by Dani Collins, author of The Sheikh’s Sinful Seduction
Hello from snowy Canada, Presents Readers!
Last year, my editor contacted me to say thatse the team wanted to tackle the seven deadly sins in a very sexy way. When she asked me to write sexiest sin of them all, Lust, I felt like I’d won the lotto!
I immediately did what any good writer does when given such an assignment: I googled ‘lust.’ I wanted to know what provoked it. I learned that people are drawn to the exotic. It’s Mother Nature’s way of ensuring variety in the gene pool.
What’s more exotic (or erotic) than a sheikh hero? Zafir promptly showed up at an oasis in all his disciplined glory, ready to sacrifice his own wants for the good of his country.
Fern is a redheaded bookworm with freckles. She doesn’t provoke men to ask the time, let alone try to get her into bed. Of course she falls for him, but she grew up as the product of lust. A child of sin.
This thing between them simply can’t happen, but he winds up making a pass, one that she shuts down by admitting she’s a virgin. Here’s their exchange later that day:
“I shouldn’t have presumed this morning.” A mixture of compunction and frustration flashed in his expression. “If I frightened you, I apologize.” He sounded sincere. Looked it, even though his gaze was now penetrating hers in a way that was extremely uncomfortable. “It won’t happen again.”
Well, that certainly told her how irresistible she was. Her eyes grew damp with a startling mixture of frustration and longing. She lowered her lashes to hide her completely misplaced disappointment.
“Lust is bad,” she managed to say, stating it for her own benefit, hoping to soothe this sting of rejection by making it sound like she wouldn’t go to bed with him even if he wanted her to.
His mouth twitched, the corners deepening with a pained and secretive smile. “Says the woman who doesn’t know what she’s talking about.” He sobered into the man she had read was a determined leader of a troubled populace. “But in this case, yes. The consequences aren’t worth it.”
Find out what happens next in March 2015! And in the meantime, tell me: What do you think provokes lust? What do you consider ‘exotic’?
A king among men, Sheikh Zafir cannot allow emotion or feelings to color his judgment. His carnal desires must be curbed for the sake of peace in his kingdom. But his control is tested by the feisty Fern Davenport; Zafir must have her.
Driven by desire…
Innocent Fern Davenport tries to resist the sheikh’s skillful seduction—she knows that he could never marry her. But under the blistering sun an incendiary thirst awakes, and one incredible night results in a very lasting consequence.
Now this sheikh must claim his heir and his bride!
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