Release Blitz, Excerpt & Giveaway: Bet You By Neve Wilder
Franklin University Series, Book 4
Whose brilliant idea was it to build university housing next to one of Franklin U’s most notorious party frats?
I’m a real student—the kind who actually came to college to learn, not some dumb frat bro who sees Franklin U as a four-year challenge to consume the most booze and throw out the best pick-up line.
Their all-hours lifestyle is driving me crazy. Not to mention, the jerks keep taking my assigned parking spot.
But the worst offender might be Cory Ingram. Sure, he has a smile that could melt a polar ice cap, but no way will I ever be one of his minions. I’m pretty sure I made that clear when I blew my top at him. So I have no idea why he’s suddenly everywhere around me, turning on the charm like I might actually fall for it.
Nope. Not gonna happen.
From the first day I set foot on Franklin U’s campus, everything has been golden. I have a ton of friends, endless parties to be the life of, and whoever I want in my bed on any given night. Sure, I’m a shameless party boy, but I’m not a jerk. Ask anyone. Seriously.
Even the crotchety old groundskeeper waves and smiles at me when I pass.
Then there’s Spencer Crowe. I’ve never seen a guy’s face get so red over a parking spot. Even when I try to make it right, he proceeds to give me the tongue-lashing of a lifetime—which is about the moment I notice that, in addition to being irrationally irate, he’s also crazy hot.
My friends think I’ve finally met the one person I can’t seduce…
Bet you I can.
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EXCLUSIVE Excerpt:With my failure to launch last night at the front of my mind, I swallow a bite of eggs and level a stare on him. “Our server last night,” I start, and Royer lifts a brow. “You really don’t think I could get him in bed?”
“Which server?” Javi leans around Royer with interest.
“Spencer. A little shorter than me, dark hair. Perpetually frustrated.” I may have taken the time to look at the credit card receipt since the irate little hottie hadn’t bothered to introduce himself in the midst of yelling at me or subsequently trying to ignore me at Shenanigans. Then, even more rudely, he kept popping up in my head the rest of the night, the drawn set of his sexy-ass mouth and scornful pull of his brows taunting me.
“Hard sell, yeah. I have serious doubts.” Royer shrugs, but Javi’s eyes flash with mischief. He knows I have trouble backing down from a challenge. As in, I never have, even when it led to me almost getting arrested after streaking a lacrosse game freshman year. Thank goodness for masks and sprint training.
“I can win him over,” I insist.
“Yeah?” Javi chuckles. “What do you want to put on it?”
“Ummm, I win and you all cover food and drinks for an entire night out at Cosmo’s.” It’s easily one of the most upscale bars in San Luco, and I grin as Javi and Royer groan—a sure sign of a solid bet.
“And if you lose?”
“If he loses, he covers all our food and drinks at Cosmo’s.” Javi smirks.
Fuck, these guys can put away a lot of food and alcohol, which means a huge tab for me. I mean, I don’t have trouble getting laid, but my self-selected demographic is already pretty willing—not someone I’ve legit pissed off. These are high stakes, for sure. I scratch my jaw, considering, then nod. Charm is key, and I have plenty of that. One of the groundskeepers, Lawrence, used to scowl at me every time we crossed paths after I once tossed a sandwich wrapper at a trash can and missed when I was running toward a class I was late for. Then I started giving him a hello when I’d see him and snagging up any extra trash around the bins when I was throwing away something. After six weeks, he started saying hello back. Now we greet each other warmly, and I still pick up lingering trash next to the bins because why not?
“I can make it happen.” I sound more confident than I am, and I’m definitely gonna have to consider my tactics.
“You know he’s in anthro survey with us, right?” Royer says.
“No shit?” There’s an avenue that could prove helpful.
“I’m pretty sure, yeah.”
“How do you know this?” I rack my brain, but the truth is anthro is one of the gimme courses I don’t pay much attention in.
Royer squints. “I have no idea. I think maybe I was checking out the girl he sits next to once and somehow registered him? Mysteries of the universe.” He shrugs, then puts a hand over his heart. “I’m pretty sure he’s also Darby’s best friend. Something like that. Ugh. That woman, I swear.” Darby Hawthorne. For the first time, I link the girl Royer has had a weird puppy dog crush on for the last year with Spencer. She was in our bio class sophomore year, and Royer wouldn’t shut up about her. They’re from the same hometown, and he hung out with her once, if I recall, but I’m pretty sure she shut him down. I thought he’d moved on, but maybe not.
“Did you wake and bake today, man, or what?”
“No.” Royer snorts. “My synapses just choose to fire at weird times. Wish they could’ve helped me out on that calc pop quiz last week, though. Sheesh.” He whooshes a hand over his head, and he and Javi, who’s in the same class, start bitching about it.
I’m still stuck on sharing a class with Spencer. How have I not noticed him before? Granted, it’s a big lecture class that plenty of people take to satisfy their general education requirements, but am I really that unobservant?
Sounds like it’s time to remedy that.
Excerpt:Damn, this dude is fired up. And while I hear the words coming out of his mouth, it’s the visuals that strike me. Dark brown hair swept back from his forehead in a way that catches the sunlight in threads of warm gold. His eyes are a crystalline blue and what I’d consider penetrating if they weren’t filled with so much fury that I’m convinced he’s trying to laser me to ash on the spot. And a mouth that, well, if it wasn’t currently spewing venom at me, would leave me curious about how it’d feel wrapped around my cock.
How have I not noticed this guy before?
Or have I?
Shit, have I slept with him?
Maybe that’s why he’s so pissed over a parking spot? Who the hell gets this butthurt over a parking spot without some background motivation? I mean, I’m always up-front with my hookups that I am in no way relationship material, but that doesn’t mean feelings don’t get hurt sometimes. Maybe this guy is a ghost from hookups past?
“Have I slept with you?” I blurt, interrupting him while he’s saying something again about a dumpster on Lee Street.
His jaw snaps shut, then opens again, bewilderment wrinkling his forehead. “What? Of course not,” he growls as if I’ve mortally offended him by the suggestion, which in turn kinda offends me.
Look, my body count is pretty high, but like I said, I’m always up-front with my partners, always get consent, and am dedicated to their pleasure as much as mine. I mean, Jesus, I once went down on a girl for two hours because she’d never had an orgasm from oral before, and it took us that long to figure out what combination of lips, tongue, and fingers was the winning ticket. But by god, we fucking found it. And then celebrated after with a two-hour nap before she blew me a kiss as she left. I never heard from her again, but I like to think she’s out and about these days tugging the roots of guys’ hair as they bring her to multiple orgasms.
God, he’s still going. I zero in on his mouth, the plump Cupid’s bow and the thinner lower lip—which gives him a stern look that’s really working for me. I shake my head, trying to focus on the words coming from those sexy lips.
“…not if you were the last man alive.”
Okay, so he’s gay. Or bi. I squint at him, still confused. “I’m sorry, but I need to ask again: Is this amount of aggression really warranted over a parking space?” When he purses his lips, I can’t help it—I have to fight back a grin. It’s just… he’s so fucking indignant. “Look, I’ve said I’m sorry about your space, and I’m moving the car now.”
“Which would only help me if I could time travel back to an hour ago to before you parked in the spot.”
“How about I drive you to your car?” I figure that’s a considerate offer and the best olive branch to offer that I can think of at the moment.
He blinks in surprise before his mouth pulls into another scowl. “No, thanks. I’ll walk.” He stalks past me and starts down the street.
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About the Author:
Neve Wilder reads promiscuously, across multiple genres, but her favorite stories always contain an element of romance. Incidentally, this is also what she likes to write. Slow-burners with delicious tension? Yes. Whiplash-inducing page-turners, also yes. Down and dirty scorchers? Yes. And every flavor in between.
She believes David Bowie was the sexiest musician to ever live, and she’s always game to nerd out on anything from music to writing.
And finally, she believes that love conquers all. Except the heat index in July. Nothing can conquer that bastard.
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