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The Vandervilles by Khardine Gray is on virtual book tour. The romantic suspense series stops at Readeropolis with an excerpt from Into the Rabbit Hole (Vandervilles #3). Be sure to enter for a chance to win the $10 Amazon GC giveaway and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).




When Beauty Met the Beast
Vandervilles #1
by Khardine Gray
Genre: Romantic Suspense


Beneath the luxurious lifestyle and the glamor of fame and fortune held by the Vandervilles, lies a dangerous web of secrets and a twisted tale of passion, and suspense.



With wealth, power, and beauty in abundance their dominant name prevails.

But trouble is about to come their way and throw their lives into turmoil.

One man consumed with the quest for revenge seeks to ruin their lives and destroy them one by one.

Witness the brilliantly vindictive plan to bring down Benjamin Vanderville, the deceitful precarious States Attorney of California and his wife Regina, reigning queen of the fashion world.

Fall in love with the warmth of romance that blossoms between Wade Vanderville and Chloe Matthews.

And walk the road of betrayal as Taylor Vanderville discovers where loyalties lie.

The riveting tale of When Beauty Met the Beast will grip you and captivate you right from the start…


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Secrets and Lies
Vandervilles #2


Simmering secrets and lies burst into a tempestuous roil in Secrets and Lies.

Discover who gets burned and who, if anyone, makes it through unscathed.


Stability Rocked

As Wade’s whirlwind romance with Chloe starts to stabilize, his ex-girlfriend turns up desperate to destroy what firm ground the two have forged. Wade’s love for Chloe has grown so deep that he’ll do anything to protect what he has with her – even if it means spinning a new web of lies.

The Agony of Betrayal

Still reeling from the double betrayal of her father and lover, Taylor barely regains her feet… only to fall in love all over again with her cheating lover. The attraction is so strong she can’t stop herself, even though she knows she must.

Matriarch and Mother

Seeing her daughter suffering is breaking Regina’s heart. She yearns to give all the help she can but… Ben is scheming to use Runway to financially back his bid for Governor. Will her struggles to keep her family safe come at the expense of her daughter?

Murder!

Wade finally gives in and goes to his ex even though he knows he shouldn’t. But she’s dead and the cops finger him as the killer. Only the real killer is still on the loose and hunting…






Into the Rabbit Hole
Vandervilles #3


Chaos Reigns



Wade’s been arrested, a killer is on the loose, and Ben’s crimes are catching up with him. Will anyone in this family emerge from the chaos unscathed?

Murder Mystery

Chloe and Wesley dig deep to discover what is really going on and to prove Wade’s innocence. The deeper they dig the more the shocking truth becomes visible. Will they discover the man behind the drama? What happens if they do?

No Longer Hidden

The light finally shines of the crimes that Ben has committed, but unleashes more trouble. As always Regina is caught in the middle, but this time it’s worse. She doesn’t know where she’ll begin to fix things.



Forgive and Forget?


Can Taylor forgive, forget, and finally move on? Will she be able to see the world with the fresh clear eyes that only forgiveness of a betrayal can give? Will she be able to trust again?

Kiss and Make Up

Can Chloe accept Wade’s past and all the chaos ebb to allow the deep, romantic love they so richly deserve?

Follow the twists and turns to the stunning conclusion of Into The Rabbit Hole!






Khardine Gray is a contemporary romance author who lives in England with her husband, two kids, and three crazy ferrets.



She is well traveled, cultured, and a woman with a passion for dancing and ice skating.

When not writing you can catch her shopping, indulging on pizza and hot chocolate, or hanging out with her family and friends.

No need to spend money on an airline ticket. Simply pick up one of Khardine's books to become immersed in the fascinating stories and characters she creates.






Follow the tour HERE for exclusive content and a giveaway!




Into the Rabbit Hole


I knew I wasn’t with Wes, exactly. Although it felt like we were official when I was with him, I supposed we weren’t really.
We were at that phase of a relationship where you’d keep seeing each other until exclusivity was discussed. I was there in my mind. Definitely. He was the most perfect man I’d ever been with.
Everything about him was perfect and I wanted him to feel the same way I felt too. Maybe for him that would come with time.
“Thanks,” Wes said and Chloe left us.
Wes stood up and reached his hand out to take mine. I took it gladly and rose to meet his awaiting lips.
He kissed me softly, sending energy throughout my body. Making me feel as if I were walking on air. I pressed my hands onto the firm muscle of his chest and found myself wondering what the skin would look like there without the cotton t-shirt.
It wasn’t a superhero one today. It was just a casual long-sleeved t-shirt that made his abs look good. That was the first thing I noticed when he walked in earlier.
“Do you want to come to my house?” he asked against my lips.
“Yes.” I smiled into more kisses.
He pulled away with a truly sexy smile and took my hand to lead me away.
A half an hour later I was transported to Wes’ magical world of wonder. We stood in his very large basement. Today it was the exact replica of Matira Beach in Bora Bora. I stood by what looked like the seashore on a perfect day with the bright sun beaming down on us, although evening was approaching. I imagined the gentle swish of the sea at my fingertips, even though we were a few miles away from the beach.
“You like it?” Wes asked in that nervous way that made him look even more attractive.
I whirled around and gazed at him, allowing the ends of my hair to brush against the edges of my elbows.
“I love it. How is…” I giggled, thinking of what I was going to say. This sort of thing was what he was used to, but for me, I’d always be mesmerized. “How are you doing this, Wes? I know I’m in L.A. and I’m not on the beach, and it will be dark in a few hours, but this is Bora Bora. My favorite place on earth.”
Butterflies filled my stomach as I watched the corners of his sensual mouth turn up into an easy smile.
“That’s why I did it. You seen Star Trek?”
I almost jumped for joy. I actually had seen a few episodes of the series. “The holodeck,” I answered, and he looked impressed.
“The holodeck, indeed.”
“You have a real holodeck?” I widened my eyes at him. From what I saw on the show, that thing was amazing. It could project a hologram of anything, anywhere, and place you inside the simulation. This felt like that. If Wes had the technology to do something like that, then that would be phenomenal and I’d be expecting something like a Nobel prize.
“Not exactly, it’s not nearly as sophisticated or futuristic. But it’s good, right?”
“Wes, right now, I’m totally convinced that we’re in Bora Bora. Has Chloe ever seen this? I can’t believe she wouldn’t mention it, this is so cool.” I beamed, grinning with excitement.
He’d been standing by a large rock formation and leaning against the tallest part of it. I watched as he moved away from it and smiled up at him as he came closer.
“Chloe doesn’t know about this.” Wes looked directly into my eyes. “I’ve been toying with the idea for a while, and then I thought about how much you love Bora Bora, so that kicked me in gear to finish it. This is the only simulation it does at the moment. I did this for you.”
No one had ever done anything like this for me before. Not even close. I could easily put it down to never being with anyone who was this super intelligent, but that wasn’t what this was about.
What touched me was that he listened to me, knew how much I loved the place, and did something that he knew would have meaning for me. That was the sentiment that I valued.
I was taken with everything Wes did. Everything. He’d presented himself at a time in my life when I needed to be saved. Saved from fear, saved from disappointment, saved from a broken heart. In fact, on that, my heart only started to beat again when I realized how comfortable I was with him. I liked being in his world and in his mind. And…I supposed there was also one important thing that was becoming very evident, and that was the swift development of my feelings for him.
Just now my feelings went through the roof. “You did this for me?”
“Yeah, and look, the cologne brought you back to me.” He chuckled. “I’ve been buying it in multipacks.”
I smiled, wanting to laugh, but found it more important to let him know that something more powerful than his highly valued cologne brought me here and would keep me coming back.
“It’s you, Wes. Just you. I’ll come here, or wherever you are, just to see you.”
I didn’t think my words would have any effect on him but they did. Something flickered in his eyes and I could tell that hearing that come from me meant a lot to him.
I should be worried that my feelings for him were developing way too fast, and that I never felt like I could trust anyone again. Richard had hurt me deeply, and the pain from that whole saga was still there. I should be worried that I wasn’t more distraught about that and basically avoiding men altogether.
But this was Wes, the most perfect guy I’d known all my life. I knew him, and that was perhaps reason enough to trust that he would never be a jerk. Wes would never be another Richard. This man wasn’t made that way. Made to deceive and manipulate. He was the real deal.
Suddenly the sun started going down and the room darkened. Moonlight then took over, turning everything everywhere silver. I talked to him about how I enjoyed walking on Matira Beach in the moonlight. I’d gone into details about how everything looked.
Before me were those details. He’d tried to capture them, all of them. Like how the water sparkled against the moonlight and each sparkle looked similar to the glint of a diamond. He made the palm trees look like jagged shadows, black against the silver backdrop. The sky was inky black and the moon hung like a picture against it.
Again I spun around, looking everywhere, absorbing the magical feeling that filled my soul.
“Wes.” Excitement rippled through me and I took hold of his hand, but he didn’t move.
He held onto my hand, compelling me to look at him.
“What is it? You’re giving me that look again,” I pointed out. It was the look he had where I couldn’t tell what he was thinking, as though he was trying to work out if I was real or not.
“It’s you. You… in the moonlight,” he replied. His voice respectfully low and appreciative.
“How do I look?” I kept my voice low, too, watching the subtle silver tone turn his eyes the same color.
“Taylor,” he began on the edge of a breath. ”Not even the angels could rival your beauty.”
I looked at him, trying to catch myself before my heart could take another step and jump into the chasm of risk people took when they took a chance on love.
But it was too late. In that moment, as I looked at him and his words melted my heart, I fell for him.
I was ready for him even before he moved forward to kiss me. My whole being was.
My soul welcomed the swish of his tongue into my mouth and I indulged on the taste of him. Wes tasted like something rare, something new and exciting.
I pressed my hands onto the solid wall of his chest and a soft moan escaped my lips as our kiss really got going. Desire pooled between my thighs and pulled down heavily on my groin.
My body molded to his when he pulled me closer and gripped at the side of my dress, making both straps fall down my shoulders. I wore a strapless bra, one of my favorites, made of sheer material that was almost see-through. The matching thong was the same.
He stopped when he ran his hands down my waist and brushed the top of my thighs. “We should stop,” he managed through a labored breath.
My own breathing was short and choppy from the sexual heat of the kiss. “Why?” I looked at him with confusion.
“I don’t want you to think that I brought you here just to…” He had that attractive embarrassment again. “Sleep with me.”
“I didn’t think that. But what if I wanted to?”

I couldn’t see his skin quite clearly in this light, but his expression was the face he made when he was blushing. He released me and ran his fingers through his hair.



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1 comments:

  1. The covers are beautiful for these books. The series sounds exciting and romantic. Good luck with your latest book.

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