Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Review and Giveaway ~ Hidden Agenda by Laurie Larsen






BLURB:

Can love survive when secrecy is the hidden agenda? A sizzling tale of a millionaire businessman and an ambitious, beautiful advertising executive, and the little girl at the center of a long-held secret that draws the two of them together, but could ultimately tear them apart.








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Here's an excerpt:

She raised her hand to his chest, feeling the solid heartbeat that proved to her that this was a living, breathing man with needs and desires. Not just a legendary businessman, not just her firm’s newest client, but a man. At this moment, he was the man who made her yearn to fulfill her basest needs. She pulled him closer.

She ran a hand over his shoulder, plunging it into his hair. It was full and thick, but soft. She tugged on a strand and thrilled at the gasp she pulled from him, even as he pursued their kiss, refusing to break contact.

What other mysteries could be solved about this man? This man who’d changed her life already, this man who invaded her thoughts. She ran her hand across his cheek. His face was clean-shaven and warm and she rubbed her fingers over the faint stubble, exploring the surface of his face.

As he moved his tongue into her mouth she felt it two ways – her hand felt it as his mouth opened wider to make its delicious assault, and then … she came to her senses.

She gasped as the implications came crashing down on her. She was standing on the dance floor with Grant, getting kissed like she’d never been kissed in her life. And with her participation, she had encouraged him – invited him – to proceed. At a business dinner!

Impulse took charge. She ripped her lips from his and jerked herself out of his grasp. She avoided his gaze and not knowing what else to do, she turned and ran away, across the floor, out of the ballroom.


About the Author:

Project Manager by day in the fast-paced world of Information Technology, Laurie escapes her demanding day job to wrap herself in the joy of writing stories about everyday life, with just a touch of worst case scenario. Known for her sentimental and emotional love stories, Laurie became an award-winning author when her novel Preacher Man won the 2010 EPIC Award for Best Spiritual Romance. Laurie is a wife and mother of two sons and lives in Central Illinois.


Keep in touch with Laurie!


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Laurie will be awarding a $25 gift certificate to Amazon or Barnes & Noble or another eBook retailer (winner's choice) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.


If you follow the tour and comment on more of the posts, the better your chances of winning! :-) The tour dates can be found here.


My Thoughts:

I love the cover. ;-) That is what called me to read this one.

This book was over too quickly for my taste! It was pretty good. Hidden Agenda was a book about exactly that. There was a man with a huge secret, a woman who works hard to be a successful, single, working mom, a heaping helping of sizzle, and a cute well mannered little girl.

I really liked this story. It had my interest immediately and kept me turning pages until the end.

The only thing it lacked was more pages. The ending, while one I cheered, felt just a little rushed.

I recommend this book to those of you looking for a quick romantic read with a plot.

I received a ecopy of this book from Goddess Fish in exchange for my honest opinion. Honestly, I liked it. :-)

Thank you for commenting! Don't forget to enter the Comment Incentive Giveaway. The link can be found at the top of the page!

57 comments:

  1. I agree its a beautiful cover!
    Liked the excerpt too :)
    Thank you Laurie for sharing excerpt and awesome giveaway and crazyfour books for hosting.
    Best Wishes,
    Sydney W
    Bookaddict100(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Thank you so much Sydney! It's by far my sexiest cover but quickly becoming my favorite! Wish I could meet the model and run my fingers over those beautiful abs! :)

      Thanks for being here.

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  2. Thank you for sharing this with us, it could be a good read for the summer ^^ and i guess i can see why the cover drew you in ;)

    thanks for the giveaway too!

    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Miki! Thanks for stopping by this morning! I hope you'll pick up Hidden Agenda for a summer read! Have a great day today.

      Laurie

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    2. Hey Miki,

      I just noticed that Amber has passed you up. lol! :-)

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    3. ç_ç don't remind me Brenda! i was so happy to reach 160 i hoped for 200 and it keeps dropping despites my efforts... but i will keep fighting!

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    4. lol! I'm sure that you'll get there. It took you awhile for you to get to 100 but you did it! :D

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    5. Uh oh the battle begins! LOL

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    6. Yes Amber you did. :-) lol! Fight nice ladies!

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    7. I won't go down without a fight amber! and we still need to make interesting comment^^ but it's true that we do our best and it's motivating , one day we will be above 200

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    8. LOL You'll win Miki! But I will give you a fight! :) We could fling e-books at each other? :P And I totally agree! I dont care who comments more its just fun to see how many we can get.

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    9. it is and the 200 limit is coming near , we can do it!! ( i do prefer print book to ebook but even if i like them less they deserve a little respect so no flinging them ( or not too harsly) )

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    10. Me to but I figured ebooks would be gentler! LOL We can slide the print ones back and forth? :D

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    11. on cushions why not ^^ ( need to protect their cover after all^^)

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    12. LOL Yea we are to much of book lovers to do anything that might damage them!

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    13. ^^ they love us for that, giving us such fabulous stories, memories

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    14. I used to get so angry when I was working when people would just toss the books aside. Or I'd see them bending them or whatnot. I will totally admit to being rude to them if I had to ring them because they had just no respect. Once there at your house feel free to do what you want but in a bookstore when there not yours. That was a huge pet peeve of mine.

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  3. The cover does draw me in as well. Great job! I have read her books before and they have been very good.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Debby! Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the kind words. So glad you've enjoyed previous books and I bet you'll like this one too. :)

      Laurie

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  4. It is a very hot cover I must say. I always appreciate a book that grabs my interest right from the start.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Hi Mary!! Thanks so much for the compliment on the cover. I have to admit I stare at it when I'm having a writer's block. :) There's something very appealing about a sexy man with a soft spot.

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  5. So happy to be here today! Thanks for hosting me today and for the warm welcome!!

    Laurie

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    1. You're welcome. Thanks for stopping by. :D

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  6. I agree, that's one hot cover. The story sounds pretty good too.lol

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  7. Oups i forgot a question for Laurie.... will it be available only in kindle format on amazon or can we hope, even if we have to wait, to see it also on smashwords ( or all romances etc) in pdf format for those who can only read that?

    thanks!

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    1. Hi Miki! It's available in e-format everywhere! Amazon, BN, Smashwords, Kobo, etc. Hopefully anywhere you want to read it, you'll get a chance! :)

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    2. thank you a lot for answering me!i will definitively add it to my wishlist now
      thank you

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  8. Hot cover and a good story? Yes, count me in!

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    1. Great! Read it and let me know what you think! Have a GREAT summer KRG!

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  9. Another new author for me and the book sounds awesome. Thanks for the excerpt :-)
    It sounds like a great read for the beach this summer.


    lorih824 at yahoo dot com

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    1. You guys are music to my ears! I agree it's a great beach read. It's HOT! :)

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  10. The cover is awesome! And this does sound really good! another one for the wishlist! :)
    -Amber
    goodblinknpark(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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    1. Is this one going to be a standalone or a series?

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    2. from my understand a standalone.. now perhaps if it has a lot of success it will change but i love stand alone too^^

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    3. Oh I dont mind either way. :) I was just curious. It sounds pretty good.

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    4. Hi guys!! In fact, I'm going to release a holiday novella featuring one of the secondary characters in Hidden Agenda in a Christmas- themed shorter story! Thanks for asking!

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    5. Sweet! Thanks! :) I look forward to reading both of them! :)

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    6. oh a christmas holiday story... even better definitively on the list
      thank you for telling us

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    7. Me too! I love reading them when its really hot outside so I can imagine that its nice and cool. :)

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  11. Ohhh! That was one excerpt!

    justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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    1. Thanks Chelsea!! Hope you enjoy the book.

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  12. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BOOK AND THE TOUR! THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY! SHELLEY S. calicolady60@hotmail.com

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    1. Thank you so much Shelley! Sweet of you to stop by.

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  13. Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    Sounds like a great read!!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Natasha, thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you'll check out Hidden Agenda this summer!

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  14. I want to see what happens after she runs out of the ballroom. :) Thank you for the review.

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  15. Nice cover, love abs. Thanks.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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    1. Hi magic! I love those abs too. Sometimes when I have writers block I pull them out and stare. :) They're strangely inspiring.

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    2. I wouldnt get any work done! Id be too busy drooling over the cover! LOL

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  16. wow, the cover's obviously hott :D

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    1. Hi Miss Fifi! Yes it is, that is if you like gorgeous male abs. Which I do. :)

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  17. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Reviews always make the last minute help to buy or not buy for me. I know this ones a good one!

    andralyn7 AT gmail DOT com

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  18. Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!
    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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