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#DFRAT Excerpt and Giveaway: Discovering Alicia by Tessie Bradford

Posted July 27, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 4 Comments

Four glorious weeks in a cabin nestled deep in the wilds of Northern Michigan is exactly what Alicia needs. Fishing, sleeping and reading are the only things on her agenda until she finds herself on the forest floor with a gorgeous man running his strong hands over her body. When she realizes they know each other she’s surprised, but when he revs her into a sexual frenzy in a hot minute, Alicia is stunned. The last thing she needs to do is to repeat past mistakes.

Brad can’t believe his college crush is literally sprawled at his feet. It’s been ten years, but she still heats his blood to boiling in an instant. She’s in his neck of the woods for an entire month, the perfect amount of time for a steamy, no-strings-attached fling.

Alicia and Brad soon discover they are both looking for far more.

Copyright: Tessie Bradford, 2013 
He stopped mere inches away and reached out to tuck a piece of her wet hair behind her ear. “I’m a big believer in honesty, Alicia.” He trailed his finger down her cheek. “You’re as pretty as a picture, all flustered and staring at me with those big doe eyes. If you don’t want me to kiss you, now would be the time to speak up.” 
She wouldn’t have uttered a word if the hounds of hell were snapping at her butt. Ali was stunned to see his pupils dilate with desire. Brad cupped the back of her head and placed his lips gently on hers. His kiss was tender, coaxing, and magical. She tentatively rested one palm on his side, just above his waistband. His skin was warm and smooth, the muscles underneath taut. He adjusted his stance slightly and wrapped his arm around her, his hand lying scandalously low on her back. Ali sighed and snuggled at bit closer. Her heart threatened to pound out of her chest when he responded immediately. He pulled her tightly against his body, delightfully crushing her breasts against his chest. Tastes and nibbles quickly escalated to feverish parrying of tongues. She wrapped her arms around his neck, and he massaged her back. 
When they were finally forced to break the kiss in order to catch their breath, Alicia dropped her head to his shoulder. Brad cradled both cheeks of her ass and moved her seductively against his massive erection. The reality of what she’d just done, what he obviously and naturally wanted to do next hit her like a ton of bricks. She wiggled out of his embrace, desperately needing space to get herself under control. 
What the fuck was she doing? Granted, they weren’t strangers, but spending time in a lab, three days a week, for one semester, almost ten years ago, didn’t warrant this level of friendliness when running into each other in the woods! Hell, she hadn’t even recognized him at first. She closed her eyes and ran shaky fingers through her long, damp hair. 
“You wanna tell me what’s wrong, Ali?” he asked quietly. 
“Nothing, everything’s great. The kiss was great. You’re great.” She attempted a smile. “Wow, it’s really getting dark fast. I should go back.” She fumbled for the flashlight hanging from her belt, and after a few tries, was able to turn it on. She then pulled the soaking, crumpled up map out of her pocket. “It was great to see you again, Brad. Maybe we’ll run into each other again while I’m here.” Ali turned and headed in what she hoped was the right direction, but in less than two steps, a large hand wrapped around her arm. 
“Freeze, woman.” She did as he ordered. “I, too, appreciate all of the greatness that’s happened tonight,” Brad whispered against her ear. “Especially when you melted in my arms.” Ali gasped when he pressed firmly against her backside. “Why are you running away, skittish as a scared rabbit? Nothing’s gonna happen that you don’t want, and you want badly.” 
Alicia spun around to face him, so embarrassed and horny she couldn’t think straight. In a hot second, Brad Compton, geeky science guy, now ultimate sex-on-a-stick guy had her almost forgetting the lessons she’d learned the hard way. “I’m so, so sorry, Brad; please…” She stared up at him, horrified when a single tear trickled down her cheek. 
He brushed it away with a feather-light touch of his thumb. “Come on, Ali; let’s get you home.”

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Guest Review: The Lady’s Not A Vamp by Tessie Bradford

Posted October 30, 2010 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 3 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance
Judith‘s review of The Lady’s Not A Vamp by Tessie Bradford.

Sandy’s perception of reality is taking one serious ass kicking. Two stunningly handsome vampires come to her side, boldly announcing she is their blood mate and sending her soaring on waves of orgasmic delight with everey touch. It’s a lot for a gal to process in two days.

Tony and Rick weren’t looking for a third, but when the spunky, courageous, sexy human woman needs blood, their bodies and souls instantly recognize Sandy as their perfect match. Now they just need to convince her to embrace all they have to offer.

Cassandra Morley had moved to Deckton, Michigan–in the beautiful and remote Upper Peninsula–and had been living there for about a month. She was a divorcee, a refugee from a very unhappy marriage to a man who had abused her with his infidelity and dismantled her confidence in her femininity. She was financially set and hoped to make a new life for herself in a new setting. However, when she first met Rick, in the parking lot of the local supermarket, she felt like she had been assaulted by an 18-wheeler. She couldn’t seem to get over the night out on the town she had three days earlier with some of her new acquaintances. Rick recognized right away that she was suffering from having too much blood drawn from her and suspected a rogue vampire. He was right, and he set about righting the situation by allowing her to drink from his wrist.

While Rick explained her situation and the remedy he had provided, his partner/lover Tony had sauntered into her living room. She thought they were both certifiable until Rafael, the rogue vampire who had unknowingly attacked her while they were dancing, entered her kitchen, attacked her once again, and was dispatched from the earthly plain by Tony before he could do any harm to Sandy. It was then that she realized what they were and that this was no crazy dream. What was even more astounding was her response to them both–her ex had convinced her that she was a sexual anomaly, unable to satisfy any man. That didn’t appear to be what was happening between her and these two hunks. Thanks to them she rediscovered that with the right person(s) she was doing just fine.

This is a very cute and sometimes funny short story from Ellora’s Cave that is just long enough to be a nice read and short enough to be a bit of a “coffee break” kind of experience in a busy life. Rick and Tony were sort of vampire-police, keeping the human population safe from rogues like Rafael. They were in love and were very funny guys. They had been mates for several hundred years. Now this satirical and in-you-face gal comes into their lives and the action as well as the dialogue is popping. Ms Bradford has taken a rather common plot and given it verve and peppered it with humor. These two “saviors” step in and save Sandy’s life. In return she gives them a mate that is fun and whose presence makes their lives even more fulfilling. It’s just a very enjoyable love story.

If you like the menage scene and the paranormal then you will enjoy this little literary tidbit. All the characters are interesting and it certainly kept my attention from start to finish. Maybe someday Ms Bradford can build a more substantial novella on these characters. I can’t think of a more fun way to spend an afternoon. I give this “Quickie” a rating of 3.75 out of 5.

This book is available from Ellora’s Cave. You can buy it here in e-format.

You can read more from Judith at Dr. J’s Book Place.

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Guest Review: Treasuring Evie by Tessie Bradford

Posted September 11, 2010 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 2 Comments

Judith‘s review of Treasuring Evie by Tessie Bradford.

“So let’s recap. You screwed like bunnies in the yard and then went inside to make omelets and get to know each other?”

Evelyn Ashlyn is living a life she’s struggled hard to achieve. Her business is thriving as is her career as an artist. Success, however, always comes with a price. For Evie, the price is her personal and sex life. She’s not had any for two years. Dalliances with the summer tourists are against her code of ethics and the few bachelors in her small town are single for a reason.

Matt Carstead, recently retired Detroit police officer, thought his dream come true was to move up north and spend his days woodworking, fishing, and relaxing. That was until he met Evie, his fantasy woman come to life. Especially when he discovers his new neighbor swims in the nude, and has a mouth like heaven on earth. Neither of them ever imagined what was about to happen.

This is another one of those delightful short stories that brings two very different people into each other’s life in a very unexpected way. The setting is the upper regions of Michigan, a beautiful part of that state and a treasure of nature. Having traveled there some years ago I can testify to the fact that it would be a wonderful place to live or to retire. Both Evie and Matt are there because they want what that community has to offer, but both are somewhat resigned to living alone. Evie’s business relationship with the community is very important to her so she has exercised great care in forming romantic attachments with both locals and tourists. But she isn’t dead and as fulfilling as her life may be in some ways, she would welcome some romance after all this time. Matt, on the other hand, has been screwed, blued and tatooed by life and romance. He is well past caring, but as this encounter demonstrates, he is not unopposed to opening himself to a new relationship if he finds someone who has an authentic interest in him as a person. Both of these people have lived and are not novices in the world of male/female relationships. Perhaps that is what makes their affair just that much more compelling as a love story.

Tessie Bradford has written some endearing stories and that is just what this little “literary snack” is. It is a fun break in the routine of living and yet even though it is brief, it is satisfying and entertaining. The story line moves along well; the characters are real and believable, and the context is described without so much descriptive language that the reader chokes on it. I definitely get the feeling that while Evie has made some important decisions about her career and her future, she is still not confident in what she wants in a partner. Matt is alpha male from start to finish; that’s a part of why he was so successful in his professional life. But even though he is confident in his sexuality and not afraid to be who he is in a sexual relationship, he seems to be a caring and kind person, not overbearing or jerking around his partner outside the bedroom. In fact, he is an artisan in his own right and appreciates Evie’s artistic view of the world even as she appreciates his skill and eye for detail in his own craftsmanship.

After all is said and done, I liked these two people, I enjoyed reading about their encounter and the subsequent involvement, and I thought is was just a very enjoyable reading experience. I give this well-written little story a rating of 3.75 out of 5.

This book is available from Ellora’s Cave. You can buy it here in e-format.

You can read more from Judith at Dr. J’s Book Place.

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