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My guest today is Kitti Bernetti, whose novel, Search And Rescue, is part of a Cariad hot romance double bill with my own His Secret Boss. Welcome, Kitti!
Thank you so much for inviting me to The Naughty Corner. I write erotica with a heart. I hope to bring readers the sort of emotional romance that can bring you to tears but that is hot, hot, hot… And I’d like to share with you how I came up with one of my favourite heroes.
Now, don’t we all love a superhero? Those amazing guys who flash across our screens in Lycra and capes saving towns, cities, even the world with their superhuman powers. But, bringing us back down to earth, I was struck one day when watching the news how we have superhero guys right in our midst, in our own cities, in our own towns. The news I was watching concerned a disaster which had struck a small American community. There on the screen were these great hunks of guys, the search and rescue crews, digging for hours, days even. Covered in mud, they were pulling people from under fallen rocks when all hope had disappeared. In the background were snow capped mountains and awesomely beautiful lakes. It was so gorgeous I decided I wanted to set a story there.
This got me to pondering on those men with their huge boots and massive chests and how it must be to be the strong one, to have everyone rely on you in a crisis. To have families desperate for you to find their loved ones. What’s more, I loved the phrase, ‘Search and Rescue,’ it encompassed strength and nurturing. I wondered what it would be like if one of those oh so capable guys had a hidden flaw, a weakness, a dreadful secret he couldn’t declare to the world. It fired my imagination to produce my own search and rescue hero, Gig Briggs, a man his community look on to save them and nurture them. Gig has his faithful friend, a former police dog, Diesel, and a beautiful girlfriend, Milandra. All should be perfect in his world. But I needed as an author, to give Gig a hard time. I needed to test him and put him through hell to have a good story. So, while he’s strong and invincible on the outside, it is his inner demons he cannot defeat. That’s where Dr Desree Cain comes in. She’s the renowned sex therapist he absolutely does not want to consult. And boy are they opposites. She’s a city woman, he’s a country boy. What’s more, she’s scared. Someone from her own dark past is hunting her down. That’s why she’s come to hide in this small mountain community. The last thing she needs is Gig Briggs getting under her skin and awakening her as a woman. That’s when things get hot, too hot to handle. For the last thing any therapist should do is fall for her client…
I absolutely loved writing this book, so much so that I might even take one of the other characters, Gig’s best friend Clint, and give him his own book one day. But then that’s another story!
Kitti Bernetti has been writing erotica for years, well before the Fifty Shades phenomenon. She lives and works in London where the vibrancy of the city keeps her imagination constantly fired with stories. You can often find her, pen in hand, in the coffee bars of Covent Garden. Wired on caffeine, seemingly staring into space and doodling, she is actually dreaming constructively and making notes for her next novella in a small red Moleskin, her favourite notebook.
Follow Kitti on Twitter @KittiBernetti
And on her website at http://www.kittibernetti.moonfruit.com/
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It’s that time of year when everyone is looking for great poolside reading to load on their Kindle before they go on holiday, so may I recommend Cariad’s latest hot romance double bill? The two book-set is comprised of my tale of desire and deception in a sleepy Welsh seaside town, His Secret Boss, and Kitti Bernetti’s romantic suspense novel, Search and Rescue.
Gig Briggs is the Search and Rescue Officer you can rely on to save anybody from disaster. What he cannot do is save himself – harbouring a secret that has destroyed his ability to have a fulfilling relationship with a woman.
When he reluctantly walks into the consulting room of renowned sex therapist Desree Cain, he doesn’t believe she can help. However, Desree has secrets of her own, ones that are swiftly coming back to haunt her. She hasn’t told Gig why she had to run away from the city to hide in his New England community. Can Desree get through to this hero’s damaged heart, and can he save her from the twisted individual hunting her down?
(This book was provided in return for an honest review – and we’re never not honest at The Naughty Corner…)
Logan Walters is 22, a confident to the point of arrogant pretty boy whose life revolves around partying, drinking and getting off with as many cute men as he can. Nothing in his life has any real substance, and that includes his various conquests, most of whom he forgets as soon as the afterglow of sex has worn off. Deciding that what he needs is some meaningful ink, he books an appointment with friend of a friend, tattoo artist Connor. Connor sees through Logan’s false air of sophistication to the insecure boy within and the two men make an instant connection. But Logan, falling in love for the first time in his life, doesn’t know how to react. What follows is pretty much a textbook example of how to screw up a budding relationship, as Logan succumbs to needless jealousy and a desire to keep on sleeping with the shallow guys on the club scene despite his need for Connor. Has he just screwed up the best thing that ever happened to him, or can he and Connor overcome their differences in age and outlook to create a love that will last as long as Logan’s unique tattoo?
Unfading is a trio of short novellas that follow the ups and downs of Logan and Connor’s love life. Together, they form a light, breezy read that tackles Logan’s need to mature and learn the difference between lust and love. Some readers may initially be put off by Logan’s stupid behaviour throughout the course of Books One and Two, but in many respects he’s just a typical guy in his early twenties (albeit much hotter than average) who needs to stop thinking with his dick and grow up. By the time the action reaches Book Three and Logan is starting to see the real consequences of his thoughtless actions, you’ll be rooting for him and Connor to work things out and find their happy ever after.
Devyn Morgan has a nice ear for dialogue and a knack for creating characters who need a hug as often as they need a good slap. There are several laugh-out-loud moments as the story progresses, especially when Logan is in the company of his outrageously outspoken friend Jerome, and, of course, lashings of sex, including a lovingly described encounter on Connor’s inking table. My one real quibble is that, like many self-published books, it could have done with a tighter edit to weed out a few mistakes. But if you like a side order of light-hearted, metrosexual bitchiness with your erotic romance, you’ll most likely have fun with Unfading.
If you’d like to know more about my long (very long…) association with erotic fiction and why I really enjoy writing about hot men getting it together with each other, and you want to read spicy extracts from three of my Totally Bound/Pride Publishing books, then click here.
I have a beautiful cover for One Night In Brussels, my novella in Tirgearr Publishing’s City Nights erotic romance series. The artist has done a great job of bringing to life the two central characters, Dominic and Saskia, and capturing the strange, fairytale character of the buildings in Brussel’s Grand-Place. Here it is:
Saskia van Gaal works as a translator for the European Commission, dreaming of a life filled with excitement and hot sex. When she bumps into suave, sexy Englishman, Dominic May, and offers to be his tour guide in the beautiful city of Brussels, she doesn’t realise she’s about to embark on the wildest night of her life.
A stolen necklace is only the beginning of the adventure, and when Dominic and Saskia are threatened by a knife-wielding robber, things threaten to spiral out of control.
Has Saskia misjudged Dominic? Should she trust him? And as their sex games grow hotter and ever more inventive, can she ever guess how this night will end?
The novella is released at the end of September, but it’s currently available for pre-order from retailers including Amazon UK, Amazon US and Smashwords. You can read an excerpt from the story at the Tirgearr site, and I’ll be sharing more snippets and the inspiration for the story nearer the official release date.