First, I apologize to Velvet and to Heather at Book Plug Promotions. I should have posted this on the 25th, but life happens, right?  Anyway, with no further ado:

Grace Rivers is your everyday twenty-five year old. She could have the
world at her feet, but instead chooses to help run the family business. After
experiencing great loss early in her life, Grace values what’s most important:
her family and friends. But she aches to find that certain someone—that one
great, passionate love who values family as much as she does.
Cole Tierney loves his life. He has a wonderful family, a loyal best friend and
a successful career as an ER doctor. The only downside is he wants someone to
share it with. After being used and left heartbroken, he wants to find someone
who will love him for him and not his or his family’s status.“Every beat my heart makes is for
you. Every time it beats faster it’s because of you—because you’re near me,
because of your smile—because you take my breath away.”
Their two hearts collide by chance and an undeniable connection is quickly

But when others are plotting against their happiness, will their love flatline,
or will the rhythm of their hearts continue to beat as one?



I cut off
her rambling by quickly spinning her around and crushing my mouth to hers. The
kiss is so hard and fierce that she lets out a high-pitched moan of surprise. I
move my hands to cup her face and continue controlling the kiss, plunging my
tongue into the depths of her mouth, until she finally relents and surrenders
herself to the moment. Wrapping her wet hands from the salad washing around my
neck, she hikes up her right leg and curls it around my body pulling me closer
until our hips fit perfectly together. “Oh Jesus, Gracie.” I pant as we both
gasp for breath, and then devour one another’s mouths again.
We’re so
lost in our passionate embrace that we jump apart when we hear, “Oh, for the
love of God, Cole! A mother really shouldn’t have to witness her children
fornicating on the kitchen counter. Plus, I’ve always told you… No
snacks before dinner.” My mom chuckles with a smile on her face.
Mom?” April shakes her head as she walks in the open French doors leading off
the back deck, her arms filled with covered platters.
“What?” Mom
asks innocently, as she moves to the fridge and starts putting things in. “He
looked like he was about to devour poor Grace; I’m surprised she’s still
By this
time, Gracie has untangled her body from mine; and when I look at her face, she
is bright red, clearly mortified at being caught by my parents and sister.

“Oh, now, don’t be embarrassed, Grace. Even after all these years, John still
can’t keep his hands to himself. And oh my, what those hands can do…”

“MOM!” April
and I screech at the same time, horrified by the images that have just inserted
themselves into our brains. Gracie’s loud, vivacious laughter fills the room,
all traces of her embarrassment erased.



Velvet Reed is the pen name of an avid book lover, reviewer and blogger
who has turned writer.

Born and raised in Sydney, Australia; she is a city girl at heart but loves the
laid back lifestyle of living in country New South Wales. Married to her first
and only love, she is a devoted mother of three who juggles her very active
children and their many extracurricular activities, working in the middle of
the night, running a blog, and writing.

Velvet’s love of reading was realized only 3 short years ago after the death of
her amazing father. She used the escape into the fictional world to help her through
her grief and post natal depression, not releasing the great impact so many
talented authors would have on her life.




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