Sunday, August 17, 2014

Excerpt: FLIRTING WITH FOREVER by Kim Boykin @AuthorKimBoykin

Forty-year-old Tara Jordan’s first book, The Perfect Marriage in 30 Days, is at the top of the bestseller lists, and her publisher wants her on a book tour ASAP.  Tara’s about to live her dream only there’s one problem.  Her husband of 15 years has just walked out, leaving Tara on the brink of financial ruin with no choice but to promote a self-help book about marriage when hers is secretly in ruins.

Enter publicist Jake Randall, 30, who’s had it with hand holding newbie authors channeling their inner divas on their first book tours, until he meets Tara.  Their instant attraction blossoms quickly into love.  Tara thinks she has achieved her dreams and earned her license to thrive until her husband, Jim returns determined to win her back.

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“Talk to me, Tara.”

I swiped at my tears, trembling hard. “Go to hell, Jake.”

“Lou’s the best at what she does.”

And just what does she do for you? “You promised you wouldn’t tell anybody, Jake, and then you told her. Why would you do that to me?”

“Look, I did what I thought was best.”

“Not for me, you didn’t. You were just trying to protect your job.”

“I was trying to protect you.” He closed the space between us, pinning me against the wall. His mouth slanted across mine, hands threaded in my hair as he kissed me. And I kissed him back. Greedy. Devouring. Terrified that he could make me feel so hurt and angry. Wanted.

The elevator opened. I pulled away and ran for my room. The damn key card wouldn’t work, or maybe it was my hands that wouldn’t work. He was pressed against me, hands caged on either side of the door.  I swiped the key in the lock over and over again. The stupid red light mocked me, and my body betrayed me, arching into his.

“I’m so sorry you thought I was trying to hurt you, Tara.” His lips pressed just  above my ear. “I would never hurt you.”

Finally, the key worked. I fell into the room, slammed the door shut, back pressed against it, heart beating out of my chest. And that’s when I knew the real reason I was running from Jake Randall.

About the Author

Kim Boykin is a women's fiction author with a sassy Southern streak. She is the author of The Wisdom of Hair, Steal Me, Cowboy, and Palmetto Moon (Summer 2014.) While her heart is always in South Carolina, she lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, 3 dogs, and 126 rose bushes. For more on Kim’s books, visit her website at

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