His gift is the only thing left from the love they shared…and she plans to sell it.
Out March 29th – The Bad Boy’s Gift (The Bad Boys of Regret Hollow #1) by Sara Daniel
Author: Sara Daniel
Series: The Bad Boys of Regret Hollow #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 29, 2016
Blurb: Former bad boy, now famous artist, Zane DeMonde laughs off an engraved invitation to return to Regret Hollow, the same town that booted him out fifteen years ago. When he discovers the woman who once broke his heart is putting his professional reputation at risk by selling his old paintings, he’s no longer laughing. He’ll do anything to stop her, even return to town … even put his heart in jeopardy again.
High school art teacher Julianne Truman’s last chance to save her beloved art department from budget cuts is to sell the old artwork Zane gifted her. Her heart breaks to remove the final traces of him from her life, but she needs to finally move on from the love she never got over.
Julianne’s life belongs to her students, and Zane’s only goal is to protect his art. But the moment they wrap their arms around each other, their old attraction flares to life hot enough to incinerate them and their best intentions.
“Do all those things I confided in you years ago mean nothing to you?”
“Family’s important,” she whispered. She hadn’t imagined he’d see her actions as a betrayal of trust.
“I remember exactly how important family is to you.” Sarcasm crept into his voice. “A hell of a lot more important than me, definitely more important than this.” He hooked his arm around her shoulders and hauled her across the console, slamming his lips against hers.
Hard, angry demands from a man who no longer cared about pleasing her contrasted sharply with the memories of teenage sweetness and gentle tentativeness he’d once shown. He thrust his tongue between her lips, plundering her mouth. Instead of pushing him away and ordering him to stop, she leaned into him and tangled her tongue with his, meeting him stroke for stroke.
The hands gripping her shoulders relaxed, and the demanding thrusts of his tongue turned to languid strokes. She sifted her fingers through his soft black hair. Oh, how she’d missed being held in his arms, touching him, exploring him, and being one with him.
But they were hardly on their way to becoming one when he kissed her as a punishment.
She jerked away.
A car horn blared.
She straightened. Damn. She’d forgotten about Len, forgotten everything but Zane’s hands and mouth and sweet exploration.
Blinking out the windshield, she braced for the sight of Len laying on the horn of his pickup. Instead, he stood across the yard, wearing padded headphones and maneuvering a weed whip.
“If you’re looking for the honker, I believe you’re the culprit.” Zane nodded to her elbow resting on the steering wheel.
“Oh.” She yanked her arm back, settling into the passenger seat and pulling the seat belt strap. After three tries, she managed to lock the buckle into place. If Zane noticed her shaking hands, he didn’t mention it as he pulled away from the curb and left her house and his father behind.
If he’d kissed her to teach her a lesson, she’d learned one thing. She still wanted him, now more than ever.
I love series books and I love novellas. I dont have a great deal of free time on my hands but when I do get a minute or two to spare I enjoy a fast paced, quality read that has certain elements built into the story. The first thing I look for is well..obviously the cover. Is the cover attractive enough to even catch my attention? Once the cover bait has got me I start with the characters. Can I relate to them quickly? How descriptive is the author in the first few pages and are there too many characters to keep straight? Finally I look at the story itself. Does it flow? Can I keep up with what is going on? Did I need more background information? How does it end? Did it hold my attention the entire time?
I was so excited to see this set of novellas from Sara Daniel. First, she was a brand new author to me and im always so happy to try new authors, because this is how I have found some of my very favorites. Also from the descriptions they were everything I look for in books.
Honestly I could not have been more pleased with The Bad Boy’s Gift. It was really an amazing story! I cant think of one way the author could have improved on it. As a reader and reviewer all of my boxes were checked for this book. The cover was HOT, the characters were very well developed (and in my opinion, this has to be hard to do in a novella due to the short length of the book) – each main character had their own personality as well as back story so I stayed caught up with them throughout the book. The story itself had a very nice flow. It was fast but certainly not rushed. And the ending was done up just right! I was super happy with all facets of the book. I am certainly going to be recommending The Bad Boy’s Gift to my fellow readers and I happily give it a rating of 5***** WickedGoodStars! I am definitely looking forward to the next 3 books in the series!
Thank you Barclay and Sara Daniel for the opportunity to read/review this book!
About Sara Daniel:
Sara Daniel writes what she loves to read—irresistible romance, from sweet to steamy and everything in between. She grew up in a small town and was once a landlord of two uninvited squirrels. She has no regrets about turning her back on her accounting degree to write romance, but she deeply regrets her inability to keep track of her car keys.
For more information on The Bad Boys of Regret Hollow – visit Sara Daniel’s webpage.