Today I am so pleased to welcome Leslie McAdam to Joyfully Jay. Leslie has come to talk to us about her latest release, Notorious. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

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The cowboy up-nods the bartender, who brings another whiskey—a big one—without him saying anything. She places it in front of him, and he puts his hand over the glass, half covering the top, but doesn’t pick it up.

“How did she know your order?” I ask, which is a goofy question, because she must’ve brought him the same as what he had before. But it’s an excuse to talk to the cowboy. I’ve always liked cowboys.

“I’ve been sittin’ here drinkin’ a li’l while,” he slurs, his voice deep and guttural—and familiar. “And she’s plenty smart.”

Okay, that voice is really familiar, and I turn to face him and gasp. “Oh my god, you’re …”

I get the full effect of the smirk he’s famous for, though his blue-green eyes are bloodshot. “I’m who, precious?”

“Velvet,” I whisper. “The Cowboy.”

The guy whose confidence on screen lights me up.

Whose deep voice and sexy drawl encourage the men he’s f—– to give themselves over to him.

Whose intense eye contact makes me wish I were one of those guys—being wrapped up in his gaze like it’s a net when he murmurs “I got you” and “Come for me.”

Who kisses like he needs someone else’s lips to breathe.

This is that Velvet the Cowboy. In other words, the man of my dreams. My body’s lit up just from being this near to him.

Velvet nods, and he’s pretty loaded, because he seems to be having trouble focusing on my face. “You are correct.” He picks up his glass and clinks it against mine. “Nice to meet you.”

“Are you here by yourself?” I blurt.

“Well, yessir. I’ve heard tell you should never drink unless you’re alone or with someone.”

I snort. “Okay. I mean, I’m alone. Or, I guess I’m with you now.”

Shut up, brain. Shut up.

“That you are,” Velvet says. “Are you from the good town of Las Vegas?”

“No. I’m here for an event.”

Velvet nods, lips pressed together. “So am I.”

“I hope you were more successful at yours than I was at mine,” I mutter.

“Got a lifetime achievement award.”

“Well, then yes, you were.” I hold up my glass, and we clink again. “Congrats.”

He downs his shot and sets the glass on the bar. “Thanks,” he says in a flat tone. He stares down at his empty hands.

I want to hug him, but that doesn’t make sense. “What are your plans tonight?” I ask.

Velvet takes a really long time to answer my question. Did he not hear me? Before I try repeating myself, he lifts his head and gazes at me. “I s’pose right now, my only plan is to have a drink with you.”

“That sounds perfect,” I say, all warm inside—from the alcohol and from his words. My breath quickens, and something shifts near my heart.

“Yours? I mean, what are your plans?” he asks.

I snort. “Plans? None. I’m drowning my sorrows.”

“They swim,” Velvet says absently.

“Sorry?” It’s not that loud in here, but I didn’t understand what he said.

He gestures at his glass. “You can’t drown sorrows. They swim.”


notorious coverIOU, Book 5

Picking up your favorite adult film star at a bar in Vegas is a bad idea—especially when you wake up the next morning married to him. Ask me how I know.

Before I met Velvet the Cowboy, the public knew me as an innocuous guy who was running for office.

Now I’ve gone from boring to notorious in twenty-four hours.

The hot stranger’s ring on my finger puts a damper on my political ambitions, since his day job isn’t voter-friendly. An annulment is a no-go, and a quickie divorce would make me look unreliable.

In any case, when I find out Velvet’s dark plans, I know I can’t let him out of my sight. Which means I’m taking a gorgeous, 6’6”, slow-talking cowboy home with me to protect him from himself.

Being with him might light my career on fire. I’m just not expecting it to do the same to my heart.

Notorious is a stand-alone contemporary romance about Johnny Haskell, a cowboy turned adult star who stops to pet every good dog (and they’re all good dogs), and Kurt Delmont, a senatorial candidate who wants to save the world. It features recovery from a mental health crisis, healing from old wounds, and love that takes these two by surprise. This book contains sensitive themes; a detailed description of the contents is in the author’s note in the book preview. Happily ever after guaranteed.


leslie mcadam bio photoUSA Today bestselling author Leslie McAdam is a California girl who loves romance and well-defined abs. She lives in a drafty old farmhouse on a small orange tree farm in Southern California with her husband and two children. Leslie’s first published book, The Sun and the Moon, won a 2015 Watty, which is the world’s largest online writing competition. She’s gone on to receive additional literary awards and has been featured in multiple publications, including Her books have been Top 100 Bestsellers on both Amazon and Apple Books. Leslie is employed by day but spends her nights writing about the men of your fantasies.


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