Saturday, August 23, 2014

Taking Control (Kerr Chronicles, #2) by Jen Frederick: Spotlight w/ Excerpt & Giveaway

Blurb:

The hotly anticipated sequel to Losing Control.

I thought I needed only one thing in my life–the money and power to crush one man. But the moment I laid eyes on Victoria Corielli, my thirst for revenge was replaced by my craving for her.

No rule would keep me away; no obstacle too large to overcome. Not her will, not our differing social positions, not my infamous past. When she lost everything, I helped her pick up the pieces. When she trusted me with everything, she sealed her fate.

I’ve convinced Victoria she can put her heart in my hands. Now I have to protect it–from her shady stepfather and my business rivals, from enemies known and hidden. I’ll do anything to keep her. And I might have to prove it, because now Victoria's risking more than her heart to be with me; she’s risking her life.

Releases: September 8, 2014


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About the Author:

Bestselling author Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She's been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at jen@jenfrederick.com.

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Excerpt:

I want us to get married. Soon. Do you want a big wedding?”

“Married? I mean, I guess I thought you were serious but I figured…I don’t know.” Her voice trails off.

“That my proposal of marriage was somehow insincere? I’ve never wanted anything more. I just didn’t want to pressure you because of all the emotional upheaval you’re experiencing now.” Rolling over so she can see me and judge the sincerity for herself, I declare, “I want you to be my wife. The mother of any children we have. My partner in life. I want that to happen now so that I can introduce you as Mrs. Ian Kerr.”

Her eyes close for a moment and beneath the lids, silent tears leak out. Her words, though, are classic. “Maybe you should take my name. You can be Ian Corielli and I’ll introduce you as Mr. Victoria Corielli.”

“As long as it means you’re mine in the eyes of the world, I’ll be Mr. John Smith.”

She wraps her arms around my neck and clings to me. This time the shudders I’m soothing are from maybe, possibly, hopefully joy for our future. “I’m okay with Victoria Kerr,” she chokes out. “You better give me a big rock and lots of flowers since you’re proposing to me while we’re naked.”

“I proposed to you when I first took you to the house on the Long Island Sound.”

“You didn’t propose. You said that you wanted me to be your wife and fill your big house with lots of little people.”

“That’s a proposal.”

“It was a demand.”

“It was a request couched as a demand.”

Her body is shaking with laughter. “You’ve been in charge for too long. That was no request.”

Pushing to my knees, I reach into the nightstand and retrieve the box I bought before Sophie died. Her eyes grow huge and her hands come up to the cover her mouth. I flip the box lid open, pluck the ring out and toss it aside.

Lifting her shaking hand in mine, I slide the ring down her finger.

“When I was fifteen I made a hundred different stupid vows. I’d avenge my mother. I’d rise to the top of Wall Street and smite everyone down. I’d crush Richard Howe beneath the sole of my boot. I’d win at everything. But I never wished for happiness because I didn’t know what it was until you came into my life. How could I want something I didn’t know was missing? Now, everything I’ve achieved pales in comparison to having you love me. When I say that you’re my heart, my everything, those aren’t just words. They are the only truth in my world. I’d give up money, revenge, success, as long as I could lie down next to you at night and wake up with your face beside mine.

There is no greater achievement in my life than having you fall in love with me and I recognize on some mysterious level that is pure luck. I need you to marry me and be my wife. I need you to be the mother of my children. I need you because without you I am nothing. I am a pile of bones and flesh filled with misery. You bring me to life. Love me, marry me, be with me in this life and into all the ones we live from this point ever after.”

“Well, since you put it like that, I guess I must.” She rises and kisses me. Our mouths sealing the promises we’ve made to another one another.

I make love to her again then, slowly. We barely move. I just slide in and we rock together and allow the strength of our emotions to carry us into the heaven.

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41 comments:

  1. My perfect engagement ring was the one I got. A beautiful stone with a tiny flay surrounded by a thick band that protects the diamond from me doing any damage to it. There are a lot of extravagant and beautiful rings out there, but this one suits me...simple but it stands out and makes a statement.

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  2. a heart shaped diamond surrounded by little diamonds on a silver band

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  3. Sadly, I never got one. We only bought bands. But if I could choose and get one it would be princess cut 1 ct diamond with a beautiful design from the front/back view on the band.

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  4. The one I'm wearing, an oval diamond with six diamond chips on each side

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  5. I'm torn between that lotus ring that looks like a flower or to design my own. Large heart shaped diamond in the center, flanked by two smaller pear shaped turned to the side, the rest an eternity band in my boyfriend's gemstone.

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  6. a simple sterling silver band with a small ruby <3

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  7. It is actually the one I have had for 32 1/2 years. Wide gold band with a large diamond in the center surrounded by smaller diamonds.

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  8. I already have it! Platinum band, 1 carat diamond solitaire with sapphire side stones. I love it!

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  9. I always loved just a platinum solitaire...simple, elegant, will never go out of style. BUT, since I have one of those that I no longer need & I now consider possible bad luck....next time I'd like an oval cut surrounded in diamonds with an eternity band.

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  10. Something simple, sterling silver...nothing big. I've never really thought about it.

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  11. I love my engagement ring. It is a three stone (past, present, future) with the middle stone being the largest stone. It is beautiful and as sappy as it sounds, I smile whenever I look it. Plus it sparkles a lot and I get distracted hehe.

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  12. I love my ring too have a big princess cut diamond, with baguettes all over. I love big and bold.

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  13. The perfect engagement ring for me is something simple yet elegant and shows how much I am valued. The perfect engagement ring is different for every woman. It just need to show her how much she is loved and valued. :) (signed up as Amber M)

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  14. I have a 3 stone ring signifying past, present and future and I love it!

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  15. Simple, but elegant... Just like mine...

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  16. I want an emerald style and small diamonds trailing down the sides

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  17. My perfect ring would be princess cut and somewhat small...I'm not a big jewelry fan!!

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  18. Elegant and simple and delivered with so much love that is important :)

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  19. I'm wearing it for the most part. White gold/or platinum, princess cut diamond, a small diamond on each sire. A band of small diamonds that splits into two when it reaches the main diamind. Matching diamond band.

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  20. I love Princess Cut. To me, the size is not important. I would be happy with any ring my husband picks out :) <3

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  21. I love a simple emerald cut diamond in an antique setting.

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  22. My perfect engagement ring is the one that I got. It is a diamond surrounded by sapphires and smaller diamonds.

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  23. Simple, elegant with little diamonds all around!

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  24. Cushion cut with a halo and tiny diamonds on the band on the anterior half.

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  25. a simple ring with one Yellow, Blue and green stone in it.

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  26. The one we picked out on a trip to St. Thomas. Gold with marquis cut diamond with baguettes on the sides.

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  27. A simple princess cut diamond.

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  28. heart shaped or teardrop with an aquamarine stone. :)

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  29. i have small finger and can not have big stone so i like either white gold or silver and then a special color of stone

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  30. The perfect engagement ring is presented by your true love ... preferably in a little Tiffany blue box :-)

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  31. Tiffany white gold with a meaningful personal stone color!

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  32. Center oval diamond with smaller ovals on each side and 2 baguettes on each side of smaller ovals set in 14 karat yellow gold Simon G setting. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  33. I couldn't have received a more perfect engagement ring than the one I got. It was my mother's, and while her marriage to my father was less than perfect, it means more to me than anything to be able to see that reminder of my mother every day (she passed away 19 years ago, which was 5 years before I got married).

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  34. The one I got! Princess cut, 1 carat, platinum setting!

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  35. Cushion cut solitaire. And my husband proposed with it! !

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  36. I want it to be a princess cut diamond. it doesn't have to be too big. But worthy enough to pass on to the next generation

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