Laid Bare With Flair – Day One!!!

In this erotic universe, passion knows no rank…

Since the first settlers came through the portals from Earth, fifteen Families have held the rule of the Federated Universes in their hands. There’s never been a better time than now to throw out the old and usher in a new order. Give voice to the unranked. Abbie Haws has spent her life battling the system. A fighter, she’s always been too busy and driven to pay much attention to finding love. But when she’s granted audience with Roman Lyons, the head of House Lyons, who stands for everything she hates, her instant attraction catches Abbie off-guard…

It’s common knowledge that the Known Universe revolves around Ravena–and that Ravena revolves around Roman Lyons, bred to lead since birth. Roman dreads his meeting with a defiant–if stunning–rabble-rouser. But, sometimes, headstrong personalities in the conference room make for hot-and-heavy, guilty trysts in private….

Now, Abbie will show Roman the parts of her world he wouldn’t otherwise get to see. And he’ll give her a glimpse of the Families’ age old tradition and unleash a sexuality he’d never given rein to before.

Just a glimpse of Abbie and Roman’s connection here:

Copyright 2009, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, Penguin Publishing Group

The woman looking back at her in the mirror started as she took herself in. “I look like I just got fingered like a nineteen year old in her boyfriend’s parents’ house,” she mumbled as she wet her hands to get her hair back in order. Which made her laugh because she had been a nineteen year old girl who got fingered in her boyfriend’s parents’ house, in the dark, in their family room after an hour of kissing.
Who kissed for an hour anymore? She’d like to kiss Roman for an hour, maybe two. Languid kisses because they had the whole day to do nothing more than that.

Her knees were still rubber from the interlude. How completely unexpected it had all been. Him touching her like that, shoving her sleeve up to see the bruise Kerrigan had left. And when she saw his hand there something slipped its moorings inside her and she rushed at him, shoving him to the carpet, wanting to harm before she could be harmed.

But he’d been still, looking up at her through eyes that saw right to her soul. Some part of him had seen her pain and he’d responded to that. And then when he’d caressed her thighs, good great gods! It’d been enough to ram the sense back into her enough to jump from him and get some distance. But then he’d uncoiled himself like a great, male predator and moved to her with kind eyes.

She’d attacked not just a Ranked male, but the Ranked male and he gently moved the hair from her face. Not as if she was so fragile she’d break, but as if she was precious. And then he kissed her and she couldn’t resist, couldn’t even recall the reasons she’d had for staying away from him to begin with.
She’d gone up there upset and afraid but now something else had passed between them. He’d touched her physically, yes, but emotionally as well and the dark edge of craving began to sliver through her.

At first glance, Relentless is about opposites attracting, but once you scratch the surface, you see that despite class differences, Abbie and Roman are not so very different when it comes to being passionate about the things they believe in. It’s a story about passion, committment, connection and love – and what happens when sometimes those things conflict and you have to choose.

Today’s prize (announced tomorrow at noon pacific) is a copy of Relentless and a pair of very pretty earrings from one of my favorite ETSY sellers!

All you need to do is reply here and tell me what song or CD you’re listening to most these days. I’ll choose a winner from the entries tomorrow! Winners have three days to claim the prize so you’ll be responsible for checking back here!


80 comments to “Laid Bare With Flair – Day One!!!”

  1. Joy Roach
    July 3rd, 2009 at 3:15 am · Link

    Woohoo! Let the Flair begin 😀

    I listen to Funhouse by P!nk, Daughtry by Daughtry, and Taylor Swift and Fearless by Taylor Swift everyday. I just have them on shuffle and repeat while I’m working. I never get tired of them. 🙂

  2. Frana
    July 3rd, 2009 at 3:35 am · Link

    Hi! Great giveaway and Relentless sounds like a very interesting read.
    My favourite CD these days is Chase This Light by Jimmy Eat World 😆 Great stuff, if you haven’t heard of it you should try it

  3. Tez Miller
    July 3rd, 2009 at 3:45 am · Link

    Kasabian’s West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum and Daniel Merriweather’s Love & War – two great albums only released in the past month or so. Good quality songcrafting 🙂

  4. Christine
    July 3rd, 2009 at 5:32 am · Link

    Since I already have this book don’t put me in this one but in the main contest. But mostly Keith Urban new one Sweet Thing

  5. Lisa J
    July 3rd, 2009 at 6:14 am · Link

    M cd player has The Eagles Long Road Out of Eden, John Hiatt Riding the King (I love the songs and lyrics, they make me smile), Bob Seger Greatest Hits, and Cat Stevens Teas for the Tillerman.

    Okay, I’m a classic rock fan.

  6. Cheryl McInnis
    July 3rd, 2009 at 6:37 am · Link

    Right now I’m feeling very patriotic after Canada Day and am mostly listening to Metric’s Fantasies, Our Lady Peace’s Clumsy and Three Days Grace One X. And of course there is the soundtrack to Hannah Montana the Movie in the van. I have two daughters 🙄

  7. Natasha A.
    July 3rd, 2009 at 6:44 am · Link

    Ah….my secret shame…..
    I have been listening to Lady Gaga`s Poker Face! Also, please don`t enter me in the contest for Relentless, I have it already!

  8. Eva S
    July 3rd, 2009 at 6:49 am · Link

    I’m listening to Leonard Cohen or some music from the 60’s, with Johnny Tillotson or Bobby Darin

  9. Michelle
    July 3rd, 2009 at 6:54 am · Link

    I’m not a big music fanatic but the one song on the radio that seems to always attract my attention and makes me want to sing along these days is Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked by Cage the Elephant.

  10. limecello
    July 3rd, 2009 at 7:25 am · Link

    No need to enter me into this drawing – but whoever wins is lucky indeed. I LOVED Relentless! 😀

    And yay for Laid Bare coming out!!!

  11. Chris
    July 3rd, 2009 at 7:43 am · Link

    I have the song “For What’s It Worth” by Placebo on heavy rotation here these days.

  12. Jessie
    July 3rd, 2009 at 7:52 am · Link

    Its summer and that usually means its Jimmy Buffett for me pretty much everything by him

  13. Amelia
    July 3rd, 2009 at 8:06 am · Link

    I’m listening to the soundtrack of Wicked!

  14. Nancy
    July 3rd, 2009 at 8:13 am · Link

    My new favorite song is a new one I just heard a few days ago called ‘Battlefield’ but I still have no idea who sings it! Must google. Loving it hard though!

    Weeeee! on the new release. I so love that cover!

  15. Teresa W.
    July 3rd, 2009 at 8:21 am · Link

    My favorite song right now is Boom Boom Pow by The Black Eyed Peas!

  16. Michelle
    July 3rd, 2009 at 8:27 am · Link

    I’m listening to both “I Don’t Care” by Apocalyptica and “Second Chance” by Shinedown. Generally I have Three Days Grace ready to go–I love a number of their songs, they get me going during the day.

    Congrats on the new release!


    Michelle (AntinMitchfield)

  17. Jody F.
    July 3rd, 2009 at 8:42 am · Link

    I have a wide variety I’m listening to. But I’m probably listening to the Broadway soundtrack to Rent most often.

  18. Fedora
    July 3rd, 2009 at 8:53 am · Link

    We’re currently on a They Might Be Giants kick, and the kids of course love No No No! *sigh*

  19. Nancy Gilliland
    July 3rd, 2009 at 8:54 am · Link

    I’m listening to the Celtic Thunder Act 2 CD these days, I especially like their version of Don McLean’s Castles In The Air. That and the new Rob Thomas.

  20. Ley
    July 3rd, 2009 at 9:04 am · Link

    I’ve had an extremely annoying song stuck in my head for a few days now, but I’ve been trying to drive it out using Lady Gaga and Family Force 5…. Mmmm… Love those guys. 😀

  21. Jeanette Juan
    July 3rd, 2009 at 9:08 am · Link

    I’ve been listening to Jordin Spark’s song “Battlefield” I love it!!

  22. Tamsyn
    July 3rd, 2009 at 9:16 am · Link

    Congrats on the new release!
    My favourite song nowadays is Mordred’s Lullaby. Just love it!

  23. Stephanie
    July 3rd, 2009 at 9:26 am · Link

    I’m hooked on ‘Broken Strings” by James Morrison and Nelly Furtado. It’s a sad balled but its hauntingly beautiful. Also listening to Rob Thomas’ new one and Paramore’s last CD.

  24. Heather Brewer
    July 3rd, 2009 at 9:35 am · Link

    I have so many things on my media player that it randomly plays I have everything from Dr. Hook to Taylor Switft, Daughtery, Metallica, Old Rock, hairbands, country to Trans Siberian Orchestra.

    I think probably old southern rock is my favorite.

  25. Judy Cox
    July 3rd, 2009 at 9:36 am · Link

    I love George Strait!! I have been listening to his newest CD-Troubadour

  26. Melissa
    July 3rd, 2009 at 9:45 am · Link

    Okay, I’m admitting it. I have been gorging myself on Michael Jackson. Everything I can hear on satellite and CD’s. It’s like a guilty secret, lol. My daughter is about to kill me….she’s like Mommy, MORE Michael Jackson?? Can you QUIT?? I’d actually forgotten about alot of his songs.

  27. Roberta Harwell
    July 3rd, 2009 at 9:57 am · Link

    Hate to say it but here lately I’ve not been listening to any music on a regular basis. I haven’t even been watching tv. I’ve been reading my TBR pile and loving it. Have a great day.

  28. Jane
    July 3rd, 2009 at 10:00 am · Link

    I’ve been listening to Colplay’s current album, Viva La Vida. My song of the moment is “Lovers in Japan.”

  29. Roxanne
    July 3rd, 2009 at 10:16 am · Link

    The song I’m listening the most to right now is Keith Urban’s You look good in my shirt.

  30. danni
    July 3rd, 2009 at 10:18 am · Link

    I love the soundtrack to the movie Enchanted. I keep listening to the song “So Close”. Also been listening to the Korean band 2pm.

  31. Crystal B.
    July 3rd, 2009 at 10:19 am · Link

    I have been listening to George Strait’s Troubadour and Lady Antebellum’s self titled album.

  32. Armenia
    July 3rd, 2009 at 10:30 am · Link

    I’ve got Carlos Santa – The Shaman on my CD player. I just love his groove style of guitar.

  33. Michelle
    July 3rd, 2009 at 10:59 am · Link

    Hi Lauren, Don’t enter me in for Relentless cause I bought your book the day of the realease and I’d love someone to win that hasn’t had the treat of reading it yet!

    However I still wanna have fun and play so right now my favorite song is Boom Boom Pow by The Black Eyed Peas and I changed my ring tone to that song too.

  34. tea4444rose
    July 3rd, 2009 at 11:01 am · Link

    Right now I am listening to the soundtrack from Wicked, MJ’s greatest hits, and Lily Allen 🙂

  35. Kristen Riley
    July 3rd, 2009 at 11:18 am · Link

    I have my i-Pod wired to my tuner and I’m listening to mixture of 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s & 90’s rock and country in surround sound.
    Just love digital technology!

  36. Lissa
    July 3rd, 2009 at 11:30 am · Link

    At this time my favorite song I listend to is the cover to Wham’s Careless Whisper by Seether. I also like the video of LoveGame by LadyGaGa. I have found an tape of lovesongs that my husband made for me when we started dated and I am beginning to load those songs onto my Itouch.

  37. chey
    July 3rd, 2009 at 11:52 am · Link

    Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams

  38. Donna S
    July 3rd, 2009 at 12:29 pm · Link

    Im currently listening to Calling All Skeletons by Alkaline Trio.

  39. Estella
    July 3rd, 2009 at 12:35 pm · Link

    George Straight’s Troubador.

  40. Ilona
    July 3rd, 2009 at 12:44 pm · Link

    Wonderful contest Lauren. Relentless sounds like a great book to win and as an avid collector of earrings that makes the prize doubly interesting to me. 😀 Please put my name in the hat, thanks.

  41. Jennifer ONealWatts
    July 3rd, 2009 at 12:45 pm · Link

    I find that a combination of Adele, 60s motown, and a little snoop dogg gangster rap usually fortify me on the tough days I’ve been having

  42. delitealex
    July 3rd, 2009 at 12:52 pm · Link

    I’m listening to Knock you down by Keri Hilson

  43. Suzana
    July 3rd, 2009 at 1:05 pm · Link

    These days it’s mostly Glasvegas for me

  44. Mary G
    July 3rd, 2009 at 1:15 pm · Link

    Broken Strings by James Morrison/Nelly Furtado & Please Don’t Leave Me by Pink.
    Guilty pleasure is The Way I Are by Timbaland on CD in the car where no one can hear me singing.

  45. Susan
    July 3rd, 2009 at 1:20 pm · Link

    I’ve been listening to The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac and Who’s Next by The Who.

    When did they start calling my favorite music Classic Rock?! 😯

  46. Blanche
    July 3rd, 2009 at 1:50 pm · Link

    My daughter put together a mix of stuff for me recently and that is what I’ve been listening to mostly! It has everything from Oingo Boingo to Journey! Lots of good stuff! :mrgreen:

  47. Erika
    July 3rd, 2009 at 1:50 pm · Link

    You Found Me by The Fray. Love them!

  48. Sandy M
    July 3rd, 2009 at 2:06 pm · Link

    I’m sure you meant a musical CD, Lauren, but right now in my CD player in the car is Kim Edward’s The Memory Keeper’s Daughter! LOL, I have way too many books on CD and tape, so I’ve made a vow to start listening to them!

    Thanks for the Relentless blurb. It’s terrific! Looking forward to this book!

  49. bridget3420
    July 3rd, 2009 at 2:21 pm · Link

    I listen to Pink a lot. I’ve been listening to Twista a lot too.

  50. Sarah
    July 3rd, 2009 at 2:23 pm · Link

    right now im listening to Jason Aldeans song “She’s Country”