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Love At First Fight, release day

Release days are always my favorite days. Seeing my baby out there in the world. Being able to share it with you. And moving on to the next project. I love it. It’s always hard to say goodbye to characters I love, but that’s one of the reasons I love writing series. Those characters keep coming back. I get the chance to see how they’re doing and watch their lives change with each new book.

And answer some old questions.

I think that’s one of the big things with Love At First Fight. We knew Andie in both Love The Wine You’re With and Never A Bridesmaid, Always A Bride. She was inconsistent at times. And she and Alyssa had a lot of competition and jealousy. Getting into Andie’s head, we finally understand that a bit more.

But of course, she has to have a guy who gets her. One who sees past the person she lets everyone see. One who wants her for who she really is. I love Cody for that!

Excerpt from Love At First Fight

Andie had always hated women who played the scared child card. Pretending to be afraid, or unsure of themselves, to get the attention of a man. As she sat in Cody’s lap, after burying her face in him during most of The Shining, she wanted to hate herself.

But she couldn’t.

For the first time, she understood the power of letting a man have control. Of turning him into the aggressor instead of having to do it herself. She’d allowed many men to chase her over the years, but she always kept the reins of control firmly in her grasp. She was the one who decided if there was going to be a relationship, even though the men pursued her, and she was always the first to want out. But it had never given her the satisfaction she felt when Cody’s raw desire slapped her in the chest.

He liked being the big, bad guy who protected her from the scary movie. He liked her being a little timid about kissing again.

And she liked that.

The timidity was new for her. She knew she liked Cody. A lot. More than she’d ever liked another man, just like Kristen guessed. It was powerful and invigorating, but also terrifying and borderline nauseating. She was careful to leave her other relationships first before things got more serious than she was interested in. With Cody, she could see it getting serious. Very serious. Serious enough that she would have to tell him all the things she never told anyone.

But she didn’t want to worry about that with him nestled between her thighs. He felt a-fucking-mazing against her core. He was holding her back from getting the full impact of him, but she knew his resistance would fall away just like hers had.

He tilted her head to the side with one rough palm and pulled her gently toward him. When their lips met, it wasn’t a fast and powerful kiss, but a soft and sweet one. One that made her feel wanted, cherished, desired. She knew he wanted her, but she was grateful he wasn’t pushing for more. His hands remained on top of her clothes, not under. Hell, she’d practically had to force him to touch her in the first place.

Damn. She wished he wasn’t such a gentleman.

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Love At First Fight, first kiss

Love At First FightI love first kisses. I can still remember my first ever kiss at thirteen. It was awkward and strange, but it was special because it was my first kiss.

I also remember my first kiss with my husband. Awkward and strange weren’t anywhere near the words I’d use to describe that kiss! I was already well on my way to falling for him by the time we kissed, something we waited for so we knew emotions and a physical relationship wouldn’t get confused. It’s been fifteen years since that first kiss, but he still kisses me the same way. Like he can’t get enough!

For Andie and Cody, their first kiss was a little like mine with my hubby. A bit of a shock, but oh so very worth the wait!

Excerpt from Love At First Fight

“Andie?”

Her eyes snapped open. He was close. Close enough that it wouldn’t take much for her to press her lips to his. He was taller than her, but she could reach with her heels on. There was no one around. No one to witness her embarrassment. No one to chastise her for throwing herself at him.

He tucked a strand of hair behind her ear, lingering on the strand just long enough to muddy her brain. She wasn’t wrong. She couldn’t be. Right?

She couldn’t second guess any longer. She had to know.

Andie launched herself at him, throwing her arms around his neck and pressing her body against his. Their lips came together with a surprised grunt from Cody. He wrapped his arms around her, catching her more than embracing her. His lips didn’t move. Didn’t respond to her attempt to kiss him. Shame melted past the desire that had filled her just seconds ago, and she started to pull back.

Then his arms tightened. A groan tore from his throat. And he took over the kiss.

One hand dipped to her waist, pressing her against him. The other cupped her jaw, his fingers tickling the sensitive skin behind her ear. His lips were warm against hers. Full. They covered hers the same way he covered her. Made her feel safe.

He tentatively brushed her lips with his tongue. She opened for him, pushing away the thoughts racing through her head saying she was making a mistake. She couldn’t play Cody. He’d learn the truth. Except when he did, he wouldn’t add to the lies like all the others.

Andie pushed away from him as quickly as she’d thrown herself at him. He didn’t get the memo so his arm was locked around her waist. She struggled against his hold until he released her.

“What…?” he asked, but she was already gone. Inside. Safe. Away from the hottest kiss of her life. The kiss that made her rethink everything she’d always known about men.

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Love At First Fight, tempting

If you’ve read Love The Wine You’re With and Never A Bridesmaid, Always A Bride, I know you’re waiting for Love At First Fight! Andie Young is complicated. She’s flirtatious and outgoing and confident. But there’s so much more to Andie than what meets the eye. Beneath her tough exterior is a woman who’s scared to let a man close. She knows it’ll only lead to a let down.

Cody Powell has wanted Andie for fifteen years. Back when she was illegal and off-limits. Over time, he’s learned a lot about her. But there’s still a few secrets he doesn’t know. And a few she doesn’t even suspect about him.

They both struggle to resist the temptation of being together, especially when that temptation is so deliciously on display for Andie to enjoy…

Love At First FightExcerpt from Love At First Fight

“Hey, Andie, right?” Kent said.

Wow, dude? That’s your opening line?

“Um, yeah. I’m sorry, I don’t know your name.”

“I’m Kent. I’m the lead on this job.”

Cody rolled his eyes.

“Oh,” Andie said. “I didn’t realize that. Is there something wrong?”

“Oh, uh, no. Sorry. I was just wondering if I could take you out.”

“Oh, um. I’m not sure that’s a good idea.”

Kent grinned broader and leaned in. “Trust me, it’s a good idea. How about this weekend?”

Andie’s eyes flashed to Cody’s. His cheeks heated at being caught listening to them, but then she widened her eyes in an obvious gesture for help. Cody cleared his throat and pushed off the edge of the truck.

“Hey, Kent. Can you check that ridge on the far side? Mikey said it might need to be tightened before we got back up there.”

Kent glanced at Andie then swung his eyes back to Cody. Cody tried to give him a sympathetic look, hoping he would take the hint and leave. Kent sighed and nodded, then walked away with slumped shoulders. Cody watched the kid go, knowing exactly how he felt.

“Thanks,” Andie said. “I hate when that happens. I feel bad, but he’s really not my type.”

Cody nodded. He tried to keep his mouth shut, but it had a mind of its own and the question burst free. “What is your type?”

Andie’s eyes snapped to his. He saw something in them that he didn’t recognize. They left his and fluttered down to his chest, still bare, then back up to his. That look he knew. Desire.

Coming from Andie.

Directed at him.

What. The. Hell?

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Introducing Love At First Fight

If you’ve already read Never A Bridesmaid, Always A Bride, I know you’re dying to read Cody and Andie’s story. Well, it’s coming!

Love At First Fight will be out May 30! This is the first sneak peek, so enjoy!

She has a secret…

Andie Young has always been good at hiding who she really is. Her emotions and truths have stayed buried beneath the sexy clothes, makeup, and endless amber waves that are her signature look. She had to do something to get attention. Between her three brothers and five cousins, she grew up feeling like the invisible one. So she changed that.

He’s loved her forever…

Cody Powell has been attracted to Andie since the summer she turned seventeen. Off limits back then, and involved with one guy or another since, Cody has kept his adoration secret from her. He spent fifteen years avoiding Andie, and stammering like a fool when he was face to face with her.

Cody spends weeks fixing up her house and falling harder for her with each passing day. He knows she’d never be interested in a country boy like him, but seeing her dating other guys has finally taken its toll. Cody doesn’t think he can handle it any longer.

They both want someone to share their lives with…

Is she strong enough to take a chance with Cody? Or will he finish her house and leave before she gets the chance to tell him how she feels?

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Excerpt from Love At First Fight

”Oh, hey,” Dillon said as he went to his room. “Wake up Andie, will ya? She’s a heavy sleeper so turn on the light, open the curtains, and yank the covers off her.”

He was gone before Cody could respond. Wake up Andie? That was not a simple request.

Andie. Sleeping. In bed. Rumpled. Sexy.

Fuck. Cody knew he was screwed. He was already getting hard at the thought of what he might see when he walked into the room. Andie had been starring in his fantasies for years, but he simply stayed away from her. He couldn’t afford to get close to her.

He took a deep breath and decided he would go in, do as Dillon asked and get out, leaving Andie to get herself out of bed. He wouldn’t look at her, or her rumpled sexiness. He would just wake her up and get out.

And pray he had enough time to calm down before Dillon came back.

Cody turned the knob on the door and pushed it open. It squeaked ever so slightly, but she didn’t stir. Cody flipped the light switch next to the door and saw Andie’s endless amber hair running across the bed like a river. He could smell her in the room, a soft and sweet scent that seemed to be unique to her. Even though she’d only been there one night she’d permeated the entire room. It was intoxicating and made Cody that much harder.

He quickly crossed the room and grabbed the string to pull open the room darkening shades sealing the light out. With a tug, the room flooded with light and Andie groaned. Cody turned toward her and grabbed the edge of the blankets tucked around her shoulders. He yanked the covers off her and froze.

Andie was completely naked.

Never A Bridesmaid, Always A Bride, reviews

The reviews for Never A Bridesmaid, Always A Bride are starting to come in, and I gotta say, you guys are awesome! I wanted to share one of the reviews with you today, you know… just in case you’re still on the fence!

From Lupita…

Just finished reading [Never A Bridesmaid, Always A Bride] and have to say I really, really, really enjoyed this book!!!!! I mean Jake……SWOON 😍😍. Alyssa was one lucky girl to have that kind of long lasting love. Loved Tina also…..who wouldn’t love a nonna like her……quick witted and sassy, great combination. Don’t want to ruin it for anyone that hasn’t read it but just had to say Mary E Thompson you really know how to capture an audience and keep it interesting. Did I mention how much I REALLY enjoyed this book 

How’s that for shining adoration! Lupita, you’re awesome!

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