Sweet Surrendering by Chelsea M. Cameron
She’s his boss. He doesn’t care. This office isn’t big enough for the two of them…
When Rory Clarke ends up hiring the guy she spent one steamy night with to be her administrative assistant, she's determined to keep things professional.
Lucas Blaine has other plans for her. He wants Rory, and it’s hard to resist his stunning blue eyes, chin dimple and the way he fills out a suit. Everywhere she looks, there he is, giving her a panty-melting smile and pulling her away for the most amazing (and satisfying) sex she’s ever had in her life.
What starts off as one sexual encounter turns into multiple trysts in and out of the office and the lines she’d tried to draw so carefully are blurring. But the closer they get, the more Rory realizes that there are things about Lucas she doesn’t know, things he’s hiding from her. She’ll have to decide if she can surrender to her feelings or get out while she still can.
Top Ten Facts You Don't Know About Sweet Surrendering
10. Sloane Harris' name is the composite of two fictional people: Sloane, Ferris Bueller's girlfriend and Xander Harris from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
9. Rory is partially named after Rory Gilmore.
8. I used the name Lucas in the first book that I ever wrote, but didn't publish. I liked the name so much I wanted to use it again.
7. The cover was made by me even before the book was written.
6. The sticky note scene was one of the first scenes that popped into my head when I started writing.
5. I didn't intend for there to be a connection between Lucas' nickname for her of Sunshine, and her full name, Aurora, which means sunrise.
4. I ate truffle mac and cheese because I like to eat what my characters eat. Couldn't find a truffle pizza though.
3. All of Sloane's designs, with the exception of Rory's ball gown came directly from my imagination. No visual inspiration needed.
2. My mother sews women's clothing for a living, so I drew on my knowledge of that, and it helped inspire Sloane's character.
1. Lucas was the first redheaded guy I ever wrote, and he is NOT based on any real person. At least not anyone I've known.
The announcer started to introduce him, but Lucas whispered in his ear, and then the announcer spoke into the mic. “Our next act is Lucas Blaine. Give him a hand everyone.”
Lucas pulled a stool forward and adjusted the mic as Sloane and Marisol talked about the various sexual things they’d like to do to him. Chloe just stared into her drink.
“Do you want to go?” I asked her, hoping she’d say yes so I had an out.
“I’m good for now.” Crap.
I decided that I wasn’t going to watch. Nope.
But then the bastard started singing, “Sooner Surrender” by Matt Nathanson and my head snapped around at the sound of his voice.
Oh, f*ck me. Again.
His eyes were half closed, his hair falling in front of them. And his voice. Oh, his voice touched me in places that a voice shouldn’t have access to.
His voice crawled down my body and under my clothes and teased me, taunted me, pleasured me. Like he was making love with music.
Alcohol. It had to be the alcohol causing me to be more turned on by a song than I’d ever been before. Everything else faded into the background as my entire being focused on him on that stage.
The song ended, and the spell was broken, almost with a snap, and I was back to reality.
Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.
Her New Adult Contemporary Romance titles include My Favorite Mistake, which has been bought by Harlequin along with a sequel, Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn (April 20, 2013)
Her Young Adult books include Nocturnal, Nightmare and Neither, the first three books in The Noctalis Chronicles. The fourth and final book, Neverend will be out in 2013. Whisper, the first in The Whisper Trilogy is also available, with the second book in the series, Silence and the final book, LIsten coming out in 2014.