Wednesday, February 24, 2016


With: Cynthia Cooke

Carrie Steinhem, advertising executive extraordinaire is a bit of a rule breaker:

1. She quits fabulous job in New York to come back home to San Francisco and reinvent herself as a painter.

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Carrie shrugged her shoulders. "I’m going to paint.”

Phoebe sputtered. "I remember the way you used to paint."

"Oh, God, so do I." Naomi laughed.

"What?" Carrie asked, trying to figure out what was so funny.

"Remember when she painted Palmer Prigmore's prick?" Naomi laughed again, and Phoebe joined her. 

"Stop it. It wasn't." Heat flooded up Carrie's neck.  She was sure she was shining as bright as the frickin beacons on top of the Golden Gate Bridge. "It was a flower," she said. But her sides cramped from laughter.

"Oh, yeah, and boy was it blossoming." Naomi tried to catch her breath over her sudden onslaught of hiccups.

"Oh my God. Stop it!" Carrie said.

2. She crashes weddings.

Yes, and that’s why we’re here. To gather wedding ideas for Naomi.” Carrie leaned toward her two partners in crime. "That’s why we were supposed to sneak in quietly and blend into the background, not rush to the front of a gaggle of screaming women and grab the bouquet right out of their grasp.”

Phoebe's smile turned wicked. "I know, it was awesome, wasn't it? I snatched that puppy right out of thin air. It's an indication of good things to come.

3. She has almost-sex in a closet at a wedding with a complete stranger!

"I have to have you," he whispered. "Now."

"Yes." Right now. She couldn’t remember the last time she wanted anyone or anything this badly. "Condom?" She hoped he had one, because she sure the hell didn't. She had condoms at home, in her nightstand, ready for when she would invite a man to her home after five or six dates. For when she wanted to have grown-up, responsible sex. She never had stranger-sex in a closet. 


Except now. 

But that wasn't who she was. 

Not how she rolled.

"Please tell me you have a condom," she begged.

He froze.

"You don't?" Disappointment like a bucket filled with ice-filled water crashed over her.

"No." He pulled back. "Wait a minute. I know someone. I'll run and get one."

"You're going to tell your friend?" She thought of telling hers and her face burned.


"But we're in a closet. Like a couple of teenagers and I... I don't even know your name."

"Ryan," he said, as the moment was quickly disappearing. “Remember?”

“Right. Yes.”  He’d told her.

"I'll look in the men’s bathroom. They probably have one of those machines on the wall." He pulled up his pants. Searched for his shirt and in his haste pulled it on inside out. He ripped it off, turned it around, pulled it back on again, and quickly did up the buttons. He leaned forward and kissed her, his lips still scorching. 

"I'll be right back," he promised with as much emotion as if he were going off to war, going to face the leader of hell himself, going to brave the worst storm imaginable, just to bring her back a condom. "Wait here."

Who knew breaking all the rules could be so much fun! Spend the night with Carrie and Ryan and you might just find yourself breaking some rules of your own!


After a failed marriage and quitting her high-pressure job, Carrie Steinhem is ready for uncomplicated fun. Love? Not what she’s looking for. She’d rather crash a wedding with her friends and find a hot hookup. The bride’s father is onto her, though. But just as her night out veers toward public embarrassment, a sizzling stranger sweeps in and claims Carrie as his date. 

Potential hookup? Check. If she doesn’t get cold feet first.

Ryan Burton is on the fast track to a promotion…assuming he can avoid distractions and nail this new account. Except the woman he rescued at a friend’s wedding ends up not only being his new neighbor—she’s his client’s ex-wife. And his client has every intention of winning her back. 

Carrie and Ryan would love to leave complicated alone, but when two people share a duplex and irresistible chemistry, temptation—and love—is right around the corner…

Author Bio: 
Cynthia Cooke's first novel was published in 2003. Since then she has gone on to publish 18 novels in 12 different countries, in many different languages. She is an award-winning author published with Harlequin, Steeple Hill, Entangled, and Amazon Kindle Worlds. She has a deep affection for romance stories and playing in the ocean. On her best days you can find her on the beach with her notebook, a novel in hand, and her dog, Angel, by her side.

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