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Temptation Returns – Hot Military Romance by Lisa Carlisle

In addition to paranormal romance, I also write military romance. I love to write about hot alpha males, even if they don’t have supernatural powers. 😉

One story I had much fun with is Temptation Returns, which starts out with a cynical Marine home from a deployment running into a fortune teller.

Could it lead to a second chance with the woman he never forgot?

Temptation Returns

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Antonio returns from the Marine Corps to begin a new life as a civilian. While visiting Cape Cod, he meets a strange woman who reads his Tarot cards. He doesn’t believe in such nonsense; after all, he’s a Marine. When he returns to Boston, he receives a ticket to a rock club where he runs into the one woman he never forgot.

Lina can’t believe Antonio is back in town, right before her wedding. Being around him again resurrects long-buried feelings. Will she be able to resist temptation in the form of a dark-haired Italian Marine, the same man who once broke her heart?

5***** – “This is a great short read that I loved!” ~ Book Boyfriend Hangover

5***** – “…I honestly LOVE LOVE LOVED it. It was cute, sexy, heart pounding, sad, emotion. It was a great story, with believable characters. Real life situation, and a true ending.” –Booklovinjunkie

Excerpt

“These guys are awesome,” Krystal shouted over the music. “Impossible not to have a good time at their shows.”

“Glad I brought you,” Lina replied. “I doubt this would be Brett’s scene.”

They danced and sang along for several songs until the singer announced, “We’re going to take a break. Get a drink, take a piss, and get ready for the second part of the show, which will blow away the first.”

Lina and Krystal were among the first to get to the women’s room. By the time they came out, a line was forming out the door.

“Drink?” Krystal suggested.

“Yeah, let me think. What do I want?” She glanced up at the bar. “Oh, my God.” She turned away and looked up to the ceiling, which had dozens of rubber bats hanging from the rafters. “Oh, God. Oh, God.”

Krystal turned to her, perplexed. “What?”

“My ex is here.”

Krystal scanned the room. “Who? Where?”

“The tall one at the bar. Black hair, black shirt. Tattooed arms.”

“The guy standing so straight like he has a rod up his back?”

“Yes. He can’t help it. He’s a Marine.”

Krystal’s mouth became a perfect O. “Holy shit. The one you were crazy about?”

Lina couldn’t respond so she nodded, unable to tear her eyes from him. Three years had passed, but he appeared as young and as vibrant as when he was a teenager. His black hair was shorter than when they’d first started dating, but not as close cut as while enlisted in the Marines.

His eyes still conveyed a sense of amusement and burned with an intensity that could render women speechless, including her when they’d first met at a club like this one. His body was leaner than when she’d last seen him; he’d lost some weight that further defined his muscles. He resembled a boxer more than a bodybuilder. The whole package was one she’d never been able to resist. A sucker for dark, brooding Italian boys, he captured it so well he should have been on tourist brochures. It would get her on the first flight to Italy.

Krystal brought her back to earth. “Are you going to say hi to him?”

Lina’s mind scrambled. “I don’t know what to do.”

He must have felt her eyes staring as he turned her way and caught her eye. She froze, unable to break the stare.

“Looks like he knows you’re here now.”

“Uh, ah, um…”

Krystal nudged her arm. “Snap out of it, Lina. No matter what happened between you, he’s still just a guy. It was a long time ago, and you’ve moved on. You’re a strong, confident woman. Don’t let that hot shit with a poker up his ass undermine that.”

Lina faced Krystal. “You’re right. It’s—unexpected. Last I heard he was over in Afghanistan.”

“And now he’s coming your way.”

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Doing it Differently… Non-Traditional Romance and Second Chances

So, as I’m sure you know by now, the February theme for the Dirty Birdies is non-traditional romance/second chances, that kind of thing. When I looked at my backlist, I realised that actually, I’ve probably written more non-traditional stuff that I have traditional!

Wedding Dress For Happy Couple in LoveTraditional, I guess, means anything that’s not boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl live happily ever after. Though I sincerely hope this is changing, what with marriage equality being on the rise (hurrah!) and more same-sex couples having or adopting children, etc. Perhaps in ten years time there will be no such thing as non-traditional, just people loving whomever they want. But anyway, I digress.

Gillian Jacobs Lesbian KissAs I said, I’ve penned quite a lot of non-traditional romance, more than I realised, actually! Looking at my books, it seems I particularly favour writing lesbian romance (which is my best-selling genre), and I’ve also got a gay story out there (it’s more erotica than romance), some ménage stuff, as well as tales of lost loves and second chances. I’ve never intentionally set out to write something that’s non-traditional, but ideas of all different kinds of stories pop into my head, so I just write them. I’m not really bothered what themes or norms they fit into, just that I’m (hopefully) writing a great story! I’ll continue to do this throughout my writing career, too!

Loose EndsHere are a few examples of my non-traditional romance and erotica:

The Military Wife: Contains a second chance erotic romance story called Passing Out Passion.

Loose Ends: A second chance/reunion erotic romance.

No Boys Allowed: Lesbian erotic romance.

Ditched: M/M erotica.

Weekend at Wilderhope Manor: Lesbian erotic romance.

A Menu with a Difference: Ménage erotica.

And, now that I think about it, some of the stuff that’s out on submission or currently being worked on is along those lines, too, including my first ménage erotic romance! It seems I’ve caught the non-traditional romance bug without even knowing it. And do you know what? I really don’t mind. A good story is a good story, no matter who is loving who, or why, or how.

Happy Reading!

Lucy x

New Release: Loose Ends by Lucy Felthouse

Loose EndsI’m delighted to announce the release of Loose Ends, from Resplendence Publishing. It’s actually a re-release, so if the blurb and excerpt sound familiar, please check to make sure you haven’t already read the book 🙂

It’s an erotic romance short story with a reunion/second chances theme. Here’s the blurb:

When Jonathan and Lauren met at University, it should have been the beginning of a beautiful relationship. Sadly, it wasn’t to be, and Jonathan became ‘the one that got away.’ Years later, at a University reunion, Jonathan shows up unexpectedly throwing Lauren into turmoil. The pair start talking, and soon all the old feelings come back. But will this time be different, or will their mutual affection continue to be unrequited?

And here’s an excerpt:

When Kat had called to tell me about the five-year University reunion, my reaction had been, “So?”

“Whaddya mean, so? You have to come! It’ll be a laugh. We’ll be able to find out how everyone’s getting on, what they’ve done with their lives and stuff.”

“Why do you want to know how everyone’s getting on? You’ve never bothered before and nor have I. I’ve only ever kept in touch with you and Alex, and there’s a bloody good reason for that.”

“Stop being such a stick in the mud! Come on, not everyone was that bad. There might be some interesting stories to hear. Somebody could be rich or famous. Or both!”

I stopped resisting. When Kat had a plan, it was futile to object.

So there I was with Kat and Alex, heading into the Student Union bar. I pushed open the double doors. It was as if we’d walked into some kind of time warp. The bar itself looked almost the same, a lick of paint here and there, but nothing major. As for the people, they seemed to have changed even less. Sure, they were better dressed (well, some of them were) and a little older, but everyone was the same.

The loner was still loitering at the very end of the bar, not engaging with anyone. The geeks had gravitated toward one another. The popular kids were strutting their stuff, their conversation no doubt as mindless and dull as it had always been. Kat, Alex and I were still hanging around together.

Nobody seemed to have brought partners. I hadn’t actually seen any information regarding the event. My intel had all come from Kat, so maybe partners weren’t invited. Or perhaps everyone just wanted to come alone and re-enact their young, free and single days.

Either way, it was going to be a looong night. I headed for the bar with Kat and Alex close behind.

“What’ll it be?” asked the barman, who looked to be a current student earning some extra cash. I suddenly felt old, despite not looking that much older than him.

“Make mine a vodka and Coke, no ice, please.”

As I turned to the girls to find out what they wanted, I saw the class busybody walking toward us. She smiled and waved.

“Better make that a double,” I amended. Then under my breath, “I think I’m gonna need it.”

Soon I remembered why I hadn’t been up for this in the first place. The busybody was driving me up the wall. My face and neck hurt from all the smiling and nodding. Jenny, or whatever her name was, was currently on maternity leave from her (wonderful) job. Her “perfect” husband had stayed home to look after their “delightful” children so she could come to the reunion and see how everyone was getting on. Despite this statement, she hadn’t asked any of us a single question. She was too busy talking about herself.

I zoned out of Jenny’s inane chatter and stared into the middle distance. Suddenly, something moved into my line of sight that snapped me back into the land of the living. Or should I say someone.

“Fuck!” I exclaimed, gaining a disapproving look from Mrs. Busybody and puzzled ones from the girls.

“He’s fucking here!”

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