Excerpt Monday: Personal Assets by Kelsey Browning


As most debut authors, I’ve been waiting on this day for what feels like forever. Debut Day! I Have a Book Day! Dance in My Office All Day Day! I’m so happy to share this day with our CRC readers. For more fun and prizes, come on over to my Personal Assets Facebook Party – from 10am to 9pm EDT.

Personal Assets is a Texas-set contemporary romance about a woman who wants to find her inner bad girl and the former bad boy she thinks can help her do it. Only problem is he’s ready to settle down while she’s only interested in a sexual special project. When her business begins to have trouble, he wants to help, but she turns him down time and again. The following excerpt is from a scene where Cameron is once again about to offer help. And Allie is once again about to turn him down :-).


Cameron was still admiring the feast of female flesh when fingers suddenly appeared, snapping in front of his face. “Hey, you in there?”

He pulled his attention away from a scene portraying a woman with long golden hair on horseback. That Lady Godiva, she’d been one feisty chick. He’d love to have several hours to walk through the room. It was clear Allie was trying to make a statement about women in all their many shapes and sizes. The most compelling detail of each was the self-awareness and satisfaction in the women’s expressions.

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“My female clients don’t find my art nearly this distracting.”

“You could charge teenaged boys admission.”

She laughed. “Why do you think I always meet Tiny and the crew at the softball field?”

“If they only knew.”

“Can I give you the grand tour?”

“Wouldn’t miss it.”

She led him back to the small lobby, pointed out a door in an interior wall. “That connects my office with Red Light. There’s not much to my space, but I was hoping to expand once we bought the building.”

“About that—”

“Please keep all hands and feet inside the tram and don’t interrupt your tour director.” Allie slipped inside the kitchenette and raided a cookie jar shaped like a fire hydrant. “Roxanne gave me this as a reminder some days may be real pissers, but cookies make everything better.”

If only that were the truth.

She handed him what looked like an oatmeal cookie, and he scrutinized the dark bits in it.

“Don’t worry, it’s chocolate.” She took a big bite of hers. “Eden knows raisins are against the rules here.” They stepped into the conference room. “This and the couch in my office are where most of my work happens. I host group sessions and workshops here several times a week.”

“You tried out that jackass one yet?”

“Saving it for a rainy day.”

Hell, it might snow and sleet on her soon if he couldn’t help her out of this mess.

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Sex therapist Allie Shelby has the professional credentials, but she could use a bit more practical experience. Finding the right man to bring out her inner bad girl is tough in a population-challenged Texas town. So when sinfully sexy Cameron Wright rolls back into Shelbyville, Allie wastes no time inviting him to join her in some hands-on research.

Cameron has come home to fulfill his dream of restoring classic cars. Back in high school, he knew the town princess, Allie Shelby, was way out of his league. Today he has even less in common with Allie, so he’s shocked as hell when she propositions him. Still, he’s only human, so he accepts her offer—and with each encounter, she shows him another, wilder side. Before long, he’s thinking about more than just sex.

But while her personal life heats up, Allie’s business is about to crash and burn. And she has to convince Cameron that she’s one princess who’s not looking for a prince to ride to her rescue.

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Kelsey Browning - HeadshotKelsey Browning writes sass kickin’ love stories full of hot heroes, saucy heroines and spicy romance. Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she’s either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, Bad Dog and Pharaoh, a Canine Companions for Independence puppy. She’s currently at work on the next book in her Texas Nights series and The Granny Series. Give her a shout at Kelsey@KelseyBrowning.com or drop by www.KelseyBrowning.com. For info on her upcoming releases, subscribe to her Sass Kickin’ News.
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