Excerpt & Giveaway: Better Together by Crista McHugh

Posted August 13th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Giveaways / 0 Comments

Excerpt & Giveaway: Better Together by Crista McHugh

What I would give for a relaxing beach holiday right now… Hawaii sounds nice… And so does the upcoming Better Together by Christa McHugh! The book doesn’t release until later this month, but you can have a taster right here.

First, here’s a bit more about the book, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end to win a Kindle Fire and Amazon gift card!


About the book

Better Together

Excerpt & Giveaway: Better Together by Crista McHugh
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Author: Crista McHugh
Series: One Fond Embrace #1
Release date: August 20th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 168
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Purchase: Amazon UK | Amazon US | iBooks | Kobo

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Hawaiian rancher Alex Kahale needs a temporary wife to close a deal that’s vital to the welfare of his herd. Thankfully, he’s already married to a woman stole his heart in less than a week, even if that same wife filed for divorce a few days after they said their “I dos.”

Rising country music star Britney Moore had a wild fling with a cowboy in Las Vegas a year ago which ended in a drunken drive-through marriage. Once she returned to Nashville, she filed for divorce to save her squeaky clean image. Besides, spontaneous marriages never last, and she knows better than to risk her heart on Alex. But no matter how many requests she sends him, he refuses to sign the papers. Then he sends her an intriguing offer. Come to his ranch on Kauai and pretend to be his wife for two weeks for business purposes, and he’ll sign the papers.

As much as Britney tries to resist his charm, Alex manages to tear down her defenses one by one until she falls for him all over again. But when the press finds out about her secret husband, will their revived romance be killed by the tabloids?


About Crista McHugh

Crista McHugh is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLING author of fantasy and romance with heroines who are smart, sexy, and anything but ordinary. She also writes fantasy with a little less kissing and bit more action (outside the bedroom) as C. A. McHugh.

Growing up in small town Alabama, Crista relied on story-telling as a natural way for her to pass the time and keep her two younger sisters entertained.

She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends.

Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she's had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant.

And she's also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days)

To be the first to know about her latest releases or to be entered into exclusive contests, please sign up for her newsletter using the contact form on her webpage, www.cristamchugh.com.



The look of triumph on her face almost took his breath away. Alex couldn’t take his eyes off her. Brittney was radiant, a goddess of sunshine and surf who’d just conquered her fear and ridden victoriously toward the shore.

She stood on her board until the water leveled out and jumped right into his arms. “That was the most amazing experience I’ve had in a long time.”

I can think of a couple of other amazing experiences, he thought to himself, but he was too busy enjoying the moment. She was holding on to him, her legs wrapped around his waist in the chest-deep water, her fingers in her hair. Just like she had the night they’d met. The memory overwhelmed him until it was almost instinctual when he captured her lips in a kiss.

She sucked in a breath, then eased into him, opening that sweet mouth of hers for him to explore. Her arms tightened around him, and she battled to control the tempo of their tongues.

His breaths quickened as though he was a swimmer who’d just come up for air after diving deep beneath the waves. Never mind that his feet sank into the sandy bottom like two anchors. When she was kissing him, he floated into a blissful haze that had no equal. The taste of cinnamon and sugar still clung to her lips. She smelled of saltwater and sunscreen, and her touch was as warm as the sun.

In other words, she was paradise incarnate.

He had no idea how long they stood there, kissing in the waves. And he didn’t care if someone he knew was watching. She’d granted him this time together—this kiss—and he wasn’t going to waste a second of it.

Britney ran a hand down his back, then dug her nails into his shoulder as she deepened the kiss. He bit back the groan that rose in this throat and pressed her even closer to him so she’d know how aroused he was becoming. Instead of backing off, she only intensified her actions. She took over as the aggressor, and he welcomed it. He wanted her to succumb to the passion that still burned between them. He wanted her to be the one who begged for him to continue. He wanted her to realize that just like their tandem wave ride earlier, they were better together.

He fought to hold back, to keep from giving into temptation and slipping her bikini bottoms down to her ankles so he could slide into her. The muscles in his legs tightened until he worried they were going to snap from the tension of his restraint.

Please tell me you want me. Please tell me you want this.


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