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Tempted By Trouble
by Susan Arden
Erotic Contemporary Western Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Release Date: April 1, 2013
Heat Level: Sizzling
Word Count: 57,000
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When a woman is the magnet for the wrong man, it takes a bad boy to break old habits.
Carolina Rodriguez is a large animal veterinarian on a mission to escape South Florida and her overprotective family. Willing to do just about anything, she accepts a job in Annona, Texas over the Internet from a family connection.
At her cousin’s wedding, she runs into Matt, a handsome Texan in the church parking lot. Matthew McLemore is more than gorgeous, he’s Carolina’s new boss, and needs her help to determine why his cattle keep dying. Matt’s instantaneous attraction to Carolina sorely tempts him to push the boundaries of their work contract, but a roll in the hay may prove too volatile to handle. Until she arrives on his ranch and is too hot to resist.
Carolina refuses to admit Matt’s raw sexuality is more than overpowering or that she’s the least bit tempted by this smooth-talking bad boy. But by the time the pathology lab reports comes back, they’ve explored every inch of each other. All of a sudden, this fiery affair is more than just a fling. And when a past flame threatens to overwhelm their new found romance, Matt must find a way to stake his claim to Carolina’s heart before it’s too late.
Author’s Warning: Contains a smoking mess of scorching love scenes. Ice may be needed for blazing imaginations.
CBLS Promos Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains explicit sex scenes and/or situations and adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.
“Evermore Ranch,” she read aloud.
“I hope this won’t upset your plans?”
“Would it matter? I signed a service contract that included a non-disclosure agreement. Even if I had a problem, I couldn’t tell a soul and I’ve promised you two weeks of my time.”
He chuckled softly. “Yes, two weeks to do my bidding.”
She almost choked at the thought of doing his bidding. “What the heck have I gotten myself into with you, Mr. McLemore? Exactly what type of office do you run?”
His expression changed. Sharpened. “Strictly business. Look, Dr. Rodriguez, we’ve gotten off on the wrong foot.”
“Wrong foot … the whole body is a problem, sir,” she hissed.
He smiled broadly, reassuring her. “Let’s discuss this later. This isn’t the correct time or place. Don’t you have to help the bride or something?”
“Yes. As a matter of fact, I do. I don’t know what you think you’ve contracted, but I’ll only supply you with vet services. As long as you understand that fact, there’s nothing more to discuss.”
“Well, there is. In the service agreement, there’s a provision that we need to discuss before you’re allowed access to the ranch barn and stable sites. So, either we can do it later or when you arrive in Texas. But until you and I have a little sit-down and get a few things ironed out, there won’t be any work for you to do directly. I’ve got a ranch to run, and I don’t have time to play games. I’ve already spent enough time finding a vet.” His eyes glittered and dropped to her mouth. “If you think I’m about to waste more time because you’ve got second thoughts, Dr. Rodriguez, the next communication you’ll have from Evermore Ranch will be from my attorneys. Had I known who you were before, believe me, I wouldn’t have … I’d never let the situation get away from me.”
Oh, this was rich. “Away from you. I’d say it got out of control. But that’s on your side of the table. Fine. I’ll honor my service contract. You’re right about one thing. The only thing of interest to me is treating your cattle. Once the job is done, I’ll be only too happy to leave you in peace and we can go our separate ways.”
Up close, his eyes shone sherry-colored. A muscle flexed along his jaw. His masculine scent of leather, smoke, and wood filled her head. The hard set of his mouth didn’t resemble the man from before. He’d done just as he’d promised, shutting one door, and leaving in place a man who didn’t look as if he enjoyed playing games. No this version of Matt McLemore had a locking gaze and if looks could kill, she was a goner.
“I’m glad we understand one another then, Dr. Rodriguez. I expect to meet with you tomorrow at your convenience. Our relationship will be strictly business, if that’s what got you in such a dither.”
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Crafting the Sexy Scene: When Physical Contact Becomes Emotional
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Today, we’ve arrived hot, sweaty and bothered. The last time we met, Matt was whispering all sorts of things he hungered to do to Carolina. Well given her trust issue, and the fact he’s presented himself as a Texas playboy, she backed off. Way off.
But in this segment (Part 5), we’re about to unveil the first time they make a move in the smexy direction.
What do we need to do to get there? Address the fears of the heroine. Just like in real life, the heroine is vexed, conflicted, and has to weigh her options. Should she get involved with a man that she classifies as sex-in-a-suit? After one Miami player too much, she’s undeniably wary of jumping back into the fire. What makes this different?
Matt has already shown up in varying hues: rancher, educated business man, son, brother, and possible lover. By this time, she’s observed him from multiply angles, and has the ability to make an educated guess each time her heart beat reaches that staccato rhythm. They’ve been attuned to each other. Connected and moved apart, so that their longing to connect has been ratcheted up. Part of the package for this is a passionate romance, a sensual story where Carolina and Matt’s sexual behavior is openly portrayed. Still, we must have love.
And so when Carolina arrives at Evermore cattle ranch, the sexual tension becomes palpable, and then it’s impossible for them deny their sexual cravings imbued with emotional overtones.
In Tempted, this happens in a big way within Matt’s office until…that’s right. Another problem is tossed within the story. Darn. I as the writer must put on the brakes. But this time, Matt and Carolina have tasted the sweetness each other possesses. Or whetting their appetites.
At this point, I introduce not only physical longing but some emotional depth. With each story scene ramping up, there’s bound to be a payoff soon. And readers won’t be disappointed. Tempted is scorching in sensual imagery of Matt and Carolina’s love affair. Because that’s what this is after all: a highly charged sensual romance. It might have started off as a heated exchange, a push-n-pull, believing that they were all wrong when they were ALL RIGHT.
All along I must play my part as writer, giving you, the reader, enough to trust me in our story journey. Yes, assuredly every romance is fraught with pain. And in Tempted this ride gets bumpy, but I promise you, Matt and Carolina as they experience each other sexually, they will deepen their emotional ties until it almost seems two souls become one by the end.
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