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PARADISE RULES from Berkley Heat October 6

She didn’t believe in paradise…

To most people Hawaii’s crystal blue shores are an inviting opportunity to escape reality. But for Lana Rodriguez who grew up there, the picture-perfect vacation getaway disguises the bitter truths she escaped years ago, and not without some emotional scars. Now a successful blues singer, Lana’s returning to Waikiki with a different outlook on the past, and a bold defiance when it comes to men, romance, and sex. This time, it’s on her terms.

Until she found it in him.

Local celebrity, businessman and island god, Jason Koa, may be every woman’s dream. For Lana, it’s not exactly love at first sight. Though their start is rocky, they can’t deny the passions they arouse in each other. Jason refuses to become Lana’s pawn. It’s time to show her who makes the rules on this island—and in the bedroom. But will Jason’s attempt at breaking Lana’s shell reveal secrets that neither are prepared to face, or will they allow themselves to get swept away by a tidal wave of desire?

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paradiserules.booklookHe wore a pair of black pants and a white dress shirt, open at the collar. His beige jacket was perfectly tailored and highlighted his broad shoulders. He wore his dark brown hair longer in the front, but in the back it was neatly trimmed just above the collar of his shirt. The style perfectly set off his starkly masculine face. He held a paper sack. Her gaze lingered on his tanned, large hand gripping the package. He had great hands. Granted, everything about his body was amazing, but Lana had caught herself staring at his masculine, capable-looking hands frequently during her surf lesson.

Now she imagined what those hands would look like on her body—what they’d feel like.

“There’s been a mistake,” she said breathlessly. “I was expecting someone else.”

“You weren’t expecting someone from Hawaiian Nights escort service?”

She went still. Her heartbeat began to drum in her ears in the silence that followed. He slowly came toward her.

“What’s the matter, Lana? I assure you that I’m capable of filling the requirements for the job.”

She shivered at the impact of his low, raspy voice. “You work for Hawaiian Nights?”

He gave her a bland look and shrugged at what he must consider a statement of the obvious. “Why’s that so hard to believe?”

Lana couldn’t think of how to respond. He was certainly handsome enough for the job. He was more than sexy enough. In fact, he was too attractive. The effect he had on her made her uneasy.

“Did you know it was me you were meeting?”


She shook her head incredulously. “And knowing that, you actually agreed to come?” Her gaze lowered to his slow grin. His smile—that flash of white teeth against sun-bronzed skin—really ought to be outlawed for its mind-altering effects. Best not to think of what it did to her body. When he didn’t speak, just continued to stare at her with a small, insolent grin on his firm lips, she prodded, “We took an instant dislike to each other. Maybe you didn’t notice?”

“Bit hard not to notice a blizzard in Waikiki. The way I recall it, you took an instant dislike to me.”
“Didn’t like the experience much, did you? Well, there’s a first time for everything.”

He didn’t appear overly dismayed by her sarcastic remark. As a matter of fact, he seemed so damn comfortable, Lana suddenly felt as if she were the interloper in his space. Like the whole damn island was his, and she’d just had the temerity to place a toe on his sandy beach.

Which there was a tad of truth to, she had to admit. This island paradise would never be her home, whereas Jason Koa embodied it.

Those singular dark gray eyes flecked with gold lowered over her deliberately, lingering on the swells of her breasts in the V of the neckline—checking out the bounty that had just washed up on his sovereign shore. She wasn’t wearing a bra. She gritted her teeth when she felt her nipples tighten against the smooth, cool fabric of the dress. “We may not like talking to each other much, but you didn’t call Hawaiian Nights for a chat buddy, did you?”

Lana stiffened. “I called for a fuck buddy. Is that what you’re thinking, Mr. Koa?”

He surprised her by chuckling softly, the sound reminding her of something between a purr and a soft growl. His big male body looked entirely relaxed, making her hyperaware of her own anxious tension. “Christ, you’re a piece of work. Do you ever let up?”

She considered him with an icy stare. The humor vanished from his face. Because of the flecks in his gray eyes, his gaze usually reminded her of hot smoke, but Lana learned at that moment they could also go hard and cold. Her tension mounted. Okay, so he was much more than just the big, sinuous panther lazing around in the sun that she’d just compared him to in her mind.

“All right. If that’s the way you want to play it, fine. I might think you’re a mean, cold bitch, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to have you under me, in front of me . . . on your knees.”

He closed the distance between them. Lana stared up at him warily when he leaned down over her, close enough for her to inhale his spicy cologne and natural rich male scent. Warm fluid flooded her panties. Just like that—in an instant—her body had readied itself for him. The strength of her response stunned her.

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39 comments to “Paradise is, well books of course! Win a 25 Dollar gift card today!”

  1. Armenia
      · September 15th, 2009 at 8:58 am · Link

    I feel the sparks coming on….oh yeah…the water is sizzling in the pan…I think this is going to be HOT one!!


    Nice excerpt, Beth. Tease away. 😉

  2. Pamk
      · September 15th, 2009 at 9:00 am · Link

    great excerpt and it’s set in one of the places I want to visit in my bucket list.
    Please enter me in this contest.

  3. Donna S
      · September 15th, 2009 at 9:51 am · Link

    Ohhh, nice excerpt. Cant wait to read more.

  4. Sharon M
      · September 15th, 2009 at 10:05 am · Link

    You can tease us with those kinds of excerpts anyday. I like this one very much! 😀

  5. chey
      · September 15th, 2009 at 10:08 am · Link

    Great excerpt1 Can’t wait to read more!

  6. Amy M
      · September 15th, 2009 at 10:11 am · Link

    SMOKING HOT!! What more needs to be said, except that I now really, really want to read the rest!! :mrgreen:

  7. Melissa
      · September 15th, 2009 at 10:47 am · Link

    Great snippet, Beth~~I want more!!

  8. Booklover1335
      · September 15th, 2009 at 10:58 am · Link

    If only Jason and Hawaiian Nights were real….sigh. A girl can only dream 😉

  9. Roberta Harwell
      · September 15th, 2009 at 11:16 am · Link

    Loved the taste. Are we going to get more? Have a great day.

  10. Jody F.
      · September 15th, 2009 at 11:51 am · Link

    How naughty of you to leave us hanging like that. Great excerpt and definitely want more!

  11. Jeanette Juan
      · September 15th, 2009 at 11:55 am · Link

    Awesome excerpt! Now I want to read even more!

  12. Cathy M
      · September 15th, 2009 at 12:53 pm · Link

    Oh lordy may, Beth, love, love their chemistry.

  13. Beth Kery
      · September 15th, 2009 at 12:54 pm · Link

    Glad you guys enjoyed the excerpt. 😀

  14. I Heart Book Gossip
      · September 15th, 2009 at 1:40 pm · Link

    So HOT!

    cindyc725 at gmail dot com

  15. Patti
      · September 15th, 2009 at 2:50 pm · Link

    Oh – I love that tension/chemistry going on between them!

  16. Tracy
      · September 15th, 2009 at 2:05 pm · Link

    Holy moly Beth! These two are combustible. I wonder how Jason gets Lana to let down her guard? I’m looking forward to finding out, that’s for sure. 😉


  17. Fedora
      · September 15th, 2009 at 2:17 pm · Link

    Paradise is definitely books, Beth, and books like this one!! Thanks for the excerpt! Salivating for more… (that sounds horribly unattractive, doesn’t it? :blush:)

  18. Tracey D
      · September 15th, 2009 at 2:26 pm · Link

    The excerpt has left me wanting more. I can’t wait to read this.

    Tracey D

  19. Lisa F.
      · September 15th, 2009 at 2:45 pm · Link

    Great excerpt!! I want to read more!

  20. Marjana kaly
      · September 15th, 2009 at 2:55 pm · Link

    Can’t wait to read this!

  21. Bella
      · September 15th, 2009 at 4:13 pm · Link

    Beth! You did it again! 😉

    I think this is now my favorite excerpt.

    Um, is it October YET!?!

  22. Estella
      · September 15th, 2009 at 4:20 pm · Link

    Very Niiccceee! Can’t wait to read more.

  23. Mary G
      · September 15th, 2009 at 4:20 pm · Link

    Hi Beth
    One of many amazing, HOT scenes. This book should come with ice included.

  24. Lea
      · September 15th, 2009 at 5:04 pm · Link

    You picked an awesome excerpt Beth, Jason, *sigh*…

    Thanks so much for sharing! And, for the wonderful contest.

    L 😀

  25. Amy Kathryn
      · September 15th, 2009 at 5:54 pm · Link

    What an excerpt…can I get brownie points for using the gift card to finally get a copy of Daring Time?

  26. Mari
      · September 15th, 2009 at 6:10 pm · Link

    Thank you for posting the exerpt. Love the cover…I wish I was as skinny as the model…oh well, maybe it will serve as inspiration?LOL

  27. Kammie
      · September 15th, 2009 at 6:18 pm · Link

    Wow….hot excerpt! Great dialog! I love the tension between the two.

  28. Beth Kery
      · September 15th, 2009 at 6:32 pm · Link

    Hi Tracy! How are you? Well…Jason eventually gets through Lana’s guard. But the process is interesting, anguishing and…exciting, to say the least. So glad to see you here, Tracy!

    Hi Fedora! How are you? Books can take you anywhere, so yeah…they really are Paradise. 🙂

    Hi Patti! I love to write tension. Jason and Lana are a volcano that’s about to explode.(Volcano reference intentional. If you’ve been to the Big Island, going to the volcano is like being on an active alien planet. You really feel like ANYTHING could happen. It’s even…unsafe?) For Jason and Lana, it’s pull out the scales and weigh it chemistry. Thanks for noticing!

    Bella? How are you? Thanks for stopping by. I was hoping it might strike a passerby from a NY street. 🙂

    AK–you get whatever you please with that gift card, if you win! That’s the fun of it, right? Glad to ‘see’ you.

    Mari–You have the name of a heroine I’m writing at present. Beautiful, exotic, and melodic name. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

    I think she’s a bit too skinny, for my heroine. But her wary/ vulnerable stare suits Lana beautifully.

  29. Chelsea B.
      · September 15th, 2009 at 6:48 pm · Link

    Great contest! Who dosn’t love free books?! 🙂

  30. sara hurt
      · September 15th, 2009 at 7:23 pm · Link

    wow great excerpt. the more I read about this one the more I want it. WTG Beth sounds like another hit

  31. Cecile
      · September 15th, 2009 at 8:09 pm · Link

    Oh my gosh, I am a day late and a dollar short… But omg this books is sounding more like I need to get my hands on it NOW!!!!!
    And you are posted on my side bar under the contest section as well as the Upcoming Releases.
    Wonderful post!!!!

  32. ML Sanico
      · September 15th, 2009 at 8:16 pm · Link

    We admire authors who interact with their fans in such a manner! Thanks for the excerpt and contest. Would love to win. Thanks!

  33. Beverly G
      · September 15th, 2009 at 9:10 pm · Link

    beth once again you did it now i have a nother long list of things i want and this is on iot so ty for the taste but now i want the whole meal!

  34. rachieG
      · September 15th, 2009 at 11:38 pm · Link

    Yay for the new book! I can’t wait! 🙂

  35. Frana
      · September 16th, 2009 at 1:38 am · Link

    Great excerpt! Can’t wait to read it! :mrgreen:

  36. Beth Kery
      · September 16th, 2009 at 3:35 am · Link

    Thanks ML Sanico! These contests are a lot of fun for me, as well.

    Cecile–glad you made it, day late or not!

  37. Lyoness2009
      · September 16th, 2009 at 7:27 am · Link

    That’s what is bad about excerpts…then it’s FOREVER until you get to read the book! Can’t wait and Congrats!

  38. Cecile
      · September 16th, 2009 at 7:48 am · Link

    Hey Ms. Beth… I would not miss this for the world honey! Happy I could be here!
    I hope you are having a great Wednesday~!

  39. Ruby Swain
      · September 18th, 2009 at 2:30 am · Link

    Ms. Kery,
    Much kudos to you on your book Paradise Rules…yesss indeed…it certainly doesss.. :oohh: Let me just say the youtube preview of the book definitely puts you in the mood…loved it cant wait for the book..thanks for the sample…. 😛

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