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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Dirty Games by Samanthe Beck 💗 Book Tour & Prize Pack Giveaway 💗 (Contemporary Romance)

For six weeks, she’s all his....

A five figure fee. A private villa at an exclusive tropical paradise. Absolute compliance. Top tier celebrity trainer Luke McLean demands all of the above, plus strict adherence to his zero bullshit policy. Especially when faced with six short weeks to whip a spoiled starlet into leading lady shape.

Quinn Sheridan suddenly has half the time she anticipated to turn herself into an action hero for the role of her career. Luckily, her agent calls in a secret weapon, but the demanding, drop dead gorgeous hardass fails to understand SHE’S the client. She has no problem taking direction, but Luke’s definition of cooperation feels more like complete and utter submission. And she’s tempted to give it to him...

Copyright © 2017 by Samanthe Beck. All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce, distribute, or transmit in any form or by any means. For information regarding subsidiary rights, please contact the Publisher.

Chapter 1
Quinn Sheridan found herself trapped in the taunting, neon-blue gaze of a raven-haired temptress with killer legs, a tiny waist, and improbably generous yet gravity-defiant tits challenging the limits of a painted-on black cat suit. A tremble of intimidation left tiny fractures in the bedrock of her self-assurance, but she refused to crumble. Sure, the framed poster hanging in the hall outside her agent’s office presented video game vixen Lena Xavier in all her unattainably perfect, CGI-embellished glory, but with the magic of make-up, good lighting, and a little help from wardrobe, the flesh-and-blood actress hired to portray the icon of male adolescent fantasies would look the part.

Wouldn’t she?

She backed up a step, and caught her reflection superimposed like a pale, indistinct ghost over the image thanks to the glass protecting the lithograph. The effect wasn’t particularly encouraging.

She would. Her spine straightened at the mental affirmation, and she ignored the way the woman in the poster seemed to smirk at her. Of course she would pull off the transformation. She had to.

Lifting her chin, she walked into her agent’s office projecting a calm confidence she was far from feeling. The performance would have won her a standing ovation from the toughest audience, she thought. She hadn’t been this anxious about a meeting since her days as an aspiring actress, about to give her first audition. But, frankly, there was a lot more at stake today.

Eddie looked up as she entered. His everglade-green eyes widened a fraction and he abandoned whatever instructions he’d been giving his assistant over his speakerphone in favor of a brusque, decisive, “Cancel lunch.”

Quinn’s stomach—her empty stomach—sank to the glossy red soles of her Louboutins.

His assistant responded first. “Eddie Washington, I sold a kidney to get you your favorite table at Toscanova. Do not make me call them back and cancel.”

“Cancel,” Eddie repeated. Quinn forced herself to stand tall and proud as his sharp gaze inspected her from the top of her upswept hair to the pointy tips of her pumps. “Cancel anything constituting a photo op for the foreseeable future, as well.” He hung up on his assistant’s muttered curse, pinched the bridge of his nose, and shook his head at her. “You’re not camera ready.”

So much for the magic of strategically gathered black jersey, and a two-hundred-dollar torture device some fashion marketing genius had the cajones to call a comfort-shaper. The stupid thing was not comfortable, and apparently, it revealed a little too much of her current shape. Which meant when it came to stupid, she won the prize.

Quinn continued into Eddie’s office, swallowing the defensive excuses that leaped to her lips. She perched on the arm of the white leather divan situated against the wall opposite his desk. Excuses wouldn’t change anything. Nor would getting defensive. Acting wasn’t a career for fragile egos, and she didn’t pay him to coddle hers.

They’d known each other a long time—since those early days when her twin brother, Callum, had been the real client and she’d been a little extra baggage their mother had negotiated into the deal. Eddie was one of the top sports and entertainment agents, as well as one of her oldest friends, and she was lucky to have him. While his brutal honesty stung, he had her best interests at heart. Their best interests.

Keeping that in mind, she folded her arms across her more ample than normal chest, lifted one brow, and shot him her trademark half-smile—the cool facade that gave nothing away. “Okay, fine. I’ve let my conditioning slip a little.”

“A little?” He got up and strode around his glass monument of a desk. The thick, white rug hushed his footsteps.

Inside, she winced. Outwardly, she just shrugged. “I took a couple weeks off after Pep Rally wrapped. I’d earned a break.”

Propping his enviably toned frame against his desk, he inspected her again. “Absolutely. But this”—he gestured at her—“is not the result of taking a break for ‘a couple weeks.’” Restless fingers formed air quotes around the words. “You’ve lost all the lean muscle and definition the studio expects for this kind of a role. You were supposed to spend the hiatus turning yourself from a cheerleader into a big screen, action heroine. If they get a look at you now, they’re going to think you’re undisciplined or indifferent about the role. We both know you’re neither.” His eyes narrowed with something suspiciously like concern. “What happened?”

“Nothing.” She scoffed the word, but her conscience cringed. Her twin brother had happened. A busted knee had happened. Eight weeks of sitting around nursing the sprain with a steady diet of regret and carbs had happened. And yes, apparently all the inactivity had taken a toll. Her bathroom scale hadn’t actually moved all that much, but her clothes fit differently. Her favorite shirts felt snugger across the chest. Her favorite jeans hugged tighter to her hips. Her stomach wasn’t quite as taut and flat as it had been before the injury. She still couldn’t quite believe it. Between years of acting classes, dance lessons, rehearsals, and a good metabolism, she’d always been able to maintain her shape without giving it any concentrated effort.

Eddie continued to regard her, but now doubt drove his eyebrows toward his hairline. “Nothing happened?” he asked again.

“I took a break. That’s all. And fine, maybe I let myself go a bit.” She shrugged and examined her cuticles as if a hangnail worried her more than this conversation. “It’s not a big deal.”

“Not if your next job involved posing for Playboy.” Eddie raked a hand through his short afro, making his dark hair stand on end. “But double-agent, martial arts master, and all-around ass kicker Lena Xavier is supposed to look dangerously sexy. The producers want Wonder Woman, Lara Croft, and Atomic Blonde all rolled into one, and zipped into a skintight leather cat suit. Instead you’re bombshell curvy, and…wait. You’re not pregnant, are you?”

A harsh laugh slipped out. “Ha. Right. Alert the media. Call the Pope. We’ve got another immaculate conception.” The last six months had been hell on her social life. There were reasons. Several, actually—the sprained knee being perhaps the least of them—but though Eddie held a position of trust in her life, she didn’t intend to share any of them with him.

He let out what might have been a sigh of relief, but shook his head. “We’re not calling anyone. If the studio brass get a load of you looking like this…” He let the implications go unstated and combed his fingers through his hair again. “Hell, I’m pretty sure there’s an appearance clause in your contract, which means—”

“I know what it means.” The producers could fire her at any time during filming if her appearance changed even slightly from the way she’d looked at the time she’d been cast in the role. Of course they could. Audiences expected their favorite anti-hero spy to make the leap from Xbox to big screen while wearing her iconic cat suit. The actress playing her had to do the role justice.

And she would. But ‘during filming’ seemed like the operative phrase here. Filming didn’t start for three months. A comforting thought, but the flickers of panic in Eddie’s eyes put a skip in her pulse. She stood, moved to the center of the sofa, and took a proper seat this time. “Is that what this meeting is all about? You want to make sure I’ll be camera ready? Relax.” She ran her palms over the length of her dress. “Twelve weeks is plenty of time to tighten the assets, so there’s no need to body shame me into—”

“Six weeks.”

She jerked her attention back to Eddie. “What?”

“They moved up the shooting schedule because of a change in the location availability. You’re due in wardrobe in just over six weeks. That’s why I called this meeting.”

“Oh…fuck me. You’re kidding.”

He pulled his handsome face into a grimace. “I don’t kid about business.”

Fuck, indeed. After spending the last five years singing, dancing, and acting her ass off as the perky head cheerleader on the hit television series Pep Rally—and turning down film after film because Hollywood wanted to typecast her as a bouncy blonde—fate had rewarded her patience with a starring role in Dirty Games, the big-budget film based on the best-selling video game. It had taken half a decade, but she’d finally graduated from high school. This was a major move for her, the chance to transition from the small screen to the big one, from teen starlet to bankable box office draw. She wanted this shot. She needed it, personally and financially. And she’d damn well earned it. But plenty of people would love to see her fail. Especially any of the actresses who’d made the short list to play Lena. This was a competitive industry.

Sunlight streamed through the floor-to-ceiling windows along one wall of the office, slanted across the sofa, and created an uncomfortably hot spotlight directly where she sat. “Okay. Don’t give yourself an aneurysm. I’ve got this under control. I’ll get in shape.”

He stared at her for a long moment while he turned something over in his mind. “Six weeks leaves no margin for error. I’m calling in professional help.”

Professional help? “You’re referring me to a therapist?”


Wine lover, sleep fanatic, and USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy contemporary romance novels, Samanthe Beck lives in Malibu, California, with her long-suffering but extremely adorable husband and their elementary-aged turbo-son. Throw in a furry ninja named Kitty and Bebe the trash talking Chihuahua and you get the whole, chaotic picture.

When not clinging to sanity by her fingernails or dreaming up fun, fan-your-cheeks sexy ways to get her characters to happily-ever-afters, she searches for the perfect cabernet to pair with Ambien.


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