I”m so excited to share this new author with you.  Check out the cover to Nikki Belaire”s debut novel.

Now let”s meet the two main players in the story.

Nick DeMarco

A wealthy financier with alleged ties to

organized crime. He”s arrogant,

stubborn, and obsessed with the quiet,

gentle woman who may not be as delicate

as she seems.


Shae Armstrong

A sheltered pop star living a life created

by others. She”s bold on stage, yet

guarded when the lights fade.


No longer controlled by her mother, manager, or former fiancé, pop star Shae

Armstrong steps out on her own and into the path of Nick DeMarco, a wealthy

investor with alleged ties to organized crime and real childhood scars to overcome. She

wants to take it slow. He needs her now, in his life and in his bed.

Nick’s enemies threaten her career, her friendships, even her sanity, but not her heart –

the one thing Nick holds precious. He proves his love is real, and she stops running.

Until everything around them falls apart, including him. He swore he would never

hurt her. Instead, he almost destroys them both.

Buoyed by her new-found confidence and strength his love instills in her, Shae makes a

dangerous choice, sacrificing her happiness for his, just like he always does for her.

Unable to let her break the connection between them, Nick accepts the trust she places

in him, the depth of her love giving him the courage to try again.

Now that she’s found her own voice and helped him see who he really is, can Shae

survive the challenges of living in Nick’s world?

About the Author
Nikki Belaire Biography

Nikki writes contemporary romantic thrillers and admits to a weakness for alpha males

and bad boys, especially ones who can’t live without the strong women they love. She

spends more time in her characters’ lives than her own. But, when she’s in the real

world, her passions include reading, wine appreciating, running, and spending time

with her husband and daughter.

The first book of Nikki’s Surviving Absolution series is Wine & Whiskey, which

launched through Secret Cravings Publishing. Heat level: three flames

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Excerpt 2 (Adult)

Pinkness tints her cheeks as she tilts her head, tucking a strand of hair behind

her ear. Her sudden shyness intoxicates him, a heady combination of adorable and

sexy, making her pleasure his only goal. He slips his hands under her negligee,

lifting it off and tossing it aside. The pressure in his groin almost erupts at

her pink nipples straining taut against his chest.

Keeping him from taking one in his mouth, she slides her delicate hands under

his chin, studying his face, scanning his features as if searching for something

beyond the surface. He freezes under her gaze. She delves deeper than any other

woman, almost farther than he can endure, fearful she’ll pierce the mask hiding

the real him. And, despise what she finds underneath. His voice chokes in his

throat. “What?”

A soft smile graces her angelic face. “Has anyone ever told you how wonderful

you are?”

No. Because no one’s ever thought it but her.

Her mouth finds his. Chaste kisses, smiling against his lips. “And romantic.”

Pressing softly, barely touching. “Thoughtful.” Driving him to the edge as he

resists every urge to devour her. “Sexy.”

Just when he can’t hold back any longer, she thrusts her tongue inside, making

him moan as his fingers slide across her cheeks online casino and into her hair, absorbing all

of her sweet essence. Fighting to control his desire, he breaks away, dipping

his head and flicking his tongue against the hardened nub, keeping her in place

as her back arches. She drives her hands through his hair, wrapping her fingers

around the burgeoning curls on his neck he hates, her breathy whisper like

fireworks against his skin. “These are perfect to hold on to when you make love

to me.”

Okay, maybe they aren’t so bad. She lifts up from straddling him as he grasps

the waistband of her panties. Her fingertips burn his skin in their urgency to

help him push them down. In her raised position, he teases her wet core,

stroking the soft folds before plunging a finger inside. She gasps, her legs

trembling, and begins to lower herself back down. Wrapping his arm around her

waist, he holds her up as she rests her head on his shoulder. His body flames

with need at her lips on his ear. “Your fingers are magic.”

“That’s not my only trick.”

As she whispers his name, her hands move to his pants, unbuttoning and unzipping

them as he lifts up to free himself from the fabric separating them. He reaches

into his pocket and pulls out a foil packet before kicking his pants all the way

off. Her eyes never waver from his as he guides her hips over his throbbing tip.

She slides down his length, her lips parting in a sharp gasp, her small fist

wrapping around his shirt. Pain grips his chest at her hesitation. “Are you


A slow smile curls her lips as she nods. “I’ve never been on top. You’re a lot

to take in at once.”

“I don’t want to hurt you.”

“I’m fine.”

Coiling her arms around his neck, she slowly raises and lowers her body, letting

him stretch and fill her, building tension in him begging to be released. Silky

perfection moving under his fingertips. All he can see is her. Nothing else

exists. No barriers between them. Only her sweetness surrounding him, flowing

over him like the purest honey. “Do you know how much I love you?”

She nods, her eyes heavy with desire, locking with his. God, she’s so beautiful.

“How right this is?”

Her head dips again, her gaze boring into his, humbling him with the enormity of

her love.

“How I”m never letting you go?”

Her pace quickens at his words. Their bodies’ slick with sweat, skin sliding

against skin as she accepts him completely. He grasps her hips, grinding into

her while helping her ride him faster and deeper. The rhythm of his hard thrusts

matches her racing heart against his chest, her muscles pulsing and tightening

around him. “Nick, I…”

He can’t hold back, and he’s taking her with him. “Tell me, sweetness.”


Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake

Demons – Imagine Dragons

The Heart Wants What it Wants – Selena Gomez

Say Something – Great Big World

Stay – Rihanna

I Could Not Ask for More – Edwin McCain

Let Her Go – Passenger

Adore You – Miley Cyrus

Clarity – Zedd

Here Without You – Three Doors Down

Far Away – Nickelback

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