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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Excerpt: Just Say Yes by Alyssa Goodnight / @indiesagepromo @a_goodnight

Title: Just Say Yes
Author: Alyssa Goodnight
Publisher: Entangled Select
Release Date: August 24, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance

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Single mom Jade Moran isn’t ready for any big changes in either her horrible ’70s kitchen or her romantic life. Her ex did a number on her, and she isn’t interested in getting hurt again. But when she meets a super-hot contractor, she wonders if avocado appliances are on the way out and romance is on the way in.

Max Gianopoulis doesn’t have a clue why he’s so enchanted by Jade. She’s almost as big a mess as her kitchen, and he’s a guy who likes to keep things simple. He let himself get involved with a previous client, and he’s not interested in repeating the experience. But Jade has turned up the flirty heat—and he can’t keep his hands off her.

With everything moving too fast and coming too easy, Jade’s insecurities kick into high gear. She’s not sure she can trust another man again—and she definitely doesn’t believe in magic.


Max reached into the bag and pulled out a piece of candy. Without asking for specifics, he popped it into his mouth. Jade stared, wondering what might happen next and how she would deal with whatever it might be.
“Ginger, right? That has a kick. Want one?”
She couldn’t resist the curiosity now pulsing through her. “Why not?”
She was looking at him when the ginger hit her tongue, and he was looking at her. He stepped closer, and she stepped back. Right up against the brick. She shuddered slightly as the spicy heat of the ginger slid down her throat on a wave of dark chocolate and offered him a shy smile.
He leaned in, his mouth inches away, and she had a wild urge to close the distance. That thought spun out of control as her imagination led her down a rabbit hole of seductive fantasies.
No, no, no…this can’t happen.
It didn’t matter how good he looked right now or how much she could stand to get laid, which was a lot. She needed to keep her distance.
She took a calming breath. To hell with the lust boosters. She had this.
“Are you still in a sharing mood?” he asked slowly, as if sensing the war raging through her hormones and wanting to give the rebellious side time to win her over. She could barely hear him over the roaring in her ears.
Opal’s words came back: it was just like wine. She hadn’t balked at drinking wine with him. But drinking wine with dinner didn’t hold quite the same significance as sharing magical candy and flirting in the dark.
She felt her resolve cracking and began to panic.
No good can come of this…
She repeated it like a mantra, but Jade could tell she was fighting a losing battle. While she was against this kiss on principle, her body was rooting for it in every other possible way. And she really didn’t want candy to be the enemy—that didn’t set a good precedent at all.
Slowly, she nodded, not trusting herself to speak. Turned out she was in a sharing mood.
Max flattened one hand against the wall above her shoulder and the other beside her waist, just close enough that his wrists skimmed against her. Both spots went tingly, and desire arced across her body. Her breath caught, and she reached out to steady herself, her hand skimming his chest. She knew it was going to be damn near impossible to walk away now and go home with nothing. A line had been crossed. A very sexy line.

Alyssa is a Texas girl who dreams of British accents. She currently lives between Houston and Galveston with her husband, two sons, and their adventure dogs, Indiana Jones and Short Round. She does her writing with an ice-cold can of Dr. Pepper, or when she's feeling spicy, a handful of Hot Tamales. She fangirls over Masterpiece Mystery, good Tex-Mex, and boxed chocolates. And, of course, books.

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