Victoria’s always been in control of her life. Always made the right decisions. She’s always stayed on the straight and narrow.
She shouldn’t have even risked being seen in a seedy male strip club, but as the night spins out of control, the temptation of a fling with a sinfully hot male stripper is too much to resist.
She should stay away. That’s what the old Victoria would have done. But the way he looks at her – the way he touches her – she can’t say no. Something about letting this forbidden man claim her innocent body feels so right.
She could ruin her career, ruin her family’s reputation – but she can’t help herself. She’s hooked. She wants to be ruined.
Bradley knows that Victoria’s out of his league. She’s a corporate tax attorney, and the daughter of a prominent man. There’s no way she’s going to go for a guy like him, a guy who does filthy things on stage in a smoky nightclub after dark.
But he doesn’t care. She’s going to be his. She just doesn’t know it yet.
This is a 60,000+ word standalone novel, with no cheating, no cliffhangers, and an HEA.
Bradley interrupted her train of thought. “What do you say to going out for dinner? Just you and me – no crowd like this to drown us out.” His eyes told her he had more than dinner in mind. “One-time offer. You won’t forget it, and you most certainly will not regret it, I promise,” he whispered in her ear.
Before he pulled away, he nipped lightly at her neck with his firm lips. A tingling sensation travelled down her body from her neck to her core, and her body responded to his provocation with lust. His scent mesmerised her. It was a mix of woodsy, spicy, salty maleness. Just the kind of scent she loved enveloping her between the sheets.
She was so tempted to say yes, to scream yes! But her cynical side wondered what quality of man she was likely to meet at a pickup joint like a club. Besides, she was still not over how arrogant he had acted earlier. That body, though – it was to die for. She could just imagine the ways in which he could manhandle her – all parts of her.
“I don’t know, I’m really busy with work these days.” She didn’t know why she said that. Usually, she had no problem just giving an outright “no” – with no beating around the bush. “It’d be hard to make the time.”
He didn’t say a thing, but asked one of the bartenders for a pen and napkin and scribbled something down.
“Here. Call me if you change your mind.” He got up, but before he left her side he placed a hand on the small of her back, leaned in, and said, “I’ll give you the hottest night of your life. I can tell you’re a wild woman and if I’m wrong, well, I can make you one.” He gave her another smile, showing off his straight white teeth, set the napkin down on the counter in front of her, and disappeared into the crowd.
She spun her head around to follow him with her eyes, but he was gone.
Wow. A warmth spread across her cheeks. She wasn’t used to such assertiveness, and he had put it all out there, with a cockiness and self-assured confidence that were hallmarks of his type. The type that knew what he wanted and did everything in his power to get it.
She picked up the note and turned it right side up. It was a phone number. She considered throwing it across the bar, but the heat swelling in her when she thought of him told her she needed to keep it. And use it. She folded it up neatly and tucked it in her wallet.
Who are your favorite authors?
If we’re talking romance, I really admire Willow Winters, Vivian Ward, and Skye Warren. Alessandra Torre is up on that list too. There are just so many awesome authors and books out there, it’s really difficult to pick just one or two.
What have you been reading lately?
I have to admit I haven’t done as much reading lately as I’d like, because of my release, but I have a list of books I have to get to: If You Were Mine by Jenika Snow, Devastatingly Desirable by Ember Flint, and My Torin by K. Webster.
What are some books by other authors you can’t wait to come out?
I’m really looking forward to “She Asked for It” by Willow Winters.
Did you do any special research for this book?
Bradley is a male stripper, so you can imagine… Just kidding, of course (or am I?). I’ll leave that to your imagination. I did have to look up some details about medical school and the process of applying for and getting a residency position, but other than that, not much.
(Ashley’s note: I want to write about a male stripper, just so I can do the research!)
Any chance of a sequel?
Who knows… the story is itself is complete and a standalone, so probably not. The next book in the series takes place in the same world, so it will have a similar flavor, but with a whole new set of characters.
What are you writing right now?
I’m writing the second book in the Forbidden Sips series, titled “Shaken”. It’s very hot, very sexy, and I love writing it. There’s a short version available, but I decided to make it into a full-length novel, and I’m really excited about it. It’s about a sinfully hot bartender, Andrey, who knows how to use his hands (to make drinks of course, among other things), and who decides that he must have Lily, no matter what. They start out as strictly FWB, but things change. There are some twists and turns along the ride, and I can’t wait to finish it and let my readers see it for themselves!
Anything else you want to show us?
This is my cat. He’s pretty awesome. When we go out to the park or for a walk, he follows us like a dog would. People just stare and are amazed at him.
Do you outline before writing or are you a pantser?
I started out pantsing, but I find that it takes too long that way, and time is something that comes in short supply for me. Now, I like to plan ahead. I have an overall idea of how I’d like the story to go, and always outline a few chapters ahead. I might add elements along the way, but I find this is what works for me and helps to get the words down on paper.
What is your favorite quote or line from your book?
My favorite quote comes from Victoria. In reality, it comes from a friend who used it when discussing a guy.
“He had the kind of body that needed to be taken home and used, repeatedly.”
My next book has a line from her too. She’s hilarious!!
What else you would you like to tell us?
Just that it’s really great to be writing stories that people hopefully enjoy. I love my readers and can’t wait to write more! There are always 3-4 stories percolating in my head, but there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to write as much as I want to.
I also really hope readers like Bradley and Victoria’s story. I think it has some complexity and explores some wider issues in society – mostly around stereotypes we have about people based on their line of work – and maybe readers will find that interesting. Of course, the love story in the novel is the main focus, and it’s a spicy one at that.