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This week we're celebrating the core component of the romance novel - what's known in the business as the HEA, or the Happy Ever After. It was only when I first started writing romance that I became aware of the difference between a romance and a novel (or play) with romantic elements. Romeo and Juliet is a romance, right? Wrong. No HEA, therefore it has romantic elements rather than being a romance.
I sometimes wonder why romance is such a popular genre when a reader can guess the outcome of the book usually from the first page. But therein lies the answer - ultimately it's not about the outcome, but about the journey. I'm in my forties now - I've met and married the man of my dreams, had a child, gone to university, emigrated... I've completed most of the rites of passage, which can be a little bit depressing, but reading and writing romance allows me to live through these wonderful moments of my life over and over again. There's a magic to falling in love, and through reading romance we get to experience it again every time we open a new cover and delve into the pages.
Every single one of my novels has a HEA, and my stories are filled with that romantic journey, from the moment when the hero and heroine first meet, to the first kiss, to the first time they have sex (did I mention they're racy romances?) to that wonderful moment where they realise they're in love.
My next release is due out on February 4th from Lyrical Press. It's a very sexy contemporary "friends to lovers" or "brother's best mate" romance set in New Zealand and the magical city of Beijing in China. Here's the wonderful cover:
And here's the blurb:
Gossip says he is hot between the sheets. Has Mr. Insatiable finally met his match?
Enya’s been curious about Kit’s bedroom exploits ever since his ex-girlfriend spilled the beans about his…skill. But he’s not for her. Enya can’t provide what he wants from life, especially not between the sheets.
After Enya admits she’s not good at sex, Kit persuades her to trust in him. Together, they can create fireworks in the bedroom. A few drinks followed by a discussion about kinky sex, and Enya succumbs to his charm.
Thrilled he’s been proven correct, Kit can’t keep his hands off Enya, and she’s unable, and unwilling, to resist him. But is it just great sex…or something more?
Sexy, sizzling hot romance. Please read with air conditioning on.
Buy links aren't available yet, but I thought I'd whet your whistle a bit before the big day. Want a snippet?
When he paused to kiss her hair again, she whispered, “Do you think I’m attractive?” It was a provocative statement, but the need for reassurance after her breakup was too great to resist.
Kit stilled, and she wondered whether she’d overstepped the invisible boundary they’d erected over the years. Just like Tristan had always done, Kit had commented on her burgeoning figure as she’d grown up, made lewd comments when she’d worn a bikini and teased her about the generous size of her breasts, but it had always been done in a brotherly way, in front of the rest of the family. He’d never crossed that line and been suggestive or touched her inappropriately. When they were alone, he was the perfect gentleman, honorable and polite, even if he did continue to tease her, she’d never felt uncomfortable with him. Sometimes she’d wondered whether he actually realized she’d grown up.
He moved back and looked down at her. Even though she wore three-inch heels, he towered over her, his shoulders broad beneath his jacket. She waited for him to make a joke, laugh, or look uncomfortable at being asked to say something personal like that.
Instead, to her surprise, he cupped her face with his hands. Looking into her eyes, he held her gaze for a moment, his blue eyes alight with desire. To her astonishment, he smiled wolfishly and lowered his head.
She stood, transfixed, as he pressed his lips to hers. They were firm and warm, and she waited, breathless, while he kissed her, his mouth moving across hers with tender affection. Her mind raced. He was only trying to comfort her. Brother to sister. As if she were kissing Tristan. Yeuch.
Only it wasn’t yeuch. And it wasn’t remotely like how she imagined kissing her brother would be.
She rested her palms on his chest, surprised at the firmness of his muscles beneath her fingers. She’d seen him shirtless in the summer, hugged him and given him teasing pushes a gazillion times, but she’d never touched him. With his lips still slowly brushing hers, and her heart thudding, she moved her hands up and traced his collarbone beneath the white shirt, and then lifted her hands over his shoulders and around his neck, expecting him to draw back, laughing.
Instead of pulling away, Kit’s arms came around her, strong and tight, his hands sliding down her back to her hips. He pulled her against him, and to her complete and utter shock, pressed the hard length of his erection against her, obvious proof he didn’t feel as if he were kissing a sibling either.
Enya’s mouth opened and she gasped, inhaling sharply when his warm tongue brushed hers. For a second she froze, completely taken aback by his reaction, as confused as she had been in her dream by what he was doing and her reaction to him. He stilled, but before he pulled away, desire shot through her, and her instincts took over. Plunging her tongue into his mouth, she threaded her hands through his hair, pressing herself against him, molding her body to his.
Kit groaned, his hands tight on her butt. Unfamiliar yearning swept through her, and she tightened her hands in his hair, grazing her teeth against his bottom lip, pleasure mounting as he deepened the kiss.
She’d forgotten about the heels. She didn’t wear them very often, and when she lifted herself on tiptoe to press her breasts against his chest, she lost her balance. His weight pushed her back the six inches to the wall behind her, and she hit it with a jolt hard enough to make her gasp and break the kiss.
Kit stepped back. “Shit.” He ran both hands through his hair and then surveyed her, hands on hips, apparently lost for words.
Enya pressed shaking fingers to her lips, her head spinning.
I kissed Kit Fawkes!
I also have another release coming out on March 26th from Samhain Publishing. Six Naughty Nights is also a sexy contemporary, and you can read more about it here.
If you can't wait for the book though, and you haven't read the first in the series yet, why not start with Seven Sexy Sins?
Seven Sexy Sins is available from most major outlets. Click here to find out more about the book, all the wonderful reviews it's received, and where to buy.
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