Monday, January 12, 2015


We're getting excited about the release of LOVE SO HOT by Marquita Valentine! Check out the excerpt!

Title: Love So Hot (Lawsons #1)
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 12, 2015
Cover Designer: Lindee Robinson Photography

Book Description:
Bank Teller and all around good girl, Sydney McKnight, is tired of being the girl all the guys want to have as a friend. Who better to help unleash her inner vixen than her best friend and secret crush, Brody Lawson? Only, Sydney has no idea how to ask him, without their friendship going up in flames, until that is, the town of Jessamine's annual Firemen's Auction gives her the perfect excuse to set her plan into motion.

Fire Captain Brody Lawson has been in love with his best friend, Sydney, for years, but he would never risk their friendship by confessing his feelings to her. So, when Sydney beats out the competition to buy his time at the annual Firemen's Auction, Brody can hardly believe his luck until she asks him to teach her how to seduce a fellow fireman.

Now, it’s up to Brody to show Sydney how perfect she already is and convince her that they only man for her is him, because if Sydney is going to seduce any man, it’s going to be him. And once he has her in his bed, he’s not letting her go.


Love So Hot is the first book I have read by Marquita Valentine. This is book one of the Lawson brothers series. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.

Sydney McKnight is a sweet and feisty girl who has been friends with Brody Lawson since they were kids. She is tired of just being his friend so she decides she is going to bid on him at the annual fireman's auction. She is afraid to tell him how she feels about him as she doesn't want to ruin their friendship. When she wins him at the auction Brody confronts her about why she bid on him she lies and says she wants him to teach her how to seduce another man.

Brody Lawson is the fire chief in his small town of Jessamine and Sydney's best friend. He has had feelings for Sydney for quite awhile but is afraid to tell her as he doesn't want to ruin their friendship. He is in complete shock when Sydney bids on him at the fireman's auction. When she tells him she wants him to teach her how to seduce another man he agrees but is sure he isn't going to give her up to another man.

As their lessons of seduction continue something between them changes. Will they ever be able to admit how they really feel about each other or will they move on with new relationships? You will have to read to find out.

I loved the connection between Brody and Sydney. I also really enjoyed all the secondary characters and felt they added lots of depth to the storyline. I am excited to find out who the next book in the series is going to be about!


The thought of Sydney’s love life made his jaw clench.
“Want some help?” he asked, unable to
stay away a minute longer.
Pausing, she glanced at him over her
shoulder. “Sure.”
He began to clean up alongside her,
working in comfortable silence for a bit. “Have you seen the new Avengers movie yet?” he asked, knowing
full well she hadn’t.
“We’re going together, remember?” she
said, tossing a water bottle into the recycling bin. “Next Saturday.”
“That’s the night of the auction,” he
pointed out.
“I planned on going to both. We can go
to the matinée instead and still have plenty of time to get ready.” She sat
down on the bench and looked up at him, her baby blue eyes vibrant. “Want to be
my date to the auction? I’ve never been before, so—”
“I already have a date, but you could
come with us.” Smooth, Brody, real
Asking her to be the odd man out was exactly how he should treat
his best friend.
She made a face. “I think I’ll pass.”
He exhaled. “Look, about the other day.
I hurt your feelings, and I’m sorry. Cherry put me in an awkward spot. We’re
friends, and I don’t want anything to come between us.”
Her eyes became downcast. “Yeah, me
either,” she said quietly.
He knelt down beside her and hooked a
finger under her chin, lifting it up. Her lips were so close to his that he
could hardly breathe. He’d never been this close to Sydney in his life, and he
never had to fight back the biting need to kiss her before. Not like this.
“You’re a beautiful woman, Syd, and
someday, the right man will come along. Nothing and no one will be able to stop
him from making you his,” he said.
Her lashes fluttered, her eyes turning
dark. Then she blinked. “Except when he figures out I’m better at being friends
than anything else.”
“Then don’t give him a chance to see
you that way.”
She pulled out of his grip. “It’s not
that easy.” Busying herself with the last of the trash, she tossed more bottles
into the recycling bin. “Anyway, if you still want to go to the movie with me,
meet me there at one. If not, I’ll see you at the auction.”
“I can’t imagine who you’ll bid on,” he
said, rubbing his chin.
“Why?” Her blue eyes blazed at him. “Do
you expect me to only sit in the audience and not participate?”
Yes. “No.”
“Then I don’t see what your problem
is.” Head held high, she attempted to march past him.
He caught her by the shoulders. Man, it
felt amazing to touch her. If only he had the excuse to touch her all the time.
To kiss her, to be the reason why her lips were swollen and her hair was messy
in the morning. He gave himself a mental shake. Best friend. Best friend. There was no way he’d ruin that with her.
“My problem is with my best friend
being treated poorly. You know how the auction goes—it’s rigged. I don’t want
you to be embarrassed.”
“I didn’t feel embarrassed until right
this minute. Besides, how do you know that I don’t already have someone in mind,
and he’s very happy about it? And, Lemon is the emcee. She’ll make sure I get
who I want.”
“Excuse me?” Who she wanted? Who did
she want?
“You heard me. You’re just choosing not
to listen.” She made a noise of disbelief. “Our first fight and it’s over
Taken aback by her observation, he let
go of her shoulders. “We’re not
fighting.” They never fought, even when they had a difference of opinion.
She fisted her hands on her hips, a
mutinous expression on her face. “I’m going. You don’t have a say in what I do.
So, if you don’t like it, then stay home, Brody Lawson.”
He fought to get control of his rising
temper. “Oh, I’ll be there. If only to make sure you don’t do something stupid like
bid on Kyle Davidson.”
Face flushing, she gasped. “What?”
“You heard me,” he said, throwing her
words back at her. “He’s too young for you, and he’s—”
“Too young for me? Wow.” She shook her
head. “First, I’m stupid, and now I’m old. Thanks, buddy.”
This time, he let her march past him
without stopping.

Yep, he was a first-rate jerk and
selfish to boot. He scrubbed a hand over his face. There had to be some way to
make it up to her, even if it meant making sure she had the winning bid on

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 About the author:
New York Times Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, writes sexy heroes that make you swoon and sassy heroines that make you laugh. She’s the author of the bestselling contemporary romance series, Holland Springs, and the new adult romance series, Boys of the South.

Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man—and if that doesn't work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children.

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