Author Guest Post
How can a sexy, sizzling hot love story be born from abuse? I couldn’t have answered this question eleven years ago, as I emerged from yet another unfortunate relationship with an abusive man. The guy didn’t hit me, but man, oh, man, did he heap on the emotional and mental abuse. According to him, every problem that ever existed was my fault. And, here’s the worst part - I believed him.
I’ve had my share of sorrow, true. Two abusive relationships, one of them physical. Date rape as an adult by another guy. A heap of other things too private to share. But there was always this driving spirit that kept me putting one foot in front of the other. I knew there had to be a better way of life, a life of passion and joy. When I left that last marriage, I never looked back. I got happy right away. Met the man of my dreams. I have no idea what happened to my abusive ex - never saw him again - except that his son tried to commit suicide shortly thereafter and his daughter was arrested in a huge mega drug bust - wow! I had no idea! My ex was a stand-up design professional on the outside. The inside was one hot mess.
I took responsibility for being the weak link in all my failed relationships but not for his or his kid’s miseries and problems. Enough said about the past. It’s the present that matters.
When you’ve lived with abuse you tend to be shaped by abuse, like my protagonist, bad boy, Jace Savage. He’s a big, strong, sexy guy. Wild and uncontrollable like his last name. When he left home, full of rage, he used his sexuality for comfort and his fists to solve conflict. He used controlling tactics to get his way. And yet, he marshalled his intelligence to forge a career, and his passion and skill to shape what he hopes to be his future as a photographer. His twin sister took an alternate route, losing herself in drugs.
When you’re working your way out of the abuse, you do stupid things. Mistakes are made, some of them big ones with serious consequences. Jace will make his share along the way.
When I set out to write the erotic romance, Looks like Trouble to Me, I had no idea how deeply the story would affect me. I wondered what it would take to shape the character into someone likeable, loveable even, not the horny, selfish dude he is when the story starts. I wondered what it would take to get the character to start to assume responsibility for someone other than himself and his sexual needs. I talked to people who have experienced what he goes through. I added their life experience to my own. I found this common thread that shapes a person on a more positive path: determination -- this persistent ability to not give up, no matter what, coupled with a belief that there might be something more to life than the misery you’ve endured.
Looks like Trouble to Me is a love story and a celebration of what’s possible. It’s heaped with erotic passion, sorrow, love, tears, resistance and pain, but isn’t that what love stories are made of? I know it takes time for the heart fires of passion to burn through the dross of unwillingness to surrender and give over to transformation - and Zoé and Jace have only begun. I hope, as you read Looks like Trouble to Me, you cheer the character’s efforts to change, get mad at them when they do stupid things, but you don’t give up on the possibilities that lie ahead for Jace and Zoé - or for you, if you find yourself living a life less than what you’d hoped it could be.
Peace and love,
“It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do with it in the end that matters.”
About The Author
Her secret mission is to inspire the planet to be chock full of loving passion and she's doing her part by working on the fourth book in The Wicked Series, tentatively entitled A Wicked Ending, or the third book in The Beckoning Series, The Beckoning of Badass Things, or maybe those are done and she's working on.... She loves to write sexy books and does it daily.
Her latest book is the erotic romance/romantic suspense, Looks Like Trouble To Me.
Looks Like Trouble To Me by Calinda B
Book 1: Deuce is Wilder: Troubled
Publisher: Self Independent Publishing
Publication Date: May 22, 2014
Format: eBook - 313 pages
Kindle - 3744 KB
Nook - 639 KB
Genre: Erotic Romance / Romantic Suspense
BUY THE BOOK: Looks Like Trouble To Me
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Pump Up Your Book Tours.
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He sets out to woo Zoe Dubois, keeping her away from his trouble at home, encouraging her to let go of her inhibitions and live “Savage style,” riding with him on the back of his motorcycle, exploring the great outdoors in a variety of oh, so delectable and naughty ways.
He ends up with way more than he bargained for. Turns out she's the kind of woman who demands the truth...and that's just not the way he rolls. He uses his sexual experience to teach Zoe how to surrender. She leverages his love for her to get him to let her in - something he's not used to. Their passionate, erotic, romantic connection keeps them bound together while the trouble he brings threatens to tear them apart at every turn.
(Mature content for audiences 18+ only.)
My Book Review:
In the first book of a new contemporary romance series, Looks Like Trouble To Me, author Calinda B weaves an exciting erotic romantic suspense story that will get your heart racing.
Jace Savage is a self proclaimed bad boy who has sown his wild oats as a professional yacht builder and world traveled photographer ... but can his zest for living life to the fullest keep his troubled past and dark family secrets buried?
Zoe Dubois is working her way through college as a waitress at a local restaurant. She has her future plans worked out, but when it comes to men she has trust issues after being burned by her ex-boyfriend Billy.
When Jace and Zoe meet at Chica Rios, opposites attract but he just wants a fling and she wants true love. And if that isn't enough to throw a wrench in the works, Jace is best friends with Zoe's ex boyfriend Billy! But that doesn't stop Jace from wooing Zoe, and even though she is drawn into his world and they share a growing passionate romantic connection, their differing lifestyles, troubled pasts, dark secrets, trust issues, and misunderstandings threatens to tear them apart.
Looks Like Trouble To Me is a sexy and exciting romance story that easily draws the reader into Jace and Zoe's story. There is enough steamy sex, drama, suspense, and intriguing twists and turns that takes the reader on one hell of a thrilling roller coaster ride. As their growing attraction heats up into a scorching passionate relationship, obstacles threaten to stand in their way when Jace's past surfaces and trouble is right around the corner.
This riveting story has enough tension, drama, angst, and emotional turmoil that will keep the reader turning the pages and wondering what will become of Jace and Zoe's relationship. But alas, the author leaves the reader guessing and wanting more with a cliffhanger ending that will be continued in the next book in the series.
I really enjoyed the witty banter and steamy passion between Jace and Zoe, and I couldn't help but get drawn into following their complex relationship as it unfolded. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I loved bad boy Jace and his sexy motorcycle, oh my goodness his wicked ways is enough to make any hotblooded female fan themselves!
If you are looking for a scorching erotic romance story with a suspenseful twist to read during the summer, then Looks Like Trouble To Me is a must read!
RATING: 4 STARS
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