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ARC Giveaway: Wrecked by Shiloh Walker

Wrecked is a friends to lovers story from author Shiloh Walker.  Kati  is recommending this book for April and when the author contacted me about doing an ARC giveaway, it seemed like serendipity.

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From Shiloh Walker:

 

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Last March, I was in Tucson, Arizona for the Tucson Festival of Books.  We were at this cool little bookstore on 4th Avenue with a couple of bloggers who’d met up with us (heya, Bookpushers!) and I walked past this book…Wreck This Journal.  I saw it out of the corner of my eye, glanced at it. Kept walking…then I stopped and went back. Stared at it.

And just like that…Wreck this Life.

There’s this girl, she’s out to wreck her life.  Why?  Because her entire life, she’s tried to control everything.  Why? Because when she was a kid, her life was chaos and she had no control.  Why?

All these little bits and pieces were little coming together, clear as day, in my head.

So, after I paid for the journal—of course I had to buy a copy—I was walking outside, still dealing with this book coming together in my head, I had this picture of him. Zach. The hero.  He’s the heroine’s best friends and they’ve been friends for forever.  She’s out to wreck her life, and he’s out to remake it. Because he’s been in love with her…forever.

The next day, I was talking to Helenkay Dimon and the idea is all but exploding out of me.

There’s this guy, and he’s a tattoo artist, the heroine has this crazy plan to wreck her life after her fiancé dumps her.  She’s going to get a tattoo—and the hero is doing the tattoo, cuz he’s a tattoo artist.  So she’s getting a tattoo and while they’re doing the tattoo and she’s trying to come to grips with how her fiancé dumped her…and she asks Zach, her best friend for forever, if he’s ever been in love.  Zach has been in love…with only one person, ever.  But he can’t tell her that, see?  Because she’s his only.  So he tries to hedge away…but she pushes and he just tells her, ‘It didn’t work out…she never seemed to notice that I was the one staring at her when she walked into the room.’

 

I could see all of this, clear as day.  And I hadn’t written a single word.  I asked Helenkay what she thought…and she said, “I love Zach already.”

That was pretty much me…I loved Zach, and Abby, from the get-go.

 

 Excerpt

The dark brown of her eyes seemed to burn as she stared at him.

Zach was torn between just closing the distance between them and just calling this whole idea off. More than seventeen years, damn it. That’s how long he’d loved her and she’d never known.

But you’ve never told her.

Yeah, because she’d never seemed to—

Abby slid her off her stool.

Mentally, he sighed. Shoving a hand through his hair, he glanced away from her, tried to find something else to look at, focus on, think about. He’d been teasing her and pushing her as far as he figured he could go without saying outright, “I read the damn journal. If you have to have an affair, why not me?”But she wasn’t exactly following and—

Her hand touched his shoulder.

Zach and looked back her. His heart seemed to jump up into his throat as she closed the distance between them.

Everything in the world faded away as she pushed up onto her toes.

And then, as she leaned in and pressed her lips to his, Zach realized this was what it was like to have a dream actually come true. As her mouth parted under his, he was almost certain he was dying. Maybe he’d already died. Yeah. He’d been eating something and choked, died, and now he was in heaven.

Except he figured there was no way he would end up there.

So maybe Abby really was kissing him. Groaning, he reached for her and hauled her closer, pulling her to stand between his legs. With one arm wrapped around her waist, he slid his free hand up her back and tangled his hand in the crazy, soft curls of her hair. Soft as silk, just like he remembered.

And her mouth was sweet, every bit as sweet as he remembered, but there was no director, no crew, no brilliant stage lights shining down and this kiss wasn’t choreographed or scripted.

Abby wasn’t kissing him because she had to, wasn’t kissing him because it was in some fucking script, and she wasn’t going to pull away and make some stupid joke to break the tension.

Abby was kissing him, damn it.

It was real.

Real, and he was going to make the most of it.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

34 Comments

  1. Get WRECKED… - Shiloh Walker
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 14:31:34

    […] I’m giving away an ARC over at Dear Author. […]

  2. Tina M
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 14:32:46

    Not working yet..How do I enter??

  3. Natasha A.
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 14:38:04

    The rafflecopter isn’t loading the options available to enter :(

  4. Shiloh Walker
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 14:43:04

    I’m checking the widget problem out… we were trying to keep it super simple so you just clicked to enter, but rafflecopter has been doing a lot of changes lately-paid upgrades etc and I think we might have lost some of the basic options. I’m checking with DA to see if they just want me to use the ‘comment to enter’ option, etc.

    Give me a few and I’ll get it worked out! I’m sorry!

  5. Sue Peace
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 14:43:44

    Can’t wait to read this book!!

  6. Bea
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 14:47:44

    It’s working now. The story of how you came up with it is wonderful, and I do enjoy a friends-to-lovers story. Thanks :)

  7. Tina M
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 14:47:59

    Thanks for fixing it..I really want to read this book..Thanks for the chance!!

  8. Natasha A.
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 14:53:13

    It’s working! Also? CAN”T wait for this book!!

  9. Ashley F
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 14:53:19

    This sounds great. I loved the story before the excerpt too!

  10. MarieC
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 14:53:24

    I would LOVE to read this! I just finished both ‘Beautiful Scars’ and ‘Stolen'; loved them both!!!

  11. Vampbard
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 14:54:41

    WRECKED has been on my list of books to read since I finished FRAGILE this summer. Since finishing BEAUTIFUL SCARS, I need a Shiloh Fix! *hands shake*

  12. Evelyn
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 14:54:42

    I can’t to read this book!

  13. cayenne
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 14:58:22

    What a great story about where ideas can come from. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. BritneyW
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 14:59:51

    Awesome excerpt! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  15. erinf1
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 15:01:01

    I’m really looking forward to this book :) Thanks for sharing and for the awesome giveaway!

  16. Michelle Harlan
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 15:04:21

    I love how the story came to you so quickly! Zach sounds like a great guy and I can’t wait to read Wrecked. I want to see him get his HEA!

  17. Sandypo
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 15:05:53

    The friends to lovers theme gets me every time!

  18. Shiloh Walker
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 15:06:34

    okay, now I think it’s to where you just click to enter.

    Yikes.

  19. Shannon H
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 15:07:54

    I can’t wait to check this book out, the story of how you came up with the characters and situations makes it seem awesome :-)

  20. beckymmoe
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 15:42:14

    Sounds awesome–and I love the story of how you came up with the idea! My daughter has that journal, and she’s “wrecked” it already ;) (But not her life, thank goodness…plenty of time for that, she’s only 13. No need to rush…)

  21. Allison (Allure of Books)
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 16:37:19

    I saw some teasers on twitter for this awhile back and have been dying to read it ever since!

  22. Jen G.
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 16:54:35

    I love Shiloh Walker and friends-to-lovers is my favorite trope! Super excited about this book :-)

  23. gerri peel
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 19:02:56

    Cannot wait to read this ! I love Shiloh Walker and this book is gonna be good!! Would love to win this giveaway!!

  24. Jen B.
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 20:04:51

    I followed the link from Shiloh’s site. I am so excited for the chance to win this. Thanks for the giveaway.

  25. Nikki H
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 21:49:43

    This books sounds right up my alley!

  26. SonomaLass
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 22:33:55

    Friends to lovers with a tattoo artist hero? Oh baby, I am SO THERE.

  27. Jennifer S
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 00:10:09

    Definitely want to read this one! Also, love the cover!!

  28. Tiffany
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 01:36:07

    This sounds awesome!!

  29. Ani Gonzalez
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 07:04:01

    Very exciting, I really like the friends-to-lovers trope. I also, lovelovelove that cover.

  30. Jen M
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 07:13:18

    Love your stories and Wrecked sounds like another great one, can’t wait to read it! :-)

  31. Heather Coulter
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 07:59:34

    Forever…that is how long I’ve been waiting on this book.

    Heather ~ Books Books and More Books

  32. Sue G.
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 08:50:26

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  33. Viki S.
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 10:45:29

    I love Shiloh so I think this is so cool of you. Thanks :).

  34. Missy Emery
    Jan 25, 2013 @ 10:39:12

    Love your books Shiloh ~ can’t wait to read Wrecked, thanks for the chance to win ~ Have A Great Weekend!!!!

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