It’s my turn on the blog tour for Hot Shade today and I am delighted to share with you a brilliant extract.
Now, I’m not one for judging a book by it’s cover but my gosh … This is one book that I would buy PURELY for the cover!!!
But first, here’s the book information …
In the tropical Florida heat, a man with deadly secrets falls for a lovely, inquisitive reporter…
After Luca Rossi lost everything to the Italian mafia, he used all his skills to write a stunning expose, and managed to put a key don on trial for his life. But now Luca must hide out on the Florida coast until justice is served in Italy. All is well, until he meets a lovely young American reporter who won’t stop asking questions about who he is. Soon he’s fighting the urge to hush her with a kiss … and much, much more.
Skylar Shaw took a job with a small Florida paper determined to make her mark on the journalistic world. She may spend her days writing up alligator scares and human interest stories, but when she meets a handsome mystery man on the beach, she’s not afraid to dig into his past, and the danger stalking him from across the seas. There’s just one problem … will her efforts help Luca, or bring danger straight to him?
Luca knows all too well the journalistic drive to keep digging. Can he trust his lovely Skylar to keep his secrets, or must he push her away to save both their lives?
Here’s the extract …
Skylar gazed without blinking into his eyes, captivated by their green-grey colour that practically glowed next to his olive skin and dark hair. The setting sun softened the angles and hollows of his face and left behind only languid sensuality. When he stared at her, she thought she would turn to water and wash away into the Gulf of Mexico.
“I just finished. Do you have any news for me?”
He laughed. “What kind of news would you like?”
Skylar couldn’t remember ever being made speechless by a man’s looks, but this guy was different. Her eyes skimmed his chest then went lower. Dark hair trailed in a faint line down his six-pack abdomen, and Skylar quickly raised her gaze to his equally muscular arms. This man was pure peril. Or maybe she had been on Palmira long enough to forget what hot guys really looked like.
She gave the tattoo on his rock-hard bicep a sideways glance. It was one of many delicious details gracing his body, but what did it say? It was a line of words wrapped around the muscle in an old typewriter font. The words weren’t in English. Maybe Spanish? Italian? Latin?
Recalling his question, she grinned, sensing that he was toying with her. “I’m still trying to find the man who helped the plane crash victim.”
“You got some sun today. Your cheeks are pink.”
Her cheeks were hot, but why did he ignore her question? As he reached an arm through the gate and motioned toward her face, she imagined playfully biting his finger.
“I burn easily,” she said. “I think I might be a little dehydrated, too.”
She knew she sounded too serious, but flirting didn’t come easily. At least that’s what James had repeatedly told her. She sobered at the thought, and her smile faded.
“Why don’t you come inside for a glass of water?”
Skylar hesitated. She was thirsty. Maybe if she went, this mystery man might open up and tell her about helping the victim. Give her that exclusive. He didn’t seem like an axe murderer or anyone she should be afraid of. And besides, people like that didn’t exist on Palmira.
“Okay, I will. Thanks.”
The man opened the gate and held it. “See, you don’t have to rip your clothes off this time.”
She paused and ignored his flirtation as best she could, but looking into his eyes sent little waves of excitement through her. “What’s your name, anyway? I generally don’t go to people’s homes unless I know their names.”
He grinned lazily. “Luca.”
He nodded. “Si. Yes. Now come with me.”
Luca. What a beautiful name. Skylar rolled it around in her mind as she followed. Luca.
He led her through a heady-smelling hedge of jasmine vines and through another iron gate. They emerged into a courtyard with a grotto-like pool surrounded by palm trees and bright green tropical plants. An enormous, Mediterranean-style home loomed behind the pool. She breathed in the scent, intoxicated by the fragrance and the obvious luxury.
“Gorgeous,” she murmured.
“Make yourself comfortable. I’ll get some water.”
He gestured to one of four wide rattan chaise seats pointed toward the setting sun. Skylar sank into a white cushion. The diffuse orangey-red light and the sound of the gentle Gulf surf was soothing after covering such a depressing story.
Luca returned and handed her a tall glass with a lemon slice. She tried to be dainty but took two giant gulps. He sat on the edge of the lounger next to her and leaned in her direction, as if he was interested in watching her drink.
“Thank you,” she said. “I guess I was thirsty.”
My thoughts … I really enjoyed Hot Shade, I normally like my books full of dead bodies but half-naked ones will suffice for this one!
Tamara has a real skill with her writing, mixing the romance, erotica and plot seamlessly without being over gratuitous and it works really well.
There is a real sense of love throughout the book, not just lust, not just sex, but you can feel the steam coming off the pages, I can’t deny that!!
It is a page turner, Tamara’s way with words makes you want to keep going, she makes you want to carry on to see what happens next. Her descriptions and narrative are great, not boring, not underwhelming, but perfectly mixed to make you feel that you are there in scenes, watching as the drama unfolds.
All in all this is a really great, easy read, that will leave you wanting more! Thank you so much for having me on the tour!
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About the author …
Tamara Lush was born in California and raised in Vermont. She graduated from Emerson College with a degree in broadcast journalism. For the last several years, she’s worked as a journalist and is currently a correspondent in Florida with The Associated Press. She lives with her Italian husband and two dogs on the Gulf Coast.
She was recently chosen as one of 24 writers for the Amtrak Residency program, and in 2017, she’ll be riding trains and writing romance.
Published in September of 2015, her debut novel HOT SHADE received four stars from RT Book Reviews. Her most recent novel, a five episode serial called TELL ME A STORY, has “an engaging voice, sexy heroes and heroines and a wry sense of humor,” according to New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery.
Tamara is a fan of vintage pulp fiction book covers, Sinatra-era jazz, 1980s fashion, tropical chill, kombucha, gin, tonic, beaches, iPhones, Art Deco, Spanish telenovelas, coloring books, street art, coconut anything, strong coffee and newspapers.