Phew, things sure are getting hot around here this week. Following on from Rosanna Leo’s post on fighting attraction on Wednesday, there’s even more sexual tension today, in the shape of Tina Donahue discussing the moments leading up to that first kiss. With an extract from ‘Losing Control’, Tina’s latest BDSM erotica book with Ellora’s Cave, and the chance to win one of Tina’s backlist ebooks, what are you waiting for? Read on, and don’t forget to comment to win 🙂
Sensual tension…and the first kiss
As a reader and author of erotic romance, I enjoy the hero and heroine’s initial attraction that culminates in their first kiss.
At that point in the story, I imagine his arms around me. Our lips brushing, mouths joining, tongues meeting.
Having written numerous erotic romances, I know how difficult it is to make the moment as perfect as possible. It has to be about more than lust or sex. There has to be an emotional connection between the participants that the reader can feel.
That’s where sensual tension comes in. The slow build up from the moment they meet. You know they’re holding back and it’s just killing them. In an ideal world, they’d be able to melt into each other’s arms and go at it as if there were no tomorrow.
In romance, they have to earn the payoff. But that makes it oh-so delicious.
Losing Control, Book Two in my Appointment with Pleasure series, is my latest erotic romance. I wanted to make it as hot as possible, so I built up the sensual tension until the moment when Catherine and Tim share their first kiss.
Here’s the blurb and an excerpt of that scene to give you a taste of their story.
When it comes to passion, there are no rules…
She wasn’t supposed to hunger for him. Tim Bellamy was off-limits to Catherine, a high-priced call girl with an uneasy past. Indulging in his raw desire shouldn’t have happened, especially at a District party attended by the nation’s elite. Tim doesn’t know she works for the agency. If he did… That’s not something Catherine wants to confess. Drowning in his strength and heat, aching to see him again, she keeps her secret.
From old wealth, Tim has never met anyone quite like Catherine. Exotic, elegant, earthy, she’s the best of all worlds. Their evenings are sensual delights where voyeurism, bondage and a growing bond satisfy carnal needs and stir something deep within…until he stumbles upon the truth.
Shaken by her lies, Tim needs to prove the depth of Catherine’s lust and yearning once and for all. For him, their erotic adventure has only begun…
“What do you like to eat, Catherine?”
Now there was a loaded question that would take her hours to demonstrate, on her knees, and shouldn’t even be addressed. She was here working as much as Tim was supposed to be. Once more, Catherine reminded herself that they shouldn’t have met. Shouldn’t be speaking. No way could this go further.
Tim lifted his eyebrows, waiting for her answer, expecting it.
“I’m open for anything,” she breathed. “Surprise me.”
He escorted her from the room. The foyer, filled with partygoers a few minutes ago, was empty now. She expected Tim to lead her upstairs to one of those countless closed doors, the bedrooms beyond.
With his hand on the small of her back, his fingers touching her naked skin, he hurried Catherine past the steps and down a side hall. There, he took her hand once more.
“Wait,” she said.
He did, looking over.
Wanting to play with him, she asked, “You’re not taking me to the kitchen, are you? When you asked if I was still hungry and I answered—well, you know what I said—I didn’t mean—“
“I know what you meant.” He rested his forehead against hers and cupped her breast in his free hand, his thumb teasing her nipple, his breath catching. No doubt because she hadn’t worn a bra.
“Exactly what you meant,” he added on a strained sigh.
Catherine sagged into him. “Then what are you waiting for?”
At her challenge, he stopped stroking her areola and reached around, smacking her ass playfully. “You better behave.”
“Oh yeah?” She snuggled into him, rubbing her mound against his thick erection. Good god, he was aroused, and from the feel of it, really hung. “And what if I’m bad?”
He licked her lobe, above her earring, then nipped it gently. On her quiet gasp, Tim wrapped his arm around her waist, not allowing her any freedom. “You enjoy BDSM?”
She’d never tried it. Not even with her clients who would have probably added thousands to her fee for the kink. She’d always considered bondage and discipline the game of masochists in need of a good shrink. However, with Tim, the idea not only intrigued, it enticed. Weird…then again, maybe not. Being with a man she really liked, one she wanted, made all kinds of foreplay reasonable, downright fun.
She pressed her mouth to his throat and suckled his skin, faintly salty, smelling of his cologne and musk.
He inhaled sharply. Lucky guy. Despite her repeated attempts, Catherine still couldn’t pull in enough air. In answer to his question, she whispered, “Like I said, surprise me.”
On a subdued growl, Tim pulled her into him, his desire clearly tested, his strength brutal, determined. He wasn’t about to let her go.
She gripped his arms, needing his support to stand and to confine herself further.
The sound he made, more animal than human, said he liked that. Brushing his mouth over hers, he angled his head for the greatest penetration and slipped his tongue between her lips.
God. His cheeks and chin were wonderfully rough, his lips unbearably soft.
There was no tentative exploration. Simply a man who knew what he wanted. For the moment, she was that woman. Whimpering in pleasure, Catherine suckled his tongue, coaxing it deeper inside her mouth, offering herself as she never had with her clients. With them, she’d always orchestrated the action, insisting upon it.
With Tim, she surrendered.
Surprisingly, that made him less greedy, more giving. His kiss became tender, telling Catherine he cared about her response. She gave it, swirling her tongue around his, running her fingers through his hair, mussing it finally, wanting to see him as he looked when he woke in the morning.
The thought of spending the night with him, going out for breakfast, enjoying the day together, thrilled as few things had. No surprise, given that it was a foolish dream she had no right to expect. All they had together was this moment.
Tina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, and Kensington. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic romances (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were named finalists in the 2011 EPIC competition. The French review site, Blue Moon reviews, chose her erotic romance Sensual Stranger as their Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category). The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for Lush Velvet Nights, and two of her titles (The Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition (2011 and 2012). Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). Tina is featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. She was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.
To celebrate the release of Losing Control, I’m offering a contest.
I’ll choose THREE winners (at random) from those who comment on the various sites during the tour. The more you comment, the greater your chances of winning one of my backlist ebooks from this list:
- Adored – RWA award-winning; EPIC 2011 Finalist; 4 Stars RT
- Deep, Dark, Delicious – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Holt Medallion Award of Merit
- Lush Velvet Nights – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Golden Nib Award
- In His Arms – SIX 5 Star Reviews; 4 Stars RT
- Sensual Stranger – 2010 Book of the Year (erotic); 4 Stars RT
- The Yearning – Top Ten Bestseller
- Take Me Away – #1 Pick, Miz Love Loves Books
- Unending Desire – Best Book Rating LASR
- SiNN – Nominated for Book of the Week LASR
- Sinfully Wicked – Magnificent – Romancing the Book