Spotlight & Giveaway: Rogue by Katy Evans

Posted July 30th, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 65 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome New York Times bestselling author Katy Evans to HJ! 

Hi Katy, welcome and thanks for stopping by to talk to us about ROGUE!


Writing is such an exhilarating experience. Being a punster who writes very organically, I typically only have the “shape” of my story in my head and discover the rest of the details while I sit down and write every page. I love being surprised by my characters, discovering the little details that make me love them all the more.

ROGI love watching them interact and handle the things I, or another character, throws their way. But, like in anything, there are scenes that stay with you the most. ROGUE, in particular, was a book that really took me by surprise. It ended up being totally different than my initial idea and at first I was absolute terrified of letting it take me to places I hadn’t expected to go. But it was only when I finally dropped the f bomb to myself and said #@%$, I’m going to run with this! It was only then that it really took form. And I fell so so hard for this couple! I still can’t forget :

1. THE MEETING. The unexpectedness of that meeting with the normalcy of “shit” happening along with the element of surprise—like, is this really the moment I’m meeting the One? That’s where Melanie and Greyson really grabbed me

2. GREYSON’S FIRST POV. Greyson King was a boss from the moment he appeared in my first draft and that first POV of his really showed me I had a very interesting alpha in my hands—one who kept winning me over as I discovered him more and more.

3. THEIR FIRST KISS. Okay I’m a sucker for first kisses. I love them. I could read first kisses every day, all day. Those kisses are so telling. Are they a soft brush of lips? Or hard and like a hurricane? I love Mel and Greyson’s first kiss…a little bit playful on her part in the beginning, a whole lot of serious on his part, and then completely wild as the fact that THEY ARE KISSING sinks in.

4. WHEN THEY GET SEXY. I just love how sexy they are! I love how possessive and protective Greyson is of Melanie, and how both playful and sensual Melanie is with him as she lets him get to know her. They are electric together and when they’re together on the page, I could feel the sparks in my fingertips. Love!

5. THE BLACK MOMENT. The black moment in their relationship—gah. It tugs at my heart. It encompasses several scenes as secrets are revealed and decisions are made and they never fail to make me breathless and make my heart both weep and flood happily for them.

Melanie and Greyson; their story is such an intense, exhilarating roller-coaster that it would be no hardship for me to sit down and write more for them—they absolutely stole my heart in ROGUE and I hope you will find them enjoyable too. ☺

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

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Sometimes the only way to stop a pity party is with a real party.
Expectation hums in the air as warm bodies jostle, my body straining in between the other dancers. I can feel the fun around us spinning like whirlwinds at my sides, intoxicating me.
My body’s slick from dancing, my silky gold top and matching skirt clinging to my curves in a way that tells me I should’ve probably worn a bra. The brush of damp fabric only cause my nipples to poke into the silk and draw several discerning male eyes in my direction.
But it’s too late now, and the crowd is high on the music, the dancing.
I stopped by tonight when one of my clients, whom I decorated this small little bar/restaurant for, invited my boss and all my colleagues over. I said only one drink, but I’ve had a couple extra, and the one half empty in my hand is now seriously the last one.
A guy approaches.
I can’t miss his sudden, I-want-to-bang-you smile. “Want to dance with me?”
“We already are!” I say, moving a little with him, swinging my hips harder.
The guy wraps an arm around my waist and pulls me closer. “I meant if you want to dance alone with me. Somewhere else?”
I look at him, feeling a little high and dizzy. Do I want to dance with him?
He’s cute. Not sexy, but cute. Sober, cute is no way, Jose. But drunk, cute is completely doable. I try to find the answer in my body. A tingle. A want. And nope. Today I still feel . . . hopeless.
Smiling to ease the blow, I edge away from him but he presses close to my body and blatantly whispers in my ear, “I really want to take you home.”
“Of course you do.” I laugh, declining the drink he offers with a playful, but firm, shake of my head.
I think I’m a little too drunk already, and I have to drive myself home.
But I don’t want to aggravate a possible client, so I kiss his cheek and say, “But thanks,” and head away. He takes me by the wrist and stops and turns me, his eyes hot and lusty. “No. Really. I want to take you home.”
I give him another once-over. He looks rich and just a little bit entitled, the kind who always uses me, and I suddenly feel even more hopeless, more vulnerable. In less than a month, my best friend is getting married. The effect of that wedding on me is not bad, it’s worse. Far worse than anyone could have imagined. My eyes burn when I think about it, because everything my best friend, Brooke, has—the baby, the adoring husband—has been my dream for so long, I cannot remember having another dream.
Here’s a man who wants to have sex with me, and once again I’m tempted to fall. Because I always fall. I always wonder if he, maybe he, is the one for me. The next thing I know, I wake up alone with a bunch of used condoms around me and feeling lonelier than ever, and I am once again reminded I’m only good for one-night stands. I’m no one’s queen, no one’s Brooke. But god, will someone just tell me, when do you stop kissing frogs? Never, that’s when. If you want that prince, you have to keep trying until one day you wake up, and you’re Brooke, and a man’s eyes are shining on you and only you.
“Look, I’ve done you a thousand times,” I whisper, sadly and hopelessly shaking my head.
The guy lifts his brows. “What are you talking about?”
“You. I’ve done you.” I signal at him, top to bottom, his elegant looks and dress, the weight of my sadness and disappointment only crushing me further. “I’ve done you . . . a thousand times. And it’s just not going to work.” I turn to leave, but he catches me and spins me around again.
“Blondie, you’ve never done me,” he counters.
I look at him again, tempted to just be taken home and made to feel good.
But this afternoon, I was at my best friend’s place, where I caught her being kissed long and hard by her guy, a kiss so long and hot, he was murmuring sexy stuff to her the whole time, telling her he loved her, in a voice that was deep and tender, and I wanted to cry.
My insides are still warm and sensitive remembering, and not even dancing for a full night has successfully made me forget how truly loveless I feel. After seeing the way my best friend is kissed, really kissed, and after knowing she will have less time for me now that she has other priorities with her new and beautiful family, I’m starting to feel like I will never, ever, find the kind of love that they have. She was always responsible, always a good girl, but I am . . . me.
The fun one.
The one-night stand.
“Come on, Blondie,” he urges, in my ear, sensing my indecision.
I sigh and turn. He pulls me close, and he looks at my mouth as if ready to convince me with a kiss. I’m a toucher. Brooke calls me her love bug. I love closeness, contact, crave it like I crave air. But I never really feel any man’s touch reach past my skin. Yet I’m always tempted because I keep thinking that THE ONE is right around the corner and I can’t help but try.
Leaning over and fighting the temptation to kiss one more frog, I search for the last of my conviction and say again, “No. Really. Thanks. I’m going home now.” I’m tucking my bag under my arm, readying to leave, when a low rumble causes the tinted wall-to-wall windows to reverberate.
The doors burst open and a couple walks inside, soaking wet, the woman shaking her damp loose hair, laughing.
“Omigod!” I cry, my stomach plummeting when I realize it’s fucking raining.
I run to the door when a man grabs the handle with a black-gloved hand and gallantly pulls it open for me. I almost stumble outside, and he grips my elbow to steady me. “Easy,” he says in a rolling voice as he steadies me on my feet, and I blink desperately across the street at the light blue Mustang. All I have in my name. All I have to sell because I desperately need the money and who will want it now? It’s a convertible and a little old, but it’s as cute as it is unique, with white interior seats to match the tent top. But now it’s outside in this rain, with its top down, becoming my very own Titanic with wheels.
My entire life is sinking right with it.
“I assume by that sad puppy-dog look on your face that that’s your car,” the rolling voice says.
I helplessly nod and lift my eyes to the stranger. A flash of thunder cuts through the distance, illuminating his features.
And I can’t speak.
Or think.
Or breathe.
His eyes grab me and won’t let go. I stare into their depths while also registering that his face is stunning. Hard jaw, high cheekbones, strong forehead. His nose is classic, sleek and elegant; and the lips beneath are full and curved, firm and . . . god, he’s edible. His dark hair flips playfully in the wind. He’s tall and broad shouldered and dressed in dark slacks and a dark turtleneck that makes him look both elegant and dangerous.
But his eyes.
They’re an indecipherable color, but it’s not the color, it’s the stare, the incredible shine. Framed with thick black lashes, his eyes shine as brilliant as the brightest lights I’ve ever seen. As they quietly assess my features in return, those narrowed eyes feel as powerful as X-rays, and they seem to be sparkling especially because I—me—have somehow done something to amuse this man, this . . . fuck, I have no name for him. Except Eros. Cupid himself. God of love. In the flesh.
I used to think Cupid used an arrow but I don’t feel as if I’ve been pierced by an arrow. I feel like I’ve been hit. By a rocket.
As I keep standing here, floored by the over six feet of total hotness before me, he grabs my keys from me with one gloved hand and puts his other free one on my hip to hold me in place. And I feel it. I feel the touch race down my hips, knotting in my stomach, pulsing in my sex, straight down my thighs, curling my toes. “Stay here,” he says into my ear, then he pulls up the collar of his turtleneck until it becomes a hood in the back, and he runs across the street.
I watch him head to where my car is getting soaked. The wind whips through the streets so hard, I have to use both hands to try to flatten my skirt so it doesn’t fly up to my middle.
“Put the top on!” I force myself to yell through the pounding rain, suddenly as determined as he is to save my car.
“Princess, I got this!” He leaps into the front seat, turns on the car, and the top starts coming up until it . . . doesn’t.
It gets stuck.
After a squeal of protest, the fucker starts coming back down.
“ARGH, SHIT!” I hurry into the street and suddenly the drops of rain bombard me like little cannon balls, soaking me in a second. I swear I want to yell Fuck you! at them. My car, the one thing in my life that hasn’t been shit on, is being ruined and I want to scream.
“Are you kidding me? Get under the roof!” The guy leaps out and then pulls off his sweater in one quick jerk. He spreads the material over my head, using it to shield me from the rain while he herds me back to the small awning over the building entry.
“No! I’ll help you. My precious car!” I cry and push at his chest, trying to get him to back off, but he’s a head taller and built of steel.
“I’ve got your car,” he promises. He hands me his soaked turtleneck and adds, “Hold this,” before he runs back out.
He’s wearing a white crewneck undershirt, and it clings to his sculpted torso as he tries to manually override and pull the top of my car back in place.
Raindrops sluice down his bare arms, the soaked cotton of his shirt plastered down on his chest, revealing every muscle in existence. Fuck. He’s off-the-charts gorgeous; he just broke my Man Hotness Radar. I can’t take my eyes off every inch of his body or the way it moves.
Thunder shakes the city again when he finally latches the top of my car on and signals for me to come over. He opens my car door from the inside, and I hurry into the passenger seat and shut it behind me.
My cold, slick clothes cling against my skin while he sits behind the wheel, looking big and manly, and suddenly we’re ensconced in the small, almost cramped interior of my car. The seats are flooded with water, and when I shift to face him a little, I hear a squish that makes my cheeks burn in embarrassment.
“I can’t believe this,” I whisper. “My best friend tells me I’m the only idiot with a convertible in Seattle.”
His eyes are openly amused. “I dig your car.” He reaches out to the dashboard, and the hand he runs over it is covered in an elegant lambskin glove that makes my skin prick with goose bumps. He shifts his big torso in my direction with an irresistibly devastating grin. “Everything wet gets dry; don’t worry, princess.”
I can hardly take the way he says wet.
Or the way a raindrop clings to his dark eyelashes. Water sluices down his tanned, corded arms. His hair is slicked back, enhancing the beautiful face he has. I have seen works of art and beautiful men, beautiful buildings and beautiful rooms, but at this moment as he looks at me, I can’t remember ever seeing anything besides him.
He’s a ten. I’ve never, ever, been with a ten. And the way that he looks at me . . . I’ve seen that look before. The look that Remington Tate gives Brooke. That look. He’s giving it to me and I’m dying inside. Can I die from one look? And if one look can kill me, then what would one touch do?

About the Author

Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love, married him, and now they are hard at work on their own happily ever after. Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking, baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches “The End.” Which is, hopefully, only the beginning…

65 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Rogue by Katy Evans”

  1. DebraG

    I have not read the series but the excerpt is wonderful an make me curious as to what I am missing.

  2. AmandaS

    I haven’t read this series but recently I’ve been reading so many good things about it, that it’s definitely on my TBR list now!! 🙂

  3. Terri Shortell

    Haven’t read this series but the excerpt was great. I’m going to check this set out and see if it’s as good as it sounds.

  4. Liza Dequilla

    I have been really itching to start of this series as soon as possible and that excerpt just intensified my liking for the book even though I haven’t started any of them yet.

    Thanks for the giveaway HJ!

  5. Kate I.

    I have only the first book in the series (I’m a just a *little* behind) but what I’ve read (including this excerpt) make me want to catch up and get my mitts on ROGUE!

  6. Susan T.

    Have not read the series yet, but that is gonna change as soon as I finish my current read. Thanks

  7. kgagnon2013

    Thanks for the post, The excerpt about their first meeting is wonderful. the setup of hopelessness really makes the meeting in the pouring rain a cleaning and a renewed life for Melanie…Love it! I am excited for all your top scenes. This is a great series. =D

  8. Heidi D

    I haven’t read the series yet, but I do own the first two books on my Kindle. I just haven’t gotten around to actually reading them yet, but I will. I loved the excerpt. Awesome giveaway. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Elizabeth

    I’m a Katy Evans virgin! I’ve heard GREAT things so I need to check out Real soon =)

  10. Colleen C.

    No I have not read this series yet… what a first meeting between characters… I wanted to keep on reading! Great snippet!

  11. elizabeth gray

    I haven’t read the series yet, but loved the excerpt. Will be adding this series to my tbr list soon.

  12. Leanna

    I have this book in my TBR pile. This pile has more than ten books in it. After reading this excerpt I think it may move up in the pile.

  13. Kim Perry

    I loved the excerpt!! This is a great series and I can’t wait to read Melanie’s story! I love Remy!

  14. nicholskathy

    I haven’t read the series but reading the excerpt I want to read this book and look up the others. The excerpt was sad, funny in a way, hot, and very intriguing.

  15. florryalyna

    Haven’t read it yet.
    Would love to devour this book. The excerpt sounds so inviting and tempting.
    Thank you for the giveaway and all the info here 🙂

  16. Sony

    I have not read any books from this series. This author is new to me. I love the excerpt, I really enjoyed the meeting of the eyes. Sigh Thank you for the giveaway.

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