Thursday, August 17, 2017

SPOTLIGHT: The Secret by Christie Ridgway @InkSlingerPR @ChristieRidgway #ContemporaryRomance

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Title: The Secret Author: Christie Ridgway Genre: Contemporary Romance

About The Secret:

Being butler to a widower and single father is a dream job in more ways than one for Charlotte “Charlie” Emerson. She helps keep businessman Ethan Archer’s household running without a hitch and enjoys every minute she has with his six-year-old son, Wells. 

But as time passes, the situation feels alarmingly intimate and when her heart starts beating faster each time Ethan steps through the door, Charlie must exert rigid control over her feelings. With her secret, falling in love would be all kinds of bad… 

Ethan Archer values the woman who keeps his life in order and cares so much for his motherless boy. He and Charlie act in harmony with each other and it’s not hard to picture them as a little family…in fact, it’s so easy, one reckless night he proposes a marriage of convenience. What will he do if Charlie says yes? And worse, what if she tells him no?

EXCERPT:
She’d become a wicked voyeur of a woman.
Dismayed by the thought, Charlie spun, attempting to leave the room as silently as she’d arrived.
Hurrying across the rug to the master bedroom’s door, she’d almost escaped when a voice stalled her rushed retreat.
“Charlie.” Ethan said, his voice low. Dark. “Charlotte.
Caught. Her pulse stuttered.
“Not running away, are you?”
Oh, God. She couldn’t help taking one quick peek over her shoulder. He stood, a shoulder against the jamb, wet droplets running down the golden skin of his chest to be caught at a low point on his hips where a towel was tucked tight.
“I’m sorry. I hope I didn’t embarrass you,” she babbled, her gaze jerking forward again. “I left as soon as I realized—”
“You were standing there for quite some time.”
She made a sound like a squeak. “You knew?”
“I knew,” he said, his voice closer.
He was crossing the carpet! Coming nearer!
“Turn around, Charlie.”
And she did, whirling to face him, because every girl on the beach knew it was better to keep an eye out for rogue waves. He was now an arm’s-length away, and she could smell fresh water and soap. His skin.
Big hands reached for the stack of towels, and he tugged them from her. She let the items go, and he tossed them toward the bed then ran his gaze from her too-warm face, down her body and back again.
“You look flushed, Charlie. Aroused even.”
She wished she was wearing jeans instead of a skirt, something to contain the pulsing heat at the juncture of her thighs more than a pair of flimsy panties.
“Because you…you know…it…”
 “I thought you didn’t see me as a sexual being.”
You thought wrong. Except he knew differently, she could see it in the lazy gleam in his eyes. “I have to…” Her arm made a wild sweep toward the open door.
“I’ll get it,” Ethan said, and stepped away to swing it shut. Turn the lock.
Goose bumps rose all over her body, followed by a hot wave of sinful anticipation. “What are you doing?”
“I think maybe you could use some relief,” Ethan said and pulled her up against his mostly naked body. His mouth pressed against the tender skin of her neck, his lips cool, his tongue hot as he licked her there. “That I should provide.”


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About the Author:

Christie Ridgway is a California native and author of fifty contemporary romances. A six-time RITA finalist and USA Today bestselling author, she writes award-winning, emotional reads starring determined heroines and the men who can’t help but love them. Christie grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, went to college in Santa Barbara, and now is married to the sweetheart she met there. She started off as a technical writer and moved on to computer programming before having two sons and pursuing the dream she’d held since childhood—writing romance novels. Her first book stars a hero who was a former professional surfer and since then she’s written about businessmen, TV stars, soldiers, journalists, vintners, race car drivers, and horror novelists. What her heroes have in common is their resistance to love and their hardest of falls when they finally do find their right woman.

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