Maggie Blackbird

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Today, I’m hosting author Elsa Winckler’s latest release Loving Brooke, book three in the Unexpected Love series, a contemporary romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.


Title: Loving Brooke
Series: Unexpected Love Series, book #3
Author: Elsa Winckler
Publication Date: October 11, 2022
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance

Can two friends fake love or will their fake relationship end their real friendship?

Blurb:  Irritated by their families continued efforts to get them together, good friends widow Brooke Johnson and Gavin Wilson decide to fake a relationship for the next two weeks. But then Gavin kisses her, making her aware of the desires she’d suppressed for so long.

Suddenly, Brooke struggles to focus on finishing paintings for an upcoming exhibition and her simple life becomes way more complicated than before.

When a creepy gallery manager makes her life unpleasant, Gavin wants to take control of the situation and red lights flicker. Brooke had made a vow to handle her own problems rather than relying on someone. Her husband’s death had left her in the dark about finances. She couldn’t let Gavin take over but will their new romance stand up to her hands off attitude? Or will Brooke learn that it’s okay to lean on the ones you love sometimes?

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But in the small town of Alisson, Montana, love will find a way.

She began pacing again. “We haven’t thought this through. Oh, I like your kisses, toe-curling as I’ve said, but what about Connor? He’s desperate for a father figure in his life, and he already likes you. How will he handle our fake relationship? What do we tell him and what happens when we break up?” Out of breath, she finally stopped pacing and looked at Gavin.

He was staring at her.

She threw up her arm. “Great. You’re already sorry about the whole mess. Well, unless you run after my mother and stop her from telling another soul, everyone in Alisson will know we’re a couple before night falls.”

“So you like my kisses? Toe-curling, you call them.”

Brooked opened and closed her mouth a few times before she could string words together. “That’s all you got, from everything else I’ve said?”

He approached her slowly. “You haven’t answered my question. You liked my kisses?” By the time he’d finished speaking, they were toe to toe.

She rolled her eyes. “Seriously? We have things to discuss, a contract to sign… Where is the contract, by the way?”

“I’ll answer your question when you answer mine.”

She threw both her hands in the air. “Yes, damn it, I liked your kisses. I dreamed about your kisses. Hap—?”

His mouth was on hers before she could finish speaking. His lips were warm and urgent. Within seconds, a wild torrent of passion nearly lifted her off her feet. In a desperate attempt to stay upright, she grabbed hold of his arms, but that was a mistake. Beneath her fingers, hard muscles rippled, making her already heated blood nearly boiling hot.

She shouldn’t be doing this. Kissing Gavin Wilson was such a bad idea. Enjoying Gavin Wilson’s kissing was an even worse one, but how did she stop this when it felt so incredibly right? Right?


With superhuman effort, she pulled back. They were both panting.

Quickly, she moved away and turned her back on Gavin. “That… I told you that can’t happen again!” She had difficulty getting the words out.

For long minutes, all she could hear was his heavy breathing. Or was it hers?

“Can I tell you what I think of your so-called contract?”

She turned to face him again. “You were the one who thought faking a relationship was a good idea. I agreed, but with conditions—”

He swore. Her eyes widened. She’d never heard him swear before.

Slowly, he advanced while pulling something out of the pocket of his jeans. It was the contract. He ripped it in four pieces. “This is what I think of you so-called contract.


Elsa has been reading love stories for as long as she can remember and when she ‘met’ the classic authors like Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Henry James The Brontë sisters, etc. during her Honors studies, she was hooked for life.

She married her college boyfriend and they are fortunate to live in the picturesque little seaside village of Betty’s Bay, South Africa.

She adores writing kissing books with strong, beautiful, feisty, independent and headstrong heroines and dashing Alpha heroes who loves fiercely and protects the ones they love. Her stories typically incorporate the family background of the characters to better understand where they come from and who they are when we meet them in the story.

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