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Jamie and Kati: Welcome to Studio Smexy Saturdays at Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance!
J&K: Tell us some fun facts about yourself.
- I'm allergic to ferrets...yeah, ferrets, random right?
- I'm a borderline germaphobe
- I have a pretty serious addiction to rice crispy treats
- I love TV sitcoms from the early nineties (I'm talking about you Full House!)
JR: ALL my covers are studio Smexy! As if there was ever another choice. Hot men, amazing selection, and amazing selection of hot men...did I say hot men?
J&K: How well does the cover illustrate your vision of the hero/heroine?
JR: Of the story? Perfectly! The cover is exactly what I think when I think of my books. The heroes and heroines match the dynamic of the story whether its an erotic or a contemporary romance.
J&K: What elements do you like to see on a book cover? (hero, heroine, landscape...)
JR: It depends on the genre. I always like to see sexy guys ;-) but if we're dealing with romance, I always love to see THAT look on their face. You know the one, where the characters are madly in love and super sexy all at the same time.
J&K: What drew you to choosing a photo shot by Jenn?
JR: Jenn was so nice and easy to work with. She answered all my questions and her work is AMAZING! She goes above and beyond. For my New Adult Romance series, I went to Jenn with an idea of a jar and little red paper hearts and the woman actually spent her day cutting those bad boys out and did a specific photo shoot around the idea. AND, it turned out amazing! She's just talented and wonderful to work with.
J&K: Describe your cover in one word (smexy or sexy doesn’t count)
J&K: What can readers expect from you next?
JR: The sequel to my New Adult Romance is coming out next (Possess Me Slowly). This year though there will be several eroticas and contemporary romances coming out as well.
With every step, the clicking of my pumps on concrete sent a shiver up my calves. But when my heel got momentarily stuck in a crack in the pavement, I faltered. One of these days I would have to learn to walk in these damn shoes without looking like a stumbling drunk person.
I ran a hand through my red curls, trying to tame them—not working—and continued my trek toward the university.
Graduate school had been tough to get into, but when the opportunity to T.A. for the head of the sociology department opened up, I’d jumped at the chance.
Clutching my coffee, I fished my cell phone out of my purse to check the time—
A horn blared and headlights flashed.
A shriek caught in my throat as I stared down a black town car coming straight at me. Brakes screeched, I jumped, and my coffee tumbled down the front of me.
The car stopped abruptly, just inches from my toes. Air finally found its way from my lungs as I struggled to breathe. Almost being crushed by oncoming traffic was not my ideal way to start the week. I stood dazed in the middle of the street, into which I hadn’t even realized I had walked.
“Are you all right?” The driver stood by his door. He was older and outfitted in a black hat and jacket. The chauffeur.
Looking down at my ruined blouse, I slowly nodded. My knees shook as I made my way back to the sidewalk. Once I stepped up on the curb, my body relaxed a bit. The driver got into the car, pulled up alongside me, and parked.
Standing outside the back passenger door was a man dressed in a three-piece, steel-gray suit and dark purple tie. His eyes were like frosted ocean water, two icebergs shinning at me.
His black hair was thick and coiffed perfectly in a rugged yet professional way that made my heart beat harder.
The driver stayed behind the wheel this time while the sinfully corporate-looking man walked toward me on the sidewalk. Those intense eyes never left my face.
“You should watch where you’re going.”
“I…” I looked up at him. Even in Megan’s four-inch heels, he towered over me. Jesus, he had to be pushing six-three.
He was close enough that I could smell him. Crisp and clean and amazing. He radiated power and confidence, from his broad shoulders to his lean hips. Who knew suits could look so good on a man. Every stitch molded over him perfectly. His strength was very apparent even through the layers of expensive fabric.
“Are you all right?” His voice was deep, but this time, there was a slight rasp when he spoke.
“I’m fine. Thank you.” A tremor slipped out and coated my voice.
“Can I offer you anything?” He looked down my body. Heat rushed over me. Shifting my weight, I tried to get a grip on my hectic heart rate. I knew I was staring—primarily at his mouth. It was thick and firm.
His gaze slid over me again. When it focused on my breasts, I inhaled sharply. Men had looked at me before, but none as blatantly as this. That heat that was pulsing? It surged so hot that my bloodstream caught fire.
I opened my mouth to say something, anything, then realized he was really looking at the soy latte splattered all over the front of me.
Excerpt from Break Me Slowly ©2013 by Joya Ryan. All rights reserved.
Graduate student Katelyn Gunn is headed for her first day of assistant teaching when she is almost hit by a car. The nervous and inexperienced Kate is shocked to realize that it isn’t the near death experience that has her heart racing, but the sinfully sexy man behind the wheel. Adam Kinkade is ultra-wealthy, devastatingly handsome, and the most powerful distribution mogul in Chicago—he is also the first man who ignites emotions inside of her other than fear.
Adam is a man used to getting what he wants. And he wants Katelyn—naked and often. Willing to stop at nothing to possess her, he relentlessly peruses Kate only to discover that it is she who possesses him—completely.
Kate quickly realizes that Adam has secrets of his own, secrets dark enough to break the walls she keeps so firmly in place. Passion turns to possession, and Adam’s controlling nature and seductive hands sparks a desire so strong, it destroys her own demons. But when desire turns to addiction, Kate fears that it will rage too hot, and shatter her sanity.
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