Author Override: Abigail Roux

Posted December 21, 2015 by Under the Covers Book Blog in Author Override, Featured Authors / 27 Comments

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“I’m sorry, Nicko,” Kelly set the package aside and took Nick’s face in both hands again, leaning closer.

Nick frowned. “For what?”

“I didn’t realize it, but the past couple weeks, I haven’t been treating you as . . .”

Nick licked his lips, unable to fight the nervous gesture and unable to avert his eyes since Kelly had his face trapped.

“As my boyfriend,” Kelly finished with a wince. He sat back, slumping in Nick’s lap and moving his hands down Nick’s chest and under his shirt. His fingers grazed though the fine hair on Nick’s chest. Nick shivered—from the touch and the sentiment.

He forced himself to ask the question he already knew the answer to. “What have you been seeing if not that?”

“My teammate. My friend.” Kelly winced. “My patient.”

Nick gave a curt nod and lowered his head, the wound in his side throbbing for some reason. He couldn’t help the blush that he felt creeping across his face, either. It burned hot as he thought of the past month of his recovery and how damn weak and helpless he’d been. Of course Kelly was seeing him as a patient and not his boyfriend; it wasn’t exactly easy to woo someone when they had to help you up and down the stairs to go to bed or take a shower or any number of other things that had just been too hard for Nick to accomplish on his own.

It was especially hard to woo someone when you hadn’t been capable of having sex in weeks. If it wasn’t Nick’s physical condition getting in the way, it was his mental condition, and if it wasn’t one or both of those, it was all the medication flowing through him that made him so fucking tired. Nick closed his eyes, fighting the embarrassment and pain when he thought of how Kelly must see him now.

Kelly placed the tip of his finger under Nick’s chin and forced Nick to look up again. “Don’t be ashamed, babe,” he said, his words just as warm as his touch. “Most men would have died after what happened to you. Wouldn’t have even held out long enough to get in an ambulance. But you didn’t give up. You kept fighting even when your body had nothing left to fight with. Don’t you ever be ashamed of still being alive. Or for needing help while you get better.”

Nick found it difficult to swallow past the lump forming in his throat. He managed it as Kelly held his gaze, smiling softly. Kelly took his face in both hands again, then curled to press his lips to Nick’s.

“This is the last time I’ll check your pulse without a compelling reason,” Kelly murmured against Nick’s lips. “Starting today, you’re not my patient anymore. No more doctor’s orders, I promise.”

He leaned back, resting more of his weight on Nick’s thighs. He licked his lips slowly, and a familiar light entered his eyes, as if he was plotting. Nick knew that look. He both loved and dreaded that look.

“What?” Nick asked.

“Nicholas,” Kelly said with a sigh. “Will you go to dinner with me?”

“What?”

“A date. We’ve never actually been on a real date. Will you go on a date with me?”

Nick blinked rapidly, his mouth falling open.

“We’ll get dressed up, go to a fancy restaurant. Your favorite restaurant. I’ll wine and dine you. And you can turn on that famous O’Flaherty charm to try to get me in bed.”

Nick’s fingers tightened on Kelly’s waist. “Try?”

Kelly shrugged, quirking an eyebrow in silent challenge.

“We could just . . . go to bed now.”

Kelly shook his head, pursing his lips disapprovingly. “Huh uh. I need some romance. You’re good at romance, and I want some.”

He trailed his fingers down Nick’s neck, tracing out along his collarbones. Kelly followed the progress of his fingers with his eyes, biting his lip when he got out to Nick’s shoulder and slid his hand over Nick’s biceps. He shook his head slightly, as if he might not be aware he was doing it, as he dug his fingers into Nick’s muscle. Nick may have been recovering, and he may have been miserable and weak and in pain, but his upper arms had been taking the brunt of the duty and they were in impressive shape.

“Kels?” Nick didn’t dare speak above a whisper and break whatever spell had been cast.

Kelly tore his attention away from where he was tracing Nick’s arm, and met Nick’s eyes. “I’d like to see you as my boyfriend again,” Kelly admitted, a rare hint of color rising to his cheeks. “Instead of a teammate or a patient.”

Nick fought for a shaky breath, only letting it out when Kelly leaned closer. He straightened and caught Kelly’s lips with his own, managing the briefest tease of a kiss before Kelly pulled away.

He put a finger on Nick’s lips and dismounted, looming over Nick with a smirk. “I never put out before the first date. Now, go get pretty for our dinner,” he said as he walked away. “And pack a bag!”

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Part & Parcel by Abigail RouxPart & Parcel
Author: Abigail Roux
Series: Sidewinder #3
Published by Riptide Publishing
Released: December 19th 2015
Genres: LGBT
Pages: 302
 

Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott had their happy ending in sight when a friend’s call for help almost ended with them losing it to the blade of a knife. Now, in the aftermath of near-disaster, both men are trying to heal and move on.

Moving on together, though, is harder than either of them realized it would be. Kelly struggles with simply being a lover instead of the Doc, while Nick is mired in his recovery. The distance between them inches along in stilted silence.

Desperately seeking solace, Nick finally gathers the courage to sort through the possessions his dear friend and fellow Sidewinder teammate Elias Sanchez left him when he died. Instead of comforting memories, Nick and Kelly find a stack of letters and strict instructions from Eli that prompt them to send out a call for assistance. With Eli’s letters in hand, Sidewinder sets out on one last mission together, seeking peace and absolution from beyond the grave—and from each other.

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About Abigail Roux

Abigail Roux was born and raised in North Carolina. A past volleyball star who specializes in sarcasm and painful historical accuracy, she currently spends her time coaching high school volleyball and investigating the mysteries of single motherhood. Any spare time is spent living and dying with every Atlanta Braves and Carolina Panthers game of the year. Abigail has a daughter, Little Roux, who is the light of her life, a boxer, four rescued cats who play an ongoing live-action variation of 'Call of Duty' throughout the house, a certifiable extended family down the road, and a cast of thousands in her head.

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To celebrate the release of Part & Parcel, we are selecting TWO giveaway winners! One will receive the last four Cut & Run books in audio, and the other will receive the full Sidewinder series in audio. Your first comment at each stop on this tour enters you in the drawing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 26, 2015. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Follow the tour for more opportunities to enter the giveaway, and don’t forget to leave your email or method of contact so Riptide can reach you if you win!

 

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Amanda Sheila

Wow, awesome review! Now I’m intrigued.. *wink*

Melanie Tye
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Melanie Tye

I have read all the books in this series and the cut and run verse too. I love these guys so much. They go through a lot in this one. Stuff they have to go through to come out better at the end.

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Forgot to leave my email.

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Heather York

This was so good! Love the whole C&R/Sidewinder Universe and Miss Roux did not disappoint!
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Kelly

So, so good…plenty of ‘right in the feels’ moments ~ It was great to see all the boys, especially the flashbacks. Knowing more of what makes them tick makes me love them even more (didn’t think that was possible!) Time to start re-reading them all again ~ (livindeadgirl13 (at) hotmail (dot) com)

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Nothing to say except that it was another perfection!!! Truly loved it

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I didn’t know these were out in audio. I still have to finish reading my ebooks.

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Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Oooo I likes the excerpt!

Christina
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Christina

Thank you for the excerpt. I can’t wait to read this one.

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Texas Book Lover

This sounds fantastic. Thanks so much for the chance!

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This looks great, and such a fantastic series.
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sounds interesting

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Timitra

Thanks for sharing the excerpt

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Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons

I loved listening to the Cut & Run series on audio. So glad that they are all now available. I will be picking them up for sure.

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Caryn B

It never fails to amaze me how Abi can continue to spin this entire cast of crazy men in her head, over 13 books now, and still keep surprising me and making me hungry for more.

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Damn it, I keep forgetting to leave my email… LOL!
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Amy R
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Amy R

Love these books and can’t wait to read Part & Parcel.

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I’m loving this series & will be as sad to see it end as well as Cut & Run. Thanks for an awesome giveaway! legacylandlisa(at)gmail(dot)com

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Casey Wolfe

*wiggles happily* So excited!
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I would love to have these books on audio. Read Part & Parcel and it was great to see the guys all together again.

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Thanks for the amazing contest!
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Jennifer @ The Book Nympho

I listened to Stars & Stripes last week. LOVE the new narrator. I’m so happy they released the rest of the series on audio.

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That was sweetly sexy. Is that even possible? Sweetly sexy?

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Very interesting. Can’t wait to read it.
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Jennifer
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Huge fan of the series! What a great giveaway!