Tattoo by Cambria Hebert
(Take It Off #7)
Publication date: March 10th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
***This is a new adult contemporary novel and contains sexual content and graphic language. It is not intended for young adult readers.***
After years of cultivating an undercover identity, Brody West is finally off the case and free to live a life of his own. All that time spent in the company of criminals and killers left him a little jaded… and with an identity crisis. He isn’t sure who he is anymore, or who he wants to be.
To give him time to think, he takes a few days off to go fishing. On his way out of town, he makes a routine stop at the bank and finds himself flirting with the girl behind the counter.
But his flirtation is cut short when criminals burst into the bank and shoot her right before his eyes.
In attempt to administer first aid, Brody reveals a tattoo on his back. A mark that will drag him and the girl into the kind of situation he was trying to get away from. But he can’t walk away because he’s the only thing capable of keeping Taylor alive and bringing down the guys who shot her—guys who are seriously dangerous.
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The inside of the bank greeted me with a blast of cold air and was just as brightly lit as the sidewalk outside. The walls in here were white and so were the glossy tile floors. I stepped through the roped-off line, lining up behind several others already waiting. Four tellers stood behind the long wooden counter, each with their own computer.
It seemed like I stood in line forever, and I grew irritated because I just wanted to get the hell out of here and onto the open road.
Finally, it was my turn and I moved down the counter toward the last window on the end. I yanked out my wallet and bankcard, then looked up.
Suddenly the amount of time I waited didn’t seem like such an inconvenience. In fact, if I had known she was the person waiting for me at the end of this counter, I would have waited longer.
Her light scarlet hair was long and filled with loose curls that fell over her shoulder and down her chest. Her complexion was flawless with the flush of fresh peaches, and her lower lip was fuller than the top, making it appear as though she had a permanent pink pout.
“How can I help you today?” she asked politely, glancing up with crystal green eyes. I watched them widen slightly and rich satisfaction flowed through me. I wasn’t pretty like her, but I wasn’t completely lacking in the looks department.
“Hey,” I said, leaning on the counter with both my elbows. The movement brought me a little closer to her. “I need to make a withdrawal.”
She glanced down at the bankcard and ID I extended between us and then back at me. I gave her a lazy smile and she cleared her throat, taking the cards. She looked them over and then her polished fingernails flew over the keyboard.
I glanced at her chest, being distracted by her nice rack, but my eyes finally found the nameplate pinned to the front of her top. Taylor.
“How much would you like to withdrawal?” she asked.
She input the amount without saying anything.
“So…” I said, leaning toward her again. “You come here often?”
She rolled her eyes, but a small smile played on her lips. “Just the days I feel like earning a paycheck.”
I grinned. “Paychecks are overrated,” I drawled. “I’m going fishing.”
“Says the man with a huge bank account,” she quipped. Then she winced and looked up. “I’m sorry, I shouldn’t—”
I laughed. The chagrin on her face and the way her cheeks bloomed with bright pink spots was entirely amusing. “Never said I didn’t work. Just said I thought it was overrated.”
She relaxed when she realized I didn’t give a rat’s ass that she knew how much was in my account. “You should bait your hook with hot dogs. Fish love them.”
She was right. Surprise rippled through me. “You can’t tell me a girl like you likes to fish.”
“And what,” she asked, arching a red brow in my direction, “is a girl like me?” She hit a couple keys and the little dispenser to my right started flinging out cash.
“Your withdrawal is to your right,” she said professionally.
I let the cash sit there. “Are you a tomboy in disguise?” I whispered conspiratorially. I enjoyed the emotion, the animation that played over her features. She was beautiful—there was no doubt—but it seemed that she also had a lot beneath that pretty exterior.
“Don’t tell anyone,” she whispered back, handing me a receipt. Her teeth were really white and really straight. I got this sudden craving to run my tongue along their smooth surface.
“Your secret is safe with me.” I tore my eyes away to pocket the cash, not bothering to count it. Oddly, I trusted her. I never trusted anyone.
Behind me, a loud banging sound boomed through the room, and I tensed, spinning on my heel. Four guys pushed through the entrance, each of them pulling out a gun.
Overnight Pumpkin French Toast Bake
Are you hungry?
Well if you aren’t you might be after you read this post. Lol.
In my new book Tattoo, the main character Brody practically proposes marriage to the woman who made a Pumpkin French Toast Bake. It’s that good. And yeah, he’s just that charming. Ha ha ha.
I happen to love this tasty dish as well, I’ve made it lots of times so I knew I wanted to add it to the book when Brody needed something to fill him up.
And because it’s so good I want to share the recipe with you! You can also find this recipe in the back of Tattoo!
It’s so easy and makes the perfect weekend breakfast with a nice cup of coffee (and maybe a good book…)
So give it a try and tell me what you think!
1 loaf of French bread (or any type of bread you have – I always use French bread. Its roughly 5-7 cups of bread cubed)
½ cup of Pumpkin puree
2 cups of milk (I use Almond milk you can use what you prefer)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 tsp of ground cinnamon
Shake of ginger (I literally shake the spice canister over the bowl to add a little)
Shake of nutmeg (I literally shake the spice canister over the bowl to add a little)
Brown sugar for topping (3-4 tablespoons)
Tear or cut the bread into chunks or bite sized pieces. Place bread cubes into a lightly greased 9 x13 baking dish and set aside. In a mixing bowl mix together the seven eggs, pumpkin, milk, vanilla and spices.
Pour the egg mixture over the bread cubes. Then using your hand press down lightly on the bread to soak the mixture through. Once the bread is moist cover the dish tightly with a lid or plastic wrap.
In the morning (Good morning!) preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Sprinkle the brown sugar over top of the French toast (be as generous as you like).
Bake the French toast for 35-45 minutes.
Serve warm with syrup or honey drizzled over the top (I also put butter on mine)!
Doesn’t that look sooo good? Trust me it is!
** I remember when Cambria first posted this delicious recipe on her Blog. I just had to try it out, and it is to die for!! Seriously, if you don't give it a try you will be missing out **
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cambria Hebert is the author of the young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series, the new adult Death Escorts series, and the new adult Take it Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book. You can find out more about Cambria and her work by visitinghttp://www.cambriahebert.com