Tuesday, August 20, 2013

TVBT: CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE by Cheryl Harper, Hero Profile & Giveaway @tastybooktours

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The staff of Cheryl Harper’s Elvis-themed Rock’n'Rolla Hotel are back with a funny, fresh romance that goes undercover—under the covers!
As a former Marine, hotel manager Tony Ortega has plenty of experience assessing threats, and the hotel’s newest guest, Randa Whitmore, is a code red. Tall, blonde, and with legs for miles, she may look like his every fantasy, but he knows she’s not really visiting for the famed Elvis Week. Though dangerously drawn to his new guest, Tony will do anything to protect his job . . . especially if it means sleeping with the enemy.
Business strategist Randa Whitmore never meant to be undercover in Memphis. In August. Sweating her expensive spa treatments away. But snagging another perfect hotel location for her father’s empire means using all the tricks in her designer arsenal. And even though the sexy, tattooed manager seems oblivious to her charms, Randa’s prepared to bring out the big guns—just so long as she can stay objective and out of Tony’s muscled arms. After all, it’s just business, right?
 
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HERO PROFILE
 
Name: Tony Ortega
Age: 34
Occupation:
Hotel manager for the Rock’n’Rolla Hotel
Physical Description:
Dark and almost-handsome Marine with a tattoo on one arm who spends his time in the hotel uniform—Hawaiian shirt and khaki pants—and manages to make it look good.
 
Likes:
Floppy bloodhounds, peace and quiet, old-fashioned book stores and paperbacks of all persuasions, being needed, and long-legged blondes.
Dislikes:
Long nights, bad dreams, war zones, lies, princesses, clutter.
Relationship Status:
So very single.
Typical Friday Night:
Working the night shift behind the Rock’n’Rolla Hotel’s front desk. Otherwise, he’s either killing the gym treadmill or somewhere with his nose buried in a book.
 
Drink of Choice:
 Ice water
Favorite Food:
The Viva Las Vegas hamburger, especially the way a certain long-legged, blonde princess appreciates one.
Favorite Song:
He better say “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley.
Choice of Transportation:
Spotless pickup truck.
Boxers or Briefs:
Boxer-briefs.
Best Memory to Date:
Watching Randa Whitmore do a runway strut across the hotel lobby wearing sky-high heels and tight jeans. If there’d been a wind machine and metal song playing, it would have been his every teenage dream.
Words to live by:
Semper fi.
 
 
 
More about Tony:
1. He loves books and a bloodhound named Misty. And he’s keeping an eye on guest Randa Whitmore.
Randa Whitmore’s shoes had probably cost more than everything in this apartment combined. Of course, when they looked like they did, thanks to those crazy long legs, they were probably worth every penny. Might even be priceless, like works of art. He had a feeling their appeal had a lot more to do with the legs than the shoes. When she’d stretched her legs out to conquer the lobby floor, one step and hip shake at a time, it had taken nearly all of his self-control to keep his mouth from dropping open. Strong reactions like that didn’t happen often, but he took it as another encouraging sign that the numbness he felt was fading. At the same time, it scared him that a woman so far from his type nearly had him drooling on the front desk.
Misty sighed heavily as she meandered in and rested her head against the cushions by his feet.
He shook his head and lifted his feet out of her way. She crawled up and circled three times before she curled into a ball and blinked sleepily at him. There was something about the way those damn bows trembled and her soft brown eyes focused on his face. Now he’d be contorted into an S but Misty was happy. He scooted his feet under her head, muttering, “Silly dog, you should not be this cute,” and felt some of the tension that came from too much time spent with people—noisy, demanding, unpredictable people—ease.
 

2. He looks good in a bathing suit. Very good.
“Was that an a-ha moment or a mosquito?”
Randa took a deep breath and opened her eyes to see Tony standing next to the lounger.
Then she forgot every worry she’d ever had and most of everything she knew.
Because if Tony lost his job running the Rock’n’Rolla Hotel, he had a future in underwear modeling. His swim trunks rode low on his hips and even though she’d seen swimsuits that showed a whole lot more of what a man was working with, she’d never seen another man with a body like his.
In her experience, handsome men were either gym rats or couch potatoes. She’d seen a lot of manscaping in her time too: hairless chests, spray tans, and even hair plugs once upon a time.
Out of the Hawaiian shirt and khakis, Tony was perfectly imperfect. His olive skin was lightly tan. Black ink swirled up his left arm. This close she could make out the words “Semper Fi” and then what looked like names, all in a simple script. She wanted to touch his tattoo, to trace her fingers up his arm. She wanted to feel his skin. Black curls covered his pecs and trickled to a thin line down his abdomen to disappear into . . .
God, help me. Randa felt the need to fan her face or stick her tongue out to pant. August in Memphis might camouflage her reaction, but she hadn’t known heat until Tony stood in front of her with no shirt on.
 
3. He knows when to seize the moment.
“There’s this one other thing I’ve been dying to do.”
“Yes.” Randa nodded her head. She had no idea what it was, but she was ready.
Tony squeezed his eyes shut for just a second. The sound he made when he opened them again was somewhere between a laugh and a moan. Maybe it was both. Randa understood exactly what that felt like.
He pressed forward to kiss her again, his hand a hot support against the back of her head and his lips aggressively seductive. This time he coaxed her lips open and teased her tongue with his. Each tentative touch sent a shiver of awareness through her. She wanted to press her breasts against his chest, get closer, so much closer, but the seat belt pinned her down. Her breath was long gone when Tony ended the kiss, his breath coming in quiet pants as he stared into her eyes, but when his hand rested on her knee she tried to gasp. And when he touched her thigh, lightly rubbing his hand on bare skin, she lost her mind.
She actually bit her lip to keep from moaning like a porn star. Because a man touched her thigh. It was a little like she was back in high school but so much hotter.
Seduced in front of a bookstore. Did it get any better? More private, certainly. But better, no way.
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Meet Cheryl
Whether she's writing, reading, or just checking the items off of her daily to-do list, small-town girl Cheryl Harper loves her romance mixed with a little laughter. When she's not working, you will find her ignoring housework, cursing yard work, and spending way too much time with a television remote in her hand.
 
 
 
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7 comments:

denise smith said...

book looks really good cant wait to read

Anonymous said...

Okay the blog portion made me giggle, I'm hooked. Bring on the book.

Sheila

Michele Dewell said...

Thank u for the giveaway.

Victoria Zumbrum said...

Thank you for the awesome giveaway. I would love to read your books. They sound very good.

TerrieLynn61 said...

Nice choice for the male alpha. What is the thought when you pick your heroes in your books?

Di said...

I'm so glad this book is in print!

Daniel M said...

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