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I would like to welcome our guest author, Tina Donahue, to AR. Tina has very kindly offered a giveaway prize. One commenter will win a paperback copy of her previous Kensington title, Close to Perfect. Open to UK/International - closes Tuesday 5th January 2010.
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Sassy Note: The review of Adored is now up!
Doms, Alphas, and Hunks – oh my!
I’ll be the first to admit, it’s a pretty decent life spending your time writing about take-charge guys that know who they want and go after her – passionate and unashamed. To have the animal part of their nature, their soul-deep need for a certain female supersede all else, including convention, mores, and an uncertain outcome.
But there’s another quality that adds to that time-honored virility. . .an essence that’s so important, I can’t write a story without it. And that’s the hero’s tenderness, the male deep within who longs for a connection, who requires love as much as the heroine does.
Thankfully, the days of brooding heroes who speak in monosyllables or growl or grunt at the heroine are long gone. I could never get into those stories where the hero was emotionally distant and he and the heroine clashed endlessly, which generally led to a forced seduction scene and the heroine’s decision that she just couldn’t live without this guy. Huh? Would any real (or sane) woman want a prickly, narcissistic, control-freak in her bed? I don’t think so.
And that’s why it’s so important to bring tenderness into the plot. Absolutely nothing is sexier than love, commitment, and honor when it comes to doing right by the female.
A lot of the plot of my new Ellora’s Cave release Adored hinges on that premise. The hero wants to do right by the heroine no matter what it takes, because he can’t stand the thought of hurting her or losing her. Here’s a brief synopsis and excerpt to illustrate what I mean:
Adored – A shameless fantasy come true… When tall, dark and delicious Adam Farrell crosses Danni’s radar at a trade show in Vegas, it’s not lust at first sight. He’s been the star of her wicked fantasies for a while, pleasuring her in acts of domination and submission that leave her breathless. Aching for his masterful touch, believing she’ll never have it, Danni indulges in a public sex act Adam alone witnesses. What follows is a night of wild and unrestrained passion in his powerful arms. It’s only the beginning. An undisclosed business deal has turned Adam from competitor to Danni’s new boss. His hunger for her is absolute and he’ll make her fantasies seem tame as he takes her in ways she never imagined – whenever he wants, wherever he desires. Seduced by Adam’s plan to mix exquisite control with adoration, Danni’s swept into a sensual adventure she can’t resist. Until corporate politics intrude and she learns what Adam’s been hiding to protect her. . .a secret he’s long feared will tear them apart.
Hurriedly, Adam straightened his clothes. If he paused for even a second, good sense would pin him to the spot because he was an idiot for sleeping with Danni again and for making the decision to keep doing so.
I know you won’t hurt me.
No fucking way. He’d see Roger dead first. Somehow he had to find more waste in the operation in order to free more capital. He figured he could start with a new and cheaper cleaning service given the scant time tonight’s crew spent tidying this place.
His hands floated by her ruined sweater, not knowing how to fix it. “Sorry about your buttons.”
“No biggie. I’ll have the cleaners sew them back on.”
“We’ll have to find them first.” He glanced around the paper-and pen-strewn floor.
“Should we leave your office like this?”
Definitely not. It looked as if he and Roger had wrestled in here. “The door’s going to be locked. On Monday, I’ll come in early and put things away.”
“Want me to help?”
“We’d just mess it up again.”
“True. I’ll grab my coat and purse. Let’s meet at the elevator. I’ll follow you to your place.”
“No, you’re coming in my car.”
She smiled. “Okay. I’ll leave mine here. You can drive me back tomorrow morning.”
“I’ll drive you back Sunday night.”
Her expression went blurry. “Think you can last that long?”
He loved her sass. “You’re really asking for it.”
Her laughter pealed across the office as she ran to get her things.
Adam picked up the button she’d unknowingly kicked on her way out, slipped it into his pants pocket and looked back at their mess, both literal and figurative. Worry crept up his belly and clutched his chest, because he couldn’t stop time.
He had five-and-a-half weeks. Shit. He pulled on his jacket and Burberry, hit the lights and locked the door.
Already at the elevator, Danni grinned. Outside of her ruined sweater, she didn’t seem to have a care in the world. He had to keep it that way. Slipping his hand beneath her hair, he cradled the back of her neck and pulled her into him, kissing her hard. On the ride down, he couldn’t let her go long enough to take a full breath. At the bottom of the parking garage’s stairwell, he stopped and folded her into his arms, resting his chin on the top of her head.
She stiffened slightly, as if she hadn’t expected such tenderness, even though she trusted him and knew he wouldn’t hurt her, at least until she learned the bad news about her job. What in the fuck was he doing? No matter how horny he’d been in the past, he’d never been a rutting fool, letting his urges determine his actions. He should tell her the score, beg for her forgiveness and offer to find her another job. At minimum, he should pull away.
Her fingertips touched his cheek, her hand ungodly soft. Like an addict wanting just one more pill or drink before quitting, he kissed her neck. She moaned shamelessly. Utterly lost, he wondered what was happening to him. He’d never been close to love, and yet this was beginning to feel an awful lot like what others claimed it to be. Using his body to push her against the concrete wall, he lifted his face to the metal stairs they’d just descended. No sounds
came from above. For the moment, they were alone.
She whispered, “What’s wrong?”
Nothing. Everything. He couldn’t stop. “Lift your skirt.” He opened his fly and pulled out his insatiable cock.
She needed no further direction, tucking the hem of her skirt into her waistband, and then she wreathed her arms around his neck. He sank his fingers into her plush ass and drew her up, bracing her back against the wall. She wrapped her legs around his hips.
Positioning his rod over her slick heat, he thrust inside, instantly adrift in the taut velvet of her cunt. Her head settled on his shoulder, her mouth on his neck to quiet her delighted cry.
He pounded harder than he had in his office, driven to relieve the escalating tension, to go deeper still, to be a part of her skin and blood.
I can only speak for myself, but that’s the kind of guy I want – someone who not only wants me more than any other woman but who has my back. . .who gives me a soft place to land.
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To find out more about Tina, check out her website. Good luck with the giveaway!
To find out more about Tina, check out her website. Good luck with the giveaway!
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