Now, I’m thrilled to welcome Indulgence author Alexis Adams as she shares with us a look at her new book, Played by the Billionaire. I can’t wait to get to know Liam better!
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Today we have Alexia Adams and her new book Played by the Billionaire.
Thank you for allowing me to share an excerpt of Played by the Billionaire on your blog today. The story is about an Internet security billionaire who takes a leave of absence from his company in order to finish his beloved brother’s mystery-romance novel. To learn about romance regular-guy style, the hero, Liam, hacks into a dating website and selects a love tutor. Except the woman he chooses, Lorelei, teaches him about a lot more than just what people without a private jet and house in Antigua do on dates. This excerpt is from their second date, regular-guy style:
“Do you want a coffee before we head off?” He stared at her mouth this time. Was he thinking about a kiss? Her lips tingled and she ran her tongue over them. His eyes widened in response.
She cleared her throat before she could answer. “No, I’m good. I had one at home.” No way was she going to risk coffee breath if Liam decided to take action on his thoughts.
“My car is around the corner—”
“I thought we’d take public transit. That way we get the real local experience.”
“Public transit?” Liam regarded her like she’d suggested they crawl on their knees around the city.
“Yes, then we don’t have to worry about parking,” she added, hoping that would seal the deal.
“But, my car…”
“Public transit or I don’t go.” She crossed her arms and waited for him to adjust to the change in plan.
“You drive a hard bargain, lady. I’m going to have to brush up on my negotiation skills.”
Lorelei smiled. At least he wasn’t having everything his way. She was determined, this time, to maintain her backbone. With previous boyfriends she’d given in on everything from where they ate to what she wore, just to keep them happy— to keep them from leaving.
“Great. Let’s get you a one-day passport so we don’t have to find correct change all the time.”
Liam grumbled something she couldn’t understand. After a minute he shrugged off his sulk and started to tease her. “You’re not one of those environmentalists, are you, who think cars are evil and everyone should ride bikes and wear hemp and bamboo clothes?”
“No, of course not. I had a car in Buffalo. It’s just everything is so convenient here I haven’t felt the need to get another one. And…” She put her hand on his shoulder and stood on tiptoe to get near his ear. “I have at least twenty pairs of leather boots,” she whispered.
Liam stopped walking and turned to face her. “Twenty pairs of leather boots? You decadent woman! Dare I hope at least one pair is thigh-high that you wear with a leather outfit?” Laughter danced in his eyes and a mischievous grin split his face.
“You may never know,” Lorelei said with a smile to match his.
Played by the Billionaire
by Alexia Adams
Internet security guru, Liam Manning made a death-bed promise to complete his beloved brother’s manuscript. That means stepping down from running his billion-dollar empire and finding a woman to teach him about romance, regular-guy style. So, falling back on his hacking skills, he infiltrates an online dating site to find a suitable love tutor.
Lorelei Torres was raised by her hard-working mother because her loser father is behind bars. All she wants is an honest man to love and with whom she can raise a large, happy family. Relocating to San Francisco after her last boyfriend turns out to be a lying snake, her mother signs her up with an online dating agency. Maybe it’s time an impartial computer chose a man for her.
Can Liam finish the novel before Lorelei discovers his deceptions and, more critically, before she breaches the firewall around his heart?
Alexia once traveled the world, meeting new people, experiencing new sights and tastes. She’s lived in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, England, and France, as well as spent time in Panama and Russia. When life demanded that she stay rooted in one place, she took to vicarious voyages through the characters she created in her romance novels. Her stories reflect her love of travel and feature locations as diverse as the wind-swept prairies of Canada to hot and humid cities in Asia.
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