Monday, November 14, 2022

Book Blitz and Giveaway: No Rescue Required (Smart Cupid #4) by Maggie Kelley

Title: No Rescue Required
Series: Smart Cupid #4
Author: Maggie Kelley
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Publication Date: November 14th 2022
Print Length: 210 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Sports agent Ryan Callahan’s trip is a complete disaster. Not only did he fail to sign a promising young ballplayer, but now he’s stranded in a Kentucky town no bigger than a bourbon ball. His plane’s been canceled, there’s not a cab to be found, and getting back to New York City is gonna take a miracle. Like a quirky, strawberry-blonde florist with a big van and a craving for late-night, deep-fried hotdogs…

With her best friend’s wedding and her business on the line, Sabrina Hayes needs to be in New York like yesterday. But with her flight canceled and her bank account almost as empty as her gas tank, an extra passenger might just be the long-overdue lucky charm Sabrina needs…especially now that she knows he’s definitely not a serial killer disguised as a scrumptious Thor look-alike.

Somewhere between a roadside stand that serves food as fast as it serves weddings, a motel room haunted by a lovesick ghost, and a car race known as the Snowball 500, Sabrina and Ryan are about to discover that anything that can go wrong will go hilariously wrong. But even they are not prepared for what’s in store on the road ahead…

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EXCERPT:
His fingers stilled. He grew quiet for a minute, as if putting together a couple of puzzle pieces, and looked over at her. “How were you planning to get to the airport?”

She tugged at the hem of her shirt. Did that matter? Her flight was officially canceled. “Why do you ask?”

He pushed away from the counter. “Maybe we can help each other out?”

Her eyes narrowed on his hopeful expression. If he was angling for a ride to the airport or car rental place, he should be angling in another direction. Yes, he was gorgeous, and okay, maybe she’d been trying to get the lowdown on him since she let him into the shop, but traveling alone with a guy she barely knew on the back roads of Kentucky? Don’t think so.

“Considering all I know about you is that you live in Park Slope and take a not-so-great driver’s license photo, I’m not sure how I can help you.”

“You know more about me than I know about you.” He gave a shrug that was sexier than it ought to have been. “I don’t even know your name.”

“Well, it isn’t Wildcat Girl.” She handed him his receipt, feeling a tad guilty about the guy being stranded eight hundred miles from home—but not so guilty that she was offering him a ride. “And it’s Sabrina, since you sort of asked.”

“Sabrina.” He rolled back on his heels, looking pleased that he’d managed to get a response. “Like the movie.”

“Like the poem.” She swept the stems into the wastebasket under the counter with a sigh. Everyone always thought it was the movie. “My parents are English professors.”

“Ah, ‘Sabrina Fair’—nice. The mermaid who was a savior.”

She looked up, surprised. “That’s the one.”

“Well, Sabrina, I’m Ryan,” he said, placing his hand flat against his chest. “Named after Nolan Ryan, starting pitcher for the New York Mets. My parents were not teachers. They were fans. Played second base all four years in college, scouted by the Mets until a knee injury, and now I’m an agent.”

“Ah, a sports agent.” All Manhattan Sports Club and gray suit. She should’ve known. “That’s why you’re sending flowers to Bethany Hollis. You came to see Mason.”

He countered with a short, businesslike nod. “I came to offer him representation.”

A smile crept across her face. “Did his dad call you a city slicker?”

He let go a self-deprecating chuckle, an endearing sound that had her mind taking a sharp left. Self-deprecating laughter didn’t seem all that dangerous.

“Didn’t even make it past the front door.”

Her smile widened. “Sounds about right.”

“Think it was the suit?” He tugged at his collar, looking less sure of himself than he had a moment ago. “I was wondering if it might have been the suit.”

Sabrina cleared her throat, thinking the suit looked custom and tailored and completely wrong. “Might have been the suit, and also the fact you talk kind of fast.”

“I’m a sports agent from New York. Of course I talk fast.”

“Exactly—all the typical city agent stuff,” she said. “Bet you were prepared with some strong strategies, too. Thoughts on development until he’s eligible for the draft, a few training options.” His expression said she’d totally nailed it. “Well, in case you haven’t figured it out yet, Beaumont isn’t Manhattan. Here, a little southern charm goes a longer way than shoptalk.”

Not that Ryan Callahan was without his own charms, but “nice and easy” didn’t exactly go with the three-piece and high-end leather oxfords. “I could help you with that— the southern charm. And maybe…” Her voice trailed off as a plan formed in her mind.

He tilted his head to one side. “I’m listening.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
After ten years of survival, aka working, in Hollywood, this former actress and current author of sexy contemporary romance is living happily-ever-after in Pittsburgh with her longtime sweetie and their two punky kids. When not carpooling to birthday parties or testing her gourmet cooking skills by throwing a frozen pizza into the oven, Maggie daydreams about sneaking off to the Vegas or Napa, or even just the movies. A love of red wine, Italian food, and music round out her list of life's greatest joys. Oh, and Tuesday night karaoke, totally underrated fun.

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20 comments:

  1. Looks like a fun book.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  2. Really nice cover and excerpt, looking forward to reading this!

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  3. This has a sweet romantic cover. Very nice.

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  4. very nice cover, this sounds like a wonderful book

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  5. My great aunt was named Maggie Kelley. =)

    ~ Heather

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  6. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  7. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  8. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  10. Story sounds fun and the cover is really nice.

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  11. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  12. looks like a fun one

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  13. Book sounds amazing. Love the cover..

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  14. Looks like a great book, and the cover is sexy. Best of luck with the success of the publication.

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