I have two romantic suspense books coming out over the next few weeks. First, let’s talk about FALLING HARD, the second single title in my Bad Boys Undercover series from Avon. Weston Brown is a big, quiet retired Marine. He’s practical and dedicated to the team. He’s the guy they send in to get the job done without any fuss. This time the “job” is to track down Lexi Palmer and get her out of Pakistan. She’s been working in a clinic near the base of K2 and has seen some things she shouldn’t, so it’s safer for her to get out of the country. But Lexi is strong and smart and not really someone West can push around. She’s also a big talker, which drives West nuts. So, basically, they’re perfect for each other.
Here’s a short excerpt to give you a peek into their relationship at the beginning of the books:
She blew out a long breath as the stiffness across her shoulders eased. “Thank God you’re here.”
West tagged her as American but definitely not male, which made little sense under the circumstances. But she wasn’t firing at random, so he considered that a bit of good luck.
Still, a potential novice with a weapon was an invitation to get his nuts blown off and he sure as hell didn’t agree to that when he signed the Alliance employment contract. “Ma’am, I need to you put that gun down.”
She blinked a few times before her gaze went to her hands. It was as if she forgot she took the weapon off the dead guy when he dropped it. “Why?”
West chalked the confusion up to chaos of the last few minutes, but shock and bullets rarely mixed well. “I don’t want to be shot.”
Her chin came up as she nodded at him. “That makes two of us, so you lower yours first.”
Okay, chaos or not her attempt to order him around was pretty fucking hot. Kind of brave, too. “No.”
Not dropping his guard, West took a second to study her. Long hair, half in and half out of a ponytail, huge whiskey brown eyes and the sexiest pouty mouth he’d ever seen. He couldn’t make out her frame under the olive pants and oversized long-sleeve tee but he guessed curvy.
Not just pretty but lose-the-ability-to-spell sexy. Of course that could be the gun. Something about a woman holding a weapon turned him on, sick twist that he was.
“I’m not really giving you a choice,” he said, more to stall than anything else.
Josiah moved in, step by small step, as if not to scare or rattle her. Pretty soon two trained men would almost be on top of her and then it was just a matter of time until one of them wrestled the weapon away from her.
And that’s how it would end because there was no way West was heading back home after this and listening to the shit he would get from Bravo team if he let a hot brunette get the jump on him and take a shot. He had a badass shoot-anything reputation to uphold.
“At this distance I can blow your balls off,” she said, looking ready to do just that.
Then again… “Okay, that’s a solid argument.”
It’s release day!! Today TAKEN comes out. This is a male/male novella in the Holton Woods erotic romance series. Eli and Wade are tough, ornery, smart and lethal. They’re also dedicated to each other…but their relationship has never run smoothly and that continues in TAKEN.
Known for her “emotional, sexy and smart” stories, now, HelenKay Dimon presents a bold new novella that takes readers to the edge…
Wade Royer and Elijah Sterling are on shaky ground. While initially reluctant Eli is finally ready to take things to the next level, Wade is hesitant. He senses trouble coming and he’s right. Still, they know their fiercely undeniable connection—both in and out of the bedroom—is worth saving.
Then a man from Eli’s past reappears and the CIA comes calling—and they both want Eli back. With their relationship in jeopardy of falling apart and Eli in danger of a different kind, both men will have to decide what they really want—and then take it…
Some review snippets for you:
“This book is so flipping good I seriously can’t contain how much I loved it. Like a freaking lot.” – The Book Reading Gals
“…some of the hottest M/M action I’ve read in a very long time. The emotional longing and sexual lust these two feel for each other is palpable – Taken is everything I needed from Eli and Wade.” -Scandalicious
The “buy” links (click on the bookseller you want):
It’s release day!!! CHAIN OF COMMAND is out!!! A dirty-talking retired marine spec ops hero, plus a no-nonsense, down-to-earth heroine, then add in a fight over a broken promise and sexy times. How can you resist that? Well, if you think you can let me try to lure you with this: as of the time I’m writing this Amazon has the book on sale for $2.99, so that’s about 80,000 words for under $3 – deal! It’s $3.99 everywhere else, which is still a really good price.
“Chain of Command is a winner…” – USA Today, Happy Ever After blog
Retired marine Sawyer Cain can’t forget all he’s seen and lost, but he can try to start over. Opening a gun range with his closest friends is the first step toward a new life—one where he finally buries the guilt he can’t seem to shake. So much depends on the property he needs to buy…and the gorgeous but completely frustrating woman who refuses to sell it.
Hailey Thorne is done—with loss and with anything military, after the closest thing she had to an uncle died in Afghanistan. When Sawyer shows up on her porch he has military written all over him. He’s one more in a long line of people who wants the land she inherited, and suddenly he’s everywhere she goes. Hailey can’t get the broad-shouldered, dirty-talking, dead-serious man out of her head. Or her life.
Sawyer’s not above using his skills in the bedroom to try to convince her to sell, and Hailey is more than willing to let him. Their pleasure-only arrangement works…until emotions get in the way. But Sawyer has a secret he’s convinced will have Hailey hating him forever, and Hailey’s not willing to risk loving anyone she could lose.
And if you want to order…
I got together with good friend Jill Shalvis and had a little chat about alpha heroes over at USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog. You can check it out HERE.
It’s release day! PLAYING DIRTY is out. If you like romantic suspense or action movies…or guys with gun…this is a book for you. The hero is former CIA and now an agent with a group called The Alliance. The heroine is the girl next door – literally. We have a missing scientist, a toxin going up for international sale, romance and, as I said earlier, dudes with guns. How can you say no??? Maybe the cover will tempt you:
“Few people write romantic suspense like Dimon, as this pulse-pounding, complex opening to Bad Boys Undercover proves.” -RT Book Reviews
My dear friend Jill Shalvis and I both have novella releases this month. We got together to talk about the books and the couples in them. You can check it out here and over on Jill’s blog HERE.
Before we get started, I thought it might be good for you to see inspiration photos we each used for our heroes. Here’s Jill’s for her hero Sawyer in MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY:
She’s so subtle. Here’s my inspiration for Ward in RUNNING HOT:
Now onto the chat…