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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

I liked you better when you were catatonic. Daryl Devore's Two O'clock with the Billionaire on Book Hooks #MFRWhooks #MFRWAuthor #hotread

Book Hooks is a weekly meme hosted by Marketing for Romance Writers as part of the MFRW Authors Blog. It's a chance each week for you the reader to discover current WIP or previously published book by possibly new to you authors.

Today, I am showcasing a snippet from my hot billionaire romance – Two O’clock with the Billionaire.

After a night of passion….

Arianne rolled over and opened her eyes. The room was bright with the morning sunshine. Sprawled out on his belly, Derek was still asleep. Arianne poked him in the ribs. “Hmm? What?”
She pulled her finger away. “Just checking.”
“Checking what?”
When she didn’t reply, Derek stretched and rolled over. He wrapped an arm around her and pulled her close. “Checking what? To see if I’m still alive. You damn near killed me last night.”
“To see if you were real. Girls like me have fantasies about finding the perfect guy. I know, everybody does, but I mean regular people like me. The guy must be handsome, rich, great in bed, and anything else is icing on the cake.”
He tickled kisses up her neck. “I passed inspection?”
“With flying colors and that’s what I’m finding so hard to believe. I shouldn’t be marrying a billionaire.”
“Okay, I’ll marry somebody else and you can be my mistress.”
She playfully punched his shoulder. “All of this is wrong and yet right at the same time.”
Throwing back the sheets, Derek stretched and sat up. “This is getting too existential for me, before my morning coffee. I need a shower, breakfast and then we can chat.”
Arianne climbed out of bed. She stepped over her shredded panties and the empty wine bottle. “I’ll go use my bathroom.”
Derek didn’t move as she left the room. He stared down at the clothes scattered on the floor.
Minutes later she came back in the room. “Ready? Hey, you aren’t even out of bed yet?”
Staring out the window, he didn’t respond. She snapped her fingers near his face. Derek blinked and looked at her.
“Is something wrong?”
He shook his head. “Just thinking.”
Arianne hesitated.
Derek caught her hand and kissed it. “Honestly, I just got lost in my thoughts.”
“I’ll go make breakfast. Meet you next to the pool?”
He smiled, nodded and dragged himself out of bed.
Arianne put the coffee pot on the patio table as Derek walked outside. “Ooh, it’s alive and functioning.”
“Alive, I don’t know, but I’ll grant you functioning.” He pulled her close and kissed her. “Mmm. Best way I know to say good morning.”
Sensing Derek’s brighter mood, a wave of relief flashed through Arianne. Pointing to the patio table, she proudly displayed her cooking talents, a pile of croissants and some fresh fruit. “Breakfast.”
Derek suspiciously eyed the coffee pot.
“If I remember correctly, Taylor called your coffee something like sewer sludge.”
With a playful pout, she said, “This is instant coffee—boiling water and some coffee crystals. Not that easy to screw up.”
Derek poured a cup and sipped. “Um, cream and sugar?” He glanced around the table. Arianne was about to protest when he chuckled. “Just kidding. It’s fine.”
She poured herself a cup. “I liked you better when you were catatonic.”

Two O’clock with the Billionaire – Daryl Devoré
Hot Contemporary
Heat rating – 5 hot peppers
Two O’clock with the Billionaire is Daryl Devoré’s latest hot romance. A contemporary romance sweetened with a bit of vanilla sexcapades.
Where Derek Davenport is concerned, women only had one thing in mind: trap him into a marriage. The perfect way out? Hire a courtesan. While partying with his buddies he places an online ad that reads – Woman Wanted.
Unemployed and nearing financial desperation, Arianne is forced to step out of her comfort zone and answers an ad that reads Woman Wanted. With minimal hours and excellent pay, she accepts the position of courtesan to a handsome billionaire.
Their sexual antics cause emotions neither is willing to admit it. Will Arianne and Derek drive each other crazy…or will they fall in love first?
Note: This book was previously published by New Dawning Bookfair under the title A Kept Woman.


Arianne’s just regular girl pushed into a corner and desperately looking for a way out.

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  1. This is such a cute scene between them.

  2. "I liked you better when you were catatonic." - Ha!

  3. Cute scene. I liked the catatonic line, too. :D

  4. That's quite a comment to make to a 'perfect guy.' ;-)

  5. Sweet morning after and love the last line.