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Monday, December 26, 2016

Naughty New Year Event with Cari Quinn

USA Today bestselling author Cari Quinn pens sexy romances for a living and routinely counts her lucky stars. When not writing, she’s usually watching men’s college basketball or playing her music too loud. Sign up for her super fun newsletter at or join the Word Wenches on Facebook!

Hiya everyone! I’m Cari Quinn and I write steamy contemporary romance and romantic suspense. I’m thrilled to visit today as part of the Naughty New Year’s event!

New Year's Eve is one of my favorite holidays. I adore it so much in fact that I wrote a whole novella centered around it—NO DRESS REQUIRED, book 1 in the Love Required series. Jake and Noelle have been pals for years, because Jake is Noelle’s best friend’s older brother.

Except for a while now, they have had other kinds of feelings for each other too. The kind they can’t deny any longer. And on New Year’s Eve, they finally face the music! Then…

My lips are zipped about what happens next, but you can check out the book for only 99¢!

Read on for a steamy excerpt and the fun giveaway that follows…and best wishes for 2017 and beyond!

“We’re standing on a street corner,” Noelle said quietly, snagging her fingers in Jake’s T-shirt and pulling him closer. Too close. There wasn’t a way for him to deny what she made him feel when her body fit to his. She boldly rubbed against the obvious proof of his interest, a surprisingly provocative smile flitting over the lips he ached to taste.

All he needed was one forbidden nibble. A bite. An endless lick that started there and ended up behind her ear. Enough to last him until he could throw her across her bed and bare her body to his hands and his mouth. Every part of her, his to cherish.

“It’s snowing,” she added, arching onto her toes. Her heels hit the pavement with a dull thunk.

“And it’s New Year’s Eve,” he finished, smudging the snowflakes collecting on her reddened cheeks. In the near darkness only the deep hue of her lips stood out against her pale skin. Her eyes shone into his, drawing him nearer until her breaths whispered over his lips.

“A time for new beginnings.”

Jake smiled and let his mouth brush hers, the barest of contacts. Cold and sweet, her minty flavor beckoned him to take more. She moaned and gripped his shirt harder, pulling it up until snow snuck into the back of his jeans. He pressed against her, his thumbs framing her face, and closed his eyes, wanting to savor these last seconds before he kissed her for real. There wouldn’t be another moment like this between them again.

They were standing on the cusp of something huge. If he did this, Noelle would no longer be just his little sister’s friend. She would become his lover. It couldn’t be undone because he wouldn’t let it.

“Jake,” she whispered, the hot blast of her exhalation making him groan. He gave in and fisted his hands in her hair.

She opened to him at once, her body melting against his, wilting into his embrace so that it felt like his light pressure on her cheeks was all that held her upright. But her mouth was a hungry thing, her tongue diving in to tangle with his while her arms wound around his shoulders. He slanted his head to plunder her as deeply as he could, ravenous to explore every inch of her mouth.

Forget kissing. They were eating each other alive.

Damn, Noelle was like dynamite detonating through his system. If he’d ever thought of her as a kid, he definitely didn’t anymore. Her minty flavor, as cool as the night that surrounded them, consumed his senses. His arms shook with the fierce control he needed to keep his hands on her face and not on her ass where they longed to be. He wanted to rock her up and down his cock to relieve the intense ache. Needed to feel more of her in his palms while he swallowed her moans.

His cell vibrated in his back pocket. He cursed and jerked back. “Sorry,” he panted, struggling to get his phone out of his pocket. His pants felt too damn tight.

“It’s okay.” Noelle swept a visibly shaking hand over her hair. All the fight had drained out of her.

He pressed the talk button, not even looking at the caller ID. Nellie had officially hijacked his world.

“Jake?” It was Alexa. “I’m stuck in Columbus. There’s a monster storm and they’ve been de-icing the planes, but now they delayed my flight. For like seven hours. I called everyone I invited a couple hours ago, but I’m nervous I forgot someone. Can you get up to my house a little early just in case? I’ll owe you one. A really big one.”

As usual, his sister was a chatterbox. What wasn’t usual was that his wires had all gone on the fritz simultaneously.

“Especially Noelle,” Alexa continued. “I couldn’t reach her. She needs to know the party’s off.”

He licked the inside of his lower lip, all his focus on the beautiful blonde now staring up at the sky, her features silvered by the hint of moon glow. “I’ll take care of Noelle, don’t worry.”


“Yeah.” His answer came out as a groan as Nellie stuck out her tongue to collect snowflakes. So. Wrong. When she caught his attention, she rolled her tongue, scooping up a couple flakes and drawing them inside the honeyed heaven of her mouth.

“Are you okay? You sound weird.”

“I’ve been making out with a chick,” he said, knowing Alexa wouldn’t believe him and Nellie would shoot him a death glare. He was right on both counts.

Chuckling, he said to his now silent sister, “Kidding. Tell me again what you need me to do?”

A couple minutes later, he hung up with Alexa, who wasn’t excited about spending the night in an airport. He, on the other hand, was very excited about who he was about spend his night with. Even if this only lasted as long as their orgasms, he’d take it. Right now, he wasn’t capable of walking away.

Were you ever?

“Bad news,” he said lightly, pocketing his cell and tossing back the hank of hair that kept falling in his face. The two of them probably looked like snow people in the making.

“Alexa okay?”

“Yeah, but she’s stuck in Columbus. Big snowstorm, so the party’s off. She called most of the guests and told them not to come hours ago, but she couldn’t get ahold of you. Did you have your phone off?”

“Probably. I turn it off when I go to bed because she likes to text me in the middle of the night when she hooks up with someone. Though it’s been forever since Alexa’s done anything but work. She’s way overdue for—“ Jake cringed and she choked back a laugh. “Sorry. Forget the brother thing.”

“Yeah. Apparently.”

“So the party’s off? That sucks.” He could hear the smirk in her voice. “I wanted to let loose tonight.”

He said nothing. But he was already imagining just how loose he could make her once they were alone and he’d gotten her out of her wet clothes.

“So now what?” she asked, giving him a sexy little pout.

“We need to get up to her place. You and I are the bouncers in case anyone shows.” He tugged her against his side. “Ready to be alone with me?”

After years of ho-hum dating, Noelle Gregory is tired of fooling around. There’s only ever been one guy for her—Jake Conroy, her best friend’s older brother. Now that Jake’s back in town, she’s headed to his sister’s New Year’s Eve party to make her move. Purse full of condoms? Check. Sparkly dress guaranteed to show Jake the sexy woman she’s become? Check.

Carjacker that makes off with both two hours before the party? Check.

When Jake finds Noelle stranded on the side of the road—looking sexier than ever in her striped socks and silly holiday shirt, damn it—he’s glad for the snowstorm that cancels his sister’s party. His and Noelle’s friendship has tormented him for years, and now, Jake wonders if he should dare to sample what he’s always wanted…and if he’ll be able to walk away when it’s over.

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  1. I can't think of a particular person, but someone handsome and handy, or someone with a strong cell phone signal may be nice.

  2. Don't have a specific person in mind, just someone who can take my mind of the fact that I'm stuck in a elevator, in dark.

  3. Well, the hubby obviously....or Robert Downey Jr

  4. My husband....or maybe Gerard Butler!

  5. i would have to say channing tatum or one of my book boyfriends

  6. I would want to be stuck with someone that could help me take my mind off of things...

  7. I would like to be stuck with James Bond, any of them would be fine.

  8. Not particularly romantic, but I'd like to be stuck with my best friend. We can talk for hours, so that would make the time go by faster.

  9. One of my book boyfriends or one of my friends.

  10. A friend I haven't seen in years, but talk and fb with regularly.

  11. My main concern would be that someone had cell reception so we could call for help.

  12. I would like to be stuck with Kip Moore. He can sing to me or just talk to me, and I wouldn't care how long we were stuck in there. Lol.

  13. My first thought was George Clooney. Then guilt set in and I thought it should be my husband....

  14. Someone, tall, sexy, with a great sense of humor.

  15. Gary Allan, he could sing to me.

  16. I was stuck in an elevator with a guy and boy was he the WRONG one. He was worried sick the thing was going to crash to the ground. I spent the whole time calming him down telling him that just happens in movies! I would rather it was with McGyver who was good looking and handy in finding ways of escape...On and a little making out wouldn't hurt, lol.

  17. I would want someone, anyone who could get me out of there!

  18. Ryan Reynolds.. he's hot and funny :) (but this is fictional, non married version) thanks for sharing!

  19. Some cute and very sexy guy with a kilt

  20. Henry Cavill. 100% ...that is all,lol.

  21. Jamie Fraser in his kilt. But in real time, an elevator repair man to get out quickly. I can't do closed in places. :)
    Carol L
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  22. Jamie Fraser in his kilt. But in real time, an elevator repair man to get out quickly. I can't do closed in places. :)
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  23. I would have to say I would most like to be stuck in an elevator with my fiancé.

  24. still my heart! So many to choose from but I believe I'm going to opt for Henry Cavill. 'Nuff said.

  25. Any book boyfriend would do just fine.

  26. Oh I think I would say Johnny Depp!

  27. Roarke from the In Death series...I'd gladly be stuck anywhere with that man!

  28. Anyone who could get me outta there!! Yeah, a rather hysterical response, but stuck in the elevator don't always end well. ;p

  29. Thor - 'cause he can use his manly muscles or his mighty hammer and save me (after a little alone time) :)