Friday, April 19, 2013

Tour: Review: Excerpt: Guest Post: Giveaway: Tempted by Trouble by Susan Arden

Tempted By Trouble

by Susan Arden

Erotic Contemporary Western Romance

Publisher: Crimson Romance

Release Date: April 1, 2013

Heat Level: Sizzling

Word Count: 57,000

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Stars: 5

Author’s Warning: Contains a smoking mess of scorching love scenes. Ice may be needed for blazing imaginations.

CBLS Promos Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains explicit sex scenes and/or situations and adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.

I love warning labels on books. I can't help it they make me want to find out why. And wow this book was sexy! I think the excerpt is a little to clean for this book so don't let it fool you. This book is delicious. 

Matt McLemore is a hot modern cowboy that is heartbroken by a past love and by the issues plaguing his family ranch. No time for a women to fill his basic needs for months leads him ending up in the front seat with a "one night women" while at his friend? family member's wedding. Oh who cares how related to the grooms side .... I didn't. I was too distracted because the scene before  it was HOT and Humorous! And it ends up giving the women that's actually perfect for him the wrong idea about who he is and what he's about.

Carolina Rodriguez is seeing her best friend and cousin married. She lets go of her no good loser boyfriend and is a short time away from accepting a temporary job. She's a normal young women that wants to move forward, is moving forward, yet she is unsure about where it will lead her. Not expecting what she sees before leaving her car to walk into her cousins wedding is an awakening for her. Her sexual needs light up like fire about to consume her.  

And I was hooked from that moment! Making the push and pull between these two fantastic! If that scene was used as an excerpt I would have buy it and read it in a heart beat!

 If you like erotic contemporary western romance this book does not disappoint with many hot scenes as the romance blooms and grows!    

When a woman is the magnet for the wrong man, it takes a bad boy to break old habits.

Carolina Rodriguez is a large animal veterinarian on a mission to escape South Florida and her overprotective family. Willing to do just about anything, she accepts a job in Annona, Texas over the Internet from a family connection.

At her cousin’s wedding, she runs into Matt, a handsome Texan in the church parking lot. Matthew McLemore is more than gorgeous, he’s Carolina’s new boss, and needs her help to determine why his cattle keep dying. Matt’s instantaneous attraction to Carolina sorely tempts him to push the boundaries of their work contract, but a roll in the hay may prove too volatile to handle. Until she arrives on his ranch and is too hot to resist.

Carolina refuses to admit Matt’s raw sexuality is more than overpowering or that she's the least bit tempted by this smooth-talking bad boy. But by the time the pathology lab reports comes back, they’ve explored every inch of each other. All of a sudden, this fiery affair is more than just a fling. And when a past flame threatens to overwhelm their new found romance, Matt must find a way to stake his claim to Carolina's heart before it's too late.

“Evermore Ranch,” she read aloud.

“I hope this won’t upset your plans?”

“Would it matter? I signed a service contract that included a non-disclosure agreement. Even if I had a problem, I couldn’t tell a soul and I’ve promised you two weeks of my time.”

He chuckled softly. “Yes, two weeks to do my bidding.”

She almost choked at the thought of doing his bidding. “What the heck have I gotten myself into with you, Mr. McLemore? Exactly what type of office do you run?”

His expression changed. Sharpened. “Strictly business. Look, Dr. Rodriguez, we’ve gotten off on the wrong foot.”

“Wrong foot … the whole body is a problem, sir,” she hissed.

He smiled broadly, reassuring her. “Let’s discuss this later. This isn’t the correct time or place. Don’t you have to help the bride or something?”

“Yes. As a matter of fact, I do. I don’t know what you think you’ve contracted, but I’ll only supply you with vet services. As long as you understand that fact, there’s nothing more to discuss.”

“Well, there is. In the service agreement, there’s a provision that we need to discuss before you’re allowed access to the ranch barn and stable sites. So, either we can do it later or when you arrive in Texas. But until you and I have a little sit-down and get a few things ironed out, there won’t be any work for you to do directly. I’ve got a ranch to run, and I don’t have time to play games. I’ve already spent enough time finding a vet.” His eyes glittered and dropped to her mouth. “If you think I’m about to waste more time because you’ve got second thoughts, Dr. Rodriguez, the next communication you’ll have from Evermore Ranch will be from my attorneys. Had I known who you were before, believe me, I wouldn’t have … I’d never let the situation get away from me.”

Oh, this was rich. “Away from you. I’d say it got out of control. But that’s on your side of the table. Fine. I’ll honor my service contract. You’re right about one thing. The only thing of interest to me is treating your cattle. Once the job is done, I’ll be only too happy to leave you in peace and we can go our separate ways.”

Up close, his eyes shone sherry-colored. A muscle flexed along his jaw. His masculine scent of leather, smoke, and wood filled her head. The hard set of his mouth didn’t resemble the man from before. He’d done just as he’d promised, shutting one door, and leaving in place a man who didn’t look as if he enjoyed playing games. No this version of Matt McLemore had a locking gaze and if looks could kill, she was a goner.

“I’m glad we understand one another then, Dr. Rodriguez. I expect to meet with you tomorrow at your convenience. Our relationship will be strictly business, if that’s what got you in such a dither.”

About the Author

Susan Arden is a third generation Floridian. She left the field of education in 2008 pursing her dream of writing romance fiction. Currently, she writes hot love stories within the romance genres of contemporary erotic, western, and fantasy/paranormal. Susan also writes under the name of Susan D. Taylor.

Susan currently lives in TN along with husband, two cattle dogs, two crazy cats, a gecko and a corn snake. A mother, RYT200 Yoga Alliance (registered yoga teacher), and avid gardener. You can find her on the mat when she's not writing her next hot romance novel.

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Susan Arden has agreed to let us be flies on the wall as she talks to Matthew McLemore from Tempted by Trouble. You can add in your thoughts as comments if you'd like to. 

Hero and Writer Talk Therapy

In Tempted by Trouble, Matthew McLemore starts off on the wrong foot when meeting Carolina. Today, he’s thought about his actions, and is a guilty as all get-out. Well, his writer suggested why not get what’s troubling him off his chest. So, Matt’s agreed to do undergo a bit of talk therapy and allowed us to listen in. Find out what’s on his mind and then you can add your two cents at the end.

Arden: Hey, clearly you’ve got something going on. That chip on your shoulder is boulder-size and getting larger by the moment.

McLemore: Clearly, you placed it there. No disrespect, but I’ve a bone to pick with you. Putting me in a car and letting Carolina get her first glance of me…in that state. Shoot, Ma’am!  There had to be a better way.

Arden: Look, I had to get her to notice you. She’d just broken up a complete jackass leaving her a mess. She needed something to shake her up. Something to make wonder. We’ve been down this road already.

McLemore: Don’t pretend I didn’t address this prior. You said you’d think about it. Instead you purchased a ticket for the idiot and had him on a plane flying straight to Clarkesville. He didn’t need to show up out of the blue. Ever hear of giving a man a little warning? I almost lost Caro because of that swift move.

Arden: Yea of little trust. I’d never do that to you guys. Timing is everything. And since we’re casting blame, who decided to take off? I wanted to write that scene differently. May I remind you, Sir, that you refused to listen to reason. 

McLemore: I’ve a bad temper. So be it. Now what? 

Arden: As in you and Carolina? Or getting you help to curb your temper?
McLemore: Funny. Absolutely, about Caro and me. You can’t just leave us up in the air, so to speak.

Arden: No.You’re right. And I don’t. I love you two. So, in a Cowboy Rides a Harley you guys have cameo spots. Errr…. 

McLemore: Christ, what now?

Arden: ***swallowing*** Well, Carolina is having a wee bit of difficulty. Nothing to get alarmed about…I mean she’ll be fine. And you, everyone is walking on egg shells around you. Hey, you’re the one with the reputation of temper. No way to hide it.

McLemore: Holy cow. What have you done? I’m to show up again blaring? Just once I’d like to show a side that doesn’t paint me as a hot head. You know it was your decision to do away with the scene at the spring when Carolina has me follow a path of her clothes. 
 Very sexy. I wish you’d bring it back. 

Arden: I loved it too but I can’t. Tempted by Trouble is out. Maybe I can do a blogpost of the missing scene. You’re right, it was a different side of you. A very naked and erotic side. LOL!

McLemore: I thought we agreed not to discuss that! Women writers. If it wasn’t because I absolutely adore Carolina I’d never have agreed to share those intimate moments with the world.

Arden: Oh, but you did. And we thank you. I believe a lot of readers have a new appreciation for a ranch office because of your fiery romance. Hey, did you ever get the carpet picked up? Helllooo? Matt! Where are you going??

McLemore: SLAM! (Door)

Arden: **snort** Opps. Oh, he’ll get over it. Always does. Heroes!
Anyone ever have difficulty taming a beast? Clearly Carolina has her work cut out for her. If you’re willing, please share your favorite fiery scene where a hero who just about loses his cool. I love those red-hot moments!

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  1. Brenda,
    Oh my goodness. This has been a most enjoyable time, sharing the finer sides of Matt McLemore and Tempted by Trouble. Thank you so much for the huge feature on your absolutely divine blog. I chuckle every darn time Matt has a chance to speak his mind. A big hug for letting him toss around his temper. Thank you for letting me in on what reviewers/readers like as a tease, your totally fantastic review, and everything you’ve done. I promise in the next book, it starts out fierce and fiery. LOL!!
    A big Yee Haw for NBBR and your readers. Take it easy…or TAKE IT TO TEXAS. Woot for Naughty Bits!!!

    1. Thanks for coming it was fun and the book is great! Come back anytime. And this one certainly started out fiery so I can't wait to find out what the next one will bring!

      Haha, I set it as a favorite on my kindle so it will be with me when I visit Texas next month.

  2. 5 stars! Love it. It sounds great.
    Susan...You were a 3rd generation Floridian. Do you get back there often? I did my graduate library work in Florida--in Tampa.

  3. Catherine,
    After moving to TN, I've been back a few times. Not often enough. I visited Tampa during a teacher training, a cultural exploration through the Teacher Training Center, and on school fieldtrips. Amazing city! Thanks for stopping by.


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