Stare Him Down by Riley Murphy – Spotlight and Giveaway

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TOP This Dom’s life is turned upside down when he agrees to enter into a modern-day marriage of convenience with a woman who’s sassy and vanilla.

Only problem?

She’s not vanilla. And the side of sassy she comes with is sure to get them both into trouble when he finds out.

Enjoy an excerpt:

She closed her eyes and softly banged her head against the door. If she didn’t get the romantic ball rolling with him soon, her every chance with him could disappear. She hated having to throw Logan in the ring every time to get a reaction from James, but damn, how else could she…?

Suddenly another idea came to her.

She opened her eyes and looked down at the package. Did she dare?

The sounds of James moving around in the room next door cemented her decision. Absolutely. She’d do it.

In fact, by the time she’d washed up, unpacked the box of toys, and had given them a thorough going over, she’d convinced herself that James had really left her with no choice in the matter.


James got into bed and was determined to push thoughts of his in-name-only wife out of his mind. He was ready to count imaginary sheep, pennies, bouncing balls, real balls—damn—a picture of himself stationed quite happily between Michaela’s legs as he slammed into her over and over materialized—no.

“Think sheep. Count sheep. Sheep, sheep, sheep,” he whispered. Hoping to use this power of suggestion technique to his advantage. And it was working. He was slowly drifting off to sleep watching the…mechanical sheep? He tried to sink deeper into oblivion by overlooking the gears and metal parts that made the robotic animals leap effortlessly across the starlit landscape in his mind until…

He opened his eyes and stared at the ceiling. Why was he dreaming about mechanical—?


That soft moan woke him right up, and when he snapped into a sitting position he knew why he’d been dreaming about machines. Mickey had opened her package and if he didn’t miss his guess, that was a Hitachi humming away.

About the Author:MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_StareHimDownRiley Murphy writes sexy, humorous, and emotional romance, happy ending guaranteed. An optimist, she believes life is amazing, people are complicated, but in a good way, and we should never stop learning. Riley currently calls Florida home with her gorgeous husband. She has two phenomenal kids, one adorable-to-the-max grandchild, and a very bossy pooch.

When Riley’s not working she enjoys reading, oil painting, and getting to the Sunday crossword before anyone else does, so she can fill-in all the easy answers first, and pull the smart card with the family.

Things Riley loves:

Writing books

Connecting with readers

Doing giveaways for her readers

Things Riley Hates:

Laundry. Seriously. She’d rather slam her fingers in a car door than do the dreaded bleach load.

A few of Riley’s favorite reviewer quotes:

If you love intellectual mind candy, read Ms. Murphy’s work!

Creative, profound and soul searing scenes abound…

One wonders if Ms. Riley is in the sex therapy and marriage counseling business as a day job. The D/s part of this story is Fabulous.

If Riley wasn’t an author she’d be an international spy with top-level security so she could have a peek at Area 51 and decide for herself if those green guys are for real. Failing that, she’d likely go with chicken sexer.

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Betul E. says:

    Super sexy cover!! Looking forward to reading this book

  3. James Robert says:

    Thank you for both the excerpt and giveaway

  4. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?

    • Riley Murphy says:

      Hi, Peggy,
      I would like to say vodka, but that would be very bad. 😉 Seriously, when I’m stuck I get on the treadmill or beg the dog to go out for a walk. *Side-eyes you* I happen to be the only pet owner on the planet who has a dog that is ‘Meh’ over going to the park and getting exercise. Fortunately, she has a metabolism that can sustain this type of laziness. Me? Not so much. Hence the begging. Getting away from the desk for an hour or so usually works for me.

  5. Dianne Kenes says:

    I will definitely read Stare Him Down! Sounds like a great book!

  6. Vanessa N. says:

    This one sounds great. Can’t wait to find out what James does next.

  7. Riley Murphy says:

    Hi guys,
    Thanks so much for hosting me today!

  8. Riley Murphy says:

    Hi, Betul E.,
    Funny story about this cover. When the print proof arrived at the house, I left one of the copies on my side of the bed – on my nightstand with the thought of going through it before I approved. Only when I got into bed later that evening and went to pick it up I noticed a yellow sticky note stuck right over James’ images. After I read the note, I nearly rolled off the bed laughing. It was from my hubby and this is what he wrote: No need to fantasize about a guy like this. Buy me a few weights and I’ll start lifting again. *Look right at you and raises a brow* Again? Bah! It wasn’t me “Fantasizing’. So what did I do? I didn’t mention the note, but I did go out and buy him weights. The look on his face when he walked into our bedroom a few days later and saw those suckers neatly placed on his side of the bed? Priceless. Is he lifting AGAIN? Nope. *Shakes head*

  9. Rita Wray says:

    I liked the excerpt, thank you.

  10. Linda Romer says:

    Stare him down sounds amazing ♡ and the cover is way HOT! Would love to read this book. Thank you

    • Riley Murphy says:

      Okay, Linda, Imagine me tilting my head to the side before I speak to you. 😉 Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be adding all the commenters names to the big build-a-giveaway I do on my release day. If you get the chance you should hop over to my blog and see what’s in it.

  11. kim hansen says:

    Sounds like a good read.

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