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Tour Stop + Giveaway: After The Kiss by Lauren Layne

AFTER THE KISS is a knock-your-stilettos-off, total page-turning treat that had me fan-girling up within the first chapter. I absolutely loved this read!”
USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly


After The Kiss
Sex, Love & Stiletto 1
Lauren Layne
Lovesweot
August 26, 2013
Contemporary Romance

In the first book of a delightful new series from Lauren Layne, the star columnist of Stiletto magazine will do anything for a story. Anything . . . except fall in love.

Julie Greene loves flings. Loves steamy first dates, sizzling first kisses, and every now and then, that first sexy romp between the sheets. Comfy pants, sleepy Sundays, movie nights on the couch? Shudder. But when Julie gets assigned the hardest story of her career—a first-person account of that magical shift between dating and “I do”—she’ll need a man brave enough to give a total commitment-phobe a chance at more.

Normally, Mitchell Forbes would be exactly that man. A devastatingly hot workaholic who tends to stay in relationships for far too long, he should be the perfect subject for Julie’s “research.” But what Julie doesn’t know is that Mitchell is looking to cut loose for once in his life. And the leggy journalist notorious for avoiding love is exactly the type of no-strings fling he’s looking for. In other words, Mitchell is the polar opposite of what Julie needs right now. And, at the same time, he’s exactly what she wants.



“I can’t just pull a relationship out of my butt, Ri. How am I supposed to add a personal touch to a story about something I’ve never experienced?”

“Interview women who have been through it,” Grace said practically, sounding exactly like Camille.

“Go undercover,” Riley said at the exact same time.

Julie paused with the newly refilled champagne flute halfway to her lips, eyes fixed on Riley. “Keep going with that. Undercover. What are you thinking?”

“What about my idea?” Grace asked.

Julie ignored her. A bland interview-focused article wasn’t on her radar. She hadn’t spent years building up the personal aspect of her articles only to let it all fall apart now.

“Go undercover,” Riley repeated. “If you’re not interested in actually taking a relationship to the next level, fake it.”

“Tell me you’re joking,” Grace said. “That’s just wrong. Pretending to fall in love would be bad enough, but pretending to actually be in love? That’s cruel.”

“It wouldn’t have to actually be love, per se,” Julie mused, warming up to the idea. “I could just sort of dip my toe into the world of commitment. Find some nice, reliable, wife-seeking guy and see what happens.”

“Exactly right,” Riley said with approval. “You just pull the plug before it goes too far. It wouldn’t be unlike normal dating. You’d just be trying a guy on for size, seeing if it might work out.”

“Except it wouldn’t,” Julie said. “Work out, I mean.”

“Maybe not. But he doesn’t know that.”

Grace groaned. “I can’t believe I’m listening to this.”

“This could really work,” Julie mused. “Maybe I could truly find out firsthand what all those boring couples do after the butterflies-and-fun stuff has worn off.”

“Hey!” Grace said.

“Not you and Greg, of course,” Julie amended. “You guys aren’t boring.”

Except they were. Just a little.

“So how do I do this?” she asked, turning her attention back to Riley. “Where do I start?”

Riley rubbed her hands together. “Ah, the tigress hunts her prey.”
“Not that I want any part of this charade,” Grace said slowly, “but tonight might actually be an ideal time to find such a man.”

“Tonight?” Julie’s stomach clenched. She’d thought she’d at least have a few days to prepare.

“Sure!” Grace said, as though they were discussing nothing more dicey than a fifth-grade scavenger hunt. “It’s an education fund-raiser. I’m thinking many of the men here will be more family-minded than we might find on an average Friday night out.”

Riley nodded in agreement. “Baby call instead of booty call. I like the way you think, Brighton. We can for sure find a dull, committed kind of guy here. Assuming this is for our August issue, you’ll have over a month until you have to get a draft to Camille. If you keep this moving, that’s plenty of time to get serious.”

Julie chewed her lip. “You guys really think I should go man hunting at an education fund-raiser? Isn’t this a little . . . depraved?”

Grace shrugged. “For the record, I think this whole thing is depraved. But if you’re going to do it, you might as well do it right.”
Julie’s eyes scanned the room, taking in the sheer number of conservative suits. Grace had a point. Tonight was as good a night as any to find a fake boyfriend. But could she do this? Should she do this?

Then she pictured Kelli’s gloating face. If she didn’tdo this, it would be Julie who’d be assigned to fridge-cleaning duties, while Kelli moved her tiny butt into Julie’s office.

Not happening.

“So how do we do this?” Julie asked. She tried to keep the trepidation out of her voice. She’d never really paid much attention to the length of her previous relationships, but now she couldn’t seem to think about anything else. Once they’d run out of quips and banter, and after the sex haze had worn off . . . what did people do?
“Let’s split up,” Riley said. “We’ll cover more ground that way. 

Everyone keep an eye out for the quiet, rich, husband-material type.”
“Yeah, that should be a breeze,” Julie said. “Not like ninety percent of the women here aren’t looking for one of those.”



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Today’s we get a sneak peek at AFTER THE KISS, the first book in the Sex, Love and Stilettoseries by Lauren Layne. Lauren graduated from Santa Clara University with B.S. in Political Science that she has yet to put to good use. After dabbling in an e-commerce career, she decided to quit talking about writing and actually do it.

A Seattle-native, Lauren's also tried on the Bay Area, Orange County and Manhattan for size. She's currently writing from the Pacific Northwest, but is always looking for the next place to call home. Texas? The South? New England? Suggestions welcome.


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24 comments:

  1. Great Giveaway ! Thanks
    Joelle @http://angelswithattitudebookreviews-joelle.blogspot.com

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  2. The review was great! I can't wait to read this book!

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  3. I can't wait to find out how these two work it out, since neither really wants a relationship. It sounds like a really fun read.

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  4. I'm dying to know if this is going to workout the way they want it to..... Sounds like a Great read and it's definitely going into my TBR!!!!

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  5. sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing ;)

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  6. Awesome. This sounds like something that I could so get into to. Loveswept has some amazing books. Come visit me as well.

    Grace

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  7. Sounds terrific. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. Love the excerpt. Look forward to reading. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  9. Great review and can't wait to read it. Great giveaway!

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  10. Good luck guys, I hope one of you wins! Woot!

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  11. This sounds good and I love the whole undercover trope. Thanks for sharing this one!

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    1. Loved the expert and will definitely be adding this series to my tourist. Loved the name of the series - Sex, Love, and Stiletto!
      Thanks for the giveaway!

      Crystal Guidroz
      cguidroz2@cox.net

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  12. Ah, nice cover and excerpt! I always enjoy a fun and exciting story. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. After reading the excerpt I'm looking forward to finding out what happens next.

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  14. Oh this book is SO up my alley.. Really looking forward to seeing who wins.. These are awesome prizes! :)

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  15. After The Kiss sounds great!! Sounds a little flippant and funny! Would love to read more...LOVED the excerpt!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!!

    mrsjtucker2012[at]gmail[dot]com

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  16. This looks like good! Different. Putting it on my TBR. Thanks!

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  17. On my to read list...can't wait - love a good angsty romance!!!

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  18. I just love that excerpt! Thanks for the giveaway, looking forward to this read :)

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  19. Looks like a hot read! Can't wait to see if they end up together!

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  20. Sounds great! Can't wait to read!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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