STARS IN THEIR EYES by Lauren Blakely **REVIEW and GIVEAWAY**

 

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We are pleased as punch to bring you the Release Day Launch for STARS IN THEIR EYES by Lauren Blakely! STARS IN THEIR EYES is the first full-length novel from her New Adult Romance Series, Wrapped Up in Love, a spinoff series from her New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Caught Up in Love Series!!! The prequel novella, A STARSTRUCK KISS, is included in STARS IN THEIR EYES so that readers can enjoy the experience of reading through the full-length standalone novel in its entirety! And for those in the know, there is no cliffhanger in this title. However, A STARSTRUCK KISS will remain free, but as a short prequel to introduce readers to these new characters starting on release day!

 

Stars in Their Eyes

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Excerpt:

“You played me,” he said, but he didn’t sound mad. He sounded impressed.

“It worked,” I said, pride suffusing my tone. “But the scrapes are real.”

“Yeah, I feel terrible. Shall I go hunt down a Band-Aid for you now? Oh wait. You carry them with you. You’re always prepared.”

“You never know when you might have to take a fall to be first,” I said, and rooted around in the front pocket of my backpack for a Band-Aid. I found one, peeled off the wrapping and started to press it onto my palm.

“Let me help,” he said in a soft voice, laying the ends of the Band-Aid onto my skin. He stepped closer, his body now officially in the zone of supreme nearness–the zone that would allow for hands to explore chests, and arms to be wrapped around necks, and lips to lock again. I held my breath. My hands tingled under his touch. “This is the part in the script where the reformed bad boy touches the heroine for the second time,” he whispered.

I wanted to close my eyes and linger in the moment. But I had to be stoic. I couldn’t say what I wanted to say. That this was the moment when the heroine’s skin raced from the barest touch. So I lied. “This is the part where the heroine doesn’t even notice.”

He raised an eyebrow. He held my gaze. I didn’t look away in enough time. My breath caught, and my lips were parted. “Hi,” he whispered in a voice that was getting under my skin.

“Hi,” I said against my better judgment, against my brain.

“Are we still on for the movie tomorrow?”

“You’re just asking me out because I’m the competition, right? Keep your friends close and your enemies closer?”

“I’m asking because I want to go out with you. Not because you’re the enemy.”

I scoffed. “At least you admitted I’m the enemy. That’s why you’re asking me.”

He raised his hand, reaching gently for a strand of my hair. My feet felt wobbly with him so near to me. The earth was suddenly operating at a bizarre angle. I pressed my palm against the brick wall behind me to steady myself as he ran a finger along my hair. So softly. “I swear,” he whispered, pinning me with his gaze. “I truly want to see the movie with you. Say you’re still going with me.”

 

 

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About STARS IN THEIR EYES:

 

WARNING: The hero in this book is not an asshole. He is hot, charming, smart, funny, ripped, gorgeous, respectful and completely panty-melting. Please proceed.

 

A sexy and swoony new adult romance…

Celebrity photographer and college senior Jess Leighton desperately needs to crash the wedding of the year. Snapping just one pic of the A-list Hollywood couple tying the knot will pay her way through grad school. But with security tighter than the bride-to-be’s corset, she’ll need more than her camera and smarts, she’ll need help from her biggest rival–hot, British, motorcycle-riding William Harrigan, whose sexy accent can melt the panties off any woman. He’s the last person Jess should trust, but he’s her only ticket in.

William Harrigan wants one thing – to stay in L.A. past college graduation. With a student visa set to expire, the clock is ticking. When he lands a gig that pairs him with the beautiful blond spitfire Jess, he’s scored his best shot at living out the American dream. Winning her trust would be a whole lot easier, however, if he didn’t have ulterior motives…

But there’s no faking the intense attraction between them. Try as they might to resist each other, soon sparks are flying, as they devise a plan to sneak into the ceremony. But when Jess’ new celebrity client raises the stakes, she starts to smell blackmail, and soon she and Will are chasing down cheating directors, staking out clandestine trysts, and making fake IDs, all while sneaking scene-stealing kisses and hot nights together.

The audience loves a happy ending, but in a town where everyone’s acting and no one’s playing by the rules, can Jess and William find their own ever after in time?

 

**Stars in Their Eyes is the start of the sexy, swoony and scandalous new adult series Wrapped Up in Love, which is a spin-off of the NYT and USA Today Bestselling Caught Up in Love series. You don’t need to have read Caught Up in Love to follow this new series, but you’ll likely enjoy those books!**

 

 

Review:

I had not ever read, nor even thought about, a story from the point of view of the paparazzi until this book.  It was SO good!  William is this sexy british sweetheart where Jess is a hardworking tough as nails chick and I absolutely loved the interaction between them.  It was refreshing to have the main male character not be a complete arsehole.  Also, it was great getting to catch up with Bryan and Kat from the Caught Up in Love series! I highly recommend this book!

 

 

 

 

 

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 And don’t miss the FREE Prequel Novella, A STARSTRUCK KISS!

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Author PhotoAbout Lauren Blakely:

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He’s Mine, Playing With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

 

 

 

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All Things Pretty by M. Leighton **Excerpt and GIVEAWAY**



Please join us in celebrating the release of All Things Pretty, the third book in the Pretty Series, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author M. Leighton! 



What we have for you today is an excerpt. It’s not just any excerpt, we want you to find the pretty in the excerpt. Your guess at what the pretty is, will be your entry for the giveaway! 



Ex: My mile high Louboutin’s were killing my feet.

Guess: shoes


 

Title: All Things Pretty (Pretty #3)
Author: M. Leighton
Age group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 30, 2014
Retailers: AmazonBarnes and Noble  | iTunes | Kobo | Smashwords



Pretending to be something they’re not, afraid to trust anyone completely, destined to tear each other apart– this is the story of unlikely love and unbearable consequences.

Sig Locke is a cop. He was raised by a cop and all his brothers are cops. He bleeds blue, believes in right and wrong, and sees in black and white, never in shades of gray.

But that was before he met Tommi.

Tommi, with her long legs and bright green eyes, she captured Sig’s interest from the moment he saw her. Even after he discovered who she was–the girlfriend of a drug dealer, the beauty behind a criminal–he still found her utterly irresistible. What Sig doesn’t know, however, is that she has a secret even a cop can’t uncover.

Tommi Lawrence hasn’t had an easy life, and it only got more complicated the day she met Sig. She learned long ago that she can’t trust anyone. Her gut tells her that Sig is no exception, her heart tells her that he is. But that was before she found out his real identity.

Can love be forged in a fire of lies? Or will the truth destroy them both?

EXCERPT

 

My body aches.
Just at the thought of him.
I close my eyes, effortlessly conjuring Sig’s liquid brown
eyes, his perfectly sculpted mouth, his big, slightly rough hands.  God! 
 
Almost of their own accord, my palms drift over my breasts,
pausing to tease the throbbing nipples, just like Sig would do.  Like he did.  I recall the feel
of his mouth there, hot and open.
Riling my body into a flurry of want and need.  My core responds to my thoughts, sending a gush of heat
southward. I move my hands down.
Farther and farther.  Closer
to the place where the ache is strongest, where the emptiness is deepest.
I cup my center as my mind elicits Sig’s fingers, his lips,
his tongue, delving inside me.
Filling yet not totally, satisfying yet not completely.  Teasing.  Toying.  Making
me crazy. He knew I needed more, craved more. He was just enjoying the rise,
the climb, until he could drive his body into mine and quench this excruciating
thirst.
But my touch isn’t Sig’s. No matter how tightly I close my
eyes, no matter how much I concentrate, no matter how much I wish it were his, it’s not.  It isn’t his hands or his mouth.  His kiss or his scent.  His laugh or his growl.  I’m in my bathroom.  In my home.  Alone, for all intents and purposes.  Exactly what I don’t want to be right
now.
Frustrated, I pull the plug to drain the tub before stepping
out and toweling off.  Standing in
the steamy room, I rub scented lotion over every inch of my hyper sensitive
skin, groaning with my want of something more.
 I wipe the
moisture from the mirror and meet the wide eyes and flushed cheeks of my
reflection.  I’m startled by what’s
written all over my face.  Desire.  Withering resistance.  Increasing need.
I won’t be able to stop myself from giving in to him.  I know it as sure as I’m standing
here.  He’s like an addiction that
has crept up on me unawares and taken over.  I’m smart enough to realize when I’m fighting a losing
battle. I’m also smart enough to realize that if I go about this wisely, we can
both put an end to the torture and move on.  Just once.  One
and done.  It’s the way it has to
be.
Enjoy tonight.
Move on tomorrow.
But we can have tonight.
Tonight will be for us.
Sig.
And me.
And all that’s between us.
Just one night.
I stare at the same face, reflected now with subtle
changes.  Eyes bright with
resolution, lips trembling with anticipation.
Once my mind is made up, I’m nearly frantic.  I throw on shorts and a tee
shirt–nothing spectacular since I don’t plan to be wearing it long–stopping
only long enough to scribble Travis a note for when he gets home, telling him
not to wait up and to call if he needs me.  He’ll assume that I’m with Lance.
I don’t even bother pulling my hair out of its loose
topknot.  I simply grab my purse,
lock the door and run to the car.
I can’t get to his house quickly enough.
I’m out of breath when I make it to his door, knocking with
all the urgency that I suddenly feel.
When Sig finally appears in front of me, only a few short seconds (that
felt like lifetimes) later, his expression is wild, like he was expecting
something else.  Trouble maybe?
His eyes meet mine, and we stand perfectly still and
silent.  He frowns for a second and
then scans my face.  His gaze
travels over my flushed cheeks, my parted lips, down to my heaving chest.  And then, as though he can somehow read
my body and its intent, they flick suddenly back up to mine and stop.
For thirty second or so, a million unspoken things pass
between us. There is doubt, indecision, a touch of fear.  All on my part.  In this moment, it’s driven home what a
huge mistake I could be making.
On his face, one thing.  A question.  A
single query.  Can I walk
away?
Can I? 
 
With my heart beating an ancient rhythm against my ribs,
marking me with a tattoo that I will forever be left with, I bask in the
richness of his eyes, the beauty of his face and the acceptance of my choice,
whatever it is. It’s all here, right in front of me.  Someone who wants only me, to please me, to be with me.  Nothing else.
That is what I
can’t walk away from.  Not just
yet.

 

 

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About Michelle:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels, these days Michelle enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you’ll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren’t roaming in that direction, she’ll be riding wild horses, skiing the slopes of Aspen or scuba diving with a hot rock star, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

About Michelle: I love coffee and chocolate, even more so when they are combined. I’m convinced that one day they could be the basis for world peace. I also love the color red and am seriously considering dying my hair.

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