Friday, December 26, 2014

Tour: Possess by Laura Marie Altom

Ella Patton and Liam Stone return in the breathtaking conclusion to the steamy, contentious love affair that began in Control.

Will you marry me? Those four little words should be a dream come true. But for Ella Patton, they’re the start of a waking nightmare. For despite the insatiable desire she feels for Liam Stone, marriage is out of the question—divorcing her abusive husband, Blaine, would be too dangerous to even contemplate. Besides, Ella couldn’t ask for anything more than the life she and Liam share: a scalding hot passion that’s totally outside the bounds of “I do.”

Liam has hit a brick wall. His fortune can’t buy Ella’s freedom from the oppressive monster the law recognizes as her husband. Blaine will take any opportunity to bring Ella back under his authority, no doubt exacting a terrible revenge as punishment for nearly slipping away. But Liam has a force greater than money and influence on his side: Ella’s love. She sparks his most unstoppable determination—and ignites pleasures that no man should be able to possess.

Shamed # 2
By: Laura Marie Altom
Releasing December 23rd, 2014

Her eyelids hung so heavy that she seemed to have a tough time standing.
“Need me to carry you to the bed?”
“I can do it, but don’t leave me alone, okay?”
I raised my right hand. “I, Liam Stone, hereby promise to never let you, soon-to-be-Mrs.-Ella-Stone, ever again sleep by herself.” I tugged back the covers, tossing the throw pillows to a nearby armchair. “Is that an acceptable pledge?” I asked while she crawled into the bed.
“Uh-huh . . .” The moment her head hit the pillow, her eyes drifted closed.
I cupped my hand to her cheek, drinking in the sight of her. Long, sooty lashes and creamy skin. Her smattering of freckles that the makeup artist showcased rather than tried to hide. Her dark hair was still in an elegant upsweep and I’d forgotten to remove her necklace, earrings and ring. If she were awake, she’d probably want her makeup off, too, but the last thing I wanted was for her to wake with me hovering over her with a wet washcloth. I took one last look, then turned off her bedside lamp.
I took a quick shower. Brushed my teeth. Pulled on fresh boxers, then joined my fiancée in the bed.
Smiling while turning off my bedside lamp, my chest suddenly swelled with joy.
Yes, we’d have a brief rough patch in getting past Ella’s divorce, but after that, nothing could hurt us. Being with her made me feel as if anything were possible. She made my past accomplishments pale in comparison to our shining future.
From outside rose the muted sound of horns honking and the crack of fireworks.
I’d forgotten it was New Year’s Eve.
I slid to Ella’s side of the bed, spooning her, kissing the crown of her head. “I love you, sweetheart. Happy New Year. For the rest of your life, I promise you’ll never want for anything. I’ll protect you and cherish you and make you the most contented woman in the world.”
Of course, since she was already lightly snoring, she didn’t answer, but that was okay.
In my heart, where it mattered, I knew she’d do the same for me.
The bond we shared was special. Unbreakable. Soon, her monster of a husband would recognize that in me, he’d find a formidable opponent. If he so much as gave me a shred of resistance in making Ella permanently, legally mine, I’d make his life a living hell.

Control (Shamed #1)

Never again. Fleeing her hometown to escape an abusive marriage, Ella Patton swears she has surrendered to a man for the last time. But while living under a new name, she meets a kind, handsome stranger who seems different—and will be moving on soon, making Ella reckless enough to break her rules. With a kiss, the stranger opens the door to desires Ella believed she would never know. Then he makes an unexpected proposal.

A dot-com billionaire from humble beginnings, Liam Stone is a man whose past has made him compassionate yet guarded—much like the beautiful, secretive woman he stumbles upon in a remote Southern town. Though he intends only a dalliance, when the time comes to return home to San Francisco, Liam cannot bear the thought of leaving her behind. But when he tries to entice her to join him, he finds the tables turning dizzingly fast. Suddenly a little seduction becomes a huge battle for one thing: control.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Laura Marie Altom is the author of more than forty books in three different genres. Now that her kids are in college, Altom spends her days writing and chasing after a menagerie of pets: a mini long-haired dachshund named Cocoa, a Yorkie named Daisy, a mutt named Sweet Pea, and Domino—a black-and-white stealth cat she rarely sees. She’s happily married to her college sweetheart (go Hogs!), and when night falls, she steals a few romantic moments for herself with her own hunky cover stud.

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