INSIDE OUT Contest Day Five

Today’s winner will receive any book of their choice from my backlist! So how about an excerpt from INSIDE OUT? This time with Cope talking to Adrian about Ella…

Copyright 2010, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, The Berkley Publishing Group
Releases November 2!

“Tell me what it is about her.” Adrian leaned back to grab a bottle of juice, tossing it to Cope.

“The very first time I went into the café, years and years ago, she made me a latte. It was her eyes that day. And then the freckles. She was different then. I don’t know if you remember or not. But she was more upbeat, vibrant, outgoing. And slowly over the years it dimmed until she kicked him out. Then I thought maybe it was possible to ask her out. And then there was the attack, and she had to have the time and space to get her shit together. To get her life back.”

“I’ve seen how you look at her. Watched you watching her for years now. To be totally honest with you, it’s one of the reasons I haven’t made a move myself. How long have you crushed on her?” Cope’s gaze sharpened, and Adrian snorted a laugh. “Surprise, dude, your girl is hot. Ella is something special. Do you think no one but you noticed?”

“As long as you know she’s taken now, I got no problems admitting that my girl is hella hot. As for crushing on her? God, years. Since before the assault. Since she started at the café and I didn’t know anything about her. I watched her fade into her relationship with that piece of shit, and then she got up the courage to leave, and I thought, hey, now’s the time! And then he nearly killed her, and she needed the space to rebuild her life.” He shrugged.

“You weren’t ready for her last year. Or the year before that either.” Adrian sipped his juice. “You are now, and so is she. I’m glad to see it.” Cope shrugged. “Just promise me we won’t have to bang a drum or
anything if we talk about our feelings.” Adrian rolled his eyes, shooting him the middle finger. “Just making sure. Anyway, it’s probably true about me not being ready before. Neither of us would have been. It seems like this is a huge transition in her life, and I hate to think I’m a rebound. But I have to believe what I feel when I’m with her. I believe our connection is real.”

“Don’t blow it.”

“Trying not to. What about you then? You’re the last single guy in the group now. You interested in forever and that stuff or still happy with lots of starlets in your bed?” Cope laughed for a second. “Okay put that way, how can you not be happy with starlets in your bed? What I mean is, are you looking for a relationship or happy playing the field?”

“God, listen to us talking about our feelings and shit. If I found the right woman, yeah, I’d like a relationship. But it’s hard, being on the road. Trust is always an issue. Then again, I’m not on the road like we were at the start. Karen the baker is a nice woman. I like her. But I don’t think she’s the one. And I begin to wonder if it’s worth the effort unless I feel that connection. Hell, I’m not sure I’d know that connection if it hit me in the face. There’s so much to dig through sometimes.”

“How do you know they’re with you for you instead of for the fame and money?”

“Fucking Andrew Copeland and his ability to ask questions most people just never say out loud.” Adrian groaned. “I don’t. Which is why I don’t have a hot redhead in my bed like you do.”

Today’s Question: Do you like series? Why or why not and do you have any favorites?

I’ll choose a winner tomorrow morning! Good luck

55 comments to “INSIDE OUT Contest Day Five”

  1. Joder
    October 30th, 2010 at 6:57 pm · Link

    I love the excerpt! I love what he says and I wish I had someone who talked about me like that. Sniff, sniff.

    And I adore series and seeing characters evolve throughout each book. It makes me feel like a member of the family watching them grow up. Some of my faves are Ward’s BDB, Ione’s Demonica series, Kenyon’s DH series, and Cole’s IAD series.

  2. Bella F.
    October 30th, 2010 at 7:06 pm · Link

    I LOVE series! I like being able to follow the characters through their lives (so to speak) and getting to know the families, friends, etc.
    Plus, sometimes I just can’t get enough of a particular sexy hero, lol
    A few of my faves are: Demonica series by Larissa Ione, Love at Stakes series by Kerrelyn Sparks, Guild Hunter & Psy/Changling series by Nalini Singh, Richelle Mead’s VA & Georgina Kincaid series, Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series, Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series, Charlaine Harris’ Sookie & Harper Connelly series, and so many more :mrgreen:

  3. Tracy
    October 30th, 2010 at 7:07 pm · Link

    The excerpt was great Lauren! I like to see 2 dudes talking about their feelings-so hot lol.

    Yes I love series too! It’s nice to see favorite characters again and how they have evolved from previous books. You get invested in these characters and want to see them grow and be happy.

  4. Lisa F.
    October 30th, 2010 at 8:02 pm · Link

    I love series. I like hearing more about characters and the worlds that authors create. I also love hearing more about secondary characters. I have so many faves. J.D Robb In Death series is one of my favorites.

  5. ilona
    October 31st, 2010 at 12:21 pm · Link

    I love series books as you get to visit with characters you have taken to yourhjeart in follow on books.

    My favourites include the Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey, most of Anne McCaffrey’s series (Dragons of Pern, Tower & Hive etc.), David Weber’s Honorverse series, Lois Bujold McMasters’s Vorkosigan series, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters, Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series and too many more to list here.