The Victorians loved freak shows. Offer them a bearded lady, a family of dwarves and a troupe of acrobatic fleas and they would queue for hours. However, one person’s freak is another’s normal, or nearly normal. In this era, we’re more politically correct, but the term ‘freak’ is still unpleasant. Rude. Abnormal.
We’re all different though, and I’ll bet each of us has some unusual ability even if we don’t like to admit to it. My husband can sniff out my hidden chocolate stash, even though I hide it behind packets of pasta or breakfast cereal. He goes on raiding parties in the larder after I’ve gone to bed, and will seize gleefully on my Cadbury’s Crème Egg or Galaxy Minstrels, and claim them as his own if I don’t stop him. I have weird precognitive dreams sometimes, and I tell you that can be freaky. I dreamed once that my car spun off the road at a junction, and it shook me so much that I asked hubby to look at all my tyres. He found a nail embedded in one sidewall, giving rise to a slow puncture. The scientists amongst you may be muttering now about my subconscious recognizing that the handling felt ‘off’, but I disagree.
Anyway. In Obsession, my hero has an unusual ability: Josh can feel women’s emotions and sometimes pick up on their thoughts. He uses it to his advantage in his role of honey trap:
She licked her lips, pupils dilating as she devoured me with her eyes. Her emotions were clear. I want him and I want him now. Is he just playing with me?
Raising my right hand, I curled a stray lock of her hair into my palm, releasing it and watching as it sprang back into place. “You’re gorgeous. Is it just me, or is it too crowded in here?”
“Your room or mine?” She breathed the words, her heart racing; I could see the vein banging furiously in her throat. I fisted my hand gently in her hair, tugged her head back, and licked the wild pulse. I felt her tremble, heard the groan.
“Oh, mine I think.” I lifted my head briefly, nipped her lower lip, and drew another groan. By now, the room had emptied behind us, and I closed the distance, pressing my lips against hers. Oh God, he’s so hot, oh my God…
As soon as I kissed her, I knew what she craved from me, what in all probability her fiancé was not providing. Danger—made clear by her desire to have sex with a stranger. Fast and dirty. And, despite her outward show of confidence, a longing to be submissive, for her lover to be almost aggressive. It was a part I could play with ease.
So what unusual ability do you have? Tell me, and I’ll put your name into a draw for a free copy of Obsession.
Obsession is available 12 June 2013, from Time & Tide Publishing.
Josh Delaney is the ideal honey trap.
His charm and model good looks would be enough for most women, but coupled with his psychic ability to read their thoughts, he’s impossible to resist. Suspicious husbands employ him to test their wives, to see if they can be tempted to stray.
High profile couple Suki and Gabe Bridgewater have the perfect marriage, or at least, that’s the image they portray to the world. Behind closed doors, Gabe’s dominance in the marriage is unravelling and he decides to test Suki, using Josh as bait.
For Josh it should be just another easy job, but two things go horribly wrong.
One, Josh falls in love with Suki.
And two, Gabe refuses to let her go.
Blog tours are fun to take part in, these are my stops:
- 12 June – Layne Macadam (http://laynemacadam.blogspot.co.nz/)
- 13 June – Laura Kaye (http://laurakayeauthor.blogspot.co.nz/)
- 14 June – Lissa Matthews (http://lissamatthews.com/blog/)
- 15 June – Cover Reveals website (http://coverreveals.blogspot.co.nz/)
- 16 June –Ella Frank (http://ellafrank30.wordpress.com/)
- 17 June – Allyson Lindt (http://blog.apathyshero.com/)
- 18 June – Parker Kincade (http://parkerkincade.blogspot.co.nz/)
- 20 June –Trish McCallan (http://trishmccallan.blogspot.co.nz/)
- 21 June – Tina Carreiro (http://tinacarreiro.blogspot.com)
- 23 June – Silken Sheets &Seduction (http://silkensheetsandseduction.wordpress.com)
- 26 June – Sotia Lazu (http://justsotia.blogspot.co.nz/)
- 29 June – Love Lust & Laptops (http://lovelustandlaptops.wordpress.com/)