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Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Does anyone remember the old Harlequin stories where the hero was at least ten to twenty years older than the heroine? My, how times have changed. I don't remember precisely when older heroines emerged as a viable concept in the book industry but I'm pretty sure the erotic romance genre had something to do with it.

Happily, the younger heroes are more than just a pretty face. Although in the erotic world they are always handsome and have great bodies, they tend to see the older heroine, as perfect. Who wouldn't adore a lover like that! 

Erotic romance has been known to push a few boundaries and the older woman/younger man concept appealed to me when I began to write in the genre, in fact it was the basis for my very first erotic romance, NO HOLDS BARRED, first published by Ellora's Cave. The rights have been returned and while it is slightly revised and has a sparkly new cover, the essence of the story remains the same, a fun sexy romance.

No Holds Barred
By Paris Brandon
Copyright 2016


What’s a woman to do when the younger man she can’t forget tracks her down after a night of passion meant only to celebrate her birthday? 

Forty-year old Raphella Dotti succumbs to a year of Sunday morning brunches with her ear to the phone with sexy thirty-year old artist Jake Truhorn, who tempts her into spending her next birthday celebrating with a week of no-holds-barred-anything-goes-sex. Who says fantasies can’t come true?

Excerpt: PG13

She’d caught a glimpse of the reclusive young artist’s back earlier. His signature dark blond braid trailing between his very broad shoulder blades had fascinated her and then he’d turned around. Tall, muscular and Nordic didn’t hurt.
He walked past beautiful women in designer dresses who touched him in passing, a group of Fortune 500 donors who’d flocked to the trendy Chicago gallery Snap! to support the local Inner City Youth Center by bidding on donated artwork including New York artist Truhorn’s latest mural entitled The Forgotten. He passed a harried tray-laden waiter, deftly snagging a flute of champagne while he still pinned her with is blue-gray gaze.
Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, she hummed quietly.
“You look…as if you can’t decide what to do next,” he said, insinuating the chilled stemware into her hand.
The timbre of his voice vibrated through her and she smiled. “And you look interesting.” And young.
An hour later she found out just how interesting and young he was while they were enjoying a glass of wine and oysters on the half-shell in one of Chicago’s lesser known treasures, The Wine Cellar. Jake was thirty, impressed by her passion for her job as style editor for the local city magazine Whimsy and everything from his infectious smile to his velvety voice lulled her into her favorite bit of foreplay—the chase. He was still looking into her eyes and smiling when he suggested a little exercise.
The line charmed her until they actually walked the six blocks to his hotel, his arm around her at her first shiver. The September breeze had nothing to do with her body temperature. A delicious ripple of anticipation and the Viking marauder with the hungry glint in his very determined gaze was what made her pull her black silk shawl tighter.
She thought he’d kiss her in the elevator but his hand barely brushed her fingertips and the little zing was like an electrical shock sizzling through her. When the doors opened he took her hand and drew her down the hall into his room, backing her against the door as he closed it.
Delicious heat radiated from somewhere behind his very starched, white shirt and the thought that she’d never be cold again slipped through her mind before she could stop it and then his hot insistent mouth was on hers and she stopped thinking.

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Paris Brandon
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Cara Marsi said...

Paris, I love that cover and the excerpt. The story sounds great! I remember those old Harlequins when the man was so much older than the woman. I'm glad we don't have many of those any more. Why not a younger man/older woman? It's about time.

Paris said...

My thoughts exactly, Cara! Thanks for your lovely comments about the cover and excerpt:)

Tina Donahue said...

OMG, this book sounds awesome, Paris - major congrats on its release. I agree with Cara about having more of these stories. Thankfully, romance has really loosened up with the important thing being love and commitment (plus wild monkey sex) rather than who's what age, if the woman's chaste before marriage, etc. etc. Thank God, we're no longer doing vanilla stuff. :)

Melissa Keir said...

What a fabulous excerpt! I love that women are more confident with who they love and age doesn't matter.

Michele Zurlo said...

Great cover, Paris! Congrats on putting this one out there again. I love the cougar stories. Older women and younger men are more sexually compatible!

Paris said...

Thanks, Tina! I'm sooooo thankful that romance has loosened up and what matters is love and of course, wild monkey sex, lol!

Paris said...

Thanks, Melissa! I think confidence might be one of the sexier aspects that gets focused on these days. Confidence is sexy!

Paris said...

Thanks, Michele! I adore this cover and I have to agree that older women and younger men are more sexually compatible:)

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