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Cruel Water by Freya Barker: Excerpt and Giveaway!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


I should probably leave right now. I’ve had my beer and my dinner, I should just head home. I’m really not looking to get involved with—nor am I equipped to deal with—a woman who comes with obvious complications. Yet despite the thoughts in my head, my mouth has a different plan. “I’d like to take you out.”
Something flickers in her eyes before she shakes her head and looks down at her hands. “Don’t think that’s a good idea.”
“Actually—” I sit up straighter, suddenly determined to get her to agree. “You already said yes.” I hold back a chuckle that wants out when I see her frown in confusion.
“I did? When was that?”
“You agreed to talk to me, so that’s what we’ll do: talk over dinner.” I try for a disarming grin, afraid I’m botching it up and make myself look slightly deranged.
She presses her lips together, but amusement sparkles in those eyes. “Didn’t know you were talking ‘date’, nor can I remember saying yes to anything.” She left that door wide open, and I’ll be damned if I don’t go barging in.
Leaning closer I pin her with my eyes. “I fondly remember a time you were saying yes to everything.
When the meaning of my words register, her eyes darken and she sharply takes in a breath. “No fair,” she whispers.
“I know,” I whisper back, never losing eye contact.
A war wages on her face before she finally concedes on a sigh.
“Oh fine.”
Despite the grudging response, the words are music to my ears. It’s only later, when I finally do leave the pub to go home, that I remember my earlier resolve to steer clear of complications.
Well, so much for that.

Blog Tour Schedule:
April 11th                         
Royal Lioness Lisa            Review
For the Love of Books and Alcohol           Excerpt
She's a Lip Biter               Review
Sinful Swag and Sass      Excerpt
Coffee Books & Art         Excerpt
Devilishly dirty book blog            Review
April 12th                         
SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews         Excerpt
Live To Read ~Krystal     Excerpt
A Sky Full of Stars Blog                 Playlist
Chelles Life in Books       Review
April 13th                         
Untamed Bibliophiles                  Review
Mikky's World Of Books               Excerpt
panty dropping book blog           Excerpt
Adventures in Writing    Excerpt
Southern Vixens Book Obsessions           Excerpt
Ripe For Reader               Interview
April 14th                         
G & T's Indie Café           Excerpt
Tattered Book Blog         Review
The Literary Vixen           Review
Oh My Growing TBR       Review
Extreme Bookaholics     Excerpt
Collector of book boyfriends      Excerpt
April 15th                        
Renee Entress's Blog      Review
Hike2Forty and beyond               Excerpt
Book Loving Pixies          Review
butterfly book blog         Review
Pop Fizz Clink Read         Review
T&L Book Reviews          Excerpt
Alpha Book Club              Review
Book Flirts          Excerpt

Cruel Water Synopsis:
Innocence marked her…
Violation crippled her…
Love left her raw…
The life she carefully rebuilt is challenged when she is confronted with the sins from her past. The carefully applied protection is at once ripped away, leaving her exposed and vulnerable.
Her single night of indulgence with the silver-eyed stranger is only the beginning. He sees right to the heart of her and she is unable to ward off emotions that have been deeply buried. With the sting of betrayal still fresh in her soul, she’s surprised to find herself opening up to the honest integrity of the sharp-eyed, rough-looking biker.
When he lost everyone who mattered, he was left without roots and learned to be content simply living in the moment. Completely unprepared for the feisty blonde bartender with old pain marring her clear-blue eyes, he questions his own rules of detachment, as she unwittingly finds a way under his skin.
Appearances deceive and when the masks fall away, revealing deep, dark secrets, there is nothing left but to hang onto each other and survive the storm.

 Freya Barker Bio:
Freya Barker inspires with her stories about 'real’ people, perhaps less than perfect, each struggling to find their own slice of happy.
A recipient of the RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for best first book, “Slim To None,” Freya has since published eight books. She continues to spin story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!

Buy Links:
”Cruel Water” (Portland, ME, #2)

previous PORTLAND, ME, Novels:

”From Dust” (#1)

Amazon (universal):

More from Freya Barker:

Slim To None (#1)


Hundred To One (#2)


Against Me (#3)


Clean Lines (#4)


Upper Hand (#5)


Like Arrows (#6)


Twitter:  @freya_barker


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  1. Thank you so much for participating in my blog tour!! xox Freya B.

  1. I loved this book thank you for sharing it!

  1. steph y said...:

    Sounds like an interesting story. Thanks for featuring this book.

  1. I love this title. I brings up all kinds of images.

  1. gemiinii said...:

    Sounds like a great read and I love the cover!

    Betul E.

  1. Karen M. said...:

    Loved the excerpt - sounds like a great read.

  1. Mindy Bel said...:

    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    I really liked the book excerpt and would like to read it.