Author Guest Post
The Other Woman ...
As an erotic romance writer, I am well aware of the power of ‘the other woman’ as in important character. The other woman has the power to bring the heroine to her knees with gut curdling envy from her mere glance at the hero. Or the other woman can be much more than that. She can be an evil romance wreaker leading to a deal breaker between the hero and heroine. It depends on the nature of the relationship between the other woman and the hero. Is she a temptress, a flirtatious distraction, who provides a little competition for the heroine? Or is the other woman much more sinister…
In Academy of Love, Cassianna is not immune to the threats of her co worker Monique’s flirtatious behavior with Lawrence. This ‘trashy teach’ as Cassianna calls her gets right under her skin the minute she meets her and irks Cassie with every move she makes. With every suggestive gaze Monique gives Lawrence; every time she undoes one more button on her already low cut blouse — Cassianna becomes a little more unglued.
Now, remember this is an erotic romance, so it’s not like Cassianna is any nun. Far from it.
But as sensual and erotic and raw her attraction is for Lawrence, the trollipy Monique is capable of playing into all Cassie’s insecurities and makes her doubt her hero.
Here’s a little snippet from a scene in the book that does just that….
Cassianna heard laughter. She turned to look. On the opposite side of the Quad by Fraser House she spotted Monique. She watched as Monique threw her shoulders back and let out an infectious laugh. Cassianna’s body grew rigid and the smile dropped from her face when she saw just who Monique was laughing with. It was Lawrence. His broad back was to her and she could make out the ripple of his muscles under his shirt. Her heart quickened.
Monique’s vivacious laughter carried across the courtyard. Cassianna leaned in closer to the open window, almost climbing on to the desk to catch a better view. Lawrence was dressed in khaki pants and light blue golf shirt. His strong tanned arms glinted in the sun. They were chatting away and he was smiling back at Monique.
Cassianna was irritated by seeing Lawrence there. But she couldn’t help watching. They continued on for a few minutes. He was animated, his hands telling a story, as he was prone to do when excited about something, Monique continued laughing and throwing her head back and playing with the chain around her neck, her hand close to her bosom.
What a flirt she was. But then Lawrence looked like he was enjoying it. Maybe Andrea was right about those two. Cassianna watched them enjoy each other’s company as she chewed on her lip anxiously. Waiting for some sign of intimacy that she wasn’t sure she wanted to witness, yet she couldn’t pull herself away.
About The Author
Born in London, England, Kate has lived in the U.K, Canada, and the U.S. She and her husband currently reside in Arizona. When she’s not writing or reading, Kate can be found on the tennis court—yes, there’s even "love" in that game too!
Kate is currently working on several fictional stories for release next year – each filled with sexy romance, heroines who are no shrinking violets and heroes who make your heart skip a beat. She is a member of Savvy Author, Romance Writers of America (RWA) and their erotic romance chapter, Passionate Ink.
Academy Of Love by Kate Deveaux
Publisher: Red Sage Publishing, Inc.
Publication Date: August 1, 2013
Format: eBook - 183 pages / Kindle - 405 KB / Nook - 367 KB
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 Book Promotions By Literary Nook.
Love smolders and the sex is red hot when Cassianna Baxter leaves behind a glamorous teaching career in Italy to return to her old Alma Mater, Lewiston Academy for Girls as the Deputy Head Mistress. No sooner does she arrive at the Academy than she walks smack into sexy Lawrence Taylor, her first love and ex-lover. He’s been looking for her ever since he was forced to leave her and now that she is back at the Academy he knows he has to win her back. And not just in his bed.
There is nothing quite as exciting as a first love and nothing quite as painful as it’s ending. It’s a theme I think many readers can relate to in the heroine and the hero of this story, Cassianna and Lawrence. And the proper girl’s boarding school is something I can relate to from first hand experience. And I can assure you there is nothing prim and proper about what goes on between Lawrence and Cassianna at the Academy!
What happens when ex lovers meet years later -- will the attraction burn as hot? Or will it be scorching?
EROTIC GOES OLD SCHOOL in ACADEMY OF LOVE….
Their love sizzled until he broke her heart when he left her with no explanation. She abandoned her riding dreams and left the Academy with no plans to ever return. When the two lovers are reunited at the Academy, they discover their attraction is unrelenting and sex even hotter than before. Conflicted by her deep sexual desire for him burned by their painful past, Cassianna convinces herself to give into their passion. Just once. No strings attached.
Cassianna and Lawrence play with fire when they reunite and find out the sex is red hot. Careful! Don’t get burned as you turn the pages of their sexy journey.
My Book Review:
Author Kate Deveaux has done it again! She easily drew me into the sexy erotic romance tale about lost love found and second chances that kept me turning the pages and wanting more!
Academy Of Love follows the steamy love story of Cassianna Baxter and Lawrence Taylor. Cassianna returns to her alma mater, the all-girls boarding school Lewiston Academy, as the new Deputy Head Mistress. Twelve years ago as a student, Cassianna had a whirlwind affair with Lawrence, who was the equestrian riding instructor. But when Lawrence suddenly leaves the boarding school, he took Cassianna's heart, leaving her devastated. When Cassianna returns to the boarding school twelve years later, she literally bumps into Lawrence who is now an academy board member. Can Cassianna remain professional while the old flame smolders for her first love, a man she couldn't forget? Can lost love be found and given a second chance?
Oh my goodness, this is one heck of a sexy story that has a little bit of everything that I look for in an erotic romance novel. It has naughtiness, passion, steamy sexual chemistry, angst, and a satisfying second chance at love interwoven within a well written description of the past and present dynamic of Cassianna and Lawrence's relationship. The storyline easy drew me into Cassianna and Lawrence's story, their relationship comes full circle as they discover that time and distance couldn't quell the desire and love that they still have for each. Their chemistry is palpable, their desire and love undeniable, and their passion is simply sigh worthy, not even other people and communication issues can't keep them from finding their way back into each other's arms. Don't be misled by the racy book cover, this sassy erotic romance doesn't have a BDSM theme, but it sure does make you curious enough to look between the covers now doesn't it?!
Academy Of Love is a well written and fast paced erotic romance story. It has richly detailed descriptions of the setting; realistic and flawed characters who are easy to relate to; witty dialogue and dramatic interactions; and a delightful romantic storyline about an undeniable love connection that was thoroughly enjoyable and left a satisfied smile on my face.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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