Sunday, 29 April 2012

Book Release: An Engagement Challenge

Yay! The day finally arrived. My 4th eBook is out and as I promised all you my wonderful readers, it's a long one. 
It's a full-length romance filled with suspense, emotional conflict and sizzling erotic bliss.  You won't be disappointed.
So without further ado, I present An Engagement Challenge, Book 2 in the Challenge series. 

Read the excerpt and answer the question at the bottom by leaving me a comment and you could be selected to receive a free copy of the eBook. Winner will be announced on Monday 30 April 2012.


Book Title: An Engagement Challenge
Author: Kiru Taye
Series: Challenge series, book 2
Published: 27 April 2012 (eBook)
Length: Novel (75,000 words)
Category: Inter-racial, contemporary romance, romantic suspense
Heat level: Sensual/Spicy (3.5 flames)
Tags: Adult romance, light bondage

Book 2 of the contemporary romance Challenge series, set in Nigeria. Three friends. Three challenges. Are they willing to risk everything for love? 

When savvy PR consultant Ijay Amadi meets successful Industrialist Paul Arinze, the only things on her mind are to forget the pain of her failed relationship and enjoy the delights his branding touch and soul-searing kiss promise. It’s a one-time only event. Perfect.

However, Paul is annoyed to wake up and find her gone the next morning. He isn’t ready to forget the dark-haired beauty or their scorching night together just yet. So he plans to have Ijay right where he wants her—in Abuja, working on his latest business project by day and enjoying the pleasure of his bed by night.

Except when Ijay arrives, she’s wearing another man’s engagement ring. With the explosive desire between them threatening their priorities and loyalties, the stakes get higher by the minute. Who’ll be left standing at the altar when Ijay walks down the aisle?


Paul let out a sigh as he took a sip of his drink. Perhaps it was time to call it a night. He was due to catch a flight out of London tomorrow afternoon. A good night’s sleep wouldn’t go amiss.

As he turned, the door to the balcony opened, letting out the noise from the bar and along with it, a sexy goddess.

Long dark tresses framed an oval face of flawless buttery cream, her curvaceous body in a beautiful navy lace dress that stopped just above the knees exposing satiny legs and feet in wedge sandals. For a moment she stood still, one leg paused over the threshold, the other already outside. In the pose she looked breathtaking with the dim lights from inside framing her in a silhouette.

“Sorry, I didn’t mean to disturb you. I just wanted some fresh air. I’ll come back later,” she rattled out, the chant of her velvety voice set the blood in his veins alight.

She lowered her gaze, pulling the corner of her lower lip with her teeth in a nervous smile. Her diffident expression had his heart hammering in his chest, sending pulses of granite need down his body.

For the first time in weeks, his body responded to the sight of a woman with desire. An instant overwhelming craving.  Perhaps he wasn’t fatigued. He just needed the right woman.

This woman.

“No. Stay. There’s plenty of fresh air to share.” He straightened languorously and lifted his lips in a rapacious grin, all thought of leaving early, fizzled into the cool night air.

Stepping out fully, she closed the door behind her, leaving them in near silence. She moved to the end of the balcony away from him and put her hands against the railing.

“I love this view of London. I love coming out here whenever I’m in this building,” she said, her tone conversational. Yet her soft voice sent spikes of heat into his veins.

“I have to say I like this view too. I don’t see much of London when I’m here. So it’s great to see it all lit up at night,” Paul replied, glad that she was talking. For some reason he wanted to listen to sound of her voice.

He turned back to look out over the balcony, placing his palms on the cold metal. Even from the distance of about six feet, he could sense her heat.  He pictured her leaning across to brush his hand with hers. A warm shiver travelled down his spine.

“You don’t live in the city?” she asked, turning to face him in the near darkness.

From this angle, her face was a contrast of light and shade. Still, he could make out the gentle contour of her almond-shaped eyes, staring at him with curiosity. He wondered at their colour. He wanted to find out.


“I guessed as much.”

“Why do you say that?” Paul leaned on the railing, turning his body and giving her his undivided attention. The pleasure of watching the bright city lights paled in comparison to the excitement in his blood at watching her luminous skin and graceful curves.

“I don’t know. There was just something about you that didn’t seem like a local.”
Her lips curved wider in a luscious smile. He fought the urge to taste her lips, tightening his grip on the railing instead. It was too soon. He didn’t want her skittering away in fright.

“You’re good then. I’m only in London for tonight. Tomorrow, I’m off to Abuja.”

“Oh. That’s a shame.” Was that disappointment in her voice? Did she feel this flaming hunger he felt too? “You won’t get to see much of London in just one day.”

“I guess not.” The urge to touch her skin drew him closer. “I’m Paul Arinze.”
He stopped at arm’s length and extended his arm. Without hesitation, she placed her hand in his, her stare bold and holding his. On connection, a warm tingle spread from his hand down his back. Her hand was soft and warm. Yet she held his hand firmly. Confidently.

“I’m Ijay Amadi.” Her voice was sultry, like a soft caress on his skin.

The throbbing of his arousal increased. The heady mix of her timidity and trust made him want to crush her soft curves against his hardness. If she had this effect on him just holding his hand, what would it feel like on the rest of his body? He wanted to find out. Shame he only had tonight.

“So are you here as a guest?” Reluctantly, he released her hand, missing its heat already.

“No. I work for Havers & Child PR Agency. I organised the product launch event earlier and this party.”

Paul didn’t return to his original position. He stood close to Ijay. She didn’t move away. He took that as a good sign. “That’s great. Congratulations, you did a splendid job. If I ever want to plan a party, you’re the lady to know.”

“I sure am.” She laughed, dug in her purse, and handed him a business card. He took it and slipped it into his pocket. “And if you need to know the best places and people to have at your party, I’m the girl to know too.”

“I wonder, are you the girl to know if I need a personal guide to show me around the best spots in London tonight?”

His question hung in the air for a moment. She didn’t reply immediately. In the shadows of the balcony, he couldn’t read the expression on her face. He wondered if he’d pushed the boundaries too hard too quickly.  There was something about this woman that soothed his edgy feeling. Somehow he knew she felt the combustible arc of desire between them.

“I could be.”


“No buts. Give me ten minutes to make sure someone covers for me and I’ll be all yours.” The suggestive, sensual tone of her voice got his blood fizzing out of control.

Damn, he wanted her. He’d never thought himself the one-night-stand kind of man. Yet he was impatient with anticipation. The rush of blood southward, swelling his already aching shaft.

He nodded. “I can’t wait.”

She walked to the door, paused and looked at him. “I’ll hurry.” She beamed him another sexy smile and disappeared through the door.


Oh, if this excerpt wasn't spicy enough for you, then check out the snippet I posted over at The Nuthouse Scribblers. Better still, download the ebook and enjoy reading it over the weekend. For those waiting for the paperback, it'll be out in May. The date to be confirmed.

If you haven't read A Valentine Challenge, take advantage of the FREE download available for a limited period via All Romance eBooks.

Question: Which city in Nigeria is Paul travelling to the next day? 
Clue: It starts with the letter A.

Remember to leave your answer in the comment for your chance to win. Also, make sure you leave your contact details, so I can reach you if you win. 

I've shared this as a Sunday Snippet. Check out all the other sexy snippets HERE.
Have a great weekend. 


  1. Hi Kiru. I don't like to sound dumb but I couldn't see easily where to read an extract. And I tried to download Valentine and it failed.Grr.


  2. The answer is Abuja. The excerpt popped up when I published my comment. D.

  3. Answer: Abuja.

    Just read the adult extract. Did I say 'read'? More like felt, lol! You're a verrry bad girl, Kiru! Write on!

  4. Abuja!

    Congrats on your latest release! And that was an awesome excerpt! I can't wait to read more:) I hope I win:P

    1. Thank you, Victoria. I hope you enjoy reading it.

  5. Lol. I don't need to tell you how much I love the book 'cos I'm sure you know! The answer is Abuja

  6. Chinwe Okpaleke Ubaezuonu28 April 2012 at 19:28

    The answer is Abuja.

  7. The answer is Ajuba, Kiru.

    Loved this excerpt. I love that first meeting of h/h when the air is full of possibilities :-)

    Def need to read this one. Wishing you lots of sales!

  8. Nice writing. I'm impressed! And I love the setting, the balcony, the fresh air.

    Wishing you much success with this release. I'm following your blog now too!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I wonder if I put up the wrong link on the linky? My Sunday Snippet this week is actually at Keta's Keep,

    Take care, Keta
    follow me on twitter, kids:

  9. Sensuality plus, Kiru! Thanks for sharing the excerpt.

  10. Dear Kiru,
    Abjua...I think?? Correct or not...great job!! Wishing you much success and yes, much SALES!! The flame of romance lives in you.

  11. Kiru,
    Thanks for joining us on Sunday Snippets. Sorry that my post wasn't up when you stopped by earlier. But it's up now....or was as of 8 am this I loved your excerpt - it was a wonderful addition to our hop!


    Oh and yeah...before I forget... the answer is Abjua....:D

  12. Wow! Girl! Hot stuff!

    Thanks for sharing the excerpt and congrats on the release!

  13. He is traveling to Abuja...looks like a goodie!

  14. How on earth have I missed this? Congrats, Kiru!

  15. Wowza! The sensuality is leaping off the page. When these two connect, there will be fireworks for sure. Great excerpt, Kiru.

  16. Abuja
    This is going to be a steamy read!

  17. Thank you so much everyone for your lovely comments. Congratulations to the winners. I hope you enjoy reading it.

  18. The winners are:

    Adura Ojo
    Doris O'Connor
    Victoria Teoh

  19. Hi Kiru,

    First read of your work and I totally enjoyed it! You're talented. I am titillated and tantalized for sure. Will have to put this on my Nook wish list.

    Thank God for Twitter. You never know who you will find :). Well met.


    1. Thank you, Coco. I really appreciate the compliment. Thank God for Twitter. :)

  20. Kiru, as always I am in awe of your talent. I love your style! Reading this made me wish I could take a holiday just to read your books. This excerpt of An Engagement is mind-blowing awesome and tantalizing. Congratulations with your success in this genre.


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