How did you meet your man?
Did friends set you up for a blind date? Did you use a dating service, or did you meet in school/college? Was it love at first sight, or did your relationship grow slowly? Was it hate at first sight?
I met my husband in a rather…unique (weird) way. I’d gone to a local bar to catch up with my friend Bob, but Bob wasn’t feeling well. After just a few minutes he gave me his regrets then took himself, and his nasty cold, home, leaving me with over a dozen of his male coworkers (engineers and related smart-asses) for company. I was the only woman there.
A couple of hours later, four different guys had hit on me and I wondered how the heck I was going to get out of the situation without having all four of them follow me home. Thankfully, I managed to say goodnight and return to my apartment unscathed and unaccompanied. The next day one of them, Roy (name changed to protect the not-so-innocent), called to apologize for stuff he sort of remembered saying, and guess what? He lived in the same building as I did. Impressed with his manners, I invited him and his roommate to my place for a pizza and movies party I was having that night with my brother and friends. Roy walked in with his roommate, George, and just like that I was done. George hit all my buttons. Great smile, blue eyes, intelligent, and funny—so funny! By the end of the evening I was completely smitten and determined to see if all that chemistry I was feeling was short term or long term. That was in 1990. We married a year later. We have two grown daughters now and we’re still laughing together every day.
In Smoke & Mirrors, my new release, Smoke (a Special Ops solider who’s just left the Army) meets Kini (a public Health Nurse working for the CDC) in the sexiest of ways.
Fuck, it was hot.
Smoke rose out of sleep at the pace of a snail.
Who the fuck was touching him?
His body knew when something hinky was happening, and it roused him the second some asshole thought he could put shaving cream on his face or snuggle up and take incriminating photos. He sure as hell should have woken up the second anyone put their hand on Smoke’s chest.
A second away from dumping the soon-to-be-interrogated dude on the floor, his brain registered two things. One, the size of that hand. Small, dainty even. Two, the lavender with a bite of citrus scent.
It made him horny.
He glanced down. There was a woman in bed with him.
Christmas? Months away. Birthday? Months away. Hallucination? Months too soon.
He scrutinized the woman. The blanket had slipped off her as far as the top of her butt, leaving her back bare.
Christ, she was laying partway over his chest with nothing covering her but skin and him.
His body tightened, hardened, and wasn’t that a kick in the nads, because this was a no-go situation front to back.
He couldn’t just shove her off of him. Despite the fact that he’d gone to sleep alone, this little gal was no threat to him. He’d have to slide out from under her carefully, so he didn’t wake her, and sneak out of the room.
Waking her would be…awkward. She’d scream, and he’d be hard pressed to explain what the fuck he was doing in the same bed with her. The screaming he could have put up with, it was the explaining he wanted to avoid at all costs.
How did you meet your man, or how would you like to meet him? Share in the comments!
Someone scratched a death threat in the paint of CDC nurse Kini Kerek’s rental car. She’s in Utah researching Hantavirus, but damaging rumors about the CDC have left residents suspicious and uncooperative. Thank goodness for hot, sexy, former soldier Smoke, a man of few words, who’s assigned to protect and help her navigate the isolated desert town as she races to identify a deadly virus before more people die.
Memories from the combat zone leave ex-Special Forces soldier Lyle Smoke in a constant state of battle readiness, and he finds no solace, even after returning home to Small Blind. When he meets Kini Kerek, he discovers his heart isn’t entirely dead. But, that might not last long, because this outbreak is no mistake, and he’ll need to use all his survival skills gleaned from the military and his Native American upbringing to keep him and the beautiful, but secretive, Kini alive.
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Julie Rowe’s first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the North West Territories and northern Alberta, where she still resides. She loves to include medical details in her romance novels, but admits she’ll never be able to write about all her medical experiences because, “Fiction has to be believable”. Julie writes romantic suspense and romantic thrillers. Her most recent titles include VIABLE THREAT Book #1 and SMOKE & MIRRORS book #2 of the Outbreak Taskforce series. You can find her at www.julieroweauthor.com , on Twitter @julieroweauthor or at her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/JulieRoweAuthor