “That I am.” His eyes swept over me again, leaving a warm trail in their wake. A shiver ran down my back, my entire body drawn to him, despite his rejection, despite my dignity. It’d been a long time since a look alone caused me to buzz with such need. He leaned in closer to my ear, his breath dancing down my neck, and for a moment I forgot about the contest, all focus on this moment, this man, when he whispered, “But it’s still not happening.”





Cameron Lawson is partying with friends. Trying to meet someone after they make a list. She is entering official adulthood and starting a new job after graduation. First man she thinks is hot - the one wearing the UT hat.

UT guy turns out to be the best sex of her life, and later, her boss. If only they had shared names and phone numbers. She had wanted to keep it simple. Then Aidan turns up where she works.

Aidan Truitt is also a single man, due to a past full of pain. He chooses not to get involved and does not want a relationship. While that works at the beginning for Cam, she later finds he is more to her than that.

Cameron takes him home with her on a holiday as a fluke. To show him how a real family looks and acts around one another. Little does she know that the fear he gets after seeing her needs up close nearly breaks him.

Aidan wants more for Cameron. He tells her so. How can anyone go forward after that? Well, that and the non-compete and no-fraternization rules at work. If they are caught what are there options? This prevents them from going public about their so called relationship.

What a great book and lots of fun! The chemistry is incredible! The characters are learning as they go with obvious real time development. I found it to be entirely great to read!

***This ARC copy was given free from Netgalley.com and its publisher for review purposes only.






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text 2014-08-10 19:56
Washington Bombing–Deleted Scene

I always liked this scene–maybe because it was the first scene I wrote for PATRIARCH RUN. Because the scene birthed the rest of the story, it's special to me. But it didn't make the final cut.


Washington, D.C., Last Week


When he came to, he shut his eyes to alleviate the nausea.


The silence was ruptured by a horn blast.


Jack opened his eyes and saw the white, fluted columns of a courthouse. Pedestrians on the sidewalk.


His head was ponderous and difficult to turn.


A man in a black suit–a briefcase in his lap–was sitting beside him. The vehicle they were in was at a stoplight in heavy traffic. His tongue was stuck to the roof of his mouth. It felt swollen and chalky, as if he had ingested a narcotic. He sucked his teeth but could not swallow.


The mass of people huddled at the street corner began to cross the intersection. A pale-skinned man in a leather coat stayed behind. They made eye contact. 


The left side of Jack’s head pulsed so violently from the drug the vision in that eye went white.


The SUV accelerated. Jack noticed the driver for the first time, the Ford Oval on the steering wheel. Then he bent forward and vomited between his knees. The man beside him in the backseat didn’t respond.


His attention was drawn through the crowd at the next intersection to a man talking on a black phone.


He tried to press his palm against the side of his head, but couldn’t.


A white van slowed to a stop beside him. The driver of the van had the same black phone against his ear. Beads of sweat dripped from the driver’s nose; his jaw muscles were knotted.


Jack leaned forward to get a better look. But the van’s door was now open, the driver gone.


Compelled by decades of training, he shouted, “Bomb.” The warning resonated with an unemotional authority he did not anticipate or comprehend.


The Ford he was in jumped forward, accelerating at full throttle into the heavy cross traffic. Tires screeched in the intersection. A white Civic swerved. He heard metal smashing metal. The Ford kept accelerating and punched the rear quarter panel of a blue Camry, pushed through the lanes and T-boned a silver Tahoe.


He was coughing and tried to sit up–but couldn’t. He couldn’t move his arms. Hit his head on the steering wheel and lay his cheek on the leather-trimmed door panel, in too much pain to curse.


He kept his eyes shut to stop the skewer of light from plunging into his brain.


Bursts of automatic rifle fire punctuated the wailing and screams of terror.


He allowed his right eye to squint–saw jagged glass in a window frame. He closed the eye. Slowly turned his head. Opened the eye again and saw black asphalt and shattered glass beneath him.


The Ford was on its side. 


He put one knee on the asphalt, pressed his back against the roof and stooped, his feet in the broken-out window.


His hands were bound behind his back.


Eight rapid, semi-automatic pistol shots fired from close by were followed by the clinking of a steel magazine against the pavement. He heard the familiar snap of supersonic projectiles passing close to his head and saw in the roof three newly created pinholes of light.


He dropped, curled up on the broken glass–still coughing. 


He couldn’t recall how it was he came to be in the vehicle. He didn’t know where the two men in suits had gone.


When the automatic rifle fire ceased, he kicked out what remained of the windshield.


He remembered the briefcase and squeezed into the backseat. The pistol shots were slower and more controlled than before. The combination briefcase was lying on the door. He used the sides of his feet to stand it upright between his ankles, dug his elbow into the leather-trimmed seat for balance, squatted–his hands behind his back–and picked it up.


He threw himself into the front seat and stepped out the windshield.


Civilians were calling for help. Others were crouching. A man prone on the asphalt, his hands shielding his head. From every direction came howls of pain. The air was black with smoke. Vehicles on fire.


He found the driver of the Ford Expedition–bullet holes in his face, neck and chest. Gray ashes speckled his cheek and black suit.


The Camry was upside down, on top of another sedan. The windows shattered, paint blackened, three of its tires ablaze like torches over the carnage.


A man thrashed his arms: his hair, back and sleeves on fire. A teenage girl ran out from behind the barricade of an overturned Prius, knocked the burning man down and beat the flames with her cotton trench coat. Another rifle burst drove her to her belly. She lay on him, smothering the flames.


He heard sirens. Everyone was coughing.


By the time he located the source of the rifle fire through the black plumes of soot and smoke, the rifleman was dead, splayed over the yellow hood of a Dodge Charger.


It was the man he saw on the phone at the intersection.


He searched for the suit who was beside him in the Expedition. An old woman, face covered in blood, sat rocking on the curb, hugging her chest. Gray ash fell from the smoke. Another man crawled toward the sidewalk, coughing, dragging his right arm–a splintered, white bone protruding from his pant leg.


He stepped forward to help the man then remembered the handcuffs on his wrists and looked around.


The keys, he was certain, were in the locked briefcase he was holding behind his back.


A fire truck, sounding its air horn, pressed through the clogged street.


Then he found him–the man from the backseat–laying prone in a pool of blood beside the burning Tahoe, a Colt Commander in his hand. By the position of the slide, he knew there was another round in the chamber. The pistol’s thumb safety was off, the hammer cocked, the man’s right hand was wrapped around the grip, his index finger still on the trigger.


He set the briefcase in the street and sat in a pool of the man’s blood. The blood was hot and soaked through his cotton pants. He eased the Colt out of the man’s hand. Stood, brought the weapon to his left side–where he could see the muzzle–held his breath to suppress the coughing and shot the brass lock on the briefcase.


Then he sat down–his back to the briefcase–opened the latch, twisted his neck to look inside and squeezed his eyes against a pulse of white pain.


The key hung against the interior wall.


The man in the black suit was moaning. He rolled him over, unbuttoned the suit jacket, seized the bloody, silk shirt in both fists and pulled the shirt apart. Buttons sprung from their threads. The man was going to die. He pressed his bare hands against the wounds.


The man coughed.


Blood misted his face. Sirens. Howls filled the street. The inconsolable wail of a mother. He wiped the man’s blood from his eyes, tore strips of silk from the shirt, wadded the fabric and plugged the holes in the man’s chest. 


But the life–no matter how hard he pressed–welled up through his fingers.


The cries for help grew more insistent with the arrival of the first emergency crews.


The man in the suit was dead for minutes before he took his hands off his chest. He felt confused, stood and pushed a sticky palm into his temple.


Barely visible through the sooty smoke, a uniformed officer, his weapon drawn, was making his way toward the Expedition.


It was time to leave.


He pressed the magazine release, counted the two remaining .45 ACP cartridges, a third in the chamber. Four spent stainless-steel magazines lay in the blood. He slammed the nearly empty magazine home, put the Colt in his waistband, searched the dead man for spare magazines, for identification. Found nothing. 


He staggered away from the approaching officer, past the yellow Charger. The OGA had a red hole above his ear. An M4 carbine lay at his feet.


The dizziness nearly overwhelmed him. 


Whoever the man in the black suit was, he had known what he was doing. Laying prone in a pool of his own blood, he shot through the Charger’s rear driver’s-side window. The bullet passed through the cabin, exited through the roof–near the passenger-side windshield pillar–and struck the rifleman in the head: a target not in the shooter’s field of vision.


He staggered past the burning vehicles in which sat corpses–charred arms and grimacing faces–past emergency crews delivering aid to the shocked and bleeding, past ambulances and fire trucks, past approaching patrol cars and turned down the first street he came to.


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Source: www.benjamindancer.com/Blog/2014/08/09/washington-bombing
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review 2013-08-01 00:00
The Party (Deleted Scene - Branded by Fi... The Party (Deleted Scene - Branded by Fire) (Psy-Changeling, #6.5) - Nalini Singh Come on! You know You've just been dying to see a girls night out in the DarkRiver pack! So this deleted scene is a real treat, especially since it's from Branded by Fire. Love me some Mercy!

It's really short, but we get a glimpse on how Mercy got her pretty toenail polish that Riley liked so much. It's a hoot having all the ladies together and seeing them laugh and joke. Especially over sex toys . . .

Thank you Singh for another wonderful freebie.

Sexual Content: Sexual humor.

3/5- Adored it, just a few minor details held it back.

Originally reviewed at Book Whispers.
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review 2012-11-18 00:00
The Rookie (Studs in Spurs, #2 Deleted S... The Rookie (Studs in Spurs, #2 Deleted Scene) - Cat Johnson LMAO, it's a shame that this got deleted. It was so cute, so utterly Chase. I really enjoyed it. Very hot as well.
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review 2011-09-13 00:00
The Rookie (Studs in Spurs, #2 Deleted S... The Rookie (Studs in Spurs, #2 Deleted Scene) - Cat Johnson Now that was funny. Chase continuously calling Marla "ma'am"... Mustang having to choreograph the whole thing. Too funny.
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