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Pamela Yaye, author
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A Very Merry Temptation
(Mistletoe in Memphis)
September, 2013

Essence Sinclair needs to land the holiday catering contract for Lincoln Davenport's company…almost as much as she wants the sexy exec himself. When Lincoln glimpses the sensual chef, he's sure all his Christmas dreams have come true at once. Will this be a holiday fling—or magic that's made to last?

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Lincoln Davenport glanced up from the file he was reading at his desk, and when his gaze landed on Essence Sinclair he felt all the blood drain from his head. Have mercy…Desire walloped him, knocked him flat back on his leather, executive chair. His tongue lay limp in his mouth, and for several moments he couldn’t speak. Not that he wanted to. There were no words in the English language—or any language—to describe her staggering beauty, and Lincoln knew if he spoke he’d make a complete and utter fool of himself. He feared his legs would buckle from the weight of his desire, but he stood and strode confidently toward her.

Lincoln didn’t have the power to look away, couldn’t if someone paid him. Essence was all that, and her brilliant, dazzling smile turned his brain to mincemeat. During her stint on So You Think You Can Cook, she always looked good, well put together, but this morning she was done up from head to toe. Big hair, crimson-red lips, makeup and nails done to perfection. The reality star had a classic Jackie O vibe about her, but with a sexy, seductive twist. Diamond hoop earrings dangled from her ears, a glitzy, oversized purse hung from her wrist, and her black, turtleneck dress kissed every sensuous curve on her shapely body. Her leopard-print pumps elongated her toned, brown legs, and every time she moved her ankle bracelet tinkled. For as long as Lincoln could remember, he’d always had a weakness for sisters with an hourglass figure, and not only was Essence Sinclair stacked in all the right places, she was oozing with sexual confidence. At thirty-five, Lincoln had met his fair share of attractive women, but the titillating reality TV star was in a league of her own. She’s a modern-day femme fatale, he thought, giving his eyes license to roam over her sinuous curves. And if was looking for a woman to share my bed with this holiday season, she’d be on the top of my Christmas wish list.

“I’m so sorry I’m late. Traffic was horrible, and I got lost twice,” Essence said, resting her purse at her feet. “At one point, I got so frustrated I tossed my GPS out the window!”

Lincoln chuckled. Essence spoke to him in a friendly manner, as if they’d known each other for years. He liked that. It wasn’t every day he met a bubbly, outgoing sister with a killer pair of legs, and Lincoln suspected he was going to enjoy this meeting immensely. According to Naomi, her best friend was loved and admired by everyone, and now that Lincoln had met the drop-dead gorgeous caterer for himself he could see why. Essence was a force, a woman of incredible presence, and as Lincoln listened to her, he decided she was the most beautiful woman he’d ever laid eyes on.

“I feel terrible about showing up late.” Wearing an apologetic face, she tilted her head to the side, and touched a hand to her chest. “Please forgive me. I promise it won’t happen again.”

“Don’t sweat it. You’re here now, and that’s all that matters,” Lincoln said, ignoring the wide-eyed expression on his secretary’s face. A stickler for time, he was surprised to hear the words come out of his mouth too, but nodded and said, “Welcome to Global Technologies International, Ms. Sinclair. I’m Lincoln Davenport.”

“Of, course, yes…thanks for this, I mean, thanks for seeing me—” Essence broke off speaking when she realized she sounded crazier than a fool in a bath robe wandering around the Laundromat. Her tongue suddenly felt too big for her mouth, and her stomach was overrun with hundreds of butterflies. Get it together, she chided herself, raking a hand through her wavy hair. Cakes and Confections by Essence is hanging on by a thread. You can’t afford to screw this up.

It took supreme effort, but Essence dragged her gaze away from Lincoln’s mouth and stared deep into his eyes. Wrong move. Now her heart was pounding in her chest. She’d walked into the office expecting to see an older man in tweed and polyester, but instead found a tall, dark hottie with an athletic physique sitting behind the circular, glass desk. His eyes were dreamy, his build was lean and muscular, and his skin was the deepest, warmest shade of brown there was. The computer software engineer was so damn good-looking, Essence felt light on her feet, as if she was going to pass out. But she wouldn’t of course. Not in front of this fine-ass man who reeked of money, class, and power.

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What Readers and Reviewers are saying:


Romance In Color (4++Stars)

The phrase “opposites attract” is true in this situation. The storyline is excellent, the pace is on point and the plot connects very well to the characters. It definitely keep you turning pages, anxious to see what’s going to happen next. The love scenes come toward the end and add fuel to the fire. The secondary characters bring the energy needed to keep the story flowing. Rashawn’s family is energetic; they definitely come from a different background and I could relate to their story. Yasmin’s family is articulate, educated, and caring; I enjoyed all of them.

I commend Ms. Yaye on an excellent read.
LOVE T.K.O is a must read.

Amazon Reviewer, (5 Stars):

LOVE T.K.O is a refreshing novel that reminds us of what love is really about. Pamela Yaye does it again bringing two individuals from different world into a blissful relationship.

Dr Yasmin Ohaji is a South African beauty who is a popular marriage therapist who has worked herself into a place that romance does not fit into her life but when she meets Rashawn Bishop after he came to her rescue she finds herself fighting the temptations that he presents. Pamela Yaye had me rooting for Rashawn from the beginning of the book as well as wanting to see Yasmin happy. She brings back the idea of what a relationship should really be about and how a man should treat a woman.
LOVE T.K.O is definitely one of my top reads this year.

The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers (4 Stars):

Pamela Yaye steps out of the box with the characters of LOVE T. K. O. She shows us without communication the knock out is inevitable. With communication one can stand toe to toe, complete the entire ten rounds with both opponents coming out victoriously.

While reading, I was yelling, and pulling for Yasmin and Rashawn because I could feel the chemistry between them the minute he stepped in front of her on page twelve. LOVE T. K. O. is one of my top twenty reads for the year.


Romantic Times (4 ½ Stars):

Her Kind of Man (4.5) is well written, perfectly paced and contains characters that are real and likable. With just the right dose of humour and drama, Pamela Yaye's story compels from beginning to end. First-grade teacher Makayla Stevens is having a hard time dealing with 5-year-old terror Terrance Blake, and his high-strung mother is too much for her. Enter the boy's sexy uncle, Kenyon Blake, who Makayla has had a crush on since she was an overweight teenager. Kenyon is strongly attracted to Makayla, and concerned about his nephew. He works overtime to get them both past their fears and reticence about relationships.

SisterFriendBookClub (4 Sistah Hugs):

Wickedly naughty, erotic, hot, passionate, and juicy to the very last drop! For the hopelessly romantic, this book is for you. In this tale, a love affair emerges between two people who could not be more different. Her Kind of Man touches on a very sensitive subject: self-image. The main character, Makayla Stevens, was overweight during her teen years, and although she was a knockout by the time she met her prince charming, she still battled with some self-image issues. I truly enjoyed reading this book, and I would highly recommend it because it was ummm..ummm…good!


Barnes and Noble Reviewer (4 Stars)

'The Trouble with Luv', is the first novel I've read by Mrs. Yaye and it was quite an enjoyable read. I enjoyed the differences between Xavier and Ebony. And I just loved the way he had that foot and mouth disease, where he kept putting his foot in his mouth, by assuming the worse of Ebony and having to apologize BIG time. It was very endearing to watch them struggle with their desire. Yet, still they waited until they both knew the time was right to make that move towards intimacy. And when it finally happened, OH, about HOT! Xavier and Ebony were as different as night and day, and yet when they were together they complimented each other spiritually, emotionally, mentally and definitely physically. This book once it got going was a page-turner with quite a few unexpected twists and turns. Looking forward to reading more from Mrs. Yaye.


PeoplewholoveGoodBooks, (5 stars)

Other People's Business by Pamela Yaye is a touching, romantic story. It will make you laugh, cry, or just sit and shake your head. Join Autumn and L.J. as they find love in an unexpected place: each other.

Urban Reviews:

OTHER PEOPLE’S BUSINESS by Pamela Yaye is a beautiful love story between two people that have had their share of bad relationships. Through the turmoil, they find each other and fall in love...even with all of the obstacles they keep running into. If you enjoy good romance novels and are not too keen on the sappy kind, then this book is for you. Pamela Yaye put a few tear-jerking moments in there, but she'll also have you talking out loud, yelling "Oh No He Didn't!" at times too. I would recommend Other People's Business to anyone who loves a happy ending.