By Normandie Alleman (Guest Blogger)
When I first met Lisabet she was kind enough to send me a copy of her free read, Something Borrowed. It’s a sexy story of a lovely girl who has a tendency to get into mischief at weddings. I enjoyed the story immensely, and it got me to thinking – What is it about weddings that makes them crop up in so many romance stories?
Perhaps it’s obvious. A wedding is an event about love and commitment. That is tremendously romantic. You always see guys in movies trying to pick up women at weddings. The premise is that weddings make the single girl look around for a partner. Do weddings have this effect on you?
I have my share of memories inspired by weddings. My favorite involves a red dress and some handcuffs, but I digress. Weddings do bring out the romantic in us. We’re privy to a couple’s intimate pledge to spend the rest of their lives together. That’s hot! The bride and groom’s hope for the future is as contagious as a yawn on a crowded airplane.
A wedding is the backdrop for my new release from Total E-Bound, Venetian Love Knots. Allison flies to Venice to be in her best friend’s Valentine’s Day wedding. It sounds like a great vacation. The only catch is that her ex-boyfriend, Cole, is going to be the best man. For years Allison has been trying to put her past with the rodeo cowboy behind her. But the kind of passion they shared is hard to come by…
In Italy, Allison meets Nico, the handsome Italian cousin of the groom. And Cole is determined to win her back, setting Allison’s past and her future on a collision course. Which one will win her heart?
Here’s the blurb:
Travelling to Venice to be the maid of honour in her best friend’s wedding sounds like a great vacation, and a romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day. But when Allison Fox discovers who the best man is, she is torn between duty and self-preservation.
It has taken Allison four years to put her tumultuous relationship with the rodeo cowboy behind her. A violent incident ripped them apart. Now Allison must find a way to face her past and find closure with her old flame. But will she be able to put the past behind her?
Cole is the Texas cowboy has never got over his love for Allison. But when he declares his love for her after all this time, is she strong enough to walk away from the intense passion they share?
For years Nico, a handsome Italian, was committed to nothing but his work. Nico never expected he would meet an American beauty who would awaken in him a desire to love again. Once he finds her, Nico vows to never let Allison go.
It will be a Valentine’s Day to remember, but who will win Allison’s heart?
Read an excerpt from Venetian Love Knots:
Upstairs, as they tumbled into his room, Cole warned her, “Allison, you are going to have to trust me tonight. Do you think you can do that?”
“Oh, yes!” she cried between his kisses, barely catching her breath.
“Okay, then hold on just a minute, baby. Do you want anything to drink? Do you have to go to the bathroom?” he asked.
“No, why?” she asked, her head clearing a little.
“Because I am going to tie you up,” he said. Then he bit her lip, fondling one of her breasts. Abruptly, he walked away, leaving her standing, shocked.
Allison wasn’t sure she’d heard him correctly. She needed to sit down. Wait, maybe she did need to go to the bathroom. Yes, then she could sit down. And go to the bathroom. Tie her up? Was he serious?
Allison knew Cole, and he didn’t kid around about things like this. What was she going to do? Well, she would let him do it, of course. She let Cole do…anything? That was why he had said she would have to trust him. She did trust him. She trusted him not to hurt her. At least physically. Emotionally, now that was a different story…
Okay, she could do this. It might be fun.
Cole had returned with some white silky ropes and a rakish grin. He looked like he was really going to enjoy this. Maybe a little too much. How long had he been planning this? Did he do this all the time? Allison wasn’t brave enough to ask that last question.
“Are you scared? You don’t need to be scared, babe. I promise I won’t hurt you.” He laughed. “Unless you want me to.”
To view the Book Trailer: http://normandiealleman.com/2013/01/book-trailer-for-venetian-love-knots
For more information or to purchase Venetian Love Knots: http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=2003
A former psychologist, Normandie has always been fascinated by human behavior. She loves writing about quirky characters that are all too human. “I’m interested in the kind of relationships people have in real life. So I write about my characters’ messy, unpredictable, and inexplicable journeys to love.”
If there were another 5 hours in the day, Normandie would spend more time needle-pointing and playing with photography. Instead, she’s a Pinterest addict and sports junkie who loves Twitter and the color pink. She lives in the Southern US with a passel of children, her hunky husband, and pet pig, Petunia, who is crazy for Red Bull.
Visit Normandie on the web: http://www.normandiealleman.com
Leave a comment and tell us – What is your favorite memory of a wedding? (other than your own) Be it romantic or sexy…share it with us.
[And - since Normandie was kind enough to mention my story Something Borrowed - if you haven't read it and you'd like a PDF copy of your own, all you need to do tell me in a comment that includes your email address, and I'll send it along! ~ Lisabet]