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Giveaway & Excerpt ❖ Played by Beverley Kendall

May 1, 2019

To celebrate the release of PLAYED, the second book in my Trapped series, I’m giving away a $25 eGift Card from your ebook online retailer of choice. Entering is as easy as commenting on this post. The winner will be announced on Friday right here.

Trapped, the first book in the series, is FREE to download until later this month.

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UPDATE: And the winner is…DIANE SALLANS. Diane, please email me at contact at smittenbybooks dot com to collect your gift card.


Release Date: April 25, 2019
Series: Trapped
Book: 2
Genre: New Adult Romance


The summer Josh and I got together, we agreed to keep things strictly physical.

And it was.

Until our casual hookups stopped feeling casual.
Having sex with him stopped being just about sex.
And the thought of calling a halt to it left me feeling empty and cold.

But Josh doesn’t “do” relationships, so I called it quits before I started to fall. Luckily, I was able to move on from the experience completely unscathed, my heart fully intact.

Or so I thought.

Until I saw him again.

His arm was wrapped around her. And unlike me, she isn’t a hookup or a “booty” call.

No, she’s the girlfriend he told me he didn’t want. And she’s getting from him everything he’d said he couldn’t give any girl.

So it turns out that Josh isn’t averse to being in a relationship after all. He simply hadn’t wanted to be in a relationship with me.

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“Hello,” I snap. Yes, I’m annoyed and I don’t care who knows it.

“Did I catch you at a bad time?”

My heart lurches at the sound of that voice, familiar and resented all at once. I instinctively clutch the ends of the towel tighter, making sure it’s secured in place. “Josh.” It’s a statement not a question.

“What’s wrong?”

“Nothing’s wrong. What do you want?” I ask flatly while ignoring the crazy butterfly action going on in my stomach.

 “You want me to call back? It sounds like I caught you at a bad time.”

“What you caught me doing was taking a bath so I’d appreciate it if you’d hurry and tell me what you want. I’m getting cold.”

What follows is a long pause. Then he asks in a rough voice, “Are you telling me you’re naked right now?”

I almost smile at that, but things stopped being funny half an hour ago. “Get your mind out of the gutter.” He has no right to talk to me like that. He has a girlfriend. She’s pretty, blonde and petite. She now has a claim on him I never did or ever will. And I’m pissed at how much it hurts. “I’m wearing a towel.”

After another pause, Josh clears his throat but says nothing. At least nothing intelligible. 

“For the last time, Josh. What. Do. You. Want?” Goosebumps have formed on my arms and a trail of water is winding its way down my back.

“Call me after you’re done showering.”

I let out a huff of impatience. “I’m done. Now what?” That said, I head back into the bathroom to drain the tub.

“Then call me after you get some clothes on.”

“It’s not as if you can see me.”

At more silence, my impatience grows. “Come on, Josh, spit it out. You haven’t contacted me in over a year so this must be important,” I say as I reenter my bedroom.

You free tonight?


I’ll pick you up in an hour.

No, I’ll meet you at your place.

I’ll be waiting.

That had usually been the length and vein of our phone conversations.

“Chloe plans to call you.”

Ah, now his call makes sense. He’s trying to head things off at the pass.

I plop myself on the edge of my bed and stare down at my bright red toenails and water-wrinkled toes.

“What about?” He doesn’t need to know that Paige has already given me a heads-up.

“First of all, she likes you.”

He sounds annoyed by that, which is almost enough to put a smile on my face.

“At least she has good taste in some things,” I reply smartly.

“Only some things? You sure about that? Because I remember you having a taste for a lot of what I had to offer,” he shoots back but immediately follows it up with a curse and, “Forget I said that.”

“What? Forgot about your girlfriend already?” I can’t help the sarcastic dig.

“She doesn’t know about us.”

“Oh I got that alright.”

“And for some reason she’s gotten it into her head that you and her brother will hit it off. I tried to talk her out of it, but she’s—” He growls low in his throat. “She’s insistent.”

I laugh as if I’m hearing it for the first time.

“You think this is funny?” he asks, clearly not pleased.

Now I’m genuinely amused. “Don’t you?” Surely, there must be some semblance of a sense of humor rattling around in there. Even if it’s a morbid one.

“Whatever,” he snaps.  “Just make sure that when she calls, you tell her thanks but no thanks.”

My back snaps straight. “I’m sorry, but when did I start taking orders from you?” He seems to have forgotten who he’s dealing with. I take orders from no man. Not anymore.

“Ah c’mon, Erin, you know it would be nuts.”

Of course it’s nuts but not for the reasons he’s thinking.

“What’s the problem, Josh? Afraid she’ll find out about us?” I goad. “What if I promise not to say a word of it to her brother?” I have zero intentions of going out with him but Josh doesn’t need to know that.

“You were the one who didn’t want anyone to know.” His tone is accusatory, his voice tight.

Irritated, I stand and remove the hairband from my hair, its heavy weight falling onto my shoulders and down my back. “It’s not the same and you know it. She’s your girlfriend and you’re keeping something from her I’m sure she would want to know. I know I would.”

“I’m supposed to tell her about every girl I’ve ever slept with?”

My breath catches and fingers contract around the towel as an ache radiates from my chest. For a second it hurts to breathe.

See, that’s who you are to him, just some girl he fucked. 

The water has dried on my skin and goosebumps no longer cover my arms, but a new chill has set in.  I steady my breath before calmly saying, “No not every girl, just maybe the one she wants to set up with her brother. But don’t worry, Josh, I have no intention of going out with anyone remotely connected to you, so you don’t have to be such a jerk about it. But hey, you do you. You always do.”

And because there’s nothing left for either of us to say, I hang up.

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  1. I can’t wait to start this book! Thank you 🙂 I am also a newsletter subscriber

  2. Congratulations on your new release, Beverley. And thanks for the free book. eGift cards are groovy. 🙂

  3. Yay, thanks for the chance l, I have my copy, can’t wait to read it

  4. News letter subscriber

  5. This is by far my favorite book in the series!

  6. Excellent excerpt! I’m trying to figure out if Josh is an a$$hole or if Erin is a b**ch! Either way, put them in a bag, shake it up and see what happens! Fireworks, I’ll bet! Big time!

    BTW, I’m one of your newsletter subscribers. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Congratulations on the new release and thanks for the giveaway. I’m a newsletter subscriber.

  8. Great excerpt! I definitely want to read more. Best wishes on the new release. I’m also a newsletter subscriber.

  9. I’m a newsletter subscriber! Thanks for sharing the excerpt with us!

  10. Intriguing excerpt. Makes me want to know more. (newsletter subscriber)

  11. Can’t wait to see how these two work through this! (newsletter subscriber)

  12. I absolutely ❤️ this book! Josh totally redeemed himself. And the second epilogue (via your newsletter 😉) was 100% satisfying! Thanks, Beverley!

    I can’t wait to read Trent and Chelsea’s book! 😊

  13. Love your writing style!!!! Can’t wait to read Played.
    I’m entering from your newsletter link (im a subscriber).
    Thanks so much for the chance. ❤📚❤📚❤

  14. Congratulations on the new book release! Love the snippet shared.


  15. This will be ur second adult romance in my collection. Otherwise i am a huge fan of ur historicals. Have read all of them and kerp rereading time n again. Cant wait for june for Rhyss story.

  16. Sounds great. I love the cover. Newsletter subscriber.

  17. sounds intriguing! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Thanks for sharing this excerpt. Awesome ! Can’t wait to read it. Also a subscriber. Congrats on Played release.
    Carol Luciano
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  19. Happy book release – newsletter subscriber

  20. Happy book release- newsletter subscriber. Thank you for the chance

  21. Ooooh this sounds soo good! I’m a newsletter subscriber! 🙂

  22. Congrats on the new release, Beverley. I’m a newsletter subscriber.

  23. This was an awesome book, cannot wait until trapped

  24. Can’t wait to read it!
    -Newsletter subscriber

  25. Loved the book….can’t wait for the next one…..all of your books are great..

  26. I can’t wait to read this book. I was so excited to see the newsletter announcing that the book is out! Happy book release!!

  27. Congrats on the new release and I can’t wait to read it! 🙂 I’m also a newsletter subscriber.

  28. Love your newsletter and looking forward to Played!

  29. Thank you for the giveaway and the contest. Love the cover! And I am a newsletter subscriber.

  30. Congrats on the release of Played, I’m looking forward to reading it. (I’m a newsletter subscriber.)

  31. Looking forward to Played!

  32. Congratulations on your new release! It sounds so good and can’t wait to read it.

    I’m a newsletter subscriber 😊

  33. I love when characters meet again, when they are little older, and have a better chance of a successful relationship. (newsletter subscriber)

  34. Wow! This one sounds awesome, putting it on wish list!! I am a newsletter subscriber. Thanks for the chance.

  35. Congratulations on your newest release! 🙂 [I’m also a newsletter subscriber]

  36. Congratulations on your new release! Love the excerpt and can’t wait to read more. I’m a newsletter subscriber. 🙂

  37. Oh, my gosh! That excerpt is enticing. I’m just now starting with Trapped. I can’t wait to read Played. Thanks for sharing. I am a newsletter subscriber.

  38. Looking forward to reading this! Thanks for the chance!! I’m also a newsletter subscriber.

  39. I enjoyed the sparks flying between Josh and Erin. Congratulations on the release! I’m a newsletter subscriber.

  40. wow .. look awesome

  41. Sounds like my kind of read. I am a newsletter subscriber.

  42. Great story, worth the wait. Looking forward to the next book.

  43. I have my copy . THANK YOU! I am a newsletter subscriber.

  44. This book sounds like the kind I enjoy reading. I have added it to my TBR list.

  45. congratulations! Great cover for the book. I am a newsletter subscriber.

  46. Thanks for the post and giveaway. I am a newsletter subscriber.

  47. This looks so good! Newsletter subscriber.

  48. Congratulations!!
    I’m a newsletter subscriber!

  49. Love this series! It’s like reconnecting with old friends! Thank you so much for sharing your gift