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Romantic Rendezvous Blog Hop
Next weekend, we’ll be celebrating Valentine’s day, but the party starts today. Below you’ll find my giveaway, the link to the rafflecopter for the Grand Prize, and a link to find all the other hop participants.
Chicago has been the backdrop for my books and it’s also the place where my husband and I celebrated our first anniversary years ago. Whenever I think about that anniversary, I’m reminded how any place can be romantic. It doesn’t matter where you are.
Sometimes you need warm weather, sometimes you need something special to eat, or something pretty, like flowers or jewelry. The hero and heroine in my latest release, “In the Blind”, find love and romance in the darkest of places which is not necessarily where you’d think you’d find romance. Romance finds you when you’re not looking for it but it also finds you when you make it happen.
Here’s a snippet from the first chapter of “In the Blind”:
The door continued to open every few minutes. Finally, the woman in front of Jane was taken away. She could see nothing past the door besides black. Until the door closed, she continued gazing into the darkness. How would the loss of sight change the experience? Would she feel more? What would he feel like? Nerves shook through her limbs, and sweat tickled her palms.
The door opened, and she stood straight as a statue. This was crazy. She searched for pockets in her robe. When she found none, she swallowed back a curse.
The escort stopped in front of her. “Are you having second thoughts?” He shifted the goggles higher on his forehead.
“Would you like to step back and wait to go or …” He stepped back and cracked the door open. “Sometimes it helps to hear the sounds of the other participants.”
She closed her eyes and took in the moans and let her mind drift to what her body would feel like to make her make those kinds of sounds.
“I don’t want to pressure you. Tell me what you want.”
“Thank you.” She opened her eyes and took a step towards him. The only way was forward. “I’m ready.”
“Good for you.” He reached out and took hold of her hand. “Come on, I’ll take you to the lucky one, for tonight.” He winked and tugged her forward.
Once the door closed behind them, Jane was surrounded by unending black. She looked around, but there was nothing, no end to the darkness. A nervous shiver danced along her spine, followed by thoughts of haunted houses. What would she find around the next corner? Her escort tugged her forward, bringing her back to the night’s purpose.
She needed to remember why she was here. She needed to live in the moment. There was a good chance she was about to touch the man who would give her release.
They slowed, turned a corner, and after a couple more steps they stopped. She swallowed the lump in her throat when her escort placed her hand into another’s.
“Enjoy.” He squeezed her shoulder, and she sensed his presence leave the space.
A pull on her hand forced her feet forward a couple of steps. She stopped just as abruptly when she bumped into a hard chest—the man of the hour. This man would touch her soon, but he wasn’t yet. He was only holding her hand. Her breasts moved with her uneven breathing, and her nipples scraped against his chest.
Why wasn’t he touching her? Was he nervous, too, or having second thoughts? She reached up in curiosity to make sure he wasn’t wearing a pair of night-vision goggles, but only found soft hair. She followed the section of hair to above his shoulder and continued onto smooth skin and around his shoulder to his bicep thick with muscle. Her heart thumped, and her breath quickened as moisture covered her needy pussy.
She breathed deeply, taking in his delicious musky scent. Her hand wandered to his chest and found more of the same, firm skin rounding over firm muscles. A warm hand landed over hers and held her hand tight to his chest. A nose tickled her ear.
“Do you like?”
“Yes,” she admitted.
“I’d like to explore you now, okay?”
She pushed out the breath she held and worked to breathe normally. His hand landed softly on her cheek, fingertips caressed her chin, and then up to her temple. The gentle touches raised a long sleeping yearning within her, and she leaned into his touch.
His thumb swept across her bottom lip. Curiosity wore away her reserve, and she let her tongue reach out and taste his fingers. One digit pushed into her mouth, and she sucked lightly, enjoying his clean taste.
The finger left her mouth, a second of waiting, and then his mouth crushed down on hers. His lips were firm and demanding, feeding her hunger. He ran his fingers through her hair, and then his warm wet tongue swept through her mouth. Back and forth, deep, then gentle, their tongues dueled. She explored more of him as her need to know him intimately soared.
His touch lingered around her shoulders and down her sides. When he found her ass, he kneaded the globes. The kiss ended as abruptly as it started, leaving her wanting.
She heard nothing but the driving rhythm of the music, each track feeding right into another. The current song enchanted her, and her hips swayed. No one could see her, so there was no reason for self-conscious thoughts. The brilliance of the club hit her with full force. It didn’t matter who she was or who he was. Tonight, they celebrated life and the pleasures they could bring their bodies. Everyone deserved pleasure. Even her.
Jane thinks she’s ready to take the risks her business and love life desperately need. Rob’s still punishing himself for a broken relationship that wasn’t meant to last. When the pair let an opportunity pass them by, fate steps in and throws them back together.
An evening of pitch black unrestrained passion at Club Blind opens her eyes to life’s possibilities. Now, if they don’t fight past their personal demons, they might never truly discover what they need most. If they can open their hearts, it might lead them directly to each other where they can discover their truth. If not, they may forever stay in the blind.
5 Stars: “The sex scenes were beyond hot. Jane and Rob had crazy chemistry in every scene really.” –Sassy Southern Book Blog
4 stars: “There was humor, some angst, romance, and of course, I already mentioned the incredible sex. You’ll be quite satisfied by the end. I know I sure was.” –Cocktails and Books
4.5 Stars: “The story grabs your attention in the first chapter, has you turning pages to see how the story develops and was well written” – In the Pages of a Good Book
Where you can find IN THE BLIND:
Evernight Publishing | Amazon US CA UK ES AU | Barnes & Noble
All Romance eBooks | Book Strand | Smashwords | iTunes | Kobo
I’m giving away a $5 amazon gift card to one random commenter. Simply tell me in the comments below something romantic you’ve experienced in an unlikely place.
~~~ Congrats to Kristen on being the random winner!! ~~~
~~~ She’s been emailed her gift card. ~~~
My next release is coming at the end of the month, Feb 27th. Just before my next New Release Newsletter is sent, I’ll be giving away a $10 amazon gift card to one of my Newsletter subscribers. Sign up now for S.J. Maylee’s New Release Newsletter and be entered to win!
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I was once snowed in and we had nothing with us but it was the most romantic time.
You had nothing but each other. Aw. Sweet memory, Debby. Thanks for sharing.
Went for a drive on a dirt road out in the desert to look at the stars and we drove over some barbed wire that wrapped around the axle. Boyfriend (now hubby) had to crawl under the car and unwrap it in the dark. It had been fun up to that point.
Yikes. Glad he was able to unwrap it. That sounds awful.
Love the tease! Can’t wait for book 2!!
Romantic — There was this time (a long time ago when I wasn’t as comfortable with my weight) I was dating this guy and we were out at the movies, and these girls (skinny girls) tried to flirt with my guy while I was standing right there. Well, needless to say my self-esteem was pretty low, but he just rolled his eyes at them and leaned in and kissed me. Total swoon moment!
Things may not have worked out with him, but it helped me gain some self-esteem.
I just got goosebumps.Total swoon moment, Liz! That dang self-esteem. It’s pure trouble.
All of my romance seemed to be in the likeliest places . That’s just a tad sad.
Lol! I don’t think so, Mary. Not sad at all.
I met a past boyfriend of mine at a cemetery, we were both visiting.
What an interesting place to meet. I have about 100 questions for you now. 🙂
haven’t had any to share
Then that means the best is yet to come. 🙂
Being snowed in is mine, too! We weren’t necessarily prepared, but the time alone with nothing but us and the fireplace made it so special!
Aw, what a sweet memory. 🙂
Congrats, Kristen! You’ve won the giveaway. 😀 I’ve just emailed you.
My husband and I eloped almost 27 years ago in Seoul, South Korea.. I was a day my best friend became my partner in life.
We had planned on getting married when my husband returned from his tour in South Korea. Then his time over there was extended unexpectedly and he called me and said he didn’t want to wait to get married and he asked me to come over so we could get married right then. He bought me a plane ticket.
I quit my job, parked my car and hopped a plane using the ticket he bought me. I had never flown before so it was a big leap of faith. My boyfriend picked me up at the airport after a 32 hour flight. Working with friends at home and my boyfriend’s base commander, we were able to get all of our paperwork in order and we were married on March 3, 1988, exactly 1 year from the day we had our first date.
Oh my. My heart is all a flutter, Mary. You both were so brave and romantic. I love it. 27 years. That is awesome. 🙂
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