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Rosanna Leo is currently storming up the eBook charts with her Gemini Island Shifter series and I’m thrilled to welcome her to July Fever 🙂
She’s giving away 2 books from her (extensive) backlist to one lucky winner. To enter, just leave a comment (with your email address) – and remember, everyone who comments also goes into a draw for the Weekly Prize Bundle. What could be easier?
Thanks so much to the wonderful Sofia for hosting the July Fever event! I am so proud to be here.
To me, “fever” means a mania. A heat that can’t be fought. A hankering that whittles down your defences until you are forced to give in. Sound dramatic? Well, in romantic terms, it is.
I often use the term “fever” in my books when describing the heat between a couple. My heroes and heroines often come to the realization that they feel feverish and that the only remedy for their ache is to submit to the object of their affections. And it is a delicious moment.
There is nothing better than seeing two people fight their attraction, seeing them grow pale and worn for want of each other. And nothing more gratifying than watching them blossom under each other’s ministering hands…and mouths…and, well, you get the idea.
Fever brings conflict and tension. We want to eradicate it, but in the case of erotic romance, we are forced to let it overtake us. We are only too happy to suffer what the French call “le petit mort.” In giving oneself to another, we take on a new life and begin a new, sensual journey.
As writers, we hope you will travel that journey with us.
Please leave a comment with your email address and tell me about the worst case of lust fever you’ve ever experienced. You could win your choice of two books from my backlist!
Bear shifter Ryland Snow just wants peace. The peace and quiet afforded him at his woodsy retreat, the Ursa Fishing Lodge. As owner of the lodge, Ryland enjoys the tranquil life he’s created among his fellow shifters. He lives to maintain a safe haven for them, away from meddlesome human eyes.
When his rock star brother arrives, bringing trouble in the form of a possible hitman, Ryland is incensed. He’s been cleaning up Soren’s messes as long as he can remember, and is tired of his brother’s lecherous exploits.
Things go from bad to worse when Lia Goodblood stumbles upon Ryland and his lodge. Yes, the reclusive erotica author is easy on the eyes, but the human woman is more trouble than she’s worth. To say nothing of her bizarre fear of furry creatures.
Ryland determines to rid himself of her presence. But when he learns she’s on the run from a crazed fan, Ryland’s protective bear instincts flare. And the bear won’t be denied.
She was already reviving a few minutes later. Ryland let out a sigh of relief.
Thank God. When he’d first seen the petite woman hurtling through the trees, he’d worried someone was after her. But no one else had barreled behind her. And yet she’d seemed so scared.
They hadn’t helped, presenting her with a couple of snarling bears.
She moaned a little, and the soft sound warmed him, making him hard again. Damn. He glanced around the room, remembered he didn’t exactly tend to stash clothes in guest cabins, and raced for the bathroom. He grabbed a couple of clean towels off the rack and tossed one to Soren. “Cover yourself.”
Soren grinned like a devil and motioned to his nude bottom half. “I can conduct my flirting business much more efficiently this way.”
Ryland glared as he wrapped his lower half in the towel. “Cover yourself or I’ll strangle you with it, lover boy.”
His brother placed the woman’s backpack on the floor and threw the towel about his waist. “Such animosity is really not in keeping with your sainthood, Brother Ryland.”
Ryland ignored him and turned back to the woman. He didn’t know why it mattered so much she recover and feel comfortable in his presence, but it did. Of course, as owner of the lodge, it made sense he didn’t want to see anyone scared or hurt.
Yeah. That’s it. That’s all.
His rationalization did nothing to quell the nervous tremors in his gut, though. Or his excruciating hard-on.
Okay, she’s sorta pretty and has a body made for sin. So what? Get over yourself.
Clearly it had been too long since he’d allowed himself to get lost in a woman’s body for more than a quick fuck. And this woman’s body deserved slow, leisurely loving. Greedy licks. Sensual tugs. Why, her breasts alone were so full and perfect, they just begged one to suck. To say nothing of those rounded hips and soft, womanly ass.
Ryland ran a hand over his face, feeling overly hot. Jesus Christ. Stop thinking like a horny teenager. You sound like Carter.
Besides, she was nothing like him. Human. And if time had taught him anything, it was the pursuit of romance with a nonshifter was a fool’s errand. She didn’t belong here on his resort, on his island. He needed to revive her and get her out of there.
Desperate to relieve the sudden, raging desire shooting up through his body, Ryland forced himself to look away from the woman. In doing so, he caught a glimpse of his brother. Soren was sitting next to her, his gaze contemplative, his eyes trained on her boobs. Ryland realized he didn’t like the way baby brother was looking at her. “Hey.”
Soren looked up. “What?”
“What are you staring at?”
Without batting an eye, Soren turned back to their unexpected guest. “Her. Can’t I stare?”
Ryland’s eyebrows shot up. “Staring at women has already gotten you into trouble. Maybe you should find a new hobby.” He stifled the low growl building in his throat. Now wasn’t the time for brawling, but he didn’t appreciate the way his brother gawked. His cool eye, appraising, as if he’d never seen anything like her before.
“You were checking her out too,” Soren replied.
“No, I wasn’t. I’m not interested in this … person,” Ryland retorted. As he uttered the words, he bit his tongue hard by mistake, as if confirming the words were a lie. “Damn,” he whispered, tasting blood.
“Do you think someone was chasing her?” Soren asked in a pensive tone, picking up one of his drumsticks and stroking it as if it were a lover’s finger.
“I don’t know.” Ryland sat on the other side of her small body and looked her up and down as she lay under the covers. Despite his mistrust of humans, he couldn’t help wondering who would frighten such a tiny, delicate thing. Had someone tried to hurt her? The very idea made him want to bash his head against the wall. Or better yet, bash any lowlife who dared to touch her.
No one touches her but me, his heart declared.
As another stress headache shot through his brain, he wondered at the ferocity and lunacy of the feeling.
Predator’s Kiss is available at http://www.lsbooks.com/predators-kiss-p794.php and all ebooksellers.
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, Sunburn and her newest Predator’s Kiss. When not writing, she can be found haunting dusty library stacks or planning her next star-crossed love affair.
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60 thoughts on “Day 8 – Rosanna Leo – Lust Fever”
Ohhh, yummy excerpt!
And what you said before, about fever being ” A hankering that whittles down your defences until you are forced to give in,” got me nodding in agreement. I don’t think I’ve read a better description of the image that word brings forth in my mind.
Lovely words, I agree 🙂
Thanks Sotia! I’m glad we gave you food for thought! Thanks for joining us.
Thank you Sotia. I’m so glad you visited and I appreciate your comments!
I hope my comment doesn’t disappear this time…
I love the excerpt, but what you said before, about fever being “A hankering that whittles down your defences until you are forced to give in” is the best description I’ve read about it. I caught myself nodding in agreement.
Hi Sotia, your comment got caught in my comment-filter, is all. Thanks 🙂
I think it was my browser, crashing. Either way, I’m glad it eventually got posted, and sorry for the double post 🙂
I love this series of stories. Feverish couples are always a joy. Lovely post Rosanna.
Hi Daisy, thanks for calling by. Rosanna is a talented writer and yes, she ‘does’ feverish very well 🙂
Aw, thank you Sofia. Thanks for hosting this excellent event for us!
Has there ever been a Hotter July? LOL. Thank YOU all for participating 🙂
Thank you Daisy, for all your support!
Thanks for the giveaway! To me a feverish love is one where there is so much passion for each other you run hot😃
I agree, Bobby 🙂
Absolutely, Bobbye! It does make one feel sick at the same time as exhilarated. I love using that theme. Thanks for being here.
Hi Rosanna and Sofia,
I’ve read “Predator’s Kiss,” and think Ryland is one hot bear! When Soren falls, it will be amazing!
My favorite lust fever story happened with my first love, from High School. This was in the days BEFORE the Internet, electronic voice mail and cell phones. We had been out of school for about six or seven years, and lost touch. One night I received a phone call from 1st love. He was going to be stopping in my town and wanted to take me out to dinner. Since we were both single, I said yes.
The minute we saw each other, the sparks started flying. I’d never experienced an eye or mental f#ck, until that night. We shot innuendos back and forth, until It became to hot for comfort. It was the hottest, shortest dinner I’ve been on, but dessert was AMAZING! We’d both learned a few “lessons,” and it was fun to try them out on each other. 😉
Ooh, that is fever indeed, Michelle! Book material right there. Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments!
Wow, that’s a hot story, Michelle! Thank you for sharing 🙂
It’s fun to remember my single girl days, sometimes. 😉
I am writing a novel by name goa trip. This may influencey novel also.. Being from a conservative society its difficult to use certain words like hot sex and so on so fever may help
I hope Rosanna helps you with your inspiration. Thank you for commenting 🙂
Thanks for visiting, Anil!
oh yeah this one looks awesome, Rosanna!
Thank you Eva, and thanks for stopping by!
H Eva, thanks for calling by – this one looks amazing, aye 🙂
Predator’s Kiss was amazing and I’m sure that the next in the series will be as well. Rosanna is a fantastic writer, and I would love to read everything she writes. 🙂
Thank you for commenting, Kirsten, and good luck with the draw for giveaways 🙂
I forgot to leave a story about my lust fever. lol I would have to say that would have been when I met my husband. We met at a club in San Pedro, CA where a friend and I went to go see the band; and I just looked at him and thought – So hot! Tall, blonde, hair down to his waist, nice body, killer voice (he was the singer). I thought I had no shot until after the band was packing up and the bass player let me know that he thought the same. Two weeks after we met, he proposed. Next week will be 18 years that we’ve been together since that day.
That is an awesome story, Kirsten! He sounds so hot…no offence! LOL Thanks for visiting and for your kind comments!
Rosanna, take a look at my profile tomorrow. I’m going to be posting a pic of when he proposed – on stage. Tomorrow is the 18th anniversary of when we first met. 4 days later we had our first date on his 36th birthday. 🙂
That’s a pretty cool story, Kirsten!
Killer story, Kirsten… you snagged – and kept – the lead singer? Wow!
I was lucky enough to do just that. 🙂
Yep, I’d say you were lucky 🙂
Bear shifters??? Are my absolute fave kind of shifter story!! Rosanna, where have you been all my life? LOL. I don’t know how I have missed your books before. I will absolutely be reading this one.
Lani – you’ve been missing out, big time! They’re awesome 🙂
Lani, they have pretty much become my fave too! LOL. Where have you been all MY life, Lani? I’m so glad we finally discovered each other. Thank you!
Rosanna and Sofia!! yay!! I loved reading about Rosanna’s Selkie, and have a few others of hers, just havent gotten around to reading them yet!! Bad! But if they’re anything like the Selkie, the wait will be worth it! Go Girls!
Mmmm… big, cuddly, protective alpha bears…. Gotta love shifters 🙂
Thanks for your kind comments, Kathy, and the support of my books. Hugs!
Yummy excerpt — thanks! Rosanna is an author I’m planning (make that dying) to read when I whittle down my TBR pile a bit. Hence I’m reading feverishly 😉
Thank you Mina! I’m honored to be on your list! Feverishly, eh…?
Mina – read faster! LOL
Thanks for commenting 🙂
Rosanna ~ I LOVE your description of how FEVER applies in your writing. They do indeed get all worked up and in each one I have read, I have felt a part of when”… the only remedy for their ache is to submit to the object of their affections.” It is a delicious moment indeed. 😉 Even in this article, your wording is so visual and thought provoking that I can feel exactly what you mean, yet you never seem to push the limits of propriety. Truly a perfect combination!! Thanks for having her Sofia! Know I have been introduced to your yummy looking books…I have them marked for my TBR on Goodreads! Can’t wait!
Hi Liberty Ann – thank YOU for calling by and commenting 🙂 Good luck in the draw!
You are too kind, Liberty Ann. Thank you! I guess the topic really spoke to me. 🙂 Thanks for visiting!
This book was amazing. I can’t wait for the next one. Bear shifters are so yummy! Who knew?
You’re right, bear shifters are delicious! Thank you for commenting 🙂
Thank you Jessi! I really appreciated you reading and look forward to bringing you the next one!
Dude, your on my TBR already! I love shifter books.
Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂
Why, Nae, thank you! I appreciate you commenting and wish you luck on the giveaway!
You know Rosanna writes more than just shifter books, didn’t you? You should check out her backlist 🙂
Thanks for commenting 🙂
I have discovered so many amazing writers since I started using Twitter!! Here’s another one! 🙂 Thank you!
Hi Robin, thanks for commenting 🙂
Robin, God bless social media! Thank you for visiting today and for your interest. Best wishes. 🙂
Hi everyone! Well, I’ve drawn a name for my two books and the lucky winner is…Kirsten! Yay! Congrats Kirsten and thanks to Sofia for hosting me. It was such a blast. Make sure you all come back for all the hot posts!
OMG!!! I am so excited!!! Thank you Sofia Grey and Rosanna Leo!!
Hi Kirsten, thank YOU for taking part 🙂
Remember, the July Fever promo runs for the whole month and there are giveaways every day. You might be lucky again 🙂
A woodsy retreat on an island sounds like a wonderful place to while away the summer! Loved the excerpt, too!