Book Spotlight: The 48-Hour Hookup by Sarah Ballance

The 48-Hour Hookup
(Chase Brothers #4)
by Sarah Ballance
Release Date: September 12, 2016
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About The 48-Hour Hookup
Who knew a sweaty photo would be good for business?

Now unwanted booty calls are coming in as fast as work orders, and Liam Chase needs to get away. Cue a job upstate. His new client is hot as hell, but he left NYC to escape attention, not to hook up with the city’s “Runaway Bride”.

With three disastrous relationships under her belt, it’s clear Claire Stevens’s judgment sucks. And what’s she’s feeling for America’s newest sex god? Obviously another hormone-fueled mistake.

But when she accidentally fells a tree on his truck, leaving them stranded in a winter storm with a chocolate-snatching raccoon, there’s something to be said for body heat.

Too bad neither can trust their explosive chemistry…

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An Excerpt from The 48-Hour Hookup
“I’m sorry you’re stuck here,” she said. “I didn’t expect this.”

“Believe me,” he muttered. “I didn’t either. I sleep naked.”

Her jaw may have unhinged slightly. He couldn’t have thought his statement innocuous, but he didn’t seem to have meant anything by it. Nevertheless, her heart rate kicked up a notch while her stupendously misdirected brain tried to piece together Naked Liam from Hot HVAC Guy. “You’ll be…cold.”

Oh, that was just brilliant. They were sitting there her truck in an actual blizzard, and she felt the need to inform him that his underwear would have been to key to staying warm.

He blinked. For a long time. More like he closed his eyes and couldn’t look at her, but at any rate, when he did meet her gaze, he looked almost as embarrassed as she felt. “I’m not going to sleep naked now,” he said.

“Oh.” She could have kicked herself. She prided herself on handling live interviews with aplomb, and here she was with him stammering like a pre-teen staring down her favorite celebrity. “When you sleep later, I mean.”

“I’m just generally not going to sleep naked,” he said. “Not like this. I didn’t mean you needed to worry.”

“I wasn’t worried. I was…concerned. Frostbite, you know.”

He gave her a serious look that led her to believe he might share her concerns. Then he said, “Which appendage had you concerned?”

Oh, dear God. She must have turned ten shades of red. And he didn’t look the least bit like he was flirting. Instead, he seemed bewildered by the words coming out of his mouth, which totally clashed with the smooth-talking, sexy charmer she had expected would go with that perfect face. He still looked the part, at least. Like that was a good thing. “We should go in,” she said.

“Good idea.” He started to gather his stuff.

“Can I help?” she asked.

He glanced at her in surprise. “Sure. Thanks.”

She took the bag he offered and pushed open the truck door, then made a run for the front porch. She was closer, but he got there at the same time, which was impressive considering he was carrying a snowboard in that wind. They burst inside the lodge together, snow swirling in their wake. He shut the door against the wind. “Hell of a storm,” he said.

“Yeah. Some day you’re having.” She immediately regretted the words. How many times was she going to remind him of that stupid tree?

If he shared similar thoughts, he didn’t mention it. Instead, he pushed back the hair that had fallen in her face, shocking her so much with the light contact that she took a step back.

“Sorry,” he said. “I didn’t mean anything. You had a branch…” He tugged, extracting a small bough from her hair.

“Save it for the fire,” she half-joked. Inside, she was experiencing total meltdown. He’d touched her. He’d touched her, and he was spending the night, and she’d had sex dreams about him.

Holy awkward hell.

She realized she’d been staring when he cleared his throat and pulled his phone from his pocket. “I actually have reception, I think. I’m going to try to make a couple phone calls.”

She didn’t object, or even give a solid reply. Just a sort of half nod that had her wishing she’d blink and wake up. So what if he was pretty much the hottest guy she’d ever laid eyes on? He was still the worst idea she’d ever had. The worst idea she was still having. Runaway Bride hooking up with Hot HVAC Guy was not a headline she needed in her life.

And who said anything about hooking up?

This was going to be a long night. A long, cold night spent thinking about appendages and green eyes and really, really bad ideas.

She watched him walk to the far side of the room to stand by the window as he made his call. The last she heard of his soft-spoken words were stuck here and she has a chainsaw.


About the Chase Brothers series
About Five Things I Love About You (book one) - Date Released: August 17, 2015
Five things to love about NYC. But she only needs one…

California landscape artist Estelle Donovan hates big cities. Between the grime, the smell, all the drab concrete, and the suffocating summer heat, how can anyone breathe? Housesitting her brother’s New York apartment, complete with broken elevator and smoking air conditioner, is her kind of hell. It’s only for two weeks, though. What could possibly go wrong?

Dumping a jar of pickles on the hot girl at the grocery store wasn’t Crosby Chase’s finest hour, nor was getting bitten in the butt by the demonic cat on her fire escape. But he is going to change her mind about his beloved city, damn it. In fact, if they could just make it five minutes without falling into bed, he bets Estelle he can find five things she’ll love about New York.

Falling in love wasn’t part of his plan. And with an entire country between them, Crosby realizes he doesn’t need five reasons to make Estelle love New York.

He needs one big reason to make her stay…

About For Seven Nights Only (book two) - Date Released: January 18, 2016
He’s made an offer she can’t refuse…

Kelsie Reed is over bad luck and bad men. Newly dumped, she’s now the pathetically single maid of honor in her sister’s wedding—and her ex is the best man. Her bad luck continues when a plumbing meltdown in her apartment sends her sexy neighbor running to her rescue. He’s got “serial dater” written all over him, which is unfortunate because the man is hot.

Sawyer Chase loves women, but settling down? He’ll leave that to his brothers. But when Kelsie confesses she’s a dating disaster and is about to become the laughing stock of her family wedding, Sawyer takes control. He’s got one week to teach her how to land the man of her dreams, and he’ll do it on her terms: no touching, no kissing, and definitely nothing more.

But some rules need to be broken, especially when, for once, there’s something on the line worth fighting for…

About The Three-Week Arrangement (book three) - Date Released: April 4, 2016
With him, there’s no faking anything…

Ethan Chase isn’t interested in dating. After losing the woman he loved more than life itself, he’d much rather ride solo, but his family is dead set on fixing him up. To get them off his back, he hooks up with ultra-adventurous, ultra-temporary adventure photographer, Rue Campbell. All he has to do is survive three weeks in her orbit and he’ll be single again, only without the pitying looks and pressure to move on.

Rue is literally counting the days until her plane leaves New York City. The last thing she wants is a relationship, but being Ethan’s pretend girlfriend can’t hurt, right? Wrong. With Ethan, there’s no faking anything—in or out of the bedroom. With the sheets burning hot and the clock ticking on their arrangement, Rue realizes she’s falling for a man guaranteed to derail her goals…and break her heart.

About Sarah Ballance
Sarah Ballance and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. 

She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids, but nevertheless, you’ll find her writing sexy contemporary romance for Entangled Publishing until they throw her out. 

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