Brand new excerpt from Love the One You’re With.
Jake Malone has a bad habit of getting into Grace’s cab . . . a habit she’s starting to like – Enjoy!
Grace wouldn’t admit it out loud even if someone paid her, but she had no idea what made Jake Malone tick. Like, none.
The man had taken Cole’s public pronouncement that Jake was hot and heavy for Grace with a fair amount of dignity, and Grace thought for sure she had the upper hand . . . for all of about two days.
Right up until the moment Jake climbed into the backseat of her cab following Alex Cassidy’s birthday celebration at a trendy West Village gastropub. Read more
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Grace weaved her way around the tight-butt, yoga-pants-wearing, stroller-pushing moms until she turned up one of the quiet side streets that would have less cab competition.
Sure enough, a taxi rounded the corner onto the street and was making its way toward her.
Finally. A little luck.
Grace raised a hand to hail it, only to watch in dismay as an arm in front of her moved in the exact same gesture at the exact same time. She hissed in annoyance, even though the man had obviously been there first and the cab was rightfully his.
She swore under her breath anyway. This was not the way she’d envisioned Grace 2.0 starting out. She was supposed to have gotten up early and done a little yoga, followed by a leisurely, healthy smoothie breakfast. Then she’d have a long shower followed by a perfect hair day, and would be in a cab and heading into the office all before the start of rush hour.
Instead, Grace had woken up an hour late to a malfunctioning coffeepot, absolutely no time for yoga, and so not a good-hair day.
Now some too-tall, perfect-haired stranger was about to take her cab.
So remember last week when Grace filled you all in on the Stiletto holiday party, and the girls’ less than classy costumes?
Well, let’s just say . . . the ladies are still hung over, so I’m filling in for this week’s post.
Today’s topic? Throwback Thursday. Or, should I say: #ThrowbackThursday or #tbt.
Now, I’m not what one would call a “social media natural.” It still takes me fifteen minutes to write a tweet, because the 140 character limit is just so not my style. And I avoided Facebook for years, because as a private person, posting pictures and status updates for hundreds of people to see felt completely unnatural. Read more
Hi Stiletto readers, Grace here, wishing everyone a very Happy Halloween! It’s one of my favorite holidays, mainly because it’s easier to justify eating chocolate for lunch, but also because of the annual Stiletto Halloween party.
See, Riley, Julie and I take turns choosing the theme the Love & Relationship department’s costume, and we’ve won the Best Costume award three years in a row. We only have one rule: no arguing / criticizing the other’s costume selection. This rule kept Julie from strangling me last year. Read more
I was eight, and he was a bit older. Ok a lot older. And he was was taken, but that that wasn’t even the real problem.
Chapter One (Grace’s Story)
In hindsight, she should have taken the subway.
But today was the launch of the new and improved Grace. Or Grace 2.0, as she’d begun thinking of her improved self. And Grace 2.0’s shoe choice really wasn’t suited for the New York subway system. Between the grates and the stairs and the roaches, Grace Brighton’s four-inch Jimmy Choos would be lucky to even make it to the office. And that whole wear-comfy-shoes-now-and-change-later just wasn’t Grace 1.0 or 2.0’s MO.
Then of course, there was the hassle of rush hour to contend with, not to mention . . .
Oh, who was she kidding?
The Brightons of Scarsdale, New York, didn’t do subways.
But her mother wasn’t here.
And neither was her mother’s personal driver.
So. A cab it would be.
As Grace exited the elevator in the high-rise apartment building she’d moved into just a month before, she wondered if she looked different now that 2.0 was all riding her ass with the rah-rah girl-power routine.
The Male Perspective: What He’s REALLY thinking . . by Brighton, with special guest Mitchell Forbes
Grace Brighton: Hi Stiletto readers! Welcome back to another week of sassy goodness. This week we have a special guest, and a rare breed around the Stiletto office . . . a man. We love good girl talk as much as the next woman, but every now and then we like to keep ourselves honest by hearing the male perspective.
Some of you likely know Mitchell Forbes as Julie’s man from AFTER THE KISS, but today, he’s just another handsome guy, here to give us an inside look about what makes men tick.
Mitchell: *gets up from his seat*
Grace: Hey, where are you going?
Mitchell: I’m out of here. Julie told me I was here to give some beginners’ pointers on investing . . . Read more
Julie: It’s no secret in the Stiletto world that I’ve always known my way around the first date. And the second date . . . and well, actually, that’s pretty much it, because my dating history has been a little, how should we say this . . .
Julie: I was going to say diverse. I had diverse dating habits. I was all about getting gussied up in my newest, cutest top, and putting on my highest, most impractical shoes . . .
Riley: Your skankiest bra and panties set.
Julie: No, that’s you.
Riley: Oh, that’s right . . .
Julie: Anyway, I used to be all about the night-out-on-the-town scene until I met— Read more
Shower Sex: A How-To by Riley McKenna, Stiletto’s resident “sexpert” . . .
I’m not going to lie:
I watch James Bond movies for the eye-candy. And that goes for all the James Bonds. Connery. Brosnan. Craig. Especially Daniel Craig. And his most recent one—Skyfall? Um, who cares about the guns and the gadgets, because did you see that shower scene?
Sex in the shower is like sex on steroids. It’s steamier. Literally. It’s hotter. Literally. It’s wetter. Literally. Read more
Introduction from the editor:
Hi Stiletto Readers!
Last week we heard from Julie Greene, Stiletto’s expert on flirting, kissing and all things involving a little wink and hair flick.
This week we’ll be hearing from columnist Grace Brighton, who’s all genteel classiness on the outside, ovaries of steel on the inside. Grace’s usual schtick is love & relationships: keeping the spark alive, anniversary gift ideas, etc. Today, however, Grace asked to take on something a little different …
And when I say lady, I’m not talking about the generic term for women that you’ll see written in plastic beneath the little female icon in the triangle skirt you see on the bathroom door at Applebee’s.
No, I’m talking about being a lady in the old-fashioned sense of the word. I’m talking about capturing that elusive quality of Helen Mirren, Kate Middleton, Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman . . . Read more
Julie Greene here–Stiletto magazine’s resident dating expert.
Rumor has it that this Thursday’s post was supposed to be a tour of the office ….
(Excuse me while I wake myself up from my nap).
Seriously though, I’m sure the tour will be a blast when it happens next week, but take it from someone who works at Stiletto, the tour of the office can wait. Because I have something far, far sexier to talk about.
I worry that kissing is becoming a lost art these days as it’s the “main course” that gets all the attention. And while I love a good sex-in-the-shower (or on the counter, or at the opera (!!) session as much as the next girl, but there’s is nothing—nothing—like magic of the first kiss. Read more
I know why you’re here. You’ve read After the Kiss, and absolutely must know more about the Stiletto world.
Got that ordered? Excellent. Now that we’re on the same page, let’s get right down to the four W’s of Stiletto.
First, what is Stiletto? Read more
In the first book of a delightful new series from Lauren Layne, the star columnist of Stiletto magazine will do anything for a story. Anything . . . except fall in love.
“Packed with loads sizzle and snickerlicious fun, Lauren Layne’s AFTER THE KISS is a knock-your-stilettos-off, total page-turning treat that had me fan-girling up within the first chapter. Absolutely loved this read!”~Mira Lyn Kelly, USA Today bestselling author