Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Release Event: Intimate by Noelle Adams

Title: Intimate

Author: Noelle Adams

Release date: June 17, 2013

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age Group: New Adult/Adult

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Book Description:
They've loved each other for years, but they've never been intimate before.

Marissa has decided to live without sex, since it's brought her nothing but trauma. At twenty-three, she'd rather just be celibate, and not even her best friend, Caleb, will change her mind.

After spending his childhood touring as a concert cello prodigy, Caleb is experimenting with living a stable life. For years, he has refused to commit to anything except his friendship with Marissa, but his feelings for her have never been romantic. Until recently.

So now he has to show her that sex doesn't have to hurt.

Book Excerpt

He stared at her in silence, wondering why everything had suddenly gotten so strange.

Then Marissa, still standing with her back to him, started towel-drying her hair, and her energetic shaking caused the fabric of the dress to shift.

Caleb’s eyes widened and his mouth dropped opened as he caught an unmistakable glimpse of crease and shadow beneath the very low cut of the back—cleavage of a different variety.

He turned on his heel, suddenly feeling as if he’d invaded her privacy. Their relationship had never been like this. He’d never seen her naked. Didn’t want to know what her nipples looked like, what her ass…

This was wrong. She had innocently accepted his presence in this room as a friend and a comfort. Exactly what he’d always been to her. And here he was, eyeing her like Kevin Davison at his leering, groping worst.

The shock of the bizarre situation must have temporarily affected his mind. This was Marissa. His best friend. His only friend. Not some random body for him to lust over.

He didn’t think about Marissa that way.

“Keep your back turned,” she said from behind him. “I’m changing clothes.”

Caleb tried not to picture it. Wasn’t about to turn around.

He heard her rustling, breathing, and then grunting in exasperation. “Bitch,” she muttered. “Must not have any boobs at all.”

He tried not to think about boobs. Particularly not Marissa’s. “Shirt doesn’t fit?” he inquired, shocked that his voice sounded normal.

“I can get it on,” Marissa said defensively. “But the damned thing won’t stay buttoned. I’ll have to wear the man’s shirt.” More fabric rustling. “Hopefully, this one will fit, or I’ll start to get self-conscious and have to go on one of those no-carb diets.”

That sounded so much like the Marissa he knew that he immediately relaxed. He chuckled appreciatively in response.
It had just been a temporary aberration. Nothing that meant anything. Nothing that would change anything. What they had was good, and he wasn’t going to ruin it with some fleeting horniness.

Marissa was a woman, after all, so obviously she had all of the female apparatus. He’d just never been confronted with it so abruptly before.

That must be all it was.

It would go away soon.

About the Author

Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn't stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

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