Guest Post – An Illuminating Game of Truth or Dare by Vivian Arend
I write about people finding a happily-ever-after, which means I get to write about people falling in love. Which means I get to write about the things they do while they’re falling in love.
Which brings me to the things that heroes and heroines do while they’re falling in love. Let’s make a list:
- They go on dates. Small talk. Holding hands. Getting to know each other. Sometimes these involve other people, some times not.
- They play games or do sports. Boards games, computer games, yoga or horseback riding. Activities that let them spend time together. In Rocky Mountain Romance the hero plays guitar, and one thing Steve and Melody spend time together doing involves music. Sitting by the fire or on the porch singing together. (I just got a shiver. That image does it for me.)
- They might fool around. Because… Do I really need to explain this one? I didn’t think so. Next…
- They think about each other when they’re not together. I.e., they talk to friends about the relationship they’re in, and those times can be just as important to the growing relationship as when the couple is together. A little healthy affirmation can be a good thing. Like when Melody heads to a Girls’ Night Out with her friends…
Ashley plopped onto the couch next to Melody. “Okay, time for the most current gossip. I nominate Melody to start.”
Melody hesitated. “Who, me?”
“Of course, you,” Allison teased. “We’re dying to know. You broke up with Steve, then went away for nearly a year. Now you’re back, and I’ve never seen the man smile so much in his life.”
“We know who’s putting that smile there,” Vicki agreed.
“But…exactly what is what we want to know.” Jaxi waggled her brows suggestively before rearranging the baby against her shoulder to burp him.
“You want a play-by-play of our sex life?” Melody hesitated. “Is everyone going to share, because I don’t know that’s fair if it’s only Vicki and I who end up on the hot seat.”
“Sure, we’ll share.” Vicki snorted. “Everyone but Ashley, that is, because if she tells us what goes on at her place on a regular basis? We’ll spend the rest of the evening with our jaws on the floor and a bad case of penis envy.”
“I think that phrase is supposed to mean we wish we had penises,” Allison pointed out.
Vicki shook her head. “You don’t think Ashley has penises at her beck and call? Penees. Penises. Penii? Whatever.”
Girl talk = fun. And then…equals trouble, as the conversation turns into a game of Truth or Dare, and Melody gets challenged to phone sex Steve.
He’d expected laughter. What he got instead was a throaty rumble that set every nerve in his body tingling. “Hey, baby,” she purred. “I couldn’t wait to talk to you again.”
Shit. Steve eyed his phone and the other guys in the room, both of whom had perked up to full attention at her sultry voice. “Melody, have you been drinking?”
“No. Well, not that much. Mostly, I’ve been thinking about you. Thinking about you and your big, strong hands. It’s got me real wet.”
A noise clattered from the kitchen, and Steve glanced over to see Trevor standing in the doorframe, Lee just behind him, the two of them grinning at him like fools.
Yes, sometimes a little involvement from our friends while we’re dating can go a looooong way.
And really, that’s okay. The laughter and the awkward moments can give time for two people to become a real couple—to stand up for each other and be more than just someone to make small talk with, or play games, or even fool around.
Because a happily-ever-after takes every thing working together.
I hope you enjoy Rocky Mountain Romance, and watching as Steve and Melody go from what hadn’t worked to what does work. One step at a time.
Title: Rocky Mountain Romance
Author: Vivian Arend
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Second chances are the sweetest—and the hottest.
It took a spectacularly embarrassing break-up to knock Steve Moonshine Coleman off his lazy butt. In the ten months since that night, he’s changed his ways. Now that Melody’s back in town, it’s time for this sweet-talking cowboy to convince her to get back in the saddle with him.
A return to her veterinary position in Rocky Mountain House was always in the cards for Melody Langley. Getting back together with Steve? Never part of the plan. He had lots of potential but zero ambition, and there’s no way she’ll accept anything less than a man who can keep up with her, in and out of bed.
But the new-and-improved cowboy is impossible to resist, so Melody issues a challenge. Three months to prove he’s reformed. Three months of Steve orchestrating one sexual indulgence after another–wicked distractions from the old boys’ club Melody faces at work and Steve’s growing responsibilities.
He’s got one shot to prove with more than words what’s in his heart and soul.
Warning: Fifty percent less angst, twice as much filthy-talking, dirty-daring cowboy. Get ready for a whole lot of make-your-knees-weak wooing from a man intent on proving he’s got what it takes, and the woman ready to push him way past his limits.
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Vivian Arend in one word: Adventurous. In a sentence: Willing to try just about anything once. That wide-eyed attitude has taken her around North America, through parts of Europe, and into Central and South America, often with no running water.
Her optimistic outlook meant when challenged to write a book, she gave it a shot, and discovered creating worlds to play in was nearly as addictive as traveling the real one. Now a New York Times and USA bestselling author of over 40 novels and short stories in both contemporary and paranormal genres, Vivian continues to explore, write and otherwise keep herself well entertained.
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