October 25, 2019

Passion Punch Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway


Passion Punch (Key West Escape #3)
Author: Tricia Leedom
Genre: Adult Adventure/Romance
Publication Date: October 22, 2019

Publisher: Firefly Hill Press


When April Linus’ best friends find themselves in trouble with the Miami Mafia, the former heiress turns to an even more dangerous criminal for help… her father.

Not an easy decision for the young, single mother who found herself pregnant at nineteen and forced to choose between her trust fund and having a baby. April’s father agrees to loan her the money, if she moves home for a few months so he can get to know his grandchild. Before she can decide what to do, she comes face to face with the last man she ever expected to see again… her father’s former bodyguard who disappeared five years ago after she slept with him.

Black Ops operative Jonas Ostergaard made a nearly fatal mistake the last time he was in Key West. After working his way into Philip Linus’ circle of trust, Jonas let the Arms Dealer’s beautiful, kindhearted daughter distract him from his mission. He was yanked off the job by his superiors, but now he’s back to stop Linus from selling a dangerous new technology on the black market.

Needing to prove himself to save his job, Jonas is determined to keep his distance from April this time. But when he suspects she knows more about her father’s illegal business dealings than she admits, he’s torn between protecting her and uncovering the truth.

Passion ignites when April and Jonas end up on the run dodging arms dealers in the steamy Amazon rainforest, but April wonders what kind of relationship she could have with a man who has more secrets than she does. A man who could disappear at any moment and leave her heart in tatters.

Trapped between loyalty to her father and a new allegiance with the man she’s falling in love with, April realizes none of it will matter if they don’t escape the jungle alive.

Jonas held the door open for April, but she stayed put and scrunched her nose.

“What now?”

“Could you please not use that word?

“What word?”

“The F-word. You’re supposed to be my date, and Greenlee knows I would never date a guy who was so blasé about using that kind of language.”

Her face was a delicate, oval shape with high cheek bones and the perfect little nose. Her luscious mouth could transform into a dazzling smile in the blink of an eye making her large blue eyes glimmer with sweetness. She was a living, breathing angel with a sex kitten’s body. He needed to put distance between them fast. Not only for the sake of the mission, but for the sake of his own sanity.

He slammed the door closed and moved into her personal space, forcing her crane her neck to look up him. When her breath caught, he leaned slightly closer, hovering his mouth over hers. “You are such a contradiction, April Linus,” he said softly. “You wouldn’t date a guy like me, but you’d fuck one?”

“You’re disgusting.”

He caught her arm a split second before her hand contacted with his cheek. “I might deserve that, but we’re about to make an appearance at a swanky party, and I can’t escort you there with your handprint on my face.”

Her sweet blue eyes blazed with fire. “Why do you say such horrible things? Is it just part of the persona you’re trying to play or do you really want people to hate you?”

He let go of her arm and retreated a step. What was happening?

“You’re not a bad person, Jonas. Your actions speak louder than your words. I know this, just as certainly as I know you weren’t doing time in prison these past five years.”

Alarm bells went off in his brain followed by a stream of curses that would have singed her delicate ears. It was game over. His cover was blown.
TRICIA LEEDOM enjoys traveling to exotic destinations and having torrid love affairs with hot, dangerous men… even if it’s only in her own mind. When she’s not writing romantic adventure novels, she reads voraciously, tweets compulsively, and fangirls over a TV show based on her favorite book series. Tricia earned her BA in Creative Writing from The University of Tampa and her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Her favorite authors include Diana Gabaldon, J.R. Ward, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Karen Robards, and Johanna Lindsey. She lives in Southwest Florida with two very spoiled dogs. Follow Tricia on Twitter and Instagram @tricialeedom


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