We welcome a special guest today... Lena Hart!
Thanks Jenna for hosting me on the Fierce Romance blog today! I’m excited to talk about my steamy contemporary romance, which is currently featured in the Shades of Desire box set. I chose to feature HIS BEDPOST QUEEN (book 2 in my Queen Quartette series though it can be read as a standalone) in the set because it had the perfect blend of sexy sweetness needed for our set and was the best start to the series for new-to-me readers.
HIS BEDPOST QUEEN is about old friends becoming new lovers—through a bit of trickery and seduction. The heroine, Athena Lewis, is blackmailed into stealing from the hero, David Carrone, who is her childhood crush. Things, however, don’t quite go as planned and she finds herself trying to do what’s right, while getting caught in her own web of deception.
This story is definitely about secrets and second chances and I have to say, Tena and David have turned out to be one of my favorite couples. Part of that is from the playful yet sexy way they interact with each other, which seems to all come natural to them. Below is an excerpt where David and Tena are...reuniting…after 14 years of being apart. David has no clue who the intriguingly erotic woman in his hotel room is but that doesn’t stop him from wanting her…
“So, who’s offering me this sexy treat?” he asked, still staring down at her semi-nude body.
She fought to keep her hands at her side. “A friend.”
His brows lifted, wrinkling his forehead. “I have a lot of friends, sweetheart.”
She shrugged again, trying to contain her sudden nervousness at his penetrating gaze. “I was told to wait here for you.”
The corners of his lips lifted, and to her shock, he placed his hand on her waist. She jerked then trembled at his light touch.
“Are you still shy?” he asked quietly.
Not so much now. His words had changed something in her, and the way he was staring at her now made her breath hitch, but in a good way—a tantalizing way. For the first time in her life, Athena truly felt…sexy. Not at all like the girl he’d known growing up, the one who had tried hard to fit in by dressing up like one of the guys.
And she was now more aroused by the desire in his eyes than she should have allowed herself to be.
She inched closer to him. He didn’t move a muscle. Sliding a hand inside the opening of his white shirt, she lightly rested her palm on his hard chest. Heat and power radiated from his body, and his muscles flexed beneath her fingers. She beamed inside.
“No, not shy,” she whispered and for the second time that night, she surprised herself by being honest with him. “Just something about you makes me nervous.”
“Don’t be,” he said. “You’re gorgeous.”
She smiled softly at that. He thinks I’m gorgeous? That wasn’t a word she was used to hearing. Before she could process that, he tightened his hand slightly on her waist.
“Should I go back and get my gun?” he asked, his tone laced with amusement. “You weren’t nervous then.”
Yes, I was.
She still was, a little.
But she shook her head, his attempt at humor helping her relax some.
“It’s the way you look at me…” she murmured softly, trailing her fingers down his hard chest. “It turns me on.”
Oh God, why did I say that?
From the rapid beating of his heart vibrated against her palm, her admission seemed to excite him. He covered her hand with his and ran his other palm down the curve of her waist. She shivered at the light caress. Gripping her hips, he pulled her forward. She fell against him, her free hand bracing against his broad shoulders.
The contact of their bodies was electrifying.
“Then we should do something about that,” he murmured huskily.♠
Through USA Today bestselling author Wendy Ely, I got a chance to be a part of this box set and feature one of my favorite couples in Shades of Desire. It has been a blast—and an honor—to work with these 9 fabulous women and I’m proud of all the great stories we put into it.
Lena Hart is a Florida native currently living in the Harlem edge of New York City. Though she enjoys reading a variety of romance genres, she mainly writes sensual interracial romances with a flare of suspense and mystery. When Lena is not busy writing, she’s reading, researching, or conferring with her muse. To learn more about Lena and her work, visit LenaHartSite.com.
HIS BEDPOST QUEEN is available in the Shades of Desire box set! It includes 10 titillating tales from USA Today, bestselling and award-winning authors: J.A. Coffey, Wendy Ely, Dorothy Callahan, Diane Escalera, Lena Hart, Chanta Rand, Emma Leigh Reed, Cindy Stark, Valerie Twombly, and Kristina Knight. Step into the world of some of the freshest voices in romance. From spicy secrets to sweet second chances, come find your perfect shade of desire.
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