Tuesday, November 18, 2014

DESIGNED FOR LOVE - Excerpt 2



DESIGNED FOR LOVE

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.

Excerpt Two – Just Contemporary Romance

There stood Mac McLaughlin studying the canned chili with the intensity of a man making a life-changing decision.

A frown pulled at his mouth, surrounded by a stubble-length goatee, and he rubbed his hand up the back of his neck to ruffle his hair—a blend of raw umber and burnt sienna—into a little ducktail. And that hand was just so…big.

So rough.

So unlike the hands Ashton had ever had on her before. A shiver rippled over her shoulders. The men in her past had visited the manicurist as much as or more than she had. And that was saying something.

Mac wore what she’d come to think of as his uniform—work boots, well-washed jeans, and a plaid snap shirt rolled up to his forearms. Of course, the shirt he wore now was buttoned, but she’d seen him stripped down to a tight T-shirt while renovating her friend’s lingerie store. The man had biceps that should be immortalized in bronze. Or granite.

As a guy in the construction trade, dig-in-and-get-dirty was a way of life for him. And even though she’d left Houston to strike out on her own, she and Mac had about as much in common as a Hepplewhite chair and a Modani table. But anytime she was near him, her body reacted as if he’d rubbed her skin with fine-grade sandpaper. Sensitive and a little tingly.

Napoleon poked his head from his bag, homed in on Mac and woofed. There went her opportunity to back away in stealth. Mac turned toward her, and his hands immediately bracketed his hips. A standard posture when he was around her. Why she annoyed him so much, she wasn’t sure. But the fact that she annoyed him annoyed her.

Mac nodded toward Napoleon. “They let you bring that thing in here?”

“First off, Napoleon is not a thing. He’s a he.” She pushed her basket forward and pretended to consider kidney versus lima beans. “And second, he likes to pick out his own food.”

“He point at it with his paw?”

To hell with the beans. She’d come down this aisle to get to the Kibble Kare, so she rounded Mac without meeting his gaze. Told herself that sideswiping his aisle-blocking elbow with her cart was purely an accident. But her silent treatment didn’t last, and she blurted, “What do you have against dogs?”

One side of Mac’s mouth twitched up, and the compulsion to take a little nip out of it sent Ashton’s earlier shiver cruising down her breasts and into her belly.

“Don’t have a damn thing against dogs. That—” he pointed at Napoleon pistol-style, “—is not a dog. He’s what my mom would call a geegaw.”

Napoleon was so much more than a knickknack. He was her friend. The one friend who’d been with her through all her ups and downs. Lately, they were heavy on the downs. “He may be small, but he’s a real dog.”

“Real dogs do stuff. They don’t lay around on pink pillows eating caviar.”

Napoleon’s pillow was blue, and caviar had been off his menu since her bank account went belly-up. “What kind of stuff?”

“Hunt, retrieve, fetch.”

“Napoleon can fetch.”

“What—his hair bows?”

Ashton clutched the shopping basket handle, her knuckles aching from the pressure. She shouldn’t be remotely attracted to a man who didn’t like her dog. Common wisdom said that dogs were able to sense people with good intentions. Needless to say, Napoleon had never cared for Mac. “Ha-ha. He’s actually quite good with balls and other toys.”

“He ever bring you a duck or a dead rat?”

Her lips drew back. “Ugh. No.”

Mac strolled closer, making the little gleam in his green eyes apparent. The man was enjoying this. Who knew it took so little to entertain him? “Real dogs bring you dead stuff to show their affection.”


And, God, couldn’t she use a little affection these days? Preferably from a tall, broad-shouldered Paul Bunyan of a man. 

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.

Connect with Kelsey: Email / Website / Newsletter / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Pinterest

Facebook Party
Kelsey is hosting a Thankful for Romance Facebook Party from Friday, November 21 – Monday, November 24 and will be featuring the following authors each day.

Friday, November 21 - Celebrating Romance Series
Awesome Authors include: Angi Morgan
Adrienne Giordano Author Page,Tamara MorganShauna AllenAlison PackardTerri Osburn, & Tracey Devlyn

Saturday, November 22 - Celebrating Sexy Romance
Awesome Authors include: 
Avery FlynnRobin CovingtonKimberly KincaidKelsey Browning - Author, and a special Amazon gift card giveaway from Liliana Hart.

Sunday, November 23 - Celebrating Southern Sass Romance
Awesome authors include: 
Christine Glover AuthorJodi LintonSharla LovelaceNancy Naigle & Cynthia D'Alba.

Monday, November 24 - Celebrating Contemporary Romance & the release of 
Kelsey Browning's Designed for Love.
Awesome authors include: 
Jamie FarrellDianna Love, Kat LathamKim LawCaro CarsonWendy S. Marcus, & Sonali Dev

Link to Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/832158273473413

Blog Tour Stops
November 17 – Excerpt One
Brain Candy
http://www.kelseybrowning.com/brain-candy/

November 18 – Excerpt Two
Just Contemporary Romance
http://www.justcontemporaryromance.com

November 18 – Excerpt Three
Ramblings From This Chick
http://www.ramblingsfromthischick.blogspot.com 

November 19 – Excerpt Four
 Brooke Blogs
http://brookeblogs.com

November 20 – Excerpt Five
Romance Junkies
http://www.romancejunkiesreviews.com

November 21 – Excerpt Six
Herding Cats and Burning Soup
http://herdingcats-burningsoup.blogspot.com

November 22 – Excerpt Seven
TBQ’s Book Palace
http://tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspot.com

November 23 – Excerpt Eight
Doing Some Reading
http://doingsomereading.wordpress.com

November 24 – Excerpt Nine
Gonna Need More Books
http://gonnaneedmorebooks.wordpress.com

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