Photographer Ralph Haraldsson’s birthday celebration starts to turn disastrous when he runs into his ex, and it seems to be headed downhill from there. Julian Franzese, an off-duty cop with a hotter-than-sin body, gets co-opted to take Ralph home when the friends he came with run into problems. Even though they’ve never met before, Julian defends Ralph’s wounded pride from his ex and his body from a creepy patron. The relationship starts out cool, but Ralph soon warms up to the persistent Texan, and as they get to know each other, the temperature continues to rise. But Ralph has a couple of secrets: an old injury that could make a difference, and the room he keeps locked up behind his studio—a room where only those who play by the rules can enter. What might Julian think if Ralph shows him all his hidden colors?
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Reviews for Coloring Outside the Lines
Coloring Outside the Lines was reviewed on Guilty Indulgence Romance Review by Tyra with the rating of 4 chocolate-dipped strawberries on 12/29/2013.
Coloring Outside the Lines was reviewed on MM Good Book Reviews by Tams with the rating of 4 Hearts on 12/31/2013.
Ralph rolled his eyes at the interruption to his mental tirade, not to mention the exaggerated drawl. “Please.” Last he checked, Texas was east. As in, welllll east. He turned to the interloper to give him a very vocal smack down. He was doing just fine pouting alone, thank you. He just caught his tongue from rolling out loose and free. The snark-filled, biting remark was cut off at the pass. “Uh, hello.” Da-yum.
Shoulder to shoulder, eyes the color of sweetened cappuccino gleamed at him from beneath too-perfect eyebrows, surrounded by some of the thickest, darkest eyelashes Ralph had ever had the good fortune to see up close and personal. He was definitely delicious, and Ralph had seen all brands, types, and breeds when it came to men, naked and clothed.
It was a good thing Ralph’s lungs worked on autopilot because this guy had sucked every atom of oxygen right out of Ralph’s chest. Immediately, his mind’s eye began putting him in different poses and lights, wanting to capture all that handsome to save, and maybe to savor. God, the gorgeous things he could do with this man. And that was with his clothes on.
His new admirer shifted where he stood, putting him just that much too close for comfort.
Ralph batted him away, the move snapping him out of his stupor. “Personal space. I don’t even know your name.”
“Julian.” The gorgeous man purred it into Ralph’s ear. The ensuing rush of lust that coursed through Ralph’s body was hotter than lava. “Why are you sitting here all alone, a beautiful treat like you?”
“I’m not alone.”
A deeper-than-brown eyebrow arched teasingly. “Oh?” He blatantly searched the table. “I’m sorry. I didn’t see your imaginary friend.”
Ralph growled. “That’s not even close to being funny.” Gratefully, Ralph spotted Tony weaving back to the table then. “See?”
“Deduction. He’s not yours.”
Ralph gasped, leaning to stare upward into Mr. Perfect’s face. “Why would you say that?”
“He’s wearing a ring. You are not. Plus, three drinks. Unless Mr. Imaginary is real, I sincerely doubt that is for me.”
The light stroke of fingers at the small of his spine had his cock twitching like a flag in a brisk wind. From a touch. Ralph wanted to grind his teeth. “So you’re an infuriating charmer?” He twisted his lips in mockery. Good looks be damned. The man was arrogant as hell.
Diana DeRicci is the sexy, flirty pen name of Diana Castilleja. A romance author at heart, DeRicci’s writing takes you into a saucier spectrum of sensuality and sexual adventure, where a happily-ever-after is still the key to any story. Diana lives in Central Texas with her husband, one son, and a feisty little Chihuahua named Rascal. You can catch the latest news on all of Diana DeRicci’s writing and books on her website.
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Interview with Holly Hewson
HH: Diana, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Coloring Outside the Lines and the second book in your Different Paths to Love series. What can you first tell us about this amazing series?
DD: Hi and thank you so much for having me! The Different Paths to Love Series is a novella length line of stories. Each one follows a common thread, normal everyday people living this thing called a life, and hopefully finding the right person to share it with. As with everything else, each is a varied story and any twist and turn may happen — as with real lives, nothing is a straight line.
HH: What can you tell us about the first book?
DD: Second Chance at Love is Tony and Brandon’s story. Tony came to me after the loss of his partner. After more than a decade together, he was drifting. When Brandon shows up, literally on his doorstep, a new beginning is waiting for him. Only it’s not a package he’s comfortable with right away.
HH: How does Coloring Outside the Lines continue it?
DD: Ralph is Tony’s photographer for the publishing company he owns. He also does freelance and outside work, and as his story comes forward, you learn it’s not all in what you see about Ralph, but in what you don’t.
HH: What do you like about Ralph and why will readers identify with him?
Ralph is multi-layered, like many people, I believe. He’s a professional, but he’s not dower and all about business. He loves a good picture and anything with color even more. He’s energetic and serious. I think the varied pieces of Ralph make him very identifiable for readers, as everyone can find one or more angles that they are like Ralph.
HH: What do you like best about Julian and why will readers love him?
DD: Julian — He’s the human version of a pit bull. He just gets it, and he knows when it’s right. At first, it’s attraction, then it’s Ralph’s sass. Getting to know the man opens doors for Julian that makes him determined to not let the man get away. He also appreciates Ralph, his work and ethic, and his vision, something that Ralph has only experienced on a business level, never personally.
HH: Will there be more to come in this series?
DD: I’ve had prods for Shrek’s story. So I’m going to say yes.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
DD: Right now, I’m working on Not Quite Broken, Dex from The Good Life. His story has been very challenging, emotionally and physically because of his circumstances. Those who are familiar with TGL know.
HH: What are you reading now?
DD: Honestly, I’m not. I know. Bad author! When I’m in a deep story I usually hold off on reading new work, and then binge read over a few days to fill up the tank for a while.
HH: What appearances do you have coming up in 2014?
DD: This year I’m going to be in Houston for the Houston Author’s Bash February 22.
Then at The Novel Experience Even in Atlanta at the end of March.
And lastly (Whew!) I’ll be in Charlotte for Authors After Dark in August.
HH: Where can readers find you online?