Spotlight & Giveaway: A Beautiful Distraction by Kelsie Leverich

Posted May 8th, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 49 comments

Today it is my pleasure to spotlight A Beautiful Distraction by Kelsie Leverich

Spotlight&Giveaway

A brand-new novel in the New York Times bestselling Hard Feelings series—where nothing’s more dangerous than a bad boy with a broken heart…

ABDFirst Sergeant Rafe Murano did everything to the extreme. He trained harder, he fought harder, and, unfortunately, he loved harder. And falling for the wrong woman nearly destroyed him. Home from a deployment and without his missions to consume him, Murano is ravaged by memories of his heartbreak. So he drinks until he’s numb and drowns himself in meaningless one-night stands. But they only take the edge off. Until he meets Fallon.

Haunted by her past, Fallon Kelly knows all too well about the desperate desire for an escape. So when she sees the tatted-up bad boy who’s one punch away from a ride in the back of a squad car, she offers him a distraction—one that quickly becomes an addiction. Little does she know, this bad boy can love so hard, it can break her.

Excerpt:

Turbulence rocked the plane, the seats vibrating beneath her. It was over as suddenly as it came, but Fallon’s heart had already lodged into the pit of her stomach. She’d absentmindedly latched onto his thigh, digging her fingernails into the denim of his worn jeans. He chuckled and shook his head, but she didn’t care. “No laughing. I hate flying, remember?”
“Babe, you don’t need a reason to hold on to me. You can hold on to me anytime you need to.”
Sable eyes softened, smoldered, morphing with a gentleness, a sincerity that stole her breath. His gaze never broke, never waned, as his long fingers threaded through her hair, curling around her nape. She needed to look away, but she couldn’t—she didn’t want to, but Rafe didn’t let her either. He carefully pinioned her head in place, stealing her eyes, forcing her gaze to remain on him. It was unbearably raw, in the middle of an airplane, hovering thousands of feet above the earth. Intimacy swirled hot and heady around them.
Eyes honing, he leaned in slowly. She braced for his gentle assault, nearly begging for it, but he paused. Fingers bit into her nape, and he shifted her head back. He nuzzled her, his nose burrowing below her chin—and she froze, needing to lift her hands, to cling to him, to clutch him against her. But her limbs had liquefied, turned to mush from the pressure of his lips along her neck.
“This is fuckin’ insane, babe. God, I know it is.” His teeth nibbled her chin, then her bottom lip, before he lowered her head back down to look at her. “But I’m here. You, me—I don’t know what the hell this is. But I’m here. You need me, you name it, I’m here. You know that, right?”
She nodded helplessly, unsure what she was agreeing to. She’d lost all semblance of coherent thinking. What was he offering her? Himself?
She opened her mouth to speak, but his lips descended upon hers, desperate and hot. Teeth hit teeth, tongues fought for control, lips crushed painfully.
On an airplane, gliding through clouds, she experienced the most earth-shattering kiss of her existence. She broke a little. She didn’t understand it, the heavy shift in her chest—she just knew it was Rafe. It was him finding his way in.
Breaking their kiss, Rafe pulled away. He smiled, his lips glistening with the passion their kiss consumed. Lifting his arm, she fell easily into the crook of his shoulder and he sheathed around her as she tucked in tight.
She sighed.
He laughed.
“Go to sleep, gorgeous.”
“Rafe?”
“Yeah, babe.”
“Thanks for being ridiculous and buying a plane ticket so I didn’t have to fly alone. No one’s ever been thoughtful like that toward me before. No one’s ever taken it upon themselves to make sure I felt safe.” She tilted her chin up again and looked into those damn quicksand eyes. “But I always feel safe when I’m with you. So thanks.”
He didn’t respond. He just smiled and leaned his head back against the seat again and she curled into him as much as the narrow seats would allow.
Mornings with Rafe were definitely better.

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About the author

Kelsie Leverich is the New York Times bestselling author of The Valentine’s Arrangement and Feel the Rush. She lives in Indiana with her husband, two children, and their three pets. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her out on the lake with friends and family or snuggling on the couch with her kids and a good book. She loves stories that can sweep you off your feet, make you fall in love, break your heart, and heal your soul.

49 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: A Beautiful Distraction by Kelsie Leverich”

  1. Cari White

    How can.you not fall in love with a guy who buys a plane ticket so that you…errr, she feels safe! Yumm!

  2. orchid7

    Holy moly! Lol…
    I’d kind of been skipping over this book, but after reading that excerpt, I am hooked!
    My favorite line:
    “Babe, you don’t need a reason to hold on to me. You can hold on to me anytime you need to.”
    Yum!

  3. Angelina

    I love it and I love this line “This is fuckin’ insane, babe. God, I know it is.” hehe

  4. Gretchen

    I loved the entire thing. Where is Rafe when I have to fly? I am scared to death on an airplane.

  5. DebraG

    It was unbearably raw, in the middle of an airplane, hovering thousands of feet above the earth. Intimacy swirled hot and heady

    I do want more, much more.

  6. Rhonda

    I enjoyed the excerpt and I’d definitely read more.
    He smiled, his lips glistening with the passion their kiss consumed. Lifting his arm, she fell easily into the crook of his shoulder and he sheathed around her as she tucked in tight.

  7. Morgan VanLier

    Babe, you don’t need a reason to hold on to me. You can hold on to me anytime you need to.

    😀

  8. Lori Meehan

    I loved the excerpt. Fav line:
    “Thanks for being ridiculous and buying a plane ticket so I didn’t have to fly alone. No one’s ever been thoughtful like that toward me before. No one’s ever taken it upon themselves to make sure I felt safe.” She tilted her chin up again and looked into those damn quicksand eyes. “But I always feel safe when I’m with you. So thanks.”

  9. marcyshuler

    I loved the excerpt and would love to read more! My favorite part:

    “Thanks for being ridiculous and buying a plane ticket so I didn’t have to fly alone. No one’s ever been thoughtful like that toward me before. No one’s ever taken it upon themselves to make sure I felt safe.”

  10. BookLady

    Great excerpt! I would definitely enjoy reading more. My favorite line is “But I always feel safe when I’m with you.”

  11. mrsmac19

    Looks great! I really liked, “…But I’m here. You need me, you name it, I’m here. You know that, right?” Very sweet! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  12. Stephanie Fredrick

    I am very eager now to read after the excerpt. love this line “But I’m here. You, me—I don’t know what the hell this is. But I’m here. You need me, you name it, I’m here. You know that, right?”

  13. Kim Perry

    It was hot and sweet! I definitely want to read more!

    Mornings with Rafe were definitely better.

  14. Lea

    Yes, it looks amazing. My favorite line:
    “Babe, you don’t need a reason to hold on to me. You can hold on to me anytime you need to.”

  15. Taswmom

    There a lot I like, but I think my favorite was how she worded, On an airplane, gliding through clouds, she experienced the most earth-shattering kiss of her existence. She is very good with her words.

  16. Kai W.

    It is sweet of Rafe to buy a plane ticket to accompany Sable on the plane. He is quite sexy with that kiss. He would be someone that is hard to resist.

  17. Sandie W

    Honest? I don’t read the excerpts. I want to be totally surprised when I read the book. I do read the little intro into the story, and yes, I can’t wait to get this book in my hands!

  18. suzisummer

    Eyes honing, he leaned in slowly. She braced for his gentle assault, nearly begging for it, but he paused. Fingers bit into her nape, and he shifted her head back. He nuzzled her, his nose burrowing below her chin—and she froze, needing to lift her hands, to cling to him, to clutch him against her. But her limbs had liquefied, turned to mush from the pressure of his lips along her neck. I WANT TO READ MORE!!!

  19. Roselle Torres

    It’s very interesting!!! I’m craving for more and really want to read it 🙂

  20. Rachael

    I loved the excerpt. Definitely want to read more. My favorite line is: “Babe, you don’t need a reason to hold on to me. You can hold on to me anytime you need to.”

  21. Amy Rickman

    “She broke a little. She didn’t understand it, the heavy shift in her chest—she just knew it was Rafe. It was him finding his way in.”

  22. Leanna

    I loved the excerpt, they always leave you wanting more. I loved the line when he says babe you can hold onto me anytime.

  23. Cathy P

    The excerpt defintely left me craving me more. I didn’t really have a favorite line from the excerpt. I just liked it when Rafe told Fallon that she didn’t need a reason to hold onto him, and when she told him thanks for being ridiculous and buying a plane ticket so she didn’t have to fly alone and that she always feels safe when she is with him.

  24. Ana Smith

    Intriguing. 🙂

    I do like this part:

    “Babe, you don’t need a reason to hold on to me. You can hold on to me anytime you need to.”

  25. Betul E.

    Definitely left me wanting more. My favorite line was: “Babe, you don’t need a reason to hold on to me. You can hold on to me anytime you need to.”

  26. Kate I.

    Oh, yes, I definitely want to read more! My favorite line is “Babe, you don’t need a reason to hold on to me. You can hold on to me anytime you need to.” That was the perfect response to Fallon’s expressing her hatred of flying!

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