I've got Elise Marion at Vintage Vonnie. Don't you love her sunbeam smile? Elise brings us CAKE today. A new release I've had the pleasure of reading and, ladies, it's a delight. An emotional page-turning romance that will seduce all of your emotions. Sigh...just one word, y'all...SIGH. Taylor loves two men, you see. The one who protected her during their teen years in a foster home and who has been there for her all of her adult life--and she for him, too, by the way. Unfortunately, she's kept her love for him a secret and he's about to marry someone else. Enter a sensual man who wants her for her, who cherishes her, and who doesn't take kindly to being number two on her priority list. Skillfully written, strong characters, crisp description and believable conflict. And the men...oh the men...SIGH...
Elise Marion is a lover books and has a special place in her heart for sweet and sensual romance. Writing about love across all walks of life is her passion, as is reaching people through the written word. The Army wife and stay-at-home mother of two spends most of her time taking care of her children. Her second job includes writing stories about characters that people can fall in love with. When the Texas native isn’t caring for her family or writing, you can usually find her with her nose in a book, singing loudly, or cooking up something new in the kitchen.
ELISE WILL BE GIVING AWAY TO TWO lucky commenters a prize package including a paperback copy of Cake, a beaded bookmark w/ cupcake charm, and 1/2 dozen vanilla cake pops courtesy of Austin Avenue Cakes. To increase your chances, follow the tour and comment. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning. Her tour dates can be found here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2012/07/vbrt-cake-by-elise-marion.html.
Wedding planner Taylor Vaughn specializes in magical moments. So when her best friend asks her to plan his wedding, the task should have come as simply to her as all the others. There’s only one problem……she is desperately in love with the groom.
Caleb has always been Taylor’s best friend as well as her deepest and most secret desire. Her hopes that he will someday come to love her back are dashed on the day he brings his new fiancé into their lives. While the misery of losing the man she loves to another woman looms over her, she doesn’t expect to find her head turned by the most unlikely of strangers.
Ethan Young, cake decorator, is everything a woman could want in a man: handsome, charismatic, and has a way with icing! When she finds herself feeling more than simple attraction for the sexy baker, her heart is torn in two between the man she’s always loved and the man who’s slowly stealing her heart.
“So, you and Caleb must be really close.”
I instantly felt my defenses coming up at the mention of Caleb’s name. Most of the guys I’d dated knew that Caleb came as part of the package. Some were fine with it, but others not so much. Those guys had been dumped promptly.
“He’s my best friend,” I snapped, turning to watch the night sky as it flew by through the window.
“He’s obviously very protective of you,” he continued. “If I hadn’t seen him with Kimberly tonight, I might have thought you two were a couple.”
I sighed, turning back to face him again. “Look, why don’t you just ask what you want to ask! If you want to know so badly, don’t beat around the bush.”
Ethan’s eyebrows shot up into his hairline. Instead of the frown I’d been expecting, a smile spread across his face just before he laughed.
“All right,” he chuckled. “I can see you’re a no-nonsense kind of girl Taylor. I just wanted to make sure you’re really available before I make my next move.”
He steered the truck toward our exit ramp, his eyes now focused on the road as he crossed lanes to turn onto the street where we both lived. I gave him a few directions before sitting back against the leather seat and falling silent.
Before I make my next move.
As he pulled into a parking space in the lot in front of my apartment complex, I unbuckled my seatbelt.
“Caleb and I grew up together,” I said. “He was my foster brother at a group home and he looked out for me. He’s been taking care of me ever since.”
Ethan nodded his understanding and reached across the truck’s front seat to touch my shoulder. “I can’t say I blame him,” he murmured. “If I had a treasure like you in my life I’d want to guard it too.”
My eyes widened and my knees took on a state of weakness that might just become permanent if he continued to say things like that to me. Thankfully I was still sitting. My hand was resting somewhere on the door handle, but I couldn’t make a move beyond that point, not with his melted-chocolate eyes fixed on mine or his arm resting over the back of my seat. I faintly felt his fingers toying with my hair.
“Why…” I swallowed, trying to catch my breath and slow my racing heart. “Why would you say something like that?”
He smiled again and my insides melted as he leaned across the center console toward me. His masculine scent mingled with spicy cologne combined with the smell of leather to create an intoxicating haze of maleness. I leaned toward him as if drawn in by forces beyond my control.
“Because it’s true,” he whispered as those thick fingers came up to my jaw line.
My breath hitched in my throat and lodged itself there, choking me with the anticipation of his lips on mine as he closed the distance between us.
“Ethan,” I whispered just before his lips touched mine, “I think—“
“Don’t,” he murmured, his open mouth caressing mine with aching tenderness. “Don’t think.”
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