Friday, December 5, 2014

Excerpt & Giveaway: DARKER WATER by Lauren Stewart

Title: Darker Water (Once and Forever #1)
Author: Lauren Stewart
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: October 3, 2014

Have you guys seen this book?? I've been intrigued about it since I read the blurb but now after reading the excerpt below I more than want to read it! DARKER WATER is the first book in the series Once and Forever but it's a standalone romance about two characters that don't want anything more than just hot sex between them. Well, we know how those types of arrangements usually go, right? ;) I can't wait to read this book!
Enjoy an excerpt from this hot read and enter the giveaway to win an eBook copy and more!


After another painful breakup, Laney Temple finally understands that love is a fairytale and sex rarely comes with a happy ending. She's too busy for it right now anyway--she has a business to run, art to create, and candy to crush. Eventually she'll be ready to switch from her plastic-or-silicon lover to a flesh-and-blood one. But before that happens, she needs to be sure she won't feel any of those annoying emotions that make her heart do things it wasn't meant to do...

Like break

Carson Bennett is completely upfront about what he wants, and it has nothing to do with Laney's heart. Her lips? Hell yeah. Other parts of her body? You better f*cking believe it. But her heart? Nope, not even a little. Until it does...a lot. But having feelings for someone isn't allowed. It's the kind of thing you're supposed to push down deep and cover up with one-night stands, sarcasm, and booze...

Like secrets

Two people want the same thing--a commitment to nothing more than great sex in a bunch of different positions. Simple. Enjoyable. A win-win. Problem is, those two people have families and fears and pain that spill into every moment of their lives, control what they do and who they are. And if either Carson or Laney can't free themselves from the past, they'll both be pulled under by it.


“Let me guess,” I said. “You’re different from every other guy, searching for the one woman who will complete you. You’re considerate, caring, and really want a chance to know who I truly am.”

“Not at all,” he said, ticking the points off with his fingers and grimacing. “Definitely not. Dear god no. That’s not even close to what I want from you. And…was that all of them? I got distracted by your breasts for a little while there, so I may have missed one.”

I coughed, covering my mouth before I spit my coffee out. “Seriously?” In the last few months I’d had a lot of similar conversations with moderately similar guys. But not a single one had an answer even remotely like that.

“Seriously. I’m a complete asshole who only cares about what he can get from someone. Take you, for example. I saw you sitting here alone, no ring, great body. And thought, ‘I want to fuck her.’ And yeah, those were the exact words that went through my head. On the way over here I tried to figure out the fastest and most efficient way to get you into my bed—which isn’t far from here, by the way—hoping you weren’t the type who needed a couple dinners out first. So, Lane”—he popped an eyebrow—“are you?” 

About the Author:
Lauren Stewart lives in Northern California with two of the most amazing children that the world
has ever seen. She reads almost every genre so, naturally, her writing reflects that. With every
book, every story, you'll find elements of other genres--fantasy, mystery, romance, paranormal,
suspense, YA, women's literature, all with a touch of humor because what doesn't kill us should
make us laugh. 

Connect with Lauren on:

#1 - Darker Water: Amazon US * Amazon UK
#2 - Virtually Impossible (TBA)



  1. Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Nancy! Your rating system makes me crack up. Happy reading!

    – Lauren