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A Snippet from TART – Meet Cal

Delicious: TART by LAUREN DANE
Copyright 2012, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, The Berkley Publishing Group
Releasing in trade paper and digital formats November 6, 2012

Calvin Whaley was simply beautiful. At six feet and change, he was already imposing, but the broad shoulders stretched under olive toned skin, taut with just the right amount of muscle. A narrow waist, a high, tight ass and long, powerful legs. Add the black hair, cut flawlessly and therefore framing his face to highlight his gorgeous features, and the blue eyes and you didn’t even need the fact that he had an incredible sense of style so the package was always attractively dressed in clothes that fit him perfectly.

Breathless as she rolled out the dough, she couldn’t take hear gaze from him.

He kissed her on his way past. His gaze moved around the room as he took in the pies cooling on racks. His mouth curved upward a bit. Over to the stove where she’d just placed the finished cobbler to cool. Over to Gideon and up his legs and to his face. Sexy half smile this time.

Jules gulped, not even able to brace herself for his attention and when his gaze lighted on her face, she licked her lips.

“No one looks at me the way you do.”

When I wrote him, I’d always have David Gandy in my head…

Today’s contest is for a digital ARC of SWAY (my story in the Cherished duology out in August) Winner will be chosen from comments to this post and announced in the winners’ announcement post on Monday May 21! What contemporary romances are you looking forward to this summer?

38 comments to “A Snippet from TART – Meet Cal”

  1. Larri S
    May 14th, 2012 at 5:13 am · Link

    I’ve already pre-ordered Laid Bare, but that would be autumn, wouldn’t it? Lorelei James has two (!) books out this summer that I have also pre-ordered and am eagerly looking forward to reading. My TBR file on my Kindle is daunting and I keep hoping to make some headway on that…all I need is time, which seems to be in short supply for everyone 🙂

  2. IP
    May 14th, 2012 at 5:45 am · Link

    Shayla Black’s: Mine to Hold, Lorelei James’s: One Night Rodeo, Maya Banks’s: Echos at Dawn, Annabel Joseph’s: Burn for You and of course your Cherished duology with Maya Banks. So all in all it should be a pretty hot summer 🙂

  3. Ellie Heller
    May 14th, 2012 at 6:07 am · Link

    I’ve just started on the Fool’s Gold series so I’ll likely pick up the two coming out over the summer. I’m also looking forward to Susan Elizabeth Phillip’s _The Great Escape_. I tend to read a lot more Paranormal/Contemporary Fantasy so it’s not a long list!

  4. Christine
    May 14th, 2012 at 6:42 am · Link

    Well here are a few The Lost Night by Jayne Castle, Howl for it by Shelly Laurenston, Echoes at dawn by Maya Banks, Archangel’s Storm by Nalini Singh, how t Drive a Dragon Crazy GA Aiken and of course Cherished

  5. Tracey D
    May 14th, 2012 at 7:00 am · Link

    I’m so far behind, I don’t even know what coming out this summer! The books listed, so far, sound great.

  6. Lori T
    May 14th, 2012 at 7:28 am · Link

    I am so out of the loop lately…that I am not sure what is coming out this summer. I know that I am, of course, looking forward to Chaos Burning and Shannon Stacey’s Slow Summer Kisses.

    Thanks for the look at Tart.

  7. Melanie J.
    May 14th, 2012 at 7:32 am · Link

    I am looking forward to: Laid Bare, Maya Banks’s: Echos at Dawn and Colter’s Promise and a few more I jsut can’t think of them off the top of my head!

  8. Louise
    May 14th, 2012 at 7:36 am · Link

    Yum, delicious! Hmmm, not sure if there are any contemporary romances on my list for summer. Lots of m/m, paranormal, etc. 😛

  9. Kimh
    May 14th, 2012 at 7:36 am · Link

    Congrats he sound hot whoo can’t wait great pic Ty
    Erin mccarty fast tracdks , yours f cours

  10. Blanche
    May 14th, 2012 at 7:58 am · Link

    Colters’ Promise by Maya Banks!! 🙂

  11. OrielaJ
    May 14th, 2012 at 8:11 am · Link

    This summer I’m looking forward to;
    Shayla Black’s Mine to Hold as well as her the Virgin Coubine, Janet Chapman’s Charmed by His Love and Courting Carolina,
    Maya Bank’s Colter’s Promise, Echo of Dawn as well as Cherished
    I’m looking forward to Chaos Burning.
    Tymber Dalton Triple Dog Dare

  12. Melissa Lamb
    May 14th, 2012 at 8:46 am · Link

    I am looking forward to reading so many amazing books that it was hard to just pick a few. The few that I can up with are of course Cherished, Chaos Burning, and Laid Bare. Also, Mine to Hold by Shayla Black, Echoes at Dawn by Maya Banks, and Hot in Handcuffs by Shayla Black, Sylvia Day, and Shiloh Walker. I am also excited to read a few paranormal romances like Eternal Beast by Laura Wright.

  13. Melissa B
    May 14th, 2012 at 9:07 am · Link

    Be still my heart, but Gandy is looking FINE ~ I don’t think I’ll have any problem at all putting him in the role of Calvin!

    Ooh, right now the biggie on the horizon is Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh. Cannot WAIT! Tart , Vortex by Cherry Adair, Slow Summer Kisses by Shannon Stacey, Devils Gate by Thea Harrison, Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood…Wow, and I could go on, lol!

  14. Rebe
    May 14th, 2012 at 9:55 am · Link

    I’m really looking forward to Maya Banks’ Echoes at Dawn! PNR/UF releases are Tangle of Need and Howl for it. Can’t wait!

  15. cathyf
    May 14th, 2012 at 10:11 am · Link

    Chaos Burning. How to Drive a Dragon Crazy by GA Aiken,
    and Julie Garwood’s new one. I credit Julie Garwood for my
    love of romance genre. I picked up one of her books in high
    school and there has been no going back for me. I have not missed one of her books since then.

  16. JenM
    May 14th, 2012 at 12:11 pm · Link

    A bunch of good books already mentioned. I’m really looking forward to the continuation of Jill Shalvis’s Lucky Harbor series. And to Lisa Kleypas’s next Friday Harbor series (hmm, both are set in Washington State too).

  17. Cheryl McInnis
    May 14th, 2012 at 1:20 pm · Link

    Can’t wait for Tangle of Need and Gunmetal Magic…I love kick-butt heroines! 😀

  18. StacieD
    May 14th, 2012 at 1:28 pm · Link

    You know how I feel about David Gandy. Me-ow!

  19. Jordan H
    May 14th, 2012 at 1:51 pm · Link

    Wow, I am so looking forward to Sway and Tart.

  20. Jane
    May 14th, 2012 at 1:54 pm · Link

    I’m really looking forward to Jill Shalvis’ “Lucky in Love.”

  21. Heather S
    May 14th, 2012 at 2:49 pm · Link

    I am so excited to read Maya Banks’ Colter’s Promise. I love that series.

  22. Glittergirl
    May 14th, 2012 at 3:52 pm · Link

    I’ve got the following list for this summer, I’ve pared it down to only the contemporaries although I have lots of historicals too.

    Showalter ~ Wicked Nights
    Douglas ~ Dream Bound
    Eden ~ Angel Betrayed
    Banks~ Echoes at Dawn
    Feehan ~ Samari Game
    Sands ~ The Lady Is A Vamp
    Ashley ~ Hard Mated
    Leigh ~ Stygian’s Honor

  23. Diane
    May 14th, 2012 at 4:30 pm · Link

    Catherine Coulter’s Backfire, Kay Hooper’s Haven, Julie Garwood’s Sweet Talk and Linda Howard’s Shadow Woman.

  24. cait045
    May 14th, 2012 at 5:03 pm · Link

    I can’t wait for Tangle of Need!!!

  25. elaing8
    May 14th, 2012 at 5:44 pm · Link

    I’m looking forward to Maya Banks-Colter’s Promise

  26. bn100
    May 14th, 2012 at 5:55 pm · Link

    Colter’s Promise by Maya Banks

  27. Lin
    May 14th, 2012 at 7:24 pm · Link

    The contemporary romances that I am looking forward are:

    Black, Mine to Hold
    Banks, Echoes at Dawn
    Banks, Colter’s Promise
    James, One Night Rodeo
    James, Kissin’ Tell
    Kleypas, Dream Lake
    Burton, Playing to Win (early Sept)

    Paranormal contemporary
    Chaos Burning
    Singh, Tangle of Need
    Singh, Archangel’s Storm (early Sept)

  28. Tracy
    May 14th, 2012 at 8:38 pm · Link

    Along with some of the awesome books listed above including Chaos Burning I am looking forward to Bound to You by Bethany Kane (Beth Kery).

  29. Lee
    May 15th, 2012 at 8:04 am · Link

    Yours and Shannon Stacey has a new one too 🙂

  30. Shannon R.
    May 15th, 2012 at 11:20 am · Link

    Yours & Maya Banks as well as Shannon Stacey

  31. Erin
    May 15th, 2012 at 4:13 pm · Link

    Tart sounds so great and David Gandy is just a nice bonus!

    Books I am looking forward to reading this summer:
    Sway!! SEP’s The Great Escape, Erin McCarty’s Jacked Up, Victoria Dahl’s Close Enough to Touch, Jaci Burton’s Playing to Win and Shannon Stacey’s Slow Summer Kisses.

  32. Jen B.
    May 15th, 2012 at 6:22 pm · Link

    I must give a sad answer. I have a list the legnth of my arm but I don’t think I will have the budget to buy any of them. So, I am not looking forward to any of them because I don’t want to make myself too sad. 😥

  33. Susan W.
    May 15th, 2012 at 7:25 pm · Link

    I have so many books on my Kindle waiting for me to read this summer that I’m glad I have the summer off to read! I just might make it through half of them before I have to go back to work! Most of them are PNR since I seem to be on a kick lately.

  34. becky jean
    May 16th, 2012 at 7:46 am · Link

    Cant wait for this to come out!!!

  35. Cammie S.
    May 16th, 2012 at 9:27 am · Link

    I’m looking forward to soooo many! Chaos Burning! L. James-Kissin Tell, One Night Rodeo. Maya Banks-Colter’s Promise! I can’t wait for the fall and your new releases!

  36. Dee
    May 16th, 2012 at 8:15 pm · Link

    Looking forward to this. I love the Browns and their friends. I am looking forward to reading In One Person, the Erin, Ben and Todd novella and J.D Robb’s new In Death coming out in September.

  37. Sarah
    May 17th, 2012 at 4:21 pm · Link

    All of yours 😉

    Shelley Laurenston’s Howl for It
    Both of Lorelei James’
    Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor books

    a bit before summer but Nalini Singh’s Tangle of Need 😮

  38. Aurore
    May 20th, 2012 at 10:12 am · Link

    Thank you for the snippet. I’m looking forward to reading more about Cal and the others. I like your model for Cal by the way! 😉
    I’m looking forward to Sway this summer. I’ve read a snippet of Slow Summer Kisses by Shannon Stacey and I really want to read it!


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