I am thrilled to be participating in this spotlight tour for SINFUL REWARDS 8 by Cynthia Sax. I chose a guest post on scorching confrontations because I love, love, love reading about them. They are totally hot in fiction if not always the case in reality.
And I selected the PG-rated excerpt because it was one of those scenes that I love reading. The kind that makes your heart ache just a little.
The next novella in the series, SINFUL REWARDS 9, will be releasing on March 17th. So there’s still plenty of time to check out SINFUL REWARDS 8 before the next novella’s release.
About SINFUL REWARDS 8
Title & Series: SINFUL REWARDS 8: A Billionaires and Bikers Novella
Author: Cynthia Sax
Release date: February 17, 2015
Publisher: Avon Red Impulse
Bee Carter is no longer torn between her handsome billionaire and her tattooed bad-boy biker. After enjoying mind-melting, world-tilting sex and experiencing the pleasure of waking in her man’s arms, she has finally made her choice.
Or has she?
A violent early morning confrontation pits biker against billionaire and results in a shocking proposal: the discarded man is willing to overlook Bee’s wild night with his rival in order to win her love. He will sacrifice his pride, his heart, and everything he holds dear to have her.
Bee is unmoved by the offer … until the man she’s chosen encourages her to accept.
Now Bee is yet again faced with an impossible decision: Does she pursue the man she craves, who has rejected her love, or does she settle for the man who will do anything for her?
About Cynthia Sax
CYNTHIA SAX lives in a world filled with magic and romance. Although her heroes may not always say “I love you,” they will do anything for the women they adore. They live passionately. They play hard. They love the same women forever.
Cynthia has loved the same wonderful man forever. Her supportive hubby offers himself up to the joys and pains of research, while they travel the world together, meeting fascinating people and finding inspiration in exotic places such as Istanbul, Bali, and Chicago.
The Guest Post
by Cynthia Sax
Sinful Rewards 8 is a sizzling hot installment filled with delicious confrontations. The two men interested in Bee – Nicolas, the billionaire with a dark secret, and Hawke, the tattooed bad boy biker – finally face each other (yes, talk about awkward!) and, wowsers, is it a heated (and almost deadly) exchange.
Here’s a snippet from this scene…
Hawke rushes forward, lifts Nicolas off the ground, and pins him against the wrought-iron fence, his hands wrapped around the man’s neck, the barbed wire tattoo encircling his bulging right bicep rippling.
“Watch your mouth, Rainer,” he growls, leaning forward, staring directly into his opponent’s eyes. “That’s my girl you’re talking to.”
Hawke and Nicolas are two powerful, determined men. Neither of them are the type to back down, to admit failure or weakness. And they don’t…not really. If Bee hadn’t been present, I suspect the encounter would have been even more hostile with one or both of the men ending up in jail or dead.
This is the first of several confrontations (there’s another confrontation that I KNOW Sinful Rewards readers very much want to see and will cheer during). Sinful Rewards 8 is definitely the most intense installment in the story thus far.
These confrontations are needed. They aren’t inserted for titillation (though they ARE titillating! Who doesn’t love a good smack down between two hot, hunky men? Sign me up for those ringside seats!).
Nicolas and Hawke had to meet. This very physical confrontation shakes them out of their civilized, ‘trying to behave and impress others’ acts, showing Bee, our heroine, a glimpse of their true selves.
By seeing the two of them together, interacting this way, unchained and emotional, she learns more about these rivals for her affections. She can make a better decision.
I love reading these fictional confrontations. The scenes get my blood pumping and my heart racing. I really enjoy it when characters say or do things I’d never dare to contemplate in real life. I would never threaten a rival the way Hawke threatens Nicolas. (looks at my spaghetti arms) I certainly couldn’t pin this rival against a fence. But Hawke does and I love it.
How do you feel about confrontations between characters in erotic romances? Do you enjoy them or do you cringe? Do you think they’re sexy? How do you read these scenes? Do you slow down? Speed up? Skip to the end of the scene to find out how it ends?
“Don’t leave the club until I get there,” Hawke answers on the second ring, sounding as unhappy as I feel.
“Will that be soon?” I sink into one of Nicolas’s guest chairs, the seat deliciously soft and welcoming, tempting me to stay in this office forever. “Because I don’t like it here,” I whisper, covering my lips with my hand.
“Did you see something that made you uncomfortable?” Hawke’s voice roughens.
“I can’t see anything at all,” I confess. “It must be supermodels-drink-free night. Everyone is abnormally tall.”
This doesn’t draw the expected chuckle. My military man is unnervingly serious. “Is that all?”
“No.” I prop my aching foot on the other guest chair. My beautiful Louboutins are scuffed. I rub the dirt off the black leather. “Someone stomped on my foot, the one with the damaged toenail. I’ll lose it for certain now, and then I won’t be able to wear sandals for the rest of the summer.”
There’s a pause and I realize what I’ve done. I’m whiny about losing toenails and he’s dealing with one of his life-threatening FUBAR situations.
“Are you safe?” I press the cool phone case against my heated skin. “Do you need help? I can borrow a laptop or tablet from Nicolas and look at surveillance footage for you.” I wouldn’t ever have to leave the office.
“Nicolas has done enough for one night.” Hawke is angry and I don’t know why. “You were the center of attention. Everyone was watching you.”
What the hell did Mack tell him?
“It wasn’t a sexy type of attention,” I explain. “They were judging Cyndi and me harshly. Angel made a scene. I tried to run, but Nicolas wouldn’t allow me to escape.” I take a deep breath, dreading my military man’s reaction to the rest of the story. “He offered me a billion dollars to have sex with him.”
“And you refused because you’re not that type of girl,” Hawke replies. He hasn’t called me love or sweetheart, not once during our conversation. I’m the person he’s furious with, and I don’t know how to fix us.
“That’s not why I refused.” I’m a pervert. If Hawke had offered me a billion dollars, I would have taken it, been his prostitute for the evening.
But we won’t ever play those kinky games. He doesn’t have any money to spare.
Hawke sighs. “I’ll get there as soon as I can, Belinda.” He ends the call without uttering another word.
I stare at the screen. Hawke didn’t tell me to call if I needed him.
Because he no longer cares.
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Today’s Other Tour Stops
Check out a few of today’s other stops on the spotlight tour to see what else Cynthia Sax had to say and to read that other sizzling hot excerpt.