A Kick in the Pants & Will Never Fade
Riley O’Brien & Co.
By: Jenna Sutton
A KICK IN THE PANTS Releasing November 15, 2016
Jake Lilliard has always been a gambling man. So far, all the risks he’s taken — like moving to San Francisco and joining Riley O’Brien & Co. — have paid off. Now he’s ready to take the biggest risk of all: acting on his feelings for Kyla Andrews. As a trainee in his department, she’s off limits. But as soon as Kyla moves on to another job, he is going to make her his. He’s waited long enough…
When tragedy struck Kyla’s family years ago, she started playing it safe. She doesn’t take risks with her job or her heart, and she refuses to be a cliché – the foolish woman who falls for her sexy boss. Yet Jake is everything she has ever wanted, and it’s impossible to resist him and his enticing kisses.
Just when it seems that the gamble they took will pay off, Jake’s past threatens his future with Kyla. He knows lady luck is fickle, but she’s always had a soft spot for him. He’s hoping she won’t turn her back on him when he needs her the most…
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32808398-a-kick-in-the-pants
Goodreads Series Link https://www.goodreads.com/series/139126-riley-o-brien-co
Metal wall sconces illuminated the corridor, throwing pools of golden light on the dark wood plank floors. A door opened a few feet ahead of her, and Jake emerged from it. He froze when he saw her, his eyes widening before he ambled toward her.
The narrow corridor made her even more aware of his height and muscular physique, and her body reacted the way it always did when got close. Her heart began to pound, and her breathing grew shallow. Suddenly, her throat was dry, and she swallowed thickly.
Stopping right in front of her, he looked down into her face. His eyes caught the light from the sconces, glimmering with a million shades of green and gold. They dropped to her mouth before jumping back to hers.
“You’ve got sugar on your lips,” he notified her, his voice low and gravelly.
Without thinking, she licked her upper lip. He moved closer, the front of his long-sleeved dress shirt brushing against her chest. She nervously stepped back, afraid that she might throw herself at him. He followed until her back was against the wall. She sucked in a shaky breath, trying not to let him see how much his nearness affected her.
“Not there.” He touched his thumb to her lower lip, toward the corner. “Here.”
Dropping his head, he licked the spot where his thumb had been. She gasped, certain that she was having yet another X-rated dream starring Jake. When his tongue flicked along the outer edge of her upper lip, she realized it wasn’t a dream.
“And you’ve got some here,” he murmured, tracing her lower lip with his tongue.
She gripped his upper arms, his biceps rock hard under her fingers. “What are you doing?” she breathed against his mouth.
He drew back to stare into her eyes. “I’m not your boss anymore, Kyla. I’m just a guy who works for the same company you do, and lucky for me, that company doesn’t have any rules against co-workers dating, even if they’re in the same department.”
She barely heard a word he said because her ears were roaring with her pulse. “What?”
He smiled slowly, and she couldn’t tear her eyes from his mouth. She clutched his arms tighter, wanting those lips on every part of her body.
“I’m not your boss anymore,” he repeated. “I have been counting the days until … until I could …”
“Until you could what?” she whispered.
“Until I could be with you,” he answered hoarsely. “That’s all I want … a chance to be with you.”
What a cute story!
Jake has to abide by the strict company rules about not saying someone in your department, thankfully he is only Kyla’s boss for less than two more weeks. The longer he has to watch her from afar without touching her is literally killing him. Hopefully once she graduates from his department and he’s no longer her boss, she’ll be on the same page as him…… Oh please let her be!
Kyla is so attracted to her boss it’s distracting at not only work, but at home in her dreams as well. But he couldn’t feel the same way. He barely even acknowledges that she’s female let alone wanting anything to do with her, she’s just a colleague. Her sister suggested she ask him out after she graduates from his department, what does she have to lose? Could Kyla actually be so bold as to ask Jake out? What if he didn’t feel the same as she does, that’s be the epitome of embarrassing torture if he turned her down and she had to still work within the same company with him, or worse if he went on a pity date with her….. Ugh how will she get through this?
You’ll have to read A KICK IN THE PANTS to find out what happens between them. Will lady luck be on their side or has Jake’s luck finally run out? Restraint, honesty and perseverance will all come to play within this story. Due to explicit sexual content and adult language this novel is recommended for readers 18 and older. I received an ARC via Tasty Book Tours through NetGalley in exchange for an honest blog tour review.
• “That’s a sure bet.”
Jenna Sutton is a former award-winning journalist who traded fact for fiction when she began writing novels. Surprisingly, the research she conducted for her articles provided a lot of inspiration for her books.
Jenna is the author of the Riley O’Brien & Co. romances. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Texas Christian University and a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University.
Jenna and her husband live in Texas in a 105-year-old house affectionately known as “The Money Pit”. You can find out more about her and her books by visiting http://www.jennasutton.com
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WILL NEVER FADE: Releasing December 13, 2016
For Phoebe Werner, the management trainee program at Riley O’Brien & Co. represents a new beginning. She’s finally healthy, and she is trying to enjoy life while she can. She never expects to run into Garrett Gale at a New Year’s Eve party. The handsome hotelier is the only man she wants… and a reminder of what she can never have.
Years ago, Garrett enjoyed one memorable night with Phoebe after months of fantasizing about her. And then, she disappeared. She ignored his efforts to contact her, and he did his best to forget her. Now fate has brought her back into his life and his bed. But who knows how long she’ll stay there?
With Phoebe’s fears threatening to ruin their chance at happiness, Garrett must convince her that they’re meant to be. He can’t let Phoebe walk away with his heart again.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32808400-will-never-fade
Goodreads Series Link https://www.goodreads.com/series/139126-riley-o-brien-co
Garrett picked up his fork, but instead of eating off his own plate, he stabbed a piece of chicken off hers. As he brought it to his mouth, she kicked him under the table, not hard, just a tap.
“If you wanted chicken tagine,” she groused, “you should have ordered it.”
Although his mouth was busy chewing, she could tell he wanted to smile. This was their old routine—him eating off her plate, her chastising him, and him offering little tidbits of his meal to repay her.
Switching his fork for a spoon, he scooped some stew from the orange bowl in front of him and held it up to her mouth. She opened with no hesitation, the whole situation as comfortable and familiar as her favorite flannel nightgown.
He spooned the food into her mouth. As she chewed the flavorful combination of tender beef, kalamata olives, raisins, and garbanzo beans, she got hints of cinnamon and cumin and a little kick of lemon.
“Oh, that’s good,” she murmured, licking her lips. “Give me another bite.”
He didn’t give her what she wanted. Instead, his eyes dropped to her mouth and stayed there for several heartbeats. She watched as his pupils expanded and his irises darkened from bright turquoise to deep teal.
She had seen that look in his eyes before, but she hadn’t recognized it for what it was. She did now.
Suddenly the situation was no longer comfortable. And neither was the ache between her thighs. Feeling a syrupy trickle of arousal into her panties, she silently cursed herself and shifted on the banquette seat.
She’d known it would be impossible for them to go back to the way things used to be. They had opened Pandora’s Box that night. Or, to be more accurate, they had opened Phoebe’s box.
They’d released a powerful force into their friendship—desire. And that desire simmered beneath the surface like a dormant volcano just waiting to erupt.
What an extremely tough story to not only read, but I cannot imagine how tough it was to write! Although breast cancer is not what you think about when you think of a love story, it is still part of life. Which does consist of not only life but unfortunately death. No one is guaranteed a happy ever after. Those that have to personally fight the cancer battle have to decide if they want to live buried under the shadow of cancer or choose to live their life in the light.
After working on a project together in grad school, and one fabulous night together almost 3 years ago, Phoebe walked away from Garrett and not only never looked back, but refused to return his calls, texts and emails. Garrett had no idea why, no clue what he did, or where she went. She didn’t even walk across the stage for graduation, he eventually gave up trying to contact her. However he never forgot her! Garrett and Phoebe find each other in San Francisco at their mutual friends New Year’s Eve party. Garrett wants nothing more than to pick up where they left off, at the very least he’d like answers to why she left him in the middle of the night. Phoebe would rather run and not see Garrett again. It’s not that she doesn’t have feelings for him, that’s the complete opposite. But she has secrets she’d rather keep hidden, and when it comes to Garrett, if she’s with him for too long, she finds herself unable to say no to him.
To see what happens between Gary and Phoebe you’ll have to read WILL NEVER FADE. This is the second book of The Riley O’Brien & Co. series I’ve read, but I plan on going back to read three first four stories. Although these stories go together, I’ve read them or of order and still enjoy every word, each story is about an individual couple within The Riley O’Brien & Co. each with their own intriguingly awesome storyline. Due to explicit sexual content and adult language this novel is recommended for readers 18 and older. I received an ARC via Tasty Book Tours through NetGalley in exchange for an honest blog tour review.
~ “I’ll stand in the light if you stand beside me.”