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All around us was darkness and night…

I’m not a hero. I’m a survivor.
I had one way out, and I took it.
Now all I want is peace,
A place to pick up the pieces and start over.

But she wants justice.
Names on a list, faces in the crowd.
I vowed to help her, but it’s taking us back to the demons.

Until he appeared.

I thought he died in the fight.
I was wrong.
He’s here.
Stronger, more powerful… Sexier.

And dangerous.

The boy I loved is now the one man we have to fear most.
When he tried to save me, he had no power.
Now everything has changed, and he’ll never stop until I’m his…


EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Under the Stars

Tia Louise

Book Series: 

The second and final instalment in Tia Louise’s sexy, thrilling Bright Lights duet is coming on 22 January 2018, and I have a sneak peek for you.

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Excerpt

Mark

Touching her little back one last time, I’m amazed at how my baby girl’s mere presence, her warmth and adorable smiles, have managed to cool the burning anger in my chest. Roland’s descriptions of Lara’s tears and desire to protect my honor have further taken the edge off the betrayal I’ve felt since waking up alone in Nice…

But none of it unblocks my telephone number.

None of it puts me in the room when Jillian was born.

None of it restores my trust Lara won’t do it again.

The bitterness in my chest is smoldering, not extinguished, and I can’t deny my primitive need to take her by the arms and shake her until she tells me how she could do it. How she could walk away from everything we said, leaving me with only a note.

I’m not sure what it’ll take to make up for those wounds.

Her room is neat when I enter it. Her suitcase is open and several outfits are draped over the edge. Toiletries are scattered across the bathroom, and a pair of heels is on the floor at the foot of her large bed.

She left the “Do not disturb” sign on the door, so housekeeping hasn’t made the bed, and the entire room smells of her soft, floral perfume. I go to the picture windows and look out at a white arched bridge with Mount Rainier a haze in the distance.

A sailboat slowly passes, and I’m still turning over these thoughts, battling the tension of my warring emotions, when the noise of the door card bleeps behind me.

Time is up.

She’s here.

Turning to face her, I almost lose the fight when she enters the room.

She’s still so fucking beautiful. I watch spellbound as she pauses to remove her trench coat and hang it in the closet. She holds the doorknob as she toes off her boots, bending down to slip off her white ankle socks. Her long hair falls around her arms in large curls, but when she stands, her expression is so sad, so broken.

On both the train to Canada and the beach in Nice, she still had a spark of determination. Now the light seems to have gone out, and it touches something inside of me.

All these observations occur in the half-second before she sees me. The moment she does, everything changes.

“Mark!” she gasps, blue eyes wide with shock.

I’m across the room in five steps, and she tries to back away, slamming against the closed door. Her eyes close, and her hands go up in a defensive pose.

Without hesitation, I clutch her upper arms in my fists, pulling her against my chest. The heat of her skin is against mine, and her warm breath skates across my neck.

“Surprised to see me?” It’s a low, husky growl, and my insides hum with all the emotions swirling tightly into a ball of rage and relief and fucking love for this woman.

She’s panting, and with every breath, her breasts strain against her thin shirt.

“What are you doing here?” she asks.

My face is close to hers, our noses nearly touching. “Did you think I’d ever stop looking for you? Did you think I wouldn’t find my daughter?”

Her eyes blink up to mine, ocean blue touched with tears. We gaze deeply into each other’s souls for the beat of two hearts, and in that space I feel my wall of anger start to crack.

With a groan, I lean down and take her lips. I push them apart and sweep my tongue inside. She’s off her feet, her hands in the sides of my hair, and our mouths chase each other’s. We’re biting and pulling lips, tongues entwining, the flavors of mint and sugar mingling in our mouths.

My hands are under her ass, and I carry her to the large bed in the center of the room, tossing her roughly onto her back. She makes a little cry, moving to her side as she watches me wide-eyed. I rip off my blazer, followed quickly by my tie.

“What are you doing?” Her voice is thick with need.

“You know what I’m doing.” My shirt is over my head, and her eyes darken as they slide down my bare torso.

“Take off your clothes,” I say, and she immediately grasps the hem of her shirt, pulling it over her head in a sweep.

Dark hair cascades around her shoulders, around her bra, which is sheer black lace. I see her dark nipples straining through the fabric, and my dick is an iron rod in my pants.

“All of it.” I grasp my belt, then the button on my slacks.

She unfastens her jeans and lifts her hips to shove them off. I take them from her, dragging the tight fabric down the length of her silky legs. Stepping back, I drop them on the floor and admire her new curves. My tongue passes over my bottom lip as my eyes zero in on the triangle of fabric covering her bare pussy.

She whimpers, and I put a knee on the bed, climbing toward her like a lion stalking its prey, claiming what’s mine.

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Oh, wow, this sounds intriguing and very sexy. Can’t wait to read this duet as I’ve read several books by the author! Thanks for the chance.

This series was GREAT! Definitely keeps you on your toes! Don’t forget to read Sundown in between these to get more Mark and Lara!

I can’t wait to start reading these. Love the story and can’t wait to get a new book boyfriend.

This woman (Tia Louise) could write about any darn thing and make it completely captivating! I love this excerpt! It is amazing what children do to us… they can calm the savage beast!

I finished this duet myself & OMG all the feels! Mark is everything! Lara angers me more than once but in the end I love her just as much! Tia Louise did an amazing job with their story!!

This is so freaking hot…he takes what’s his & she knows she’ll always be his no matter what. Just H-O-T HOT!!!
Thanks for a chance?

Tia Louise is a favorite author for me and will be reading this Duet very soon!
Thanks for sharing the excerpt and for the chance to win this wonderful prize!!!

Oh my I have read everything Tia Louise has written and I absolutely love her stories she brings them to life!! Thank you so much for the opportunity and your generosity

I’ve read both of these and let me tell you….I freaking love Tia Louise!
She’s one author I have a hard time stopping once I start reading lol
Love that talented lady!

I love Tia Louise she writes awesome books. I would love to win this set of books. Thank you for this amazing giveaway ❤

Love this duet. Mark and Lara’s story is amazing and powerful. I couldn’t but the book(s) down. Thanks for the chance

Oh My goodness this is so Amazing.Love every part of it
Thankyou so much for the chance to WIN this incredible prize. Xxxx

I haven’t read these yet! But they sound amazing and would love the opportunity to read them. Thank you for this chance. :)

Waiting for Under the Stars to start the duet. Under the Lights is already sitting on my kindle. At least the 22nd isn’t too far away…

I have read and loved all of Tia’s books and can’t wait to get my hot hands on these! Thanks so much for the chance!!

I’m 70% into Under the lights. Not gonna lie, I’m scared to keep reading! But it’s so freaking good! Hoping for a snow day tomorrow to finish it! ☺

I’ve read Under the Lights and am DYING to read the sequel. I can’t wait! What a fantastic series!!!

This excerpt is delicious!!!! Thanks for sharing and the chance of the two paperbacks! Can’t wait to meet Larissa and Mark!

I love Tia Louise books. I cannot wait to read this!!! Sounds amazing. Thanks so much for this chance.

Thank you so much!
I read Sundown first actually and then was so thrilled that a duet was coming out that would give me more.
So damn good I can’t wait to devour Under the Stars.

I haven’t read the first novel but it’s on my tbr lol
It looks so good and this excerpt has me hooked to read them both on the weekend. Thank you for this chance ill be keeping my fingers crossed to win this series!!

I’m reading an ARC of this and it is so exciting!!! I would love to own signed copies if the books!!! Thank you for the chance.

Love the excerpt!! Can’t wait to Finish this series! I loved Sundown! I need to see how this story concludes!

Oh my, this excerpt was good!!! I can’t wait to read it. Thank you for the chance to win the two paperbacks.

Can’t wait to read this almost finished with Under the Lights it’s sooo good love Tia Louise her writing and the way she brings a story to life!!

Just bought Under the Stars…. can’t wait to set down tonight and immerse myself into this story… but like all great books … it will drive me crazy to wait to see how their story ends , lol … ! Thanks for the opportunity to win singed copy’s of this series… good luck everyone !!

Incredible Excerpt!! Would love to win this beautiful duo!! Can’t wait to read them both! Thanks for the chance <3

Once again Tia has not let us down. This sounds like another cannot put it down until finished read. I cannot wait. Thanks for a chance.

Looking forward to Under The Stars but HAVE to read Under The Lights first but just haven’t had the time as of yet

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