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Dear Readers

It’s Bronwen here, waving from a very hot New Zealand. It’s 35c (95f) today and you might say, so what, except here in NZ we don’t have air-conditioning in our homes. It rarely gets this hot and when it does it’s usually only for a few days at a time, but last night it was 25c all night and I didn’t sleep that well. Even my dogs didn’t want to sleep curled next to me!

9780425284230-200x292Anyway, speaking of hot…I have had some beta reader feedback for Addicted to the Duke my new Imperfect Lords series (out June 2017).

One beta reader had this to say….

I think you wrote a brilliantly and masterfully work of romance! Such feelings and emotions shown throughout this powerful and compelling story are hard to convey to readers.  But you managed it beautifully. Very impressive! 

However, some readers may not enjoy the steamy sensuality. Need to make sure they understand it is a hot, steamy romance.” 

P.S. I read this in one day. I couldn’t put it down. I was glued to the pages of Alex and Hestia’s story, from the first page to the last. 

I was surprised by  a couple of other beta readers’ comments on the hotness of the sex scenes as I don’t think Addicted to the Duke is any steamier than my Disgraced Lords stories.

So my question to you is….how hot is too hot? 

Love Me-200I also thought I’d let you know I’ve two new contemporary romances launching today. You can download the first 3 chapters of each to see what you think.

Love Me and Heal Me – book #1 and #2 in my Coopers Creek series.

Love Me is about Tyler Jeffries and Emily Stanford, and is a reunion story. Five years ago, Tyler blamed Emily for his sister Lizzie’s death and now Emily is back in his life as nanny for his niece Hayley. Read the blurb here.

Heal Me is about Ric Stanford, Emily’s older brother and Tyler’s business partner. He was in love with Lizzie and when she died he closed off. But now sexy vet, Kate is awakening more than just his sex drive, she testing the fortress he’s constructed around his heart. Read the blurb here.

There will be several more books in this series all based around Coopers Creek.

GIVEAWAY – Tell me what Tyler is not coping with and be in to win a copy of HEAL ME book #2 in my Heal Me-200new series.

Snippet from Love Me….

Tyler crossed his arms over his chest and the action drew the arms and shoulders of his gray Armani suit tight over his flesh. There was no hiding the fact that he was in fantastic shape. Turn me on, mouth-watering shape…stop that!

“What are these ground rules?”

Emily fought the rush of hormones his nearness sent flowing through her. “We are not a couple. There won’t be any kissing, touching, or anything of a romantic nature. And no overnight visitors for either of us. It wouldn’t be appropriate to have adult sleepovers in front of Hayley. Can you agree to that?”

The air suddenly crackled between them. Desire shimmered in Tyler’s eyes and Emily’s stomach dropped pleasantly as awareness of him threaded through her. However, she held her ground as she waited for his answer.

His gaze cooled. “Yeah. I agree. I didn’t plan on bringing women home. I haven’t since Hayley came to live with me. When I’m in need of company, I’ll go to her place.”

Emily’s heart thudded in her chest. “Are you involved with someone?”

His smug smile told her that he’d seen her jealousy. He shrugged. “It’s nothing serious. I don’t do serious.”

“No, you just do anything in a tight skirt with big tits,” Emily tossed back.

Amusing him hadn’t been her goal, but that’s exactly what happened. Tyler burst out laughing and put a hand on his stomach. Emily’s annoyance piqued and she turned away from him, heading for the door.

“Emily, wait!” Tyler said with a laugh. “C’mon. You have to admit that that was funny.”

Reluctantly, Emily turned back around to face him. His smile was too hard to resist and she let out a giggle. She’d never been able to keep a straight face when his laughter was genuine and it looked like that hadn’t changed. Damn it!

He sobered. “I promise not to bring anyone home.”

“I won’t, either. My dates will either drop me at the door, or I’ll go to their place,” Emily said.

Emily enjoyed watching his expression harden. “Are you seeing someone?”

She gave him a sidelong look. “Let’s just say that I’m not lonely.”

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LOVE ME

The first book in USA Today bestselling author, Bronwen Evans’s flirty new contemporary romance series…

Emily Stanford’s trip to New York, and her plan to bring her orphaned goddaughter home to Coopers Creek, backfires. Hayley’s coming home but to Emily’s horror she’s hired as Hayley’s nanny and moving in with her ex-lover, Hayley’s uncle, the handsome cowboy come banker, Tyler Jeffries. He still makes her heart pound-even though four years ago he walked away from their relationship without a backward glance.

Tyler hates that he has no choice but to let Emily move in, but this is about Hayley and what she needs. He can’t believe the woman he blames for his sister’s death still fiercely fires his blood. Back in Coopers Creek, out of his comfort zone, coping with PTA meetings and white picket fences, he lets his heart’s defences down, only to have Emily betray him again…

Love Me is up for pre-order and is releasing on 13th February 2017. Chapter One is on my website.

Teaser Snippet:

Manhattan, NY.

“Hello, Tyler,” Emily said evenly. “It’s been a long time.”

“Not long enough.”

“It’s a pleasure to see you, too,” she retorted, stung by his nasty remark.

He studied her for one long, unhurried moment before seemingly dismissing what he saw, as though she was of no consequence.

Her face heated, angry that she let him affect her so much. She knew she wasn’t one of his usual bombshells, who plastered themselves to his side like a Band-Aid over a wound. Emily gathered her pride. Her breasts might be small, but they were real and nicely shaped—

Tyler’s sensual, yet direct voice startled her. “Why are you in New York?”

She should’ve been resistant to the affect he had on her, but it seemed as though he still had the power to melt her insides. Keep Calm. “I came to see Hayley, of course. She called me to come.”

“Called you?”

“She has all my contact info in her phone. Kids her age know their way around smartphones better than a blind man reads Braille.”

“Phone? What phone?”

“Her own. I gave her one in case she had an emergency and I pay the bill.” Tyler remained silent as she continued. “And she has an emergency. She hates it here. She begged me to come.”

Speaking of hate… Tyler’s expression was full of it. But even though he glared at her with his fabulous, stormy eyes, Emily wanted him. The wall of sheer animal charisma standing in front of her made her body heat.

He was male in the most primal sense of the word. She could smell the testosterone rising from him, and underneath it, the faint scent of some expensive cologne, which increased her awareness of the sexual tension that hummed in the small room.

A room with a bed.

Emily inwardly cursed her weakness. Her nipples hardened beneath her bra and she went rigid, deeply disconcerted by her strong reaction to the sensual charge emanating from Tyler.

Ignoring it, she said, “Hayley’s world has been turned upside down. She barely remembers her mother and she just lost her grandmother. She’s frightened of a new home. New York is so different than Coopers Creek and she doesn’t know anyone here except for you and Mrs. Clark. Hayley told me that Mrs. Clark is leaving next week. She also said that you’re parading nannies in front of her, which makes her think that you don’t want her.”

“That’s not true.” He cursed and sank down onto the edge of the bed. “Of course I want her.”

“I can just imagine the type of women you’re interviewing, and I hope you’ll remember the nanny is not there to look after your…needs. I’m sure the qualifications are totally different,” she said sarcastically, a touch of the green eyed monster rising sharply.

His gaze made her shiver. “Who’s looking after my needs is none of your business. But upsetting my niece is.”

She tried to take the high road and remain calm. “How have I upset your niece? She doesn’t even know I’m here.”

“Good. I want it to stay that way. She needs time to settle into her new surroundings and forget—”

“Forget?” Emily interjected angrily. “You don’t just forget someone because they die. Some people can’t switch off their emotions like you can. Some of us actually like having feelings, Tyler. And some of us actually want to be loved.” She snapped her mouth shut before she said something she’d regret. She wasn’t going to reveal her true feelings to him. How, after four years, he still stirred her heart.

The second book, is Emily’s brother Ric.

Heal Me sees Ric stuck in Coopers Creek and when he spies the local sexy vet, Kate, sparks fly.

HEAL ME

After her fiance dies, Kate Donoghue has picked up the broken pieces of her heart and moved on. She’s sworn off men and is building a Heal Me 3new life in Coopers Creek, Colorado as the local vet and senior member of the mountain rescue team. So why now is she suddenly distracted by the seriously sexy investment banker come cowboy, Ric Stanford? The man screams big city playboy but what can it hurt to indulge? Kate swears she won’t fall for Ric… but the heat between them is scorching.

Investment Banker Ric Stanford is enjoying his new life in the New York office. He’s finally putting distance between his hometown memories of Lizzie and her reckless death. So he’s more than pissed when on a trip home to Coopers Creek he breaks his leg and is stuck there for the foreseeable future. That is, until sexy vet, Kate Donoghue, arrives to attend to his sister’s dog and suddenly a month in Coopers Creek looks totally irresistible.

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As always, READ, FEEL, FALL IN LOVE.

Air New Zealand has released a hilarious holiday song for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere who have never seen a white Christmas.

Irish singer Ronan Keating and rising star Julian Dennison of Hunt for the Wilderpeople fame have teamed up for the video, shared on the company’s social media pages this morning.

This is what a NZ Christmas is all about – pav’s barbie’s and jandals. Bring the sun block!

Summer Wonderland, the Kiwi take on Winter Wonderland is a cheeky ode to pavs, jandals and everything else that makes the holidays here in New Zealand special. The festive track has been changed to make sense Downunder, where “bros” are glistening rather than snow because, as Dennison says, “a lot of people get sweaty down here, it’s really sunny”. Stand-out lines include “dodging heaps of prickles with your nan” and “gone away is the greeny-brown bird, here to stay are the Jandals”. The video ends with Dennison telling the Keating he probably needs to put on 70SPF sunblock.