Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Out of Bounds by Lauren Blakely: Author Q&A, Excerpt & Giveaway

If you haven't one-click Lauren Blakely's new standalone sports romance novella yet, trust me when I say this one is a must-read! You will fall in love with the easygoing, playful banter between Dani and Drew and your cheeks will be permanently flushed from their off-the-charts chemistry. Keep reading to check out an excerpt from the book along with a Q&A with Lauren Blakely. And don't forget to enter the giveaway!


The first rule of football--don't screw with a streak.

My career is finally looking up, and I'm leading a new pro team down the field every Sunday. No way will I mess with that. But when I meet the most stunning and captivating woman I've ever seen, I tell myself one night will have to be enough.

But it's not. And now I can't get her out of my mind. Even when I'm playing. Even when I need to focus. Even when I’m on the hottest streak of my life.

And it turns out, she's not just some random woman I met. She works for the team. My team.


I only have one goal this season--do my part as the team's lawyer to keep them out of trouble. Help rebuild their reputation on and off the field. There's no room for error and certainly no room for a secret tryst with a player . . . even if he's the quarterback.


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“Be on your best behavior, Drew,” he says, a teasing tone in his voice.

“I always am,” I reply, and the fact is, that’s true. Clean-cut is my nickname.

“And text if you’re done early.”

“If I’m done early, I’m having a date with my mattress.”

He groans. “You are the definition of no fun.”

I grin. “That’s me. That’s why Qwench wants me now. Because I know how to get a good night’s sleep and stay out of the line of fire.”

When I hang up, I step out of the car, hand the keys to the valet, and thank him. Then I head inside, where Stuart greets me in the room reserved for the event, claps me on the back, and introduces me to several people. A photographer snaps shots the whole time, and I play the role that’s hardly a role—the outgoing, non-trouble-making, peace-loving quarterback who doesn’t throw punches or raise fists, like others before me have.

Don’t smoke, don’t do drugs, don’t have unprotected sex, and I also don’t speed. Squeaky clean indeed. Not even a traffic ticket on the record, and certainly no knocked-up teenyboppers with mini Drews baking in their bellies.

Stuart introduces me to the red-haired, freckle-faced guy who heads up this charity. “And this is Drew Erickson. He’s our new starter. We’re thrilled to have him on the team, especially since he’s already active with many wonderful charitable endeavors,” Stuart says to the ginger-haired guy.

We exchange small talk for a few minutes, then Stuart drops a hand on my shoulder and tells me there’s someone else he wants me to meet. “I’d love to introduce you to a sharp-as-a-tack woman who makes sure I don’t fumble,” he says, then winks in case I didn’t realize he was making a joke.

I smile to let him know I got it—fumbling humor and all—then my smile turns into a ruler-straight line when I turn on my heels and see my surfer angel.

Holy shit. She’s hot as sin in a red skirt, white blouse, and black heels. She holds a drink. Her blond hair is twisted on her head. Damn. The smoking-hot look is almost enough to make me forget she blew me off. My dick, the traitorous bastard, has already come down with amnesia. The fucker wants her.

“This is Dani Paige. She’s an attorney for the team,” he says, and I attempt to school my expression as I come face-to-face with the woman who ditched me.

And all I want to do is toss her on my shoulder, stalk to the bathroom, slam the door, and ask her why the fuck she didn’t call. Then when she tells me it was because she was too busy getting off to thoughts of me, I’d kiss the hell out of her until she melted in my arms and begged me to take her. I’d happily oblige. Hoist her up, hook her legs around my hips, and fuck her against the wall until she comes harder than she ever has before. Instead, I shake her free hand. “Pleasure to meet you.” Then I whisper, just for her. “Jaws.”

About Lauren Blakely:

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat,

heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He's Mine, Playing With Her Heart, Trophy Husband, and Far Too Tempting. On November 21, she'll release the edgy new adult novel THE THRILL OF IT. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

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Author Q&A with Lauren Blakely:

What inspired you to write your first sports romance?

I'll admit it - I've always had a thing for the "quarterback mystique." One of my favorite movies is Heaven Can Wait starring Warren Beatty and I love the line in it -- "you're the quarterback." It's so simple, but yet it encapsulates the allure so perfectly of that position. The quarterback is an athlete, a thinker, and a leader. And I wanted to add a quarterback to my crew of leading men! I also LOVE the HBO show Ballers, and that played a role in inspiring me to write Out of Bounds.

Who was your inspiration for Drew?

Every hunky athlete I've ever crushed on??? But seriously, folks. Drew is a mix of clean-cut in life, dirty in the bedroom, and fun with his friends. He's not drawn from one particular actor or athlete, to be honest. But he is, I hope, a swoonworthy mix of driven athlete, smart and caring man, great in bed guy, and fun out of the bedroom dude too!

What kind of research did you do before writing this book? Or were you already a football expert?

Definitely not an expert! But I've followed football on and off over the years, and was an avid fan in the late 90s when I live in Denver and the Broncos were in the John Elway heyday. My husband is also a former high school athlete, and my son is a passionate football fan, so I turned to them for the latest and greatest on the sport.

What was your favorite scene to write from Out of Bounds?

Tough question! I did enjoy the Skee-ball and Whack-A-Mole scene! And the surfing scenes make me want to go hang out on the beach! I also really enjoyed the conversations between Drew and his teammates and best friend because I love the superstitions that players have.

What are your top 3 reasons why readers should pick up Out of Bounds?

Out of Bounds is sexy, fun and forbidden! Which leads to my three reasons. ONE - it's a quick, light and escapist read! We all need that! TWO - the novella has just the right mix of sports and sex! THREE - the hero is a dirty-talking quarterback with a heart of gold!

If someone has never read one of your books, which would you recommend they start with and why?

I usually suggest BIG ROCK if they enjoy rom-coms, since that book is a fan favorite. For those who want a more suspenseful, emotional, angsty storyline, I suggest Sinful Nights. And if someone wants hot, dirty, alpha male in a suit, I recommend Night After Night!

What does a typical day in the life of Lauren Blakely look like?

It involves dog walking, cake-hunting, writing, ferrying kids around, interacting with readers and friends, and daydreaming about new heroes!

Can you tell us a bit about what you’re working on now?

I'm about halfway done writing THE HOT ONE. That's my March release and it's a fun, emotional, and sexy second chance love story!

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