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Can two artists salvage true love out of the unexpected consequences of one night of passion?

A young tattoo artist. A seasoned rock star. Both focused on their careers. What harm can there be in giving in to their desires for just one night? They’re about to find out as their scandalous relationship sweeps the internet. Will they stand together to face the world? Or will their emotional scars tear them apart? T.D. Hassett takes you to the heights of passion in Loving Link, Book 2 of her hot, sexy series Love and Music.

 

 

 

Link Jacks is done with women and determined to focus solely on music and rock-band Becket’s upcoming album. He’s been living as a marketing-prop bad-boy rock star for so long he doesn’t remember who he really is anymore. Not until he meets Madison, the emotionally guarded and theoretically off-limits younger sister of his best friend’s wife.

Madison just wants to get her fledgling tattoo career off the ground and stop relying on the generous charity of her wealthy brother-in-law to get by.  She knows she should never get involved with the likes of Link but his presence is downright intoxicating. Her indiscretion will lead to Internet sex video and media frenzy.  Their one wild night of passion will have scandalous repercussions and force each of them to confront their inner fears and emotional demons.

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Excerpt:

Madison had just finished up with her second to last client and was tired. She thanked him for trusting her to do such an involved and powerful tattoo.

“No, thank you Madison. You’ve no idea how much this means to me. It’s absolutely beautiful.” the young private explained quietly, and then surprised her by wrapping her in a big hug and kissing the side of her head. It seemed to be an impulsive gesture and it took her off guard. For perhaps the first time she understood how important body art could be to somebody, how it truly was more than just something inked. She broke free of the embrace as her boss, Lori, came into the room. Madison froze in place seeing Link Jacks standing behind her boss and scowling. The private slipped her his card and was forced to squeeze by Link, who stood with his arms crossed, practically blocking the door.

Lori interrupted the awkward silence. “Madison, you might know Link Jacks through your brother-in-law. He’s been having a dragon done over the last couple of months and I’m thinking you’re the perfect person to do some of the scale work. I’ve seen you do some mythological pieces where the coloring is almost luminescent. That would be perfect for this piece. I’ve done all the lines and a good chunk of the fill but think if you wrapped up the scales it would be American Tats Magazine worthy.” Lori stated in her no-nonsense way.

Crap, there’s really no way to just say no, especially if Lori was thinking of putting the work on display. She had one more customer left for the day and was looking forward to a quiet night back at the apartment. She and Darling would probably just order pizza and watch a movie.

Maddie’s befuddled brain flashed back to the spiel Lori had given her about no drama and she braced herself for whatever this could mean. I just need to keep my focus on the work.

“Sure, as long as Link is comfortable with me doing the work. I’ve got one more customer tonight but I’d be happy to make him an appointment,” replied Madison.

Link’s icy expression slipped. He smiled at her and gave her a little wink, suggesting her stall tactic wasn’t going to work.

“No need, I’ve switched your last appointment to someone else so that you could have time to work on this piece now,” Lori smoothly added.

So much for putting this off until a later day. Lori walked away, leaving Link and Madison alone. Great, this would be a nightmare after what had transpired between them last week. She was already anxious around him and now she’d be spending hours touching his half-naked body. How did Monet ever paint those incredible nudes with such beauty just within reach?

Madison busied herself getting out sterile gloves and new needles. She focused her head on how best to color in the scales that she recalled so clearly from running her hands up his chest and arms. His low voice startled her when he asked what to do.

“Should I take my shirt off now and lie down, or just stand here feeling stupid?” Link questioned.

“Sorry, go ahead and lie down and you know, take off your clothes. I mean shirt.” Maddie blurted out awkwardly. She finished assembling her things on the tray and turned around in time to see him pull his tight black shirt up over his head exposing a broad, well-muscled chest that her fingers ached to touch. It was going to be torture to put needle to skin, to have her hands running over his washboard abs and strong arms, yet the full sensation would be blocked by the latex of her gloves. She studied the work already done on the tattoo. It was a masterpiece in the making. She’d never seen such a large, detailed mythological piece and couldn’t stop herself from tracing the line of the dragon’s tail from the waistband of his jeans up and across his chest and over his shoulder to where it ended on his back. The dragon’s head looked across his shoulders, its eyes done so realistically you felt like the beast was watching. She could see the mix of colors and shading she’d need to complete the work. The artist in her was clamoring to get started but the woman was afraid to keep touching him lest she lose her head again. She looked up from his skin to notice his eyes had been watching her with an expression of longing. His hand was clenched tightly against the arm of the chair and she noticed the telltale bulge in his pants. Memories of him pulsing in her sent a wave of moisture to her core.

She needed to put aside the tantalizing images flashing through her head. He was just a man who could only hurt her if she let him. Isabel had shared stories about Links escapades with women while on tour. It seemed everyone in the band but Link had settled down, so they all laughed at his adventures. Now that Madison had been one of his conquests, she hated every other woman who had ever looked at him and she hated herself even more for feeling that way.

“Okay, I’ll get started but as you probably know, work around the ribs and other bony areas can get pretty painful, so let me know when you need a break. Any questions?” Maddie was proud of how calm her voice was despite the rolling pit of emotions swirling around her belly.

“No questions. Baby, I’m ready for whatever you want to do to my body; bring it on.” Link answered with a cocky smile.

Damn him, he had to make this extra difficult. She’d made a mistake in what she did with him; she’d just been too curious a cat and she’d gotten her heart involved. But there was no way she would put that tail out there again for him to play with. Maddie had seen what heartbreak did to her mother and she knew better than to get involved with anyone who could do that kind of damage to her. Besides if Isabel ever found out what she’d gotten up to with Link she’d probably lecture her to death. And Thomas would probably kill Link; after all he had become quite the protective big brother to her after he and Isabel met.

Madison needed to focus on the task at hand and stop ogling him like … well, like some kind of groupie. She prepped a gun and tested the foot pedal, and then dipped her color, steadied her hand, and pressed needle to skin. The gentle vibration of the gun hummed to her as she worked a lower portion of the design over his right ribcage. She peaked across his chest, noticed another tattoo under his heart, and jabbed the needle in too hard.

 

 

Author Biography:

 

T.D. Hassett grew up reading the romance greats—Jackie Collins, Julie Garwood, and Judith McNaught. She was certain that life should be like a romance novel, with lots of passion, some incredible adventures, and a guaranteed happily ever after. She attended college in New England, earning a B.A. in History and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology before changing her mind again and studying education. Currently Ms. Hassett lives in Connecticut with her very patient husband and two young children. Her rambunctious family shares their home with three crazy cats and a darling golden retriever named Delilah. Her eccentric relatives and their quest to make her feel like the only normal nut in the family tree inspire her writing.

 

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Fall into Winter Blog Hop

I love the fall. All the beautiful colors and those precious last temperate days before winter sets in really moves me. Perhaps because I know the short, cold days of winter are coming soon. I simply appreciate autumn more fully than spring. In the evening I get a fire going in the wood stove and curl up with my siamese cat, Darling. I try and read as she purrs and head buts me for my attention. I can only hope that some readers will be cuddled up reading some of my work this season.

Drop your e-mail into the comment section and I will randomly choose a winner to send an e-copy of my first book in the Love and Music Series.(okay, my cat will poke her paw randomly on one of your names and I will send the book.)

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Enjoy the blurb below.
Isabels’ Awakening

It’s been five busy years, and Newcastle-born singer/guitarist Thomas Morgan is still punishing himself for his younger brother’s death.
Thomas’s young, fashion-model wife once led her husband’s idolizing brother, Chris, into both drugs and an adulterous relationship. The loss of his brother and total destruction of his marriage destroyed Thomas. To avoid entanglements with others, even his young son, Thomas focused on promoting his music and the management of his now highly profitable record company. He thought he had everything at a safe distance, at least until Isabel literally slammed into his life.
High school teacher, Isabel Warren, finds herself falling head over heels in love with the sexy-as-sin guitarist for the rock band Becket. Soon Isabel’s orderly world of lesson plans, thesis writing, and student loan debt is competing against desire, passion, and her vulnerable heart.
Isabel struggles to navigate her newly stirred passions with her rising academic career and independent nature. As the sex sizzles, the two lovers will have to decide which parts of their dreams they will sacrifice for their fledgling relationship.
Can Thomas ever trust and love again, and will the young woman he meets ever have the confidence and strength to be with him?

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6 Paragraph Sneak Peak!
“Come here,” Thomas said.
He reached for her and pulled her over his lap and then grabbed the guitar back from its case. He positioned the guitar in her arms and organized her fingers on the strings. He had amazing patience because each time he set her fingers into position she would move them just out of place. At long last Thomas was happy with her hand placement, and he held her fingers onto certain strings over the frets and guided her right hand across the bridge strings.
They strummed the strings a few times, and he whispered into her ear, “You just played a chord.”
His breath warmed her ear, and he kissed the lobe gently. Isabel shifted around in his lap a little bit, and she was rewarded for her squirming with a little nip to the neck.
“Hmm, quit rubbing around like that or your music lesson will be over,” Thomas threatened.
Isabel was done with music lessons and wanted a biology lesson at that point. Please, please let the teacher say it’s time to change classes! Her inner girl predicted success.

Fall Into Romance Blog Hop: And let’s talk kinky f**kery with food!

Okay, my debut novel, Isabel’s Awakening, had several erotic scenes– but hey, it was a novel about a naive virgin’s awakening to passion and physical pleasure so what did you expect?  A couple of the love scenes involved food and those that know me personally have already been peaking in my refrigerator with a little gleam of wonder in their eyes.  I won’t say if I have ever tried out what happens in my books — you know that old saying, “what happens in an authors’ bedroom stays in that bedroom” — so quit wondering.  Instead I thought you might want to read an excerpt of one of those yummy yet naughty scenes and perhaps comment on any of your favorite bed time foods.  Please leave me a comment that includes your e-mail as one lucky visitor will receive a free e-book at the end of the hop.  You are also welcome to follow me on Facebook (TD Hassett).  The follow up novel to Isabel’s Awakening will be Loving Link to be released 10/28/13.  Thanks for hopping and please follow the blog button to your next stop (after leaving me a comment).

 

A hot Isabel’s Awakening Excerpt:

 

 

Making love with Thomas was never quite the same twice. She was sticky with sweat and out of breath, but he wasn’t done with her yet. It had been so late by the time the concert let out and then they’d had to attend a party for one of the local promoters after. It must have been two a.m. by the time they got back to the hotel. She had wanted to just collapse in bed, but Thomas could be very inspirational sometimes.

Thomas grabbed the strawberries and champagne that they received at check-in and escorted her to the bedroom. Once there, he unbuttoned her blouse and followed his progress with kisses and nips down her chest. He shushed her little squeals with a finger to her lips before tugging her jeans off her hips and sliding them down to the floor. Her panties and bra soon followed.

She knew he was up to something naughty just by the gleam in his eye, but when he asked her if she trusted him, she knew it would be the type of naughty she’d secretly love but deny to her dying day. He commandeered the ties from their hotel robes and started making quick slipknots with them over the bedposts. Thomas was in his Marquis de Sade mode tonight. He lowered her to the bed with a bruising kiss and guided her wrists into the loops of the bathrobe ties. Once he had her secured to his liking, he placed an airline-style sleep mask over her eyes. Just the thoughts going through her mind left her soaked and panting.

She imagined what she must look like, tied up, naked, blindfolded, and splayed across a hotel bed with her streaky-haired lover crouched above. The thoughts made her womb clench. He fed her a succulent strawberry, and then she heard the champagne cork fly, and a sip of the dry brut was fed to her from his cool lips. She tried to keep his mouth near hers by reaching her tongue out, but de Sade apparently had other plans and pulled away too soon. She felt him pour a bit of the champagne into her belly button, and she kept still, waiting and wondering where he’d touch next. She tried to comply with his order not to wiggle, but the warmth of his lips on her navel proved too distracting, and she shivered.

She felt something cool and wet with little seeds being rubbed against her swollen nipples, and she knew it was a bitten strawberry caressing her. Her insides tightened up, waiting for attention, and de Sade soon delivered. He slid pieces of strawberries up and down her labia, sliding some in between her slickening folds, and then a large uncut strawberry was held against her lips for her to try and taste. She stuck her tongue out, wanting to grab at the fruit, but after a few shallow licks, the berry was taken away and then slowly inserted into her slit. She was shaking at the thought of Thomas taking it out of her, but she squeezed her inner muscles and felt its juices slipping out and down between her thighs. Sade growled his appreciation for his creation and rewarded her with a deep kiss, rubbing his tongue against hers and nipping at her bottom lip when he’d had enough. She cried out in frustration that she could no longer taste him. The sound of another bottle, lotion perhaps, and liquid being expelled distracted her.

“Thomas, what are you up to?” she asked breathlessly.

“I’m going to fill you all up, luv,” he responded.

She felt his fingers pushing that strawberry deeper into her, pressing on another sliced piece that rested over her clitoris, and then he slipped a moistened finger into her …..

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Loving Link Available October 28, 2013 from Liquid Silver Books

Can two artists salvage true love out of the unexpected consequences from one night of passion?

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Link Jacks is done with women and determined to focus solely on music and rock-band Becket’s upcoming album. He’s been living as a marketing-prop bad-boy rock star for so long he doesn’t remember who he really is anymore. Not until he meets Madison, the emotionally guarded and theoretically off-limits younger sister of his best friend’s wife.

Madison just wants to get her fledgling tattoo career off the ground and stop relying on the generous charity of her wealthy brother-in-law to get by.  She knows she should never get involved with the likes of Link but his presence is downright intoxicating. Her indiscretion will lead to an Internet sex video and media frenzy.  Their one wild night of passion will have scandalous repercussions and force each of them to confront their inner fears and emotional demons.