Instigation, Book 1 in The Clandestine Affairs Trilogy
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Romantic Suspense—Full Length Novel
Author: Tessa Teevan
Release Day: April 20, 2015
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Breaking up is hard to do.
Three years after her life changed forever, Gabriella Latham finally has it all. Killer job [if working for her boyfriend counts]. Killer closet [even if she doesn't technically own any of it]. Killer boyfriend [who refuses to let her leave him, even when she tries]. Unfortunately for her, the last part isn't hyperbole. She just doesn't know it yet.
Adrian Morningstar was a dream come true. No one had ever loved her more, and for the first time, in longer than she could remember, she was no longer alone. He was the Prince Charming to her Cinderella, until suddenly he became the Beast from whom she could not escape.
When Rafe Matthews is hired to oversee the guest home construction of one of the most powerful businessmen in the country, he finally has his in. Nothing will get in the way of what he sets out to do.
Watching from the shadows, he's drawn to the beautiful, isolated woman of the house. His curiosity is piqued and he has to have her. She may be taken by the boss, but that's not enough to stop him. Or her.
Nothing is quite as it seems, and this is only the beginning.
Passions ignite. Tempers flare. Secrets kill.
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Holy mother of everything that has to do with suspense, this book was not what I was expecting at all. It isn’t like the other Tessa Teevan books that I have read the suspense thrill of it will leave on the edge of your seat. Most people aren’t huge fan of cliffhangers, but I must say that when the author have done it well, like Tessa have, you will not be disappointed. There’s so many twist and turns on this roller coaster of a story. We have Brie who's this lovely girl who thought that she could move to this wonderful city and start life again after tragedy struck her. Then she meant, what she thought, was the man of her dreams Adrian. But over the course of their relationship Brie started to notice little things about Adrian that made her start to second guess their relationship and what it meant to him. She started to see what kind of person he was, he started to show his true colors when she tried to confront him, and oh what a confrontation that was I tell you. It left me guessing, and then we have Rafe who came into the picture and started to show her the attention that she craved so much. The entire time I was reading this book I was like, “what will happen next?” and I love the face that Tessa kept us on the edge of our sits because the story never strayed it kept my attention the entire time. I lost sleep because I couldn’t put this book down, I cannot wait for the next book to come out because there will lots to reveal.
ExcerptA devilish, almost villainous grin graced his lips as his eyes filled with amusement. “Oh, Gabriella, you’ve no idea,” he said. “I shouldn’t do this. I shouldn’t be here, but I can’t seem to help myself.”
His words caught me off guard as his hands gripped my hips and he pushed me backwards until the brick of the wall bit into the skin of my lower back. He leaned down until his lips were dangerously close to mine. My insides quivered, and my heart leaped into my throat. For an entire week, I’d been waiting for his hands to be on me again, and now that he was right there, I knew I’d die if he didn’t touch me. Kiss me. Take me home and ravish me like he had that first night.
“Adrian,” I whispered, surprised at the breathy, sultry tone of my voice. God, it’d only been a week and I was already dangerously addicted to him.
His eyes gleamed as if he could read my mind, and I wondered if this has been his plan all along. To give me a taste, a perfect sneak peek at what being his would be like, and then take it away, only to keep showing up to tease me. To dangle the proverbial carrot on the string that was too high for me to get a taste or even the slightest nibble. It would suffice only for a moment, but it would be just enough to keep me from going insane. He was a deranged Pavlov and I was his little dog, salivating and panting, wanting him, that torturous bell ringing over and over again, but instead of giving me what I wanted, he kept it too far out of reach.
Author BioI'm a twenty something book junkie who is also obsessed with sports. Bengals, Buckeyes, Reds are my teams! I work for the government during the day, hang out with Air National Guard on the weekends, and have been married to my own book boyfriend for over seven years. We currently live right outside of Dayton, OH with our two cats.
If I’m not writing or looking through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find me curled up with my Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. I love my sports almost as much as I love my books. My other obsessions include red wine, hot men, country music, and all things Grace Potter.
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