Over the next few weeks, through December, the featured book is mostly going to be books of mine with either a holiday theme or key holiday scenes. This week’s book is THE PROPOSAL. It’s an MMMF, Captive Heroine, Dark, Kinky, with Holiday Scenes as key parts of the story. So now is a great time to read this one.
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Think of the next few weeks as like a Dark Hallmark Movie countdown. This one is also available in Audio at Audible and iTunes. I’ve also got a teaser scene to share with you…
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The sales clerk is ringing up her purchase when I make my move. I have a navy silk tie in my hand from the men’s section. I just grabbed the first thing I saw so I could get in line behind her.
I drop my tie on top of her things and pass my black card to the clerk.
“Please, allow me,” I say. I’m not sure how I hope she’ll react. A rejection of my offer could just mean she wants me to insist, like women who try to go for the check at dinner but really want you to stop them. Or maybe she’ll say no flat out. Or maybe she’ll say yes with greedy little dollar signs behind her eyes. A foolish part of me hopes she won’t do the latter.
She turns to me and smiles. It’s a genuine, electrifying and open smile that lights up the entire space. And God help me, but she’s already got me. For a moment it’s easy to forget she’s the mark in a game she doesn’t even know she’s playing.
“Thank you, that’s very kind of you.” She steps gracefully aside so I can sign the receipt.
Huh. She knows I can afford it. I did just flash my black card, and this girl is savvy. She knows about black cards. But even though I’ve been watching her, I didn’t expect this reaction. She seems completely unfazed by this gesture but at the same time appreciative of it. She’s not ashamed. Not indignant. It’s as though I merely opened a door for her. She isn’t shocked by this kind of treatment. She’s not impressed or overly charmed. But… she’s not entitled either. She’s not a brat.
I can’t put words to how this simple exchange makes me feel.
I sign and wait as the clerk puts our things in two separate bags. Livia looks a bit overburdened by bags already. She’s been shopping in the other stores nearby as well. This gives me my next opportunity.
“Let me help you out with your bags,” I offer.
She takes a good long look at me. I’m not sure if she’s assessing my danger or my dating potential.
In case it’s the former I say, “It’s broad daylight. I promise I’m not a serial killer.”
She smiles and hands over her bags while picking up my small bag containing the tie. “Okay. I’ll carry yours if you carry mine. And I know you’re not a serial killer. They don’t give out black cards to serial killers.”
I laugh. She’s probably right about that. I like this girl. It’s been a long time since I’ve really liked a woman. Not just been attracted. Not just wanted to sleep with, but genuinely liked. And suddenly I’m a teenager worried I’ll mess up and the pretty girl at school will turn me down. I’m not sure what to do with this sudden burst of whatever thing it is she’s making me feel. It’s so foreign, so long forgotten, and suddenly I have zero doubts about this.
There’s no guilt. No hesitation. I want this girl. I want this image, this idea, this plan that Soren and Griffin laid out for me. I want us. The four of us. She has no idea the precarious line she walks. I’m determined not to f*ck this up.
Even though I’m carrying all the bags, I open the door and let her walk out first, knowing each gallant gesture disarms her and gets me closer to yes. Though to be honest she doesn’t seem to have a big guard or giant walls around her, which is pretty unusual these days. Part of me is charmed by it and another part of me wants to shake her and ask does she not know the thoughts that go through men’s minds? Does she not know the wolves who would eat her alive? Part of me wants to punish her and another part wants to protect her—from men like me and Griffin and Soren.
Grab it here:
I got in over my head.
I bit off more than I could chew.
And now my fate is sealed to the most ruthless man I know.
Two hundred and fifty guests. They think they know what’s happening today. But they don’t have a clue.
My wedding day. But it’s so much more than that.
NOTE: This is a standalone contemporary dark romance with NO cliffhanger!
What Readers are Saying
This was incredible, I read it in one sitting!” -Charlie, Goodreads.
Every time a new Kitty Thomas book comes our I think she cannot top the last story and once again I am wrong!” – Kelly, Goodreads.
This story is next level.” – Basic, Goodreads.
This book is also structured differently and is a slower burn which, surprisingly, worked exceptionally well. Once we do get to the steamy scenes, they are fire! The chemistry between these characters is explosive! All of this steamy twisted goodness is wrapped up in a satisfying HEA complete with some surprises I didn’t see coming. The Proposal is a must read for all fans of Kitty Thomas and a good place to start for those who are unfamiliar with this author’s work.” – Darkreads, Goodreads.
I don’t even know where to begin with how much I loved this book! It is told in different timelines, with different characters POV, but it flowed so smoothly. The story pieced together exactly as it should have, more of an abstract painting than a recreation of a scene. The story did what it wanted, went where it wanted, and explained itself as it needed, and we were left with a piece of art that I could totally immerse myself into. And holy goddesses was it hot, like take a few breaks from reading hot, and tuck away that scene for later hot. It was also smart, in a realistic, determined, turning my fantasy into reality while not fully understanding the consequences way. There were so many emotions in this book, I felt so many emotions while reading this book, and you really need to read to understand it all.” – Dar, Goodreads.
This book has a different rhythm than I am used to from this author. It was a rhythm I can absolutely march to, as well as dance to and you know …do a lot of things to. If you like men who are alpha….buckle up baby you are in for a triple treat. If you like a book that is so hot you wake up your partner to ‘discuss’ it….then this book is for you. I highlighted a few lines and paragraphs. Words so delicious I needed to be able to come back and savor them again.” – Ginger, Goodreads.
Thanks for reading!