We’re so excited to host a day on the blog tour for TITAN WORLD, featuring Cristin Harber and ten authors writing in Cristin Harber’s Titan world. The book being featured today is Karyn Lawrence’s DOWNTIME! Check out an excerpt below.
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About DOWNTIME by Karyn Lawrence
From New York Times best-selling author Cristin Harber and USA Today best-selling author Nikki Sloane writing as Karyn Lawrence comes an exciting collaboration…
It’s a romantic getaway for the newlyweds. Or is it?
Parker Black’s brilliant computer skills keep Titan Group running, but now he’s getting some much needed downtime. He’s taking a break from the war room to spend it in the bedroom with his brand-new wife Lexi, and whisks her off to a historic resort nestled in the hills of West Virginia.
Only, there’s a secret buried beneath the hotel. What’s hiding in the converted bunker threatens a lot more than just his romantic weekend, and he’s going to need Lexi’s help to crack inside. Cut off from his own security team and facing a ticking clock, Parker’s about to realize there’s no such thing as downtime when you work for Titan.
Get your hands on DOWNTIME and all of the Titan World books now!
Read an Excerpt
Lexi’s fingers flew across the keyboard and then abruptly stopped. Something was wrong. Was it the code? She scrutinized the command lines, but everything looked correct. So why did the hairs on her arms tingle with awareness?
Her gaze left the screen and drifted up to the large form darkening her bedroom doorway, one which hadn’t been there a second ago.
“Parker!” she cried, yanking on the cord to pull the headphones out of her ears. “What are you doing here?”
She shut her laptop and sat up in their bed, looking down at her tank top and pajama pants, the fluffy comforter pushed around her lap. There were plenty of times during an op that Titan Group kept her husband working long hours, but there was never a threat of him coming home in the middle of the day. Certainly not early enough to catch her still in pajamas.
Okay. In fairness, it was past noon.
But she was working on a new program that had consumed her life for the last ten days, and she was so busy, sometimes she forgot to eat. Parker knew this, and thankfully, there was no judgement in her husband’s deep blue eyes. Only amusement.
“Pack your things.” He crossed his arms and leaned casually against the doorframe. “We’re getting away for a little R and R this weekend.”
“What? Where?” She scrambled off the bed.
Lexi stood with her hands on her hips and a frown on her face. “I can’t go anywhere until this Paradigm program is done.”
He knew that, yet his amusement grew until a smile spread across his lips. “And when is that going to be done again?”
“Another day, that’s it.”
“Didn’t you say that before? Like, on Tuesday?”
She groaned. The program was taking much longer than she’d expected. She’d set up mini-deadlines, and then blew right past them. What should have taken an hour, took three. As soon as she coded one thing, it broke the programming on another section. It was beyond frustrating. Usually she was so good at working smarter, not harder, but this program was kicking her ass.
“I have to finish it.”
He strolled toward her and her body instantly responded to his proximity. She’d been working on a deadline and he’d been on a mission. They’d barely slept in the same bed this week. So,
now every inch of her was hyperaware of him. Every inch of her wanted his powerful arms wrapped around her, his lips pressed to hers.
Parker’s eyes hooded as he closed in, as if battling the same desires, and losing. His voice dipped low. “You don’t have to submit it for another week.”
“I don’t, but I want to debug and beta test.”
He swept the long locks of her platinum blonde hair back over her shoulder. His fingertips slipped beneath the strap of her tank top, urging it to the side. The fabric stretched over the curve of her shoulder and the strap slid down, threatening to expose her.
“Let Paradigm do that.” He leaned down and kissed her newly exposed skin, giving her a shudder of pleasure. Oh, his mouth was wicked and sexy, almost as much as his brain. Her eyes fell shut as his mouth continued its gentle assault, moving downward, peeling more of her tank top with it. Her nipples had tightened into hard knots, and the cotton hung just on the edge of a point, barely covering her.
Lexi’s mind was cloudy with lust for the man she loved. What was he doing home again? Oh, yeah. “Lemme finish the program and then you can take me wherever.”
“What if I want to take you right now?” His words were loaded with innuendo, and her body clenched in response. “The reason you’re having trouble with Paradigm is because you’re wound tight as a spring. You need a release, Lex.”
About Karyn Lawrence
Karyn Lawrence is an author, graphic designer, and screenwriter. She published the nonfiction book for children: “Techniques of Color Guard” after an editor discovered her color guard blog; way back in the infancy of the Internet and long before blogging was a thing.
She has been a screenplay writer for more than fifteen years, with rather mild success, and grew tired of her stories only reaching a handful of readers. The decision was made to try fiction in early 2013. “Stay” was her first novel and published May 2014. It was followed by “Keep” which released in November 2014 and finally “Surrender” in May 2015.
She is a Chicago native who currently lives in Owensboro, KY with her epic husband and two adorable sons.