Today we flash back to one of my first Amber Quill Press summer romances… The Sexy Stranger.
This short and fun romance puts a different (and sexy) spin on hitchhikers and mistaken identities. A spunky heroine longs for some adventure in her life, and on a cross-country trip, she gets more than she bargained for. A sexy, ex-con hitchhiker jumps into her car and takes her on a wild ride that blends suspense, fantasy, and steamy sex. Although I added some elements of “kidnapping” and danger to the story, I did so in a way without putting my characters into too much jeopardy.
This story is a very condensed version of an idea I had for a longer romantic/suspense novel with even worse bad guys (and the crimes they’re going to commit), additional characters, more secrets, detailed backstories, a heightened sense of danger, and even more steamy sex… And who knows, I might just write it one day!
Here’s the summary, an excerpt, and some great reviews:
Lauren's life was predictable and boring—until the day she met a sexy stranger along a deserted Nevada highway. When an ex-con named Matt jumped into her car, he introduced her to a world of steamy passion and intrigue she had only seen in movies. Lauren soon realizes that this bad boy has a romantic and passionate side he’s been shielding from her—along with a few other secrets, as well.
A brief excerpt:
Matt bent forward and slid his tongue down her belly. He stopped just before he reached the edge of her hot-pink panties. She groaned and writhed on the bed.
"Don't make this harder than it already is," he whispered. "I'm gonna take a shower. Don't go anywhere," he said as he climbed off the mattress.
A few minutes later, the bathroom door opened and Matt came out wearing a pair of gray briefs. The sight of his tanned, well-muscled body sparked a lustful craving deep inside her. A trickle of water dripped down his chest, and she longed to lick it away.
"Been a good girl since I was gone?" he asked, sliding into bed and straddling her chest.
"I had no choice. I'm stuck here." She rattled the handcuffs. "Why don't you take these off me?"
"Why should I?"
She stared into his eyes, then trailed her gaze down his torso until she was looking at his gray briefs. "Because, I'll make it worth your while."
(and yes, this novella heats up pretty quick! Amber Quill gave it a Heat level of 2)
I’m happy to say that readers and reviewers fell in love with Matt and Lauren and their wild adventures. Here are a few kind words from reviewers…
“4.5 Hearts!. Very sensual! I can definitely recommend this wonderful read! Ms. Wilkins has packed a lot into this sexy story. There is some humor, some extremely hot sex, a bit of mystery and suspense, and finally, some real love between Lauren and Matt.”—Yvonne, The Romance Studio
“5 Cups! Has it all; suspense, drama, and sensual heat that are sure to pop some firecrackers. Ms. Wilkins’ style is clear and straightforward, her writing nearly flawless with no loose ends. This reviewer will not only be adding this book to her keeper shelf, but will also be watching for even more tantalizing tales from the talented Ms. Wilkins.”—Kimber, Coffee Time Romance
“8.7 Rating!. An erotic comedy. You can see the charged heat between Matt and Lauren. You can feel the attraction to each other grow as the story progresses. You can't help wondering if Lauren will allow her feelings free reign, and if Matt is truly as kind as he pretends to be. Another fabulous story by this Kelli A. Wilkins.”—Aline de Chevigny, In the Library Reviews
"A hot, sexy, fantasy read. The sparks between Lauren and Matt quickly turn to flames. If I close my eyes and imagine an encounter with a hot sexy stranger, this steamy short story fulfills the fantasy. It’s over quick, but it’s the perfect length to create an intense erotic daydream.” Nannette, Joyfully Reviewed
“...Every woman’s secret fantasy. This short story telling the encounter of one woman hell bent on making a new life after her boyfriend leaves her touches something in every woman. While a brief telling, this story hits the bull's eye with sexual desire, anticipation and a thrilling ride. Kelli A. Wilkins shines in this story. The fantasy comes to life for every woman who reads it. I found myself captivated from the first sentence to the ending. Well done, Ms. Wilkins. Well done indeed.”—Emma Gayle, Romance at Heart
“Kidnapping, hot sex, criminals and even a bank robbery—The Sexy Stranger has it all and then some. Kelli A. Wilkins crafts this little scorcher just right to please, and does it with style and interesting plot twists. Surprisingly well developed for a novella of this length, The Sexy Stranger is an erotic read, and a funny one to boot.”—Michelle, Fallen Angel Reviews
I hope you’ll check it out and spend some time with The Sexy Stranger!
Remember, excerpts and reviews of all my romances are on my site: www.KelliWilkins.com