Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Excerpt Finding Home (True North #1) by Allie Juliette Mousseau


"When you're lost... True North" The North brothers were hell on wheels-adrenaline-junky bad boys. You’d think they had a death wish – every one of them – but they didn’t really, they just got off on the thrill of pushing every limit, that gravity or any other force told them they couldn’t conquer. What they weren't prepared for were the women that would steal their hearts.

Livie Morrisey is dreading seeing Jake after his heroic homecoming from Afghanistan. She's been in love with Jake North since she was a little girl, but he's three-and-a-half years older than her and her big brother’s best friend. She was always nothing but the off-limits little sister – until the night before Jake left for the Army, when he'd given her her first kiss. They'd kept in touch for a year, but once Jake was deployed to Afghanistan, he'd cut off contact suddenly and she'd never heard from him again.

For the past three years Livie has kept herself distracted with homework and her university studies, but now Jake's going to be up close and personal. And Livie can’t decide if tonight's finally the night to prove to Jake she’s all grown up or the night she should let him go forever.


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"Brilliant and emotional! Jake has just been added to my top ten book heroes of all time, and that's a damn selective list to be on. Great story, great writing, great characters...need I say more?" - Nicole Bex 'N Books

"A BEAUTIFUL & HEALING STORY AHH! SO GOOD! This is a must read! This is the beginning to what promises to be an amazing series of books!"- Swoon Worthy Books

"I need more than 5 stars!!!! The story completely grabbed me. Trust me; this is a book that is one-click material. Then one-click for a friend."- The Pink Bookshelf Blog

"An amazing NA romance with real heart! True North: Finding Home highlights the resiliency of the human spirit, even in the darkest of circumstances and shows us that love and light can truly lead us home. If you're a fan of NA romance, then you will LOVE this book!"- Feed Your Fiction Addiction

"Refreshing, sweet, sexy and very surprising!  Be ready to read Livie and Jake's story it'll be one hell of a thrilling ride!!!" - Scandalous Book Blog

"Wow, This was an amazing read!! It hooked me right from the beginning.  ~Amazeballs Book Addicts

"Jake! So there are these games Jake, Livie, and their friends play and Livie knows how to dominate that game... I hope the next book is as entertaining as this one." -Andrewsheath; Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer; Crazy Vermonter Book Blog

"I almost NEVER 5 star a book anymore. This is a MUST READ!!! Everyone should read this book - ESPECIALLY if you have loved ones that are or have served."-Jennifer

"Bravo!!! True North... will be The BEST Book you will ever have the Honor of Reading!!!"- Heatheranne

As we headed back to the party, we heard everyone chanting Jake’s name. A group had formed around the picnic table on the deck where Jake and Charlie, a friend of theirs, were playing a drinking game.
Charlie looked pretty bad while Jake looked like he was just getting started. They pushed back a shot each and turned the cup upside down on the table. Jake had a sizable shot glass pyramid in front him while Charlie’s was just growing. I could tell Charlie wasn’t Jake’s first opponent.
“Dude, you suck! But in a good way.” Charlie reached over to grasp hands with Jake.
Everyone laughed, and Jessica shouted, “Jake wins again!”
She pulled his arm up to show him off as champion then bent down to give him a kiss. The inside of my mouth turned to copper. But as she closed in, he blocked her face with his hand and shook his head. My stomach did cartwheels!
Jessica frowned but tried to act like nothing happened.
“WHO SHALL BE THE NEXT CONTENDER?” Sam North growled into the crowd, lifting his arms up over his head like Rocky on the Philly Art Museum steps. His silver studded belt glinted in the firelight, and his wrists were covered in leather and silver bands.
Sam was always brave and outspoken, always going for what he wanted. I wished I could be more like him; Julia and I were still trying to find our secret formulas or mojo or something to help us hit our targets.
“I’ll take him on.”
Wow! That was one way to get noticed. All eyes fell on me.
Damn, people—look away!
Jake looked at me like he must have heard me wrong.
“Jeesh, you guys, it’s a game not a rite of passage. Let’s just have a little fun.” As soon as I said it, Jake almost cracked a smile.
I sat down opposite him and got ready.
I cocked an eyebrow and tried playing it tough. “So what’s the drink?”
“It’s been vodka, but I know you hate that, so how about rum?”
Did he know his eyes ignited every part of me? He didn’t even have to try.
“Let’s put a spin on it,” Jules chimed in. “If she needs a break she can tag me.”
Laughter ensued. Jules was not known for holding her liquor.
“Hey she’s not a pansy-ass!” I defended. “She’s my second. I don’t mind the handicap.”
I saw Nate walk over to the DJ, who looked like he was facilitating the game, and said something to him.
Jake hadn’t taken his eyes off of me since I’d sat down.
The DJ announced, “Ladies and Gentlemen, since we’re dealing with little sisters we’ll be toning down the questions a notch.”
I groaned as everyone around us laughed. Meanwhile Jake’s expression never changed.
I leaned back into Jules. “Questions?”
“It’s a truth or dare game,” she whispered in my ear. “I thought you knew.”
Fuck. Me.

The DJ put on Earshot’s “Wait,” and Drew came up with a bottle of rum and filled each of our shot glasses.
“First question goes to the lady,” The DJ announced. I panicked. I didn’t even know the rules! “Name three things that make you go weak at the knees.”
Easy, Jake, Jake and Jake. “Brown eyes, tattoos and muscular arms.”
The crowd whooped and whistled, and I was sure a small smile came through Jake’s tough exterior. He picked up his shot while penetrating me with my favorite warm, deep brown eyes in the world and tossed his head back before adding his glass to his pyramid. He was in nothing but a t-shirt, and I had never seen the tats that now decorated his arms. I wanted to move closer to examine them and ask him what each meant, but the DJ threw me when he said, “Our champion’s question is … Imagine you have two hours left to live. You get to spend those precious hours with the lady of your dreams. What would you do to her?”
Holy hell!
At this, the crowd went wild. I was sure every girl was swooning. If these were the toned down questions, I wondered what the regular questions were like. I was already feeling all hot and bothered and he hadn’t even answered the question yet.
“I’d touch her so sensually, so artistically, I’d make her forget any man she ever had before me. I’d slide my lips across her ear and bite the flesh there before I trailed the vein of her neck with hot kisses and nips from my teeth, all while I buried my hands in her long, thick raven hair.” He’d just described my hair. I hoped no one noticed the blood rushing into my face as he continued, “I’d follow that path all the way to her most intimate places and do the same there until she begged me for release, but I wouldn’t give it to her just yet.” As Jake went on with his description, his eyes followed along my body until he reached the table—Mr. X-Ray vision was at a loss. Nope—he just kept his eyes on the table in the exact space that hid me from him and used his imagination. All my nerves fired like it was Chinese New Year.
I picked up my shot and saluted him. I was a mess. I downed the shot, flipped over the empty glass and put it on my loser’s pyramid. My face must have been as red as an apple.
“Ooooo-kay! Very descriptive. Good show.” The DJ put on Black Keys before announcing, “Now, ladies and gents, we have bets rolling on this next question.” He paused for dramatic effect. “Will our girl give up her truth or forfeit and drink her shot?” The crowd clapped and shouted, and terror shot through me.
“Describe the undergarments you’re wearing right now.”
The guys in the audience whistled and the girls oohed.
This one was kinda easy. “I’m not.”
Jakes eyes closed, and the corners of his mouth tugged up.
Damn, I was embarrassed and knew my face had gone through all kinds of shades of red, but I was still in the game. Jake took the shot and held his gaze away from mine for a moment. I was hoping he had to recuperate just as much as I did.
“Jake, it falls back to you. What is your favorite sex toy?”
The crowd shouted excitedly and offered a few ideas of their own, but Jake answered, “Handcuffs.”
Drew filled my glass and I promptly emptied it, thinking about Jake having me in handcuffs, doing everything he’d just described. The combined effect of that hot fantasy and the alcohol made the space between my legs start to sizzle. So much so that I had to rearrange the way I was sitting.
When the crowd calmed it was my turn again.
“We have a fun situation having two opponents of the opposite sex. So to spice it up, this next dare is that Olivia has to act as if she’s having an orgasm and cry out Jake’s name as she does it.”
The level of rowdy went from five to ten faster than a V8 engine can go from 0 to 60.

Allie Juliette Mousseau writes sexy, emotionally-charged New Adult and Adult Romance in a variety of genres and temperatures. 

She also creates captivating YA worlds through the magic of ink.

Check out Allie's music soundtracks for the True North Novels on Amazon and YouTube!

She can always be found writing, playing in puddles with her children, hiking with her husband, or adventuring somewhere in the world. Her favorite place to write on warm days is outdoors, but when the weather gets too cold, she'll be inside at her desk inspired by the mountain view from her home office in Montana where she lives with her loving husband, children, and golden retriever.

She loves to travel and lived for three years in her RV with her family while visiting the national parks and forests of the U.S. and a couple Canadian provinces.

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