Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Relentless Habit (+ Giveaway)

Relentless Habit
by Karen Renee
* (O-Town, #1)
* Publication date: September 1st 2020
* Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance


I moved to Orlando for a fresh start.

Nobody could know my secret.

Catching the attention of the hottest DJ in all of Orlando wasn’t in the plan.

He’s got moves, and they’re not just good. They are good.

Like the beats he spins in the booth, I fall fast for him and his crazy family.

When he finds out about my past, it won’t just break my heart but also crush my soul.


The third time I saw her at a crowded club, I had to have her.

After our first kiss, I knew she was a habit I would never want to break.

Knowing what she hid from me reinforces what I’ve known for so long. Women cannot be trusted.

Even knowing the worst, I can’t stay away from her.

But when push comes to shove, will I be able to keep her safe?

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Now here's an excerpt for your reading pleasure.

“You better not be settin’ up a fuckin’ Uber.”

My eyes narrowed. “I ‘better not be?’ Did I hear you right?”

“Damn straight,” he said, and snatched the phone out of my hand.

I gasped. “What are you doing? It’s time for me to get out of here, and obviously you have other things going on with your father here. Well, I’m assuming he’s your father, but… gracious, I’m babbling. It’s clear your family is here. I’m just gonna go. So, give me my phone, Brock.”

I couldn’t tell if he cleared his throat or swallowed laughter, but a strange sound came from where the older man stood and Brock and I both looked to him.

“Save it, Pop,” he bit out.

I glared at Brock. “That wasn’t nice. Seriously? You talk to your dad that way?”

A wheezing sound came from the man, and I knew he was holding back laughter.

Brock glared back at me, but his words were directed at his Pop. “Shit ain’t funny, Pop.”

“Sure seems that way from where I’m standing,” a new voice put in.

I looked to the open doorway and saw a sweatpants-but-no-shirt wearing man who could be nobody but Brock’s brother, Gabe.

“Fabulous,” I muttered under my breath.

“Fuck off, Gabe.” Brock said over his shoulder. He stepped closer to me. “If you would’ve listened—” Brock started.

“Yeah! If I would’ve listened, things would be all kinds of awkward right now. No thanks. I’m just going to—”

“If I can step in here, miss. You’re right. I’m Brock, and Gabe’s, father,” he said, jerking his head toward Gabe. “Neither of them have anything going on with me exactly. I decided to drop by, unannounced, to take them to breakfast. I do this once, twice a month, when the spirit moves me.”

“More like when Marnie moves him,” Gabe muttered.

“Gabriel. This is the first time I’m meeting this woman. The least you can do is keep the smart-ass in check.”

I couldn’t help but laugh because that sounded just like something my mother would say to me or Tennille if the tables were turned.

As my laughter waned, I thought I heard a strange groan from Brock. He turned toward his father. “Pop, this is Cecilia. Cecilia, this is my pop, Warren Sullivan.”

I stepped forward extending my hand as Warren approached. He took my hand and raised it to his lips. “Pleasure to meet you, Cecilia,” he murmured just before he brushed his lips against my knuckles.

No one had ever greeted me like that, and I was flabbergasted. So I muttered the only word that came to mind, “Likewise.”

Meet the Author

Karen Renee is the award-winning author of the Riot MC series, the Beta series, and upcoming O-Town series. She has been writing since she was a teen, but has only recently brought her dream to life. Karen spent years working in the wonderful world of advertising, banking, and local television media research. She is a Jacksonville native, as well as a proud wife and mother. When she’s not at the soccer field or cooking, you can find her at her local library, the grocery store, in her car jamming out to some tunes, or hibernating while she writes and/or reads books.

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Thanks for stopping by today. Do you think we are sometimes drawn to people that we know are bad (or bad for us) just because we know we shouldn't?

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  1. That sounds like a really effective setup for a romance, Mason! And I like the way music is woven into it all, too. There's something about books that involve past secrets; that can make characters all the more interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Many women are attracted to bad boys for some reason. It does get them into big trouble and they cannot avoid it.

  3. I am intrigued by the secrets she has hidden. And itch to read and know more.

  4. Sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading the book.

  5. I really enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks!


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