Excerpt Reveal: The Closer by Kristy Marie


๐—ช๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ธ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ธ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ, ๐—ž๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐˜† ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ? ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฝ๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„!

โ„™๐•ฃ๐•–๐•†๐•ฃ๐••๐•–๐•ฃ โ„•๐• ๐•จ!

https://geni.us/TheCloser

๐”ธโ„โ„‚ & โ„™๐•ฃ๐• ๐•ž๐•  ๐•Š๐•š๐•˜๐•Ÿ ๐•Œ๐•ก๐•คโ†’

https://forms.gle/Sou6uK4JpWpLXaPc9

๐•๐• ๐•š๐•Ÿ ๐•‚๐•ฃ๐•š๐•ค๐•ฅ๐•ช๐•ค ๐”ธโ„โ„‚ ๐•‹๐•–๐•’๐•žโ†’

https://bit.ly/3kWcqso

๐‘๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐ƒ๐š๐ญ๐ž: ๐Ž๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’, ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

Broody, Tattooed, Baseball Player

Strong, Sassy Heroine

Marriage of Convenience 

Emotion and Angst

Plenty of Hilarious Banter

Enough Sexual Tension to Melt Your Kindle

๐”ผ๐•ฉ๐•”๐•–๐•ฃ๐•ก๐•ฅ:

โ€œDo you have the rings?โ€ 

โ€œOh.โ€ Mac looks back at her purse sitting in the chair. โ€œI do.โ€ She holds up a finger. โ€œGive me just a minute. Iโ€™m sorry.โ€ 

She drops my hand and sprints over to her bag, bringing outโ€ฆ Youโ€™ve got to be joking. 

My eyes widen, and I look at the judge, afraid he might actually ask me what the world is in her hand. But he has a better sense of humor than me, fighting off a grin as McKinley steps up and faces me, two black pieces of plastic clutched in her fingers. 

โ€œAre those zip ties?โ€ I try to appear like this level of crazy doesnโ€™t scare me. 

โ€œUh-huh.โ€ She smiles tightly. โ€œIf they can hold Luโ€™s bumper, they can hold this marriage together.โ€ 

Tomorrow, I will appreciate the thought, but today, Iโ€™m just shocked as the judge resumes, instructing each of us to recite vows and zip tie our โ€œringsโ€ on each otherโ€™s fingers.

โ€œI now pronounce you husband and wife. Mr. Lexington, you may kiss your bride.โ€ 

Hesitation should not be in my wheelhouse. Iโ€™m a closer, the best reliever in the bull pen. Being put in stressful situations is my Kool-Aid. But right here, in the middle of the judgeโ€™s chambers, my palms start sweating as I reach for my bride, slipping my arms around her hips and pulling them flush with mine. โ€œIโ€™mโ€”โ€

McKinleyโ€™s arms loop around my neck, her lips pressing gently against mine. Her warmthโ€ฆ well, I just react. Gripping her hips, I waste no time taking advantage of her silenceโ€ฆand compliance. Maybe it was zipping that dress, watching as my own hands hid the body my eyes lusted after. She wasnโ€™t mine, not in the sense a normal wife is to her husband, but tell that to my body. A mouth that will one day marry another man after we divorce. A mouth that canโ€™t help but pop off with outlandish comments and argumentative retorts. Yeah, my mind might know this marriage is a sham, but my bodyโ€”my tongue, using her surprise to slip in, claiming her intimately in front of witnessesโ€”knows weโ€™re in deep. This isnโ€™t a kiss meant for a first date or a deal between friends. The feel of her hands tangling in my hair as she

moans deep in her chest is intimateโ€”primal. This is a kiss shared only between a husband and a wife. 

And Iโ€™mโ€ฆ Iโ€™m screwed. 

A throat clears. โ€œCongratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Lexington. You may pick up your certificate at the front desk.โ€ 

We finally pull back, McKinley dabbing at her lips, her eyes widening as she stares at me. โ€œYes, thank you, Your Honor.โ€ 

With zip ties on our fingers, we grab our certificate, walk out of the courthouse to the car and shut ourselves inside, both of us silent on the way home.

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Š๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜บ. ๐˜๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ, ๐˜๐˜–๐˜œ.

๐”ธ๐••๐•• ๐•š๐•ฅ ๐•ฅ๐•  ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ฃ ๐•‹๐”นโ„โ†’

https://geni.us/50ErKg

๐•๐• ๐•ฅ๐•– ๐•—๐• ๐•ฃ ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•– โ„‚๐•๐• ๐•ค๐•–๐•ฃโ†’

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/158069.October_2021_Most_Anticipated_Romance_Releases_

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