I am totally stoked to say that I am kicking off the very FIRST Candy Coated book tour as a host to one of the best authors I know in the whole world. Ashley Wilcox’s books will give you laughter and tears. Hot and heavy moments and long romantic kisses. They leave you longing for more. So here it is ladies and gents. Giving You Forever (bonus chapter below)!!!!!
From the moment Nolan Pratt walked into Alexa Arnold’s life everything was forever changed. After a year of dating, the ring was on her finger, the house was purchased, and life was heading down Pleasantville Lane. Everything was perfect.
Or so they thought.
With help from his parent’s inheritance, Nolan takes on a new business adventure, utilizing all his free time. What was once their life- carefree with minimal responsibilities, is no more. When Alexa starts to feel the pressure from school, wedding planning, and lack of help from Nolan, exhaustion kicks in and feelings get hurt, testing the strength of their relationship. But, if there is one thing that Nolan will never compromise, it’s Alexa’s happiness. There’s nothing Nolan Pratt won’t do to make sure Alexa is well taken care of, loved, and happy.
When Nolan’s past resurfaces- a past that Alexa didn’t know existed- will it all be too much? Will Nolan’s devotion to Alexa’s happiness cost him their relationship and lose him the only thing that has ever mattered in his life? Or will Nolan discover that his past doesn’t determine his future and he is worth the happiness he doesn’t think he deserves?
Ashley Ashley Ashley…Whatever am I going to do with you? You give me up, you give me down. You give me breath taking, you give me take my breath away. Alexa and Nolan are not even my fave characters (yes I admit it) and I have read and re-read this book at least three times already. Ashley has a way of pulling your emotions out of you, sometimes forcefully and generally after getting you all hot and bothered. Being her first fully blown erotica, Giving has a lot of MIND-BLOWING naughty bits but nothing is repetitive and she always keeps you on your toes. There are more than one or two twists that you just do not see coming….Jamie for example…I KNOW RIGHT???!!!!! And in the end, I believe the story rounded out quite nicely. The characters took some lumps getting to where there were going, but I think Nolan finally came through in giving Alexa all that he promised and more.
Ashley Wilcox is fantastic, she is imaginative and real. She brings to the table exactly what she wants you to read and doesn’t fluff over the really tough stuff. There were tough scenes in this book, not going to lie. I used up a pack of tissues and hug or two from my kiddos to get through it. It is another addition that I am adding to my collectors shelf. Each book she writes gets better and better and I could never be more proud to read the magic that flows from her pen.
Some may consider me a jack of all trades, but I consider myself well rounded.
I’ve waitressed, styled hair, answered phones and, most recently, worked full time as mom to my two beautiful little boys.
Then there was this book…
Everyone and their brother started talking about this book series titled Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James. I didn’t really pay attention to the craze at first, since I wasn’t a big reader- okay, I didn’t read at all. But curiosity got the best of me, so I downloaded it to my kindle.
I was immediately hooked. I read the whole series in three days. Yes, three books in three days.
I kept finding all these great books that I HAD to read (just ask my credit card!).
Then I started hearing voices. Voices that turned into stories; stories that were begging to get out of my head.
I started writing them down on scraps of paper. Then I transferred them to my computer. Before I knew it, Planning on Forever was born.
The voices in my head are still talking, so I’m still writing.
Almost Three Years Later
The house is quiet, and all the lights are off downstairs as I make my way through the kitchen, down the hallway, and up the stairs. I hear the television and a light flickering from the master bedroom. A pinch of excitement surges through my body.
I love when she waits for me in bed.
On my way to our room, I anxiously undo my tie and unclasp the first few buttons to my shirt before untucking it from my pants. Just thinking about what choice of bedtime wear she has picked out tonight makes me hard and ready. Licking my lips before turning the corner, I’m a little caught off guard with what’s waiting for me on the other side. Instead of my sexy and willing fiancé spread out over our bed, I find a pissed off Alexa sitting up with her arms folded across her chest.
“Where have you been?” she shouts before I can even take two steps into the room.
Shit! She’s really pissed.
Coming up aside the bed, I sit down next to her so that my body is facing her.
“What do ya mean- I was working?” I answer in a sincere, yet confused tone while resting my hand on her thigh.
“You were supposed to meet me at Justin’s Grill three hours ago, Nolan!”
I close my eyes and drop my chin to my chest while exhaling in shame. I completely forgot about the meeting.
“Yeah, nothing like showing up to an appointment for a wedding venue and being stood up by your fiancé,” she adds. “I felt like a complete idiot, Nolan. I can’t do this all on my own. I need your help.”
My gut knots picturing her face while checking her watch every few minutes wondering where I was. I stood my fiancé up while trying to plan our wedding.
What a fucking asshole I am!
Scooting in closer to her and resting my hand on her cheek, I make sure I look her square in the eyes when I tell her, “I’m so sorry, doll.”
I can feel Alexa’s body relax as she exhales. “I know you’re crazy busy with trying to get your gym opened up, but I need you, Nolan, and you didn’t even have your phone on when I called.”
Her tone is sincere this time, but it still pains me to know how exhausted and alone she feels in this whole process. The last thing I want is for planning our wedding to be a dreadful experience for her. I want to see the smile on Alexa’s face and the warmness in her eyes that I saw the day I asked her to marry me. I know girls dream about what their wedding day is going to look and feel like from the moment they learn what a wedding is…I want her to have her fairytale.
“I had meetings all afternoon, so I had my phone off, but it’s not acceptable. I should’ve been there, and I feel like shit that I wasn’t. What about our family? My sister would love to help, and you know your mother would jump on board immediately.”
“I already said no to this, remember?” she sighs. “Your sister is crazy busy with work, and my parents have done so much already with the engagement party and everything else. I wanted to be able to do this ourselves, and not have to rely on anyone else.”
Right. I knew this.
“Okay, how do we fix this, then? How can we make this work? I, unfortunately, can’t be in two places at once.”
“Well…” she begins with the cutest fucking smirk. But as cute as it is, it’s also the same smirk that I know means she has something crazy planned out in her head already. “I researched some wedding planners in the area, and I found a really great one, but…”
Elated with her Plan B, I interrupt, “No buts. That sounds fantastic. Why don’t you call them tomorrow?” I lean in and kiss her gently. Alexa presses back slightly. “They’re really expensive, though, babe. We’d be going way over budget.”
Although I’d give Alexa the world if I could, I’ve learned over the past few years that I should ask the price before saying yes. The girl likes to spend money and can do it rather quickly.
“How much are we talkin’?”
Her grin grows a little sweeter with the perfect amount of sexy as her hands start to move slowly down my chest, unclasping the buttons of my shirt on the way.
Moving to her knees, she brings her mouth to the side of my face and whispers in the hottest voice imaginable, “Just five thousand.”
Five thousand! For a fill-in fiancé? They better kiss her damn feet, too!
With opening my own fitness gym, the wedding, and the random expenses of being a homeowner, I’ve been writing checks left and right. The thought of adding five grand on top of that is not a pleasant thought. Knowing how happy it’ll make Alexa and how it’ll allow her to have the wedding of her dreams and not to mention, I’m getting so fucking turned on with her hands now undoing my pants and seeing her nipples hard and screaming my name through her silk top, I happily agree.
“Book’em,” I growl against her lips before pinning her down on the bed and seducing her mouth with my tongue while running my hand up under her top, squeezing her eager and waiting breast.
“Oh, I love you,” she moans once we come up for air and start removing each other’s clothes.
“More than you could ever imagine, doll,” I reply, spreading her legs as my mouth slides in between them.
Just as her fingers tangle in my hair and her hips move up and down, I swirl my tongue around her clit. With the way her breathing deepens and the sexy ass moans that escape her mouth when I go down on her, I’ve made it a pre-sex ritual to get her off with my tongue before filling her with my cock.
Starting to feel my dick throb with its own heartbeat, and wanting to get to get inside of her now, I do what I know will send Alexa over the edge. Sucking her nub forcefully in my mouth, I push two fingers deep inside, massaging over her sweet spot within. In seconds, her hands fist in my hair and her body clenches.
“Oh god,” she moans as her body surges into a hot as hell orgasm.
Moving my mouth up her body, I take a second to greet her perfectly plump breasts before making my way up to Alexa’s beautifully pleasured face.
God, how I love seeing what I do to her.
Our mouths flow in a rhythmic pace while our tongues caress each other with passion. Emotionally involved with our kiss, the world fades away around us as I bring my hands up to her face, passionately pressing against mine.
Using my legs to open Alexa’s more, I line myself up to her opening, pushing in with ease. Her mouth separates from mine as she falls back further into the pillows, letting out a fulfilled deep throated moan.
Nolan brings my hands up over my head as he stares deep into my eyes, moving his length in and out of me. His long blonde hair falls around his face and his crystal blue eyes sparkle with desire. He’s so effin gorgeous and turns me on more than I could ever imagine one person could. Like he can hear me admiring him, he smiles and brings his face down closer to mine, resting our foreheads together. While filling my body with pleasure, he kisses me slowly and sensually, perfectly in sync with his movements.
“I love you so damn much,” he breathes heavily against my lips.
Sliding out from underneath him, I push him down into the bed. A shocked but devilish grin creeps across his face as I swing my leg over his body, lining his shaft up to my opening, pushing him up inside of me as I sit down on top of him.
Nolan’s hands clasp my hips as I tease him by bringing my hands up to my breasts. Nolan goes crazy when he sees me pleasuring myself- it’s like an insta-orgasm for him. Closing my eyes, I seductively massage my breasts while grinding my lower half over his.
“Oh yeah, doll…” he growls, pushing up in me harder.
Our pace slowly quickens and our moans grow more frequent. Soon, I feel Nolan’s body tense as mine fills with an unbelievable amount of pleasure, releasing into a mesmerizing orgasm together.
“You make me look like a one pump chump when you do that,” Nolan jokes as I walk back into our room after cleaning up in the bathroom.
“Do what?” I ask with a smirk, climbing back into bed.
Wrapping his arm around my waist and curling up behind me, he kisses my neck before responding, “You know exactly what I’m talkin’ about.”
Softly chuckling to myself, I reach over and switch the lamp on my nightstand off. “Goodnight, babe. I love you,” I tell him with a knowing smile on my face.
“Goodnight, doll.” He grins against my neck. “I love you more.”