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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Take the beer. Her coffee is horrendous. 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.

Arianne takes Derek home to meet her roommate – Taylor. They are in Derek's limo.
“This afternoon,” reminisced Arianne, “it seems so far away. The words just came out of my mouth. It was an urge that overwhelmed me. But now, I think it was because there was a connection missing between us.”
Derek edged closer. “I love right there.” He slid his fingertips slid up and down the back of her neck. Shivers raced through Arianne’s body. “I spent half the night fantasizing about nibbling on your neck.”
“And the rest of the night fantasizing about nibbling on the rest of me?”
“God, yes!” His mouth reached hers. When the limousine parked in front of Arianne’s apartment, they separated with a gasp. “I can’t get enough of you.” His eyes were dark and smoldering. The intensity of his stare triggered something indefinable in her. She wanted nothing more than to submit to the will of those eyes.
“Um, we’re here.” Her hand fumbled for the door.
Derek sighed then followed Arianne into the building and up four flights of stairs. “Ever hear of the word elevator?”
“Figure it’s my cardio workout every time I come home. It may not be as big or as elegant as yours, but this is home.” She put her key in the lock on the door marked 4C and turned it. Swinging the door open, she stepped inside. Derek followed.
Her roommate sat on the couch watching the television. Derek walked over and held out his hand. “Hi, Derek Davenport. I take it you’re Taylor?” Taylor jumped up and shook Derek’s hand. “Arianne figured we should meet and get to know one and other so you’d begin to trust me.”
Arianne undid her coat and hung it up in the closet then offered to take Derek’s.
He shook his head. Slipping his coat off, he dropped it over the nearest chair.
“What can I get you, Derek? A beer?” She headed toward the kitchen.
“Love one, but I have a board meeting at nine. A coffee would be great.”
“Take the beer,” advised Taylor. “Her coffee is horrendous.”
“I’ll have a beer,” Derek yelled over his shoulder.
Arianne popped her head back into the living room. “Taylor, you didn’t tell him my coffee was bad.”
“Derek and I have to establish some form of trust and if I were to let him drink that black sludge you make—a better idea. I’ll make the coffee.”

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. You've got me chuckling!

    Their relationship seems to have progressed dramatically since the last time I followed the Hooks Hop.

  2. black sludge... ew! love this excerpt.

  3. It seems like his ad has born fruit, big time. I was pretty confused, though, whether the roommate was male or female.

    1. I assumed Taylor was a guy, but you're right, it isn't clear. The name is pretty unisex these days.

      Loved the humor in the excerpt. Tweeted.

    2. The gender is explained in scenes that I haven't posted.