I’ve yet to meet a woman who’s come out of a long-term relationship and is squealing ecstatically because she has to start dating again. Think of it: Instead of snuggling with the man of her dreams, she gets to worry about her every bulge, zit, wrinkle (you pick the imperfection) so she can wow a new guy who may turn out to be Prince Alarming rather than Charming.
Dating is highly overrated. As far as I’m concerned, it’s for masochists.
With that in mind, I wrote The Ride of Her Life, my erotic romantic comedy and contribution to the Naughty Lovers: Love is in the Air spring anthology for Naughty Literati.
In my story, Maddy’s a young professional who’s been too busy working to date. Hooking up with a guy at her office is out of the question since they’re all married and cheating. In other words, they’re turds. Since she’s not into bar hopping (a whole other story), she decides to try speed dating. IMO, that’s worse than signing up at an online dating site where rejection is at least impersonal.
Granted, I might be prejudiced about this because I’ve never been a guy magnet and I’m also horribly shy. When I was a freshmen in high school—all girl Catholic—boys were nonexistent in my life. An equally shy friend suggested we go to a dance at a boys’ school to get some action. LOL. That dance was pure awful, even worse for me than being the last one reluctantly chosen for the volleyball team. At the dance, I kept praying a guy would at least talk to me. Even if he was my idea of Freddy Krueger, I didn’t want to be the only one passed over like a moldy donut. Being shy, there was no way in hell I was going to approach anyone. I swear that night stretched for what seemed like decades. Never again, I told myself.
In The Ride of Her Life, Maddy gets cold feet too and debates whether she should cancel. Before she can, her Uber-like driver Ben shows up to take her to the hotel. Talk about the earth shifting and angels singing. Of all the ways to meet Mr. Right.
I had a blast writing The Ride of Her Life. Here’s the blurb:
He was only supposed to give her a simple ride…
Maddy’s so desperate for fun, she’s signed up for speed dating. Ew. The only thing worse than a cattle call for romance is if none of the men is interested in her.
She’s ready to ditch the event when Ben, her ride, shows up. Tall, dark, dangerously sexy, he’s an adjunct professor by day, driver by night, needing to haul in those extra bucks.
Maddy’s not complaining. Verbal foreplay and a traffic jam put the ride on ice, giving them a chance to heat things up. Soon, they’re ditching her original plan for a soft spring night of wicked romance where they’ll break all the rules and then some.
Tina is an Amazon and international bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Kensington, Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Siren Publishing, Booktrope, Luminosity, Decadent, and indie. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic novels (Freeing the Beast, Come and Get Your Love, and Wicked Takeover) were Readers' Choice Award winners. Another three (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were named finalists in the EPIC competition. Sensual Stranger, her erotic contemporary romance, was chosen Book of the Year at the French review site Blue Moon reviews. The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for her erotic romance Lush Velvet Nights. Two of her titles (The Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition. Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). Tina is featured in the Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Before penning romances, she worked at a major Hollywood production company in Story Direction.
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