by Kelly Jamieson
Publication Date: May 28th 2018
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Cash Hale has been in love with his best friend’s wife forever. Now Callie and Beau are divorced, but she’s still way off-limits. Dating her would betray his friendship with Beau. And Cash is nothing if not loyal.
Callie Sutherland is starting over. The end of her marriage was just one more way she failed to live up to her wealthy family’s expectations, so from now on she’s not even going to try. It’s time to live her life the way she wants. And she wants Cash.
Cash and Beau aren’t just friends, they’re business partners, and the drop in the price of oil has hurt their business. They need to win the bid for Sutherland Industries’ next big project—but it may get messy since Callie’s family owns the business. Not only would Cash risk his friendship with Beau to be with her, he’d be risking the company they worked so hard to create.
But this new Callie isn’t taking no for an answer.
He’s so screwed…
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Their eyes locked together. Cash went very still, his hand on her back, warm and strong. “What?”
Callie slid off the stool, her body brushing against Cash’s, went onto tiptoes, and touched her lips to his. “Sex,” she whispered. “I need sex.”
She gripped his T-shirt in both hands and pulled herself closer, pressing against him. He sucked in a sharp breath, and his hands went to her hips. “Callie…”
Her eyes drifted closed, and she pressed her mouth to his. “Mmm.”
A groan rumbled in his chest as she licked his bottom lip, then kissed him again. And he kissed her back, his mouth opening. He took control of the kiss immediately, and her knees went weak. She clung tighter to him as her head spun, tasting the inside of his mouth with her tongue, electricity zipping through her body when he slid his tongue into her mouth.
He tasted delicious, and his lips moved on hers, firm and warm and perfect. His hands gripped her hips, fingers digging into her buttocks, and he pulled her against him. He was hard.
Oh sweet hopscotching Jesus, he was so hard. She whimpered and tipped her pelvis against him, then slid her arms around his neck, fingers slipping into his hair.
“Callie,” he groaned.
“Mmm.” She nipped his full bottom lip, stroked it with her tongue, then kissed his stubbled jaw. “Cash. Kiss me.”
“Fuck.” But he did it, arms now going right around her, crushing her against his big, hard body. She wanted to climb up him and get even closer. She rubbed her aching breasts against his chest and found his mouth again in a long, deep kiss.
Need zoomed low in her belly, a hot pressure coiling inside her. She needed more, needed him. “This is crazy,” she whispered against his jaw. “I’m dying for you.”
“Jesus.” He clasped her waist, turned, and lifted her onto the kitchen island. Then he shoved her plate of sushi aside and stepped between her thighs. She wrapped her legs around him to bring him up close against her throbbing center and grabbed his shoulders again.
His hands slid into her hair and twisted in the long strands, tugging deliciously on her sensitive scalp. Sensation slid down her spine, tension aching in the small of her back.
“Jesus, you’re hot,” Cash muttered as he nipped at her lips.
“Please. Oh God, please.” She’d never felt like this before, like she needed an orgasm so badly she was hurting, a deep, pulsing, biting desire.
She rubbed against the hard bulge behind his jeans, and he made a noise that sounded wild and hungry. “Careful, darlin’.” He sucked briefly on her bottom lip.
“You need it, too.” She moved against him again. “We both do. Please.”
He groaned and rubbed his nose alongside hers. “Callie…”
“Do you have a condom?”
“Christ.” He took a deep breath. “Are you sure?”
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Kelly Jamieson is a USA Today bestselling author of over forty romance novels and novellas. She writes the kind of books she loves to read–sexy romance with heat, humor and emotion. Her writing has been described as “emotionally complex”, “sweet and satisfying” and “blisteringly sexy”. She likes coffee (black), wine (mostly white) and shoes (high!). She also loves watching hockey. She is the author of the popular Heller Brothers Hockey series and the Rule of Three trilogy. Visit her website at http://www.kellyjamieson.com or contact her at email@example.com.
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
I don't know that I've ever really gone on a literary pilgrimage, but my trips to England were exciting for me - in particular when I went to Stratford-Upon-Avon and toured the home where Shakespeare was born, then attended a performance of As You Like It. I did a whole course on Shakespeare in university (English major here!) so that was a real thrill for me. Traveling in Britain felt familiar to me because of all the British literature I'd studied in college, from Chaucer to Johnson to Dickens and the Brontë sisters.
What is the first book that made you cry?
This is hard to remember…I probably cried over books before this one, but this memory stands out in my mind. I was probably about thirteen or fourteen and I was reading one of my mom's Harlequin romances. I don't remember the author or the title, but it could have been Betty Neels. My parents had taken me with them to visit some friends one summer afternoon and I asked if I could stay in the car and read my book while they visited (little introverted me!). I got to the "all is lost" moment of the book, and I started crying as if my own heart was breaking. At that moment, the woman my parents were visiting came out to find me, no doubt feeling bad that I was sitting in the car all by myself, probably intending to coax me to come in and visit, and she was horrified to see me sitting there in the car with tears running down my face. I have no idea what she thought. I tried to reassure her, sobbing over and over, "It's a really good book!"
What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
Right now, I have concerns about some of the shady practices people are doing at Amazon, having stories ghostwritten, then adding a whole bunch of recycled content to inflate the page count of the book and publishing them. They're apparently making all kinds of money. This is so frustrating to honest, ethical authors.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing energizes me! Totally! I can come home from the day job exhausted but if I get writing and the words are flowing, I suddenly have so much energy!
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
I do write under a pseudonym. I prefer to keep my writing life separate from my other life.
Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
Anyone can be writer. But I do think that to write deeply moving stories, experiencing those emotions and knowing how they feel--especially viscerally--makes writing emotions more powerful.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have a whole bunch of author friends in different groups. Really, having author friends keeps me sane. It is wonderful to have people who understand exactly what you're going through, whether it's a tough round of edits, a rejection, or crappy sales, who you trust enough to be honest with. Advice is great, but sometimes just listening is the best help!
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
Going through the editing process made me start to self-edit as I wrote. This can be both good and bad. The first books I ever wrote were written very quickly with no editing as I went. I used to joke that I'd get typing so fast the page would be hemorrhaging red spell check squiggles. Sometimes I even had a hard time knowing what I'd written when I looked back at it! I can't do that now…I stop and correct spelling and grammar along the way. I guess that saves editing time at the end, but I sort of miss those days where the story just poured out of me.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Well, I just bought a new computer and right now THAT is the best money I've ever spent. My old computer was so slow it was making me insane. I'm not a patient person, and my time is precious, so I need SPEED, LOL. Also, I would say that hiring an assistant is money well spent. She helps free up my time, which I need more of!
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Hmm. I have two books that were among my first published books, that I got the rights back to but never re-released. I tried to revise them, but my writing and voice have developed so much since then, I just couldn't make them good enough. I also have two manuscripts that I've never submitted anywhere, and I think…three half written books.
What does literary success look like to you?
I think this is a moving target. When I started writing, my goal was to see if I could actually finish writing a book. When I'd done that, I started trying to get published—I thought being a published author was success. Then when I got published, I wanted to get good reviews. Getting a great review in RT Book Reviews was success for me! Then I wanted to sell lots of books. I figured if I made enough from my writing, I could quit the day job and write full time—that would be success! Then I wanted to be a bestseller. I achieved that (at USA TODAY), and now…I'm not sure what success looks like! I'm happy every time I can finish writing another book and I'm honored that people buy them and read them.
What’s the best way to market your books?
Marketing is not my strength, and to be honest, I have no idea if all the stuff we authors do really works to sell books. I think the best marketing is word of mouth—so writing a great book that people will love it and talk about is probably the best marketing you can do.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
This depends on the book. I do a lot of "setting" research, for example a lot of my books are set in Chicago, so I spend time deciding what neighborhood my characters will live in, what kind of home, etc. When writing Screwed, an author friend who lives in Houston who answered my many questions. Some books require research into my character's occupations, but I try not to get bogged down in research. It's almost better (for me, anyway) to write the story and then do the research I need to fill in gaps. I love Google!
How do you select the names of your characters?
I spend a fair amount of time picking my characters’ names. First, the name has to “fit” with the personality I envision. First and last names have to work together, and I also keep in mind how the names work with other characters. For example, when my main characters become a couple (say, Callie and Cash) is it going to sound funny (like Gary and Carrie). Sometimes I pick secondary character names that are too similar to the main characters, or that all start with the same letter, so I try to be aware of that too.
Do you Google yourself?
Does your family support your career as a writer?
My family has been mostly supportive, but I have to admit that didn't really happen until I began to make serious money! At first, it was "Mom playing on the computer again." But as I got published, got an agent, and made some money, they became much more understanding!