Special excerpt for contemporary romance Under the Covers by Claire Boston

Today is a special feature for the contemporary romance novel, Under the Covers by Claire Boston.

During her virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions, Claire
will
be awarding e-book copies of What Goes on Tour and All
that Sparkles
, the first two books in The Texan Quartet to two lucky randomly
drawn winners. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To
increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit her other tour stops, and
enter there too!

A bit
about the author:

Claire
Boston is the best-selling author of The Texan Quartet. In 2014 she was
nominated for an Australian Romance Readers Award as Favourite New Romance
Author.
Her
debut contemporary romance novel, What Goes on Tour caught the attention of
Momentum’s Joel Naoum when her first scene was read aloud at the Romance
Writers’ of Australia (RWA) conference in 2013. This led to a four book
contract for The Texan Quartet series.
Claire
is proactive in organising social gatherings and educational opportunities for
local authors. She is an active volunteer for RWA, as a mentor for aspiring
authors and the reader judge coordinator.
When
Claire’s not writing she can be found in the garden attempting to grow
vegetables, or racing around a vintage motocross track. If she can convince
anyone to play with her, she also enjoys cards and board games.
Claire
lives in Western Australia, just south of Perth, with her husband, who loves
even her most annoying quirks, and her grubby, but adorable Australian bulldog.
A little
bit about Under the Covers:
What
if the one time you didn’t want love was when you truly needed it?
Forced to flee her
abusive ex, alone with no support, Elle is determined to rebuild her life and
protect her five-year-old son. Not one to take the easy road, she opens a
bookshop café, but opening day almost ends in disaster. In the midst of this
chaos, the last thing she needs is a man as charming as George Jones getting in
her way.
George has always
been a sucker for a damsel in distress, and Elle ticks all the boxes. But
Elle’s not interested in being rescued by anyone, especially not him. She knows
her taste in men can’t be trusted, but fighting George’s charisma is harder
than she expected. And George, who is not one to ignore an itch, has found
there’s something about Elle that’s got under his skin.
When Elle’s ex turns
up to cause trouble, George must overcome his boyish flirtatiousness if he’s to
convince Elle to trust herself and let him into her life. But can Elle put her
past behind her before it overwhelms her present?
Excerpt from Under the Covers:
This is their first kiss. They’ve
just come from an altercation with Elle’s ex and she’s angry that George
stepped in because it made matters worse. George is trying to explain why he
did what he did.
“I said we were friends, didn’t I? I
wouldn’t let any of my friends – Piper, Imogen, Libby, Adrian, Chris – face
what you’ve had to face alone. It’s not who I am.”
“But I asked you not to.”
He nodded. “I know and I’m sorry I
made it worse. I couldn’t stand by and watch you face that bully by yourself. I
care for you.” He brushed away the tear that had escaped her eye. “I should
have trusted you had everything under control.”
Her anger deflated.
She squeezed her eyes shut. She
didn’t want this, this kindness, this caring, these warm and contented feelings
that were being stirred up inside her. She couldn’t trust those. She’d felt
those with Dean and she’d been oh so wrong about them.
But, damn, she was tempted.
George stepped closer, gathering her
into his arms, and she didn’t resist. How could she? She wanted to be able to
lean on someone, even if only for a minute.
Giving in to the temptation, Elle
wrapped her arms around his waist and felt him relax.
He was as uncertain as she was.
That made her smile.
George stroked her back, sending
lovely, shimmery warmth everywhere. She gave herself a minute to enjoy it and
then stepped back.
His eyes captured her; something in
them said he would protect her, that he cared for her.
After five years of having no one
she could turn to for help, the invitation was beyond enticing. She wanted
someone she could rely on, someone she could talk her worries over with,
someone to just be there.
But was she wanting too much?
George watched her, waiting. He was
letting her make the choice. He was giving the power to her.
That was what made her decision for
her.
She leaned forward and kissed him.
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