USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Smith is an Oklahoma attorney by day, author by night who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She knew she was destined to be a romance writer when she attempted to re-write the entire Titanic movie just to save Jack from drowning. Connecting with readers by writing emotionally moving, realistic and sexy romances no matter what time period is her passion. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: New England Reader’s Choice Awards, Greater Detroit BookSeller’s Best Awards, and a Semi-Finalist award for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. She is currently a 2018 RITA ® Finalist in the Romance Writers of America Contest. To connect with Lauren, visit her at www.laurensmithbooks.com
The Darkest Hour
Royce Devereaux isn’t your average sexy professor. He has a lot of rules in his professional and personal life. He keeps both worlds separated. He has to. He’s somewhat of a public figure—and yes, he’s made enemies climbing to the top. Being a world-famous paleontology professor doesn’t mix well with his romantic life. He likes his sex rough, and a whole lot of naughty. Which means his students are 100% off limits.
One problem. His new graduate student assistant, Kenzie. She looks at him like a kid looks at birthday cake, and he doesn’t like it. Except, he does. He likes it too much. She’s feisty and smart—which only makes him want to tie her up and master her body. And her buttoned-up librarian look—it makes him want to strip her naked…slowly. He has to find a way to ignore her. It’s only one semester. Right?
But when an enemy decides to use Kenzie to force his hand, Royce has no choice but to keep her close. Very, very close. His two worlds have just collided. He just hopes he can let her go once the danger is over…
Awards and Recognition
- PUBLISHED AWARDS A Scottish Lord for Christmas (2017) – Historical Romance Romance Writers of America 2018 RITA Finalist Wicked Rivals (2016)- Historical Romance Orange County Romance Writer’s Book Buyer’s Best- Finalist Her Wicked Proposal (2016)- Historical Romance ACRA’s Heart of Excellence- Finalist The Gilded Chain (2015) – Erotic Romance Greater Detroit Romance Writers Bookseller’s Best- Finalist The Gilded Cage (2015) – Erotic Romance New England Reader’s Choice Awards – First Place Tie with The Gilded Cuff Greater Detroit Romance Writers Bookseller’s Best- Finalist The Gilded Cuff (2015) – Erotic Romance New England Reader’s Choice Awards – First Place Tie with The Gilded Cage 2016 BDSM Writer’s Con’s Golden Flogger Best Book Nominee Wicked Designs (2014) – Historical Romance 2014 1st Place in OKRWA’s International Digital Awards 2014 3rd place in New England Reader’s Choice Awards 2014 1st place in the NTRWA Carolyn Readers Choice Awards 2014 Desert Rose RWA Gol