Here we are with one more blog tour stop! I’m so happy to be able to spread the word about so many talented and amazing authors!!!
Today’s tour is for Renee Burke’s To Know Her. Keep reading, there’s a surprise for you!
Sara Hudson doesn’t remember her own name – or anything else about her life. Whenrescues her from a deserted highway, Sara finds she can’t say no to the sexy stranger. Lost from all she knows, Sara becomes the submissive to Derek’s dominance. Although she doesn’t understand why she yields to his demands, she can’t deny the blazing passion for the man who seems to know exactly how to satisfy her needs.
The only thing Derek Clayton has more of than secrets is money. He offers Sara help with one goal in mind – to keep her in the dark until he can work out the events that left her stranded without a memory. Can they give up the constraints of the past to find their happy ending or will his secrets and past love threaten their future?
This 17,000 word novella is intended for mature audiences. It contains a submissive amnesiac seduced by a sexy stranger whose smooth talking skills and sweet kisses leave them burning up the sheets with smoking hot sex.
Sara walked down the stairs to explore and heard Derek’s voice. She moved closer but slowed at the angry tone. She edged closer, wondering who he was speaking with.
“The situation could be better, but I have it under control.”
He paused. “It has nothing to do with Victoria.”
He sighed. “Yeah, I moved them this morning while she was in the shower. The headache is better.”
“It is. No doubt. “
“Thanks.” His voice was wry and his expression, tired. He straightened at whatever the other person said. “You stay away. I’m not ready yet. She’s not going anywhere.”
She flattened herself against the wall. So he was talking about her. She glanced around.
What had he moved, and where else would she go? Did he know who she was?
She quietly moved back upstairs to the bedroom. She glanced around at the space. Was there something here that would tell her who she was? He had clearly been talking about her, so what did he move? Victoria. The woman in the photos? She walked toward the closet.
“Let’s get outside for a while so you can sleep tonight.”
She jumped at Derek’s voice from the doorway. She composed her expression and turned. “What?”
“I just think a little fresh air will help you rest better.”
He led her to a mud room by the back door and pulled a thick jacket with a fluffy collar from the hook for her. She hesitated for a moment. “Is this the housekeeper’s?”
He tapped her nose lightly with the tip of his finger. “Aren’t you the curious one?”
She froze. “I don’t actually know.”
He slid his hand down her cheek before opening the back door. His touch was warm and welcome and from the look on his face, she was sure he knew that. They stepped into the bright sunshine, and Sara inhaled deeply. “Where are we going?”
“I thought we’d take a ride.”
She tilted her head, considering. “Horses?”
He laughed. “No horses. “
“You don’t like horses or they don’t like you?” She knew that people who didn’t have rapport with animals couldn’t be trusted.
“Neither. I just don’t have the time to properly care for horses.” He continued toward a large building in the backyard. The fields rolled into new hills for as far as the eye could see. The only thing breaking up the fields were a few tree lines in the distance and a pond off to one side. “I was thinking more of a two wheel ride.”
The gleaming black animal stood in the middle of an open space in the building. Metal and chrome, power and finesse. On a shelf sat several helmets. Derek pulled the band from Sara’s hair, and she shook it out, curls tangling down her back, as he watched. Then he helped her put on the helmet before grabbing one for himself.
“I’m not sure this is the best idea.”
“It is the absolute best idea I’ve had in a long time.” He slid onto the seat and gave her a sideways glance. “Coming?”
If she got onto that bike, she wasn’t sure what she’d be doing. He had secrets concerning her, and she needed to know what they were. She would just have to work hard to maintain a little distance because she really wanted to go with him. The idea of forgetting her troubles with a fast ride appealed to her on several levels. “You’re sure it’s safe?”
She waited. “We’ve?” Her mouth tilted into a soft grin on one side.
He leaned toward her then, no preamble, just touched his lips to hers. “We’ve got to get going if we’re going to get back before dark.” His lips were soft and warm and she felt bereft that the touch was so quick. She hadn’t seen it coming, hadn’t savored it at all. It was the first time a kiss on her mouth hadn’t been part of sex. The other was good but this was also very nice.
She gave a firm nod and got on behind him. He put on his own helmet before pulling from the building and weaving around to the road. As they passed the house, she was sure she saw the housekeeper watching from the window. But she hadn’t been alone. There was a man watching too.
And now for the surprise! Sex and the Books has a scene with alternative POV!! Below is the scene in Derek’s POV!
ALTERNATIVE POINT OF VIEW SCENE:
Derek jumped in the car and threw it into gear. Gravel flew as he hurried onto the highway, probably chipping the smooth black paint of the Porsche. Fitting. He had screwed up. Everything was a mess because of his words a few minutes ago. The crushed expression on Sara’s face haunted him. He had broken their fragile alliance with cruel words. He needed to find her and fix it.
His car ate up the miles as he sped toward her house. He knew where she lived though he’d never taken the time to go inside. He’d never had to because Sara came to him willingly, openly, never demanding anything. Until tonight. In the past she’d always given and never asked for anything from him. He tried to get his words in order as he drove. Straightening this out wouldn’t be easy. He had a feeling once she got her back up, it wouldn’t be easy to get back on her good side. And she had separated herself from him as fast as humanly possible when he’d spoken the cruel words.
A flash of skin from the shoulder of the highway caught Derek’s eye, and he hit the brake. He glanced back to see Sara standing still, looking vulnerable and alone. He slid the car into reverse and approached her.
She wrapped her arms around herself. He narrowed his eyes. He was no threat.
As he got closer, he saw blood ooze from her forehead. Her skin was pale and shocky. Her expression was shattered. His arm shot out to grasp her when she stepped too close to the drop off on the edge of the pavement. All she needed was another injury.
Not on his watch.
Her reaction was less than comfortable, more confused than angry at him.
“Trouble?” He pulled her toward the road and glanced around. Where was her car? Had she run it into the ditch? He didn’t see it along the stretch of darkness. Maybe this was the chance to talk to her than he needed. At least she would have to sit with him for the ride home.
He brushed her hair back and waited for her to answer. He was so damn sorry, yet he wasn’t sure what to say. She was vital to him, but that’s not what he’d said. He’d made her feel second rate. How could he make it up to her on this abandoned stretch of highway?
“I seem to be lost.” Her voice held no attitude. She did look lost, and he hated it. He wanted her back to normal, full of professional smoothness until he got her alone when she showed her feisty attitude.
“You seem to be hurt.” He winced as he touched the cut. Not deep enough for stitches.
“I’m not sure how that happened. I can’t seem to remember… much.” She pulled herself away, and he gritted his teeth as he let her go. For now. But he didn’t like it.
Was she saying she didn’t remember their conversation? Didn’t remember him telling her he could never make her more than a causal fuck? He couldn’t be that lucky.
He ushered her into the car and climbed into the driver’s seat before asking her plans. Could he take her back to his place and redo this night from the beginning? Instead of harsh words and cutting remarks, he would give her the warmth and care she deserved.
“I’m not entirely sure. I guess to a store. Maybe a gas station?”
He frowned at her response. No way in hell was she wanting to shop now.
She glanced at him with a puckered brow. “I don’t know.” He couldn’t look away when she began biting her lip. He leaned closer, intent on a kiss. “I don’t remember why I’m here or who to call.”
He froze. She hadn’t just forgotten the conversation then. “What do you remember?”
“Nothing. I don’t remember anything.”
He leaned back in his seat and considered his options. Take her to her house, take her to the hospital, or take her back to his place. No question.
He would take care of her. In every way. And he would make sure she knew how much she meant to him before any memories threatened their relationship again. He reached for her hand and gave a gentle squeeze.
“It will be okay. I’ll take you somewhere safe.” Home, where he could watch her closely and steal her heart once and for all.
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Renee Burke has sampled life in Louisiana and the East Coast before finally settling down in the Midwest where she met her husband. She was destined to be a teacher and loves instilling a love of reading in her students and trying to draw out their inner writers.
Renee has enjoyed romance since she was old enough to buy her own books, but her writing developed slowly as she balanced life with her family and a desire to “do it right.” Her husband gave her the push she needed with a writing course several years ago, and she was off! She has finally learned that romance should be felt rather than overanalyzed. She loves reading and writing romance with a wide range of emotion and humor. Her close friends all enjoy swapping author and book suggestions and looking for the next hot, sweet love story.
Renee claims her phone e-reader app allows her more reading time than ever before. “People think I’m busy with important emails and let me read uninterrupted!” Besides writing, Renee is crazy about spending time with her two handsome sons and amazingly devoted husband.
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And now that part we all love, the Giveaway!
GIVEAWAY: (5) eBook Copies of To Know Her and a $25 Amazon Gift Card
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