Book Title: It Took A Rumor
Author: Carter Ashby
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 19, 2016
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
Thanks to a flamboyant, small-town gossip blogger, Ivy Turner’s lily-white reputation has just been unceremoniously muddied. Rumor has it Ivy has succumbed to temptation and slept with one of the Deathridge brothers. Sources can’t confirm which of the four, sexy cowboys she’s taken up with, but everyone in town is weighing in.
Ivy would gladly step forward and defend her good name, except that the rumor happens to be true. Perplexed that her little indiscretion has somehow made it into the public eye, Ivy sets out to find the rumor’s source. In the process, she becomes the unwitting keeper of all the Deathridge brothers’ rather formidable secrets.
Now, not only does she have to keep taking hits to her reputation to protect the brothers, but all these secrets and lies are keeping her from exploring her burgeoning feelings for one of them. But if Jake, Cody, Dallas, and Boone think that Ivy’s patience is limitless, they’re in for a shock. Because when Ivy breaks, she’s taking everyone down with her.
Maybe it was because he wanted to shove her back but couldn’t, her being a girl and all. Maybe it was misplaced emotions. Confused switches in his brain somewhere crossing the signals. Whatever the reason, he grabbed her by the hair and pulled her in for a kiss. A hard, angry kiss. A kiss meant to punish, though he wasn’t sure which of them he was punishing.
He let her go and pulled his lips away.
She gaped at him, lips parted, breasts heaving. An instant later she was in his arms, her mouth hungrily taking his, her legs wrapped around his waist, his hat falling into the creek. He turned, moving toward his truck, intending to open the door. Somewhere in his brain there was a voice of reason, but when you find yourself pleasantly between a woman’s legs, instinct tends to take over. Instead of getting her into the truck, he slipped on a wet rock and wound up slamming her against the door instead. She cried out.
“You okay?” he gasped.
She nodded and mumbled something unintelligible before burying her fingers in his hair and taking his mouth again. He shoved the skirt of her dress up over her hips and pulled one side of the bodice down, baring a breast. He groaned in agony. He covered her breast with a greedy hand. For a moment, it shocked him back to reality. Here he was groping little Ivy Turner’s breast out in the open for God and anyone to see, except there wasn’t anyone here. Her breath came in hot bursts. He looked up. Their eyes met and for a moment he thought she would ask him to stop. But then she smiled. It was a split-second of camaraderie in the midst of a turbulent storm. In a blink, it was over, and her blue eyes darkened with lust as she smashed her mouth against his.