I’d like to welcome the wonderful writing duo of Katie Porter to the blog as my first ever guest! I love the work these ladies have shared with me over the past few months and highly recommend running out and grabbing this series.
By Katie Porter
I have to admit, I have a special fondness for the reunited lover trope. When I first started reading romances, I snapped them up like candy. The absolute best ones were when the little regency miss had a suitor run off by their evil-intentioned guardians. (My tastes ran a bit gothic. Sorry.) It only got better if the suitor in question was a stable hand who went off to make his fortune and came back big and bad and alpha. Nom worthy. I’ve got quite a few on my keeper shelves.
So when it was time to plot the Vegas Top Guns series, I only managed to hold out until the third book before I suggested we explore the reunited lovers trope. Captain Leah Girardi is no stranger to Captain Michael Templeton when Hold ’Em starts. They dated for a short time when “Princess” Leah was fresh out of flight school, but things didn’t work out. Of course, that leads to the next step: if we’re writing an erotic romance, then the reason they didn’t work out the first time had to be sexual, right? Right, because that’s where the fun stuff is.
We didn’t want Leah to be one of those “pent up” chicks who just never learned how to have an orgasm. Too boring, plus it wouldn’t have fit with the drive and ambition she would have to cultivate to become a fighter pilot. So maybe it was him, then. Maybe Michael and his family-originating chauvinism kept him from understanding some vital part of himself. Like a penchant for taking pain and submitting to a strong woman. *cough* See? The best part of reuniting is the surprises.
And of course, Michael has improved with age. (They always came back more handsome, did you notice that? Ten years never packs a pot-belly on nor makes their hair thin.)
“I really don’t want to spend the whole weekend dragging some random guy all around Vegas trying to find him a place to live.”
“Then we’re good on that front,” said a voice from the doorway behind her. “I’m already locked down. Had my household goods delivered this morning.”
Leah went stock-still, like her engines had shut off. She gripped the padded arms of the seat. And her heartbeat… Yeah, she could admit her heartbeat went into overdrive. Hardcore.
She knew that voice.
It had been a long time—six years, as a matter of fact—but that didn’t matter. When a woman’s strongest memory of a man was his voice in her ear telling her that he loved the way she smiled when she came, it tended to be memorable.
Ryan smiled past Leah. “There you are. Templeton, I’d like you to meet Captain Leah Girardi. Also known as Princess Leah.”
Her eyes narrowed. She was tempted to deck Fang. Princess might be her call sign, but that didn’t mean she liked it.
Ryan kept talking as if he didn’t feel the death threats she was telepathically sending his way. “Princess, this is Captain Mike Templeton. Call sign Strap Happy, right?”
She made herself twist in the seat to look. Seeing him would only get worse the longer she put it off.
In the absence of any logical thought, a creative string of curses assembled in her mind. The man looked better than ever. Good enough to nom down on. A few times.
When Leah had last seen him, Mike had been…cute. Kind of adorable in the way he hadn’t yet grown into his lanky hands and tall height.
He wore the usual olive-green flight suit, but he filled it out like whoa and damn. His shoulders had gotten wider—way wider—while his hips were as narrow as when she’d wrapped her ankles around him. He’d even matured through the face, his jawline sharper. His eyes were still that unforgettable neon blue, silently laughing at her. Constantly.
He grinned at her. “Leah and I go way back.
Who can resist a guy like that? Certainly not Leah—though she definitely tries.
Up next for Katie Porter, the co-writing team of Carrie Lofty and Lorelie Brown:
November brings the m/m Christmas-themed CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR , described as “masterful” by Publishers Weekly.
In January, LEAD AND FOLLOW will launch the five-part “Club Devant” series of erotic multi-partner romances set in a hot New York City burlesque club.
Where to find us:
Or individually: @carrielofty and @LorelieBrown
We’d like to give away a copy of DOUBLE DOWN, INSIDE BET or HOLD ’EM (winner’s choice) in any format. Just answer the question: Have you ever dreamt of reuniting with someone from your past? Or is there one person in particular you’d go a thousand miles out of your way to avoid reuniting with?
Contest open through Sunday October 7th. Winner will be send an email so please make sure to include your email address in the comment below.
Thanks again to Book-A-Holic Anon for featuring Katie Porter and Hold ’Em!