Tempting Tats and Wicked Nights in South Florida #LettersFromtheAuthors
One thing I really enjoy about romances today is heroines don’t have to be drop-dead gorgeous any longer. They’re like real women, rather than Hollywood stars – some are curvy, some plain, some have physical imperfections, but they’re all strong and loving when it comes to the right man who adores them for who they are inside. That’s great romance.
When I was plotting Wicked Seduction, book two in my Wicked Brand series, I gave Marnie a challenging past that’s as real as today’s headlines. Not only has she fled an abusive ex-boyfriend, but to complicate matters, her leg and arm were scarred early in life, always leaving her to doubt her beauty. She hopes pretty tats can make her feel desirable again. Tor, my hero, knows Marnie doesn’t need anything to improve her appearance. To him, she’s the most gorgeous woman he’s ever known. However, he’ll use his considerable talent to ink her with the most gorgeous designs possible. Nothing is too good for her. He wants Marnie to enjoy life and to know only good will happen from now on.
There are challenges, of course. After all, what romance every proceeds smoothly? However, together they’ll conquer the obstacles and make each other smile.
Writing about a hunk like Tor and a good woman like Marnie was a joy. Once these two get it on, they’re better than rock stars. And even with their bumpy road through romance, their journey is swoon-worthy and what makes loving worthwhile.
Here’s the series blurb for Wicked Brand and the blurb for Wicked Seduction.
Wicked Brand Series Blurb:
South Florida just got a helluva lot steamier… During the day, the staff at Wicked Brand makes ink dreams a reality for their appreciative clients. After hours, this naughty crew engages in sensual delights as wild as the designs they’re selling. Their motto? Nothing forbidden. Nothing held back.
Wicked Seduction - Wicked Brand, #2
Marnie is getting back on her feet after fleeing a bad relationship. As part of her new life, she arrives at Wicked Brand in search of tattoos to cover scars from a long-ago trauma, hoping it will allow her to finally feel pretty. What she gets is a hot Latin tattoo artist who sets every part of her afire.
Sexy as sin Tor can work magic with his stunning 3-D designs and wants nothing more than to see Marnie smile. She's a rare combination of sweet and wickedly sensual. The kind of woman he can't easily resist—and doesn't try.
Their sessions at the parlor turn into evenings of steamy delight as they feed their carnal hunger and growing intimacy, playing shameless games that leave them breathless and wanting more.
When her ex shows up, determined to have her back under his control, the danger is real. But this time Marnie is stronger, determined…and no longer alone.
She tasted sweet caramel on his lips and the spices they’d enjoyed. His mouth was breathtakingly warm, cheeks hot and smooth from his recent shave, his scent intoxicating. Everything she enjoyed, yet Marnie didn’t quite trust herself. Too much had happened in the past. Fear edged close, as it always did. Then desire flooded her, saying this was okay. It was right and needed.
How to be certain, though?
She longed for tonight to be like their conversations these last few days, allowing trust to seep in, relaxing her.
Tor cupped her face gently. He didn’t push or rush.
Months of loneliness and celibacy, along with the man he was turning out to be, drove her to take a chance.
She eased her tongue into his mouth and awaited his reaction.
He growled softly and pulled her closer, his strength tempered.
She liked the care he took with her. Like she was someone to be treasured.
He suckled her tongue.
Delighted, she buried her fingers in his wonderfully thick hair, the waves softer than she’d imagined. His citrusy fragrance and musk surrounded her, scents she savored.
They pressed closer. He coaxed her tongue aside so he could fill her.
Dizzy with joy, she allowed him to take over, enjoying a strong man who was also gentle and kind. The vulnerability Dr. Foster had talked about.
Without even knowing what she craved emotionally, Tor kept proving to be the kind of man she needed and wanted. These past days, she had compared his behavior to Ethan’s and her father’s. They’d been light years away from him, never really joking with women. Making fun and condescending was more their style.
Tor’s respect and patience made her bold and allowed her the freedom to surrender.
He held her near.
Marnie celebrated their kiss, needing his tongue deeper inside. She suckled him with longing she couldn’t suppress any longer.
He cradled her breast and stroked the erect tip.
Arousal pulsed through her, pleasure centers awakened, starved from too much denial. She slipped her fingers beneath his sleeve and touched his tat. His inked skin seemed slightly raised, hotter than she’d expected. She traced a prominent vein.
His muscles bunched. He made a deep and unguarded sound.
The noise excited rather than frightened her. She softened against him.
Carefully, he worked his hand beneath her top and touched her satin bra. Pretty underwear she’d bought earlier today, along with her clothes. Extravagance she couldn’t afford or resist, wanting to be young and attractive for once, not defeated and scarred.
His acceptance of her physical flaws boosted her confidence more than she cared to admit. But there it was. No matter how much therapy or self-improvement she went through, it was still nice to have a man find her attractive. Especially him.
Each book in the Wicked Brand series is STANDALONE:
* Wicked Takeover
* Wicked Seduction
* Wicked Times Two
Tina Donahue is an Amazon and international bestselling novelist writing passionate romance for every taste – “heat with heart” – for traditional publishers and indie. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times, and numerous online sites have praised her work. She’s won Readers’ Choice Awards, RWA awards - Holt Medallion and NEC, and won a Book of the Year award. She’s featured in the Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Before penning romances, she worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.
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