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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Here's your Christmas present from me.

Leave a comment to be entered in a drawing for a copy of Stark Naked.

What could be better than a naked man.

Reenie Davenport learned the hard way that men are cheating, promotion-thieving poison. A month after making a fresh start in Texas, she looks forward to taking a breather at her old college friend Amy’s family ranch. Instead, she’s left breathless when Amy’s very drunk, very sexy, very naked brother lands at her feet. Even as she hardens her heart, a small part of her wishes that quickly tossed towel would shift…just a little.
When Matt Stark shows up at Reenie’s door to apologize, he can barely squeeze a word past her emotional barriers. Suddenly nothing else matters except convincing her not all men are clones of her ex. Sweet-talking her into lunch is only the beginning.

Reenie stared at the man standing on her doorstep, remembering the few times he’d driven Amy back to college and then spent a few minutes flirting with her. He’d certainly grown up. A lot. Last night she’d been so rattled by the whole situation she’d avoided looking at him as much as possible. But today? Oh, today was a whole different story. He looked fluffed and buffed to within an inch of his life and whatever aftershave he was wearing should be a banned substance. As it drifted past her nose that traitorous pulse in her cunt set up its drumbeat again. Feelings for him that she was sure she’d long forgotten came roaring back in an unwelcome rush. What was it with this guy that all these years later he still made her want to break every self-imposed rule? And what was he doing here anyway?
Self-consciously, she brushed a few strands of stray hair back from her forehead.
“Yes?” Very polished, Davenport.
“Um, hi.”
“Hi.” She stared at him, wishing he’d take off the sunglasses so she could see those come-fuck-me eyes again.
“So, remember me?”
Reenie felt a smile trying to break out and did her best to squelch it. She let her eyes travel down the length of his body and back up again.
“I don’t know. Take off your clothes and I’ll let you know.”
It was the first time she’d ever seen a man blush. Even his ears turned red. His mouth opened but nothing came out. She was about to lose the battle with the smile.
He cleared his throat. “Okay. I deserve that. And more.”
He swallowed and her eyes were glued to the flex of the muscles in his throat. Even that movement was sexy. The man was damn near lethal, and a definite danger to her in her present no-men state. She could have eased up on him but she was fascinated to see what he’d say or do next, so she just stood in the door and watched him.
He tilted his head slightly. “I admit that wasn’t my finest moment, but I’m trying to make up for it here. Should I get down on my knees? Grovel?” His grin was wicked. “Lick your feet? Or any other part of your body?”
Reenie couldn’t help herself. She burst out laughing. Matt Stark was incorrigible. She wondered if he ever thought about anything besides sex and cattle.
He took off his sunglasses and despite being bloodshot his eyes had that same hot look. “Listen. I really did come to make a sincere apology, Reenie. My behavior last night was, well, reprehensible.”
“Ooh. Reprehensible.” She fanned herself with the dust cloth. “Big words too.” She tilted her head, studying him, wondering why she hadn’t just slammed the door in his face. “I was thinking more like disgusting. Although I do have to say Texas hospitality is very unusual. I don’t think I’ve ever been greeted by a naked drunk.”
“And I don’t usually greet guests at Stark Ranch that way.” He rubbed his jaw. “My only excuse is the deal I closed yesterday was enormous financially. The beef market’s been a little unstable and I have a very large operation to support.” He lifted his hands. “So, big celebration. Too much booze, too little common sense.”
“Uh huh.”
“That’s not my style. Really. I respect women and certainly try never to do anything to embarrass my sister and her friends. Come on, Reenie.” His mouth curved in a boyish little grin. “I’m still the same guy you met when you and Amy were roommates.”
“Not hardly.”
He held up a hand. “I swear to you. So how about a second chance here?”
I should just accept his damn apology, slam the door and go about my business. What’s wrong with me? Why don’t I?
“Okay. Apology accepted. Scram.”

One touch, and boom! Much to Reenie’s dismay, lunch ends in a hot, flaming dessert—in her bed. Shutting Matt out isn’t as easy as simply blowing out a match. Especially since this cowboy is equally determined to unlock her heart.  
Get it at Samhain Publishing, Amazon or Barnes & Noble


Unknown said...

Sounds like a yummy book. :)

smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

Audra said...

Hawt excerpt --what women would not want a naked man in her bed for Christmas

Anonymous said...

Ooo, nice (if not a bit awkward) excerpt! LOL

Blanche said...

Sounds awesome! :)


Harlie Williams said...

Desiree, I'm so excited for you. of my favorite publishers. There I said it. Congratulations on the release.


p.s. Who wouldn't want a naked man for Christmas? I keep thinking Jon Bon Jovi is going to show up but he hasn't and I've been waiting 30 years. LOL!

DeborahR said...

Sounds absolutely yummy! I love Desiree's books, they are hawt!
Happy Holidays!

debr97 at yahoo dot com

Lynne said...


Artemis said...

WOW! Very nice excerpt. Would love to win this one.

cindersmaria AT yahoo DOT com

Mai said...

Looks great Desi!!

Anonymous said...

Sounds yummy, I definitely want a naked man in my bed for Christmas. ;)

Rose G.

Liz said...

I'm loving it

smiles said...

OMG I want a a naked man in my bed for Christmas too.


Unknown said...

Please enter me in your contest!

jocelyn (at) jocelynmodo (dot) com

Desiree Holt said...

I'm keeping him warm and comfy until it's time to give him away. *wink* Thanks for stopping by. I'll pick the winer later this evening.

Paris said...

What a great opening! Sounds very hot:)

Unknown said...

woo hoo! rockin.
happy holidays Desiree.

Unknown said...

I can't say I would take any naked man for Christmas, but Matt could definately leave the towel at the door.

drainbamaged.gyzmo at

Desiree Holt said...

Okay, everyone. The winner is....drum roll, please....Shelley. Your book is on its way. Merry Christmas!!

keatonkat said...

Wow - he can come apologize to me!!!



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