I’m proud to participate in this FREE cookbook from ARE, All Romance Ebooks.
My recipe for Ridiculously Easy Bouillabaise is featured. I picked that recipe because the hero in one of my latest books, SPY GAME, prepares it for the heroine. Many if my books feature a man fixing food for a women–I think it shows that my heroes aren’t afraid to show their softer side. I also feel that food preparation can be a very loving act.
Here’s a little about the book:
Fledgling agent Ani Sharif has finally been assigned to her first undercover mission—to seduce software tycoon Richard Rexford, known as the fearsome T-Rex of Silicon Valley. He’s suspected of selling software secrets to the Chinese. Ani must succeed at her first assignment, but will handsome, clever Richard uncover her secrets and seize her heart?
And here’s an excerpt that sorta features the bouillabaise:
Ani swallowed, her mouth parched. She was definitely in over her head. Thinking that she could play games with Richard Rexford was crazy. She needed to get to his laptop computer and get out. She wasn’t sure how to do it, but hoped to figure that out before the end of the night. She had to minimize contact with Rexford. Another date would be insane.
She cleared her throat, which felt thick and dry. “I don’t want to like you too much.”
“You’re right.” He put the empty soup bowls onto a counter and crossed the galley to stand in front of her, mere inches away. “So why don’t we stop this right now?”
His heat radiated, igniting every cell in her body. The raw sexual tension between them, thicker than the stew she’d eaten, unnerved her. That dangerous flutter started again, but this time it made her tingle from head to toes.
She couldn’t speak. She couldn’t move. She couldn’t look away from his unfathomable blue eyes.
Taking her chin in his hand, he brushed her lips with his. He didn’t break eye contact, and neither did she. The intimacy created was unbearable, as though he’d reached inside her and caressed her soul with the gentlest of touches.
The brief kiss wasn’t nearly enough, but sharpened her appetite for him. She wanted more and took it, grabbing his shirt front and dragging bring him closer so she could flick her tongue over his lips, deliberately enticing him.
He pulled her into his arms, drawing her to his male heat. He dipped his head again to kiss her and this time, he didn’t hold back. He slid his tongue between her lips, making love to her mouth with an insistent rhythm. Desire pounded at her in waves, intense and powerful as a high tide. Her body throbbed with passionate hunger.
“It’s going to be very good between us, you know that?” he whispered into her ear.
“Mmmm, yeah.” Too good, maybe. She’d never experienced anything like Richard’s kiss. Hot and deep and all-encompassing, like a desert whirlwind, he threatened to sweep her away.
But she couldn’t let herself be swept away. She couldn’t take what he offered, no matter how much she wanted it. Linda might be able to have sex with a target without hesitation or regrets, but Ani didn’t think she was built the same way as was her sister.
Allowing caution to assert itself, Ani sighed and pulled away from him.
As if reading her mind, Richard said, “Look, I’m in no rush. I just had to know how you’d feel and, umm, taste.” He looked at the floor. A lock of blond hair fell across his forehead.
Ani wanted to stroke it, play with it … and with the rest of him. Every inch. Instead, she somehow managed to lift her brows. “Like really good fish soup, I bet.”
“Yeah, really good.”
“Even if you do say so yourself.”
They both laughed.
“But now that the first kiss is over, we can relax and enjoy the night, okay?” Richard picked up the desserts and carried them outside.
Enjoy the night. Ri-ight.
Who I am:
Best-selling, award-winning novelist Sue Swift, a.k.a. Suz deMello, has written fifteen books plus several
short stories and non-fiction articles. She writes in numerous genres including romance, mystery, paranormal, historical, contemporary comedy and erotica. She’s a freelance editor who’s worked for Total-E-Bound, Ai Press, Liquid Silver Books and Etopia Press. She also takes on private clients.
Her books have been favorably reviewed in PW, Kirkus and Booklist, attained the finals of the RITA and hit several bestseller lists.
A former trial attorney, she resides in northern California. Her passion is world travel, and she’s left the US over a dozen times, including stints working overseas for many months. Right now, she’s working on her next manuscript and planning her next trip.
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