Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: The Tryst List by Kaylene Winter @kayleneromance @XpressoTours

The Tryst List
Kaylene Winter
Publication date: April 11th 2024
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

When a man, haunted by secrets, reunites with the only woman who’s ever ignited his soul, he’ll do anything to prove he’s more than his mistakes.

From the moment I laid eyes on her in Vegas, I knew tattoo artist Jordan Deveraux was my destiny.

Our chemistry was too fiery to ignore, one night of passion could never be enough.

Walking away was agony.

Easily, the biggest regret of my life.

Years later, I’m successful and rich but still crave my siren of the sea.

Her game of pretend doesn’t mask the heat still smoldering between us.

Little does she know, I have the roadmap to turn her fantasies into reality.

Stranded in my boat, the waves aren’t the only things rocking.

Her ability to resist me sinks faster than a lead anchor.

Here’s the catch—my past isn’t as spotless as the buildings I design.

And my secrets threaten to pull us under.

Can we navigate these turbulent waters to find a future?

Or, will my mistake capsize everything?

The Tryst List is a sizzling, standalone, billionaire, enemies to lovers, forced proximity tale of second chances, where the ink of passion and the scars of the past collide.

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“Is that...?” Mom grips my wrist, her eyes following the direction of where I’m gaping at him. I'm lucky to have such cool parents where I can tell them anything and everything without judgment—even my sex life.

“Yeah. That’s Peter.” I tear my eyes away.

Then glance over to see where he’s sitting.

My heart crashes to the ground. He’s brought a date. A stunning woman with dark hair and porcelain skin who laughs at something he’s saying. While they’re not holding hands or acting overtly romantic, it’s clear they’re comfortable companions. Which stings more than I care to admit.

Who is she?

“Who’s with him?” Dad’s brow is furrowed when he utters the obvious question.

My attempt to mask my disappointment fails. “I don’t know, pops. His date?”

Peter and the woman make their way to their assigned table, greeting people as they pass. I watch them and wish I could disappear.

“Well, he’s made quite an entrance.” Alex leans over. “Are you okay?”

“Sure.” I force a smile and change the subject. “What time does the band go on tonight?”

Jace cocks an eyebrow and flicks his eyes between me and Alex. “An hour or so after dinner ends.”

Determined to focus on the celebration, I manage to block out further thoughts of Peter by refocusing my attention on the conversation. Soon, I’m completely immersed in my own bubble with my own people. We tell funny stories and thoroughly enjoy each other’s company. Not to mention, dinner is exquisite.

After the meal winds down, we make our way next door to The Mission. All the wives and family are seated front and center in the VIP area with the best view in the house. While we wait for LTZ to start, Zoey, Alex, and I sip glasses of wine as we reminisce about the band’s first show at The Mission over a decade ago.

Noting the time, I excuse myself to use the restroom. As I head down the hallway toward the rear of the building, I see Peter. Before I can turn around, our eyes meet, and there’s a moment of unspoken regret on both our parts. An undeniable link, strong as steel, draws us together, despite everything.

He approaches. Behind him, the pretty woman trails, looking around the room in awe. I'm crushed. Did he get involved with someone in the past few weeks?

I know I threw him out of my shop, but the truth is…he's under my skin. I hate seeing him with someone else when I know he's meant to be mine.

Make up your mind.

I’m barely able to hide my apprehension and dismay. My heart skips around like a stone on a river. Every part of me wants to scurry in the other direction, but I have to stand my ground. Pretend like I’m unaffected. Moments later we’re face-to-face, though he towers over me despite my six-inch heels.

“Jordan.” My name sounds like melted chocolate the way he draws it out, calm but carrying an undercurrent of something—more.

“Peter.” I manage to keep my voice steady. “The place looks great, well done.”

His blue eyes bore into mine. Heat flares between us. “Thanks, I can’t take all the credit. Fiona and Zane made it come alive.”

“Sure. Well, it’s good to see you…” Suddenly, I have the urge to flee and take a step backward.

“Jordan, this is Rose.” Peter gestures to the woman who steps to his side, thwarting my plan to escape. “We’re colleagues. She’s a crucial part of my team.”

“I just got lucky by winning the office drawing.” Rose extends her hand with a friendly smile. “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Jordan. Peter’s told me a lot about your work. I’ve always wanted a tattoo, but I’m too scared of needles to get one.”

“You’re not alone.” I grasp the tips of her fingers and release them quickly.

Peter’s gaze lingers on me for a moment. A myriad of emotions dance across his face. “I hoped we could talk tonight. Maybe after the band plays?”

“Uh…” I hesitate, unsure of trying to have a conversation with him in a public setting where emotions are bound to run high. “Let's play it by ear. I need to return to my friends, find me later.”

Author Bio:

When she was only 15, Kaylene Winter wrote her first rocker romance novel starring a fictionalized version of herself, her friends and their gorgeous rocker boyfriends. After living her own rockstar life as a band manager, music promoter and mover and shaker in Seattle during the early 1990’s, Kaylene became a digital media legal strategist helping bring movies, television and music online. Throughout her busy career, Kaylene lost herself in romance novels across all genres inspiring her to realize her life-long dream to be a published author. She lives in Seattle with her amazing husband and dog. She loves to travel, throw lavish dinner parties and support charitable causes supporting arts and animals.

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