EXCERPT: Inspired By You

We’re FOUR days away from the release of Inspired By You (Love in the City, #6)! I hope you’re as excited as I am! In celebration of the upcoming release, I’ve decided to share an excerpt of the story just for you! This snippet is from Whitley and her son, Zane! I had so much fun including a younger character in the story. Zane adds an innocence to the fun, lightheartedness you’ve come to expect from the Love in the City characters! Enjoy!

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Inspired By You by Steph Nuss Copyright 2018

He entered his room with his back to me, rubbing his tired eyes. “I hope he calls you.”

What. Did. He. Just. Say?

It was late, so for a moment I thought I misheard him. Leaning against his doorjamb, I eyed him suspiciously. “What did you just say?”

He jumped up on his bed and pulled the covers down. “I said, ‘I hope Max calls you.’”

What’s he up to? I crossed my arms over my chest. “I doubt that will happen, bud. He doesn’t have my number.”

“Yes, he does,” he retorted truthfully, resting back against his pillows. “I gave it to him when he asked me for it.”

Gah! I’m going to kill Max Waters!

“He asked you for my phone number?” I asked, completely shocked that Max would go to such lengths to get my phone number.

“Yeah,” Zane said with a shrug. “He said he would ask you out on a date.”

So, this is what it feels like to be pimped out by your child?

Utterly embarrassing!

Part of me wished the wood flooring would open up and swallow me whole, but that’d leave Zane parentless and I couldn’t do that to him. He had no idea what he’d done tonight would embarrass me. He didn’t fully understand the concept of embarrassment yet, but I was definitely saving this moment in my brain to remember when he started dating. I’d get out every cute, naked baby picture of him I owned.

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PREORDER: Inspired By You

Hey, everyone! We are less than two weeks away from the release of Inspired By You, and I wanted to make sure you all had a chance to preorder before it releases on May 10th, 2018! Inspired By You’s preorders are available everywhere, but you will only find the sample to read early on iBooks!

Grab your preorder today by clicking on your preferred eBook retailer here: Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, and Nook!

I’m so excited to share this next Love in the City installment with you! The whole gang is involved, as they have been throughout the series. You’ll read about how they are as parents, how their relationships are continuing to grow, and of course, the hilarity and problems that ensue along the way!

As such, I hope you preorder the book today so you don’t miss Max and Whitley’s story! It’s a single parent/opposites attract romance you do not want to miss!

In the meantime, check out some teasers from Inspired By You below, and feel free to help spread the word by sharing the preorder links and the graphic(s) posted here! Also, I’ve posted an exclusive Inspired By You excerpt in my Nuss’ Navy group on Facebook, so if you’re not a member, please be sure to join and check it out! I’ll also be doing some exclusive giveaways just for my Nuss’ Navy members when Inspired By You releases; another added bonus to joining my group!

More teasers to come, I promise!

I want to give a huge THANK YOU to all the book bloggers who have signed up to help promote Inspired By You on release day and the days to follow. Those who signed up for ARCs will be getting them soon! We have over 100 blogs participating, and I am so thrilled to have all your support! So, thank you so very much for your participation!

To my hometown readers in Russell, I’ve donated signed paperbacks of the first five (5) Love in the City books as well as some adult coloring books as door prizes for the Russell Chamber’s Ladies Night – Vendor Fair that’s happening this coming Friday, May 4th! I hope to see you there!

May you all have a great week and don’t forget to preorder Inspired By You!

XO,

Steph

Challenged By You is LIVE!

Hey everyone,

Happy release day! Paige’s day has finally come, and her story is now available on all platforms, even debuting at #90 on iBooks’ Romance Top Paid 100! So, if you haven’t yet, please check out the links below to get your copy of Challenged By You today! The reviews have been fantastic so far, and I cannot wait to read more of what you all think of Paige and Drake’s story. I put honest to God tears into writing their story, but I can say that it is truly my best work to date; I’m very proud of it. Check out what others are saying about it below, and don’t forget to head on over to my Facebook page to enter the giveaway!

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BLOGGER FEEDBACK:

“Challenged by You is one of those stories that will remain with you for a long time. It is going to burrow into your heart, break it just a little, and make it swell with love. Steph Nuss tackles a difficult topic in this book and she does it beautifully.” – Malissa at Reads All the Books

“It’s an emotional roller coaster, both heartbreaking and heartwarming. I experienced a gamut of emotions throughout this book including laughter and tears. I read this book in one sitting, and literally could not put it down even when I had tears streaming down my face.” Kathryn at Ebook Indulgence

“If you are looking for a book that will cause you to cry and I mean UGLY cry this is your book.You can enjoy this book with a cup of coffee in a nice custom wood furniture room. My heart was an emotional mess while reading this book. Was it worth it? 100% yes and I don’t generally enjoy books that gut me.” – Venus at Bedknobs and Book Babes

I’d like to extend a HUGE thanks to Southern Belle Promotions for hosting my release day blitz and all the book bloggers who participated in helping make today such a special occasion by spreading the word about Challenged By You! The blog tour will start September 4th! I’m so grateful for the SBP girls for putting everything together and making sure the book bloggers have everything they need, but if I missed personally thanking one of you, please know your post didn’t go unnoticed and that I greatly appreciate it!

I’d also like to thank my sailors in my Nuss’ Navy group on Facebook! I spent the whole day working at my other job, and you all strived to share my release in places I wouldn’t have even thought about sharing it, so thank you for being the best group of readers a girl can rely on when she’s working to make that money! It means so much to me! If you’re not part of the group and would like to be click here!

Lastly, to you, the readers, thank you so much for taking a chance on Paige’s story. For wanting her story be told so much that you sent me encouraging messages over the past year asking about her. I know it’s a tough one to read, as you can tell from the snippets of the reviews above and from what I’ve already mentioned about it. If you’ve gone through something similar to Paige or know someone who has or simply fear the same fears, just know that I wrote this story for you, so you could have a character you could relate to, to laugh and cry with even when times get tough.

Happy Reading!

Xo,

Steph

P.S. – The rest of the series is still on sale, so please be sure to grab them while they’re so cheap! It won’t last too much longer!

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PREORDER + Love in the City SALE!

Hey, all! I just wanted to stop by and share the preorder links for Challenged By You! It’s currently available for preorder on Amazon, iBooks, and Kobo (links posted below)! It will be available on Barnes and Noble on release day, September 1st! Find out what others are saying about it below. . .

“Steph Nuss has really sharpened the knife on this one. But it’s so worth all the tissues.” – Adrienne Frances, author of The Mathews Family series

“Steph Nuss delivers her most heartbreaking book so far in this series. I was left emotionally satisfied with love and compassion for Paige & Drake.” – Lauren, CherryRed’s Reads

“I got all the feels while reading this book. And I do mean ALL. THE. FEELS. This was hands down my favorite of the series so far.” – Crystal, Goodreads

PREORDER TODAY!
To celebrate the upcoming release of book five in the Love in the City series, I’ve put the previous three books in the series on sale for 99 cents for a limited time! So, if you haven’t had a chance to read these, now is the perfect time to grab them! If you’ve already read them all and are anxiously awaiting Challenged By You, don’t forget to preorder and maybe consider gifting the other books to a friend, family member, fellow bookworm, and/or co-worker who hasn’t met the Love in the City gang yet! With school just around the corner, I know many readers are eager for their kids to go back to school so they can get back to their quiet reading time! Don’t forget to check out the giveaway I have posted on my Facebook page for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card by sharing the sale!
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Fantasized By You – 99 cents

Pleasured By You – 99 cents
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I’m so excited for you all to read Paige’s story. Thank you again for being so patient with me. I’m so grateful for your endless support. Her story took time, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did while writing it. It is emotional, but I think I’ve hinted enough in the previous four books for all my Love in the City fans to know that Paige’s story would be a heartbreaking one. So, I will warn you: have a hanky around, because a tissue may not suffice. (I actually had a handkerchief beside me the entire time I worked on it). But I promise, your heart will be full once you read, “The End.”

Happy Reading,

Steph

Amazon Giveaways Galore

Hey, everyone!

Just wanted to share a fun giveaway I’m participating in for lots of kindle ebooks! I’m giving away a kindle copy of Fantasized By You (Love in the City, #2). So, if you’re an Amazon/Kindle user, this giveaway is for you! Forty-five authors are offering 48 books up for grabs! Click here for more information on how to enter! Entry period closes on March 31st, 2016!

Good luck and happy reading!

New Year, More Books!

The new year is in full swing, and with the first month in 2016 nearly over, I wanted to share some sales, new releases, and upcoming releases with my readers! It’s so important in the writing community to spread the word about what you read. Not only does it help the authors, but it also helps your fellow readers find new, exciting books to add to their to-be-read list. Some of the books/authors below I’ve read, some I have not. It’s still a great thing to give back and support others in this industry. So, if you know of any other deals or new releases or upcoming releases, please do not hesitate to share them in the comments below!

KOBO DEAL

Redeem 50% off of any title published by Kobo using the promo code JAN1650 an unlimited number of times. Promo code is valid for 50% off select eBook purchases from this list!

SALES

Losing Charley (Full Circle Seties #1) by Casey Peeler – FREE
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The Enforcer (NHL Scorpions, #1) by Nikki Worrell – FREE
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Promises, Promises (Alluring Promises, #1) by Josie Bordeaux – FREE
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Finding Obscurity (The Secrets Series, #1) by Emma Shade – FREE
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Songbird Caged (Songbird Triology, #2) by Lisa Edward – $0.99
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NEW RELEASES

PUCKED Over (Pucked Series, #3) by Helena Hunting – $3.99
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Beautiful Burn by Jamie McGuire – $5.99
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SNACK by Emma Burton – $2.99
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Boiling Point (Crossing the Line, #3) by Tessa Bailey – $3.99
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Saving Cassie (Fairfield Corners, #1) by L.A. Remenicky – $0.99
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Mountain Charm by Sydney Logan – $0.99
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UPCOMING RELEASES

Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren – $7.99
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Sexy Bastards Anthology by Various Authors – $0.99
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Searching for Mine by Jennifer Probst – $2.99
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Sensual Diversions by Various Authors – $0.99
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Disarmed by M.S L.R. – $2.99
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Fame by Lauren K. McKellar – $0.99
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Beautiful Boss by Christina Lauren – $1.99
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Draw Me Close by Nicole Michaels – $7.99
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EVENTS

I am so thrilled to announce that I’ll be attending Kinky in Kansas City on March 4th, 2017! I know it’s still a year away, but this signing is so close to home for me, I had to let everyone know about it! So, if you’re in or around the Kansas City area, please check out the reader group we have on Facebook and consider joining! Lots of great individuals involved in this event; I can’t wait! 2017 KIKC Author Event Group

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I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and that the new year has been good to you so far! Like I said, if you have any additional books to add to my lists above, please include them in the comments below so others can check them out, too! I know there have been several great releases with the new year that I’ve missed! Happy Reading!

Xo,

Steph

P.S. – I’ll be giving away signed copies of the Love in the City series on Goodreads soon! Be sure to watch your emails for the post so you can enter for your chance to win!

Free Book Spree

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Welcome to the FREE BOOK SPREE! Aren’t we just fancy-shmancy with a cool rhyming name?

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Seven 11 Blog Hop: Vanilla, It’s Too Blah

With the release of Pleasured By You (Love in the City, #3) coming up on March 20th (NINE MORE DAYS), I’ve decided to post a teaser from Fletcher Haney for my Seven 11 Blog Hop post. If you’re new to my blog, the Seven 11 Blog Hop is where a group of authors post seven-line teasers from their current work-in-progress or published work on the 11th of each month. So, please be sure to check out the other authors’ posts! You may just find a new author you love!

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“What!” Bayler objected, glaring at me. “You can’t just have vanilla. It’s too blah. Pick again.”

I laughed and turned to her. It was kind of cute watching her get all excited over her creation. She’d baked and decorated Carter and Elly’s wedding cake, and it’d looked like a work of art. But I couldn’t let her know that. “Then, Ms. Easy Bake, what do you suggest?”

“Hey, I’m no Easy Bake,” she retorted, smacking my bicep. She glanced at the tray again and pointed to a couple of pieces. “Give us two of the white chocolate peanut butter.”

For more teasers from Pleasured By You, join Nuss’ Navy today!

Pleasured By You is available for preorder on Amazon and iBooks, and you don’t need to read the first two books in the series to enjoy it! However, Wanted By You (Love in the City, #1) is still FREE on Amazon, iBooks, and Kobo, and Fantasized By You (Love in the City, #2) is available on all platforms as well.

I’d also like to invite all of you to join the Pleasured By You Release Day Party! There will be lots of giveaways and takeovers from some of my favorite authors! You won’t want to miss out on it, so please be sure to invite your book friends!

Don’t forget to check out the other Seven 11 Blog Hop posts by clicking on the authors listed below! Happy Hump Day!

Seven 11 Blog Hop Authors:

YA and PNR author, Heather Hildenbrand (enter to win a custom Dirty Blood mug here)

YA author, Kayla Smith

Contemporary romance author, Felicia Tatum

Women’s fiction author, Bethany Lopez (enter to win a signed paperback of Bethany’s 8 Weeks)

NA paranormal author, Justine Winter

Contemporary romance author, SC Ellington

Women’s fiction author, Amanda Aksel

*Happy Book Birthday to Heather on the release of Broken Blood (Dirty Blood Book 5)!*
*Kayla’s next book, The Sacrifice (Luna Series Book 3), will release March 31st!*

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FREE + PREORDER

Hey, everyone!

If you’re a fan of my Amazon page then you should’ve received the email about the preorder for Pleasured By You (Love in the City, #3) which releases MARCH 20th! I can’t wait for you all to read Bayler and Fletcher’s story! I had such a blast writing it and adding a few new characters to the series; I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do! Here’s a little teaser + the preorder links! Please feel free to share with all your book-lovin’ friends! I’d really appreciate it!

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I’ve also put Wanted By You (Love in the City, #1) on sale for FREE on Amazon, iBooks, and Kobo! So, if you know someone who hasn’t started the series yet, please let them know about this awesome deal because now is the perfect time to jump on the Love in the City bandwagon! #Share #Share #Share!

And don’t forget to join the Pleasured By You Release Day Party on Facebook! I have some of my favorite authors stopping by to do takeovers including Jennifer Probst, Sawyer Bennett, Adrienne France, Kandi Steiner, Michelle Valentine, Lauren Blakely, Brenda Rothert, Amanda Maxlyn, Casey Peeler, Amanda Aksel and more! So, you don’t want to miss out on the party with lots of fun, hot book boyfriends, and giveaways! Click here to join!

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Valentine’s Day Special: Love in the City

With the lovers’ holiday just days away, I thought I’d share some Valentine’s Day specials from the couples of the Love in the City series! First, you’ll get a glimpse into Wanted By You (Love in the City, #1)‘s couple, Carter and Ellyson, and their past: their first Valentine’s Day together as friends in college (2005). Next is a teaser from Harper and Maverick’s Valentine’s Day from Fantasized By You (Love in the City, #2). And finally, what would a Valentine’s Day special be without some sexting! Enjoy some texts between my latest couple from Pleasured By You (Love in the City, #3), Bayler and Fletcher. Enjoy!

Valentine’s 2005

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It was the Friday night before Valentine’s Day, and Elly and I were hanging out in my dorm working on our Psychology homework. On any other Friday, we’d probably be at a party somewhere, getting drunk and having a good time, but since most of the parties this weekend would be directed towards couples, Elly didn’t feel like going out. And if she wasn’t going out, I wasn’t going out.

That was the way it’d been since I saw her on our first day of college a few months ago. Sure, I noticed other girls around campus flirting for my attention, but the only woman who held mine was lying across my twin bed right now with her long, red hair cascading over her shoulders as she kicked her feet in the air and stared up at the television.

“Gross!” she exclaimed, wrinkling her nose.

“What?” I asked, intrigued by her outburst. Turning my head toward the television, I watched the Russell Stover’s commercial. Smiling, I looked over my shoulder. “You have a thing against chocolate?”

“Assorted chocolates, yes,” she said seriously.

“Everyone loves boxes of chocolate. Flowers and chocolates. Isn’t that what every girl wants on Valentine’s Day?”

Shaking her head, she muttered, “Not this girl.”

Laughing, I closed my Psych book, too distracted by the hot girl in the room to even care about depression. It was already depressing enough that it had been almost six months and I still hadn’t made a move on Ellyson Evans. “Okay then, what’s your ideal Valentine’s Day present?”

“I don’t know, but it’s definitely not a box full of chocolates with suspicious fillings inside of them.”

This is what I love about her. Any other single girl would be whining because she wouldn’t be receiving a box of chocolates this year, but Elly’s complaining about the actual chocolates themselves. “Isn’t that the fun of it though? You never know what you’re going to get.”

“How is that fun?!” she said, furrowing her brows. “I mean, Forrest Gump’s mom was right, life is full of surprises, but when it comes to chocolate, I want to know what I’m getting. I don’t want to bite into a peanut-butter-cup-look-a-like and find out it has coconut inside. That’s just disgusting.”

I laughed again. “Don’t they have them labeled underneath each piece of chocolate?”

“Yes, but who actually takes the time to read those things?” she deadpanned. “And even if they did read them, they still probably wouldn’t know what they were since some of them are called weird names. None of them say, ‘Looks like a Reese’s cup, but it’s not!’”

“Okay, so tell me what you’d prefer?”

Resting her chin on her hand, she sighed. “You know the Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Crème?”

“Yeah . . .”

“I’d like a box full of fun-sized Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Crème bars, but you can’t get them this time of year. They only come out with the fun-sized ones during Halloween because white chocolate is like the middle child in the chocolate family.”

I’m the middle child in my family. I couldn’t wait to see where she went with this.

“Compared to milk and dark, white chocolate is the most delicious. It’s not the attention whore like milk chocolate or a liar like dark chocolate.”

Amused, I said, “I get how milk chocolate is an attention whore, but how is dark a liar? Isn’t it supposed to be the healthier chocolate?”

“That’s just it though. It is healthier so people end up eating more of it because they think they’re doing something good for themselves, but then they lose all sense of portion control. That’s not healthy. Sure, dark chocolate might statistically be healthier for us, but it still has calories and fat just like all the other chocolates. If I’m going to eat chocolate, I’m going to eat the most delicious, who-cares-how-many-calories-it-has kind.”

Laughing again, I nodded. “Okay, okay, you have a point.”

“What about you?” she asked, smiling proudly. “What’s your ideal Valentine’s Day gift?”

Smiling mischievously, I allowed my eyes to roam over her tight, little body sprawled across my bed. With her shoulders slightly hunched and her elbows pressed into the mattress, her breasts swelled against her sweater. Her jeans hugged her ass just right, and from my seat at my desk, I imagined the perfect Valentine’s Day gift: Ellyson Evans lying on my bed in nothing but sexy, red lingerie to match that beautiful hair of hers. Sure, most guys would want their girl already naked, but as I imagined slowly unwrapping the lacy material from her body, taking my sweet, torturous time, touching her and kissing every inch of her until she was begging me to take her, I thought getting Elly naked myself would be the ultimate gift.

“Earth to Carter,” Elly laughed, waving her hand in the air.

Shaking my head, my smile widened as I let the daydream of her disappear, knowing I wouldn’t tell her what I really wanted for Valentine’s Day. Over the months, we’d become really great friends, and as much as I wanted her, I couldn’t risk ruining our friendship right now. “I guess my ideal gift would be beer. For guys, alcohol is our chocolate.”

She laughed. “But it doesn’t taste nearly as good though.”

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One Day Later

After Ellyson left my room last night, I couldn’t sleep. Her scent lingered for a while, causing all of my thoughts to drift back to her. The way she smiled and laughed, the way her mind worked; she was so unlike any other girl I’d ever met. Like sheets straight from the dyer, she was warm and inviting and completely captivating, it wasn’t a surprise I stayed up all night thinking of a way to give her a Valentine’s Day gift without coming on to her. I wanted to eventually make a move, ask her out on a date, but I knew she wasn’t ready for it. She didn’t notice me the way I noticed her, or if she did, she was great at hiding it.

“What are you doing?” Cash asked, walking back into our room after saying good-bye to the girl he’d brought back last night.

Another reason I couldn’t sleep last night: my roommate hooked up with the loudest chick on the planet. I couldn’t have been happier to see her go.

“Just working on something,” I answered, gluing a piece of cardboard into the inside of an old shoebox. “Glad you finally got Miss Squeals to leave.”

“Man, she was loud, wasn’t she?” he laughed, rubbing the back of his neck.

“Loud is an understatement.”

“What’s with these?” he asked, grabbing the bag of chocolates from my desk.

“Nothing,” I said, snatching them out of his hand.

He laughed, and then walked back to his bed and flopped down on top of it. “Carter, please tell me this has nothing to do with Elly.”

“It has everything to do with her.”

“You are so pathetic. Just ask her out. You have her number. You know where she lives. You have a couple of classes together. Just fucking do it already!”

Looking over my shoulder, I glared at him. “Sorry, but I don’t just want to hookup with her.”

“I know, but−”

“It’s just some chocolate. It’s not a big deal, but if anyone’s to blame it’s you. If you hadn’t brought that chick back last night, I wouldn’t have had to leave to keep my hearing intact.”

“You’re right; I can get pussy without buying it chocolate.”

“That’s not what I meant,” I said, rolling my eyes. “Last night, I went to the store to kill time and I found the chocolate she likes.”

He groaned, covering his face with his hands. “Dude, it’s sad that you even know what kind of chocolate she likes.”

“No, it’s not,” I said, proudly admiring the shoebox full of tiny squares. “Women love men who pay attention.”

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Valentine’s Day

Throughout the day, I’d watched couple after couple exchange gifts and affections. Love songs played on the radio. Grand gestures went on here and there. A few guys even proposed. Women carried teddy bears and flowers and boxes of chocolates around campus like they were gold medals from their perfect boyfriends.

But as the day turned into night, I headed over to Elly’s, knowing Paige, Elly’s roommate, was at her Monday night class.

I knocked on the door, and Elly immediately answered.

“Hey,” she said, opening the door further. “What’s up?”

“Not much,” I said, walking into her room. She shut the door behind me, and I turned to face her. “Just thought I’d bring you this.”

I handed her the shoebox wrapped in shiny red paper, and she smiled and shook her head. “Carter, what is this?”

Taking a seat on the edge of her bed, I shrugged. “Open it.”

The smile on her face grew as she lifted the lid and found thirty small squares filled with fun-sized Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Crème candy bars.

Laughter fell from her lips as she sat next to me. “Where did you find these?”

“BJ’s in Brooklyn.”

“You went all the way to Brooklyn just to find the most delicious chocolate?” she asked in a sweet surprised voice.

“Cash brought a chick home with him the other night. I had a lot of time to kill.”

She took one of the bars out and immediately ripped it opened, and then tossed it in her mouth and moaned as she bit into the white chocolate bar filled with cookie chunks. “It’s like a tiny brick of heaven.”

I laughed and slid my arm around her shoulders. “Happy Valentine’s Day, Elly.”

“Thank you,” she said, batting those big brown eyes at me. “I really do love it. Best box of chocolates ever!” She moved the box of chocolates off her lap and walked into her closet. I heard her footsteps coming closer again and looked up to find her showing off a thirty-pack of Coors Light. “It’s a good thing one of my neighbors has a fake id.”

Standing, I walked over to her, wanting more than anything to take her face in my hands and kiss the ever-loving fuck out of those perfect pink lips, but instead, I just smiled down at her. “You got me beer?”

“Of course, I did,” she smirked. “It’s your chocolate.”

Grabbing the case from her hands, I set it on the floor and then wrapped her up in a hug, hoping someday we’d share a Valentine’s Day together as a real couple instead of just friends.

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Pleasured By You will release March 20th, 2015! Be sure to add it your Goodreads and join the Facebook party!

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Happy Valentine’s Day from the Love in the City gang!

Xo,

Steph Nuss