I live in the UK with my family and two cats. I spend most of my time writing or reading—although I’m currently studying for a degree so that’s taking up a lot of time right now. I love anything romantic and I have an overactive imagination that keeps me up until the early hours of the morning. Seriously, I think about things way too much.
Anyway, my favourite genres are contemporary romance or romantic suspense, but I will read anything once. And I love talking books!
I hope you enjoy my stop.
BRING SUMMER BACK!
Now we're into October, it's safe to say summer is well and truly over—though, if I'm honest, it never really arrived here in the UK. If you're anything like me, then this means you're probably not looking forward to the dark, rainy days ahead.
Sure, curling up with a good book, a hot chocolate, and my cat in front of the fire is nice, but for me, nothing can beat lounging around in the sun with a book, especially if that sun comes with a beach. Or reading outside until sunset.
Therefore, I want to bring summer and the sun back into your lives and transport you all over Europe.
And I've been told my book, BET ON ME is perfect for this.
Seriously, that's not me making it up, a few reviewers have actually written it's the perfect summer read. ;-)
So here's a little about the book ...
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Contemporary
It’s all a game until they’re betting with their lives.
Alaya Matthews is in search of freedom. Tired of her mundane life, she packs everything she owns into two bags and heads for Europe. Her plan is simple: see the world and be adventurous, don’t get tied down, don’t settle for less than her heart’s desires, and never fall in love.
However, Alaya didn’t plan for Cole Ashford.
Drawn to her love of life, Cole wants to know how to live again. For seven years he’s been dead inside, and the numerous threats hanging over his head have finally caught up with him. What Cole doesn’t realise is accepting Alaya’s help will mean confronting every part of his tainted past. Alaya is desperate to know what haunts him, and she’s so certain he’ll reveal it she invents a bet he can’t refuse.
One is never enough though, and as they grow closer together, the more daring their wagers become. Neither of them will back down from a challenge, but the stakes are being raised. Gambling on Cole may cost Alaya her heart, or even worse, her life.
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Copyright Mia Hoddell 2016. All rights reserved.
“So, do you think I’m going to be safe?” I pressed, when it became clear she wasn’t going to say anything.
She closed her eyes and took a breath. I used it as an excuse to allow my focus to wander over her body again. She had deep red hair—dyed almost wine coloured—tied loosely into a messy bun. A few tendrils escaped the hair tie’s clutches and hung delicately around her olive-skinned, heart-shaped face to frame it. Her deep pink lips were full and matched the natural blush to her cheeks.
Travelling lower, I studied her petite frame. She was small, almost pocket-sized, yet every item of clothing fit her perfectly. The dark, navy jeans hugged her thighs and tiny waist, while the loose-fitting top did nothing to hide her dainty figure.
“If you stop gawping at my chest, I may let you survive.”
I snapped my gaze back to hers with a sheepish expression at being caught, and what I saw knocked the breath from my lungs. From across the carriage her eyes appeared grey, though up close and in the sunlight they appeared almost artic blue with flecks of silver.
I chuckled in relief at the teasing shining in them.
“You also have some drool you may want to wipe away.” She pointed to the corner of my mouth, giving me a glimpse of her sky blue fingernails.
“I don’t.” Now I knew she was messing with me.
She shrugged and stared out of the window once more. “Suit yourself.”
Quickly raising my hand to my mouth, I swiped my thumb across both corners. As it came back dry both times I frowned at the offending digit.
“I thought you didn’t believe me.”
F**k. I didn’t think she was watching, but she challenged me with her eyebrow raised. The sunlight illuminated her hair in an auburn halo and her pouty lips curved up into a smirk.
“You’re pretty, so I figured I’d better check.”
She shook her head, peering up at me through her eyelashes. “Not going to work, Hazel.”
“First of all, Hazel? And secondly, you can’t take a compliment?”
“I can take a compliment, just not from random strangers on a train who decide to steal the seat next to me.”
“Better me than him, right?” I tilted my head back over my shoulder to where a man with a bulging stomach and slicked back hair picked at his nose as he read the paper. Unshaven and unwashed, he’d made a beeline for the girl as soon as he stepped into the carriage. I’d acted on impulse when I moved across the seats to put a stop to his advances.
“What’s it got to do with him?” Her nose bunched up as she took in the guy’s appearance. “And you could be a murderer for all I know, so who’s to say you’re an improvement? Maybe you’re using your good looks and ‘compliments’,” she air quoted, “to lull me into a false sense of security, Hazel.”
I laughed, despite her comment hitting a little too close to home. She didn’t know how close to the truth she was.
"One of the best stories I've read this year. It's intriguing from the first word to the last ... There are plenty of laughs along the way, but if you're an emotional so-and-so like me, there'll be plenty of tears too ... They really tugged at my heartstrings." - Keren Hughes, Author of More
"If you're looking for an easy romantic suspense with laughter and tears then this book is for you!" - Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
"It will be your favorite summer read!" A.L. Van Meter
"Fast paced, highly addictive, action packed and well written." - Cristina Urs
"A story full of suspense, mystery, and romance that had me turning the pages wanting more. I found the characters to be very likable and their chemistry was through the roof." - Alpha Book Club
"A great book on living in the moment and seizing the opportunities that come to us." - Sassy Southern Book Blog
"Filled with sexy banter, adventures and suspense." - Melissa @ HEA Fanatics
"Their love will warm your heart and you will be engrossed in their story." - Book Obsessed Momma
"Full of suspense and the chemistry between Alaya and Cole is scorching. The characters are well developed and believable, as well as very likeable. I got emotionally involved in the story very quickly." - Author Sharon Stevenson
"I have to say that it met all my expectations ... A romantic suspense full of intrigue right from the start that had me on the edge of my seat," - Anne @ Bookaholics Reading Haven
About the Author
International bestselling author Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading, loves anything romantic, and has an overactive imagination that keeps her up until the early hours of the morning.
Mia has written over ten titles including her Seasons of Change series, the Chequered Flag series, the Elemental Killers series, and her standalone novels False Finder, Not Enough, and Bet On Me.
Her favourite genres are contemporary romance or romantic suspense, and with an ever growing list of ideas she is trying to keep up with the speed at which her imagination generates them. She also designs book covers on her website M Designs.