Excerpt and Giveaway: Dirty Games by HelenKay Dimon

Today I am so pleased to welcome HelenKay Dimon to Joyfully Jay. HelenKay has come to talk to us about her latest release, Dirty Games. She has also brought along copies to give away. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

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Excerpt

The smiles, the greetings . . . Justin hated all of it. Seeing his usually hardworking staff and volunteers roaming around carrying what looked like empty boxes and pretending to work just to get a peek at the hot rich boy pissed Justin off. He understood being curious about the big boss, the billionaire who could afford to fly in for a one-day meeting then out again, but Finn was not that boss.

Without another word, Justin turned and walked into the tent. He motioned for the few people in there who hadn’t gone to lunch to give them some privacy. That’s all it took to send them scurrying.

He heard the footsteps behind him and didn’t stop until he stood on his side of his desk. The early-spring sun beamed through the open window flap behind him but Justin didn’t really care about the weather. “I call with a serious problem and the company sends me the baby brother in response? I was hoping Alec would take me seriously and get his butt out here.”

Finn sighed. “I see you haven’t changed much since we last saw each other, or since we first met, actually.”

“You mean how I’m still working my ass off for your family? Yeah.” Justin gestured toward the stacks of paperwork covering his desktop.

DirtyGames_EquoteThat time Finn nodded. “Still a bit of a dick, too.”

Oliver laughed. “So, you do know Justin.”

“Please, continue being an asshole.” Finn crossed his arms over his chest as his voice rang out clear and deep. “Don’t let me stop you.”

The sure way the guy moved mesmerized Justin. No shifting or gawking. He somehow blended in with the dirt and dust, never showing a hint of worry about the potential for violence pulsing all around him. He knew what to say and how to say it. Everything about him was a bit too practiced and perfect for Justin’s taste.

Worse, he was a serious liability. Grabbing him could result in big money for kidnappers. Justin knew all about that. Thanks to his work in the region, he’d met with a parade of wealthy businessmen, some well-meaning and some looking for a photo op, and all offering aid. Those events tended to get a lot of public relations attention, which threatened the safety and well-being of everyone who worked at the complex and of those who depended on its services.

The last big spender visited the area four months ago. He came with a camera crew and proposed a plan to set up another complex nearby and fund it. The meeting turned into a nightmare when armed attackers tried to storm the gates of the complex. Two of Justin’s security people were killed in the battle. Through a haze of anger and frustration, Justin had called Alec and said that he was done sucking up to business types for more aid.

Yet, there stood Finn, all tall and lean and breath-stopping hot. Completely oblivious to the harm that could come to him.

Justin needed him to leave. The tent. The country. Preferably, the continent.

“Look, I’m sure you mean well, but this is a real problem that requires a measure of confidentiality and some tact, a great deal of resources and someone with . . .” He made the mistake of letting his gaze travel all over Finn, taking in every muscle outlined by his navy shirt. The hint of strength in his long fingers and that practical black-band watch on his wrist. “Let’s call it leadership qualities.”

Oliver whistled. “Bloody hell, man.”


Blurb

9780399179990.d_Dirty_Games-2Sometimes, to get what you want in business or in love, you have to get your hands dirty. Luckily for Finn and Justin, dirty comes naturally.

Finn Drummond is the baby in a family of sharks—which means he’s worked twice as hard to make a name for himself. After learning the tricks of the trade from his brothers, Finn’s just as ruthless and dominant. Out in the field, his appetites are legendary: for success, for money, for women and men. But when supplies from Drummond Charities go missing, Finn has to partner up with the smoldering ex–Army grunt who’s always challenging his authority—or giving him mixed signals.

Justin Miller wanted his attraction to Finn to be mutual, but the cocky brat always had a girlfriend. Who could blame Justin for trying to move on? Despite their history, they’ve got to work together to figure out who’s been derailing their humanitarian work. But after Justin and Finn are thrown together against gunrunners and kidnappers, their simmering chemistry turns explosive. Turns out, Finn knows how to handle himself in a crisis—and in the sack. Justin only hopes that hot sex is enough to persuade this spoiled pretty boy to do the right thing.


Bio

HelenKay Dimon spent the years before becoming a romance author as a divorce attorney—not the usual career transition. Now she writes full-time and she’s much happier. The author of more than thirty novels, novellas, and short stories that have twice been named “Red-Hot Reads” and excerpted in Cosmopolitan, she’s on the board of directors of the Romance Writers of America and teaches fiction writing at UC San Diego and Mira Costa College.


Giveaway

HelenKay has brought three copies of Dirty Deeds to give away to Joyfully Jay readers (either through Amazon or Barnes and Noble). Just leave a comment at the end of the post to enter. The contest ends on Saturday, March 24th at 11:59 pm ET.

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Comments

  1. Ooooh! Two stubborn men clashing into each other. This is so my thing! Thank you for the chance

  2. Terrific sample! I always love your work.

  3. Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway chance! I’m new to your books, and I am intrigued by the sound of this one.

  4. This sounds appealing indeed!

  5. Sounds great! And congratulations on your Rita final!

  6. Jennifer says:

    I would have switched from lawyer to writer too! Sounds good!

  7. Sounds like a fun read. Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway chance!

  8. I would love this book. It sounds amazing Thanks for the chance

  9. Paul Wilgus says:

    You are a new to me author, but boy this book sounds good.

  10. Best wishes, HelenKay, on the release of Dirty Games; thank you for the excerpt and the giveaway chance.

  11. Sounds really interesting. Congrats on the book release!

  12. I really liked the enemies to lovers vibe from the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

  13. Natalija says:

    I’m intrigued by the blurb. Thank you for the giveaway.

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