Blog Tour: The Colonel’s Daughter by Amy Andrews (Excerpt, Review, Giveaway, and Buy Links)
The Colonel’s Daughter
Release Date: 08/10/2015
Publisher: Entangled Publishing | Imprint: Indulgence
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Series: Men of the Zodiac
The sting of this Scorpio is unforgettably hot…
Ivy Danforth is out from under her Colonel father’s overprotective control, and she’s making it count. Big time. She’s taken the summer off to travel through Australia with her bestie and experiencing all that life has to offer—when you’re not under constant military surveillance. She wants to end her summer with some sexy fun, and she has just the hottie in mind.
Seth Rodrigo is ex-Special Forces working undercover and keeping an eye on Ivy as a special favor to her father. All he has to do is not give the game away and reveal who he really is. And especially not give into the hunger that’s burning through his careful control…
Then they’re forced into protective custody. Alone. Together. For four days.
And this time, the Colonel’s daughter isn’t taking no for an answer…
From The Colonel’s Daughter by Amy Andrews:
She was hyperaware of the unfinished business between them. Even more aware that they were completely alone— no cops in the carpark, no busy road or the bustle of hotel life outside their door.
The urge to touch him was almost overwhelming. She wanted to run her hands over him so freaking bad.
One orgasm and she was turning into some kind of sex freak.
How was it possible to want to scratch his eyes out as much as she wanted to scratch that perfect back up while he pounded her into his mattress?
“Can I…help you with something?”
Ivy stepped into his room, her heart skipping madly in her chest. “I came to borrow some underwear.”
“Oh.” His startled gaze flew to the jersey, zeroing in on her crotch area with X-ray-like intensity. Ivy felt that stare right at the point of contact as a wild flutter kicked to life deep and low. It was a revelation to realize he still wanted her, too. She could see it in the smolder of his eyes. In the bob of his throat. In the tension of his neck muscles.
“Sure,” he said, moving awkwardly to a tall chest of dark wooden drawers, opening the top one and pulling out a black pair with a broad green waistband. He walked them over to her, stopping before he got too near and passed them over. “They’ll probably be a little baggy.”
Ivy took them. She couldn’t give a rat’s ass how baggy they were because, suddenly, she did not want to put them on. She dropped them on the ground and took a step closer to him.
“Ivy?” he said, looking down at the underwear. “What are you doing?”
She didn’t know what she was doing. She just needed to be closer. To run her hands through his damp hair and over his shoulders and his back. To absorb the heat coming off him and bury her nose in his neck and inhale all his spicy, male goodness. To lick his tattoo and tear his towel away.
She took another step and leaned in, close enough to kiss him if she wanted. And she wanted. She didn’t care how pissed she was at him. Right now she needed to finish what they’d started the other night.
She might as well get something out of this whole debacle. And she’d deal with how fucked up that was later.
She laid her hand over one broad, warm pectoral. He flinched slightly, but Ivy could feel the hard thump of his heart beneath her palm. She loved the way their skin looked together. Golden bronze and milky white.
The strain in his voice roughened up the silk of his accent and brushed like sandpaper against her skin. He circled his fingers around her wrist and tried to dislodge her. Ivy resisted and he dropped his hand, but they both knew a man who could kick down a door could easily pry her off if he really wanted to.
“I thought you didn’t like me.”
Ivy dragged her gaze from his chest to his face. “I don’t. But I haven’t been able to stop thinking about you. Like this. With no clothes on. Have you thought about me like this? Naked?”
“Ivy.” The strain in his voice was replaced with a very British sounding warning.
He swallowed. “Yes.”
*ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review *
The Colonel’s Daughter by Amy Andrews is not at all what I was expecting, given the two books I’ve read previously in this series, but I loved this book a lot. It’s well-written and intriguing, with a storyline that kept me interested the whole way through. I love forced proximity, bodyguard stories so that was a big draw for me with this book and I like the way the author handled it because it didn’t feel like I’d read the story before. The characters and situation kept it fresh and interesting, which made this a great read for me.
The hero, Seth, is an undercover ex-special forces soldier tasked with keeping a protective watch on the Colonel’s daughter while she’s on an extended summer vacation in Australia. The heroine, Ivy, is on a quest to get out from under her father’s overprotective and watchful eye, and she is determined to lose her V-card by the end of her trip. She’d like to lose it to Seth, who she thinks is Dean, a security guard at the bar where she and her friend work.
Amy Andrews is a fairly new to me author, but I really liked her writing style a lot in this book. I liked the way she characterized Seth and Ivy, layering them with a depth and realness that you can’t help but like about them. The writing style, great characterization, and engrossing storyline made this read a surprising gem for me. I really liked it.
If you’re like me and love forced proximity, bodyguard stories where the hero is duty and honor bound to protect the heroine, even from himself, and the heroine wants nothing more than to make the hero hers, The Colonel’s Daughter by Amy Andrews is a terrific romance read and a wonderful addition to the Men of the Zodiac series. I recommend it!
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Amy is an award-winning, best-selling Aussie author who has written over fifty contemporary romances in both the traditional and digital markets. She loves good books, fab food, great wine and frequent travel – preferably all four together.
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