Tuesday, July 19, 2011

They Call Him Slick Micky... I Call Him Swoony

* Be careful ... this man will SMUGGLE your HEART away *


Here we are again - third day of the Menage A Blog Tour hosted by the Indie Book Collective and for those who've been living under a rock the past two days, this is the event YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS. All week, as you visit the participating author's sites, leave a comment and their book is yours for.... FREE! Absolutely, positively, given with a HUGE SMILE free! I've been having a blast sponsoring a variety of my favorite authors and today is NO DIFFERENT. Today, I'm celebrating Regan Black and her AWESOME urban fantasy book, Tracking Shadows. If there's another genre that I love just as much as romance, it's urban fantasy and this book was RIGHT UP MY ALLEY. In fact, I might go skulking in an alley in the hopes of meeting SLICK MICKY. Man, I feel like a FLOOZY ... each day a different guy but hey, I'm The Bookish Snob and SWOONING is my business! So, you guys are in for a REAL TREAT! When I first signed up to sponsor the FABULOUS Regan Black, I asked for something fun to share. Something us romance addicts could SINK OUR TEETH INTO. "Just give me something SWOONY" I emailed her and what she sent back was NOTHING short of pure, unadulterated, "I want to rip you from the book and have my way with you" PERFECTION. If you walk away with nothing else today, GO CLAIM THIS BOOK because Slick Micky had me in KNOTS. Want to see what Regan sent? Think you can handle a sexy smuggler with a HEART OF GOLD? I think you can too....

In this excerpt, Trina and Micky are in a dark atrium on the roof of his secret warehouse. He needs to know who hired her, but she's still trying to find an escape.

"Assume I let you go. What will you do?"
Trina opened her mouth, hesitated, and snapped it shut. Conversing with a shadow was bad enough, but she didn't have an answer to that question. Going to Montalbano was no option. Even if she repaid the deposit, he'd probably already hired someone new to take her out, someone other than her currently offline alter ego.
"I'd leave." It galled her, but running was her best option.
A movement drew her attention. Joel-Micky-whoever stared at her, only half in shadow now. "You'd just ditch the sabotage and leave me and mine alone?"
"Why does that shock you?" She bristled at the things that didn't change. He'd always looked at her like a bumbling nuisance. Maybe it was best to stick the sheet metal in his neck and throw herself to the next rooftop.
"Trina." She didn't like the tender exasperation in his voice. It made her feel things. Impossible things. "I don't want to hurt you. I don't want to keep you sedated to protect my team. Just tell me who put you up to this and you're free to go."
"You have my word."
"Would that be the word of the dead guy or the criminal mastermind?" The aggravating man didn't even flinch. "You don't even know, you're so lost to this delusion
of power." Irritated, wanting to irritate him too, she used her skill, projecting a disconcerting image of a burning car into the atrium.
"That's it!"
The voice roared at her ear as the light went out and she struggled to make sense of a rash of sensations. It was impossible to feel the heat of his body when her eyes confirmed he was standing several paces away. But his breath was a warm caress at her ear, his arms banded around her, drawing her close to his solid body. Her makeshift weapon clattered near her feet and he kicked it away.
She was surrounded by him. He filled her senses, overwhelmed her with fiery touches until she knew she'd lost the battle with her horrible curse. She twisted, trying to free herself from the illusion even as she prayed it would put an end to her misery.
"Stop fighting me."
Trina went still, tuning out the physical input to mentally question her recent choices. She'd returned to Chicago a messy mix of sentiment and revenge and the strain had obviously caused a terrible rift in her mind.
Oh, her body wanted to sink into the hot comfort of Joel. His warm scent, his strong touch. Except he couldn't actually be touching her when he was standing there watching her meltdown.
Which meant it must be someone else surrounding her or some tech trick. She squirmed, attempting to twist out of whatever invisible thing held her, or held her mind. The invisible restraints felt too much like a warm embrace and she moaned, desperate for
something she couldn't pin down. Capture or freedom? She felt a feathery touch on her lips and turned her head toward the source, keeping her eyes closed tight so her vision would stop fighting her other senses. If this was a psychotic break, it was one helluva way to go.
Her other senses were flying on a fantasy so rich, she could almost believe she was kissing Joel. She lifted her hands to where his shoulders would be. In her mind he was solid and real and warm under her palms. She gripped, fingers fisting in his shirt, pulling him closer until her breasts were pressed hard against his wide, hot, imaginary chest.
She heard him speak her name, a soft rush of breathy emotion against her jaw, then lower across her throat and back up to her tease her ear. Her fantasy was so rich, so detailed that her fingers ruffled his thick hair and traced his stubbled jaw. She sighed as his hand smoothed across her hip, heating her skin as he traced her curves.
Even knowing it was insane, she gave herself up to the sheer joy of the amazing illusion. It was her last chance. If Slick Micky let her go, Montalbano would make her dead before she left town. If the smuggler kept her, she'd likely be dead from the aneurism that was the most likely cause of this…this incredible, indefinable moment.
Her head fell back and she hoped this didn't end too soon. His hands were everywhere and she was molding her body to his, soft curves to hard planes, cataloging the sensations in her mind to keep with her for as many days as she might have left. Tumbling through the storm of dusty wishes from her past and the prickling impossibility of her present, she reached up to cradle his face, to bring his lips to hers.

I couldn't get my fill of this book, of the characters, the action and the chemistry between Micky and Trina. I'm hoping we get to see MUCH, MUCH, MUCH more of them because ONE BOOK IS NOT ENOUGH!! So Regan.... get to writing! So head over to Regan's Site now and let her know The Bookish Snob said "We need more Slick Micky" and also include the term Shadow Kissed in the comments. Then before you know it, TRACKING SHADOWS IS YOURS!
Just for fun, here's a question to answer...

Happy Menaging!


Anonymous said...

Wow! I've been Shadow Kissed! The book definately sounds great. I cant wait to download my copy and get to reading.
Rachel V


Sue Leonhardt said...

This book "Tracking Shadows" sounds amazing.Love to read it on my Kindle.


Regan Black said...

Thanks so much for the AMAZING support, Bels! Your enthusiasm is wonderful!


Elizabeth said...

Hey, I'm looking forward to reading more! The book sounds great (shadow kiss)!


loves to dive said...

The more dangerous the better for me. My honey is a Marine, I've also dated a guy who was in her magesty's service, he liked to jump out of planes. I might swoon is I were to get a shadow kiss, but it would be a good swoon.

heather said...

Wow, this sounds awesome. Makes me want more. As for the question, I like my men dangerous, to over step that line that I have drawn. A confident, risk taker that makes your heart beat faster every time :)


Eileen (Books R Us) said...

I have been shadow kissed!!!

eileen at booksrusonline.com

heather said...

And yes, I've been shadow kissed :)


Sapphyria said...

Great Review!!

(shadow kiss)


cardinole said...

Wow that was quite an exert! I want to read this book now!

“shadow kiss”

Laura G.

Anne R said...

Great review, can't wait to start reading! (shadow kiss)


areeths@ new(dot)rr(dot)con

Temperance said...

Great review:):)
Looks like a nice read!!

“shadow kiss”


tweezle said...

This really does sound like a great read.

shadow kiss


Nikki said...

Just stopped by to give you a shadow kiss! LOL

Regan Black said...

I hope everyone's having as much fun as I am today. You're all keeping me hopping - I love it!!!

Thanks and good reading,


Krystal said...

The book looks great! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

Krystal said...

“shadow kiss” :)

Pinky said...

This sounds like a great read, can't wait to get my hands on it.

Well, I don't have a man in my life to "love dangerous". I think I'll leave that drama to the books I read, lol

Blowing a "shadow kiss" your way,


DANIELA said...

Getting a Shadow Kiss… like Trina and Micky in Tracking Shadows… yes, that’s a nice thought.
Yes, I agree with the review, we want (need) more Slick Micky 


William Green said...

Tracking Shadows sounds Pretty Hot And Tempting (PHAT). I'll have to attempt a shadow kiss on my wife and see what happens

Vanyel Kane said...

'shadow kiss'

Swoony is definetely what the doctor ordered and Slick Micky is certainly fitting that bill. As how dangerous I would like my men. King of the jungle baby, why settle for less!


Anne said...

Shadow kiss XX.

I love dangerous men with hearts of gold in books. In real life I don't think my heart could take it.


Siobhan Muir / Meg Palevich said...

Um-um-um! I've definitely been shadow kissed! And I want more! :)
Great exerpt.


Julie said...

This book sounds like a very good, very HOT read! I would have to be shadow kissed to pass up the chance to read it:)

jwitt33 at live dot com

Michelle Bledsoe said...

"shadow kiss'
I am so excited to get to read Regan's book. It sounds so hot and dangerous. The perfect combo in a romance book.
I like my men a little on the dangerous side. Just enough to give my heart a little thrill.

koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

melora said...

I love the excerpt! I've been shadow kissed!

melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com

Chrystal said...

Thanks for providing both the excerpt and your review. This “shadow kiss” does make me yearn for more.
I will need to hop back over to Regan's and let her know that you said, "We need more Slick Micky"

I'm not certain if I need to leave my email address here as well, but here it is: chrystalwrites@gmail.com

anaavu said...

The book sounds awesome!
Shadow kiss!

Vicki Keire said...

I love futuristic dystopias. Here goes: "Shadow kiss."
Can't wait to read it!
Thanks to The Bookish Snob for hosting!

Judy said...

Thanks for the great excerpt and the review and post. Really enjoyed it!!

I like my men just a little dangerous, I am not much of a risk taker:)

"Shadow Kiss"


Sanat said...

I've been shadow kissed!

sanatavour (at) gmail (dot) com

thehiddenbibliotheca said...

I don't know if I can handle him being too dangerous...Maybe because I've not been around it, but who knows...might really, really enjoy it....LOL

hnwhitlock2000 at gmail. com

~ Babs ~ said...
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~ Babs ~ said...

I have been shadow kissed!


Bhitwr at gmail dot com

Tich said...

I like them on the extreme side of dangerous


Jamie Rae said...

The more dangerous, the better! Who wants a couch potato? Too dangerous to share more!

Heather Powers said...

Watch out I"ve been shadow kissed:)This looks like a great read:)

Heather Powers
earthsbooknook at gmail dot com

Crystal R said...

All I can say is I have been Shadow Kissed...I cant wait to read it..

crystal.t.rutherford @gmail.com
(without the space)

Denise Z said...

I want my man so dangerous he will turn into a beast at the thought of injustice, but will be tamed for me once he is Shadow kissed :) Thank you for participating in the fun today and supporting this lovely author. What a good time for all:)


Linda: By the Book said...

Shadow Kiss.
I love my men very dangerous. A dark side with a gentle heart. Sappy I know, but that's my fantasy.
The excerpt was great! I really wanna read it now.
Lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Shadow kiss, um dangerous,not regulated and sexy. Not asking for much am I?

juliannerapley (at) ymail (dot) com

Pauline's Perils & Reads said...

Shadow kiss. Oh wow, that review just really set up what I'm going to be doing this evening. Thanks Bels and Regan

pauline.runyon (at)gmail (dot) com

Regan Black said...

Y'all are the most fun ever (whoops my Southern is showing) lol

Thanks for this HUGE show of support for Tracking Shadows!


Jennifer said...

Will a regular guy ever do after we've been shadow kissed? I think not.


Kanya said...

I can't wait to read this book!
I've been totally shadow kissed!

suffer_in_silence said...

Shadow Kiss :P

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great book! "shadow kissed"


Anonymous said...

I have been shadow kissed :-D


Tracy said...

Wow, now that I know what a shadow kiss is I want one, or two, or ten, or...


Anonymous said...

Hi Bels,
Loved the review!!!

And I'm a fan of shadow kisses as well.


Chrisbails said...

This is a new author for me and would love to win and read this book. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

To answer the question: I like my men to seem dangerous, but not to be dangerous. I like to feel safe with my man.

Kim said...

Shadow kissed. That's when you kiss a spy right? Or is it when you kiss a hero in the shadows? All I know is, I'm willing to do it with Slick Micky!

All I know is I loved this book. Those of us who have been reading Regan Black for years have been begging for Slick Micky's story, and Regan didn't disappoint!

kjusten dot justwrite at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Here am I leaving you a shadow kiss! Hey, if you are interested in a review, shoot me a line.

Sue Owen
Paper Mustang (www.papermustang.com)

Mara said...

GReat excerpt! I can't wait to read the book!
“shadow kiss”

marajbrandon AT earthlink DOT net

Anonymous said...

Wow, I can't wait to get my copy and get started reading... shadow kiss
Good luck!

missyebookmail said...

I'm jumping on the “shadow kiss” express!! Can't wait to read this book!

I like a man dangerous enough to protect me, but not to the point of being reckless and stupid!


Phoenix said...

the password is...shadow kiss

fengwenghub at gmail dot com

Katrina W said...

Popped by to leave you a *shadow kiss** love the sound of this book !! thanks for the hotty page and the creative post and al the rest !!!

joder said...

For this great post, you deserve a Shadow Kiss.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

latishajean said...

This sounds so good I can't wait to read Tracking Shadows! Shadow Kiss
tishajean@ charter.net

LizzieBeth said...

Steamy and swoon worthy! Can't wait to read it. I've just been shadow kissed!


Leanne109 said...

OH! "Shadow Kissed" ;)


Robin said...

Shadow Kiss!

Robin D
robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

SilkyReader said...

Thank you!
Shadow Kiss