Saturday, April 13, 2013

Secret Desire by Susan D. Taylor (Author Guest Post / Book Review)

In association with Buy The Book Tours, Jersey Girl Sizzling Book Reviews welcomes Susan D. Taylor, author of Secret Desire!

Author Guest Post

Romance Isn’t All About Love.

When writing Secret Desire, the first thing that came to mind had nothing to do with being in love for Claire Robertson, the heroine. The premise started with a problem. What would happen if a woman’s (journalist) secret suddenly became public? The exact problem was a dilemma in my life, writing privately, and then deciding to attempt publication. It’s one thing to write, letting your mind go where ever it happens to ramble, and hitting “control” and “s.” Saving my work was nothing except habit. I did it, and at that point, it didn’t seem likely I was ready for the next level.

But then I began to see a spark of interest in writing groups I belonged to, and won a few query contests, and then my oh-so-private writing wasn’t going to stay in the dark if I continued pushing the envelope. There are only so many contests you can enter before you have to show the goods. Meaning, with query contests, a writer gets asked for a manuscript. As a beginning writer, I didn’t believe that day was close. Truthfully, when I began to write I wasn’t focused on publication. That’s a writer’s dream. I was focused on learning how to write.

Secret Desire became a love story because I write romance. So there had to be a love interest. But why would they not be together? That problem was used in determining, okay we have a woman who writes in the closet and she must be doing that because she’s unsure, or frustrated, or her writing is an outlet? Something is wrong, but what? This issue began to help mold who the characters were to become. I needed a lover, I needed an issue larger than the premise (a tragedy) to force a change in Claire’s life, and then more conflict. And more conflict.

In romance, every scene should have a problem. And a writer’s job is to heap on the problems almost tearing about the lovers apart. And in Secret Desire, that tearing them apart would be history repeating itself which added tension. Some problems are small, and some terribly huge, almost insurmountable (the black moment) leaving a reader wondering, it might be possible this story doesn’t end happily.

But rest assured, in romance the story will have a happy ending. It’s just the job of the writer to make a reader question, maybe this time…it won’t.

About The Author 

"I love the concept of falling in love. The type of romantic journey that is so intense, it's borders on insanity."--Susan D. Taylor 

After growing up in Miami, she moved to Nashville where she taught biology and special education. No longer a public school teacher, Susan now writes about consuming passion, how attraction plays out, and characters that are either going to incinerate or meld like warm caramel. 

Susan lives with her husband, two blue heelers, two cats, a gecko and a snake. An RYT 200 (Yoga Alliance) practicing in vinyasa flow when she's not writing her next hot romance.

Book Review

Secret Desire by Susan D. Taylor
Publisher: Etopia Press
Publication Date: February 1, 2013
Format: eBook - 135 pages / Kindle - 296 KB / Nook - 405 KB
ISBN: 9781939194657
ASIN: B00B9126F6
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Buy The Book Tours.

Book Description:

The problem with twins is that they look so much alike…

By day, Claire Robertson is a staff writer for a small publication in Seattle. But when the lights go down, she writes sizzling and oh-so-naughty erotica. She keeps these stories safely tucked away, hiding her secret fantasies of her hero, Dustin Murray. The man who stole her heart six years ago. And then jumped into bed with her twin sister.

Dustin never forgot Claire, or her twin sister’s lies that tricked him into sleeping with her. Nor has he forgotten that her sister’s threats have kept him silent for six years and cost him the woman he loved. Now that Claire’s returned home, Dustin isn’t about to lose her again. But it’ll be another thing to convince Claire he’s prepared to do whatever it takes to win her back.

When Claire accidentally sends the wrong story to her editor, things really heat up. With hot the new black in publishing, her editor thinks he’s struck gold and queues the story for publication. The last thing Claire needs is for everyone to learn that she’s got secrets of her own…

Book Excerpt:

The man’s gaze fell to her legs still carelessly strewn across her desk. Her heart thundered in her ears. Warmth from his sharp exhale caressed the skin at her ankles.

She bit her lip and decided—no regrets for trying “And?” She returned his mocking raised-brow expression in an eye-for-an-eye stare down.

“I’m Thornton Maxwell…your attorney.” He turned away, but not before she caught his look of displeasure. “God. Woman, do you even know what a mess you’ve got on your hands? We need to talk. A real pressure cooker is about blow.”

Cynthia froze. This wasn’t part of her erotic fantasy. What was he talking about? Should she just come out and admit she had no idea of what was going on or get him to divulge what demanded damage control?

She pretended unconcerned boredom in an attempt to buy some time to think. “Someone’s got his panties in a real twist.”

This wasn’t the first time she’d needed legal. But if he was her new go-to man, she was tempted to screw more things up.

This was a conundrum. He was too damn good-looking. This type of man didn’t appreciate a dumbbell. Did he know how hard she worked or that sometimes contracts needed to be bent? “Explored” is what she liked to call it. Wasn’t that why McGavock Publishing hired a boatload of first-year attorneys anyway? Shoot, he was probably upset because his weekend golf game was about to be rained out.

He paced in front of her desk while raking fingers through his thick, dark hair. Cynthia noticed the way he flexed and moved his arms, his muscles pumping and expanding. He stopped, spun around, and marched back to her desk.

“Lewis, when you cross out clauses and write your own notes into a publishing contract, we don’t have a legal leg to stand on in court when an issue is disputed. The things you’ve included to get an author to sign without consulting legal is tying us in knots. The next time you promise a writer the moon, you better consult me first and NASA second. Not whatever pops into that pretty little head of yours. You need my help with this lawsuit, and I expect your cooperation. You might as well know now that’s going to mean during office hours as well as evenings and weekends.”

His finger was pointed directly in front of her face. She imagined sucking the tip until her sex-crazed brain finally grasped his message.

What? She was floored. Her stomach felt punched, the fist of surprise still lodged in her ribcage. Her mind reeled. It wasn’t possible. She was being threatened with a lawsuit for a couple of silly additions to a contract, and now this man expected her to drop everything. Was he joking? Slowly she inhaled.

“I’m innocent.” She stared back at him. “Sure, I’m not beyond bending the rules, but a lawsuit? No, that’s not possible; it’s impossible. You’ve got to help me.” 

“We definitely need a sit-down. Not your usual brush-off and expectation for legal to jump through a hoop. This one is serious.” His gaze swept over her face and downward. The space between them crackled with static energy. He was more than steamed. But he was ready to step in and help her. A spasm of pleasure trilled in her veins. He was her knight in shining armor. She wasn’t the enemy. Not his at least. With all that pent-up fury of his, it was a shame to let it go to waste. He was handsome beyond belief…another time, over cocktails or at a party, she’d not think twice about what her body wanted. His dark eyes weren’t all anger…passion brewed there, pulling the cords to her attraction, making her skin tingle. Oh, my. He wanted to school her good. But maybe she could teach him a thing.

“Thor…Thornton, sit down.” She recouped her confidence. He was in her dominion. The door was closed. Her assistant always knocked before entering. The glass panels were mirrored. He was so near…all she had to do was reach out to him.

She met his bad-boy stare with excitement screaming in her ears.

“Please.” She was almost purring, beseeching him over the rim of her eyeglasses.

“Fine, I’m all ears.” He pulled up a chair closer to her desk. “Well?”

She studied him. If the man ever smiled, he’d be drop-dead gorgeous. She let the papers slip out of her fingers, and she pushed her glasses up on top of her head. Cynthia rubbed her ankles together, and his eyes fixed onto legs.

Ding, ding. Johnny, she had a winner.

She lifted her legs and stood, acting as if arranging her papers was vital. She felt, rather than saw, that his gaze was upon her.

“Client-attorney privilege?” She rounded the desk, trailing her fingers along the surface.

“Yes, whatever you share. Go on.”

“Where shall I begin?” She stopped and leaned back on her desk, directly in front of him. Eighteen inches of space separated them.

“Haven’t you ever longed for something to the point of breaking a few rules? Just once?”

He held his spine erect. He gripped the armrests. She noticed the fine hairs on his fingers, but no ring. She placed the toe of her shoe on the corner of his chair, her ankle only an inch away from his grasp. Her silk skirt lifted, sliding up her thighs, and his gaze shot to the revealed set of black lace Agent Provocateur garters.

She licked her lips and unbuttoned a pearl button. He flared his nostrils ever so slightly. He stared at her fingers. She undid another button. He became a statue. A rather alluring, attentive one. She continued unbuttoning the rest of buttons. She didn’t open her shirt, hoping he’d notice her breasts were unhampered by a bra. The only sound in the room was their breathing.

“Don’t stop now.”

She opened her shirt, revealing ample cleavage. Her nipples hardened at the thought of his mouth teasing her skin.

She rubbed her leg against his thumb. He touched her ankle, lightly at first, before running his fingers up the back of her calf. She pushed her hips forward, her skirt lifted further up and over her thighs.

He made a low, primal sound, melting a reserve within her.

“Do you like what you see?”

Their eyes locked and she smiled. She traced a finger along the bottom of her lip. She stuck just the tip into her mouth and sucked, playfully removing any doubt of where this was going.

“Hmm,” she whispered. “What do you want?”

He closed his eyes and moved his hand over her knee. She went beyond merely teasing him to wanting to feel him deep inside her body.

My Book Review:

Claire Robertson is a Seattle magazine staff writer by day and a secret writer of steamy erotica stories by night. When she goes back to her hometown, she comes face to face with her secret fantasy man, Dustin Murray, who broke her heart six years ago when he got involved with her twin sister Fran. 

Dustin Murray has never forgotten Claire, nor has he forgotten that his relationship with Fran had cost him Claire's heart. This time he is determined to win back Claire's love at any cost.

Fran Robertson is Claire's manipulative and driven twin sister. They are polar opposites who have always had a fractured relationship. 

With so much conflict and suppressed desire going on, Claire mistakenly emails her editor the wrong story. The editor and parent company decide to venture into erotic eBooks, and he sends her erotic story to publication, making Claire's deeply held secret public!

In Secret Desire, author Susan D. Taylor weaves a sexy tale written in the third person narrative that has a great mixture of romance and sizzling sex scenes that keeps the reader entertained. With an interesting fast paced story within a story, there is enough humor, drama and hot steamy sex between Claire, Dustin and Fran that keeps the reader engaged as their story unfolds. 

I loved the polar opposite twin plot line between Claire and Fran, their drama and tension filled relationship is heartbreaking, it is not your typical close twin relationship that it could have been if only Fran wasn't such a manipulative and selfish bitch! And if that isn't enough, there is the turbulent past relationship between Dustin and Claire that once again has the sparks flying,  and their sizzling sexual chemistry is simply hot, hot, hot! And finally there is Claire's secret erotic writer lifestyle that is about to become very public knowledge. This fun little story has so much going on that it easily kept me engaged , it is a sassy, sizzling hot and very enjoyable read!

With a quirky cast of characters who are realistic, flawed and easy to relate to; witty dialogue and steamy interactions; and a thoroughly romantic, dramatic, humorous and sexy storyline; Secret Desire is one hell of an entertaining read! 



  1. Kathleen,
    Im' so excited to visit with you and your readers today. Thank you for taking the time to review Secret Desire and allowing me to guest post. A huge cyber hug. Happy reading!

    1. Hi Susan! Thank you for the opportunity to host your virtual book tour event. I loved reading Secret Desire, it was an entertaining sassy and sexy story! :)