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Friday, April 6, 2012

One's Good - Two's That Much Better

As a writer of erotic romances, I’ve always been up for pretty much anything in terms of a plot. As long as the twists and turns make sense and there’s emotional build between the characters, coupled with some very hot sex, I’m a happy camper.

However, for the longest time, I simply couldn’t wrap my head around a ménage…the two men, one female kind of thing. I could picture it, and many times I have during my own fantasies. The thought of having two Alpha hunks drooling over me and no other lady has made many a cold night very warm. And yet, I wasn’t able to bring that kind of daydream alive in my writing.

I kept thinking – won’t the guys be jealous when the lady’s attention strays from one to the other? Won’t they be mentally comparing notes as to which of them is the better lover? Doesn’t a man who’s truly in love want the babe all for himself?

Those questions kept stopping me from exploring the subgenre, until I began to write SiNN, my first contemporary ménage released in October of last year by Ellora’s Cave.

It wasn’t that I planned for SiNN to be a ménage. Far from it. I had the hero and lady firmly in mind, along with the hero’s partner at the US Marshal’s Service. As I began to plot the story, the partner kept nudging his way into the sex scenes. He kept wanting the lady too. I thought my hero would go ballistic, but he didn’t. He and his partner were tight, best friends, they’d die for each other. And with that, I saw the light. Two guys could share a woman’s love, if their friendship made them as close as brothers.

After that, the story just flowed and I couldn’t wait to start another ménage. The interplay between three characters is so complex and deliciously sexy, I couldn’t believe it had taken me so long to get on board.
For my second ménage, I’ve written Sinfully Wicked, available now from Ellora’s Cave. In this story, the heroes are brothers, fraternal twins to be exact. Their bond is unshakeable, but it is tested by a woman from their past, one who betrayed them, which sets up the conflict.

Here’s a brief excerpt to show you what I mean:

Connor pretended to fool with the camera but his attention remained on Nikki. Whatever Mitch had said had her moving toward the mansion at a sleepwalker’s pace, her ass and breasts bouncing within the confines of her clothing. She paused frequently to glance back at them, her lips parted, cheeks rosy, hair fiery in the day’s gloom.

Within minutes, she’d be naked, chained in the gazebo, her mouth and body belonging to Mitch. Connor would direct them making love while he battled his own lust, his weakness to pull her close, smell her hair, hear her say how much she’d missed him.

Goddamn her. Goddamn Mitch. His brother knew better than to have insisted on doing this film with her. As teens, they hadn’t only talked about living with Nikki when they all grew up, taking turns making love with her. They’d discussed the possibility of a threesome. Heady shit for teenage boys.

Even after she was out of their lives, the fantasy had lingered with Connor. More times than not, he imagined the women in his films to be her, while the men were him and Mitch, not just his brother alone.

“Want me to get that?” Alex, his cameraman, reached for the equipment.

Connor handed it over, not caring that he’d screwed up the settings.

Mitch stripped to his skin, then put on one of the period shirts and breeches a crewmember handed over. When he noticed Connor watching, he warned, “Laugh and you’re dead.”

Considering his brother and Nikki were about to fuck up a storm, leaving him pissed and wanting, Connor figured it would be months before he’d be able to crack a smile.

Moving closer so he couldn’t be overheard, Mitch asked, “You going to be all right?”

Connor screwed up his mouth. “Better than you after all of this is over, and believe me, it will be.”

“Don’t be so sure. Look at Nikki. Talk to her. Give her a fucking chance.”

“No way.” He shoved his hands into his back pockets. “I can’t forget what she did.”

“No one’s asking you to, but you might try to understand and consider forgiving her. It’s my guess she wants that more than anything else, including the money you’re so fucking worried about. If we let her know we’re on her side, she might forget this crap that neither of us wants her to do.”

“I’m not holding my breath. “ He moved past, directing the crew to get the props ready.

Both brothers want her, but Connor needs to be coaxed, to forgive. The journey there is what makes it all so worthwhile. 

To give you a taste of the story, here’s the blurb:

Two brothers—one woman—unforgettable passion…

Years before Nikki fell in love with Mitch and Connor, only to ultimately betray them both. Now, she’s back and in need of their help.

Powerful and commanding, Mitch has never stopped craving Nikki. Connor hungers for her as badly, but isn’t ready to forgive. If she needs some fast cash by working at their gentlemen’s club, she’ll have to audition - by stripping for them.

Aroused by their shameless scrutiny, Nikki’s willing to do whatever it takes to be near them again…even being punished in the BDSM room or starring in one of Connor’s erotic films. Mitch won’t have it, however, unless he and Connor are the ones enjoying her body.

On a sultry weekend Nikki surrenders to their lust, reawakening a timeless bond and the beginning of forgiveness.







Paris said...

Sinfully Wicked sounds like an exciting read!

Tina Donahue said...

Thanks, Paris - it was a blast to write!! :)

Adele Dubois said...

Tina--Creating believable characters is our hardest task. Sounds like you've done that with your SiNN series! Best of luck!


Tina Donahue said...

Thanks, Adele - I surely hope so!! :)

jean hart stewart said...

Great post and wonderful cover...Love that guy in the pool.

Tina Donahue said...

Thanks, Jean - me too! :)

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