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Exclusive Excerpt + Giveaway: Untouched by Lauren Hawkeye

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lauren Hawkeye has a hot, new contemporary romance releasing December 9th. Untouched features a mysterious heroine and the wickedly hot prison guard who may hold all the answers to a past that’s been wiped from her memory. I’m thrilled to be able to share a never-before-seen excerpt below, plus a giveaway for a $50 gift card!

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Synopsis

untouched coverSome secrets are best left locked away in the past….

Alexa Kendrick has no recollection of the car accident that left her scarred and sent her life careening wildly off course. When the half-sister she thought she’d never meet shows up at her door with an invitation to a new life, Alexa finds herself in Florence, Arizona, a town notorious for being populated with more prison inmates than actual citizens…a town that has done its best to hide its own dark secret.

After Ellie is called out of town, she leaves her sister with the keys to her flower shop and Alexa finds herself swapping lives with her sibling: running Ellie’s business, living in the house left to them both by their absentee father…and forging a smoldering relationship with sexy-as-sin penitentiary officer, Nate Fury—a man with his own demons.

But arranging flowers by day and tangling with the only man who has ever seen her real self by night isn’t enough to silence the mysterious panic that fuels Alexa’s dark dreams. When Nate brings home a book written by an inmate, one describing an unspeakable crime, the shackles binding Alexa’s own lost memories begin to shatter. And as the devastating truth comes to light, she realizes that Nate holds the key to unlocking her past, as well as her heart.

Excerpt

Nate followed his instincts and found himself outside of the diner. It was still morning, but already the heat of the Arizona day had worked on the tar in the street, and it sucked at his shoes, making him work harder for every step.

Alexa was intent on her work, and he took the time that she was unaware of his presence to examine her in more detail than he’d been able to the previous night. On the shorter side of things, but with some very appealing curves that looked like they might fit a man’s hands nicely. Her hair was long, reaching to her shoulder blades even pulled back as it was. The way the pale morning lit hit it highlighted the maple sugar color, as well as her pale skin, smooth and clear without any of that gook that women sometimes wore.

When she cursed and turned, pale eyes widening at the sight of him, he felt that sizzle that came with a strong attraction. Yes, he thought, a beautiful woman, who didn’t have the slightest idea that she was.

“Um. Hi.” Having once been a cop meant that he instinctively noted down details, body language. Right now he noticed that, while the woman fidgeted and tucked a stray wisp of her hair behind her ear, something that usually told him the person was out of their element, she met his stare head on. Contradictory, and fascinating.

And… there was something about her. Something that made him wonder if he’d maybe met her before. Or at least seen her somewhere.

“You’re the guy from last night.” The woman arched her back, and Nate felt more pleased than he should have when a hint of pleasure flickered over her pretty face. And if he also noted the way the movement pressed nice, full breasts against the thin cotton of her T-shirt, well, he was a man, after all.

He nodded, trying to tear his gaze away from her so that he didn’t come off as creepy. When she shifted her weight from foot to foot, he wasn’t entirely sure that he’d managed.

“Can I help you with something?” Her words came out with a little more force than they could have, and Nate couldn’t help but smile. Two socially awkward humans, trying to decide if they wanted a flirtation. If they weren’t careful, this would quickly devolve into an episode of The Big Bang Theory.

“I need some flowers.” Nate said the first thing that came out of his mouth, then winced. Way to be original, Fury. Bet no one’s said that to her before.

But to her credit, the woman just nodded. “Anything particular in mind?” With a jerk of her head indicating that he should follow her inside, she stooped to prop open the glass door with a large grey brick, then entered the shop.

“I’ll take whatever you think is pretty.” Nate followed her in, not above taking a surreptitious look at the sweet curves of her backside as he did. He’d been so depressed for so many months, and attraction of any kind hadn’t been able to fight its way through the dark.

But this woman? Something about her was different.

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  1. Lorena Garcia said:

    Thank you for the great giveaway. Beacon looks like a good book.

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