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Thursday, 3 March 2016

VBT & #GIVEAWAY - Take Me As I Am by Charmaine Ross


Contemporary Romance



Forget the whole billionaire tycoon thing: Kate Moore is a billionaire’s daughter, and she knows first-hand that they’re not all romance novel worthy. Her father is brilliant, inflexible, and brutal – and nothing she’s ever done has been good enough for him.  Her one chance to take over the massive Moore’s Hotel Corporation is restoring the run-down Burnham Beeches in beautiful Sassafras to its former glory. To that end, she hires David Wright, a talented landscaper with an unparalleled eye for beauty and an unparalleled talent for distracting her from her goal. 

David really needs this job. He needs the contract, the Moore’s name on his portfolio, and the money to pay for his ailing father’s health. Everything he’s worked for is now within his grasp, and he’s going to reach for it with both hands. What he doesn’t need is the diversion, or the temptation, presented by his new boss. 

Neither David nor Kate are free to follow their own desires, but they’re powerless to fight their growing attraction. But they come from very different places; perceptions will have to crash, misconceptions will have to collapse, and they will have to face their own personal challenges before they find their space to meet in the middle.

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His hand lifted to her hair, his fingertips brushed where some of the ends curled. It slipped around a finger and he watched the burnished strands in the light. There was gold and honey and shining browns, gleaming like silk.

She moved her head, just a little, but it was enough for his fingertips to graze her jaw. Silken skin slid beneath his touch. He traced the line of her jaw then his hand cupped her nape, her hair falling gloriously over his forearm.

He waited her for to move away, but her eyes found his and caressed him with a look he couldn’t deny. He bent his head, lips brushing hers. Her mouth yielded and he pressed more firmly against them, taking her lips between his, moulding his mouth to hers.

Slowly, so slowly, her hand settled on his shoulder, a touch so light he barely knew it was there. But he did and the hot coals inside his gut flickered into a flame. He opened his mouth, brushed her lips with the tip of his tongue, tracing the line of her lower lip.

She sank into him, her hand crawling behind his neck as her other hand found his upper arm. He wound his free hand behind her waist, anchoring her against him. Her soft breasts pushed against his chest, her heat infusing through their clothing.

Her mouth opened, tongue caressed tongue, before he plunged into the hot, honeyed centre of her mouth. She met him move for move, tilting her head to deepen the kiss, their mouths, lips, tongues igniting their own private dance.

His brain was clouding with need, insanely intense, as though he were climbing to a peak only she would quench. His senses were attuned to hers, his skin sensitive to her touch, the tangible weight of her body against his.

Then that little niggling voice broke through the misty realms of his mind. The fog cleared, an inner voice nagging him for … something. Some reason he couldn’t quite connect with. There was nothing he wanted more than this woman in his hands to feel, explore, taste. Then the voice became louder, irritating the sensuous web that caressed him.

A reason.

The voice harassed him, badgering away the misty recesses in his brain. Reason. Boss. She was … is … his boss. What, in hell, was he doing!

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Charmaine Ross will be awarding a copy of the e-book Take Me As I Am (international) to three randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here

Quick Fire

1. Light or dark chocolate  - milk
2. Favourite colour  - red
3. Dogs or cats  - cats
4. Tea or coffee - coffee
5. Light side or dark side  - dark
6. Morning, noon or night? - night
7. Black and white or colour? - colour
8. Drawings or paintings?  - paintings
9. Dresses or skirts?  - dresses
10. Books or movies?  - both
11. Pepsi or Coke?  - neither - coffee
12. Chinese or Italian? - italian
13. Early bird or night owl? – night owl
14. Chocolate or vanilla? - chocolate
15. Introvert or extrovert? - both
16. Hugs or kisses? - neither
17. Hunting or fishing? - neither
18. Winter or summer? - winter
19. Spring or fall?  - spring
20. Rural or urban? - both
21. PC or Mac? - PC
22. Tan or pale? - tan
23. Cake or pie? - cake
24. Ice cream or yogurt? - yogurt
25. Ketchup or mustard? – tomato sauce (I’m an Aussie LOL)
26. Sweet pickles or dill pickles? - sweet
27. Comedy or mystery? - mystery
28. Boots or sandals? sandals
29. Silver or gold? - gold
30. Jazz or classical? - classical
31. Dancing or singing? - dancing
32. Checkers or chess? - checkers
33. Board games or video games?  - neither
34. Wine or beer? Wine of course
35. Freckles or dimples? - dimples
36. Honey mustard or BBQ sauce?  - BBQ
37. Body weight exercises or lifting weights? – arghhh - neither
38. Baseball or basketball?  - basketball
39. Crossword puzzles or sudokus? – crossword
40. Facial hair or clean shaven?  - both
41. Crushed ice or cubed ice?  - crushed
42. Skiing or snowboarding? - skiing
43. Smile or game face? - smile
44. Bracelet or necklace? - neither
45. Fruit or vegetables? - veges
46. Sausage or bacon? - sausage
47. Scrambled or fried? - scrambled
48. Tattoos or piercings? - tattooos
49. Antique or brand new? - new
50. Dress up or dress down? - up
51. Cowboys or aliens? - aliens
52. Pancakes or waffles? - pancakes
53. Bond or Bourne? - bourne
54. Sci-Fi or fantasy? – both together
55. Numbers or letters? - letters
56. Star Wars or Star Trek? – none really
57. Fair or theme park? – not me
58. Money or fame? - money
59. Washing dishes or doing laundry? – none, can someone else do those for me?
60. Snakes or sharks? - snakes
61. Orange juice or apple juice? - orange
62. Sunrise or sunset?  - sunset
63. Slacker or over-achiever? – over-achiever
64. Pen or pencil? - pencil
65. Peanut butter or jelly? – peanut butter

 My first foray into romance was as a fourteen year old where I fell hopelessly and eternally in love with my hero as only a teenager can. Instead of watching movies and staying up late, I would go to bed at eight thirty and continue my very romantic, very safe, love affair.

Since then, I have fallen in love with many heroes, some less safe than what my teenage brain could possibly imagine. After earning a Fine Art’s Degree, a Diploma of Secondary Education and a Diploma of Marketing, I worked as a Graphic Designer in various advertising agencies as well as in-house marketing roles and am currently involved with digital marketing and everything web in my current position. But I always return to writing.

Although I have travelled, I always return to my home town of Melbourne and live with my husband, two children and two cats in the ferny-greens of the Dandenongs. If I'm not working on my latest romance and falling in love with yet another hero, you’ll find me reading, watching and basically indulging in my addiction to any story on any media type I can get my fingers on.

Check out my web site to download and read two fun, flirty novellas - the best news is they're free - plus free chapter downloads from all of my books, as well as updates on my latest news @

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  1. What would you sing at Karaoke night?

  2. This sounds like a great book! Thank you so much for the sneak peek :)