Monday, January 16, 2017

Worth The Wait

With: A.J. Pine

Congratulations to "Nicole W.", the winner in A.J.'s giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

In my latest release, WORTH THE WAIT, I really wanted to challenge my hero and heroine—and my readers. As a writer, one of the fun aspects of writing romance is seeing how many obstacles I can put in characters’ way before they make it to that happily ever after. Since this series is pretty steamy, I wanted to challenge myself. What if one of those obstacles was that my hero and heroine could not have sex? What if they couldn’t even kiss? What would falling in love be like without touching—and what would the touching be like when they were finally able to do it? From here was born the fictional self-help book that Grace, my heroine, follows throughout the story…Man Cleanse: Six Months To a Healthy, Happy You.

Three things I promise:
                  1.     Jeremy’s respect for Grace’s Man Cleanse yet undeniable
                  attraction to her provides much in the way of comic relief.   
                  2.     Grace and Jeremy are quite creative with the Man Cleanse
  3.   WORTH THE WAIT is definitely still a steamy book.

So, speaking of that comic relief, here is where Jeremy learns that while Grace is off limits to him for the time being, she’s not off limits to—herself.

“Who’s your tall drink of ginger ale? Thought you were off the man sauce. Or is that episode over? Because if not, tell me you’re keeping him around for when it is. And did you try the Pink Bullet we talked about last time, or are you still relying on the showerhead?”

Jeremy coughed. Grace maintained complete and utter composure despite the woman who must be her Realtor discussing, on the sidewalk, whether or not Grace masturbated.

“What?” the woman added. “Life is too short for mental filters. Say what you want or keep your mouth shut. You keep things bottled up inside, and you’re liable to explode.” She winked. “Yet another reason for the Pink Bullet.”

Grace blew out a long breath. “Lisa,” she said. “This is my friend, Jeremy. Jeremy,
Lisa’s the Realtor who, thankfully, has not leased this place out to anyone else, yet. We’ve known each other as long as I’ve been eyeing it, so she’s kind of privy to the whole cleanse situation.”

Lisa crossed her arms and gave Jeremy the once-over. “God, you two would make fantastic-looking children.” She shook her head. “What a waste. And no, for all the condos I sell, I cannot unload this property. It’s like it’s waiting for our Gracie here.”

He grinned at the sound of the nickname. He bet other people got to call her that, people who knew the real her—all of her. People with whom she spoke freely about her sex life—or lack thereof—and whether or not she pleasured herself.

He twitched inside his jeans. Traitor. But how could he blame himself? He was conjuring images of Grace touching herself in places that were off-limits to the entirety of the male species.

Friends, he reminded himself, then tried to drum up an antidote.

Nana bringing him cookies when he had the chicken pox as a child.

Nope. That just made him realize he was hungry for something other than kale and that he was still horny.

His ninth-grade English teacher, Mrs. Field. Shit. No. Wrong choice. She was actually kind of hot.

Nurse Elsa, the one who gave him the flu shot at his old pediatrician’s office. She had that mole above her lip with that lone hair growing out of it…Yes!

He glanced at his pants, feeling himself soften.

At ease, soldier.


I like to think of myself as a man of pleasure...
I enjoy a good pint of ale, being in the arms of a beautiful woman, and living by my own rules. The only thing I try to avoid? Commitment. And I’ve got a three-year success rate to prove it.
I wasn’t planning on Grace—the beautiful, funny, totally off-limits massage therapist who keeps popping up in my life. She’s on a six-month mission to rid her life of toxins. No alcohol. No red meat. And, yeah, no men. I’m talking full-on man cleanse.
I know I should walk away, but I can’t...and the only way to keep her in my life is to live by her rules. I’ll need to prove to a woman who’s lost all trust in men that I’m worthy of her love. And do it all without so much as a single kiss.
The only problem? If I win, I’ll lose the one thing I swore I’d never give up. My heart.

Each book in the Kingston Ale House series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order. 

Series Order:
Book #1
The One That Got Away 
Book #2
Six Month Rule
Book #3
Three Simple Words

About the Author
AJ Pine writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality–romance. Naturally, the books she writes have the same. When she’s not writing, she’s of course reading. Then there’s online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes). And a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires, superheroes, and a certain high-functioning sociopath detective. You’ll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago ‘burbs.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Congrats on your new book, AJ. And thanks for sharing the excerpt, Jeremy sounds like a true troublemaker, lol!

  2. AJ Pine is a new to me author. I'll have to check her backlist. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Sounds like an interesting book! This would be a new author I'll have to check out!

  4. I love romance stories with comedy in them. After all, romance should be fun.

  5. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Thanks for the giveaway!

    alysap at yahoo dot com

  7. This sounds like a really funny read! I'm definitely adding it to my TBR list.

  8. Hi Aj! Congratulations on your release!! This sounds like a book right up my alley, excited to read!!

  9. Congratulations on your new release! Can't wait to set my eyes on it! 😉👀


Sign up for the JCR newsletter!