THIS BOOK IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS YEAR!!!!
I absolutely fell in LOVE with FOUR LETTER WORD ya'll.
It is such a good book. And I am 110% positive that you will fall in love just as much as I have with Brian and Syd.
J.Daniels wrote an amazing book, and I cannot tell you enough just how much you need this story in your life
Fate. Hate. Love. Lies. Which four letter word will change their lives forever?
Sydney Paige was never so mortified to hear the words "wrong number" in her life. She meant to tell off the guy who broke her best friend's heart, but unleashed her anger on a perfect stranger instead. And now her world is turned upside down by the captivating man who wants to keep her on the line.
Brian Savage is living a life he's quickly come to hate—until Sydney's wild rant has him hooked and hungry for more. Soon the sexy woman on the phone becomes the lover in his bed. But Brian has secrets, and the closer he lets Syd get, the harder it is to shield her from the devastating mistakes of his past . . .
Listen to two clips from the audiobook from FOUR LETTER WORD, narrated by Sebastian York and Kate Russell
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I’d been in Dogwood a month and had been down to the ocean only once. Insane, right? I lived at the beach and I wasn’t experiencing it.
It hadn’t been a priority, and honestly, I didn’t have a lot of free time on my hands.
When I wasn’t picking up shifts at Whitecaps, I was talking on the phone to Brian, shut up in my room or doing it lying on the couch if Tori wasn’t home.
Now I wasn’t shut up in my room or lying on the couch, quilt-covered and heart-shattered. I was no longer talking on the phone to Brian and I wanted to see the ocean. I wanted to feel the sand beneath my feet and skim the waves with my hand.
I had tons of free time tonight while Tori got laid. Might as well make the most of it.
I took the stairs down a level and stepped out beneath the deck.
A couple was sitting on a hammock going at it like their boat was sinking, sloppy-suctioning kisses and need-filled moans spilling into the air.
There had to be a handful of empty rooms in that house. They couldn’t pick one and save me the surround sound?
I followed the sand-covered path down the beach, taking small sips of my daiquiri as I went. Deep voices grew louder the closer I got to the water. I wasn’t paying much attention to them. I was looking ahead and forward to feeling the temperature of the ocean and maybe even finding a couple of pretty shells when the voices grew loud enough to hear clearly.
That’s when it happened.
I stopped, feet frozen and ears alert when one of the voices not only grew loud enough to focus on but also registered in my mind as a voice I’d possibly heard before.
“Don’t know why I gotta keep repeating myself. It wasn’t like that,” the man said, sounding irritated. “She was sweet and good to talk to. Funny and cute about shit. Real cute. The fact that she was also a stunner didn’t surprise me. I heard it in her voice. But for the last fuckin’ time, and I mean this, I’m not saying it again, that’s not what got me. I was fucked before I even saw her picture.”
“You saying you were gone for a girl you never fucking met, Brian? Not possible,” the other guy replied.
I sucked in a breath.
A phantom heartbeat fluttered in my chest.
With gentle steps, I moved closer to the voices, reached the end of the path, and peeked around an overgrown bush, spotting the two men standing on the beach.
I watched the one guy, taller than the other, who had his back to me, cross his arms over his chest and say to his friend, “Yeah, that’s what I’m saying. You talk to Sydney one fuckin’ time and you’ll know where I’m coming from. It was that fuckin’ good.”
I squeaked then. Not a gasp but a squeak I tried to conceal with a quick hand to my mouth, cup hitting the sand, but it was too late.
They both heard it.
Two pairs of eyes sliced in my direction. I stared back at the one pair coming from the one voice I knew, in my blood and my bones and the breath filling me, I knew that voice and the man it belonged to.
He stared back, eyes narrowing to focus better, focusing enough to make me out where I stood then going round and filling with surprise.
Pain lanced through me.
I wanted to run. To him or away, I didn’t know which urge was stronger, and it felt like I was being pulled in both directions by forces I couldn’t fight so I stood there, staring back as my hand uncovered my mouth and skimmed my throat.
He was moving before I spoke, long legs closing in fast, and before I could blink, he was right in front of me, close enough to smell and feel if my eyes were closed but I definitely couldn’t test that theory right now.
I stared unconsciously into his face, tilting my head back to do so and taking in every inch of him.
Dark hair buzzed close to his scalp, thick eyebrows and deep green eyes, several days’ worth of stubble coating his jaw, which appeared sharp beneath it and full, perfect lips, parted as he breathed slow and heavily.
I knew he was.
“Oh, my God,” I whispered. “It’s you.”
He blinked, breath shuddering.
“You recognize me?” he asked.
I bit my lip to suppress a moan because, God, that voice. It melted my insides when it sweetly assaulted my ears and turned my bones to jelly. It always had but now, seeing the man behind it and the mouth responsible for it, watching it shape and twist those words so perfectly, I was done.
I blinked when he stepped closer.
“Syd,” he pressed, eyes desperate as they searched mine.
“Holy shit. Are you the girl?”
The other man moved beside us and slapped his hand against Brian’s back, who was keeping his eyes focused on me.
I looked to the friend and recognized Exhibit A from Whitecaps, who I now knew went by Cole.
“Uh,” I answered.
I was in shock. Was he expecting me to speak?
Cole grinned. “Small world,” he chuckled, looking between us. “Small fucking world. I’ll leave you two alone since you probably have a lot to talk about.”
He gave me a wink then shuffled past me and disappeared down the path, doing just that. Leaving us alone.
I was alone…with Brian.
Oh…God. Now what?
I looked up and met pleading greens, filled with desperation I could feel against my skin.
Questions and confusion swirled in my brain. My stomach was doing nothing but flips and excited little twists.
It was Brian. My body knew Brian and it was acting up impulsively, reacting to that smooth familiar voice and more, and when he reached out and held my face, thumb sweeping over my cheek as his lips whispered, “Wild,” soft and ache-filled, I stopped thinking and feeling altogether and sprang, launching myself at him and into his arms, which curled instantly around me, drawing me nearer and higher until our mouths met in a kiss that hurt and healed so deeply my soul cried out.
Knew it would be.
THE DIRTY DEEDS SERIES
FOUR LETTER WORD, #1
HIT THE SPOT, #2
Q&A With J. Daniels
1. Have you ever accidentally dialed the wrong number and ranted at them before?
Never! Although, if I did, I would feel just as bad as Syd does.
2. What was your favorite scene to write in this book? Probably when Brian and Syd finally meet face-to-face. The build up to that, the chemistry between them that you can feel when they first see each other, it was just pure magic. I loved it.
3. Chocolate or vanilla?
Vanilla in terms of ice cream. Chocolate in terms of every other sweet.
4. Who was your favorite character to write?
Syd. She was so quirky and fun and honest. I loved how she would ramble and how her heart was so open. She loved instantly, and I loved her for that.
5. What's the best part of being an author?
I get to put my crazy thoughts onto paper and people actually want to read them. Hearing readers say they enjoy my books still blows me away. I’ll never get used to that.
6. Aside from the hero and the heroine, which character did you love writing about?
JAMIE. God, what a jerk! I love him so much. His banter with Tori killed me. I love those two.
7. Name a book on your TBR right now that you can't wait to read.
The Bronze Horseman. I just snagged it and I’m dying to start!
8. What's next for J. Daniels?
Any other projects that you're doing right now that we should be aware of? I’m currently brainstorming the next two books in the Dirty Deeds series (Yes, there’s more!) And I’m also working on a few secret projects for 2017. I’d tell you, but then I’d have to sick Syd on you. And we all know how wild she can get.
9. Do you have a favorite snack that you like to munch on while writing?
Those sour Twizzlers. They aren’t messy.
10. When you are not busy writing wonderful stories to keep us lucky readers entertained, what do you like to do? Do you have a hobby?
I love piling my family into the car and going for long drives. No destination in mind. Especially in the fall, when we can keep the windows down. I also love to bake, but I don’t do it often. I’ll eat everything and leave none for my kids.
11. Do you have a favorite scene?
I loved the scene after girl’s night when Syd, Tori, Shay, and Kali are all attacking Wes’ car, dressed like cartoon characters. The guy’s showing up and dragging them away, and Tori’s interaction with Jamie. That entire scenario was crazy. I can’t imagine being a witness to that.
12. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received in your writing career?
Write the story you want to read. I can’t remember who told me that or where I read it, but I have it written down at my desk on a little post-it. It’s a good reminder.
13. What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve looked up in the name of research – or what do you think the government has maybe flagged you for?
Dick piercings. Also, I’ve Googled ‘does getting semen in your eye cause any permanent damage?’. I’m sure I’m being watched.
14. Which actor/actress would you like to see playing your main characters from FOUR LETTER WORD?
Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum were my muses for Syd and Brian. I mean, come on. How perfect would they be as Trouble and Wild?
15. Do you have any writing habits (i.e. At a coffee shop, in a writing nook at home)
I need quiet, or I’ll wear headphones. Noise distracts me. People distract me. I typically write at home in a room by myself, but that room changes all the time.
16. What are you most excited about this book?
That I finally get to share it with the everyone! I LOVE this story so much. Wild and Trouble and their world—Dogwood Beach. I want to live there and be friends with them.
17. If you had only one drink to write with ALL the time what would it be and why?
Water. I’m a water junkie. If I’m not drinking coffee, I’m drinking water.
18. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Write every day. Even if it’s only twenty words. WRITE. Stay inside your story. And remember why you’re writing it in the first place. Don’t lose that love.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
J. Daniels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Addiction series and the Alabama Summer series. She loves curling up with a good book, drinking a ridiculous amount of coffee, and writing stories her children will never read. Daniels grew up in Baltimore and resides in Maryland with her family.
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