$20 GIVEAWAY and EXCERPT: Rumor Has It by Elisabeth Grace
Rumor Has It Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
All publicity is good publicity, right? Unless you’re recent college grad Ellie Wagner and an embarrassing video of you and your boyfriend goes viral. Every man in your life abandons you, but who knew a one-minute clip of your latest doomed relationship would brand you a slut, prevent you from getting your perfect job, and force you to keep doing the one thing you swore you’d never do again…live with your mother.
But staying with mom and her latest boy-toy (is this husband number four or five?) until your life turns around might not be all bad. Especially when you fall – literally – at the feet of a sexy, green-eyed stranger who offers you freedom and a life of luxury on a gold-rimmed platter.
There’s only one little problem – the man of your dreams is none other than Mason Nash, the latest hip-hop star busting up the music charts. Fame and fortune are his calling cards and he’s vying to steal the show on a new reality TV series that will catapult him into mainstream stardom. Hello spotlight.
The man behind the famous persona is perfect for Ellie in every way, but can she overcome the ugly pitfalls that come with Mason's celebrity status? Or will she be forced to choose between the man she loves and the independent life she longs for?
After all, fame and fortune aren’t always what they seem and not all publicity is good publicity…
One-click now to see how Ellie and Mason navigate life in the limelight!
***Due to mature sexual content and strong language this novel is intended for those readers 18+***
He started to ease the white vest off my shoulders when I came back to my senses. I knew those period panties would come in handy.
I pulled away. “Wait, wait.”
“What’s wrong?” He looked confused. His eyes darted from side to side like he was trying to assess the problem.
“I can’t do this. I’m sorry. I have a rule.” I was panting.
“Can we talk about your rules later?” He moved to pull me into him again.
“No. Stop,” I mumbled against his lips. I’m sure he was used to girls dropping their drawers the instant he said go but I wasn’t going to be one of them. No matter how badly my body was insisting I should be. “Ten dates. That’s my rule.”
His choice of phrasing had my mind swimming in images of the two of us and I fought to keep my line of thinking straight. “I won’t sleep with a guy for at least ten dates.”
He flopped back against the stairs with a defeated look on his face and scrubbed his hands over top of his shaved head.
“I’m sorry,” I said and moved to get off him.
He grabbed my arm and pulled me back down, lifted me by the waist and twisted me around so I was sitting in between his legs. His arms came around me and squeezed me close.
“You don’t have anything to apologize for. I won’t lie and say I’m not disappointed though.”
“Thanks for understanding.” I was embarrassed that I’d blurted out my rule to him, but his reaction put me at ease.
“I understand but you can be sure we’ll be having all ten of those dates as soon as possible,” he said and laughed. “Clear your calendar.”
“Has anyone ever told you you’re a very wise man, Mason?”
“Save your praise until I figure out a way to shove ten dates into one day and you hear all the great ideas I have that involve you and I.”
“Mmm…I’m sure most of them involve us being horizontal,” I said wryly.
He nuzzled my neck and spoke low and slow into my ear. “And in the pool, against the wall, in the shower, on the kitchen counter… Stop me when you’ve heard enough.”
Wow, Mason was a dirty talker. I’d heard enough to fuel my fantasies for years. “Enough,” I said. I laughed and swung my elbow back into his gut.
We relaxed for a while, not speaking. Just enjoyed each other’s presence and the view of the moonlight reflecting off the water. It was comfortable. My nerves had evaporated entirely.
I sunk back into Mason, enjoying his warmth and felt my eyelids getting heavy. The next thing I knew Mason was nudging me gently to wake me.
“Ellie, come on. You should get home. It’s late and you’re falling asleep.”
“Okay,” I said in what I could hear was a sleep-laden voice.
“Unless you want to spend the night here. You’re welcome to but I have to be honest, if you do I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep my hands off you.”
It pleased me to know I had that effect on him. I wasn’t sure what that said about me but to be honest, right then, I didn’t care.
“Tempting but I should get home. I didn’t tell my mom I wouldn’t be home and even though I’m twenty-one she’d worry if I wasn’t there in the morning.”
I grabbed my shoes and walked barefoot across the deck, Mason leading me along with his hand on my lower back. He walked me to my car. When I got to the driver’s side door he pinned me to the car with his arms on either side of my shoulders.
“I had an amazing night, Ellie. The best I’ve had in years.”
Holy crap. This guy was making it super difficult for me to stick to my ten-date rule.
“I had a good time, too.”
“Let’s do it again.”
“Okay.” What else was there to say really? I wasn’t into games, which was why I was always upfront about the ten date thing. I wasn’t going to play coy or pretend I didn’t want to see him again.
He cupped his hands on either side of my face and he kissed me. It was different than the frantic kissing we’d shared on the deck. This kiss was a slow burn; the fire between us building and building until it was a raging inferno and difficult to control.
This time he pushed me back. “You’d better get out of here before I force you to stay.” He rubbed one hand over top of his head.
I nodded, got into my car and started it. He knocked on the window. I rolled it down and he passed me his phone.
“Here put your number in.”
I did as he asked and when I scrolled up to save it I noticed that instead of adding me in his phone under Ellie Wagner he’d added me as WORTH THE WAIT.
Damn. This guy was trouble.
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