Undercover Operatives

December 2011

He sees her when she’s sleeping…

Undercover DEA agent Caleb Black is home for the holidays, possibly to bust his own father.  But maybe Caleb’s con-man dad isn’t the one running drugs through the small town of Black Oak. Maybe it’s the green-eyed goddess who runs the New Age shop and has Caleb under her sultry spell.

Pandora Easton saved the family store with two words: sex sells. And her delectable aphrodisiacs really work, as she’s proven with notorious bad boy Caleb again and again and again. Little does she guess that, in the end, her most potent potion will be the truth….

ISBN-10: 0373796609 ¦ ISBN-13: 978-0373796601

 


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Book excerpt

     “I heard people saying you serve up something besides food back here.”

This time the color wasn’t subtle.  Nope, she blushed a hot, brilliant red.  Her eyes flew to the store, then to the cake before meeting his gaze.  A stubborn line furrowed between her brows.

“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” she dismissed.

“You’re a horrible liar.”

“A gentleman would take the hint and change the subject.”

“Sweetie, I’ve never worried about being a gentleman.”

“Obviously.”

Grinning, Caleb decided it was time to change gears.  He stood, and with a glance at the still milling crowd in the store, decided to take his cue from his father and head out the back way.

“Walk me out?” he said, making the demand sound like a request.

“The back?  The door’s right there,” she pointed out.  But she got to her feet anyway.

Caleb didn’t know why he was pushing it.  He’d already declared her off limits, and while he was a guy who was all about pushing boundaries and ignoring rules, he never crossed lines he, himself, drew.

But right now, he didn’t care.

“So is it true?” he asked, heading toward the door and counting on her being trapped by good manners and following.

“Is what true?”

“Do you really serve aphrodisiacs?”

She ground to a halt so fast, she teetered in her flat-heeled boots.  “Don’t believe everything you hear,” she dismissed.

“So it’s a lie?”

“It’s more of an…  Exaggeration,” she decided.  “After all, who’s to say whether aphrodisiacs are real or whether they’re a figment of the imagination?”

“I have a really good imagination.”  He reached out and took her hand, lifting it to his mouth.

“What are you doing?” she asked with a gasp, tugging.  But he didn’t let go.

“You have chocolate,” he told her.  “Just…  Here.”

He swiped his tongue over her knuckle.  Her eyes went heated, her breath shuddered and she leaned against the glass wall with the cutest little mewling noise.

In an instant, Caleb went from amused to rock hard.  An intense, overwhelming urge to touch her, to taste her, washed over him.

Never a man to ignore his gut, he went with the feeling.  Stepping forward, the rich taste of chocolate still on his lips, Caleb pressed her body between his and the chilly glass.  One hand on either side of her head, he leaned closer.

“This is crazy,” she breathed, twisting her hands together at her waist.  But she didn’t pull away.  Instead, she lifted her chin.

That’s all the encouragement he needed.

Holding her gaze captive, he brushed his lips over her soft, sweetly moist mouth.  He slid his tongue along her lower lip, then gently nibbled at the cushioned flesh.

Passion throbbed, urging him to take it deeper, to go faster.  But he resisted.

For the first time in forever, Caleb felt like he’d come home.  Even as the sexual heat zinged through his body like lightening, he relaxed.  Need pounded through him, making him achingly hard.  But he was at peace.

It was that confusion more than any desire to stop that had him pulling back.  He stared, waiting for Pandora to open her eyes.  In them he saw confusion, desire and a hint of fear.

The same as he was feeling.

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  • USA Today Review: SEX, LIES AND MISTLETOE “Forget the hot chocolate, the wool socks and the space heater — Tawny Weber’s Sex, Lies and Mistletoe will keep you plenty warm this season!” —USA Today
  • Long and Short Reviews: SEX, LIES AND MISTLETOE “The first chapter promises what the rest of the book delivers laughs, embarrassing moments for both heroine and hero, a mystery slowly unfolding and two unlikely people falling in love despite the suspicions that surround them. There’s not a slow moment in the entire book. Sex, Lies and Mistletoe entertains and amuses in every ...
  • Great review for SEX, LIES and MISTLETOE “A fast-paced read, SEX, LIES AND MISTLETOE, the first book in talented author Tawny Weber’s new UNDERCOVER OPERATIVES series, is a sizzling hot contemporary romance, which I read in one sitting.” —Romance Junkies

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I buy myself a fabulously fun pair of shoes or boots to celebrate each book I go to contract for. This is what I got for Sex, Lies & Mistletoe:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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