Thursday, November 19, 2015

Testing The Boss - Release Blitz

Testing the Boss

by Mallory Crowe
Billionaires in the City # 6
Releasing: November 19, 2015


Billionaire Luke Devereaux gets what he wants and what he wants right now is to bring down the shady organization threatening his family. Teaming up with the FBI is his only option--even if that option comes in the sultry Evelyn Price, the ice-princess who's all business. 

Refusing to be distracted by the sexy, rich playboy, Evelyn forces herself to stay focused on the case, gearing up for the criminal takedown of her entire career. As the enemy closes in with Evelyn as its next target, it's up to Luke to keep them out of danger. The more they work to protect each other, and fight for control, the harder it is to resist their undeniable attraction. 

And the one thing Evelyn has learned from working with him is that Luke Devereaux gets what he wants. 

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“You don’t want to work out with me,” she warned.
He leaned forward and she realized that she’d made a horrible mistake. “Oh really? Think I can’t handle it?”
Great. Now she’d activated his competitive side. “Oh, I think you can handle it. Far away from me, though.”
“So I’m free for the night?”
“No! I’m going to be there for the damn phone call, Luke.”
“So we are working out together?” She opened her mouth to say no again, but he cut her off. “Because you normally work out right now and we’ve got nothing better to do. Unless you have any bright ideas?”
She had at least fifty reasons why she didn’t want to work out with Luke, and every single one had to do with not wanting him in her space. But she wasn’t about to admit it. “You don’t even have workout clothes with you,” she settled on.
He held up his duffel. “I always have workout clothes with me. I have a treadmill in my office.”
“We’re not working out,” she repeated.
He cocked his head and considered her for a moment. “Do I make you uncomfortable, Agent Price?”
Those blue eyes were on her like a spotlight and she racked her brain for a good lie. Because he did make her uncomfortable. Incredibly, intensely uncomfortable in the worst way. “Of course not.”
“Then give me the address and we’ll go.”
“You’re not a member of my gym.”
“I’m a member of whatever gym I want to be. You just give me three minutes alone with the manager and I’ll be in.”
She snorted. “I doubt that. I’m the manager. I have a home gym.”
“The exclusive club Evelyn? Well, now I really want to go.”

About the Author:

Mallory Crowe has lived in Michigan her whole life and has been in love with romance ever since she’d skip to the end of every novel, just to make sure the hero and heroine survived and ended up together. She lives with her husband and three dogs. When she’s not writing, she’s spending too much time in front of the TV, hiking, or working with various animal rescues.


4 Quick Questions with Mallory

Tell us five random things about you people may not know.
1 - My father was a sports writer with the Detroit Free Press, so writing is in my blood.
2 - I played a whore - no, I'm sorry. I played a "lovely lady" -  in my high school production of Les Miserables.
3 - My husband collects arcade machines and our basement is basically an arcade with over twenty machines including pinball, slot machines, racing games and shooting ones.
4 - I used to have a little room dedicated to my writing, but I've moved into the living room. I like the light from the windows and the high ceilings. It's a much more relaxing environment.
5 - My life as a CPA was never what I'd call luxurious. BUT the best work hotel I ever got to stay at was a Mississippi casino that had a hot tub in the room. I wasn't the one who booked the room, so I don't know how that worked out, but it was the best work trip ever.

What is your favorite quote or scene from TESTING THE BOSS?
Before I was even finished with TOUCHING, I had this amazing scene plotted out in my head. Luke and Evelyn are stuck in her apartment waiting for someone to call, and Luke wants her to give him a fighting lesson. The banter between the two, the tension, everything about that scene is amazing (I only hope it translates to the page like it did in my mind). Needless to say, it ends with one character straddling the other...

What was your hardest obstacle to overcome while writing TESTING THE BOSS?
This was actually the first book that I've written as a full time author. I was privileged enough to leave my day job  earlier this year and I was very afraid that I was hardwired to only work well under pressure (getting home at 7pm and then pounding away on the computer until I pass out every night). But I was able to keep my schedule and, thanks to my type A personality, I've managed to over plan my next year, so I still get to work under pressure! Never a dull moment over here...

Care to share your inspiration for Evelyn and Luke?

While some of my characters are inspired from other people, Luke and Evelyn were both very organic. When I started the Devereaux books, I knew there would be three brothers and Luke was almost a place holder when I was plotting the series. But as the books were written, he came into his character as the more charismatic brother. Same with Evelyn. She just happened to be the FBI agent in TRUSTING THE BOSS and while writing TOUCHING, it became apparent that she and Luke would become an item. So then her character was based off of him. He was so loud and confident that he needed an equally strong counterpart. And her character came from that.


Teaching the Boss (Billionaires in the City #1)

Business-school student April Morgan is ready to graduate--from school, from the secretary pool, and from never-gonna-happen fantasies involving Sam Hunt, her hunky billionaire boss. But when Sam’s girlfriend of the week pushes her too far, April finds herself quitting on the spot with only a mountain of student loan debt to keep her company. In steps Sam’s worst enemy, his father, with a job offer she can't refuse. 

Sam was born into privilege, but refused to live life with a silver spoon in his mouth. After a decade of hard work, he’s on the verge of taking his business public and proving to his tyrannical family that he can make it without their help. When he finds out that April is working for his father, he knows she’s been turned into a pawn in his father’s twisted games. 

Despite Sam’s warnings, April is determined to prove she doesn’t need him to make in New York City. But when she finds documents that could lead to Sam losing everything he’s worked for, April realizes that she and Sam have to work together to save the empire they’ve both worked to build. 

Teasing the Boss (Billionaires in the City #2)

Premier business consultant Simon West can turn around any struggling billion dollar corporation in New York City, but he can’t get what he wants most: revenge against Mark DuFord. The slick investment banker's shady dealing led to Simon’s best friend’s suicide. Wealthy, and well-protected by the political influence he’s been able to purchase, DuFord has become untouchable—or so he thinks. But when DuFord’s former girlfriend asks Simon for help, he knows that Grace Bell is the weapon he needs to finally destroy his enemy completely. All Simon has to do is pretend to love her. 

Grace Bell knows that approaching hot-shot Simon West to save her business is a long shot, but she’s desperate. After growing up with a family that expected her to be a happy housewife, she’d proved them all wrong when she became the go-to event-coordinator in New York City. But after the tabloids took a completely innocent picture of her with a married senator and misinterpreted the situation, she’s losing clients left and right. When she approaches Simon and begs for his help to resuscitate the business she put her heart and soul into, she never expects him to agree. Or that the payment would be posing as his lover as an excuse to get close to her ex. 

Simon knows if he goes forward with his plan, it's only a matter of time before Mark realizes what they're up to and Mark’s enemies have a way ending up broke, in jail or six feet under. As Simon and Grace grow closer, Simon must decide if putting her in the line of fire is worth avenging the past. 


Tempting the Boss (Billionaires in the City #3)

As the CEO of a multi-billion dollar retail chain, Victoria Green isn’t used to asking for help, especially not from too attractive for their own good repairmen like Dean Carey. After Victoria is attacked at her own party and Dean fights off the culprit, she’s forced to tell him her secret: Victoria’s father is on his deathbed, and her brother, who nearly ran the company into the ground, might be willing to do anything to make sure controlling interest goes to him. 

Dean wants nothing to do with the ice princess CEO, even if he can’t keep his eyes off certain… assets of hers. He’s got enough on his plate between trying to get enough work to pay the bills and raising his little sister who’s growing up much too fast for his liking. Despite his misgivings, when Victoria offers him a blank check if he will keep his mouth shut about what he saw and shadow her until she can hire a more qualified bodyguard, he can’t bring himself to turn down that kind of cash. 

Over the next few days, Dean learns Victoria isn’t as cold as he first thought and Victoria realizes that Dean is so much more than a handyman. But someone wants her dead and if they don’t figure out who and stop them, they might never get their happily ever after. 

Billionaire heiress Emma Devaroux has been living a safe-yet-mundane existence in Georgia for too long, but when she learns her sister, Joslyn, has been arrested, she heads to New York City to find out what really happened. Unfortunately, as an unemployed debutante, she’s not exactly qualified to be leading an investigation. But help is at hand in the form of the handsome, former military man Jace Lance who happens to be the one who got her sister arrested in the first place. 

Jace thinks Emma is crazy for even considering working with him since he’s the one who stopped Joslyn from killing his former client. However, he can’t deny that the sexy southerner is in over her head when her tycoon cousins try to hire him to make sure Emma doesn’t find out the truth about what really caused her sister’s murderous actions. 

As they begin to uncover the truth together –and get to know each other intimately – it becomes clear that the more answers they get, the more danger Emma is in. Jace is determined to protect her, but how can he keep her safe when her whole family is in on the conspiracy? 

He's tall.
He's sexy.
He's a criminal.
And he's her boss.

Lacking enough evidence to go the police and not enough money in her bank account to quit on a moral basis, Lori Briggs is stuck, and it's quite clear that her boss, the criminal mastermind, intends to start mixing business with pleasure.

Michael Devereaux will do anything to protect his family's interests--even if it means posing as a criminal for an undercover FBI operation. He's got to keep Lori close, and his enemies closer. But when the intimacy with Lori deepens, Michael must decide what's more important: his family or his heart?

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