Amanda Usen knows two things for certain: chocolate cheesecake is good for breakfast, and a hot chef can steal your heart. Her husband stole hers the first day of class at the Culinary Institute of America. They live in Western New York with their three children, one gerbil, four fish, a tortoise, and a beagle. Amanda spends her days teaching pastry arts classes and her nights writing sexy contemporary romance. If she isn’t baking or writing, she can usually be found reading a book and trying to get out of cooking dinner.
Aries (March 21-April 19): Your passionate nature will work in your favor today. Get down, get dirty, and don't give up. Keeping the focus on your partner will guarantee success.
Welcome to the IMPULSE CONTROL release blitz! I'm thrilled to introduce Book One of the Men Of The Zodiac Series for Entangled Indulgence. Russ Donovan is an Aries, and he embodies all the best—and worst—traits of the sign. He's a survivalist, a former Green Beret, twice-voted the toughest man alive, and he's dynamite in bed. No, really. When I handed IMPULSE CONTROL in to my editor, I told her she'd fall in love with Russ on page ninety-six. I don't know where that particular part ended up page-number-wise once the book was formatted, but here's a snippet that shows Russ is a hot lover:
She crab-crawled away from his mouth. A baby wipe could only do so much, and she’d been hiking for two days. Ethan had hated going down on her. “Uh, I don’t think…can’t we just…um…”
He stopped her progress with a heavy hand on each thigh. “I won’t do anything you don’t want me to do, but don’t stop me because you think I’m going to do something I don’t want to do.” His breath whispered against her bare skin, making her ache. What would his tongue feel like? She felt herself getting wet, almost able to forget about her self-consciousness, but not quite.
He moved an inch closer. “I never do anything I don’t want to do.”
She braced her hands on his shoulders. “What about this show? You didn’t want to film with me.”
“I didn’t want to film with you before I met you.”
He climbed back up beside her, curling the long length of his body around hers. Disappointment squeezed the air out of her lungs, and she closed her eyes, cursing the stupid baggage that had just lost her what would likely have been a transformative experience. Why did she care what he thought of her?
“It didn’t take long to change my mind. I began picturing you in nothing but those pink heels, and filming was the least of what I wanted to do with you.” He gathered her to his chest, pressing the evidence of his desire firmly against her hip. “Let’s make a deal. I’ll make you come with my fingers, and then I get to do it again any other way I want, provided it can’t get you pregnant, communicate the diseases I swear I don’t have, or get us arrested in any U.S. state. Does that sound fair?” He nuzzled her temple. “I’m sorry I rushed you.”
She opened her mouth to say he hadn’t, but it would have been a lie. Instead, she told the truth. “I want to do this, but I’m scared.”
“Scared of what?”
“That it will take forever, and you’ll get impatient and angry, and I’ll feel like an idiot.”
His mouth settled over hers, softly seducing. His tongue stroked hers, and she felt it between her legs. She swallowed a moan. His hand caressed her arm and waist, coasting over her curves, before sliding between her thighs. “I don’t care if it takes all night. If it takes longer than that, we’ll stay in the tent tomorrow. Trust me, I’ve got you.” He spoke in between kisses. “Give me a chance.”
Susannah has issues. She's just come out of a horrid marriage that made her feel unattractive on every level, and the way Russ seduces her past her inhibitions melts me every time. He makes her feel safe, beautiful, and desired, and then he goes straight-up sexy beast on her. Gah! Frankly, despite fifteen years of a blissful marriage, I'd kill for one night in a tent with Russ Donovan. Oh, yes, those Aries are ardent, passionate lovers. Enthusiastic. Creative. Energetic.
Relentless... I guess it's logical to expect a hot hookup from a fire sign, but nothing stops Russ Donovan. Not a little bit of a post-baby belly. Not stretch marks. Or low self-esteem. Because sexy isn't just parts coming together. Sexy is hearts coming together. Desire mixed with trust. At least for these two, alone in a tent on a snow-covered mountain.
Does she give him a chance? Darn right she does! However, Russ has baggage, too, and if they want to create anything more substantial than great memories, Susannah is going to have to plan her next move carefully...
Impulse Control (Men of the Zodiac #1) by Amanda Usen
Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: 19 January 2015 by Entangled Indulgence
Susannah is tougher than she looks. She's had to fight her way through life, and there's no way she'll let a bossy mountain man show her up. When she gets him on her turf, he’s in serious trouble. But now she's run into a bit of problem. Because no one—least of all Russ and Susannah—expects sparks to fly both on camera and off. And now everyone will see their risqué rivalry break all of the rules...