Throughout the Delicious Tease contest, Shayla and I have scheduled days in for ourselves, just because we wanted to be part of all the giveaways too. So today kicks off with Shayla's first giveaway-- a copy of the book Decadent (or another backlist title if you already have that one). So let's give Shayla a warm welcome over here at Love Musings-- and don't forget to comment on the question of the day to be entered into the contest.
With just under two weeks left until DELICIOUS releases, I wanted to chat a bit about the book that started all the demand for Luc. We first met him in DECADENT, and honestly, I didn't expect to fall in love with him as much asI did. I was super thrilled when readers seemed to love him as well. Though the Wicked Lovers series has been on hiatus for a bit over two years while I cleared my schedule to write about Luc, this story has been dancing in my head. Writing it was a big emotional wow for me.
And this big lovefest all started with DECADENT.If you haven't read the book yet, you'll still understand DELICIOUS, but would you be having as much fun? If you have read DECADENT, here's a little trip down memory lane.
Two men are better than one. How can a virgin seeking happily-ever-after with a hot pop star who has a penchant for threesomes win her fantasy man? Kimber Edgington desperately needs a plan to convince Jesse McCall, who's been her friend and secret crush since they spent a summer together as teenagers, that they are meant for each other. But all the tabloid stories about his sexual escapades makeher feel oh-so inadequate. Determined to prove she's woman enough for Jesse, Kimber turns to bodyguard Deke Trenton for sexual education. Bold and brash, Deke warns Kimber that playing with him is playing with fire. But he can't bear to imagine the innocent beauty in someone else's arms. So Deke and his super-sexy friend,Luc, take Kimber under their wings and dangerously close to the edge of ecstasy. Though she's saved herself for Jesse, Kimber soon learns, he's not the man adept at stoking her aching, endless need. That's Deke, and he can'tresist when Kimber begs for more-and more.
Deke hovered just outside the kitchen, jaw clenched. Damn, he'd know that sweet, little-girl voice anywhere. High-pitched,lilting, usually delivered with a hint of mischief. Kimber Edgington. Shemade his dick itch for action. Always had. Every day he'd worked for theColonel, he'd seen her. Just the sound of her voice had been enough to send a mad rush of blood straight to his cock. One glance from those sweet hazel eyes made him as ready as a jackhammer.
Adjusting himself, Deke grimaced. Damn it, she still had that power. At least she wasn't seventeen anymore, tempting a man who was old enough to know better and nearly too horny to care. Five years ago, he'd quit working for her father before he'd done something stupid. Something he was sure he'd regret every bit as much as she would. But why the fuck was she here in his house now?
Hell, only one way to findout.
She gasped as he stepped into the kitchen. Deke leaned against a counter to hide his raging hard on. By Luc's amused smile, he knew he wasn't fooling his cousin. But it was Kimber's face he focused on. More mature lines. Fuller lips The freckles had faded. She wore a hint of make up. The air of innocence remained, still begging corruption.
Deke would bet every last medal he'd ever earned that she was a virgin. Crazy. The girl had to be twenty-two, twenty-three. In his gut, though, Deke knew he was right. Shit! He had to get her the fuck out of here. Fast. In his book, head-spinning desire and virginity were a bad combination.
"Kimber." His voice sounded like ground-up gravel. He resisted the urge to wince.
"Deke."His name fell from her glossy, rosy lips. The sound only made him harder.Hell! Then she bit her cushy lower lip, and all he could think about was watching his dick slide over that lip, then deep inside the wet silk of her mouth while she looked up at him with those innocent eyes.
If he didn't stop thinking like this, he was going to have to go into the bathroom and jack off before he could have a decent conversation with the girl so he could send her on her way.
"Hi," she breathed into the awkward silence."It's been a while."She nodded. It was jerky, nervous. He hadn't heard much of Luc's conversation with Kimber, just enough to know his cousin had some whacked-out imagining that he'd been keeping the doll-faced beauty to himself. And that Kimber thought she had an urgent reason to be here.
Since they only had one acquaintance in common, this had to be about the Colonel."Is everything all right with your dad?"
"He-he's fine. Thanks." She pasted on a smile. "He says some psycho, ex-convict he helped bring in for a client is threatening him, but that's nothing new."
In their line of work? "No, it's not."
Finally, his erection abated enough to cross the room and plant himself at the fussy Italian table. A smile still tugged at the corner of his cousin'smouth, and Deke sent him a warning glare."I heard you tell Luc you had something urgent to talk to me about. It's not about the Colonel?"
"No. It's." Kimber lashes swept toward her cheeks as she looked down, bit her lip once more. Damn it, her unconsciously coquettish expressions were making him hard again.Her gaze bounced back up again, and he saw fortitude there. Interesting."It's personal."
Personal? Deke had no idea what to say. She'd come to him for something personal? He'd done his best to be an ass to her when he'd worked for her father. Not too difficult when he'd been knotted up by sexual frustration on a daily basis.A moment passed in silence. A pause. Then Luc rose and approached Kimber.
"I'll give you kids a few minutes alone. I have to make a phone call, anyway. There's more raspberry tea in the fridge. Don't let Mr. Glower scare you off." He grabbed her hand and kissed it. "And don't leave without saying goodbye."
Deke watched the exchange, and realized after Luc strolled out of the room that he was grinding his teeth. Bastard. Kimber was everything his cousin pursued with single-minded vigor: the promise of sweetness, white lace, and innocent sighs. The fact she had a healthy hint of red in her hair was just a bonus.Not this woman. Not this time.
If Kimber was off limits to him, Luc wasn't getting a piece of her ass, either. The muted slam of a door down the hall let Deke know his cousin was safely ensconced in his office. He turned his attention back to Kimber."Go ahead. I'm listening."
She drew in a shaky sigh, then raised her chin, seeming to take her nerves in hand. A moment later, she sent him a direct stare. "I came to ask you for a favor. I realize this is odd but would you teach me about sex, the way you like it?"
To celebrate the fact DELICIOUS will be out in 13 days, I'm giving away a prize! Comment here, and today's winner will receive a signed copy ofDecadent or any currently in print Shayla Black or Shelley Bradley backlistbook.
Question of the Day: Since Shayla's book features a rock star (at least in the background) what kind of music do you like?