Monday, June 30, 2014

The Request Part 1 by Marquita Valentine Blog Tour with Giveaway
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Series: The Request #1

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 6/25/14

Smith ~ Shopkeeper by day. Assassin by night.

The undercover Russian contract killer has never turned down an assignment that rids the world of scum. But this … request is the first time his conscience gets the best of him.

Only, he has a good reason—Everly Andrews, the woman who saved him from dying and has no clue who or what he really is. There’s nothing Roman won’t do to keep Everly in the dark, even if it means losing her in the process.

The Request is a three-part series,releasing every month, perfect for the summer!

Part One: The Request – Releases June 25, 2014
Part Two: The Deception – Releases July 30, 2014
Part Three: The Confession – Releases August 27, 2014


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From Chapter Three

  She brushes my hair back from where it has fallen over my forehead. I want to lean into her touch, to let her linger longer. I can’t remember the last time I was touched like this. Maybe when I was a child, before my mother sent me to live with my grandfather. “There. Now you look like the Roman I know,” she pronounces. “Seller of rare books and procurer of romance novels.”
  You don’t know me at all, I think sadly. I bring death even while I right wrongs. “Thank you.” I rise to my full height and brush at the invisible lint on the cuffs of my sleeves. “If you’ll excuse me, I need to speak with my friend.”
  “Oh,” she says, as if remembering we aren’t the only two people in my shop. Her earlier terror is gone, but that doesn’t mean I’ll go easier on Petrov. Quite the opposite actually. “You go on; I need to leave in a few minutes anyway. I’ll see you Friday night for our first class. It’s at seven, so we can eat before we go or after. Or you don’t have to eat with me at all.”
  Like a date?  And what happened to having lunch with her? Stupid man—you can’t have lunch with her. You can’t have anything with her at all, beyond these walls. Meeting with her in the park was fucking madness. “What if we pick the same restaurant? Shall we sit at separate tables and pretend not to know one another?”
  She tilts her head to one side again. Adorably, I might add. “Are you flirting with me, Roman?”
  I catch sight of my customer leaning against the counter, his inquisitive eyes missing nothing. Fuck my life. I can’t respond how she wants. Hell, I can’t respond how I want.
  Everly’s a dangerous little thing to my peace of mind. She makes me forget what I do for a living. She makes me forget that my hands are scarred, burned, blackened and twisted, stained with the blood of vile monsters.
  Not meeting her eyes, I shrug.  “I’m not sure of my dinner plans, yet. I’ll meet you at class, yes?”
  “Sure. Whatever. See you at class,” she answers, smiling brightly. Her bright smile doesn’t reach her eyes. “Don’t worry about lunch this week or whenever. I, ah, forgot I have plans with my out-of-town guest.” A lie. The air vibrates with it. I’ve just hurt her. Again. There’s no way she’ll push for more.
  “Brilliant.” I focus my attention on the man at the counter, watching Everly gather her things in my peripheral vision. She looks defeated.
  She turns suddenly, her mouth opening like she has more to say, and my body tenses. Then she gives herself a little shake, and her mouth snaps shut. She hitches the strap of her bag higher on her shoulder, scooping the box of books into her arms before barreling toward the front of the store.

  The door opens with a bang, from her hip hitting against it. The cat I found in the alleyway slips out, flicking its tail proudly. I stand there, watching as both of them disappear from view.


5- The Request, Part One (ebooks)

About Marquita Valentine

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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