Kelli Maine’s “Chained” just went live, and I have an exclusive excerpt & giveaway! 16 winners!

by Maryse on September 22, 2014 · 132 comments

in Latest Book Releases

MMA BOOK ALERT!! Okay, so see that book there to the left? Chains: An MMA Romantic Suspense Novel is LIVE right now!!! And from the excerpt the author sent over, it. Is. STEAMY!!!! What’s it about?

Chained To The Past.

On the brink of going pro in MMA, Tyler Graves has defied his past—a past where going to jail for beating the hell out of his foster father took him away from the girl he loved and swore to protect, leaving her in the house of the man who abused them both.

Chained To Regret.

No matter how much time has passed, Danielle Debasco weighs on Ty’s mind and conscience. He was supposed to save her, instead he abandoned her.

Chained To Love.

To free Danny from the abusive man who still haunts her, Ty’s faced with sacrificing his future by finishing what he started four years ago—taking vengeance. But, this time will be different. This time he won’t stop until the horrors of their past are sealed not just in blood, but in death.

Ready for that excerpt? It’s SUPER HOT & STEAMY!!!!!! So… you know… you’ve been warned. ;) Also, the giveaway is right under the excerpt.

I blinked back the stinging in my eyes and kissed the top of her head. We’d find our way back. It would take a little time, but this was us—partners in crime. Back together. She was my princess and I was her tiger.

The puppy wiggled up under her chin and I felt her breathy laugh more than I heard it. “Alex,” she said.

I leaned my head back a bit so I could look down at her. “Alex?”

“Yeah,” she said, kissing the dog on the nose. “I named him Alex, because he was destined for the same fate as our Alex.” She tilted her head back and gazed up at me. “The one taking all the beating. But you saved this one.”

Emotion pooled thick in my throat. I couldn’t swallow. “Good name,” I managed to whisper.

I joined her in stroking Alex’s back. Her fingers were so small next to mine, slender sticks with little white ovals of bitten nails at the ends. The bones in her wrists stood out and I couldn’t help but wrap my index finger and thumb around her forearm to see how far up I could go and have my fingertips still touch.

She placed her palm flat on my chest, watching my hand climb up her arm to just under her elbow. Her hand was cold, but the touch unexpected and sent shivers down my stomach. She was much too thin. Drugs would do that—make you forget about everything else that you needed to survive. “Are you hungry?” I asked. “I can run out and get you something.”

She shook her head and slid her hand across my body, wrapping it around my side as she lay her head on my chest and snuggled against me.

It was her spot. She still fit.

I took a deep breath and exhaled slowly, watching her head lift up and drop back down on my chest. I never thought I’d see her there again. I spent so many nights like this, I’d know the top of her downy, blond head anywhere. The part in her hair that veered to the left, the bump of a cowlick on the right, the scar from three stitches. The hospital was told it was from falling down roller skating, but it was really from the end of a belt buckle our foster father hit her with.

I brought my hand up and traced the scar with my fingertip. Her stories were my stories. My past was her past. Our lives were entangled and always would be.

I ran my fingers through her hair for what seemed like hours. Her breathing deepened and her arm went slack across my waist. For the first time in forever, my mind was still. I wasn’t anxious about the next fight or running through footwork in my head. I wasn’t playing back what happened that night or ready to run away—get back on the road. I was still. My head was clear. I had everything I needed right here in my arms. Having Danny back filled me up and completed me. Nothing else mattered anymore. Going to Austin, not going to Austin. Fighting, not fighting. All that mattered was us—Danny and I. As long as I had her, I’d be fine.

The hypnotic white noise that took over while I was fighting sometimes was happening now. It lulled me, put me in a trance. Maybe it was insanity, but I didn’t care. It felt perfect and I closed my eyes and let it take me away.

I woke a while later on my side, aroused. A leg was swung over my hip, pelvis grinding into my ass and lips working at the back of my neck. Her hand roamed from my lower stomach up and down over my cock.

It took me a second to put it together and then–


“Danny,” I whispered.

She wrapped her hand around me and squeezed in response. The air left my lungs and I groaned. Jesus, it had been a while.

“This is right,” she said against my neck, rubbing her hard nipples across my back through her thin t-shirt.

I closed my eyes. Every nerve ending in my body was on fire. My muscles clenched and my hips thrust against her hand, working me. This is right. It f@#king felt right. Nothing had ever felt this right.

“Roll over,” she said, pressing down on my shoulder.

My back hit the mattress and her lips crawled up the side of my neck. Her body rolled on top of mine, straddling me. She was hot and writhing, needful. Her face came over mine, her lips closing in on my mouth. Our eyes met.

“Wait.” I took her face in my  hands, my entire body shaking with shock, my mind reeling. We both panted for air, inhaling each other’s exhaled breaths.

Confused and drunk with lust, I sat up with her on my lap. She wrapped her legs around my waist; her eager fingers tip-toed up my chest. “I want you,” she said, her lips brushing mine.

I didn’t know if I had the strength to resist, but I knew if this happened, it would derail us from where we should be headed together. “I need to know you again first,” I said, brushing her hair back from her face, kissing her forehead, her nose, her chin. “I need inside here,” I said, touching her temple. “And here.” I touched her heart. “Before here,” I slipped my hand between us, where her heat was making me throb.

Ready for that giveaway?

The prizes are:

  • One winner’s choice of a Kindle Fire HD or a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook
  • Choice of $10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 B&N Gift Card (5 winners)
  • Signed Paperbacks of Chains (5 winners)
  • Chains E-book (5 winners)

How to enter for a chance to win something? Just leave a comment, and by 10pm EST, Wednesday September 24th 2014, I will randomly select 16 winners for the prizes above.

The winners will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond with a mailing address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance. This book will be sent to the winners directly by the author.

Contest open internationally! :D

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{ 132 comments… read them below or add one }

W. Seaman September 22, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Love Kelli Maine writing! Love the Give and Take series!! I’m excited to read this one too!!

Meredith September 22, 2014 at 9:18 AM

WHOA!!! I must finish this book!!!

Ela September 22, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Love Love Love Kelli Maine!!!!

Julia Sells September 22, 2014 at 9:41 AM

I see so many MMA fighter romances out, but this one actually looks appealing to read. I hope the rest of it is as good as the excerpt.

Heidi September 22, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Okay – I’m hooked! Couldn’t resist that enticing excerpt!

Meghen September 22, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Ahhhhhhhh! That blurb!

Kristina September 22, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Wow!! I’m excited to read this!!!

carol September 22, 2014 at 10:44 AM

can’t wait to read this book!!!

Jaime September 22, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Ahh…sounds right up my alley! Fingers crossed!

whitney September 22, 2014 at 10:50 AM

LOVE this author! I have to one click this!

Dawn September 22, 2014 at 11:09 AM

oh, yes please!! Thanks for the chance!!

Jackie September 22, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Looks good – will have to squirrel this one in!

M-E September 22, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Great! Thank you!

Annie September 22, 2014 at 11:31 AM

WOW! Added this to the never ending list. Thanks!

Nancy Parken September 22, 2014 at 11:36 AM

This is another book to add to the top of the TBR list.

Jean September 22, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Great excerpt and I love MMA fighters!

Jennifer September 22, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Great excerpt! Thank you!

Liz September 22, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Great excerpt … already went on Amazon and one-clicked it and I’ve started reading it even though I’m at work.

Harpa September 22, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Yes please!

Teresa H. September 22, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Just one-clicked. Love Kelli Maine!

Heidi Tilson September 22, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Oh wow. Need to read this.

nancy September 22, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Looks awesome. Can’t wait to read it.

Jessie sprinkle September 22, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Oh goodness I can’t wait to read this book.

Christine Price September 22, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Love it!!! Mmmm MMA alert!!!

Randi Nasen Newman September 22, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Thanks so much for the opportunity…can’t wait to read this!! :*

michele September 22, 2014 at 12:49 PM


Tina September 22, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Oh boy.

Kara September 22, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Thank you for the chance! This book looks awesome! :)

Tracie Lampe September 22, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Can’t wait to dive into this book!

Heather C September 22, 2014 at 12:55 PM

I love all of Kelli Maine’s work. I am very excited to Chains in between my class today.

Melanie Tracey September 22, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Thank you for the chance! This is an amazing give away! Love Kelli Maine writing! Your blog is the best Maryse!!

Michele September 22, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Sounds SUUUUUUPER STEAMY! Def on my tbr!!

AngieG September 22, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Pick me! Pick me! ;-)

Karen G. September 22, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Thanks for the post and the excerpt! Wow, I shouldn’t have read it at work! hehe I bought it this morning and can’t wait to get home and read the whole book! Thank you also for the chance to win one of these fabulous prizes!

Jennifer T. September 22, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Definitely going to one-click this one!

Suzanne September 22, 2014 at 1:10 PM

I can’t wait to read this!

Dusty September 22, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Would love to win this!!

Cheryl September 22, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Ok, that excerpt did it, I want to read this book now!! Wow, great giveaway prizes!!! ;)

Saron September 22, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Pick me!! Xoxox Maryse.

shirleyferrell September 22, 2014 at 1:21 PM

What be super awesome to win this !!! So pick me pick me lol:)

Theresa Fischer September 22, 2014 at 1:37 PM

I love Kelli’s MMA fighter! Very nice giveaway!

Stacy September 22, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Thanks for the excerpt. I’ll be adding this one to my TBR list.

NM September 22, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Wow thank you!!

Lisa Sasso Uranker September 22, 2014 at 2:30 PM

I loved the Give and Take series. Thanks for a great giveaway!!

Thalia September 22, 2014 at 2:46 PM

This is a fantastic giveaway. I love Kelli Maine. I cannot wait to read this. Would love to finally win one.

Alison September 22, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Can’t wait to read this

Jansen September 22, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Looks awesome! Pick me! Pick me!

Malinda September 22, 2014 at 3:06 PM

WOW, I can’t wait to read this!

Amy P. September 22, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Sounds really good!

Shawna September 22, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Man oh man that sounds right up my alley! Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Camille September 22, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Looks fantastic!!!

TY September 22, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Thank you!

Brenda September 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

I loved the Give & Take series, I can’t imagine this would be any less!

Lindsay w September 22, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Wow another series by kelli maine. Definitely got a blurb jolt, canr wait to read. :) great giveaway!!!

Jennifer H September 22, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Great book & fab giveaway!!

Lauren September 22, 2014 at 4:26 PM

I pre-ordered & read it as soon as I dropped the kids off @ school….loved it!

Andie Wardlow September 22, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Ooh hot cover!

Beth September 22, 2014 at 4:38 PM

I must one click this one!!!

Maryse September 22, 2014 at 4:41 PM


Pia September 22, 2014 at 4:41 PM

I have never read anything from this author before, but I am surely missing out on something…
This one looks awesome and super HOT. This book must be next on my list :)

LucyM September 22, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Ooh sexy cover art, fighter, long lost love, angst, tortured hero…..I thinks I may like this one!

Tracie September 22, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Just one clicked. I can’t wait to read it.

Barbara Mary September 22, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Sounds exciting ;)

Mindy Robbins September 22, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Oooh! I can’t wait to check this out.

Ntokozo Zondo September 22, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Kelli Maine is a phenomenal author! She evokes raw emotions in her readers and transcends them into the worlds she creates with vivid imagery. I love that nothing in her books is cliché! Hot Hot Hot excerpt!!!

Jillian Phillips September 22, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Holy cow! This book sounds AMAZING!!

Clarisa September 22, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Can’t wait to read this one !!

Jami September 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Wow!! Can’t wait to read this. And thank you for the awesome giveaway!

Linh September 22, 2014 at 5:28 PM

You are posting faster than I can read Maryse!

Maria Cassera September 22, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Dying to read this book, I would be honored!!!! TY so much<3

Linda September 22, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Of course I clickety clicked!! It sounds reeeeally good;))

Stephanie Moles Krayeski September 22, 2014 at 5:37 PM

That blurb sounds amazing! And a fantastic giveaway to boot!
Thanks for a chance to win :)

Freda Gyamfi September 22, 2014 at 5:41 PM

I’m hooked!

misty witt September 22, 2014 at 6:02 PM

I sooo want to read this! I Love dark reads!!! Squee!!!

Brenda September 22, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Great giveaway and great book!!!

Amanda September 22, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Sounds Amazing! Can’t wait to read it

Malisa September 22, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Looking forward to reading this one! Fingers crossed! ;)

Pam September 22, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Sounds great. Putting on my tbr list! Thanks

Heather P September 22, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Wow! This one sounds hot!! I can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!

Kirsten September 22, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Love that cover, and Kelli Maine’s writing so I’m one clicking.

Nicolle September 22, 2014 at 8:04 PM

love her taken series and now can’t wait to read this!!

MichelleS September 22, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Could I be so lucky? Sure would be nice…. you know I’d make good use of ANY of the prizes!!!! (keeping fingers and toes crossed)….

bn100 September 22, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Nice excerpt

Yvette September 22, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Not familiar with this author, but this will be added to my TBR pile. My interest is piqued.

Rose September 22, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Excited that Kelli Maine has a new release and great giveaway-thank you!

Dana September 22, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Can’t wait to read this one!!

Becky Grover September 22, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Can’t wait to read this one!!!!

Michelle September 22, 2014 at 10:03 PM

I’ve recently been reading a lot of MMA books and this one sounds sooo good – yes please!

Aubrey September 22, 2014 at 10:27 PM

This book sounds amazing! Had it pre-order! Can’t wait to start reading!!!

Michelle F September 22, 2014 at 10:50 PM

I love Kelli Maine! And this story sounds awesome! MMA fighter…hot MMA fighter bad boy that deep down has a good heart…H/h with a history together but torn apart by circumstances beyond their control…finding each other again..but not going to be that easy to get to the happy ever after. :-)

Alicia September 22, 2014 at 11:46 PM

The excerpt has me interested!

Hazel B. September 23, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Hot damn. This looks good. Congrats Kelli on your new book.

Trish September 23, 2014 at 12:17 AM

OMG, this looks amazing, I can’t wit for it! <3

Trish September 23, 2014 at 12:18 AM

See, I can’t even spell “wait” because I am so excited ;)

fia September 23, 2014 at 12:35 AM

whoooa, that’s sound so good, have to read this one #crossing my finger

Sara Garrett September 23, 2014 at 1:11 AM

Can’t wait to read this book! I had it preordered and can’t wait to get a chance to read it!

Michelle J September 23, 2014 at 3:07 AM

Wow!, Sounds like another good one from Kelli Maine. Can’t wait to read this, will add to my tbr list. Great Giveaway, Thanks for the chance!

Sue September 23, 2014 at 3:25 AM

Thanks for the giveaway

Betul Erikci September 23, 2014 at 3:27 AM

Awesome giveaway!!!! Really looking forward to reading this book!

wade2 September 23, 2014 at 3:45 AM

I need to read this!

Sandy Roman Borrero September 23, 2014 at 5:14 AM

Love Kelli. Can’t wait to read it. Thank you.

carol lilla September 23, 2014 at 5:54 AM

Love Kelli Maine ‘ s books! Her books are addictive!

Autumn September 23, 2014 at 6:19 AM

So good to see Kelli back! <3

Shrimalya September 23, 2014 at 8:02 AM

Sounds very interesting!!Added it to my TBR..

Shelly W September 23, 2014 at 8:04 AM

I one clicked this right away. Can’t wait to read. Thank you for the giveaway.

Larissa Ek September 23, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Need to read this book

Claudia September 23, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Now I have to read this!

Doris L September 23, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Oh my, need to read this!

Tina R September 23, 2014 at 8:59 AM

One clicked!! :)

Annie September 23, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Oh my lord!!!! Fanning my face right now! Just WOW!!! I simply can’t wait to get my hands on this one!!!

Debra D September 23, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Thanks so much for the chance!

Emily September 23, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Oh my goodness, this sounds very exciting! Like staying up all night to see where it goes exciting!! Can’t wait to read it! Thanks so much for everything you do!

NancyG September 23, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Wow – love Kelli Maine! Can’t wait for this one!

Kim September 23, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Love a steamy MMA book! Thanks for the opportunity!!

Edith O September 23, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Sounds good! Can’t wait to read it.

lisa September 23, 2014 at 11:51 AM

I can’t wait to read this one! Thanks for the tip!

Andrea September 23, 2014 at 12:06 PM

I can’t wait to read this book!

Catherine parr kerley September 23, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Love love love this site I will definitely be downloading this book.

Brandi September 23, 2014 at 12:53 PM

This book sounds so good! WOW! That excerpt has me wanting more!!

chrissie September 23, 2014 at 2:14 PM

I loved this book read it then first nite I love all of Kelli Maine’s books

Lisa Smith September 23, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Gettin ready to one click this. Sounds like an amazing read.

Mick Murphy September 23, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Cannot wait to read this new one by Kelli Maine! Thank you for the amazing giveaway!!

Amanda Creadon September 23, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Would love to read!

Kim Perry September 23, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Sounds really good!! I’m looking forward to reading!

Jen September 23, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Love her…definitely got my attention…thx for giveaway!!

Kristen K. September 23, 2014 at 9:48 PM

I’m so excited! Reviewing Chains for a blog I contribute to soon!!!

Pauline September 23, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Ooooh! I would love to enter too please :P

Andee September 23, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Wow… Sounds good!! :D

Stephanie September 24, 2014 at 8:32 AM

That was super hot and super sweet! What an awesome giveaway! Thank you!

Alex carol September 24, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Sounds delicious!!!!!

Becky September 24, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Oh a definite one click! Great Excerpt!

Bethany Whitling June 14, 2018 at 2:55 PM

Wow can’t wait would really love this book…

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