A SOLDIER’S SEDUCTION
by Brandi Evans
When Gen learns her best guy friend is going back to Afghanistan, she arranges an erotic sendoff he’ll never forget.
GENEVIEVE FOSTER can no longer deny the truth. She’s fallen in love with her business partner and best friend, LIAM ENGLAND. She’s hesitant to tell him the truth, at least until she learns his National Guard unit is going back to the Middle East. Now, all bets are off. She heads to the mall for the perfect erotic outfit. And by outfit, she, of course, means lingerie. A dark blue baby-doll for an intimate evening in or a leather bustier for a night of sinful pleasures at The Erogenous Zone...
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“Are you ever going to un-blindfold me?”
“Maybe,” I teased, praying my nervousness didn’t leak through.
Taking Liam by the hands, I tugged him from the passenger’s seat of my Ford Escape. I’d given my handsome companion only one clue about tonight’s adventure — to wear something sexy — and damn if Liam hadn’t delivered.
A pair of black sheen slacks covered his legs, and the light blue button-down I’d given him on his last birthday had beautifully brought out the azure of his eyes. I'd hated to cover them with the blindfold, but it couldn’t be helped.
He’d shaved and cut his hair, his blond locks sporting an Army crew cut, making him look strong, virile, a vision of alpha-tastic yumminess. He’d no doubt fit right in inside The Erogenous Zone. Lord knew he was doing a number on my erogenous zones.
My heart had been doing the samba since I’d knocked on Liam’s door. I’d had to employ every self-restraint trick I’d known — as well as several I’d invented on the fly — just to keep from jumping him right then and there. I’d put a lot of planning into our erotic outing, and I didn’t want to derail everything because I couldn’t control myself.
Liam had talked about coming to The Erogenous Zone since the club had opened, but reservations were few and far between. He’d asked me to come with him. I’d been thrilled until I’d learned his request probably had more to do with the fact couples had less of a waiting list than single males. Still, I liked to believe Liam had wanted to go with me because he wanted me at his side.
“There’s a step here,” I said as we left the shadows of the parking lot behind and moved into the soft glow of the club’s outside lighting. Liam held tight to me as we stepped over the curb and onto the path leading to the entrance. The club loomed large and imposing in front of us, an enormous brick building with graffiti spray-painted on the sides. According to the website, the place had been an abandoned warehouse before the owner had repurposed it, and from where we stood, an abandoned warehouse was exactly what it still looked like.
As we reached the entrance, a man the size of a small mountain approached us. He wore all black, save for a tiny splash of color on the right pocket. Written in multi-hued lettering, the club’s logo stood out against the dark background. Two full sleeves of tattoos covered his arms. Metal studs pierced his eyebrows, his nose, his lips — all in multiple places.
“Do you have a reservation?” The bouncer’s voice reverberated, a deep, gravelly resonance I swore I could feel inside my bones.
I swallowed hard, hoping to displace the unease suddenly bottlenecking in my throat. “Yes. For Genevieve Foster. Plus one.”
Muscles glanced at his clipboard and then opened the door. “This way, Ms. Foster. If you’ll see Rachel at the front desk, she’ll get you checked in.”
I nodded. The reality of the moment bitch-slapped me. I was about to take my best guy friend into a sex club so I could seduce him. Our entire relationship hinged on what would happen in the next few moments. I could finally have the man I loved in my arms, or I could lose a dear friend forever.
Things hadn’t seemed this real in the planning phase.
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Let's Learn a little about author Brandi Evans:
What is your writing environment?
Silence. My ADHD requires it. At the very least, there can’t be any words being spoken. I can listen to classical music or music in a foreign language, but words distract me. Like seriously. ;-)
Oh, and there are lots and lots of Starbucks cups scattered around me. My Muse thrives on cinnamon dulche lattes, often with extra shots of espresso. All I know is if I don’t strike it rich sometime soon, my Muse may bankrupt me, LOL.
Who is your perfect hero and why?
A man who is as physically strong as he is passionate. A man who can bench press a small mountain and then use those same arms to pull his lover close and hold him/her against his chest as he carries him/her off to bed. *shivers* Oh, yeah that’s my perfect hero.
What authors have caught your interest lately and why?
I was at the ER with Kidlet1 a couple of nights ago after her fever spiked to 104. As I’m sitting in the waiting room, trying desperately not to lie down beside Kidlet1 and go to sleep too, I pulled up Seven by Adrienne Wilder, and I couldn’t put it down.
I’d never heard of the author before then. Her book was an Amazon suggested title. It contained so many of my favorite elements. Science fiction, a m/m love story, lots of wonderful secondary characters, a master manipulator, and a villain you hoped died slowly.
The author had me at “…he’d gotten f*cked—online.”
What type of book have you always wanted to write?
Science fiction. I am a HUGE science fiction fan. I grew up on reruns of Star Trek TOS, and my love of the Sci-Fi genre has only grown as I’ve gotten older. I’m a little obsessed with Doctor Who now. And by little, I mean the complete opposite, LOL, but delving into the genre as an author scares me a little.
While I think I’d be good with a fiction half of the equation, it’s the whole science part that gives me pause. I’m not the most technical thinker, and I’m terrified of doing something idiot like creating a species that’s such a genetic dead-end they never should have been able to survive.
Top 3 things on your bucket list?
1. Take an extended trip to Europe so I can visit England, Scotland, Ireland, that entire area.
2. Kick city life to the curb and build a tiny house out in the middle of nowhere so I can live in peace.
3. See my name on a best seller list.
How did you get the idea for this particular novel?
A writer friend of mine turned me on to this new publisher, Silk Words. They publish CYOA stories. (That’s “Choose Your Own Adventure” for those who are wondering.) I thought the idea was sooo much fun. Stories with multiple choices and endings the reader gets to choose as they move throughout the story, yes please!
Anyhoo, my friend and I started brainstorming, so I had all these ideas floating around in my head when I went to bed that night. I’m sure you can guess where this is going, and yes, I had a dream about a woman and a man going to a sex club (yeah, I have those kind of dreams—don’t you?) and poof!
A story was born.
What is your favorite scene in your new release?
Hmmm, that’s hard, especially with four possible endings! But if I have to choose, I’d pick the end of the “bedroom” scene, where the hero *spoilers* (and if you read that in River Song’s voice, I love you!) confesses his love, and the heroine just can’t quite believe it. She stares up at him in disbelief…
Love it. :)
What are you working on now and when can we expect it to be available?
My next story is called In the Middle of Nowhere and is set to release from Loose Id in October. It’s a reunion love story featuring Army Lieutenant Dean Henderson and sexy nurse Tyler Henderson. The two men reunite five years after their breakup, although breakup is probably too strong of a word, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell “forced” them apart.
The story killed me emotionally. Tyler’s backstory is so painful I hated myself for making him live through it. There’s a nightmare scene where he relives a bit of the abuse his homophobic father inflicted on him, and every time I read it, it makes me shiver.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Reading, spending time with my kinds, and finding new excuse for not cleaning. :-)
What would you consider a perfect date?
Honestly, staying in and watching TV. Sitting in silence on the couch holding hands. Or maybe going to a remote cabin and watching the sunset. Pretty much anything that doesn’t require going out in public—or more precisely being around a lot of people, LOL.
What is one interesting fact about you that readers don’t know?
I’m painfully shy and socially awkward. Very much so. Ya know, in case you didn’t guess from my previous answer. Being online, however, is much easier for me. I guess it’s that buffer of anonymity that allows me to be myself, and it keeps that nagging voice in the back of my head in check so I can relax.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Brandi Evans was raised by a caravan of traveling Gypsies. She spent her days learning the ways of her people and her nights lost in legends as old as time. Okay, not really, but that's way more interesting than the truth!
In reality, Brandi grew up the oldest child of an ordinary family. Grade school, middle school, high school. Nothing extraordinary happened until she left the nest. She joined the military, went to college, got married, and became a mom. And somewhere along the way, she discovered she liked to read—and write!—stories hot enough to melt eReaders.
These days, she calls The Natural State home where she lives with her hubby, two beautiful daughters, two dogs and a cat who has yet to realize she doesn’t own the place. Soldier. Wife. Mom. Multi-published smut writer. Brandi's life might not be "traveling Gypsy" interesting, but she's had fun. And in the end, isn't that all that really matters?
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