I am very excited to be a part of the blog tour for the fantastic Delaney Diamond for her new book release, More Than a Mistress! I have an exclusive excerpt and a giveaway for you!
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Will their arrangement ever be enough?
Relationships are not a priority for restaurateur Esteban Galiano, and when he sees Sonia Kennedy at a party, he plans to make her a conquest in a long line of many. But she rebuffs his advances and forces him to adjust—determined to meet the challenge and do whatever he must to make her his.
All her life, Sonia’s beauty has caused unnecessary problems, and right now she needs a job, not a suitor. When Esteban makes an indecent proposal, her first instinct is to turn him down. But soon she’s rethinking her response. Maybe it’s time for her to use what she’s got, to get what she wants.
I’ve heard nothing but complimentary remarks about you all evening. You know your wines.” A whisper of a smile lifted the corners of his mouth but didn’t quite soften his features. His eyes were too assessing. His jaw too rigid. In fact, he made her a little uneasy. She sensed a ruthlessness beneath the polished exterior.
“I should. I’m a sommelier.” His unnerving attention left her a little short of breath.
“You are? Are you certified?”
“Not yet, but I plan to be eventually.” She’d already earned an introductory certificate and was studying for the next level. The coursework required a substantial investment of time and money. Both, particularly the latter, were at a premium of late.
Interest sparked in his eyes. “Tell me”—his gaze flicked to the gold nametag—“Sonia. What do you know about Argentine wines?”
She debated whether or not to mention that she’d put in an application at La Cocina Patagonia. She sensed that he was testing her, which meant he might be considering her for his restaurant. She tried not to get too excited, instead concentrating on impressing him with her knowledge.
“I know there’s more to Argentina than your Malbecs, though it’s what the country is best known for producing, and they’re your number one wine export. But Argentina produces other varieties, including Chardonnay and Cabernet. Torrontés—a floral, tropical-tasting wine—are gaining in popularity in the U.S., and I personally enjoy a good Bonarda to change things up a bit.”
The corners of his mouth quirked higher, and this time she did note a softening in his features, which created a tightening in her belly.
“You did well,” he said.
“You had doubts?”
“Not at all. I’m certain you’re a very talented woman.”
Heat suffused her skin. A bit flustered, Sonia laughed softly and cleared her throat. “Thank you for the compliment.”
“Do you have plans after you leave here?” He rested an arm atop the bar, and his voice dropped lower, a gravelly texture infusing the words. “Perhaps you could join me for drinks at Patagonia, my hotel. We could continue this conversation about wines or…other things.”
“Other things?” Her spirits deflated as she realized what was happening. He wasn’t interested in her knowledge or expertise. He was making a pass at her. “What other things?” Sonia asked, still holding out hope that she was wrong.
He kept his eyes on her as a knowing smile drifted over his face. “The type of things men and women talk about. If you prefer to change, I could have my driver take you home and bring you back to the hotel for us to…talk.”
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Delaney Diamond is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sweet, sensual, passionate romance novels and the owner of Garden Avenue Press, a digital-first press that publishes romance novels and women’s fiction with people of color. Born and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Atlanta, Georgia is now her home. She reads romance novels, mysteries, thrillers, and a fair amount of nonfiction. When she’s not busy reading or writing, she’s in the kitchen trying out new recipes, dining at one of her favorite restaurants, or traveling to an interesting locale. To get sneak peeks, notices of sale prices, and find out about new releases, visit her website and join her mailing list. Enjoy free reads and the first chapter of all her novels at www.delaneydiamond.com.
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