She’s decided to end it all. He doesn’t know where to begin. What they were and who they might become doesn’t matter as much as who they are together. Fans of Elle Kennedy’s The Deal or Cambria Hebert’s #Player, will devour the sexy and intense addition to the Nashville Nights series by Bestselling Author Robin Covington.
Synopsis: Letting go never felt so good.
Carlisle Queen is dying and no one knows it.
Burying the pain of losing her friends and her professional swimming career in a terrorist attack, America’s former sweetheart dulls her pain with drugs, pills and parties. The bomb left her with more than nightmares; shrapnel is lodged in her back and inching closer to her spinal cord. When the doctors tell her paralysis is inevitable, she decides to take her own life rather than face a lifetime in a wheelchair.
Mateo Butler isn’t anyone’s hero.
Reeling from the death of his little sister and his own cowardice, he spends his nights partying and his days ignoring the medical school acceptance letters and his parents’ concerned phone calls. Just a couple of months from graduation, he’s facing a future filled with shame and regret. The last thing he needs is to meet the woman who compels him to be a better man.
Can they save each other?
When Carlisle and Mateo meet, the chemistry between them is combustible. They play, party and hide their true selves until one night turns their lust into something more…something real. As secrets are revealed and walls collapse, what they were and what they might become doesn’t matter as much as who they are together. When the choice comes down to life or death, can love be their salvation?
See where it all began with book 1 of the Nashville Nights series, Temptation.
SALVATION – ROBIN COVINGTON – EXCERPT – HE’S A NICE GUY
Mateo Butler is fun and sexy, loves his mother and fixes cars with his dad. He is a guy who helps his grandpa cheat at cornhole and loves his sister so much that her photo displayed on a banner puts tears in his eyes that he doesn’t even try to brush away. And then in the ultimate “fuck you” from the universe he’s the lover who makes me wet with a heated look and shatters me into a million pieces with his body. He has access to a part of me that’s only been touched by one other person; a part I truly thought I’d buried with Aaron.
I’d been wrong.
I consider going to New York to visit Olivia for a week or so. Long enough for things to cool off between us. Long enough for me to forget how it feels to have his weight on top of me, the slide of his rough palm along my body, over my arms, his fingers sliding perfectly into alignment with my own. I knew that staying overnight was a risk. My Achilles Heel was morning sex and when you add to the equation the fact that Mateo is such a great guy, it all adds up to the cost of a plane ticket to JFK.
Am I running? Fuck yeah, I’m running. Because the only direction my inner compass is pointing me towards at this moment is wherever Mateo Butler was. And I just can’t go there. Not anymore.
I open a new tab on my laptop and begin my search for flights. I can leave as early as tomorrow morning if I stick to non-stop in first class. Perfect. I reach for my phone to call Olivia and make sure I can crash at her place. It barely gets to the second ring when she picks up.
“HRH! What’s up?”
I smile at her voice, happy to hear the joy across the line. She’s loving New York, loving her new job, and head-over-heels for Sarah.
“You sound happy so I guess this means you’re not coming back to me.”
“Sorry babe, you’ve got all the right equipment but my heart belongs to another.”
I laugh, settling back against the couch, suddenly so glad that I called her. I miss her. She’s my best friend and I send up a silent thank you to the heavens that she answered my ad for a roommate all those months ago. She was strange, hard to impress, and even harder to love. We were a perfect match.
“If I didn’t love you so much, I’d write bad things about you on the bathroom wall.”
“That’s not really a threat since they’d all be true.”
“I’ll tell them you like dick,” I tease.
“Oh, that’s low even for you,” she chuckles on her end of the phone and I can hear the sounds of the city in the background. “I’m late for work so I gotta cut this foreplay short princess. What’s up?”
“Can I come hang out with you and Sarah for a little while? A few days? A week, tops.” They are still in the honeymoon phase of finally living together again after two long years apart and I don’t want to cramp their style for too long.
“Sure. Stay as long as you want.” She does something on her end that makes her voice fade a little but I hear her question. “When will you be here?”
“I was thinking of flying out tomorrow morning.”
She stops. I can’t see it but I know she has by the swift inhale that travels over the line.
“Carlisle, are you okay?”
I kick myself for putting the fear in her voice. If she’s using my real name, I know she’s freaking out. “I’m fine. I’m still going to set off every metal detector I get near at the airport but I’m fine.”
“No. You’re not.”
I sigh and throw her as much of the bone as I want to send over the line. “It’s nothing physical. I need to see my best friend, eat pounds of frozen cookie dough, and watch an Avengers marathon.”
She sighs. “Fuck. It’s Mateo Butler isn’t it?” And then all traces of nice leaves her voice and the chill in her tone makes me shiver. “Did he hurt you?”
“No. No, it’s not that.”
“But this is about him. I’m right. Yes?” When I don’t answer she demands, “What’s going on?”
“He’s a nice guy, Livvie.”
Her pause is filled with horns honking and the bustle created by millions of people crammed on an island and I count off the seconds until she responds, her voice low and a little shocked.
“Well, that fucking sucks.”
About Robin Covington
Robin Covington loves to explore the theme of fooling around and falling in love in her bestselling books. A Night of Southern Comfort, her debut novel was nominated for the RT Book Reviewers Choice Awards for Small Press and was touted by RT Book Reviews as bringing a “fresh, modern feel to the genre while still sticking to the things that get our adrenaline pumping — sex and danger”. Her books were also nominated for the Bookseller’s Best Award and the National Reader’s Choice Awards.
When she’s not writing sexy, sizzling romance she’s collecting tasty man candy, indulging in a little comic book geek love, and stalking Joe Manganiello. You can find Robin at her website (robincovingtonromance.com), Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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Robin lives in Maryland with her hilarious husband, brilliant children (they get it from her, of course!) and her beloved furbabies.
Also in the Nashville Nights Series:
Author: Robin Covington
Series: Nashville Nights #1
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: May 11, 2015
Synopsis: She needs to be good. At sixteen, Kit ditched her crappy life and moved to Nashville with only $200, her guitar, and a notebook full of songs. She hit it big, but five years of living like a rock star plus a stint in rehab has killed any good will she had with her label. The suits have ordered Kit to shape up or ship out of the limelight. The last thing she needs is a hot, sexy distraction with a sinful smile. He doesn’t know the meaning of the word. Max Butler is as far from a celebrity as you can get and he likes it that way. A Nashville firefighter, he’s living the single life with a revolving door of parties, friends, and a different woman in his bed every night. When his normal life suddenly collides with the girl on his favorite Rolling Stone cover, he sees the perfect chance to fulfill his ultimate fantasy and see just how bad Kit can be. Sometimes bad is so very good. With three weeks until Kit leaves for her big tour, Max promises to give her a break from being the good
Author: Robin Covington
Series: Nashville Nights #3
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: June 15, 2015
Publisher: Burning Up the Sheets, LLC
Emory Cabell is leaving the lies behind her.
Finding out that huge chunk of your life has been a lie and that you’re the half-sister to America’s country music queen is game changer. Determined to meet the sibling she never knew and compelled to pursue the music career she’s always wanted, Emory leaves her small town and heads to Nashville. Thrown by the bustle of Music City and the cutthroat dealing of the business, she finds unexpected shelter in a musical partnership with country music’s baddest bad boy.
Zane has his eyes set on the prize.
Known as a man who never stays the night, Zane is reliable only when it comes to his music. Years of paying his dues has gained him the coveted lead guitarist spot on the “must see” music tour of the year. Hoping this gig will lead to his own single recording contract, he agrees to write a few songs with Emory but he’s blown away by the sexual chemistry sizzling between them and leveled by his feelings for this quiet woman with the beautiful soul.
Can love be more than just a line in a song?
Darkness and light…they should not work. But one night in her bed proves they’re hotter than the number one single they wrote together. When the spotlight sheds light on all of Zane’s past sins, Emory struggles with trusting him with her heart. When a duo-only recording contract threatens everything Zane has worked towards and challenges everything he thought he knew about himself, he recklessly betrays her trust. With his life at a crossroads, will he choose the music or the future with a woman whose love might just be his redemption?