Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Promo & Tour: Bottoms Up by Kate Deveaux

Title: Bottoms Up
Author: Kate Deveaux
Genre/Age: Romance/Erotica
Series: None
Publisher: Loose ID
SynopsisA bartender with a penchant for naughty drink recipes is well known for crafting the perfect concoction for his clientele. Justin meets his match when down on her luck Lexi walks into his bar and he whips up a cocktail especially for her. 

It’s not just the booze talking when Justin and Lexi explore his list of naughty drink recipes in more detail — after hours. Night after night, Lexi is drawn back to Justin’s bar for another deliciously dirty creation and another night of extreme fantasy when he shows her how to let go of her inhibitions — One tantalizing drink recipe at a time— Seems it’s definitely Bottoms Up for these two!

The bartender without a name went about making another, unsure whether he was making it for her or not. With precision, he scored a lemon and peeled the zest into a perfect swirl. His tattooed forearm flexing with each move while he precisely twined the curl of lemon with a curl lime zest on the rim of the glass.

Lexi wondered what the delicious looking drink was called but was hesitant afraid to revisit the Soul’s Kiss or worse than that Bottoms Up fiasco. But curiosity and booze tempted her. What did he deem would be the perfect drink for her? This tattooed Romeo? She snorted, aware he’d heard her when he looked up with a smirk. He must have realized she was enjoying watching him. And she was, watching him make the drink gave her a reason to observe, and yes, enjoy the view while giving into her blatant desire than to nothing more than linger there. Watching him go about his job, feeling warm and safe in ‘Bottoms Up’ with this hunk working his magic making her feel….turned on. A feeling she hadn’t had for a very long time. Her eyes brimmed with fresh tears and she quickly looked away to avoid his gaze.

“I think I have just the drink for you…” he said, placing the drink in front of her.

“I can’t drink it if I don’t know the name,” she said, now blatantly flirting.

He smiled. “I see, well you’ll just have to guess the name then. I’ll give it back to you when you’ve guessed correctly,” he said dead pan, and then pulled the drink back behind the bar.

Lexi’s jaw dropped open in disbelief. He quickly turned his attention to a drink order one of his waitresses has brought to him. Looked like a big one form the number of tumblers he was stacking on the counter behind the bar and the bottles he proficiently pulled down from the shelves above.

Lexi leaned over the bar and saw her drink sitting there. Beckoning her. Taunting her. But she looked up and saw his reflection in the mirror behind the bar and the look on his fac. He shook his head.

“Ah..ah..ah,” he scolded. His sexy smile teased her in the reflection. “Sit back down and I’ll be with you in a moment…”

Mute, she sat down. Mesmerized by his fluidity, she enjoyed watching him pour at least ten drinks, all seemingly at once. He summoned the waitress over to get them with a wave of his hand and off the drinks went to the customers.

Glancing over her shoulder Lexi saw the bar was beginning to fill up.

A band had set up in the far corner near a large table of middle age men sat near the back, where the tray full of drinks was headed. Looking at her watch she saw it was five to four. Only a few hours left to clean out the rest of her apartment and hand in the keys. Lexi and Scott’s apartment. Their dream apartment. Until he’d gone and died. Shit, the tears burned.

The sexy bartender turned around at exactly the wrong moment as Lexi was wiping a tear from her eye.

“Hey,” he said, a soft soothing voice of concern. “I’d say you’re about ready for that drink now wouldn’t you?

Lexi nodded and felt foolish for being such a cliché, getting all weepy at the bar. That’s another reasons she didn’t drink much. It melted her resolve and devoured her self-control. Gone were the good old days when she and Scott used to stay up late, drinking, laughing, making love until the wee hours. Stop it stop it stop it she scolded. It’s been just over a year since Scott died. Exactly one year three months yesterday. Time to get it together.

“It wasn’t a Soul’s Kiss,” he offered. “Not this one, but we can keep it for later if you’re not ready now…”

Was he hinting there would be a later? As in a drink— or something more? His eyes, molten pools of dark blue depths with lashes almost black, long and lush, tempted her. She imagined how soft they’d be if they fluttered slowly across her torso and then southward between her legs. Her body quickened with arousal. Shit, she was really losing it now.

“I’m sure I’m ready for it...” The words tumbled from her lips before she was aware of the innuendo.

He grinned. “Okay then, aren’t you going to try and guess?” he teased, placing the drink on the coaster in front of her on the ‘Bottoms Up’ coaster.

“I haven’t a clue…I’m don’t usually order cocktails.”

“Okay, then seeing as you’ve had a bad day, I’ll give you a pass this time, but only this time.” His smile made her flush. She pulled the drink closer to her and nodded her appreciation.

She smiled back at him. “Thanks. Now, I told you my name …what’s yours?” she blurted out, not realizing how provocative she sounded until the words were hanging between them.

“Justin…” he answered her question. “Justin MacLeary.”

“Nice to meet you Justin MacLeary.”

She smiled and lifted the drink to her lips, very aware his eyes were still on hers as her lips met the cool rim of the glass. “It’s very good.”

She took another sip, noticing it was smoother than the other. The band started up and a few patrons cheered.

“What’s it called? She asked for the name of the drink over the music.

“Sexual Healing…”

By: Kate Deveaux

  1. My all time favorite is in A GOOD YEAR with Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard set in the south of France. The scene is a night scene in a quaint little village the Crowe and Cotillard are watching a black and white film on a huge screen by a reflection pond. They’re out on their first date and it starts to pour….very romantic as they huddle inside to escape the storm. I’m such a fan of that movie I even visited that exact spot myself.

  1. LOVE ACTUALLY. How can I even pick just one romantic scene from this movie there are so many?  But if I had to pick one scene it would have to be the one where Jamie (Colin Firth) proposes to Aurelia

  1. I’m a sucker for a Meg Ryan romance and YOU’VE GOT MAIL got me! Kathleen (Meg Ryan) discovers her anonymous online love is exactly who she wanted, Joe.


  1. I love the scene in IT’S COMPLICATED when ex Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin wind up in bed. It’s priceless.

  1. And last but not least the tearjerker love scene that gets me every time. BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. So good it makes me cry—every single time.

Kate Deveaux is a contemporary erotic romance writer and die-hard romantic. A former wedding planner, she has always been “in love” with love! Kate is currently working on several fictional stories – each filled with sexy romance, heroines who are no shrinking violets and heroes who make your heart skip a beat. She currently resides with her husband in the U.S. When Kate is not busy writing, she can be found on the tennis court –yes, there’s even ‘love’ in that game too.


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