March 20, 2013

Tour Stop + Giveaway: Selling Out by Amber Lin

Selling Out
Lost Girls 2
Amber Lin
Loose ID
February 19, 2013
Contemporary Romance
Shelly Laurent escapes her life as a high-class escort, but against her better judgment she takes the scared young Ella with her. Framed for murder by her pimp and his dirty cops in retaliation, Shelly turns to the one man who could be her salvation: Detective Luke Cameron. She doesn’t know if she can trust him or if he’s just a mirage, but it's time for her to take a stand. Just one shot, make it count, she’ll fight Ella’s demons—and face her own.

Shelly throws light on the shadows of Chicago’s underworld, challenging everything she knew and the man she’s come to love. Together, a prostitute and a cop fight for truth stronger than secrets, hope deeper than deception, and a bond more enduring than betrayal.

“Shh,” I murmured, stroking his back.

“Shelly, goddammit.”

But his protests fell away as I pressed my breasts to his arm and my tongue to his ear. His harsh inhalation sounded broken, shattered, or maybe that was me.

I tasted salt and man, earth and spring. Slow licks alongside his lobe and upward, more suggestive than sensation, but for a man like this, anticipation would be everything. Or so I had imagined, all the times I had dreamed of it.

A small sound escaped him, somewhere between a grunt and groan. I took it as encouragement and smoothed my hands along the hard planes of his shoulders, his chest. Not anywhere near the bulge in his jeans, because this wasn’t about pleasure—it was about wanting.

Anything to get closer, I let my knees slide apart around his side, the faint heat of his body a shock to my core. His hands clenched and opened on his knees, and again, the muscles rippled beneath his darkly tanned skin. Was he restraining himself from touching me or pushing me off?

“Baby, no,” he groaned, letting his head fall back onto my shoulder.

No, I would never deserve to have him as more than a sex partner. And he had never fucked me, though I knew he wanted to. Every time he saw me, his eyes would darken and my stomach would bottom out, but we’d never touch. But maybe for one brief inconvenient moment, while the door was open and the young woman beyond it needed help, we could pretend. Maybe it could be enough.

I shut my eyes tightly and pressed a kiss to his temple. Pretend, just pretend. I would give him the sex he had craved, and in return, he’d give me memories. It would be a payment, just the same.

“You want this,” I whispered.

He shuddered in my arms; it was like hugging a wild animal, one who could just as easily maul me as cuddle.

“Can I touch you?” he whispered. “Please.”

It unraveled me, that plea. As if he understood that a little bit of my soul slipped away every time someone touched me. As if he would cherish the part I gave him.

I scrambled away from him as if burned, breathing hard. No.

No one understood, which was exactly the way I liked it. I ran a shaking hand over my face to smooth away the panic.

Sure, he knew the score better than most people. He had worked the beat as a patrol cop and then as a detective. Life as a high-priced escort wasn’t glamorous; it was sweat and blood sprinkled with glitter. But he didn’t know the full extent, and I prayed he never would. Henri didn’t sell bodies; he gutted them.

I panted against the headboard, unable to walk away but unwilling to beg. Luke remained carved in stone where I’d left him sitting on the edge of the bed. The air pulsed with doubt and longing—with sex.

“I want it to be real between us.” He spoke low and hoarse.

A quiet sound escaped me. Every caress, every pinch. Every slur ever spoken. “It’s always real. That’s the problem, Luke. It’s always too damn real.”

He hung his head, and I thought for a moment I heard him say I know, but the moment slipped away, the sweet intimacy sailed away like clouds on the horizon—never really mine.

Amber Lin writes erotic romance with damaged souls and deep emotion.

Her debut novel Giving It Up (Loose Id, 9781611188431) received The Romance Review’s Top Pick, Night Owl Top Pick, and 5 Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies. RT Book Reviews gave it 4.5 stars, calling it “truly extraordinary.” The sequel is slated for release in early 2013. Her small town romance will be published by Carina Press in Fall 2013. She is represented by Jewelann Cone of the Cascade Literary Agency.

Amber married her high school sweetheart, birthed a kid who’s smarter than she is, and spends her nights writing down her dirty thoughts. In other words, life is good.

Amber is giving away a $75 Gift Card to 
Amazon, B&N or All Romance to one lucky follower.

Good luck!

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  1. this book sounds awesome!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Being accused sucks... Anyways, the excerpt is kinda hot... =)

    Congrats on the awards for Giving it Up!!!

    Thank you for the chance...

  3. This sounds like a dark and tense story. I want to read it! :)

    My raffle name: Fiery Na

  4. waaait. waaait. You're missing a few paragraphs *cough* pages *cough* thewholedangedbook *cough* in the excerpt section. lmbo! AHHH. This one sounds soooo good. And I repeat... it's missing a big ol' chunk of excerpt! lol. Great post ladies! Thanks for the giveaway! Adding this bad boy to my TBR list ^_^

    Ana♥ @ Beach Bum Reads

  5. Sounds like my kinda read, thanks for the giveaway!!!!!!

  6. love the sound of this book!!

  7. The excerpt is really hot. I will definitely be reading this book in my near future!

  8. Very hot excerpt, and touching too. The lives that these women lead just to survive can break a person. Amber Lin really has a feel for how Shelly must feel. Definitely going on my TBR list!!!


  9. Sounds like a good book! Thanks :D

  10. I can't wait to read this book! I am already a fan of Ms. Lin's stories and this book is on my must have list :) Thanks so much for the post & excerpt.

  11. I really like the idea of the story : )

  12. This book sounds amazing. I can't wait to read it!

  13. This sounds like an amazing story! I really want to read this book. Thanks for the exciting giveaway!!!

  14. I'm excited to read this book! it looks great!

  15. The book looks great and I am excited about the giveaway. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  16. Thank you for the giveaway!! Best of luck ;)

  17. Thanks for the opportunity to win! Great excerpts.

  18. this book sounds GREAT and thank you for the chance to win!!!!

  19. Book sounds good, thanks of the chance.

  20. wooohoooo....Awesome giveaway!
    Thanks for the chance.
    And, another one added to my TBR.

  21. I am sorry I am late to the tour; I am trying to catch up! LOL!
    I have loved the excerpt; will buy the book shortly; looking forward to reading it!
    I am following you everywhere, I think, as well, as this blog! LOL!
    Thank you for the contest!
    Have a great day!
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  22. Looks like a new author I should be checking out. Thanks!


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