Getting By (A Knight’s Tale #1) by Claudia Y. Burgoa

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When Emma Anderson arrived at San Francisco International Airport, she regretted accepting the distinction of being the maid of honor to Gaby’s—her childhood friend—wedding. It had been years since the last time she set foot in Menlo Park, where her parents had been killed. The rug where she had been shoving her feelings since that day looked bumpier than a camel’s hump. Who could blame her; if she hadn’t been selfish they’d still be around. Ever since that fateful day, Emma has been perfecting the knack of Getting By.

Cade’s wedding in Menlo Park—a city close to San Francisco—might be the perfect place for Jake Knight to shake the memories of his ex, Emma Anderson for good. Single, available women galore for an entire week was the perfect medication, one he intended to take three times a day for an entire week to return to his player days. It was a plan the former spy thought flawless until he came face to face with the maid of honor. Jake’s perfect retreat turns into a flight, fight or hide week of celebrations.


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Excerpt (For adults only!)

“You’re uncomfortable,” he said. I felt my eyes open wider and my gut tried to talk me in to jump from the window. Did he notice? “I’ll get you a new key card and we’ll forget about this. Don’t get me wrong, I’m also into normal stuff, no pain or other guys involved—I don’t like to share. And I like you—a lot. But you’re nervous.”

“Wouldn’t you be?” Wasn’t it obvious—lack of godliness experience aside? “The kiss, come on, Pretty Boy. You swept me off my feet, got my panties excited and wow. You’ve got experience. I don’t. I’ve only gone through basic training—very basic.” I stretched the last two words. Would he notice that I barely lost my hymen and never felt the orgasm? He looked at me twice, and I didn’t know if he liked the idea or wanted to run the other way. Yet I continued making a fool of myself. “Guy on top of girl, a few movements and voila. I can’t promise I’ll do much for you.”

“I’ll take you through the basic training; a refresher,” he said, and smirked.

More like sex 101, I wanted to correct him, but refrained.

Aware of how fast my heart was beating inside my chest, I wondered if this would kill me. As he approached, I felt my insides twirling for him. Pretty Boy wrapped his arms around me and kissed the hell out of me, until I forgot everything but him. The little calm I had left was shattered with the hunger of his kiss. His hands slid from the base of my throat, over my shoulders, arms, hands and hips and then continued up along my back. I wanted to combust, while my senses begged for him to stop or do something to take away the ache. To undo the pulsing knot that had formed in my stomach. As he reached the nape of my neck, he unzipped my dress and grabbed the fabric pulling it up, breaking the kiss.

“So pretty,” he said, looking at me in awe. Left with a skimpy thong and my bare breasts, I felt gorgeous. How… when did he take off my bra? He kissed my neck, then flicked, licked and sucked my skin; shoulders, breasts, arms, tummy. My body began to tremble and beg for more, or for him to stop. I gripped his shoulders to keep myself steady. But then I wanted to explore him. Those strong biceps matched his eight pack abs, and his penetrating green eyes devoured mine, making me want to expire. “Bed,” he gasped, and gently eased me down onto it. He fondled one of my breasts and then lifted his gaze to meet my eyes giving me a playful smile. “Lesson number one, scream while I take you high enough with my fingers, babe.”


About the author:



Claudia lives in Colorado with her family and three dogs. Two beagles who believe they are human, and a bichon who thinks she’s a beagle. While managing life, she works as a CFO at a small IT Company. She’s a dreamer who enjoys music, laughter and a good story.


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    • marnie ward on April 24, 2014 at 9:25 am
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    I would like to read this book. I love reading book that involve knights. There is something so special about them.

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    • Courtney on April 24, 2014 at 9:23 am
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    This sounds like a wonderful contemporary romance 🙂

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