This contest is now closed—thank you commenters! Steph M is the winner; I’ll email her directly.
I just finished Molly O’Keefe’s compulsively readable Wild Child.
Monica Appleby is a woman with a reputation. Once she was America’s teenage “Wild Child,” with her own reality TV show. Now she’s a successful author coming home to Bishop, Arkansas, to pen the juicy follow-up to her tell-all autobiography. Problem is, the hottest man in town wants her gone. Mayor Jackson Davies is trying to convince a cookie giant to move its headquarters to his crumbling community, and Monica’s presence is just too . . . unwholesome for business. But the desire in his eyes sends a very different message: Stay, at least for a while.
Jackson needs this cookie deal to go through. His town is dying and this may be its last shot. Monica is a distraction proving too sweet, too inviting—and completely beyond his control. With every kiss he can taste her loneliness, her regrets, and her longing. Soon their uncontrollable attraction is causing all kinds of drama. But when two lost hearts take a surprise detour onto the bumpy road of unexpected love, it can only lead someplace wonderful.
One big reason I couldn’t stop turning pages was how evocatively O’Keefe details the attraction between hero and heroine. It’s—to shamelessly steal a phrase Mary Ann Rivers, author of The Story Guy and Snowfall, used in an email to me yesterday (in an unrelated context)—“crazy, insane, beautiful horniness.”
Here are two of my favorite lusciously sexy moments:
There was something about her smart mouth, her irreverence, that made him want to bite her. It was a fire in his blood—a swift and sudden obsession. He’d start with that small, delicate cup of skin supported by bone and sinew right there under her ear.
It was fast, the kiss. Zero to sixty in no time. They went from lips, to careful breaths, to teeth and tongues and a deep, sawing need. A breaking pulse that hammered between them.
Want. Want. Want.
More and yes and there and now.
So … if you want, want, want more, yes, here and now, you can comment below before Thursday, November 21 at 11:59 p.m. PST to enter to win an eBook copy of Wild Child. I’ll draw and contact one random winner on Friday (okay, not right now, but there is more crazy insane beautiful horniness in the winner’s future, I promise).