Provoke You by Diana A. Hicks



Title: Provoke You

Series: Cole Brothers #2

Author: Diana A. Hicks

Genre: Steamy Contemporary Romance

Release Date: December 16, 2019


Hotel heiress Ela LeBlanc is ready to take control of her life. Waking up handcuffed to a former marine and the news of her step-dad’s plans to sell the hotel is just the wake-up call she needs.

With only thirty days to prove he has no claim on the property, Ela has to enlist the help of her sexy as sin bodyguard.When things take a dangerous turn, and Matt becomes the only person she can trust, she can’t help but wonder… can she trust him with her heart?

Former Marine Matt Cole came to New Orleans for a fresh start, a chance to make amends. After accepting a job as the chief of security for a wealthy hotelier, he quickly realizes that life in the Big Easy is anything but.

Matt’s greatest challenge is keeping his distance from the tempting Ela LeBlanc, his boss’s gorgeous and very off limits step-daughter.

Surviving Ela is just the beginning. As things unfold it becomes clear that it’s not just his heart on the line, but their lives.


PROVOKE YOU is book two in the Cole Brothers series. A new family saga binge reading experience: 5 brothers, 5 full-length novels in 5 months.

Note: This is a steamy romance with explicit sensual scenes, happily ever after, no cheating, and no cliffhanger.



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As far as hangovers went, this was the mother of them all. Did I deserve it? Of course. Though right now, with the painful tug in my right eye and dry mouth, I couldn’t remember why. What the hell was in the champagne glass from last night?

The hours after I’d walked into the hotel bar were a big fuzzy cloud in my head. I rolled onto my side slowly to keep the room from doing a merry-go-round and peeked from under the soft sheet tangled around my body. When I made to rub my throbbing temple, a cold grip around my wrist stopped me. Handcuffs? What the hell?

Adjacent to the bed, sitting on an oversize leather chair with his long fingers hanging over the armrest, was a guy I’d never seen in my life. He was fast asleep with his head hanging to the side in what had to be the most uncomfortable sleeping position ever. The how I got here or why my top was missing buttons wasn’t important right now. I needed to get out. The moment my feet slapped the hardwood floor, he shifted his body away from me and yanked me toward him.

Wrapped in his sheets, I balanced on my toes and braced my free hand on the seat of the chair, a few inches from his crotch. Holy shit, we were handcuffed to each other. With my open hand hovering over his wide chest, the adrenaline kicked in and rushed through my body. It didn’t make the headache go away, but at least my brain was working again.

Okay. Think.

Next to where a beaded chain pooled below his Adam’s apple, a tattoo of a string of letters started at his collarbone, then disappeared into the V-neck of his T-shirt. Even in his sleep, he had a scowl across his forehead. The dark stubble on his cheeks made him look angry and dangerous.

My gaze moved from his pecs down to the long legs stretched out in front of him. When he stirred, a muscled thigh rubbed against me and called my attention to the oh-so-generous bulge in his pants. Did we? No, if we’d had sex, he would definitely be out of those tight jeans. His entire body screamed sex. This guy was more than fuckable, but for the life of me, I couldn’t remember how I got here.

“Still not interested, princess.” His deep voice jerked me out of my trance. My head snapped up to meet his brown eyes, soft and full of longing. Or maybe that was just the effect of the lighting coming in through the tall windows. He blinked slowly, sexy lips slightly parted, and pressed his free hand on my stomach to push me off him. “The orange juice and ibuprofen on the nightstand are for you. Take them. That’s not a request.”

I’d had my share of rejections. Growing up with parents like mine, who couldn’t find a reason to care about me or anything other than themselves, I was familiar with the pain that came from trying to be with someone who didn’t want me.

A gorgeous man like this saying he wasn’t interested in me stung. I glared at him as I swung around to snatch the juice off the side table. I popped the pills in and downed the whole thing. Okay, that made me feel so much better.

“What the fuck? Did you kidnap me or something?” I placed my hands on my hips. He let out a breath and took his handcuffed hand back, tugging me closer to him. The raw skin on my wrist told me we’d done a similar dance last night.

“What are you talking about?” His gaze bore into mine.

I picked up my hand and pointed at the handcuffs. “I can tell you right now. My dad won’t pay you a dime. In fact, I think you did him a favor. Sucks for you, asshole.”

“Asshole? After what you pulled, I’m the asshole?” Red crept up his neck. “Okay. Obviously, you’re still wasted.” He rose, rubbing his jaw before his hand landed on his hip. “This little game of yours wasn’t funny last night, and it sure as hell isn’t funny now.”

I didn’t know why that hurt. “I don’t care what you find amusing or not. Just get these fucking handcuffs off me. I want to go home.”



He opened his mouth to speak, then closed it, pinching his nose. “You handcuffed me. Tell me you have a key. I don’t have time for any of this.”


Provoke You by Diana A. Hicks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ll be honest and say I wasn’t blown away because I felt like this story had still room to grow and I wanted “more” to happen when the bad guy(s) was discovered. But despite that it was an enjoyable read.

I liked the banter between Matt and Ela who was a firecracker. I loved the way he was fighting his feeling but at the end just couldn’t resist her.

Now comes the dreaded wait to see how the next Cole brother loses his heart over a feisty woman.

***Review copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads Blog***
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Don’t miss out on this suspenseful and seductive series!

Unravel You, Book 1 (Derek and Valentina) – OUT NOW!

Provoke You, Book 2 (Matt and Ela) – OUT NOW!

Escape You, Book 3 (Tyler and Mia) – 1/13/2020

Unleash You, Book 4 (Wesley and Anabelle) – 2/10/2020

Defy You, Book 5 (Zack and Rebecca) – 3/9/2020


Meet The Author

Diana A. Hicks is an award-winning author of steamy contemporary romance with a touch of suspense. Book two in her Desert Monsoon series, LOVE OVER LOGIC, won the 2019 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner in the Romance – Suspense genre

When Diana is not writing, she enjoys kickboxing, traveling, and indulging in the simple joys of life like wine and chocolate. She lives in Atlanta and loves spending time with her two children and husband. Connect with Diana on social media to stay up to date on her latest releases.

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  1. Thanks for being on the tour!

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