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Summer Heat by @LauraMBaird is a Beach Reads Event pick #romance #beachreads #giveaway

Title: Summer Heat

Author: Laura M. Baird and collected authors

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Blurb:

Enjoy summer by relaxing in the Texas Wine Country, traveling both the Oregon and Italian Coasts, laying out on a cruise ship, walking the Florida beaches, and unwinding in a hot tub in Lake Geneva. Each sexy story in this fun collection is guaranteed to heat you up and leave you wanting for more.


All of a sudden my vision fills with a broad chest covered in a black t-shirt with the bar’s logo on it. The words The Dive Bar are scrolled across the red and white flag known for scuba diving. In my periphery I can see the man’s muscular arms as the material bunches around a wealth of biceps. Before I have a chance to lift my face to find his, he kneels, bringing his line of sight directly in front of my belly. Which mysteriously starts quivering.

Did I happen to mention my navel? Well, it’s pierced. Not that that’s remarkable, as many gals have their belly buttons pierced, but I also have an elaborate tattoo of a lotus flower floating on water. I had the work done only six months ago. And not that that’s remarkable either, since at least a quarter of the population has tattoos.

It’s just no one other than my tattoo artist—who was a female, by the way—has ever been this close in proximity to something so personal. So… intimate. At least it feels intimate.

Maybe this contest wasn’t such a good idea after all.

I inhale a shaky breath as I look down onto his mass of wavy blond hair skimming his shoulders. He begins lifting his head slowly, scanning my torso, lingering on my breasts before peering up at me.

The dancing lights give me intermittent flashes at his deep green eyes bracketed by creases as he smiles, rustling up a funny feeling inside me. I canvas his tan face, noting a scar on his left temple, freckles dotting his nose, and a cleft indenting his chin. Lips, lush and pink curve even higher, and I mimic the move. Our eyes remain locked as we’re both frozen in this moment.

That is until the MC barks through the microphone, shattering the bubble and causing me to jump.

“Come on, Xander, no playing favorites.” He chuckles. “Mark her with a number and let’s get this show on the road.”

Xander never breaks eye contact as he gently skims his hand up my left leg, resting it on the back of my thigh. The warmth of his touch does more than cause a flutter inside; it heats me up, producing a burn that centers at my sex. My breaths become quick and shallow as I struggle to remain composed. But his gaze never strays as he then lifts the marker, pressing it against my flesh and marking my skin.

“Lucky number seven.”

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What makes your featured book a must-read?

This is a collection of shorter yet satisfying stories, all with a summer theme and different location from international authors. Fun and steamy which makes for a perfect beach read.

Giveaway –

Enter to win a $31 Amazon (US) gift card:

Open Internationally.

Runs July 13 – July 21, 2021.

Winner will be drawn on July 22, 2021.

Author Biography:

Award-winning author Laura M. Baird has been blessed with her writing journey, having over twenty published romances. She strives to give her readers passion and humor, suspense and drama, and always a well-earned HEA. After all, she's living out her own HEA with her hubby of thirty-plus years, enjoying life in the Pacific Northwest.

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Jul 17, 2021

Thank you, Laura, for sharing your book in our Beach Reads Bookish Event!

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