Hey, y’all! (I get to say y’all when I blog about Southern Romances, but I think I was made an honorary Southern Girl a few weeks ago by one of my awesome author buddies anyway.)
I’m so glad you’ve popped by to check out the sooper sekrit (okay, not so secret) exclusive Designed For Love excerpt on my blog today. You know I rave about Kelsey Browning’s books ALL. THE. TIME. anyway, but I’m really excited to be part of this blog tour. I received an ARC of this book a while back and I’ve been sitting on my review for what feels like 100 years. I can’t wait to share it with you guys (and now I don’t have to – so look for it later today!).
Let’s get to it, shall we?
DESIGNED FOR LOVE by Kelsey Browning
Author of Texas Nights Series
Co-author of The Granny Series
Without further ado, here’s the pretty cover.
Cute couple kissing, sweet motorcycle. You like? Good.
Guys, this book is out TODAY. Buy a copy. You know what? If you don’t already have it, buy the entire series. How’s this… buy this book, send me a screenshot of your purchase confirmation to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll do a draw to WIN THE FIRST THREE BOOKS IN THE SERIES!!!!!!!! (All the exclamation points, guys!) I’ll leave the giveaway open until Monday, December 1 at 9pm EST. Winner announced Thursday morning here on the blog, and I’ll slap it on Kelsey’s author page on Facebook. You can find the link later in this post. Become a fan. …do it. You know you want to.
About the Book
Title: Designed For Love (Texas Nights, #4)
Release: November 24, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Ashton Davenport: Hot blonde. Old Money. Off-limits.
That’s how Mac McLaughlin sees her, anyway. And now that he’s enduring a temporary self-imposed exile in tiny Shelbyville, Texas, he’s seeing her way too often. Mac only wants to succeed as the contractor for the Lily Lake development in order to rebuild his reputation and return to Dallas, pronto. A sexy distraction like Ashton was not in the plans.
Mac McLaughlin: Hot builder. Cash poor. Hands-on.
Ashton kissed her trust fund goodbye and left her life as a society princess to prove she could make it on her own. Developing Lily Lake is her big chance, but it’s hard to stay focused working side-by-side with bossy, rough-around-the-edges Mac. Especially when he pulls off his shirt.
When the discovery of an endangered species derails the project, Mac can’t afford to stick around for a stalled job. His and Ashton’s explosive chemistry aside, he’s outta there…unless she can convince him that they just might be able to build something together.
…and here’s what you came here for.
Ashton hit her car’s brights to better light the cratered oil-top road she was bumping down. Within a half mile, the road dead-ended into twin dirt ruts bisected by weeds taller than her convertible’s hood. If those weeds weren’t listing to the left, proving someone had driven this path recently, she would’ve backed out, turned her butt around and taken Napoleon back to the apartment for a bowl of Frosty Paws.
Then again, they’d been out of the pricey frozen dog treats for three weeks now.
After the grocery store fiasco a few days ago, Ashton had been so humiliated and so damned thankful for Mac, she’d darted out of the grocery store before he could finish filling in the check to the Piggly Wiggly. And the name on his check…Michael E. McLaughlin. She hadn’t known his name was Michael. And that E initial was driving her crazy—Ethan, Edward, Earl?
Now that she knew his real name, she felt even more indebted to him.
“He’s not my type,” she told Napoleon. Never in her life had she been with a man who looked as though he could pull up a tree, roots and all, and carry it ten miles on his back. “He’s too big and burly. He probably has to siphon off the excess testosterone every morning. So my heart beats a little faster when he’s around. I probably have a cardiac problem. The man wears flannel shirts. With snaps, for God’s sake.”
She sat at the crossroads, her headlights shining into the woods surrounding Lily Lake, while Napoleon perched his fuzzy paws on the passenger side window and whined. She could normally read his moods easily, but the sound he was making was a cross between “I swear there are bears in those trees,” “I desperately need a pawdicure on these ragged nails,” and “You’re seriously hot for Paul Bunyan boy?”
“I know, sweetie. I’ve been a bad mommy. Maybe if Gigi can offer some advice—”or money, “—we can schedule a spa day.” She probably shouldn’t put that onus on her grandmother. And she’d learned not to make promises she couldn’t keep because Napoleon understood every word she said, and he’d hold her to them. After the filet fiasco and her subsequent scolding, he’d found his way into her makeup drawer. It had taken two baths to wash all the mascara and lipstick out of his fur. If he went at it again, she’d be forced to skulk around the local discount store in a trench coat and dark glasses to buy an all-in-one makeup kit for under twenty bucks. A shudder rippled up her spine. Napoleon even looked over at her as if to say do not go there.
But the way things were, she might not even be able to afford an eye shadow-blusher combo.
She blew out a breath. If only she could blow her troubles away as easily.
Praise for Texas Nights Series:
Designed For Love:
“Had me laughing from page one! Browning takes all those awkward little details in life that we like to hide, turns them into hilarious gems, and crafts brilliance with them. I loved the characters, the town, the dog–and the hammock! What a hoot!” ~ Sharla Lovelace, Award Winning Author of Don’t Let Go
“Hilarious antics, sassy banter, and sizzling chemistry add up to one fantastic story as Mac and Ashton stumble their way toward happily ever after!” ~ Tracy Brogan, International Bestselling Author
“A hot man, a headstrong woman, and sizzling chemistry set against a homey Texas backdrop—Browning’s contemporary debut has all the assets that count!” ~ Ruthie Knox, USA Today bestselling author of Flirting with Disaster
Problems in Paradise:
“Starring a sexy lawman and a woman with a scandalous secret, a deliciously fun read.” ~ Shannon Stacey, New York Times bestselling author
And here’s the brains of the operation, the super funny and very talented Kelsey Browning. I can’t even begin to explain how lucky I feel to have this lovely person in my life, let alone that she has shared her talent with us all. The first book in her Texas Nights series will always have a special place in my heart, and on my virtual bookshelf.
About the Author
Kelsey Browning writes sass kickin’ love stories and co-authors Southern cozy mysteries. She’s also a co-founder of Romance University blog, one of Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers. Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she’s either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, Bad Dog and Pharaoh, a (fingers crossed) future therapy dog.
Kelsey is hosting a Thankful for Romance Facebook Party from Friday, November 21 – Monday, November 24 and will be featuring several authors each day. If you haven’t had the chance to get acquainted with Kelsey and her super fun friends yet, this is a great opportunity. You’ll get to chat with the authors and get to know them a little, you’ll learn about a TON of new-to-you books, make some friends, and maybe even win a prize.
Here’s a peek at who’s going to be there:
Saturday, November 22 – Celebrating Sexy Romance
Awesome Authors include: Avery Flynn, Robin Covington, Kimberly Kincaid, Kelsey Browning – Author, and a special Amazon gift card giveaway from Liliana Hart.
Monday, November 24 – Celebrating Contemporary Romance & the release of Kelsey Browning‘s Designed for Love.
Awesome authors include: Jamie Farrell, Dianna Love, Kat Latham, Kim Law, Caro Carson, Wendy S. Marcus, & Sonali Dev
Link to Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/832158273473413
Blog Tour Stops
Now I know you’re probably here because you’ve been following along with all of the other exclusive excerpts this week, but just in case you’re here because you’re one of mine, here’s a list of all of the other awesome blogs that have been posting excerpts from Designed For Love.
November 16 – Excerpt One
November 17 – Excerpt Two
Just Contemporary Romance
November 18 – Excerpt Three
November 19 – Excerpt Four
Ramblings From This Chick
November 20 – Excerpt Five
November 21 – Excerpt Six
Herding Cats and Burning Soup
November 22 – Excerpt Seven
TBQ’s Book Palace
November 23 – Excerpt Eight
Doing Some Reading
November 24 – Excerpt Nine
Gonna Need More Books (Hey, that’s me! And you’re already here…)