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Monday, 19 October 2015

☀☄ Keeping Score: Cleveland Clash [3] - Elley Arden

Thank you for joining us for the Releseae Day Party for Keeping Score, a contemporary romance by (, Crimson Romance, 196 pages).

This is the third book in the Cleveland Clash series.

PREVIEW: Check out the book's synopsis and excerpt below, as well as details about the whole series.. Read the first chapter with Amazon Look Inside.


Synopsis | Teaser | The Series | About the Author | Tour Stops

Synopsis

Cleveland Clash center Jade Wren longs for something more than teaching elementary school and marrying a nice Korean guy. Maybe that's why she suddenly kisses a sexy stranger at a bar. Except the guy turns out to be sports radio shock jock Rome Rizzelli, and as far as her team is concerned, he's Public Enemy No. 1.

Rome isn't the kind of guy to argue when a beautiful woman kisses him, but now his producer has invited Jade to talk about women's pro football on his show. It's a battle of the sexes - a battle he needs to win to save his job and continue to support his disabled mother and younger sister. But the sexy center is no pushover, and Rome can't decide whether that's a turn-on or a reason to fight even harder.

When the gloves - among other things - come off, can two strong personalities who have found security in keeping up appearances let down their guards long enough to fall in love?

Sensuality Level: Sensual

Teaser: Excerpt

     Jade left the restroom on determined strides, the blood whooshing in her ears. And even though the stairs to the bar were narrow and someone was heading down, she charged up anyway. You’re just going to have to move, buddy.
     Glancing up—way up the steep incline—she saw the guy, all blue jeans and James Dean swagger, slow his pace. She slowed hers too as they met in the middle with two free steps in between.
     There was a hint of a smile on his face. A little sexy. A little cocky.
     This was exactly the kind of man who hung out in bars, exactly the kind of man she shouldn’t trust. Broad shoulders, rugged face, and a look in his eyes that said, “Hold on, baby. You’re going to enjoy the ride.”
     Trusting a guy like that was the last thing on her mind.
     She smiled, too, until her mother’s words of warning echoed in her head. Don’t trust your judgment.
     But they were wrong. She could trust her judgment. She’d been on her own for six months now, and nothing terrible had happened. Just because she strayed from the straight and narrow every once in a while didn’t mean she was doomed. And to prove it ...
     She raised up on her toes, closed the distance between them, and laid one on him. The kiss was sharp and short, like a bold period at the end of a hard-hitting sentence. But before she could pull away, she took a breath, filling her nose with the soft scents of denim, soap, and beer. Her mouth watered. Her brain told her to be still. Just a little bit longer.
     When, bam! He came alive, brushing his lips back and forth across hers in a simple but sensual motion. He skimmed his hand up her hip, raising chill bumps on her skin. And then, he sucked her upper lip between his before he pulled back and whispered, “Hello, there” in a low, dreamy voice that somehow seemed familiar.
     “Hi,” she whispered back, only to be drowned out by the group of women from the restroom.
     They barreled up the stairs behind her amid laughter and a ruckus that made her think about her friends, who were waiting upstairs. Holy crap! Talk about getting sidetracked.
     The sexy stranger didn’t say another word. He just stepped aside to let her pass, but not before he unleashed a killer smile that seemed to be saying, “Come find me later.”
     But she wouldn’t. It was hard to get into any real and lasting emotional trouble when you didn’t take your interactions with the opposite sex seriously. That’s why she didn’t do relationships. Too risky. Her analytical mind preferred calculated risks. Like kissing some guy you would probably never see again—no numbers exchanged, no names.
     As the women pushed at her back, she stepped up and up again, and for a split second, Jade and the mystery man finally stood on the same step. He was short! What a shame! A little bit of his sexy shine wore off, which was probably a good thing. All the more reason not to take it beyond one random kiss.
     Caught up in the wave of women, Jade climbed the rest of the stairs, still feeling the rush of kissing a perfect stranger in the stairwell. Her mother and grandmother would call that bad judgment. Definitely.
     But at the top of the steps, she looked up at the suspended ceiling and smiled. The sky hadn’t fallen. She’d kissed a sexy—albeit short—stranger, and absolutely, positively nothing bad had come of it.
     Take that, bad judgment.
     “Where the hell have you been?” Jillian ran toward her. “And why aren’t you answering your texts? You’re never going to believe who is here tonight!”
     “Who?”
     “Rome Freaking Rizzelli! And rumor has it, he’s hot! I don’t know, though. We haven’t seen him yet. He’s on a break.”
     Jade’s steps faltered. A bathroom break? She swallowed hard. No. It couldn’t be. But there had been something familiar about that voice.
     “Come on!” Jillian pulled on her arm. “You’re not going to want to miss this.”
     Then why did she feel like she absolutely, positively did?
     

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The Series: Cleveland Clash

Running Interference | Crossing Lines |

Cleveland Clash Football Series

Women's professional football comes to life in this series about breaking the mold, reaching the top, and finding love that won't compromise it all. If you like sports romances where tight-knit teammates drive the emotional storylines and the on-field action is as hot as the off-field action (fully described sex scenes), then The Cleveland Clash Football Series is for you. (This is a spinoff of The Kemmons Brothers Baseball Series, which introduces readers to MJ Rooney and Tanya Martin, Cleveland Clash football players, in Heal My Heart.)

Click on the book cover to Look Inside the book on Amazon and read an excerpt.

Running Interference [1]

As an offensive linewoman for the Cleveland Clash, Tanya Martin is tough inside and out. The 5'9" beauty can take a hit and keep on going. But when the man she was best friends with - and secretly in love with - in high school comes home the same day she learns her father's gym is in financial trouble, she's unexpectedly blindsided.

Super Bowl MVP Cam Simmons is only back in town to convince his mom to move out of her failing neighborhood and live in luxury with him in Boston. But running into Tanya stirs up plenty of old feelings he never resolved. He was happy to leave his old life behind him when he hit the NFL, but walking away from their friendship was a mistake he wants to rectify.

As they work together to help save her dad's gym, Cam and Tanya's easy camaraderie and undeniable chemistry resurface. But can she open up enough to trust him with her heart a second time around?

Sensuality Level: Sensual

[Published 19 January 2015, 196 pages]

Crossing Lines [2]

Party girl and standout wide receiver Jillian Bell sees no problem with her "no rules" lifestyle as long as she's scoring on the field. But her sexy new offensive coordinator doesn't see it that way.

Former marine turned successful restaurateur Carter Howl agreed to whip his father's undisciplined women's full-tackle football team into shape out of guilt. But the job comes with more trouble than he bargained for thanks to one spitfire of a wide receiver who challenges his every play.

When Jillian's little sister begs her to come back to their small-minded hometown and be on her best behavior at a family event, she unexpectedly enlists prim and proper Carter to help her keep her cool. But two days and one pretend engagement later, this straight-laced former soldier is doing all sorts of things he normally wouldn't. Is the wrong girl the right girl for him?

Sensuality Level: Sensual

[Published 25 May 2015, 204 pages]

About the Author

Elley Arden is a born and bred Pennsylvanian who has lived as far west as Utah and as far north as Wisconsin. She drinks wine like it’s water (a slight exaggeration), prefers a night at the ballpark to a night on the town, and believes almond English toffee is the key to happiness. Elley writes books with charming characters, emotional stories, and sexy romance.

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