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Title: A Date for the Derby

Series: Dating #5

Authors: Heidi McLaughlin & LP Dover
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 21, 2020

 

Blurb
For Brielle Armstrong the pomp and circumstance of the days leading up to the Kentucky Derby are truly the most thrilling time of the year. Press junkets, designer gowns, everyone schmoozing her in hopes of getting in her daddyโ€™s good graces. Whatโ€™s not to love?

But this year, her heart is racing with anticipation to see Colby Hensley. As a former trainer of her familyโ€™s champion horses, his rugged sex appeal has always filled Brielleโ€™s mind with naughty thoughts of a little barebacked fun.

Even though Colby walked away from their farm, her father Butch, would never approve of him. But what daddy doesnโ€™t know canโ€™t hurt him. If their secret comes out, it could cost Brielle everything. Still, what fun is life if you donโ€™t ride it at a gallop?

Grab your riding crop, and place your bets. Itโ€™s Derby Day!

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Excerpt

โ€œWhat happened with Colby, Brielle?โ€
Groaning, I close my eyes. โ€œEverything. The man drives me insane.โ€
โ€œBut yet, you still love him.โ€ The breath catches in my lungs and I can feel the burn behind my eyes. When I open them, William can see right through me. He cups my face in his hands. โ€œYou need to just tell him how you feel and get it over with. Keeping all this anger inside of you isnโ€™t healthy.โ€
I scoff. โ€œNo, but it feels good to hate him. Makes him leaving not hurt as bad.โ€
He shakes his head. โ€œThatโ€™s a lie and you know it. Where is he right now?โ€
Thereโ€™sย only one place I know heโ€™ll be. โ€œProbably at the stables.โ€
โ€œThen go,โ€ he says, nodding toward the door. โ€œIโ€™ll handle your father if he asks where youโ€™re at.โ€ He brushes off his shoulders. โ€œHe loves me.โ€ Which is true, my father does like him and has told me plenty of times that he wants us together. William has a charisma about him that everyone seems to be attracted to. William pulls me over to the door. โ€œGo. I got this.โ€
My heart beats uncontrollably and I knowย itโ€™sย now or never. โ€œThanks, Will. I love you for this.โ€
He winks. โ€œI know. When you get back, I want to hear everything.โ€
Thereโ€™sย no way I can go to the stables in my dress, so I rush up the stairs while William sneaks back through the secret door. I quickly change into a pair of jeans, my boots, and a dark T-shirt. The last thing I want is someone recognizing me.ย Thereโ€™sย already a hat in my car I can use. Nowย all Iย have toย do is get down to my car unnoticed. I sneak down the staircase and through the secret door. Onceย Iโ€™mย out the back door of the kitchen, I sprint across the yard to my car.
Luckily, I get away without anyone seeing me. Over the years, I had to learn to be stealth, especially with keeping mine and Colbyโ€™s relationship a secret. Itย doesnโ€™tย take long to get to the stables, and when I pull into the parking lot, Colbyโ€™s truck is there. I knew it. I grab my baseball cap and slip it on.
Itโ€™sย dark, but I can see the lights in the stables up ahead. My chest hurts from my heart pounding so achingly hard. Do I really want to confront him again? Yes and no. My goal was to make him think Iย didnโ€™tย give a shit that he left.ย Iโ€™mย failing miserably. The more I keep things bottled up, the worse I feel. Iย canโ€™tย stand feeling like this anymore.
I storm into the stables andย thatโ€™sย when I see him with Maximus.ย Heโ€™sย already changed out of his suit and into a pair of jeans and a snug T-shirt that hugs his perfectly sculpted biceps. I remember what it was like to be held in those arms. My gut clenches and I hide in one of the empty stalls. Colby rubs a hand down the midnight-colored stallionโ€™s back with such tenderness. If only he knew how to treat women that way.ย Iโ€™mย not a damsel in distress kind of woman, but dammit to hell, if he didnโ€™t break my heart.
Groaning silently, I crouch down inside the stall. It was a mistake to come here. Now I only hope heย didnโ€™tย see me. I peek through one of the cracks in the wood. Colby takes off his shirt and crams it into his back pocket.
โ€œI know youโ€™re there,ย Bri,โ€ he calls out, running his hands down Maximusโ€™ mane.
โ€œDammit,โ€ I hiss, clenching my fists tight.
โ€œDonโ€™t you think itโ€™s time we talked? You canโ€™t hide from me forever.โ€ His footsteps grow closer, and I freeze, hopingย heโ€™llย walk past. I slide down into the corner and hold my breath as he walks by. โ€œI want to say Iโ€™m sorry. Thereโ€™s so much I have to say.โ€
โ€œJust drive the wedge in even harder, asshole,โ€ I mumble to myself.
โ€œI need you to come out and talk to me. I can make you if Iย have to, which might be kind of fun for me. You donโ€™t want me to enjoy this, do you?โ€ What I really want to do is smack him on the head. โ€œBrielle?โ€ His voice grows farther away until I hear his footsteps leave the stables. If I run out the other side, I might be able to get back to my car without him seeing me. Taking a deep breath, I slowly get to my feet and glance over the stall; the coast is clear.
The wooden door of the stall creaks and I freeze.ย Shit.ย I hold my breath and listen, but there are no footsteps approaching. As quietly as I can, I tiptoe my way to the back entrance of the stables and turn the corner, only to run right into him. He reaches for my hand, but I jerk away from him.
โ€œYou didnโ€™t think you fooled me back there, did you?โ€ He stares right into my eyes, but I refuse to give in.
โ€œScrew you,โ€ I hiss, turning on my heel. I march off but he follows close behind. โ€œI have nothing to say to you.โ€
โ€œWell, too bad. I have a shit-ton to say to you. Now stop being a brat and give me one minute.โ€
Sucking in a breath, I freeze. Did heย really justย call me a brat? Gritting my teeth, I face him head on. I half expect him to smirk, but thereโ€™s nothing but seriousness in his stormy electric blue gaze.
โ€œAll right, this ends now,โ€ I snap, pushing on his chest. He steps back, his jaw clenched tight. โ€œCall me a brat if you want, but Iโ€™m pissed and embarrassed. How the hell am I supposed to feel after I gave you my heart and you left? No explanations โ€ฆ nothing. All my father said was that you were done working with us.โ€ Tears fill my eyes, and I hate myself for letting him see my pain. โ€œYou didnโ€™t even have the decency to tell me you didnโ€™t want to be with me anymore.โ€ Huffing, I turn and march out of the stables. โ€œNow I just feel like an idiot. So, by all means, make me sit down and hear all the reasons why you donโ€™t want to be with me. Go ahead and call meย childish, a brat, or whatever you like. I donโ€™t care anymore,โ€ I say, waving my arms in the air. โ€œAt least I wasnโ€™t afraid to let you in.โ€
My heart thunders in my chest. It felt good to scream out my feelings, but now they are no longer mine. Never have I ever let anyone see the vulnerable side of me.
Out of nowhere, aย lassoย is thrown around my body. I scream when the rope bites into my skin, burning as Colby tightens it. I struggled to break free, but itโ€™s so tight, even my hands start to tingle. I try to stand my ground, but the harder he pulls, the tighter it gets.
โ€œDammit, Colby. Let me go! I canโ€™t feel my hands.โ€ I have no choice but to willingly move my feet. If Iย donโ€™t, heโ€™ll drag me across the ground through the dirt. My dignity is more important.
โ€œYou shouldnโ€™t have walked away,โ€ he growls, his voice by my ear. He jerks me around and pushes me into one of the empty stalls. I turn my face away, but he grabs my chin. โ€œI donโ€™t think so, princess.ย Youโ€™reย going to look at me when I say this. Do you want me to tie your hands and feet together too?โ€
I have no doubtย heโ€™llย do it. โ€œFine,โ€ I huff, lifting my glare to his. โ€œWhat do you want?โ€
His lips close over mine, hard and raw as he forces his tongue inside. I try to fight him off, butย itโ€™sย a half-ass attempt. Who am I kidding? Iย donโ€™tย want him to stop. Not to mention, Iย canโ€™tย move.ย Iโ€™mย at his mercy, and I like it. He pushes me into the wall, rubbing his arousal against me. Moaning, I bite his lip and he pulls away.
โ€œYou.”ย 
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Heidi McLaughlin
Heidi McLaughlinย is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal,ย and USA Today Bestselling author of The Beaumont Series, The Boys of Summer, and The Archers.

Originally, from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband, two daughters,ย and their three dogs.

In 2012, Heidi turned her passion for reading into a full-fledged literary career, writing over twenty novels,ย including the acclaimed Forever My Girl.

When writing isnโ€™t occupying her time, you can find her sitting courtside at either of her daughtersโ€™ basketball games.

Heidiโ€™s first novel,ย Forever My Girl, has been adapted into a motion picture with LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions, starring Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe,ย and openedย in theatersย onย January 19, 2018.

LP Dover
New York Timesย andย USA Todayย bestselling author L. P. Doverย is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Everythingโ€™s sweeter in the South has always been her mantra and she lives by it, whether itโ€™s with her writing or in her everyday life. Maybe thatโ€™s why sheโ€™s seriously addicted to chocolate.

Dover has written countless novels in several different genres, including a childrenโ€™s book with her daughter. Her favorite to write is romantic suspense, but sheโ€™s also found a passion in romantic comedy. She loves to make people laugh which is why youโ€™ll never see her without a smile on her face.

 

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