By C.E. Hansen
Release Date: July 16, 2014
Paperback, 472 pagesGenre: Erotic Romance/Adult/Fiction
Twenty-six-year-old Nic Maretta is having a bad year.
She just found out that the man she was in love with and planned to marry is just that, married. So she does what any normal woman would do. She gets drunk, brushes herself off and swears off love forever.
She is thankful to have a best friend that not only loves her, but accepts the new ‘Nic’. This new Nic has decided to live life on her own terms, mocking convention; as well as her own situations. It’s goodbye heartache and hello sexual freedom. After all, what’s good for the goose, is good for the woman who likes sex! Or something along those lines.
Until she accidentally bumps into Brendon…
He is immediately taken in by her beauty and tenacity. She is instantly turned on by his good looks and sex appeal.
One crazy night, one too many champagnes and way too many phone contacts, Nic throws caution to the wind and calls Brendon. To her surprise he comes running.
C.E. Hansen is an American writer who wrote her first romance novel at age fourteen when she discovered writing about boys and girls was way easier than actually having a relationship of her own. Since that time, her communication skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her writing has. After earning an associate’s degree in literature from WC, she worked in a bus company, a law office and a wine/gourmet food shoppe, but she never abandoned writing.She’s a proud mother of a beautiful daughter, lives in New Jersey with her husband and Maltese Zoe, and if she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching cable television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to chocolate.C.E. Hansen’s debut novel IT’S A CRIME was released May 2013, her follow up novel IT’S A SHAME, was released November 11th, 2013.Her latest, ACT ACCORDINGLY, takes a turn from her normal. Instead of a thriller/suspense, it is a romantic comedy with a healthy injection of spice!
“I slowly opened my eyes and took in my environment. I had been lying in a half-awake, half-asleep state, listening to the strange noises that were charged through the air. They weren’t strange in the sense that I’d not heard them before. They were strange because I couldn’t think of a reason I would be hearing them.
A multitude of horns blaring indiscriminately. The steady hum of people talking, shouting; their words indistinct.
I had been here before, but not like this. Not in this place. I could feel my eyes widen as I took in the décor. The large four poster bed I was laying on top off, the rich silkiness of the sheets touching my body. My body…where were my clothes?
I ran my hand under the sheets and confirmed that I indeed was not wearing any clothing.
I slowly sat up. There was a fire in the wall fireplace and the room was overly hot.
The room. What room was I in? How did I get here?
I slowly got out of the bed and was grateful for the fire as the cool air brought a rush of goose bumps to my skin. I looked around for my clothes, but saw nothing familiar.
Walking over to the closet I opened it to find it was not a closet but instead a bathroom. A large, modern bathroom. Seeing a robe draped over a hook, I quickly pulled it on, tying the sash around my midsection.
I was more than confused as I looked around the strange room. There was something vaguely familiar. I opened the door and stepped into the hallway.
No one answered. I walked down the hall the sound of my bare feet padding echoed off the bare walls. I stopped short when the hallway turned into a large, gourmet like kitchen. The appliances, all stainless steel, looked brand new. The large island with a small sink at on end had four tall chairs, the top covered with a bouquet of fresh flowers. I walked in further.
“Hello? Is anyone here?”
Walking into what appeared to be the living room I saw the elegant yet welcoming furnishings. A large sofa, faded soft brown leather, a massive table and to large club chairs, of the same leather. Pillows scattered everywhere. The plush area rug cushioned my feet.
At this point I was beyond confused. I had a nagging feeling that I had been here once before.
The sound of a cell phone ringing nearly caused me to shout out. I nearly jumped out of my skin as my heart raced.
I walked over to the counter and looked down at the caller ID. I didn’t recognize the number. The ringing abruptly stopped and I let out my breath, unaware I’d been holding it in until then.
Without warning, the phone rang again. Same number. I don’t know why but I picked it up.
Word of the day. Hello.
“What the hell took you so long?”
“Stop being such an ass. I’m downstairs waiting. Please don’t tell me you aren’t dressed.”
“Who is this?” I was totally lost.
“Will you please go inside and get dressed?”
“Where are my clothes?”
“You’re asking me? Look in your closet you idiot and hurry up.”
“Just get dressed and get down here. Now.”
The call was killed.
I walked purposefully back to the bedroom and opened another door, this time finding the closet I set out to find earlier.
Inside were racks and racks of clothes, all beautiful, all costly and all not mine. But seeing I had nothing to wear, I quickly chose a pair of designer jeans and held them to my body. They looked like they would fit. I pulled a sweater off a hanger and noticed a pair of really nice boots on the shoe rack.
Taking my booty out to the bed, I opened a few drawers of the dresser until I found a bra and a pair of panties.
I quickly got dressed. There was a purse laying on the top of the dresser. I looked inside finding keys. I pulled the boots on and walked back down the hall towards the front door. The heels of the boots tapping against the hard wood floor. Pulling the keys out of the purse, I opened the door and inserted one key into the lock, it didn’t budge. I tried the next key. Bingo!
I stepped into the hall and locked the door behind me.
Once in the elevator, I glanced at the shinny lacquer wall getting a glimpse of my reflection…only it wasn’t MY reflection. Raising my hand to my face, I ran my fingers over my eyes, nose and my gaping mouth. The reflection followed my moves step by step.
The doors opened and I stepped out, all the while watching my reflection do the same thing.
What the hell is going on here? Who was that woman reflected back at me?
Walking out the door I saw a beautiful blonde woman standing on the sidewalk next to a large Mercedes limo. She was talking with a policeman.
“There she is.” She said as she turned to look at me. “Told you she’d be out in a second. Thank you officer.” She smiled brightly at him. He was dazed by her beauty, as was I. “Nic, stop standing there looking like an idiot. We almost got a ticket waiting for you. What the hell took you so long?” She said under her breath as she grabbed my upper arm and nearly shoved me into the opened door of the car.
“What are you doing?” My tone indignant.
“What do you think silly. Get in and move over, the guys are waiting for us.”
“Who is waiting? Guys? Who are y…” I didn’t get to finish my question.
“No, you got it wrong, Rick and Brendon are waiting. The airheads will not be joining us so get that horrified look off your face.” She was smug, but somehow funny. I could feel myself smile.
“I’m dreaming… I get it now.” I leaned back against the car seat.
“Not quite.” She shook her head exasperated.
I looked out the window, watching as taxis darted in and out of traffic. We rode through the canyons of buildings I’d seen so many times before. I knew I was in New York. But how, why and with whom….that were questions that needed to be answered.
The car came to a stop in front of a lovely bistro.
“Come on, we’re late.”
I slid out of the car and stood on the sidewalk.
The woman pulled me by my hand and we walked into the bistro right over to a table near the window. A handsome man stood and she dropped my hand to walk into his waiting arms. She kissed him hard on the mouth and I stood there like a slack jawed idiot.
“Will you get over here.”
I stepped closer, not sure why, and the handsome man leaned in and hugged me.
“You feeling alright?” He asked.
“She’s probably hungover.” The sassy woman said. “Oh here he is.”
I saw her eyes move from me to the door behind me. I spun around and saw what I can only describe as the most gorgeous man I’d ever seen walking towards us.
I believe I said that out loud.
“Hey baby.” He said before taking me in his arms and kissing me squarely on the mouth. If it were possible to combust I would have. He was that hot.
“Damn Nic, you look amazing,” he leaned in towards my ear, “And totally edible.” His whispered breath in my ear and along my cheek had me swooning. He had to grab me before I fell. “You okay babe?”
“She’s hung over.”
“I am not hung over.” I was getting pissed off here. I said staring directly at the beautiful blonde, sparks flying out of my eyes. My anger quickly melting as I looked back at the beautiful man standing next to me, “I think I’m in love.” I really believed I fell in love at first sight. I pulled his head back down to mine and kissed him with all the fervor I could muster.
“Get a room you too.” The handsome man said.
“I should think you’re in love, Brendon, you sure you want to get married?”
‘Brendon’ laughed. The sound was like music.
The answer is YES, I would most definitely leave my world for my ‘book’ world. At least for a little while…”
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— What people are saying –
“A cheeky read with a sassy female heroine who tells it like it is!!!”–Nice and Naughty Book Club
“…a quick and sexy read”–Lynn on Goodreads
“The writing was funny, hot and you get that feeling that you are in the book The main character sometimes “talks” to the reader, and it made me feel like she was talking to me and I was a part of the story!”–Trude Antonie on Goodreads
“C.E. Hansen you did a freaking fabulous job with this book!!! Please give me more ;)” – Amazon customer
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