Book Blitz, Excerpt, & Giveaway: In Kelly's Corner by Roxie Rivera
Title: In Kelly’s Corner (Fighting Connolly’s #1)
Author: Roxie Rivera
Publication Date: September 27th 2013 Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense
After a stalker breaks into her home, internet entrepreneur Bee Langston decides Kelly Connolly is the only man who can help her—but seeking help from the former Marine isn’t easy, especially after she made a spectacular fool of herself trying to kiss the sinfully sexy bodyguard.
When Kelly spots Bee weaving her way through the Houston nightspot where he’s working security, all those feelings he’s desperately tried to deny for his best friend’s sister come flooding to the surface. He’ll do anything to keep her safe, even if means getting up close and personal with the one woman he simply can’t have.
Soon, Bee’s stalker isn’t his only problem. His gambling addict father is tangled in a mess of debts to two of Houston’s toughest loan sharks. With the family gym on the line, there’s only one way for Kelly to make everything right. He agrees to fight for the Albanian mob in an underground bare-knuckle fighting tournament.
But winning the tournament and saving his family’s legacy comes at a high price—one that just might cost Bee her life.
I'm not quite sure why that setup revs my engines but it
does. It's an inherently complicated situation with plenty of possibilities for
high-stakes drama. Plus I've always had a thing for slightly older guys. You
know, the good-looking, confident sweetheart with a bit of swagger and a
protective streak a mile wide. Added bonus? The best friend of a sibling
already has the family seal of approval!
Bee Langston shares my outlook. She knows that she's just
asking for trouble but she just can't help falling head over heels for Kelly
Connolly, the unbelievably sexy former Marine who takes it upon himself to
watch out for her after Jeb's death. Of course, she'd rather Kelly took a more,
ahem, hands-on role in her life…
But when a stalker threatens her safety, Kelly unleashes
those alpha male overprotective instincts he's kept suppressed. Bee begins to
realize they've only just scraped the surface of complicated!
Creating this intense, complex relationship between Kelly
and Bee made this such an interesting book to write. Both characters have
brothers they love and sibling bonds they would do anything to protect—even if
it means keeping some pretty huge secrets. Add in Kelly's gambling addict father
and his troubles with not one but two (!) loan sharks and, well, it's a recipe
for some super intense drama that really amps up the sexual tension.
And who doesn't love more of that?
"Where is Winn?"
Kelly's gruff, rumbling voice caught me by surprise. I
whirled around to find him standing a few steps behind me. Wearing only shorts
and sneakers, he wiped at his ridiculously sexy chest with a white gym towel
before slinging it over his shoulder. The sight of his tanned, toned chest and
the tattoos accentuating the rippling bulges of muscle left me momentarily
Shaking myself from my lust-induced stupor, I said,
"He's in the restroom. I sort of busted his nose."
He looked taken aback and then smiled proudly. "Way to
"Um…not exactly. It was an accident."
"Well, it tickled and I started laughing—"
Eyes narrowed, he asked, "What tickled?"
"Winn's hold on me."
"I see." His lips twitched, and I knew he wasn't
angry at all. Touching my cheek, he murmured, "I'll have to keep that in
At the mention of later, I trembled with anticipation.
"We'll practice some of the holds Jack showed
"Holds, huh?" I daringly traced his navel and
delighted in the way he inhaled sharply. Thinking of the moves I had just
learned, I considered whether or not I could take Kelly down. He was a foot
taller than me and nearly twice as heavy. Could I catch him off-guard?
Deciding there was no time like the present, I hastily
planned my attack. Kelly reached out to stroke my face, but I kicked out my leg
to hook his knee. The expression on his face was comical as the realization
that I was attacking him registered—but his lightning fast reflexes, honed by years
at war, snapped into action.
I gasped as he snatched my ankle mid-air and jerked hard
enough to pull me off my feet. The thick mat cushioned my fall. Kelly followed
me down to the floor, attempting to trap me, but I twisted my hips and narrowly
evaded him. My brief victory didn't last. He grabbed my wrists in one big paw
and pinned them overhead before insinuating himself between my thighs.
Remembering Jack's lessons, I arched up onto my shoulders
and tried to squeeze his ribs with my knees. Kelly shifted, and I ended up
wrapping my legs around his waist. Our bodies locked together in such an
intimate way. Suddenly my failed attack started to feel like foreplay.
Changing tactics, I hooked my ankles at the small of Kelly's
back and rocked my body against his. His low groan sounded almost pained. Eyes
flashing with need, he lowered his face and warningly growled, "Bee."
Breathless and shaking with desire, I whispered, "Kiss
He capitulated to my request and brushed his mouth against
mine. Refusing to be denied what I wanted most, I thrust my aching breasts
against his hot, hard chest and dipped my tongue between his lips. A rumbling
noise emanated from his throat, vibrating against my lips and sending white-hot
shivers through my core.
A loudly cleared throat interrupted our steamy kiss. Tearing
away from each other, we glanced in the direction of the noise and discovered
Jack standing a few feet away and watching us with amusement. The rest of the
room was empty except for Winn, who seemed to have gotten his bloody nose under
Jack rubbed his jaw as if thinking. "You know, I'm
pretty sure that's not a self-defense technique I teach."
Not the least bit embarrassed, I simply shrugged.
"You'd have a hell of a lot more signups for your classes if you
I like to write super sexy romances and naughty erotica that make your pulse pound. You can get updates on new releases by visiting my website (roxierivera.com), signing up for my newsletter (http://eepurl.com/sX-z1) or liking my author page on Facebook.
I also write erotic romances as Lolita Lopez including the red-hot GRABBED series for Ellora's Cave and the upcoming Dragon Heat series from Forever Yours/Grand Central.