With the freezing cold temperatures and the achromatic scenery, Fort Drum New York is the epitome of a dull and dreary winter; that is until cupid’s annual vomit infects the city with pink and red and yes, hearts and flowers.
Ronnie Clark, an edgy tattoo artist with hopes of high tailing it out of this forsaken Military town she followed her now ex-fiancé to, is counting down the days until Valentine’s Day is over. Valentine’s Day is for hopeless romantics and pathetic saps, and Ronnie couldn’t be farther away from either. Ronnie doesn’t do love. She doesn’t do flowers or dates, and she sure as hell doesn’t do romance. After her fiancé slept with a female solider while deployed, she has vowed never to fall in love again, especially with a soldier.
But as karma, fate, or the mocking divine powers of the universe would have it, her promise is put to the test when she is scheduled to do a tattoo on Sergeant First Class Kale Emerson.
SFC Emerson has no family to come home to and no girlfriend anxiously waiting for him, so when he returns to the states for R&R he only has one thing on his mind, returning to his deployment to finish leading his soldiers on their mission. The last thing Emerson wants or needs is a relationship. Relationships aren’t for him, but casual sex, that’s a different story. And when he meets the renowned tattoo artist Ronnie Clark, a snarky, blunt, takes no prisoners kind of woman, that seems to be all he can think about.
Against Ronnie’s best efforts to withstand temptation, she finds herself not only attracted to the clean cut, put together Kale Emerson, but she finds herself giving into the very thing she has sworn against; a soldier. Holed up in her house, determined to hide away from the fluff and mush that inhabits Valentine’s Day, Ronnie gets a little carried away with Kale when he surprises her with a visit. After intense mind blowing sex makes Ronnie slam on the breaks and leaves Kale needing more, they decide the only way to continue this and keep true to their no romance or relationship mottoes would be to come up with an agreement; a just sex policy, their very own Valentine’s arrangement.
But when Kale realizes he has met his match with a bombshell woman who is hell bent against love, will just sex be enough? And if it’s not, will he be able to convince Ronnie that the proverbial hearts and flowers aren’t so bad after all, even if he is a soldier?
This one was special for me for many reasons. I enjoyed it because I LOVE me a kick ass girl! I am and never have been the type to be pushed around so reading about a girl who is a no bullshit kinda girl I instantly fell in love with the girl! I absolutely love that she is hot and has tattoos. It is usually the guys that are covered in them and are hot! 🙂 My husband was in the Marine Corps for 8 years so when I find a book that has to deal with the military it usually finds a special place in my heart. This one specially had that place! There were a few things that hit home for me so I immediately made a connection.
If you are looking for a book that has a kick ass heroin and a hot military guy who both try and fight what is destined to happen then this is for you!
I knew the instant I saw her dedication. I was going to enjoy this read.
To Military Spouses
Because you get it.
I love so much about this book I cannot just pick one thing in particular. It was a sweet story that kept me drawn in even though I had an idea of where things were going I just love how things worked out. I can not wait for the next one to see where things go from where this one left off.
When Ronnie and Kale met for the first time I couldn’t help but laugh at the banter between the two of them. They are walking back to the design room for him to go over the tat he wants and he stops at the door and tells her ‘Ladies first’.
Ronnie’s thick black eyebrows arched up and her full lips curved in a sexy ass smirk. “I’m no Lady”
Then after talking over the design for the tat she lets him know it will be good to go the next day. He tells her that is fine. Then my all time favorite part… which I knew immediately I had a huge girl crush on Ronnie! haha
“Okay.” She narrowed her big brown eyes at Kale, confusing the hell out of him. Ronnie walked back to the door and stopped, turning around with a hand on her hip. “You can stop mind fucking me now.”
Then she needs to make her point:
“Lets get this straight, Soldier. I’m not sleeping with you. you can get it out of your pretty little head, and I suggest you do so before I stick a needle to your skin.”
I mean I can go on and on and quote so many different parts of the book because there are so many good parts and I always enjoy a book that makes me giggle. She just has to jab at him and I LOVE it!
“I’m sure the girls just line up for the chance to jump into bed with the real life Captain America”
“Captain America, huh?” Kale laughed
“Don’t flatter yourself. I’m more of a Hulk fan myself.”
It didn’t take me long to absolutely fall in love with this girl! She is absolutely the kind of girl I would SO have a good time hanging around! She has a foul mouth and takes no ones bullshit!
Kale is the sweetheart and you just fall in love with this guy instantly! He is the gentleman, which adds to his appeal. 🙂 never mind the looking like Captain America thing! haha but I have to say that when these words came out of his mouth ohhh lawd…
“I don’t have a problem with pain baby.”
I think at that moment I fell in love. 🙂 My mind went to all kinds of dirty places. haha
I enjoyed the few turn of events and how things worked out, I am excited to know more and will be keeping an eye out for when the next book come is set to come out! I have had fun searching with her for the characters and when she completely agreed that the guy I sent to her was Kale I wanted to do a happy dance. I LOVE when I can picture someone from a book but even more happy when the author agrees with my pick!!
This one will pull anyone who is looking for a great book that has a very strong heroine and a hot hero mixed in with some military lifestyle which adds some emotion to it that many who have been there know exactly what the feelings are because you have been there. The cover is hot and I loved that immediately I know they say dont judge a book by its cover but when they are beautiful like this one is it doesn’t hurt. 😉
Interview with Kelsie, Ronnie and Kale:
I walk into No Regrets tattoo shop a little nervous because this is going to be my first tat and I am so excited that I get to get it done by the lovely Ronnie. I go up to a guy and introduce myself and let him know I am there to see Ronnie. I send a text to Kelsie to let her know that I am already there, she responds and lets me know she is about 10 minutes out. Which works out perfect because the guy – he said his name is Harold – said that Ronnie was finishing up with another customer. I sit down and reach in my bag (which is awesome by the way, and perfect for today since it says across the front Emerson) and grab my papers out the 2 that I had printed out of the tattoos. I am looking them over and have to say that I am starting to get excited I have been wanting this done for the past few years, and now it was happening. Just then I look up to see Kelsie walk in the door.
Hey Kelsie how are you doing? Thanks for meeting me here I figured it would be fun to get a tat while we do our little interview and who better then to go to Ronnie so I can pick her brain too… and maybe Kale will show up later?? (I say wiggling my eyebrows up and down because well lets face it he is a freakin hottie)
Hey Brandy! No, I’m glad to meet you here; this is going to be fun. I can’t wait to see you get a tattoo! And Kale better get his butt here, I’m dying to see him!
I see a gorgeous bombshell step out from a room and looks at us smiles and says hey to Kelsie and gives her a hug, then looks over at me. I smile and say hello and introduce myself. Keeping my jacket on because well I am not sure I made a smart choice in wearing the shirt I got on.
Hey Ronnie I am Brandy I am so glad you were able to fit me in I have been wanting work done but been so afraid to go somewhere and it come out horrible. And well Kelsie suggested that I come here and get it done.
Yeah, Ronnie is the best. She won’t steer you wrong, girl.
She leads us back to the design room so we can go over what I want done. We get in the room and as soon as I walk in I look over to the couch and cant help but stare at it and I notice when I get bumped from behind by Keslie that I had stopped walking to gawk at it.
Oh shit sorry Kelsie, I just got lost in a moment. (I am still starring at the couch and I hear Ronnie laughing to the side of me) umm… uhhh… yeah… sorry where do you want me Ronnie? Sorry bout that I just… well shit nevermind. (at this point I feel so embarrassed because they are both now laughing at me they know what I am thinking)
Okay so here is what I got. (I reach in and grab the 2 pictures out) I am not sure placement wise where I want them so I will leave that up to you since you are the pro. I just know I want both of them can you do both today?
Two fucking tattoos in one day? Damn, alright. Let me see what you got. Should I go grab you a shot first?
Ronnie takes the pictures and looks them over, one is of a trinity and the other is a B with a crown in the middle of it. She asks how big I want them, I tell her not too big and I want them where they can be covered if need be. She says that the two wont be a problem and the she starts talking about placement.
Hey yeah so before we decide on exactly where… to stab me with a needle how about that shot? Or shots? (I start to get a little worried because well I am a lightweight I don’t drink often so it wont take much to get me tipsy and since I am the last appointment for her today I am in hopes that she will be all for lettin me get my drank on)
Okay so if you happen to have southern comfort that would be my poison if not well whatever works I guess… 🙂
*laughs* Well, we’re not a fucking bar, but I will see what we have.
She goes over and walks out the door of the design room to get well to be honest I am not totally sure what she is going to come back with. I can’t help but laugh at her smart-assness. So I look over at Kelsie.
Okay hooker you are gonna drink with me right?
Ha! You bet I will. I will give you one guess what my drink of choice is (other than wine), I write what I know!
So woman how did you ever get the idea to write this book?
This is actually my third book! Lol, but it’s the first one I’m publishing (so far). I just keep having these ideas pop in my head and I then I write a rough outline (I’m talking so rough, you would never even understand it if you tried to read it) and then I just get so excited that I start a chapter or two….then it turns into fifteen. Lol. I wanted to write something other than your bad boy alpha male and your sweet shy heroine. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a bad boy, but I wanted to love a bad girl. I always read about the good girl who wants to be the one to fix the bad boy, but I haven’t read many where the good boy wants to be that one guy to fix the bad girl. My husband was a soldier, so that’s my kind of hero. Soldiers, tattoos, sex, and a vixen bombshell? Sounded like fun to me, so I wrote it 🙂
That is awesome! I have to agree there are not many books that I have read that are with a bad girl. The few that I have read I love!
Ronnie walks back in. I still have my sweater on and I am getting warm but I don’t want to take it off just yet. I think I need a few drinks first, but I know I am going to have to take it off soon.
So pretty lady what cha got? (I can’t help but giggle because I know how much she just LOVES to be called a lady)
*rolls eyes* You too huh? *hands Brandy a shot glass* Lucky for you Harold had this Whisky stashed in the back office.
What? What he doesn’t know won’t kill him. Just drink your shot. *hands Kelsie a glass*
I get my shot glass look over at Kelsie and we lift them then down em. The warm feeling feels nice as it works its way down to my belly. I decide ehh why not have another. One more down and then Kelsie says ONE MORE so on to the third we go. I know it is only a matter of time before this hits me. I don’t drink often which makes me a cheap date. I stand and fell the rush. Once again it is kind of sad how fast I get tipsy. And now here we go…
Woohooo…. That was yummy yummy yummy in my tummy tummy tummy… (I try to stop the small sway but yeah that’s not happening, I giggle and then sit down) lets get this shit started…ohhh hey Ronnie when is that fine man of yours going to be coming? Ohhh how I can not wait to see him in the flesh! Do you think he will show me his tat?? (I let out a little giggle and then out of nowhere a hiccup escapes I look up at Kelsie and her eyes are wide like she is about to see somethin good go down, I look over at Ronnie and I am not sure if she wants to laugh at me or if she wants to beat my ass, in my mind I can hear the cowardly lion sayin “put em up put em up” then I hear hysterical laughing and that’s when I realize I am standing there with my hands up rollin them like the cowardly lion does. I drop my hands instantly, I can not believe I didn’t realize I did that. See this is why I don’t drink. I loose it.)
I’m sure he will if you ask him. But keep those hands to yourself. Don’t forget, I’m the one with the tattoo gun.
Okay look, it isn’t like I said that I wanted to lick the tat on his back or anything… but damn, I sure would like to. (Ahhh shit I just said that out loud damn it Brandy NO MORE drinking for you when you do interviews!)
*rolls eyes and laughs* Uh, huh. You didn’t have to…
I hear from behind me a deep laugh, I turn and of course who would I see standing there behind me but Mr. Hotness himself. Oh JOY! I drop my head into my hands and shake my head. I lift my head shake it off and smile.
Don’t worry about it. I can’t say that I’ve heard anyone say that about me before, but believe me, I know the feeling. *grins at Ronnie, walks to her, and kisses the side of her neck* Hey, Sweetheart.
Hi I’m Brandy. Your girl here is gonna hook me up with a couple tats. It’s nice to finally meet you. I have read so much about you. (I try to hide a grin)
*Laughs* It’s nice to meet you too.
We head over to get started. I grab my bag and follow Ronnie. She has the stencil ready.. its now or never baby. She has me pull my hair up so she can put the stencil on and we can get started. Kale pulls up a chair and so does Kelsie. I place my bag down and Kale sees it. He laughs and tells me he likes it. I smile and wink, because I cant wait till he see my shirt.
Ronnie lets me know she is ready. I finish putting my hair up and unzip my sweater and take it off, then I turn and Kelsie can not contain her laughing and I hear Kale start laughing… I look over at Ronnie and she has an eyebrow raised.
Hey hey now before you kill me, I got you one I couldn’t pass it up hun. (I say laughing and reach in and pull out a white shirt that says in green across the front “Kale makes me horny”)
For me or Ronnie?
It’s mine. *snatches it out of Brandy’s hand* It’s gonna be my new favorite sleep shirt, I can already tell.
I can’t help but laugh at them. I straddled the chair and Ronnie gets started on what she loves most.
So Ronnie what made you get into tattooing, how old were you when you did your first tat?
I didn’t do my first tattoo until I was 19, and even then it was a tiny ass butterfly on a girl’s ankle. The shop in Austin I interned at was hard core, and they were extremely intense. They didn’t let me really start doing work for about a year.
Okay Kale what exactly was it that you first noticed about our lady here?
Again with the lady shit? I’m buying a bumper sticker.
At the risk of sounding like a complete ass, I couldn’t help but notice those long legs standing in those sexy heels.
You both went through quite a bit growing up and our past does help to mold us into the people we become so what would be the best advice you would give to someone who is going through a hard time?
Yeah I had a bumpy start, but my Grams did a pretty damn good job making sure that I grew up with a good life, and I did. But I would have to say to someone who is going through a rough patch that your past helps mold you, but it doesn’t define you. You choose what you want your life to be. I’ve seen kids born and raised in a country where they grow up with bombs in their hands, who don’t have much of an opportunity to become more, to become better. If you think you have it bad, change it. At least you have the freedom to do so. Take Ronnie for example.
*rolls eyes* I don’t know how good of an example I would be. Probably not wise for people to look to me for advice.
Fuck. Fine. I would probably say, make the best of what you have to work with, *narrows eyes a Kale* because changing isn’t always that easy, and change can be terrifying. But like Kale said, it’s your life, so suck it up, even though it hurts and you feel like you are breaking—because tomorrow is always another day. And give someone a chance to help you through it.
Okay I get it that you both are stubborn as hell but to be honest Ronnie, there was a point that I wanted strangle you. Why oh why fight the attraction?
I wanted to strangle her too!
It was really fucking hard to fight the attraction, which is why I gave in so quickly. I would say it was more like fighting my feelings. They happened fast and I wasn’t ready to feel that way. I wasn’t ready to admit it either. Besides, I had already gone on the rollercoaster ride of a military girlfriend, doing that again was not appealing.
Would you say that Kelsie portrayed each of you well when telling your story?
You just say that because you don’t want me to write another book and kill you off!
Na, you hit the nail on the head, Kels.
Well, thanks. *blushes*
Okay Ronnie what is one of the weirdest tattoos you have had to do?
I had this guy want me to tattoo eyes on the back of his bald head. It was fucking weird, but I loved it! It looked awesome. Actually, it kinda made him look like Lord Voldemort.
*laughing* Voldemort! Kinda creepy too.
I can not stop my self from staring at Kale he is just so damn good looking and looks very nice and fit and well solid. Kale how often do you work out? I mean really? For being an Army guy you are pretty hot, ALMOST as hot as a Marine. (I let out a little giggle because well what can I say I am a sucker for a Marine 😉 )
Ah! I was so waiting for you to throw that in there! You brat!
Oh no, you like Jarheads? Seriously, Kels? You got a Jarhead lover to give us an interview?
Hey now… cant mess with perfection! Because they are PERFECT! *laughing*
Sorry Kale! Her hubby was a Marine.
*laughs and shakes head* Eh, I’m just giving ya a hard time, Brandy. Marines are pretty badass, almost as badass as us Soldiers. Don’t tell Kelsie’s dad I said that though, he was a Marine too and he is likely to kick my ass.
But to answer your question, I work out every single day. It’s been a little harder now though…
Ohhh pshhh puuuleeease you wish Soldiers were as badass as the Marines! *winks*
Before I know it she is done with the Trinity tat on the back of my neck. And now it is time to move on to the B. We are going to put it on the inside of my wrist but we decide to take a quick break. Her and Kale walk off and well I can’t help myself, I yell out
Don’t be doin the dirty on the couch!!!
Have you seen my girl? I’m not making any promises!
Kelsie just shakes her head at me and laughs.
Okay Kelsie when did you know that you wanted to write?
Ever since I started reading for fun, once I got out of high school. I thought how awesome it would be to make people fall in love with a story, with characters—to bring life to a story and to have people read it! I NEVER thought I would. I always wondered how in the hell people came up with their ideas because they were so good! Why didn’t I think of them first! Lol. But then I had an idea for a paranormal romance (it was around the whole twilight thing…but mine doesn’t have vampires or werewolves I promise!) I sat down and wrote a 450 page first draft (over the course of three years) but after that, it was like a drug. It was addictive, and I was hooked!
What would you say is the easiest part about the whole process?
Nothing! It is all so freakin’ hard! If I had to pick one, I would say outlining is the easiest part of the writing process but that’s only because my outlines are a big jumble of crazy that only I can decipher.
So are the characters based on anyone you actually know?
I’m so glad you asked this question. Yes! The ‘soldier’ side of Kale is modeled after my husband. He loved the Army, and when we were stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood while he was an instructor, he hated it when his men from his unit out of Hood deployed without him. He felt like he should be there with them. He did two deployments with those guys and it didn’t seem right to him that they were there and he wasn’t. He also tells it like it is (in everyday life too) and people either love him for it or hate him for it!
My husband also has a ‘Fat Andy’ and a ‘Matt’ that are his good high school buddies.
That is awesome! It is always fun to find out that some characters are based somewhat on actual people!!
So what would be your top 3 favorite books that you have read?
Oh no! Not this question! How about my favorite 3 that I have read in the last year, because if I had to pick from my favorite EVER I would never be able to!
Fifty shades trilogy
See I told you I love bad boys!!
Oh and the hunger games! Those books are amazballs!
I have not read the Crash series yet… did enjoy the other two! 😉
Oh my gosh, you are completely missing out! Get on that series girlie!
How often do you write random people that you see out in town into your stories?
I’ve actually never done that before.
What would be something that not everyone knows about you?
I love to sing! I even have music notes tattooed on my back (yep tramp stamp!) Bring on the karaoke! *laughs* I tried out for American Idol when they came to Austin TX, the year that Kelly Pickler was on the show…2005 maybe? Haha, it was fun. But obviously that didn’t work out for me!
Oh I think after this we are gonna have to go find a karaoke bar!!
Ha! Yes let’s do it for sure!
So you said you had written other stuff, what made you go with getting this one published?
This story basically wrote itself. It came so easily for me, maybe because I can really relate with the emotions behind it all. It’s a short, quick, sexy read, and I thought it would be a great one to put my name out there with. Plus it was finished! *laughs*
Kale and Ronnie walk back in and her lips look a little puffy from I am sure his kissin. I smile and wiggle my eyebrows up and down. At the same time sayin YEAH BABY in my best Austin Powers voice. We get situated once again and she gets started.
*nudges Brandy and laughs* You’re killing me girl!
So between the two of you who would you say is the kinky one?? I can’t wait to see how kinky y’all can get! (I wink and can’t hold in the laugh)
Oh, don’t let this pretty boy, all put together, persona fool you! *slaps Kale on the chest*
You like it, Sweetheart. *winks*
I KNEW IT!! It is always the sweet ones that are the best in the sack!!! “I don’t mind pain” mmm 🙂
If you had to pick just ONE body part on each other which would you pick as your favorite? And no pickin whoohaas and peepees! Though they are pretty great! *laughing*
I’m a legs man.
My hubby is a leg man too… gotta work with what cha got! And well being a gymnast in high school helped *winks at kale and grins*
*looks and Brandy, rolls eyes, and shakes head* I’m going to have to break the mold here and say his eyes. They are fucking dangerous, they suck me in every time, but that’s why they are my favorite.
Oh I am looking into those gorgeous eyes I can totally see what you mean!!
Okay lightning round this is for all three of you….
Ronnie is like a little kid and eats sour patch kids by the bag full. That and peanut butter cups. I like cookies, as long as Kelsie isn’t the one making them.
Hey! Now you sound like my husband! I like fire balls and hot tamales.
Favorite sex position?
Any way I can have this woman is my favorite.
*rolls eyes* Liar, he has his favorites….and his favorites are my favorites.
WHAT?? No telling??!! Blasphemy!!
Favorite TV show?
Duck Dynasty. That show is fucking hilarious.
Ronnie hogs the TV and the TVR, I usually just watch what she watches.
Depends on the season. Summer I love True Blood and Big Brother. Fall/Winter I love New Girl and Vampire Diaries.
True Blood ROCKS!! Although last season kinda sucked
I am so glad I’m not the only one who thought that! But oh Eric how I love you!
Aww Sweet Tea for the sweetie!!
“Run, Forest. Run!” Does that count? *laughs*
“Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you; Jesus Christ and the American G. I. One died for your soul; the other for your freedom.”
I love this one… “Anyone who says they only have one life to live must not know how to read a book.” – Author Unknown. So true!
Those are all good!! But have a feelin if I keep hittin on your man I am gonna have to run… was that for me Ronnie?? *laughing*
Brandy, I think you may know Ronnie better than you think! *laughs*
Okay Ronnie we know you have quite a few tats but which is your favorite one?
Probably my back piece, it’s a dream catcher and it’s the first large piece I got. I got it done to remind me that my dreams are mine, and to hold onto them and go for it. Cheesy I know.
So Kale how did you learn to dance… Ronnie didn’t say you sucked at it and from my experience not many white boys can dance minus the sprinkler.
Oh, I’ve got moves… *winks* You either got em’, or your don’t.
So if we all go out after you gonna show me how good your moves are? *looks him up and down and wiggles eyebrows*
*wipes off Brandy’s skin and stands up* You are lucky Kelsie loves you.
And we are done. I look down at my wrist and love it. She hands me a mirror so I can go look at the back of my neck. Ohhh love it!! She is awesome!
Thank you so much! I LOVE them!!! Ohhhh Kale I forgot to ask if you would take your shirt of please!?
*raises eyebrows and grins*
I just wanna see your tat geeze I promise I wont molest you…. much…
Let me get you’re a drool rag first.
Oh yeah so I can wipe him down after I am done licking all over that body! *laughing*
Ok now if you don’t want to kill me now Ronnie how bout we all go out to a karaoke bar so Kelsie can serenade us! 🙂
After you, Ladies. *smiles*
Kelsie was nice enough to offer up a paperback as well as an e-copy of the book so there will be 2 winners! 🙂 So go and enter HERE.