Thursday, October 30, 2014

Need You Tonight by Marquita Valentine Event featuring Review, Excerpt, and $25 giveaway

Title: Need You Tonight (Boys of the South #6)
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 20, 2014
Cover Designer: Sarah Hansen at Okay Creations

Book Description:
In small towns, dirty little secrets don’t remain secret for long…

Everyone loves Parker Morgan, especially the high society ladies who pay thousands for his time. Becoming a male escort hadn’t been something Parker wanted to do, but when his family needed money to survive, he compromised everything he believed in to make ends meet. But there are two things he refuses to do—one, be paid for sex. Two, let himself fall for his beautiful new neighbor. She’s too pure and sweet for him. And that sadness in her eyes… he doesn’t want know the cause of it. He has too many problems of his own.

A war widow at only twenty-two, Brooklyn Reeves has lived a shadowed existence for two years. Desperate to start over, she moves to Forrestville, never dreaming her new neighbor would be so sexy—not that she wants a relationship of any kind with him. Besides, he’s completely hostile and rude anytime they run into one another. Unfortunately, he’s also her handyman, and she’s forced to repeatedly call on him when one thing after another goes wrong with her rental house.

Only, as spring turns to summer, Brooklyn begins to sees a new side to Parker—one that makes her reconsider her opinion of him. Sparks fly, igniting a hunger that neither of them can resist.

But are either of them prepared for the consequences, once Parker’s dirty little secret comes to light?

My small SUV is packed tight as a tick as I drive down I-85. In only fifteen more minutes, I’ll be in Forrestville and in the driveway of my rental house.
Butterflies zoom around in my stomach, and more than once, I’ve contemplated turning my SUV around. Jacksonville was familiar. It was home. I had friends there.
But it also contained memories of Braden. Memories of our first date, our first kiss… the first time we made love. Our wedding, buying our first house…
I blink back the tears and swallow down the lump in my throat. Two years have passed since Braden’s death, but my body is still raw with grief.
“You will not cry,” I tell myself, but tears gather at the corners of my eyes. “Stop it.”
Lifting my chin, I wipe each eye and then concentrate on the road. If I don’t pay attention, I’ll miss the exit, because apparently, the one for Forrestville is almost nonexistent.
Finally, I spy the microscopic sign and put my blinker on, merging into the exit lane. Double-checking my directions at the stop sign, I set my phone down and take a left.
As I get closer to my destination, my heart speeds up, until it feels like it’s going faster than I am. Soon, I can make out the little white house with black shutters. There’s a large pickup truck in the drive, but Miss Violet’s granddaughter had said the handyman for the property would meet me today with the key.
Slowing down, I pull into the driveway, park beside the white truck, and get out.  I hear a door open and close. Shielding my eyes above my sunglasses, I crane my neck and find—oh my God—the most gorgeous man I’ve ever seen.
He frowns when he spots me, and then forces a smile. I can tell it’s forced. I’ve always had a knack for reading body language.
With a little wave, I call out to him, “Hi, you must be—” He comes closer, and I blank. Completely blank out at the sight of him, up close and personal.
He’s tall, about six two if I had to guess. His body is all lean muscles, and his skin is as golden brown as the mop of hair that curls at his ears. His hair is messy, slightly untamed, and I want to run my fingers through it. I give myself a mental shake. What’s wrong with you? He’s just a guy. A really sexy, gorgeous guy. But he’ll never be Braden. No man will ever come close.
“I know,” I whisper. My heart thuds against my chest, no longer in excitement for my new home, but in the knowledge that I just betrayed my dead husband.
Green eyes edged in gold with the thickest, blackest, longest eyelashes I’ve ever seen narrow. His full lips thin. “Parker Morgan.”
“Yes,” I say, nodding.
He looks at me expectantly.
Oh, duh. Heat travels up my neck and settles on my cheeks. “Sorry. I’m Brooklyn. Brooklyn Reeves.”
The hard edge to his face gives a little. “You must be Mrs. Reeves’ granddaughter. I heard she didn’t have much in the way of family, so I’m glad you’re here to help her. Is she following you?” He scans the road behind me. “Maybe she got lost? I’ll be happy to go look for her car, if you tell me what it looks like.”
I shake my head, confused at his adorable yet entirely misplaced concern. “No, I think there’s been a misunderstanding.”
His gaze slices to mine, golden-green eyes darkening. “And that would be?”

I wring my hands, wishing I hadn’t listened to Soon Lin and taken off my wedding ring last month. Taking a steadying breath, I say, “I’m Mrs. Reeves. I’m the one who rented the house from Miss Violet.”

My Thoughts:  The Boys of the South series by Marquita Valentine is one that I have thoroughly enjoyed.  The latest installment, Need You Tonight, is Parker Morgan's story, and I have been dying to read it.  Parker is the brother of Cole Morgan, who we met at the very beginning of the series in Live for You and Only for You, the books that started it all.  In each subsequent companion novel we have gotten to know one of the guys, who are all friends, and the girl he falls in love with.  Parker Morgan has appeared in each novel and I've really grown to love him.  He's had a rough life, and in Need You Tonight, we find out just how rough he has had it and the things he has felt he had to in order for his family to survive.  We also get to find out just how hot, sexy, and drool-worthy he really is.

The female main character is Brooklyn Reeves, a young war-widow whose world had been shattered a few years previously.  Moving to Forrestville is supposed to be her new beginning, but the last thing she expects is to meet the hot new neighbor/handyman with his panty-melting smile, eyes that mesmerize you, and broody attitude.  Then again, Brooklyn is far from the old white-haired lady Parker was expecting to.  There story is heartbreaking, beautiful, romantic, and of course steamy.  I thoroughly enjoyed watching these two characters who thought their pasts would forever keep them from loving anyone again, come together and find love despite the fear and all the hurdles, bumps, and boulders they have to face in the process.  Need you Tonight is a wonderful addition to this series and is something than both fans of the series and fans of contemporary romance will want to check out.
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 About the author:

New York Times Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, writes sexy heroes that make you swoon and sassy heroines that make you laugh. She’s the author of the bestselling contemporary romance series, Holland Springs, and the new adult romance series, Boys of the South.

Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man—and if that doesn't work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children.

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  1. Thanks for sharing the excerpt with us, glad you liked this!

  2. I have loved Marquita's books for a long time! Can't wait to read this one! :)

  3. Loved Marquita's work and always happy to see another book!

  4. I'm so glad you liked Parker and Brooklyn's story, Ellen! Thank you for posting!

  5. A fun hashtag huh? How about... #PlayfulParker? I honestly can't think of anything else LOL


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