Friday, August 16, 2013

First Surrender


First Surrender - The Serafina: Sin City Series 
Copyright © 2013 by Katie Reus

“You finally going to make your move?” Jay asked quietly as he and Hayden stood near a concrete pillar out of the way of the police and the paramedics who were talking to Sierra.

Hayden crossed his arms over his chest, hating the helpless sensation he experienced as he watched Sierra shaking her head at something one of the paramedics said. Her arms were wrapped tightly around her middle and her shoulders were hunched, making her look even more fragile than normal. Her long midnight black hair was pulled up into a ponytail and after a long day of work she didn’t have much makeup left. Even pale, tired and practically shaking she was the sexiest woman he’d ever known. It wasn’t just her looks—though there was no arguing she was beautiful, even if she didn’t seem to realize it—she had the biggest heart of anyone he’d ever met.

When he’d started work at the Serafina he’d had a chip on his shoulder the size of Texas. He’d been surly, not liking the direction his life had taken him. His brother Jay had left the navy because a team of his men had died. Then Jay had gotten a job working directly for Wyatt Christiansen. 

Hayden had left the navy because he’d had to. And he’d been fucking pissed about it, even after he’d gotten such a prime position. He hadn’t been grateful to find such a well-paying job close to his only family. No, he’d focused on the negative. Until he’d met Sierra. She’d told him to stop acting like a dick about something he’d said or done, and he hadn’t been able to tell her to fuck off. He was a Southern boy through and through and never would have said that to a woman anyway, but Sierra had made him feel like shit. And he’d deserved it.
Everything had changed from that first meeting with her. It had been subtle at first, but now he was so damn grateful to be able to do another job he enjoyed. Working in the same vicinity of the woman he…damn, he couldn’t even admit the words to himself. Rubbing the middle of this chest, Hayden realized Jay was staring at him.

“What?” he snapped.

“I asked you a question. You gonna make a move on her or what? There’s a pool going on how long it’s going to take you and if you wait another week, I’ll win.”

“Man, fuck you,” he muttered, not missing the good-natured smile Jay gave him.

Hayden wasn’t sure if his brother was joking about the pool or not, but there was one thing he knew for sure. He wasn’t waiting any longer. After what had just happened to Sierra, he was letting her know how he felt.

Back Cover: First Surrender by Katie Reus

He’s dangerous, sexy, and everything she wants…

Sierra hit it off with Hayden from the moment they met. The dangerously sexy, tattooed ex-SEAL is one of the best friends she’s ever had—and the main star in her wildest fantasies. But he doesn’t see her that way. And she’d die of embarrassment if he found out she was still a virgin.

And he’s about to make his claim…

Hayden’s struggled to keep his attraction to the beautiful, dark haired casino chef a secret. He’s not good enough for her. But when an attacker targets Sierra, Hayden’s protective instincts go into overdrive. With the attraction between them burning out of control, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her and convince her they’re meant to be together.

About the WICKED FIRSTS Box Set:

Six New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors (Laura Wright, Alexandra Ivy, Cynthia Eden, Katie Reus, Elisabeth Naughton, and Joan Swan) bring you six all-new contemporary and super sexy suspense stories of first loves, first attractions, first temptations, first times and first obsessions.

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Meet Author Katie Reus:

Katie Reus is the USA Today bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, Moon Shifter series and Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it.

However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense. To learn more about her please visit her website, blog, facebook or find her on twitter @katiereus.

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  1. What an amazing collection! Thanks for the post.

  2. Hi Katie,
    I loved your excerpt. I can't wait to find out WHAT happened to Sierra. Just the fact that she told Hayden to stop acting like a dick makes her a totally worthy heroine for him -- I can already tell! The boxed set looks quite amazing--thanks for stopping by and telling us about it! Best of success!

  3. I'm really looking forward to this - all great authors in one spot :).

  4. Thanks for all the excerpts - can't wait to read the book, and thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  5. Thanks so much for hosting me here today and thanks to those who have stopped by! :)

  6. I cant wait for this box set to come out! I'm curious as to how you pick your character names? do you know before you start writing what they are going to be called or does the names come to you during the writing of the book?

    1. Great questions, Angela! I use different websites and baby books to choose character names. I base them on different factors including their ancestry, etc. Picking names often takes a long time b/c I like to name most characters before I start a book and that can be time consuming :)

  7. Thanks for letting us know about the collection of Wicked First Box set. Love all of the authors in this set.



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