Wednesday, March 22

*** BOOK TOUR, EXCERPT & REVIEW *** Unprofessional by J.D. Hawkins

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Unprofessional by JD Hawkins
Release Date: March 22nd
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Designer: Letitia Hasser from RBA Designs
Model: Christian Hogue


Blurb

What happens when the internet's favorite playboy falls in love?

I have the best job in the world. Date beautiful women and write about it. 

But I want to take it to the next level: instead of writing about my experiences make it into an online reality show. 

But here is the catch. My boss wants me to share the show with a woman co-host. And he wants that woman to be my best friend and co-worker, Margo. 

I’ll date beautiful women and she’ll date hot men. Sounds fair enough.

So now I have to watch her fake date hot men. I used to love going home with a different woman every night, but suddenly this isn’t as fun. Seeing Margo with anyone else is driving me crazy. 

And the more time I spend with her working on the show, the less I want to keep our relationship in the friends’ zone. And the harder it is to stop myself from imagining her bent over the copier.

Things are about to get unprofessional.

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EXCERPT:

“Thank god you live on the ground floor,” I say, as I rummage for her keys in her bag with one hand while keeping her from falling with the other. It’s not that I haven’t been to Margo’s place before, but when we hang out it’s usually at work functions or the occasional bar, and at the moment I can’t shake the feeling that I’m intruding a little.

“You know, you’re really fucking hot,” she slurs, giggling. My cock stirs at the brush of her lips so close to my neck, her warm breath against my skin. I have to shake it off.

“And you’re really fucking drunk,” I reply with a forced laugh, as the key finally catches and I kick the door open.

“No…I mean it,” she says as I step into her apartment, still holding her in my arms. “You’re like…the most beautiful man.”

“That’s very sweet of you,” I say, as I open a few wrong doors (closet, bathroom) until I find her bedroom. I walk in and lay her down on the bed, then pull away, setting her bag on the night table. “You should probably just rest a bit, let it pass.” I unlace her boots and ease them off gently, setting them on the floor before straightening up to go. This feels familiar, although I haven’t carried a too-drunk Margo home from a party and put her to bed since our undergrad years. “You need anything? Water, or—”

“Yeah.” Margo smiles.

“What?”

Instead of answering, she mischievously beckons me closer. I look at her, dress rolling up around her thighs, twisting her body up in the sheets, my imagination starting to whirl a little.

“Come here!” she yelps impatiently.

This could mean trouble—the problem is, I like trouble. I groan and go nearer to the bed.

“Closer,” she giggles, and I’m taken with the smile, the way she grinds into the bed…

“What?”

Her hand pulls on my shirt, her smile goes and instead her mouth is open now, weakened like she’s preparing to kiss me. I could so easily fall into her here, so easily bring my mouth onto hers, put my own hands under her clothes. I can almost taste her, appetite stirring…

Except being a real man doesn’t just mean knowing when to make a move, it also means knowing when you shouldn’t.

“Nice try,” I say, pulling back.

Margo laughs and pounds her fists onto the bed with disappointment.

“But I need to see what’s under your shirt. You still got those Grand Canyon abs, I bet.”

“Ok. That’s my cue to go,” I say, half-out the door. “See you tomorrow.”

“No! Come on! Please! I remember the view was fucking amazing. Just a little peek. A tiny little peek for old time’s sake. Come on, Owen! Don’t be an asshole. You know you want to show it off.”

I look back at her, hand on the doorknob, and find myself laughing.

“Happy now?” I say, pulling up my shirt a little way.

Margo screams and falls back onto her pillows laughing.

“I knew it! Just as perfect as that night you got locked out of the girl’s dorm,” she says, as I close the door and leave.

When I get back to my car, I’m still smiling.

My Review 

Unprofessional was a fun and easy romance that made me smile, laugh and swoon. Owen and Margo have a friends to lovers relationship that neither expected but soon started to heat up their office and my Kindle. I can always count on Mr. Hawkins for heroes that love their heroines and make me fall in love too. 

Owen and Margo have been friends since college and colleagues for a year. Owen is finally starting to settle down though Margo doesn't really realize that he's started to limit his manwhoreish ways. In college Margo was a bit wild and crazy too but has since settled down and is really trying to be professional and work her way up the cooperate ladder. But when a mishap makes her an infamous viral celebrity, Owen and Margo embark on a new business venture: a dating vlog. While their respective dates are tape, neither is all in because (even if they don't want to admit it), they'd rather be with each other. But even as they get closer, their jobs are taking them in different directions and if they aren't careful, they'll lose what's right in front of them. 

I really enjoyed this story. It was sweet and sexy. The friend to lover idea is one of my favorites and J.D. did this one so that I fell in love with them as friends and as lovers pretty effortlessly. I did hope for a little more angst at the end as the ending was kind of quick and bit easy. Other than that, this was another stellar addition to J.D. Hawkins' catalogue and he will continue to be an aut0-click author. 

Reviewed by Paige 

★★☆ 4.5 "Right In Front of You" Stars ☆★★ 

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About the Author:

JD Hawkins writes erotic romance with modern-classic alpha males and strong, independant women. He currently lives with his wife in Los Angeles, CA. He loves to travel and has lived in many places, including New York City, India and Thailand. When he isn't writing, JD enjoys surfing, training in Mixed Martial Arts, reading and taking naps. He's always loved making up stories, especially ones inspired by real life.

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