Thursday, March 3, 2022

RELEASE BLITZ - The Kiss List by Maya Hughes

Title: The Kiss List
Series: Fulton U Rivals #2
Author: Maya Hughes
Genre: New Adult/College Sports Romance
Release Date: March 3, 2022

If I were on fire, she’d break out the marshmallows.

It’s not that we don’t like each other, more like hate with the fury of a thousand suns. But it wasn’t always that way.

I still remember how her lips tasted. How they felt pressed against mine. How I wanted more.

How I still crave her. Our disastrous night together ended with her storming out, me wondering if I’d ever be able to show my face on campus again and us as bitter enemies.

When a campus competition is announced to find the most in love couple, she’s the last person I thought I’d turn to for help. But the prize could change both our lives. An internship for her and a chance to finally connect with my father. It’s too hard to resist. Just like her heated glares and tempting curves.

To win, we’ve got to prove to everyone we’re a couple. Head over heels, can’t keep our hands off each other in love. Fake the hell out of it for our chance at glory.

Maybe we’re a little too good at selling it to the whole campus because the lines haven’t just been blurred, they've gone up in flames. Can I convince her I want us to be together for real and keep the prize? Or will I lose them both?



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“Thirty minutes. That’s how long we have until registration closes. If you’d had another way, you’d have already entered.”
Her shoulders sank. “We’re going to have to be disgustingly loved up on each other in public.”
It wouldn’t be a chore. It would be less than a chore, which was part of how this whole problem started in the first place. But I hoped being around her might immunize me to the feelings she stirred in me when she touched me. “I’m willing to make the sacrifice if you are.”
A flare burned in her gaze. “You are a dick.”
“What? You’re so excited to make out with me in public?”
“There was a time I wouldn’t have minded, but that’s now buried under a glacier. It’s practically a prehistoric feeling.” She adjusted the strap on the bag slung over her shoulder. “But if you’re serious, I’m game.”
The crowd cheered in my head and I stopped myself from doing an end-zone dance. “Do you want to give this a trial run?” The words stalled and my heart raced. A pounding gallop thudded in my chest. I wiped my sweaty palms on my jeans.
She paused, then nodded like she’d been told her frostbitten arm would be amputated. “Fine, let’s do this.” Her feet were toe to toe with mine.
The first time we’d been this close since August. The first chance to touch her since then. I swallowed past the ball of sawdust lodged in my throat and reached for her cheek.
She jerked back, slapping my hand. “What, are we supposed to press our lips together and that’s it? If it’s going to be a real kiss, then it needs to be a real kiss.”
Her gaze hardened. “Fine.” She closed her eyes, shook out her body, and took a deep breath.
Annoyance pinched at the tingle of anticipation rushing down my spine. “We’re not entering into the uneven bars gymnastics final. It’s a kiss.”
“I just need to mentally prepare.” She glared at me. “So I don’t puke all over you.”
“It’s not like we haven’t kissed before.” Her soft lips. Her tongue. Her taste. My brain still sizzled with the brand.
“Don’t remind me.”
Irritation scratched at the base of my skull although my body hummed being this close to her. “Five weeks is all it will take.”


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Releasing May 5

Maya Hughes, that's me!, can often be found sneaking in another chapter while hiding in the bathroom from her kids! :-) I'm a romance writer who loves taking inspiration from everyday life, namely my husband and biggest fan. Inspiration also strikes when I hear a song, meet someone new or daydream while at soccer practice.

I love writing stories that capture the possibilities of the paths less travelled and enjoy experiencing life through my characters’ eyes.

I'm the mom of three little ones, the wife to an amazing husband and also work full time. Some of my favorite things are cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, white wine, laughing until I can't breathe, traveling with my family and Jeff Goldblum.

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