Some stories are just too heartwarming to forget...some characters so memorable they eventually spawn a new series! The five Lawyers in Love books and novellas, first published by Ellora's Cave in 2003, could never quite leave my mind. I'm not sure why, other than that each couple touched my heart and fired my libido in their own unique ways...
In IN HIS OWN DEFENSE, Tony and Krissie looked at life from very different perspectives, so much so that not even the hot chemistry that hit them the moment they met seemed enough to bridge the gap between brash criminal defense lawyer and crusading prosecutor. I loved the way Tony had to make the most convincing arguments of his life to persuade Krissie that truths aren't always painted black and white--that sometimes they come in shades of gray.
This contemporary erotic romance lives on in BITTERSWEET HOMECOMING, where we glimpse the two lovers, now together, as friends and colleagues of Andi, Krissie's former boss and a single mom whose baby daddy has returned and is working with Tony. A child and lust that never died brings Gray and Andi together again, but for them to find love Andi must persuade Gray it's his heart and mind that makes her want him--not the perfect body he left in the
South American prison where he spent seven years. (BITTERSWEET HOMECOMING won the MORE THAN MAGIC award for best erotic romance of 2003.)
MASTERED, my first effort at BDSM contemporaries, brings senior prosecutor Sandra Giancone together with her pal Rocky Delgado. Sandy, a closet sub whose colleagues call her "ice princess", finds her Dominant soulmate when she invites Rocky home for the night... First published in the ENCHAINED print anthology with BDSM tales by the incomparable Jaid Black and Joey W. Hill, MASTERED is now available as a single-title novella from Ellora's Cave and at Amazon and other online booksellers.
Next in the series is GETTIN' IT ON, a rare (for me) departure into humorous contemporary erotic romances. Craig, a young lawyer determined to make it to the top, fast, and allow no distractions, suddenly finds himself with a case that requires more knowledge about lust than he can find in books--and he decides his hot personal trainer, Casey, is just the woman to take care of remediating his lack of experience. Unfortunately Casey only LOOKS hot. She's been everybody's best pal, nobody's lover--but she's determined to change that fast, and Craig turns her on like nobody ever has before.
The final story, EYE OF THE STORM, brings bitter exes together for a mutual friend's wedding, and leaves them marooned together on an island during a hurricane. Is the lust that never died between sexy prosecutor, Marcy Kramer, and her doctor ex, Sam, strong enough to get them by the hate that tore them apart--and bring them back together?
EYE OF THE STORM didn't exist at the time the pictured wallpaper was made, and all the other books have had new covers designed since they first came out. Still, I thought the original wallpaper would bring back memories of when ebooks were only a small dot on the publishing landscape!
In 2012 I'm revisiting all these characters who never strayed far from my mind, in a new spinoff series, COURTHOUSE CONNECTION, where Tony and his colleagues will be front and center, defending a new batch of lusty clients whose stories will hopefully captivate you as much as LAWYERS IN LOVE. Watch for FRAMED, coming in early 2012 from Ellora's Cave!
Oh, yeah, it's that time of year! Happy Holidays, and as a special treat from me and Ellora's Cave, IN HIS OWN DEFENSE will be free between December 12 and December 26, 2011. Enjoy!