No Strings Attached

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Balmy ocean breezes. . .sweet coconut oil. . .glistening tanned bodies. There's no better place for romantic sparks to fly than at the beach.

As a professional volleyball player, Dune Cates attracts scores of pretty women who flock to his side. But only one has managed to get under his skin--Sophie Saunders. Unlike the skimpily-clad beach groupies, Sophie marches to a beat all her own. And though she's afraid of the surf, burns in the sun, has two left feet, that doesn't stop ...

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Overview

Balmy ocean breezes. . .sweet coconut oil. . .glistening tanned bodies. There's no better place for romantic sparks to fly than at the beach.

As a professional volleyball player, Dune Cates attracts scores of pretty women who flock to his side. But only one has managed to get under his skin--Sophie Saunders. Unlike the skimpily-clad beach groupies, Sophie marches to a beat all her own. And though she's afraid of the surf, burns in the sun, has two left feet, that doesn't stop her from trying every daring sport available on the boardwalk. Dune knows Sophie spells trouble, and he should keep his distance, especially since he's a no-strings-attached kind of guy. But he can't ignore an overwhelming instinct to protect her. And with the promise of ice cream sandwiches, merry-go-round rides and dreamy sunsets, it's only a matter of time before Dune gives in to the temptation of Sophie's soft lips.

Love is always sweeter in the summer.

"Grab a beach chair, sunscreen, and a Kate Angell book for a great summer read!" --Roxanne St. Claire, New York Times bestselling author

Praise for Kate Angell and her novels

"Fast-paced. Fun characters." —Lori Foster, New York Times bestselling author

"Her stories are delightful with a satisfying ending." —RT Book Reviews

"No fan of the genre should miss Angell's surefire romances." —Booklist

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Angell returns to the Florida boardwalk town introduced in No Tan Lines with another lighthearted story about the rivalry between the carefree, struggling Cates clan and the stiff, affluent Saunders family. Dune Cates, an international beach volleyball star, is at a crossroads in his career and temporarily back home when he runs into Sophie Saunders. She has nursed a major crush on him ever since childhood, when he rescued her from bullies. Sparks fly, but Sophie is daunted by the gorgeous women who pursue Dune and is determined to become more adventurous and daring by taking various jobs around the town of Barefoot William. As she gains confidence and makes real friends for the first time in her life, she finally realizes she is worthy of being loved. While there are sizzling romantic interludes, this is also an endearing and humorous coming-of-age tale with a sweet heroine. Agent: Roberta Brown, Brown Literary Agency. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758269201
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 446,879
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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No Strings Attached


By KATE ANGELL

KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.

Copyright © 2013Kate Angell
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-7582-6920-1


Excerpt

CHAPTER 1

"Blonde, metallic blue bikini, left side of the pier near the boogie board rental," Mac James said in a low voice as he handed Dune a twenty-ounce cup of black coffee from Brews Brothers. The scent of Bakehouse doughnuts rose from a bakery box. "I'm betting Brazilian wax. She's definitely a two-nighter."

Dune Cates raised an eyebrow. "Brazilian?"

Mac blew on his coffee to cool it. "Women discuss boxers, briefs, or commando on a man. I debate waxing."

Dune shook his head. Mac was his partner on the professional beach volleyball tour. On court, they were as close as brothers and in each other's heads. Off court, their lifestyles differed greatly. Mac was up for anything at any given time. Dune, on the other hand, was more conservative. He had foresight and weighed the pros and cons. He knew when and where to draw the line, whereas Mac had no boundaries. He saw life as a free-for-all.

Mac had dated more women than Dune could count. He'd recently parted ways with a waxing technician at VaDazzle Salon in Los Angeles. The salon was known for its pubic hair designs. Mac now played his V-games with the eye of an expert.

Dune had pretty much seen it all. His bed partners shaped their pubes into lightning bolts, hearts, and initials. One female surfer dyed her pubic hair pink. Another was striped like a zebra. His most fascinating lover had been shaved and decorated with stick-on crystals. She'd sparkled like a disco ball.

His preference was, and always had been, a light bikini wax or totally natural. He didn't need creative techniques to turn him on.

He leaned his forearms against the bright blue pipe railing that separated the boardwalk from the beach. He took a deep sip of his coffee. It was midmorning and the sun warmed his back right between his shoulder blades. The heat never bothered him. He'd grown up at the beach. The sand and shoreline were home to him. It was where he earned his living.

He looked toward the boogie boards. The blonde stood out. She was definitely Mac's type. His partner loved long hair and legs that went from here to eternity. The woman's hair skimmed nearly to her waist and her legs were sleek and toned.

Dune read women well. He knew who liked him as a person and who only wanted a piece of his action. He recognized the blonde as a woman who enticed men and enjoyed their attention. She made a theatrical production of laying out her towel, then rubbing on suntan oil. She was soon slick. Her entire body glistened.

Beside him, Mac opened the bakery box and offered Dune first choice. He selected a glazed doughnut. Mac chose one with chocolate frosting and sprinkles.

"Sweet cheeks near the volleyball net," Mac said between bites. "Red one-piece, black hair, French wax. Nice walk. I'd follow her anywhere."

Sweet cheeks was tall and slender, Dune noted. She moved with the slow, sensuous grace of a woman who knew her body well and owned the moment. The lady was hot.

Mac squinted against the sun. "Tattooed chick in a fringed camo thong bikini, third in line at the concession stand," he said. "Is that a tat of a rattler coiled on her stomach?"

Dune checked her out. "Looks like one."

She was a walking advertisement for a tattoo parlor. He saw just how much she liked snakes when she widened her stance. A python wrapped her left leg; its split tongue darted out as if licking her inner thigh.

"Snakebite, Dude," Mac said. "Woman's got venom. I bet her pubes are shaved and tattooed with a cobra."

"She's definitely into reptiles."

Mac reached for a second doughnut topped with cinnamon sugar. "Sex and snakes don't mix. I'd go soft if I heard hissing or a rattle."

"Major mood killer," Dune agreed.

They drank their coffee and ate their doughnuts in companionable silence. All along the coastline, sunbathers sought their own private space. That space was limited. The expanding crowd was an improvement from the previous summer when the economy tanked and one person had the entire beach to himself. It felt good to see his hometown thrive.

Mac nudged him, pointed right. "Check out the desert nomad at water's edge."

The woman was easy to spot. She was short and overdressed for the beach. She wore all white. White reflected the sun. A Gilligan bucket hat covered her hair. Her sunglasses were enormous, hiding her face. A rain poncho capped her shoulders, and she wore waterproof pants tucked into rubber boots.

She walked slowly along the compact sand, only to retreat when a splash of foam chased her. It appeared she didn't want to get wet. She bent down once, touched the water, then quickly shook the drops from her hand.

She played tag with the Gulf for several minutes before turning toward the boardwalk. She tripped over her feet and nearly fell near the lifeguard station. The guard on duty left his female admirers and took her by the arm. He smiled down at her. She dipped her head, embarrassed.

The lifeguard gave her an encouraging pat on her shoulder and sent her on her way. Her rubber boots seemed overly large, and she stumbled two more times on her way to the wooden ramp. Sunbathers scooted out of her way.

The closer the woman came, the slower Dune breathed.

His heart gave a surprising squeeze. Sophie Saunders. He was sure of it. No one else would dress so warmly on a summer day. And Sophie was naturally clumsy.

Ten months had passed since he'd last seen her, although he'd thought about her often. They'd come together for a worthy cause: to boost the Barefoot William economy.

His younger sister Shaye had organized a local pro/am volleyball tournament to keep their town alive. He'd provided the professional players. The pros were auctioned to amateur athletes. Sophie had bid ten thousand dollars to be his partner. She wasn't good at sports, but she had the heart of a champion.

Sophie, with her brown hair and evergreen eyes, had a high IQ but low self-esteem. She was a bookworm, shy and afraid of her own shadow. She feared crowds and the ocean, yet she'd powered through the sports event and made a decent showing. He wondered if she'd ever learned to swim.

Her image had stuck with him. He remembered things about her that he'd rather have forgotten. She had amazing skin, fair, smooth, and soft. Her scent was light and powdery: vanilla and innocence. Her hair smelled like baby shampoo. She hid her curves beneath layers of clothing, yet her body gave off a woman's heat.

She'd bought her very first swimsuit for the tournament. He could close his eyes and still picture her in the cobalt blue tankini. He could hear the male fans on the outdoor bleachers applaud and whistle their appreciation. Sweet Sophie had an amazing body.

Their team had fought hard during the event. He'd tried to shield her when they'd battled through the loser's bracket. His best attempts hadn't saved her, not by a long shot.

Sophie wasn't the least bit athletic and had taken a beating. Opponents nailed her with the ball time and again. She'd gotten sunburned, bruised her knees, and eaten sand. Yet she'd never complained. Not once.

To this day he regretted not telling her good-bye when the weekend ended. Instead he'd watched her walk away. It had been for the best. She was a Saunders, and he was a Cates. A century-old feud had separated the families back then.

The lines of hostility had blurred when Shaye married Sophie's brother Trace. Both sides had eventually accepted their marriage. Only his Grandfather Frank had yet to come around. He was old-Florida, opinionated and stubborn, and set in his ways.

Dune figured everyone would forgive and forget
(Continues...)


Excerpted from No Strings Attached by KATE ANGELL. Copyright © 2013 by Kate Angell. Excerpted by permission of KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP..
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Fun, light read

    I have read Angell's other books and have found them enjoyable. This was a cute story, but sometimes her writing style does not seem authentic to me. The dialogue between Sophie and Dune bordered on strange and never seemed realistic to me. I felt more connected with Mac and Jenna's subplot. But overall it was a cute book to pass a Sunday.

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

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    Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite No Strings Attac

    Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

    No Strings Attached by Kate Angell is a fun beach day romance read.  Mac and Dune are ageing champion beach volleyball players who seemingly can attract any bikini-clad woman on the Southwest coast of Florida. Mac rates his women according to wax jobs while Dune seems to be a bit less superficial while at least attempting to look beyond exterior physical attributes. But, admittedly, both men are hot and their thoughts and behaviors are steamy throughout the book! Dune comes from the Cates family, whose ancestors began the community of Barefoot William, a charming beach resort which skirts the boundaries of a wealthy community founded by the somewhat snobbish Saunders family. A battle for prominence developed between the two founders and the two families have now feuded for generations. But recently, Dune Cates' sister has married into the Saunders family and the union threatens to snap the tension of the generational feud. 

    At times, Mac was annoying in his juvenile outlook on life but, perhaps, that is part of what makes him lovable for the reader. I most enjoyed seeing the development of the relationship between Dune Cates and shy, unassuming, and awkward Sophie Saunders. While Sophie gradually comes of age, Dune begins to appreciate her sweet, unaffected qualities and he dares to take a chance on developing a relationship. Their gestures toward one another are charming and reflective of more realistic interactions among young persons just trying to make their way through life. Young adults will like this book as there are subtle lessons to be learned along with the benefits of daring to explore the machinations of the birds and the bees.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    great summer beach read

    quick paced and summer romance makes for a nice summer reading selection

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    Loved it! Another great beach read as a follow up to No Tan Lin

    Loved it! Another great beach read as a follow up to No Tan Lines. Couldn't put it down.

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  • Posted July 21, 2013

    No Strings Attached warmed my soul, mind and heart.  Such a perf

    No Strings Attached warmed my soul, mind and heart.  Such a perfect sweet read.  

    I’m going to put this out first thing; No Strings Attached is very heartwarming and tender.  There is no action, angst, love triangles, back stabbing, and mystery.  There aren’t even explicit sex scenes in the novel, but lovely touching ones.  This book is sweet, light hearted and a nice change of pace.  If you only read books with any of the above, you will likely not like No Strings Attached.  But if you want something that you can enjoy with fun loving characters, budding romance, lighthearted monologue and the beautiful setting of the Florida gulf coast than this book is for you.  Now that that has been said…

    Sofie has loved Dune for almost two decades.  From the moment he saved her, he had her heart; even if she was only seven years old.  Years later, even after she found out he was from the enemy camp, she continued to watch him grow into the man he is today.  Unfortunately, after a few weeks of fun with him last summer, he left Barefoot William without even saying goodbye; leaving Sofie behind with a broken heart.  

    Well it’s summer time again and she has a mission to start living.  She may have lived a sheltered life for her first 25 years, but now she is going to try new things and discover what makes Sofie tick.

    Dune has had two things on his mind this last year.  Upfront it is his career.  He is still working out an injury that may ruin his pro volleyball career and then in the back of his mind is a sweet, shy woman that burrowed into his heart.  From the moment he met Sofie he has wanted to cosset and watch over her.  His body may want more, but with their age difference he won’t listen to it.  

    Now he is back in town and Sofie Saunders is going to be the death of him.  Why is the quiet, timid, klutzy Sofie taking on uni-cycling and stilt walking?  The woman can barely talk in bare feet, let alone stay balanced feet off the ground.  Looks like Dune will be looking after her while he is in town.

    Their friendship is rekindled and things start to heat up.  Can these two totally different people find happiness when one has only eyes for him and he only wants a relationship that has no strings attached?

    For me this was simply divine.  I fell in love with Sofie in the first book, No Tan Lines, and she solidified her place in my heart with this book.  This woman is kindness, love and forgiveness all wrapped into a gentle soul that shines as bright as the sun.  She may have been alone growing up, but the woman is a beacon and people are drawn to her now.  It’s inevitable that Dune couldn’t fight his attraction.  She is just perfect.

    Dune is just as darn cute.  Here is a man that has been surrounded by fame and fortune, countless beach bunnies and the iconic life of a professional athlete.  He has retained his small town charm and his heart and soul will always be in Barefoot William.  I’m so glad that he didn’t fight his brain for the placement of Sofie in his life.  He knew what he had and he grabbed onto her with both hands and followed his heart.  What a lovely beautiful man.

    I enjoy Ms. Angell’s style of writing in this series.  It’s a different style and may not appease the masses.  Just like the last book in this series, it wasn’t just about this one couple.  She added in another in the shadows and made the adventure even more exciting.  I enjoyed the second couple as much as the main one.  She included all the characters POV, four in total.  This can bother some people, but I didn’t have a problem with it one bit.

    Barefoot William residents are also a joy to visit.  This community will draw you in and make you one of their own.  The warm feelings I get from this book is so wonderful.  This is not my normal reading genre, but one that I enjoy visiting once in a while.  I’m glad I ventured here.  Ms. Angell did a wonderful job and I can only hope that it won’t be a year until the next installment.  

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  • Posted June 23, 2013

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    No Strings Attached By Kate Angell is the perfect summer read.

    No Strings Attached By Kate Angell is the perfect summer read.

    Dune Cates has a charmed life, as a professional volleyball player he is at the top of his game. He can have any woman he wants but lately only one seems to be on his mind. The quirky Sophie Saunders. Dune tries to keep Sophie out of trouble but trouble seems to find her.

    Sophie Saunders, grew up as a child of privilege but she has the softest heart of anyone on the boardwalk. She is trying to find her place on the boardwalk by trying out various jobs on a volunteer basis. The one problem is her overwhelming attraction to Dune Cates. Dune just makes her heart beat faster and he can make her blush like no other. Seems Dune is everywhere she is lately and Sophie is finding it harder and harder to ignore the attraction she feels for him.

    Dune decides to help Sophie expand her world but didn’t plan on the attraction being on both of their parts. As they spend more and more time together they give into their feelings. But will Dune’s career pose the end to this budding romance?

    No Strings Attached is a delight from page one. Everyone has a bit of Sophie in them and it’s a joy to watch her spread her winds. And to see how Dune supports and encourages her in her journey. Their attraction is electric and very emotional too. Looking forward to the next book by Kate Angell.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Hidy

    Whn i sai three way didnt mean when im gone cheat!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Fast Read!!!

    A very enjoyable foolow up to No Tan Lines!

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  • Posted April 30, 2013

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    No Strings Attached Angell, Kate This book follows a previous

    No Strings Attached Angell, Kate
    This book follows a previous one but things are explained enough that it can be read at any time. The feud continues or has it ended with the marriage: Cates and Saunders.
    They drew the line in town, Shaye from the working people part and Trace from the very high class exclusive part of town, they merged and married. On we find his sister Sophie who's not found her niche in life, working and volunteering til she finds something she might want to do with the rest of her life.
    She has eyes for the volleyball pros and knows she'll never have one as a boyfriend but also lays eyes on Duane.
    The boardwalk is such a lively fun magical place. I could sit nearby and just watch all day long there are so many shops to visit.
    The book also follows others who are testing the waters.
    Sophie is terrified of the water and with help she might overcome her fears...
    Bantering of sex and scenes add to this story.

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