The popular LSB author Rosanna Leo is with us today, chatting about hot dramatic tension and her new novel, Sunburn. I think I might need a nice cool drink after this excerpt!
THE APPEAL OF RELUCTANT LOVERS
Hello everyone, and a big thank you to Dy for hosting me today. I’m thrilled to be here!
As everyone knows by now, conflict and tension are important ingredients to good fiction, no matter what genre one writes. As a romance author, much of my conflict arises from the fact that the hero and heroine don’t always see eye to eye. And in many good romances, the two main characters often start out hating each other. Things can sometimes get nasty in the course of true love!
And don’t we just love it?
Why do we find this idea so appealing? I’ve often wondered.
Part of it is the sizzle, the spark. You take an opinionated hero and thrust him toward an equally opinionated heroine. They may be polar opposites. They may fight for different causes. But underneath all the bravado, there is an instant attraction. A recognition. A shiver of awareness. All of a sudden, those high and mighty opinions don’t seem to matter so much.
There is a star-crossed quality to these love affairs, a sense that everything is preordained. We love to watch these lovers quarrel, and we love to see them start to surrender to each other. An action sparks a change in the plot, and suddenly we get that “Aaah” moment. Someone bends. Someone folds. He might notice that quiver of vulnerability in her lip. She can’t stop thinking about the deep rumble of his voice when he speaks her name. Planets begin to collide. Stars shine brighter.
Let’s face it, the sex is fairly explosive between these lovers too. Where there was once animosity, there is now a feral need to mate and mark one another. Life seems wrong when they are not in each other’s arms. They touch places in one another no one has touched before, and every kiss brings them closer.
I suppose it can be very appealing to think Fate is kicking one in the ass, pushing us toward the partner we least expected. The relationship that began as suspicious resentment or irritation has suddenly become the strongest of loves. And we are forever changed. The universe provided exactly what that hero and heroine needed, even though they had no clue they needed it.
This is the case in my latest release Sunburn. My hero is the Greek god Apollo, a man blessed with many talents and skills (head up, ladies!), but who has been burned so many times. He is now the owner of a posh Mexican resort. My heroine is Patience O’Connor, a travel blogger who arrives at the resort to review it. Cue animosity! But as Apollo and Patience get to know one another, as they begin to realize they can’t be without one another, they realize they have more in common than they thought.
I hope you’ll get a chance to fall in love with them.
SUNBURN BY ROSANNA LEO
Patience O’Conner is a travel blogger who lives for her work. Her dedication to her readers brings her to the famed Helios Resort in Mexico, a locale that stuns her with its beauty but at which she suffers from some very strange accidents.
Luckily, hunky resort bartender Apollo Delos is always there in the nick of time, a malcontent guardian angel. Apollo stuns Patience again and again with his life-saving abilities, to say nothing of his smoldering looks and apparent desire to keep her alive.
Before long, Patience wonders if there is more to the sexy bartender than mixed cocktails and insane first-aid skills. Something strange is happening at Helios and Apollo doesn’t want to talk about it.
Can Patience open herself up to this enigmatic man, even though she is terrified to be vulnerable again? And can Apollo recover from an eternity of hurt and learn to trust once more? They must both decide before Death comes calling.
She approached the booth, only to find the blond bartender manning it. Her eyes almost popped and she blurted, “You!”
He grinned, but there was still a tightness around his eyes, as if he were sizing her up. “Hello, Patience.” His strained expression said volumes about what he considered to be the unsuitability of her name.
She tried to ignore the sucker punch in her gut, the one that hit her as soon as his deep, velvety voice caressed her eardrums. “Aren’t you supposed to be at the bar?”
His smile grew wider, showing off his perfect white teeth. “I’m everywhere.”
“Clearly.” She forced herself to look away from his gorgeous face, feeling light-headed because of the suns dancing in her eyes, the suns that seemed to come from him. To distract herself, she touched a few of the painted bowls on display. Not that it snuffed out those blasted suns.
He stepped closer. “Do you see anything you like?”
She choked on her saliva and coughed like a victim of the Black Death. He rushed to calm her, putting his hand on her back, massaging. She recovered upon feeling his touch and was hit by the bizarre, fleeting notion his touch made her recover. As if he’d healed her.
Utter nonsense. Yet as much as it was nonsense, her head swam with the bizarre possibility.
“Better?” he asked quietly, his face serious now.
She stared into the man’s eyes. They were blue, so very blue. “Uh, yeah, thanks.” Curiosity got the better of her and the question poured out. “What’s your name anyway?”
He breathed in. “Apollo Delos.”
“Oh, wow,” she said, breaking into a grin. “Just like Apolo Anton Ohno! I loved him on Dancing with the Stars!”
He got a curious look and let out a strange laugh. “Yeah. Just like him.”
Sunburn is available at http://www.lsbooks.com/sunburn-p743.php
Rosanna Leo is a multi-published, erotic romance author with Liquid Silver Books. Her books include For the Love of a God, Up In Flames, Sweet Hell, The Selkie and her newest, Sunburn. When not writing, she can be found haunting dusty library stacks or planning her next star-crossed love affair.