Book Four – Appointment with Pleasure series
At an erotic auction, she’s his to bid on…to take…to command.
The night’s sultry, filled with carnal promise as Tessa participates in an agency event to raise money for charity. She’s chained and bared—as women were once displayed for a sultan’s harem—her sweet looks and full figure offered to the wealthy and powerful men.
Among them is Logan. To him, Tessa is so different from his late wife, the seemingly perfect female who cruelly stole his hope and future. Wanting only to forget and have a good time, he wins Tessa, demanding she be his in every way possible, engaging in all wanton acts, though not only for an evening…for seven sensuous days at his secluded Virginia estate.
A provocative proposal with such a dangerously virile man.
A week that changes everything, with Tessa’s exquisite vulnerability and Logan’s suddenly unquenchable desire more than either bargained for.
Coming soon from Ellora’s Cave!
Those men who hadn’t yet made their selections were quiet. Tessa regarded each.
Some were listening to Ronnie. Others glanced at Tessa’s cloak, no doubt wanting it off.
With a flourish, Brian complied and pulled the thing from her, then lifted her arms above her head, securing her shackled wrists to the column.
Tessa stiffened at being exposed in every way possible. There was no hiding her nudity or expression up here, not with the lights trained on her. They weren’t fully intrusive, just enough illumination to exhibit, making her the brightest spot among all the shadows and the torches’ flickering flames. The toasty breeze skimmed the faint moisture on her cunt and licked her nipples, puckering them even more so that the tips appeared that much longer. Areas Felicity’s makeup had accentuated.
Perspiration prickled Tessa’s neck. Her heart beat out of time, the pose she struck both daunting and oddly arousing. There was absolutely nothing to compare to this…being chained and displayed. A sensation of delicious helplessness. Intense vulnerability.
Especially as no one spoke up.
Embarrassment drove heat to Tessa’s throat and cheeks. The music played on and on. Each second crawled by while her mind raced. Would her part in the auction stop when the piece ended even though no one had offered a price? Would Ronnie call for an intermission then, or would she want to continue with the rest of the event as quickly as—
Someone called out a bid.
Tessa’s heart paused. She hadn’t hear the amount. It didn’t matter. One man, at least, craved her.
Who? She studied the audience. A guy, forty or so, smiled with kindness, rather than lust, no doubt sensing and seeing her uncertainty. She offered her own smile in return, liking his sympathetic manner, wondering if he was the one who’d bid on her.
No. He’d already turned to the server and was now pointing at his drink as though he wanted a new one more than anything else.
So who had made the offer?
Another client kept looking from her to Ronnie. Others took a moment to study the program, see who was coming up next.
That would be Felicity. For her, the men would shout over each other, demanding to be heard, letting the money flow freely.
Another bid rang out.
Completely surprised, Tessa continued to regard the crowd, her attention drawn finally, almost irresistibly, to Logan Kincaid.
She forgot to breathe.
Someone had relit the torch nearest his table. Its bobbing light bathed him in a warm golden glow.
Tessa’s body softened.
Young—thirties or so, just as she’d thought—he wore his dark brown hair longish on the top and sides, combed away from his face. His features were rugged, deliciously masculine, especially his shadow of beard. Tessa had no doubt those short bristles would be rough to the touch, a wonderful contradiction to the silkiness of his lips, his generous mouth. A man’s mouth.
Warmth sluiced through her again, the heat soothing this time. Arousing.
He wore a beige blazer that went well with his tan complexion, his white shirt opened at the collar. Decidedly relaxed. The same as his demeanor. He lowered his drink…whiskey or bourbon…from here it was impossible for her to tell. He glanced at his watch, then surveyed the crowd, not her.
Ronnie took another bid.
With a neutral expression, Logan regarded the man who’d made it.
Tessa didn’t bother to look. She focused on Logan.
Another bid followed the last. As if to determine why, Logan finally glanced at the stage.
Tessa’s pulse pounded. Her legs felt watery.
His attention swept upward from the ridiculous shoes she wore to her naked calves and thighs. He studied her exposed cunt and glittering body jewelry for a moment, then continued to her bared breasts, viewing them briefly before he at last reached her eyes.
There, he stopped, as though he hadn’t meant to. There, he lingered.
Tina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing and Kensington. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic novels (Adored; Deep, Dark, Delicious; Lush Velvet Nights) were named finalists in the 2011 EPIC competition. Sensual Stranger, her erotic romance, was chosen Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category) 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. Deep, Dark, Delicious (erotic romance) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition (2011). Take Me Away (erotic romance) captured second place in the NEC-RWA contest in 2012. And The Yearning (erotic paranormal) was honored with an Award of Merit in the 2012 RWA Holt Medallion competition. She’s featured in the 2012 Novel and Writer’s Market. Before penning romances, she worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.
Also by Tina Donahue
Interview with Holly Hewson
HH: Tina, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Seven Sensuous Days and the fourth book in your Appointment with Pleasure series. What can you first tell us about this amazing series?
TD: Thanks so much for having me here today. I’m honored. TRS is one of my fav sites.
Appointment with Pleasure is a series of loosely connected stories about the young women and men who work for The Agency that services the rich and powerful in the District (DC and the surrounding areas). I wanted this series to be hot, which it is, but I also explore what makes a young woman or man decide to be an escort. I know there are many who’d denounce sex for money. However, they don’t know the whole story, do they? Some of my characters are escorts because they genuinely need the funds. Others because sex is the only intimacy they’ve ever known in a callous world. These young women and men are strong, they’re survivors, and in each installment of Appointment with Pleasure they do find love and a future. These stories are very sexy, but also exceedingly romantic.
HH: What can you tell us about the first three books?
TD: Claiming Magique begins the series. Magique is a highly sought after escort. As one man says, “She’s not your ordinary call girl.” No kidding. She comes from a wealthy family, parents who never had time for her, who dismiss her very existence. For her, love is elusive and scary; she doesn’t want to risk getting hurt. When she meets Hunt, a lobbyist and a hunk, her world shifts. Hunt wants Magique more than he has any other woman and pursues her relentlessly until he wins her.
In Losing Control, book two, we meet Catherine. Interracial, Catherine had an impoverished childhood and uses what she earns at The Agency to pay for nursing care for a loved one. Catherine meets Tim (Hunt’s friend from Claiming Magique) at a District party. She’s drawn to Tim instantly and doesn’t want to reveal she’s a call girl. For once, she wants a man to desire her for who she really is, a brave and honorable young woman. When Tim does find out her past, it threatens their relationship. But trust me, there is an HEA.
Illicit Intent, book three, introduces two male escorts, Guy and Joel, who grew up in foster care. They’re working at The Agency so they can realize their dream of opening a gentleman’s club. Full-figured Piper wants to help. After her wealthy friend books them for Piper’s birthday, Piper wants much more of these hot guys, and suggests she perform ménage acts with them for their regulars. Trouble is, her dad’s one of the District’s top cops. She and her guys are playing with fire, but the heat they generate, the love they discover, is well worth it.
HH: How does Seven Sensuous Days continue it?
TD: Seven Sensuous Days opens with an erotic auction sponsored by The Agency. It’s all for a good cause, the proceeds going to charity. Tessa isn’t certain she’s going to attract many bids. She’s always considered herself too curvy, wholesome, not gorgeous. For Logan, Tessa’s a breath of spring. A woman who can help him forget a personal tragedy. At least, for the seven sensuous days they’re together. A time of lust and romance that changes their lives forever.
HH: What do you like about Tessa and why will readers identify with her?
TD: Tessa’s the kind of person I’d value as a friend. Loyal, trustworthy, easy to like, and doesn’t have a judgmental bone in her body. She was bullied as a teen because of her weight. She’s been lonely for a long time, but she’s still sweet and funny as hell. What some might say ‘a hooker with a heart of gold’. I just love her.
HH: What do you like best about Logan and why will readers love him?
TD: Ohmygod. What a guy. Not only is he great looking, he has a core of decency that easily outshines his wealth. He’s commanding yet also gentle, witty, and generous. Simply a good man.
HH: Will there be more to come in this series?
TD: Absolutely. I love The Agency and its owner, Ronnie, a former call girl. She’s in her sixties now and in love with her chauffeur, Wallace, who’s her age. They’re the continuing characters in the series and hold all of it together. I’ve had several fans suggest that I write their story.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
HH: What are you reading now?
TD: The Story of O by Pauline Réage. I read it years ago, and decided to try it again. Strange stuff.
HH: What appearances do you have coming up in 2014?
HH: Where can readers find you online?
TD: Website: http://www.tinadonahue.com/
FB Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/TinaDonahueBooks
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/tinadonahue