I Can Do It Better, A Cuckold Odyssey #2, by Rob Matthews

i_can_do_it_betterI Can Do It Better ($12.95, 256 pp., ISBN: 978-1-60381-457-7) is the second book in Rob Matthews’ Cuckold Odyssey series. As Rob and Tina continue to search for ways to make their sex life work, they encounter a hotwife who raises Tina’s competitive spirit and a handsome older man who seems to be able to read their minds.

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“A terrific piece of erotica that is hot, sexy, and fun to read. The characters are well developed with depth and complexity. The emotions experienced by the men and women in the story are explored in a way that brings the characters, and the story itself, alive to the reader [….] The erotic scenes are very well done, steamy without being overdone. It’s a definite spank bank book, if you’re into cuckold/hotwife fiction [….] I highly recommend this for cuckold/hotwife fans.”  Read more….

—Putaine Musings

“Yes, a thousand times yes. I love it when a book goes all mental like that, from the point of view of a character (with a little insight from the writer), and we go deep down the rabbit hole inside someone’s head[….] I dropped right into this book like a comfortable chaise lounge, never getting lost, and never needing to read the book one – and that is the hallmark of a writer who knows how to pick up on a story while keeping a newcomer perfectly informed, and also very nice work[….] Recommended strongly for those wishing to dive deep into the hows and whys of cuckolding.”  Read more….

—Sylvia Storm for e-Read Erotica

‘When you watch your wife undressing in front of another man for the first time, you will feel so much. You’ll be more turned on than ever before. You’ll also be jealous, angry, proud, and protective—all at the same time. Every nerve in your body will be electrified. It won’t be comfortable but you’ll sure know you’re alive.’

After their sexual adventures almost destroyed Tina’s career and their marriage, Rob and Tina are searching for new ways to explore the cuckold lifestyle. They meet Ben and Emma, a couple with champagne tastes and bottomless pockets. Emma is a young, rich, and beautiful cuckoldress. Rob and Tina are happy to offer advice on cuckoldry to their new friends. But when Tina and Emma start pursuing the same stud, Tina has to face the possibility that she’s not the hottest wife in town anymore. Can anyone do it better than Tina? And what will be the impact of Adam, an eerily perceptive older man encountered at a cuckold club? As Adam weaves his spell, Rob and Tina suspect that the only thing standing in the way of their ultimate pleasure is the limits of their imagination.

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We were both looking over at the bar, so it took us a few minutes to realize that a man was standing in front of our table, smiling at us. ‘Good evening, my name’s Adam,’ he said. ‘Do you mind if I join you for a while?’ He was a handsome man in his late forties, maybe even early fifties. His hair had once been brown but now was mostly gray. He had a well-trimmed salt-and-pepper beard. His eyes were a striking gray-blue and there was a playful twist to his mouth.

Tina had never gone for the George Clooney look. I could see the beginnings of her sorry, this isn’t going to happen smile. He held up his hand. ‘Don’t worry. I have no interest in having sex with you. May I?’

He sat down, picked up Tina’s glass and sniffed it. ‘Chardonnay,’ he said. He looked over and caught the barman’s eye. ‘A bottle of the Chardonnay and three glasses over here, please.’

I would have expected any barman to answer with a curt ‘Order at the bar like everyone else,’ but this one gave Adam a thumbs-up, and a minute later, we had a bottle on the table.

Adam poured us all a drink. ‘To love—in its many forms,’ he said. Before we could respond, he carried on, ‘I’ve been watching the couples in here. Most of them are finished. This is their last attempt to resuscitate a marriage that’s already dead.’ He pointed discreetly to a couple two tables away. ‘They’ll be calling their lawyers in the morning whether she gets fucked tonight or not. You see the way he’s stabbing the crushed ice in his mojito with a straw? It’s like he hates ice and wants it to die. The truth is, he hates his life and blames the woman sitting next to him. He’s got a pretty good job. He can afford a smart suit. He drinks cocktails instead of beer to show what a classy guy he is. But he’s trapped. They’ve got a couple of children and a huge mortgage. He knows he can’t show his ass to his boss and go off to follow his dream. Now look at her. She keeps playing with her hair because she’s worried it’s not cascading down her shoulders in quite the perfect way. She has slathered on lipstick and eyeliner, which makes her look like the lovechild of Mick Jagger and Bambi. Before they came here, she told him, “Hey, I’ve got a great idea—it’ll be smoking hot if I go with another guy, but don’t worry, sweetie, I’ll always be in love with you.” The truth is, she’s looking for her prince. The good-looking, funny man she married is tired and stressed all the time now. He works a twelve-hour day. When he comes home, the only thing he wants to do is sit down with his dinner and watch TV. They haven’t had sex in three months. She’s decided she deserves better. What she wants is a guy to take her off to a magical kingdom where people are rich without working all the time. She kids herself she’s going to find someone like that here.’

He indicated another couple sitting on the opposite side of the room. ‘And you see those two? Do you notice he’s the one scanning the room, looking for men? Occasionally, he points one out to her. But her lips are pursed. Her arms are folded. Her reaction to every man is the same—a brief shake of the head. She doesn’t want to be here. This was his idea. He reckons a thriving sex life is the key to a happy marriage. So to fix their relationship, he’s suggested everything—dressing up, roleplay, S&M. This is his last throw of the dice—except he doesn’t know that. She’s disgusted with him. She’s asking herself why she married this pervert and wondering how much money she needs to get out of this marriage and start over on her own.’

‘You got all that just by looking at them?’ I asked.

‘You can tell a lot from watching people,’ he said with a smile. ‘That’s why I wanted to talk to you two.’

Meet Rob Matthews, author of the Cuckold Odyssey series

come_homeCuckold erotica seems like a narrow niche. But within that niche are various subgenres. Some stories feature female empowerment, some are all about humiliation of the inadequate male lover–a variation of the sub/Dom theme–some are about the pleasures of voyeurism, and some are just one fascinating variation on the three-way sexual scenario after another. The bull, it seems, is never the hero, although clearly the reader who identifies as a bull enjoys these stories as well. What I suspect many readers can relate to is the metaphor of the cuckold. The idea that one can find pleasure and fulfillment despite what others might consider a shortcoming.

Rob Matthews’ protagonist/narrator is not your average cuckold. Rob’s problem isn’t being poorly endowed so much as lacking the ability to keep it up long enough to please his partner. The author, Rob Matthews, divides his time between England and the U.S. His British sensibility gives his stories considerable class and delightful subtlety. Everyone is very civilized in their sexual manipulations. In the cuckold odyssey stories, Rob and his wife Tina clearly love each other, but since their marriage doesn’t work for them physically, they are searching for mutually satisfying ways to keep it viable.

But let’s give Rob the floor:

i_can_do_it_betterDo you keep up with the newest titles in the cuckold genre? What do you see?

I’ve just finished David McManus’s books. He cleverly finishes Reluctant Cuckold in such a way that the reader has no choice but to start Cuck Storm Horizon immediately. I’m impressed by his mastery of the slow burn. As the main character gradually comes to terms with his role as a cuckold, the psychological processes he goes through are fascinating. I’ve also read Alex Hathaway’s From Housewife to Cuckoldress. I love the way Alex builds up the characters. One of the big differences between erotica and porn is that the reader gets to know the characters. And that makes the sex scenes so much more exciting.

What do you think your books bring to the genre that is fresh or unique?

In some books, the cuck has no control over what happens. His wife has sex with another man. It’s much better than anything she gets at home so she decides to carry on. The husband has no choice but to deal with it. The central male character in Reluctant Cuckold, for example, spends a long time working out how he feels on his own. My characters, Rob and Tina, decide that this is what they want to do and they discuss their feelings together. The cuckold lifestyle causes problems along the way. Tina’s quite hot-headed and does some things without thinking. And, don’t get me wrong, she loves humiliating her husband as much as the next cuckoldress. But generally, they work as a team. They’re devoted to each other. They are best friends. They just love the cuckold lifestyle – well, most of the time.

Do you see a difference in the tastes and terminology between countries?

We watch so many American movies and TV shows in Britain these days that there’s less of a difference now between US and UK English. Most of the terminology for describing sex is common to both countries, but there are some differences. An American cuck might jerk off while watching a bull schtup his better half. But his British counterpart would have a wank while watching a stud give his missus a good seeing to.

What attracted you to the cuckold genre?

Cuckoldry is about love. If the cuck doesn’t love his wife, he’s just watching two people have sex. He might as well watch a porn film. The emotional intensity comes from watching the woman you love with another man. I’m very much interested in the conflicting emotions of the cuckold relationship.

‘I love you, but I want you to have sex with someone else.’
‘I hate what you’re doing, but it’s the biggest turn-on I’ve ever experienced.’
‘I desperately want you to stop, but I know life would be a lot less exciting if you did.’

A cuck can think all of these things at the same time. And every one of these feelings is born out of love. The British author Melvyn Bragg once said: ‘Romance is love without sex; pornography is sex without love.’ Cuckold erotica combines explicit sex with real love.

Do you read the classics?

I have read them. I think it’s important to have a grounding in the classics. But learn from them – don’t copy them. One of the mistakes new writers make is that they think they have to be literary. Don’t try to write literature. Just express your own ideas in the clearest, most interesting way you can. This applies especially to erotica. You can’t hope to be taken seriously if you write about ‘his proud beam’ or ‘his spear of destiny.’ It’s a cock, so just call it a cock.

What are your tastes in music, books, podcasts etc?

My taste in music is embarrassingly populist. My favorite group is the Beatles. When I tell people that, they assume it’s because I don’t know anyone else. It’s like when I say I love Mozart. I do know lots of composers and groups. And I’ve realized there’s a reason why some are so popular. It’s because they’re very good!

People might be surprised that my favorite book doesn’t have any sex in it. P.G. Wodehouse’s Right Ho, Jeeves is the most perfect book I’ve ever read. It tells an intricately constructed story in a series of brilliant comic scenes. It sounds like the narrator is just rambling on but really not a word is wasted.

My favorite podcasts are by a film reviewer who calls himself the Nostalgia Critic. When he hears tin-eared lines in a movie, he shouts, ‘Who talks like that?’ If I hear this in my head while I’m writing, I know it’s time to rework the dialog.

What advice would you give to someone who wanted to write cuckold erotica?

I remember reading an erotic story that opened with, ‘And then she was naked.’ I immediately wanted to know: Who is she? Why is she naked? Why is this an important moment in her life? None of these questions were ever answered. I was supposed to be excited because somewhere there was an anonymous woman with no clothes on. Anyone who’s just looking for sex can find a ton of it online for free. People who pay to read erotica expect well thought-out stories, rounded characters and believable dialog. Writing cuckold erotica, in particular, is about creating relationships. What is the relationship between the husband and wife? Is the problem simply that he’s not very good in bed or are there other issues? What about the one between the bull and the wife? Does he just satisfy her sexually or does he fulfill other needs? How does the one relationship affect the other?

Above all, don’t make the mistake of thinking that it’s only erotica, so you can let professional standards slide. Make it the best book you possibly can. Remember the wise words of George Orwell: ‘If there were easy money to be made out of dirty words, a lot more people would be making it.’

Fanny Press’s Cuckold Catalog:

Other books by Rob Matthews:

Come Home With Us

I Can Do It Better

Books by Alex Hathaway:

From Housewife to Cuckoldress: How I Took Sexual Control of a Marriage in Crisis

Education of a Cuckold: A Story of Love, Lust, and Fate

My Husband’s Adventures: Confessions from the Wife of a Cuckold Bull

Books by David McManus:

Reluctant Cuckold

Cuck Storm Horizon

Coming Soon: Cuckold Uncharted

Books by Derrin Hart:

Our Dark Secret: A Modern Cuckold Memoir

Tiffany’s Cuckold

Southern Belle Cuckold.

My Husband's Adventures: Confessions from the Wife of a Cuckold Bull, by Alex Hathaway

my-husbands-adventuresMy Husband’s Adventures: Confessions from the Wife of a Cuckold Bull (ISBN: 978-1-60381-601-4, $13.95, 192 pages) is the third work of cuckold erotica by Alex Hathaway. A wife used to being queen bee must come to terms with her husband’s refusal to ignore the other women clamoring for his sexual talents.

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“[My Husband’s Adventures] is remarkably well paced and has a strong sense of beats and timing, yet it also has a strong sense of patience when it sets up the next forbidden thrill. Great heat must be built to, and this book does a wonderful job setting up multiple partners with each encounter wonderfully different and delicious all the same….This is a book which is going to stay in my mind for a while, seeding the fantasies within. Highly recommended for cuckold fans and those who like a little mystery and danger to wife sharing and cuckolding.”  Read more….

—Sylvia Storm for e-Read Erotica Reviews

“Jackson has always boasted that he was ‘brought on this earth to make women feel amazing.’ The hot wives he services are grateful – as are their cuckold husbands. But where does that leave Jackson’s own wife? What do you do if you’re married to the most rampant bull in town? Corrie must decide if she wants to keep Jackson to herself or share him with her girlfriends. Alex Hathaway combines highly-charged erotic writing with a keen understanding of psychology to create that rarest of beasts—a genuinely original cuckold novel.” —Rob Matthews, author, Come Home With Us and I Can Do It Better

“Let me just put this out there right now: This book is scorching hot! If you are into cuckold/hotwife erotica this is a definite spank bank book. It also delves into the cuckqueen side of things which added another layer of steaming hotness. There is also a good deal of erotic humiliation in the stories, which while not for everyone, I thought was very well done …. The character development in this book is outstanding for an erotic piece. I felt like I came to know the characters very quickly and more than just knowing, I cared about them. The author shows the reader the scenes in a way that allows you to see it without being overdone.”  Read more….

—Putaine Musings

Corrie is strong, beautiful, and confident, but eight years into her marriage, she discovers she is the odd woman out in a fetish she’s never heard of. There is the cuckold, the bull, and the hot wife. Where does that leave Corrie, the bull’s wife? In a world where most men don’t measure up, Jackson is in constant demand. Other than his extracurricular activities, he is a kind husband and loving father to their daughter. He loves Corrie, and he can still blow her mind in the sack. However, sex is what Jackson does best, and he feels a responsibility to share his gift with the wives and girlfriends of the less fortunate, the poorly endowed cuckolds who like to watch.

Can Corrie adjust to the new normal? Her husband’s role offers plenty of adventures for her as well. And Corrie is no pushover. Gradually she learns what she must do to fit in to this equation. All it takes is an open mind and a little creativity.

Alex Hathaway, also the author of From Housewife to Cuckoldress: How I Took Sexual Control of a Marriage in Crisis and Education of a Cuckold, is fascinated by the erotic power of sexual taboos and the adventures that can be had by exploring them. An author whose relationships have evolved from vanilla to anything but, Alex has a particular interest in writing about cuckolding and the unconventional sexual fulfillment it can provide.

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From September to December alone, I made Jackson flush hand-scrawled numbers of five women down the toilet. I made him save the numbers in his wallet until I flushed them down, so there would be no secrets between us.

Unlike most promiscuous (heterosexual) men, it was all about repeat customers with Jackson. It never failed. I’d leave him alone at a bar while talking with some friends. I’d cast a glance to check on him and he’d be oozing confidence, like a cobra relaxing in the sun. The women would glom onto him like honeybees. Ugh!

Yes, on some level it turned me on to know I had what they wanted. As Courtney Love once sang, “I want to be the girl with the most cake.” But I can’t emphasize enough what a trust issue this was between us.

About nine months into the monogamous phase of our relationship, the issue faded. Surprising even myself, I found I was less interested in what Jackson was texting. Not that I wasn’t possessive—I was the one to press him on our engagement. When he’d get back from a day of landscaping, I’d joke, “Where’s my ring?” As if he’d had time to go ring shopping with his overalls on.

One day, he did show up with a ring, and yeah, in his overalls without a shirt. Before Jackson proposed, we had a surprising conversation. He told me that while he loved me as much as he’d ever loved anyone, he’d always had trouble staying faithful.

The conversation bothered me. It resembled the typical male bullshit you can see on Jerry Springer Monday through Friday: he couldn’t always resist the advances, and in his past relationships, his girlfriends didn’t understand his needs. They didn’t get that his feelings for them were unwavering, even when he crossed a sexual line with someone else. Jackson told me he would try, but he couldn’t make any promises.

He wasn’t putting that ring on my finger until I was okay with that. The way he said it was so firm, so decisive. It really shocked me that he could put it out there with so much indifference. As if he could accept me walking out on him over this. For a day, I was really pissed. And he didn’t get any sex from me for a weekend, either.

But somehow, the storm passed. I would have dumped any other guy over that. But with Jackson, I really don’t know. Maybe I was too in love to care. Maybe I thought I could change him, or that if I took care of his needs well enough, he wouldn’t stray. I just knew I wasn’t giving him up. And Jackson … he was one patient son of a bitch, as if he knew he would eventually wear me down. God, that made me crazy!

 

 

Meet Alex Hathaway, Author of From Housewife to Cuckoldress, Education of a Cuckold, and now, My Husband’s Adventures

cuckoldressWhen Fanny Press first published Our Dark Secret: A Modern Cuckold Memoir in 2010, author Derrin Hart assured us that there was a large audience clamoring for cuckold stories. He was absolutely right. Our Dark Secret became one of our top sellers, and soon many other authors were publishing books in what would become an established genre: cuckold erotica. Derrin would eventually publish two other cuckold novels with us: Tiffany’s Cuckold and Southern Belle Cuckold. Meanwhile we were receiving many other submissions, but none could equal Derrin’s original and unpredictable story lines plus sly humor … not until Alex Hathaway came along.

We instantly fell in love with From Housewife to Cuckoldress: How I Took Sexual Control of a Marriage in Crisis, which was the first cuckold story we’d seen up to that point from a female point of view. Not to mention that Alex was a wonderful writer with a distinctive voice and a wicked sense of humor. Alex also brought a psychological depth to the characters that allowed the work to transcend genre.

education_cuckoldAlex’s next novel was Education of a Cuckold: A Story of Love, Lust, and Fate, narrated by a young man learning his place in the cuckold scene. On November 1, 2016, we will publish Alex’s third standalone cuckold novel, My Husband’s Adventures: Confessions from the Wife of a Cuckold Bull, once again, as the title indicates, narrated by a female character.

Over the next several months Fanny Press will release two other books in the genre. The second episode in British writer Rob Matthews’ classy Cuckold Odyssey series, which began with Come Home With Us, I Can Do It Better, will be released December 1, 2016. An interview with him will be posted on Fanny’s website November 15.

cuckold_unchartedDavid McManus’ third Reluctant Cuckold book, Cuckold Uncharted, will be released early in 2017; we’ll announce a date soon. David reports that the story is coming along well. Our interview with David will run December 15.  David’s first two books feature a cast of realistic and relatable characters led by Dave, who is caught up in a love triangle he craves and abhors and doesn’t quite understand. Reluctant Cuckold and Cuck Storm Horizon have captured a whole new audience of readers for the genre.

And now, we are pleased to introduce you to the delightful Alex Hathaway:

Do you keep up with the newest titles in the cuckold genre? What do you see?

I do my best to keep up with new cuckold titles, especially the ones from Fanny Press :) Often I am doing my own version of research, picking up stories/experiences from my own life and also interacting with folks I know online who have lived the cuckold life or are experimenting. I like to learn about the truth of people’s lives in whatever form I can. When it comes to sexuality, so much is still hidden. The cuckolding genre is definitely thriving!

What do you think your books bring to the genre that is fresh or unique?

I view cuckolding through the lens of female sexual empowerment, which may be different than some, as modern cuckolding is usually seen as a male fantasy. I like to flip that on its head. In prior Fanny Press blogs I wrote about how cuckolding presents an option for women to reframe their sexual relationships. Contrary to the fairy tales, it’s amazingly difficult to find everything you seek in one partner. Cuckolding presents one avenue into sexual awakening/rejuvenation.

If we start with the female claiming her sexual power, the fascinating question is how the men in her life respond. The big difference between my books and real life is we have the chance to follow the protagonist through a full evolution as they grow and change—of course with hot encounters along the way! My cuckold books delve into the psychology of embracing cuckolding. To me, knowing what compels people to risk what they risk makes the sex scenes hotter, but readers can decide.

My three books have no overlap in characters, but there is a connection readers might find interesting. Each book looks at a different cuckold role. From Housewife to Cuckoldress tells of a shift in a married woman’s outlook, in The Education of a Cuckold a cuckold discovers his true identity. My latest book, My Husband’s Adventures, is about a wife who must come to terms with her husband, a cuckold “bull.” My next book rounds out the main cast of characters in cuckolding dramas.

Do you interact with fans? If so, what is the feedback you’re hearing from them? Has it affected the way you write or the story line?

I do. I try to learn as much as I can from them. I’m always trying to fulfill their desire for a hot and compelling story, without losing the uniqueness that authors are driven by. I’m sticking with my aforementioned plan for the first four titles, but fans definitely make me think about how best to tell those stories—which I appreciate. I’m grateful for each and every reader because you inspire me to try to keep getting better.

What are your tastes when it comes to pop culture—movies, books, podcasts? Is there a particular contemporary author you enjoy? Do you read the classics—Dickens, Hemingway, etc.? 

I try to consume pretty widely. I want to be exposed to a range of styles. From a modern perspective, I find the most compelling content is TV dramas, so from The Sopranos to The Wire to Game of Thrones—I watch them all. But for literature, give me the classics. I’m working through Moby Dick again right now, learning all I can from a writing genius. But I also like pulp fiction. I read a fair amount of horror though I don’t see myself writing any. I think where horror writers go into violence, my books go into passionate sex instead :) Thanks again to Fanny Press for all the support you’ve shown cuckold authors and readers. Fanny Press made it all possible for me.

Latitude 59, by Christine Edwards: Breathless Romance at High Altitudes

latitude59Things move quickly on this mountain. Come prepared.

Latitude 59 ($12.95/140 pages/ISBN: 978-1-60381-572-7) is the Christine Edwards’s eighth erotic romance. Following an avalanche, a heli-skier is snowbound with a former professional hockey player in his cabin in the Alaskan wilderness.

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Latitude 59 is a game changer for Christine Edwards! Known for her seriously sexy and dominant Alphas, she has surprisingly crafted Roark Thibault with just the perfect amount of gentle sweetness. She then infused every word with a kind of poignant longing and her signature brand of blazing desire to make this book burn hotter than the Midnight sun. It’s definitely Christine at her satisfying, soul scorching best.”  Read more….

—Agents of Romance

Latitude 59 will make you believe in love & it will make your soul (and other body parts) sizzle on a frosty winter night!”  Read more….

—I am a Book Addict (and proud of it)

5/5 Stars: “Really enjoyed this high energy Romance. From the start I loved how Christine brought the environment to life with her amazing description.”  Read more….

—Nichole’s Sizzling Pages

“This is a very interesting read. I love the chemistry that Roark and Sabine have. The book is very well written and keeps you turning the pages. The attraction that they know they can never fight is so intense and hot. Another great one Christine!” Read more….

–Mindy, Hynes & Bigham Literary Tryst

Christine’s many fans know her for her irresistible alpha male heroes and feisty and intelligent heroines.

Nordic Bound: “[Edwards] has once again unleashed her mastery in the art of true Erotica to create a story that is realistically raw and yet tender at the same time.” —Agents of Romance

“Charleston Past Midnight has some super sexy old-school vampires and an intriguing love story.” —Fresh Fiction

Captured in Croatia: “An exciting read…. I thoroughly enjoyed the story from start to finish. It had a nice hook at the beginning and a completely satisfying end.” —Long and Short Reviews

Nabbed in New Zealand: “From the beaches to the snowcapped treacherous mountains the setting is a great backdrop to this ‘sit on the edge of your seat’ romance…. you can feel the sexual tension jump off the page.” —So Many Reads … So Little Time

An avalanche disrupts a heli-skiing trip. Is Sabine’s only hope for survival a man as brutal as the storm that nearly killed her?

The life of Roark Thibault has been ruled by violence. As the enforcer for an NHL hockey team, he’s a master at his craft, laying waste to anyone who crosses his path with a viciousness that has earned him both fear and respect. But a career-ending knee injury has made him question everything. Choosing solitude, he resides in a remote cabin set deep in the Alaskan wilderness. While hunting, he runs across a gorgeous, unconscious, half-frozen skier.

Sabine Borgia is terrified of her imposing savior. At first. She soon discovers that behind the gruff exterior is a complex man scarred by love and life. Will this puzzling beauty be the one to finally melt the heart of this fiercely private warrior?

Says Christine, “Heli Skiing happens to be one of the most thrilling and obscure winter sports on the planet. Who wouldn’t agree that it takes a massive dose of courage to be dropped via cable from a helicopter onto the face of an imposing mountain? With Latitude 59 my goal was to transport the reader from the comfort of their warm, cozy homes and into the breathtaking, yet often brutal world of the Alaskan wilderness.”

Erotic romance author Christine Edwards grew up on Hilton Head Island, SC. Christine has a special place in her heart for reading and writing erotic tales. She continues to publish stories that immerse readers in exotic and realistic geographic settings amid interesting subcultures of adult life. Within the vein of BDSM romance, her main focus is on loving, multi-faceted relationships involving intense alpha males and strong-willed, passionate heroines. Christine resides in the Deep South. Click here to visit Christine online.

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I stare at him in frozen horror. The two words that come to mind are ‘fierce’ and ‘intimidating.’ I’ve never seen a man like him before today and likely never will again. His hair, which brushes the tops of his wide shoulders, is light brown streaked with blond, the former matching his full beard. But it’s his eyes—big, skeptical eyes the color of deep, dark espresso—that bore straight into me.

Seconds tick by and he doesn’t move, much less utter a word, just continues to stare. Two mammoth furry dogs are splayed out at his feet and when I finally manage to breathe, I eke out a nervous, barely audible rasp, “Who are you?”

He hesitates a moment and finally says in a low bass voice, “The guy who found you. Name’s Roark.”

I blink and ask slowly, “Found me?”

“Yeah. You hurt?”

Everything comes back in a rush—the accident, the hours of trekking in the wind and cold. Once the snow clouds rolled in, everything took a turn for the worse, becoming close to unbearable; that’s about the time it all went hazy.

I croak out a desperate plea, “I’m all right, just really sore. Please, can I use your phone? My friends … they’re still lost. I … I have to call for help immediately … before it’s too late.”

Showing no emotion, he tells me evenly, “Take it easy, lady. Just phoned the sheriff. Your cousin and buddy are safe in a hospital over in Anchorage.”

The flood of relief is too much. I try to choke back the sobs but fail miserably. The tears are dripping off my chin as I swipe my face and mumble, “Are you sure? They’re really alive?”

“As of an hour ago, yeah. You’re safe now, so relax.”

“Thank you, for what you did—saving me up there, I mean.” The gratitude comes out awkwardly.

He watches me with those penetrating eyes but stays silent.

“I’d like to get in touch with my parents.”

He points over to a desk that’s nestled against a sweeping wall of windows. “Phone’s over there, have at it. You want somethin’ to eat?”

“No, no thanks. I’m really thirsty though.”

He blinks and walks away. I listen and hear a refrigerator door open then slam somewhere off inside the cabin. His heavy boots make his footsteps boom throughout the place. I pull the rest of the quilts away, slip my socks on, and sit up, Indian style. When he enters the living room again, he keeps his distance. I watch him place the large, ice-cold glass of water down on the knotted wood coffee table that separates us. I stare at it, watching the rivulets begin to run down the sides, lit from behind by the roaring fire.

I’ve never felt so uncomfortable around someone in my entire life.

“Thanks,” I murmur, reaching out for the glass. He says nothing and turns on his heel to leave the room, giving another whistle that prompts the pair of black and white dogs to follow him.

I do my best to steady my hands as I take a long, shaky drink.

So good … more.

I try to pace myself, not wanting to choke. From the looks of it, he’d choose a long swim in an icy river over giving me CPR. Whatever, at least the three of us are alive to tell the tale. Assuming this warrior of a man is telling me the truth, then the police know where I am and should be on their way, hopefully arriving any minute now.

A Walk in the Park, by Ellen March: A Beauty and her Malamutes Clash with the Rich Guy Next Door

walk_parkTory’s life was going to the dogs when she met Cole, the ultimate alpha male. Can she tame him?

A Walk in the Park ($13.95, 208 pages, ISBN: 978-1-60381-570-3), is a contemporary erotic romance with elements of suspense by Ellen March. While hiding from a killer, a young woman must care for her brother’s rowdy dogs while resisting the advances of a notorious rake.

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“Ellen March has a fun writing style and I enjoyed the humor she sprinkles liberally throughout. Life is funny and March’s writing captures the real, but funny, parts of falling in love and getting through life. Dog lovers will especially enjoy this book thanks to Moses and the rest of the four legged characters.”  Read more….

–Mandy’s Bookshelf

Ellen March’s erotic romances pit gutsy heroines against stubborn alpha males and include a large dose of quirky British humor:

Love on the Menu is a funny and delightful read from page one to the end. Woven with humor, excitement, sex, and mystery, this will keep you on your toes just wondering which shoe will drop next.” —Fresh Fiction

Ghost of an Affair (4 Blue Ribbons): “This story is very different from anything I have read in the past. The storyline once I got into it was very interesting by itself. The erotic sex was something to ponder over as well and it all works together to make a good read.” —Romance Junkies

His Girl Friday: “A delightful read. I absolutely LOVED Sally and Paul the gardener…. This book was one third romance, one third erotic, and one third comedy!” —A Well-Read Woman

Also check out Ellen’s first erotic romance: Promises.

Tory’s mother gave her twelve “fathers.” Tory gave her heart to each one of them, only to have it trampled. Now she wants nothing to do with romance. Though breathtakingly beautiful, she lives hand to mouth and has made up her mind to muddle through as best she can without a man.

Then Tory’s life is disrupted yet again. Witness to a murder and fearing retribution, she retreats to a rental cottage to care for her brother’s Alaskan malamutes—dogs famous for their destructive ways, combativeness, and noisy “wooing.” It doesn’t take long for Cole, whose cottage next door serves as a refuge from his business empire, to beat the door down, intending to read her the riot act. At the sight of the dogs’ delectable caretaker, his fury quickly evaporates and is replaced by a resolve to get her into his bed. Cole is any girl’s dream man but also her worst nightmare. Gorgeous multi-millionaire he may be; he’s also a notorious cad. The fact that Tory doesn’t care either way makes him all the more determined to conquer her.

Irresistible Cole may be, but he’s never met the likes of Tory and her five malamute charges.

Says Ellen, “As the proud mother of Alaskan malamutes, I’ve always wanted to include those dogs in a story. They have such a talent for mayhem, so who better to upend the too-settled life of a notorious rake? And who better to tame him than a wonderful woman like Tory, whose life has taught her to mistrust love of any kind and whose priorities are staying alive and finding her next meal?”

Ellen March is the pen name of Helen Duggan. She and her husband live on top of a mountain in Wales, which is ideal in the summer but not so much in the winter months or when it rains. She has three grown children, one suicidal cat—it really does have nine lives—and three Alaskan Malamutes. One of her hobbies is showing and working them. Ellen’s first love, however, is reading and writing. Since childhood, she has devoured every romance and fantasy she can get her hands on and enjoys acting out her own fantasies in print. Her body of work includes erotic romance, psychological thrillers, and supernatural fantasies. Fanny Press has published five of her erotic romances and will be publishing more in 2015 and beyond. Click here to find Ellen online.

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“That’s a dog?” Cole stared in shock at the huge mass of fur—more like an incredibly shaggy pony—unable to take his eyes off it.

“Nope, that’s my sister; the other one’s a dog,” teased Matt. But looking at the blond man, he could see his comment had sailed over his head.

“What is it?” Transfixed by the mammoth animal, he didn’t even notice the woman holding him.

“An Alaskan Malamute. There’s another four in the back of the van.” Studying with interest the look of horror on the man’s face, Matt called out, “Fetch Moses on up.”

“Moses?” he repeated. Cole was beginning to feel like a blithering idiot. One minute he’s sitting, enjoying the peaceful countryside and sunshine, and the next he’s facing an indefinite future putting up with monster dogs and hippies. It had to be some kind of sick joke.

“Yep, the rest are Cain, Abel, Mary, and Pussy—I didn’t like the name Magdalene.” Matt grinned as he watched Moses drag his sister towards them, hanging onto his lead for dear life as the dog made a beeline for the stranger.

Cole’s lips pursed with disgust at the dog’s slobbering open mouth, now mere inches from his own. It was standing up, paws resting on his shoulders. Its breath, hot and rancid, ripped over him.

A large pink tongue snaked out and licked his neck. Cole shivered in disgust. He dreaded to think where it had been. “Get off,” he shouted, trying to push him back and finding the dog as immovable as a wall.

Suddenly he was free, and the body of the girl slammed into him as she was spun round. His hands automatically snaked out to catch her. They linked around her waist, holding her steady, until he found himself looking down into black eyes. They flashed over him, glowing in a pale face taut with anger.

“Get your hands off me,” she hissed between clenched teeth, surprised by the unexpected feel of his hard body against hers.

Instantly letting her go, he felt as if an electric shock had gone through him. Her reaction was so obviously hostile …. Suddenly his interested was piqued.

He noticed for the first time her patrician features and long red hair, and when he dropped his gaze, he saw that she wore no bra. Her dark nipples were shaded against the cream of the T-shirt. She was tall for a female, and slim as a reed, yet still had a shapeliness that made her all woman.

A sly smile curved Cole’s lips. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad having her as a neighbour after all. He looked forward to the summer evenings and long nights—she would need some company—and his earlier resolve of not playing close to home was forgotten.

She wouldn’t be here for long—just long enough to feed his appetite. It was a perfect opportunity for a short liaison without any complications.

 

Nordic Bound, by Christine Edwards: Danger and Sweet Domination in Snowy Norway

nordicboundHe’ll go to hell and back to protect her from evil. Will it be enough?

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Nordic Bound ($13.95/186 pages/ISBN: 978-1-60381-554-3) is the third book in the Nordic Lights erotic romance series, which began with Naughty in Norway and continued with Nordic Lessons. All three books are set in Norway and center around a motorcycle club called the Devil’s Wrath. Each story features a different couple, with cameos of characters from earlier books.

In Nordic Bound, a young girl menaced by a neo-Nazi group finds a champion in the man she was forced to rob.

5 Smoking Guns/Brilliant: “Nordic Bound is yet another stunner from Christine Edwards! She has once again unleashed her mastery in the art of true Erotica to create a story that is realistically raw and yet tender at the same time. The chemistry between her characters spark off the page with enough heat to melt Norway itself – and I just can’t get enough.”  Read more….

—Agents of Romance

“Christine Edwards transports you into a world where the air is cold but the alpha men are so damn hot!…. Nordic Bound is one of those stories that sucks you in and doesn’t release you until the very end. A fantastic read full of danger, suspense, and love scenes so hot they could melt an iceberg!”  Read more….

—I am a book addict… and proud of it

“I always feel the love that Christine portrays from her hero. They definitely are devoted and true. That right there makes me #AutoRead this author. She’s a true ‘Love Story’ Author who knows Romance is all about Loyalty, Honor and Passion. The heat will scorch you and leave you breathless. There isn’t another Erotica writer out there that I trust to make the Love story the true erotic experience and the passionate scenes build that love story up, not overshadow it.”  Read more….

—Nichole’s Sizzling Pages

“I love how well Christine Edwards balances her stories – the romance is the more prevalent story, yet it cannot exist or flourish without the rest of the plot and the danger that comes with it. It is one of the best things about her books, and Nordic Lights was no exception. Short and sweet, this book is one to finish in a day and sweep you off your feet and into the bewitching world that Christine Edwards has crafted. Ingvild and Aksel’s story is one you won’t want to miss.”  Read more….

—The Book Cellar

5 Stars: “This was a really exciting read!!”  Read more….

—Romance Book Review for You

5 Stars: “Another hot read in the Nordic Lights series. Christine Edwards never disappoints with her books. She’s got a knack for telling a love story backed by a plot that keeps you interested and invested in her characters…. As usual, Ms. Edwards delivers a happy ending that left me warm and fuzzy. And jonesing for more.”  Read more….

—Mandy, Raw Books

Can the man who shot her protect her from the monster who hunts her? Ingvild would do anything to keep her little brother Kjetil out of trouble, even if that means committing a serious crime. The sinister leader of a Neo-Nazi group called the Norsemen asks her to steal for him in exchange for clearing her brother from his heavy gambling debt. She agrees, not realizing the chaos her act has just unleashed and the violent repercussions that will follow.

A biker with an iron will. A solitary Dom, Aksel prefers building custom furniture in his remote home to embracing the wild-biker lifestyle of his close friends. One night he tangles with a stunning thief who has managed to steal a priceless artifact owned by his family for generations. Acting on instinct, he shoots the woman, only to watch her flee into the arctic night with his most valued possession. Everything comes full circle when his best friend Mikkel, the leader of the Devil’s Wrath MC, mentions a mysterious woman injured by a rifle shot. Once Aksel gets his hands on her, there is no turning back, for Ingvild is a more precious prize than any artifact. Even if he can win her love, will this strong-willed woman be open to the world of bondage and submission?

Says Christine, “Nordic Bound offers several key elements found in previous Nordic Lights books, such as alpha-male bikers and stunning geographical settings, but with this book I added a tantalizing twist. I thought it would be fun to delve deeper into the BDSM aspect of the storyline by having the main characters visit a Madrid-based BDSM club called ‘Sangre.’ In addition, the lead hero, Aksel, is a custom furniture designer who specializes in distinctive leather and wooden BDSM pieces for his ultra-discreet clients. If your interest is piqued by bikers and bondage, I hope you’ll add Nordic Bound to your summer reading list.”

Erotic romance author Christine Edwards grew up on Hilton Head Island, SC. Christine has a special place in her heart for reading and writing erotic tales. She continues to publish stories that immerse readers in exotic and realistic geographic settings amid interesting subcultures of adult life. Within the vein of BDSM romance, her main focus is on loving, multi-faceted relationships involving intense alpha males and strong-willed, passionate heroines. Christine resides in the Deep South. Click here to find Christine online.

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“Look at me, Ingvild.”

Her eyes lift to connect with mine. They are filled with sadness, and their arresting light-green color reminds me of spring leaves with sunlight dancing across them. I mentally shake off the pleasant image and continue, “Tell me where I can find what you took from me and I’ll leave you alone for good. You have my word.”

She furtively glances around and shakes her head, leaning in to whisper, “Listen, these are bad, horrible men. Trust me, from the look of your house, you’re a wealthy, smart guy. I’m sure that you have the money to replace that mask, but these men are killers. I know you’re angry but you need to let it go. No piece of art is worth a bloodbath.”

My vision blurs, clouded by unfiltered rage, and I have to mentally count backward from ten to get a grip before grinding out through my teeth, “It isn’t fucking ‘Art,’ girl. It is a piece of irreplaceable history that belongs to my family, and you took it upon yourself to steal it from right beneath my roof. Now your little ass is going to help me get it back. There’s no need to respond because I’m telling you a fact, not asking a question.”

She looks like she might pass out when suddenly a female voice crackles loudly from the walkie-talkie on her hip, slicing through the heady tension, “Ingvild, could you please assist on register three?”

She tries to skirt past me, saying quickly, “I have to work now.”

I step right and block her way. “When do you finish?”

“In one hour.”

“Fine. I’m parked right out front. Come to the black truck when you’re through, and don’t even think of playing games with me, because you won’t win.”

Nervously she says, “I’ll talk to you, but only if you promise not to hurt me again, and once I tell you what I know, you have to swear to leave me alone.”

She might as well have stabbed me in the gut with a rusty spike with that one. For a Dominant, the absolute worst thing in the world is to be accused of ‘hurting’ a woman for the sake of pain. No, pleasure and rewards follow punishment and all of it is craved intently by the submissive. To harm a woman, to severely injure her as I did this one, is not only unthinkable but not even on a genuine Dominant’s spectrum. That twisted shit is for the sadists. For the first time I’m feeling the crushing weight of regret from taking that shot. She most likely has nightmares about being hunted down.

 

Come Home With Us, Book 1 of the Cuckold Odyssey Series, by Rob Matthews

come_homeCome Home With Us ($12.95; 156 pages, 5×8 Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60381-399-0) is the first book in the Cuckold Odyssey series by new author Rob Matthews. When Rob and Tina try to spice up their marriage by bringing in the occasional third party, their lives are turned upside down.

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Fanny Press’ list includes several popular contributions to the cuckold genre, including David McManus’ Reluctant Cuckold series, Derrin’s Hart’s Our Dark Secret, and Alex Hathaway’s From Housewife to Cuckoldress and Education of a Cuckold. More books in the Cuckold Odyssey are in the works. Come Home With Us is set in England, where the author resides.

“It goes above cuckolding, gets into what it is to love and have a relationship, and goes there. It is really, once you get into it, an amazing piece of work…. Do I recommend this? Yes. Strongly so.”  Read more….

—Sylvia Storm, eRead Erotica Reviews

Come Home With Us tells the story of a VERY modern marriage. Fantasies are the spice of a couple’s life, but what happens when Rob and Tina take their fantasies one step further? What if Rob truly becomes a cuckold? Hot sexual escapades are a big part of the fun here, but underneath the marital covers are secrets that could change everything. What happens when they come to light? Those were the questions I savored while reading this cuckolding page-turner.”

—Alex Hathaway, author, Education of a Cuckold and From Housewife to Cuckoldress

“I was discovering another way in which fantasy and reality are different. Fantasies disappear when you’ve finished with them. They don’t hang around and fall asleep in your bed.”

Rob and Tina, married fifteen years, love each other very much and are the best of friends. They enjoy sharing fantasies in bed together, and their favorite involves Tina with another man.

One day Tina proposes that they take the logical next step and act on their fantasies. She invites her lover of choice, her co-worker Steve, to their home. Much to Rob’s dismay, Steve soon forms his own ideas of how this scenario will play out. A cuckold Rob may be, but he’s no pushover, and he has a few surprises in store for Tina’s dream lover turned nightmare.

Rob Matthews was born in London. He divides his time between Britain and the United States. He lives with his wife Tina and their dog Boris. Follow Rob on Facebook: Rob Matthews Author and Twitter: @robandtina1.

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This was not what I wanted at all. I wanted Steve to make his excuses and leave so I could be alone with Tina. I wanted to talk to her. I wanted her to pay attention to me again. But there was no sign of that happening. I was discovering another way in which fantasy and reality are different. Fantasies disappear when you’ve finished with them. They don’t hang around and fall asleep in your bed.

I went downstairs. If I thought I was restless when I was waiting for Tina to come home, it was nothing to how I felt now. I looked at my watch. It was ten o’clock. I prowled from room to room. I couldn’t sit down, and there was nothing left to clean. After ten minutes, I heard a creak from the bedroom.

Tina came softly down the stairs, wearing just her bathrobe. ‘How are you doing, babe?’ she whispered.

I didn’t see any need to whisper. ‘I’m fine, but—’

‘Sh. Steve’s asleep.’

‘I know. In our bed. Does he think he’s staying the night?’

She shrugged. ‘It looks like it.’

‘Didn’t you tell him he’s supposed to leave afterwards?’

‘To be honest, I didn’t really think about what was going to happen afterwards.’

‘He’s got to get up early tomorrow to play tennis. Has he even thought about that?’

‘It’s probably not the main thing on his mind right now.’

‘And we haven’t eaten.’

‘You get something if you want. I’m not hungry.’

‘Can’t you just tell him to go?’

‘That would be rude.’

‘Rude?’

‘Like you said, he’s still a guest.’

‘There isn’t room for him to stay here.’

‘He looks quite comfortable where he is.’

‘So where are you going to sleep?’

For the first time that evening, she gave me one of her wicked grins. ‘I’m going to sleep naked in my lover’s arms.’

‘And where am I going to sleep?’

‘On the couch.’

‘On the couch?’

‘I think that’s quite a turn-on. You’re going to be down here on the couch. I’m going to be very comfortable in our bed, with Steve’s big strong arms around me.’

‘It’s not much of a turn-on for me.’

She put her hand on my crotch. ‘So why is your cock hard?’ She kissed me. ‘I love you. You do know that, don’t you?’

‘I love you too.’

‘You have a good night, babe. I’ll see you in the morning.’ I watched her go upstairs, head into the bedroom, and close the door. I was more turned on than I’d ever been in my life. I didn’t know what to do. I thought about jerking off. A feather landing on my cock would have made me cum at that moment. But I didn’t touch it. I knew that, if I came, I wouldn’t be turned on anymore. But the situation wouldn’t have changed. I’d still be sleeping alone on the couch and Tina would still be upstairs in Steve’s arms.

Alice After Hours, by Galia Ryan: A Strong Woman Follows her Fantasies

aliceAlice likes to be in charge. Not this time.

Alice After Hours ($11.95, 136 pages, ISBN: 978-1-60381-361-7), is the latest erotic romance by Galia Ryan.

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Alice After Hours is a dominant woman taking a turn on the other side. Again, lots of character story as Alice explores submission with an interesting man she meets on the internet.… This felt like a real story happening to a real woman.”  Read more….

—Madame JoJo, The Ultimate Pet Blog

“Wow. This was a great read. I loved the whole premise of it…. I liked the main character and everything that she brought to the story…. Overall, this is a fast-paced, steamy read that you will love if you are looking for something a little more wild.”  Read more….

—NaturalBri: Bri Wignall’s Reviews

“This story did a very nice job of depicting the gradual foray into a foreign world that challenges the heroine’s preconceptions and expands her sexual horizons. The sensual assault and gradual introduction to power exchange, uncomplicated by a focus on BDSM, is artfully described and the reader is drawn along on this woman’s journey. As with the other story I have read by this author, I enjoyed the smoothly flowing prose and the nicely evoked atmosphere…. This is definitely a very sensual story about one woman’s seduction into the submissive lifestyle.”  Read more….

—The Reading Addict

“It is well written. I must admit I do like this author’s style. For erotica it is definitely hot and steamy in all the right places…. It was interesting to read and entertaining for me.”  Read more….

—Brriske, for Romance Authors That Rock

Galia has an enthusiastic following, thanks to her Luxuria Trilogy: Choices, Secrets, and Desires:

“Desires is Book 3 in the Luxuria Trilogy and it doesn’t lose the momentum that Choices (Book 1) and Secrets (Book 2) set! I was so lucky to have all 3 books at my disposal; otherwise it would’ve been driving me crazy with anticipation as to what would happen next!!…. This is a trilogy that will keep you reading from start to finish. I couldn’t put the books down until I found out what I needed to know…. I give the Luxuria Trilogy as a whole … 5 Stars!” —Robin Malone, Book Reads and Reviews

5 Stars: “I was immediately captivated by Anna and her story. Choices, the first novel in a new trilogy, was sexy, indulgent and satisfying. I can’t wait to read the rest of Anna’s journey as she continues to discover herself and all the pleasures life has to offer. This is a great choice if you are looking for some light BDSM and erotic entertainment.” —Bookie Nookie Reviews

Alice once believed in love, but after her fiancé left her at the altar, she swore off commitment. Now she lives for work and casual flings, the less complicated the better, and she must be in charge. One evening Alice stumbles across an Internet chat room inhabited by submissives and dominants—women who believe that true fulfillment lies in total surrender and men eager to dictate the terms.

Archangel enters the chat room and lures Alice into a private conversation, one that throws her beliefs about female empowerment into doubt. In person he is even more enticing, inviting her to his home, but only if she is willing to put her fate in his hands. If Alice agrees to follow him down the rabbit hole, everything must proceed according to Archangel’s rules. At first she resists, but curiosity gets the better of her and soon she is at the point of no return. Will this strange adventure lead to misery, or happiness beyond her wildest dreams?

Says Ryan, “I know the corporate world from my own day job. Women who must compete in that world need to be tough and in charge. So I thought, what fun to take such a woman and throw her off-balance by putting her fate in the hands of the ultimate alpha male? This is really an erotic Alice in Wonderland story, with Alice entering a totally foreign world of fantasy that I hope will be great fun for my readers as well.”

Convent-educated from the age of four, Galia Ryan was brought up not to question. Perhaps because of this, she has always been fascinated by all things esoteric and “outside the square.” Originally from Sussex, England, and now living in New Zealand with her soul-mate husband and grown-up family, Galia tries to find time between her passions for writing and reading and for her other love—travel. There is always a growing list of must-see places. Galia is the author of the Luxuria Trilogy—Choices, Secrets, and Desires—and two novellas, Forsaking All Others and The Outsider. Click here.

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She caught her reflection in the mirrored shelves behind the bar. Hair piled up on top of her head, gray eyes wide and alluring thanks to lash extensions, and a perfectly applied pout of glossy red lipstick.

Okay, she might have overdone it a little. But she had a point to make.

Unless she truly had been taken in, and was wasting her time.

And then she saw him.

Behind, and a little to the right, he was looking directly at her, and suddenly her heart was beating loud enough for everyone in the place to hear, for she’d never imagined for one moment he’d be that attractive.

Locking his reflected gaze, she lifted her glass to her lips once more. It was a gesture of defiance. Of insolence even, and in response he raised an eyebrow and grinned.

And then he was leaning an elbow on the bar and signalling to the bartender.

“Hi,” he said to her, his voice warm and thankfully non-threatening. “Glad you could make it. Drink?”

He was indicating the remnants in her glass.

“Thanks.”

“And it is …?”

“Oh. Bourbon.”

“Neat? I should have guessed.”

“Why?” Alice was still bemused by his appearance. He looked nothing like she’d imagined.

“Because you’re only here to prove a point.”

Gathering their drinks, he led her over to the brick hearth and a couple of comfortable armchairs. After settling in and taking a mouthful of wheat beer, he placed his pint on the low table between them

“I would ask if you’ve travelled far,” he said, “but I doubt you’d tell me.”

“You’re right,” she replied, “I wouldn’t.”

“Well, my journey was relatively short.”

“And no doubt why you chose this place.”

“That, and other reasons.”

“Such as?”

“A very good restaurant around the corner, for one.”

Alice wished his eyes weren’t quite so distracting. And that his features weren’t so strong and defined. Why couldn’t he have been balding and rippled with excess weight, or his skin blotchy, with a nasty sheen of sweat? Instead he was so darned good-looking it was as if the ground had shifted beneath her. She needed to reassert herself.

“I see. So this is your local?”

He shook his head.

“Not particularly. Though I come here enough to be known to some of the staff. What about you? Any favourite haunts around where you live?”

“Not really. A wine bar close to where I work in the city, but other than that, no.”

There was a moment of silence.

He didn’t look like a man who enjoyed dominating women, she thought. Though exactly what such a person should look like she had no idea. What had she expected? An overpowering persona, and conversation littered with barely contained demands and innuendo?

Instead, Archangel was relaxed, and if she were to choose one word, she would describe him as engaging.

“I almost didn’t come,” she said after a moment.

He nodded, as if he expected nothing less.

Savannah Past Midnight, by Christine Edwards: An Alpha Male Confronts the Ultimate Power Female

savannahHe’s a lover and a fighter, and he just might have what it takes to satisfy her hunger.

Savannah Past Midnight ($12.95/186 pages/ISBN: 978-1-60381-558-1), by Christine Edwards, is a paranormal erotic romance about a Montana cowboy who meets a mysteriously invincible woman on the streets of Savannah.

Savannah Past Midnight is the second book in the Past Midnight series, which began with Charleston Past Midnight.

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5 Stars: “This book is the exciting story of a vampire and the human who loves her enough to risk his life to be with her. Cosette had always been in love with adventure and excitement, and it led her to the decision to become a vampire when one adventure ended badly. Colton lived a childhood filled with harsh punishment and little love and seeks fights to deal with the lingering pain. While he is sure their love is worth any risk, she struggles with the decision to bring him into her dangerous world. It is the story of an enduring love and sure to appeal to those who love romance stories.” Read more….

—LiaL, The Romance Reviews

5 Stars: “Fans who love their paranormal romances to have a raw, earthy sexuality will enjoy SAVANNAH PAST MIDNIGHT … a very sexy and sultry vampire free-for-all.”  Read more….

—Miranda Owen for Fresh Fiction

5 Stars: “This author writes perfect heroes every time. I can’t get enough of their bossy yet sweet ways…. I was lost in this story from page one and didn’t want to see it end. Totally addicted. This author’s heroes and her heroines are strong yet the perfect softness for these awesome alpha males.”  Read more….

—Nichole’s Sizzling Pages

5/5 Stars:Savannah Past Midnight continues Christine’s reign as one of the Queens of Vampire Erotica! Her atmospheric locations combined with passion so tangible that it literally scorches the page make her each and every book uniquely hypnotic and compelling. And that’s why Christine’s vampires never sparkle—they bloody sizzle….” Read more….

—Agents of Romance Blog

“As dominant as both of these characters are, they also both have their vulnerable side. Pieces of their pasts catch up with them and cause all kinds of turmoil in their relationship. As always, Christine Edwards writes a fabulously sexy story full of hot hard loving, deep painful emotions, and triumphant in the end over all obstacles thrown in the paths of these characters!”  Read more….

—I am a book addict and proud of it blog

“I loved that our heroine was the supernatural part of the couple. Our hero was still the over the top alpha I expected, but he works with Cosette’s personality perfectly. Getting a peek at what characters from Charleston Past Midnight are up to made this book extra special for a loyal reader, but by no means do you have to have read the first to enjoy this one.”  Read more….

–Mandy, Raw Books

4.5/5 Stars: “Cosette may be one of my favorite heroines of Edwards. She’s extremely independent and spirited, headstrong and sexy with just a hint of vulnerability underneath…. Another fun turn of events courtesy of Christine Edwards…. Pure erotic romance.”  Read more….

—Sarah, Smut and Bonbons

“The chemistry between Colton and Cosette is blazing Another hit out of the park for Christine Edwards!”  Read more….

—Hines and Bigham’s Literary Tryst

“A light, easy read with a heaping dose of sexy.”  Read more….

—The Book Cellar

Cosette Beauvais is a risk taker with a capital R. When her daredevil behavior leaves her paralyzed, her uncle ends her suffering by turning her into a vampire. In no time she makes her mark as one of the most cunning female vamps in existence. Though her fearlessness is admired in her violent new world, her impulsiveness leaves her with terrible regrets. By violating the rules, she kills a young human while feeding from him. The selfish deed haunts her, causing her to steer clear of men who attract her both physically and mentally.

After she breaks with a vampire kingpin named Tristan who tried to turn her against her uncle and her own vampire family, her life spins out of control. Bloodthirsty wolves, a new threat to the Savannah area, stalk her daily. She is dead set on finding the source of the attempts on her life and repairing the strained ties with her uncle Severin, so the last thing Cosette needs is a devastatingly sexy new human in her life. Colton Brennan is a massive Montana cowboy, a skilled fighter who has sworn to win Cosette’s love. Try as she might, she can’t resist the passion he has ignited within her, no matter what the consequences. Can this human provide the love and protection Cosette has unwittingly craved?

Meanwhile Tristan and his power-hungry clan are on a quest for Southern vampiric domination. Can Cosette and her Charleston-based vampire family survive their brutal onslaughts?

Says Christine, “Savannah’s shrouded mystery is the reason I simply could not resist making it the setting for Savannah Past Midnight. What better stomping grounds for elusive vampires than a city whose cemeteries hold nearly as much beauty as its residential areas? Although I have visited Savannah annually since I was a little girl, I am still endlessly fascinated by the fact that there is always a new square or historic site to explore.”

Erotic romance author Christine Edwards grew up on Hilton Head Island, SC. Christine has a special place in her heart for reading and writing erotic tales. She continues to publish stories that immerse readers in exotic and realistic geographic settings amid interesting subcultures of adult life. Within the vein of BDSM romance, her main focus is on loving, multi-faceted relationships involving intense alpha males and strong-willed, passionate heroines. Christine resides in the Deep South. Click here to visit Christine online.

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Closing in from behind, one of Tristan’s guards threatens, “Release her now. She’s coming with us.”

He twists us around to face them and I watch Colton smile a malicious grin, one of a fearless killer, before he lands the two giant vampires with, “You just try and take her from me.” I’m stunned to see a glimmer of excitement in his eyes, as if he would almost welcome the violent altercation.

I speak low and quickly, “Don’t do this. You don’t know what they’re capable of.”

I know I can get out of here, but now I need to try and get him out of here as well. Damn it!

His eyes never leave theirs as he says, “Think that’s the other way around, wildcat. Time we bail. This place has always been a den of fuckin’ wannabe assholes, anyhow.”

As fast as a whip he lashes out with a powerful haymaker that catches the first of Tristan’s men square in the jaw. It hardly fazes the vampire—only causes him to stagger back two steps. Both of them lurch for us as we spin around, the bouncer blocking our way.

No time! Need to move fast!

“I’ll handle this.” The words fall from my lips as I kick the bouncer backward through the set of swinging glass doors. Any humans who see the act will most likely be too drunk or high at this late hour to process it. Even if they do, it would have appeared to be a fast, bad-ass martial arts kick that caught him right in the chest, nothing more. There is no way for them to measure the inhuman power behind it.

We leap over his splayed out body as Colton shouts, “My ride is right behind yours! Go!”

I jump onto my bike and take off as Tristan’s furious guards race out onto the sidewalk, fighting their way through the crowd of bystanders. I can hear Colton’s engine behind mine, knowing that he’s made it. Not until we’re three traffic lights away do I pull over to the curb. He rolls up beside me on his low-slung chopper that perfectly suits his huge frame.

I lift my visor to meet a glacial stare as he asks angrily, “You wanna give me some idea what all that bullshit was about back there?”

“No. I don’t. It was my personal business.”

The muscles in his neck and shoulders go rigid as he grates out, “Your business, huh? Woman, I about capped three guys in a packed nightclub just to get us outta there safely, so I think the very least you can do is give me a fuckin’ explanation. The cloak and dagger act is wearin’ thin, sweetheart.”

He’s leaning forward, nostrils flared. Most women would be terrified, but I’m unbelievably aroused.