August 20, 2012

excerpt: this tangled thing called love

Enjoy this excerpt of Marie Astor's This Tangled Thing Called Love.
It was barely eight a.m. when Claire heard the sound of music emanating from the ceiling - for a moment she had a scary thought that she was late for work, but then she remembered that it was Saturday. She curled her legs and pulled the comforter up to her chin - she was dreaming, and the sensual music had to be a part of the dream. She snuggled against the pillow in anticipation of what the dream would bring next, but as she attempted to drift back to sleep, the music kept growing louder and after tossing and turning, Claire finally awakened, aware that the persistent sounds were very much real.

Claire lay back on her pillow, staring into the ceiling in bewilderment as the sultry sounds of Argentine tango filled her bedroom. Who in their right mind would blast tango music at eight o’clock on a Saturday morning? Obviously, the new tenant of the upstairs apartment, Claire answered her own question - she was wide-awake now. Building rules explicitly stated that there was to be no noise until 10 a.m. on weekends, and she would make it her business to educate the new resident. Claire kicked off the comforter and slid her feet into her slippers. Then, she pulled on her bathrobe and headed out the door.

She pressed the elevator button, but saw that the elevator was out of order –in a calmer state, it might have been enough of an obstacle to postpone her mission, but presently this circumstance only added oil to the fire.

As she walked up the stairs to the top floor apartment, Claire felt the onset of hangover – she had been out late with the girls last night, and she was bound to pay for it now – if only she had been able to sleep it off. Claire frowned as she stoically climbed the rest of the stairs – Saturdays were supposed to be relaxing, but this Saturday promised to be anything but.
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About the Book
Claire Chatfield has everything a girl could possibly wish for: looks, a promising career, and an engagement ring from one of New York's most eligible heir-bachelors! Life should be a dream and yet, it does not feel like one... When an enigmatic new neighbor, Alec Brunell, moves into an apartment above from Claire's, Claire is surprised to find herself wondering whether the choices she has made in her life are worth following through.

In order to secure his place as his father's successor, David Lawson must settle down with a wife befitting the future head of Lawson Enterprises - and who could fit the prerequisite better than lovely Claire Chatfield? There is just one glitch - David Lawson is in love with another woman.

Alec Brunell has never lacked for women's attention, but he finds himself at a loss when faced with his downstairs neighbor, Claire Chatfield. Still, her iciness only adds fuel to his fire, as Alec is determined to change Claire's view of him.

This Tangled Thing Called Love follows the story of four people searching for love - will they have the courage to find it?

About the Author
Marie Astor is the author of contemporary romance novels Lucky Charm, On the Rim of Love, This Tangled Thing Called Love, romantic suspense novel, To Catch a Bad Guy, and a short story collection, A Dress in a Window. Marie Astor is also the author of young adult fantasy adventure novel, Transadonia: Silverboard Rider.

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