When a ruthless gem smuggler mistakes Sarah for her best friend Susan, she's kidnapped and stashed on an island. Her only hope of rescue is Susan's cousin Clint -- a soldier-of-fortune whose my-way-or-else attitude is as infuriating as his muscular body is distracting.
Clint, ex-Navy SEAL turned mercenary, desperately needs a vacation. Rescuing a kidnapped woman from an island paradise isn't what he had in mind. And when he encounters Sarah's sassy mouth and tempting ways, he soon realizes he's the one in trouble.
Help me welcome, Tory Richards today to talk about the hero of her book, The Mercenary Way. Clint is one tough guy, but oh so irresistible. I wondered what she thought draws us to that sort of hero. Here's what she had to say -
Why are tough to love guys like Clint so irresistible? Maybe because they're tough, hard alpha males that think they aren't lovable. They put on a persona of not needing anyone, of not having a heart. That nothing affects them. When deep down they want what most everyone else has. Only they don't know it yet:)
In comes the heroine. Women like Sarah who are determined to break them down. See what makes them tick. Make them admit they are human after all and that they do have emotions and desires just like the next guy. Tearing the walls down almost becomes a mission. For Sarah, pushing Clint's buttons turns into a contest of who will come out on top:)
Sarah and Clint mix like oil and water. The air surrounding them is tangible. Full of attitudes, and smoldering passions that keep them struggling with their inner needs to address them. And when they do, watch out! There's no turning back once they claim one another.
I think some women are drawn to the type of guy Clint is. The dark, moody, steely eyed hero with deep secrets. Secrets they have to explore. The type of man that does something dangerous for a living, and is afraid to let himself get close to someone. He's suffered maybe. Lost people he's loved and doesn't want to go through it again. That kind of man, when he falls, he falls hard and forever. And the heroine can book on his protection and faithfulness because he has strong scruples of doing what's right.
Here's to hunky heroes falling, and falling hard! *pats lap* Right here, please! Thanks, Tory for the insight into your hero and heroine.
Here's an Excerpt from THE MERCENARY WAY.
He settled behind her, positioning his legs on either side of her before pulling her back to rest against him. He knew immediately it wasn’t the smartest move he’d ever made. He had to ignore how good she felt nestled against the lower half of his body or he was going to go insane fast. Using his hands like paddles, he started steering the boat in the direction of the other side.
“Would you like me to help?” The alluring quality of her voice alerted his senses to a thousand possibilities. He steeled himself not to react, but it was damn hard to do with the boat rocking gently beneath them, causing her bottom to move against his fly.
Clenching his teeth, he tried to think of anything that would keep his thoughts off her and what she was making him feel.
Nothing came to mind but the tantalizing thought of sinking his cock inside her tight hole and screwing her until she couldn’t walk. Tomorrow wouldn’t come quick enough. It would be a miracle if they made it off the island before he tasted more than just that impudent mouth. It took every ounce of strength he had not to reach around and take hold of the mounds stretching his T-shirt out of shape, massaging them until he got her out of his system.
Shit! He quickly slammed on the brakes, but there was nothing he could do to cool the heat rising between his legs. Or the friction against his zipper.
“Just relax,” he advised. “We’re almost there.” He had half a mind to get out of the boat and swim the rest of the way, damn whatever might be lurking in the depths. He’d stand a better chance of keeping his common sense that way, and it sure as hell would cool him off.
For a change, Sarah did as she was told, but he was the one suffering the consequences. She relaxed fully against him until there was no way she couldn’t know he was as hard as steel against her ass.
Fabulous Excerpt, Tory!! Oh my! *fanning* I'd say Clint's a goner about now, even if he hasn't figured it out yet!
Now, here's a bit about Tory Richards -
I'm a fifty-something author who discovered my passion for writing and story telling at the ripe old age of thirteen. Before I received my first manual typewriter, with pencil in hand, I would jot my stories down on notebook paper. Later, after receiving that desired typewriter I spent hours in my bedroom, where my parents thought I was doing homework. Writing turned out to be a kind of therapy for me, something I didn't realize until years later.
I also hold down a full time day job. So basically I'm working all the time. Only writing is a hobby for me, something I do during the quiet of the evenings and on my weekends. My goals are simple and realistic. By the time I retire I'll be happy if I'm just making enough "mad money" from it to be able to travel a little, and spoil my grandchildren.
I'll travel any place a cruise ship will take me. I've been to: Greece, Italy, Croatia, Spain, and Alaska just to name a few places. I don't like to fly, even before I found myself on a plane on 9/11, but I will if I'm given enough legal drugs. I collect antiques and art, and I love chocolate, who doesn't? And I'm addicted to good coffee and sweet ice tea.
For a while life got in the way of my dreams. A few years ago I decided to get serious and haven't looked back!
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