Monday, October 21, 2019

Dirty Secret by Mira Lyn Kelly Release Blitz

In my defense, I didn’t know she was his sister…

This team hates me. Something about my chronic case of resting prick face and that thing with the captain when the season started. My fist, his jaw. Yeah, we go back and not in a good way.

Coach says no more “confrontational BS” or I don’t play at all. And that’s a hit my career in the NHL can’t take. So the plan is simple. Keep my head down and finish out my contract with my fists checked.

There’s just one problem.

Allie. The girl from Vancouver eight months ago. The one with the sexy, shy, and sinfully bold smile and the sweetest, wettest mouth I ever tasted. The girl who blew my mind and then blew out of my life without giving me her number.

Turns out she’s the captain’s little sister. And even though my career depends on it... I can’t stay away from her.

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When I get home, I kick my Chucks into the corner by the closet and look around my empty apartment feeling at loose ends. I don’t trust myself with the replay of the game I just watched. I can’t handle seeing Vaughn Vassar looking at me like that again tonight. Not without risking things neither of us ought to risk.

Closing my eyes, I slowly lower myself to sit at the stepdown to the living area and try to focus on all the reasons leaving the bar was the right thing to do. Telling myself that kiss from this afternoon was a mistake, no matter how good it felt.

So good.

I could be back at the bar in—

Knock, knock, knock.

Sucking in a startled breath, I push to my feet. My heart speeds as that restless feeling in my belly turns into a kind of instinctual pull that draws me to the door.

I don’t have to check to know this isn’t my brother.

It’s not George looking to chat, or Helene showing up with snacks and office gossip.

Not tonight.

My fingers tingle as I reach for the knob, my heart races, and my mind empties of all the reasons this is a mistake. Of everything except the relief surging through my veins as I swing the door open. Vaughn is braced against the frame again. He’s lost the suit jacket, and his big arms are flexed and straining as he barely holds himself back.

“I shouldn’t be here,” he says, the words gravel rough and rubbing against me in ways that only make me want to hear more. “I don’t even have a fucking excuse to check on you.”

“But you came anyway,” I whisper, drinking him in.

“I came anyway.”

The muscle in his jaw jumps over and again as his silver eyes swirl with an intensity that matches the energy coming off him in waves. I shouldn’t be reaching for him, but I don’t think I could stop if I tried. I want this. I want him. My fingers curl into the gap between the buttons of his dress shirt and I tug.

There’s a beat of resistance when he pulls back and our eyes connect—and then he’s launching forward on a growl so savagely possessive, I feel it through the deepest part of me. That big arm I couldn't stop staring at sweeps around me as his mouth crashes against mine in a feral kiss. This isn’t tender or tentative. It’s desperate and hungry and has me half climbing his body before my shoulders hit the door he just swung shut with his foot.

Hands roaming over my thighs and ass, he alternates between gentle and desperate, stroking one second and gripping the next. Making me groan around the thrust of his tongue. Making me rock into that thick, steely ridge lodged between us.

“Allie, tell me this isn’t a mistake.”

I need more of his mouth, more of his kiss. More of his huge chest pressing hot and hard against my own so I can’t feel anything but him. “It’s not a mistake.”

It’s critical. Necessary.

It’s my first full breath in weeks, months. “We just—we just need to get it out of our system. That’s all.”

His nostrils flare, and his eyes burn over me as his hand tightens in my hair. “I don’t think—” But instead of finishing whatever he was going to say, he blows out a harsh breath and gives me a single nod.

And then I have it, the crush of his kiss.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

As a big hockey romance fan, I was delighted to get a chance to review this first book in a new series – and has so much promise that I have hopes for a long run.

Vaughn has been traded and wants out ASAP... but in the meantime, he has to keep his head down. So fighting with his captain, and discovering that the one who got away was said captain's sister, is not a great start to his campaign to get traded out again. I love how we get to see the outer shell of Vaughn, but also get a chance to see who he is deep down in this fun and sexy romance. We have to believe that the chaos will be resolved, but wow there are plenty of challenges to keep these two apart.

Allie (aka Natalie) has truly had a thing for Vaughn since they were both teenagers, so we can easily imagine how she could not resist the temptation back in Vancouver. Now that they are living in the same city it is a little more complicated to deal with the complication of being attracted to him. She has always lived in her brother's shadow, and just for once she wants to have something special for herself – even if it is going to hurt when Vaughn inevitably leaves town.

So, many secret, intensely passionate encounters later... well, you will have to read it to find out! But I can tell you it will be well worthwhile.

Hard core romantic, stress baker, and housekeeper non-extraordinaire. Mira Lyn Kelly is the USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen sizzly love stories with over a million readers worldwide. Growing up in the Chicago area, she earned her degree in Fine Arts from Loyola University and met the love of her life while studying abroad in Rome, Italy… only to discover he’d been living right around the corner from her back home. Having spent her twenties working and playing in the Windy City, she’s now settled with her husband in Minnesota, where their four amazing children and two ridiculous dogs provide an excess of action and entertainment.

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