By Jenna Jaxon
Jenna: It’s been a while since my 1Night Stand Almost Perfect released, almost eighteen months, in fact. So I thought maybe I should re-introduce you to the somewhat quiet hero of Almost Perfect, Roger Ware. Roger’s going to have to do some talking today, because Pam’s not here. Hello, Roger. Please come in and introduce yourself to everyone.
Roger: Thank you, Jenna. I think.
*He smiles a little hesitantly* Well, like Jenna said, I’m Roger Ware. Owner and CEO of softWares, a computer software development company based in California. I started working on developing apps for several different devices, struggled for a couple of years, but last year something clicked and the company took off. I’ve been working with computers since forever--Pam calls me a techno geek. *chuckles* She’s right. I’d rather sit in front of a computer than do just about anything else.
Which lead to major problems between me and Pam. I stayed late at the office, she stayed home alone. * eyes narrow* At least she said she was alone. I was never quite convinced of that, especially just before…before the break-up. Too much of what she said didn’t make sense…but that’s all in the past.
And you don’t want to hear about that business, anyway.
What else? Oh, I do have some other hobbies. I like going to movies. Which is how Pam and I met. I like art films, myself. Like Memento and The World’s Fastest Indian. Blue Valentine. *His eyes flicker and sadden* That one hit close to home. But generally things off the beaten path. Pam liked the romantic comedies, which are okay if there’ve got some action-adventure to them.
*Sighs* Everything seems to lead back to Pam. Like I didn’t have a life without her. I did have a life before Ms. Kimball. It was just, well…quiet. She was the one who turned it upside down with her crazy antics. I guess opposites do attract.
*Smiles broadly* But now I’m ready to make a fresh start and hopefully have a little action-adventure of my own. I found this great dating service, called 1Night Stand that promises to fulfill my every fantasy--a romantic dinner on a deserted island in the Caribbean, soft breezes, waves lapping on the sand, and hot sex on the beach with my perfect woman. *grins devilishly* I’ve been planning this for a while. Been working out at the gym. Working at other things too. *winks* A hot night filled with passion. Guaranteed.
Well, thanks for letting me share some things about me with you. I’ve got to get back to the computer. I’m working on a new app that I think you will absolutely enjoy! It’s called Fantasy Island and I want to give you that feeling of sand between your toes when you play. I’ll probably finish it up after my 1Night Stand. *grins* An X-rated app, maybe?
Jenna: Thank you, Roger for leaving that image with us. *smiles*
Thank you all for stopping by the blog today. Hope you enjoyed the little meet and greet with Roger. To find out how his 1Night Stand went, why not check out Almost Perfect?
Blurb for Almost Perfect:
Pamela Kimball’s birthday present, a 1Night Stand adventure, promises to jump-start her life, put a new man in her bed, and help her forget her past. Unfortunately, movie-buff Pam’s Pirates of the Caribbean fantasy takes an alarming wrong turn when she’s abandoned on a not quite deserted island—with ex-husband Roger Ware.
Forced by hunger to accept Roger’s offer of dinner, Pam realizes the geek she married has transformed into one of the most charming, sexiest men she’s ever met. His newfound confidence—and hot body—re-kindle old fires. A simple kiss leads Roger to challenge her to discover how much his lovemaking skills have improved, leaving Pam torn between self-preservation and burning desire.
With time running out before they’re rescued, Pam must decide if her heart can survive the consequences of becoming Roger’s “almost” perfect 1Night Stand.
Excerpt for Almost Perfect:
“I’ll have to tell Sue her birthday gift didn’t work out so well either.”
“Birthday gift?” His eyes widened and he smacked his open palm to his forehead. “Damn! That’s why this date sounded so familiar. Sorry, Pam. Happy Birthday.”
She smiled at the perfunctory words, though the smile dissolved as he leaned forward, grasped her cheeks and kissed her.
Pam tensed, sucked in air, and her arms rose as though to push him away. But the silky feel of his lips on hers, firm as they pressed again and again, his tongue brushing against the seam, beguiled her. The Roger she remembered never kissed like this. She opened her mouth to tell him so, which allowed his tongue to slip through. The taste of champagne and a little salty tang from the seafood created an unexpectedly erotic flavor. So when her hands made contact with his shoulders, they didn’t push away, but urged him closer. His exploration stopped, he released her face and drew back.
“Well.” He sounded breathy, as though he’d just run a race. “Happy Birthday.”
“Wha…what the hell was that?” Her voice was low like his, her breathing as erratic.
“Just a kiss.” He grabbed his champagne and downed it.
“You never kissed me like that when we were married.” If he had, would they even be there?
“I guess I’ve learned a few things in the time we’ve been apart. And how much could you have expected anyway? We were both virgins when we met.”
She winced. “Don’t remind me! The techno-geek and the movie queen. Positively the worst case of dual deflowering in history. Talk about the blind leading the blind.”
“Well, I’m not blind anymore.” He set his glass on the table. “In fact, I’ve seen some extraordinary things….” His hand cupped her head again and she sat mesmerized as he drew her near. This time his tongue licked the outer rim of her ear, sending strings of chills along her arms. “You used to like this, I remember.”
“Roger.…” She needed to get out of there—because she wanted to stay so badly.
His tongue continued around her lobe, his breath tickling her neck as his head descended to the collar of her shirt. She gasped as the cloth fell open. When had he learned to unbutton buttons so fast? He followed an exquisitely torturous trail down to her nipple, peaked and ready for him. As he latched onto the sensitive tip and tugged with his teeth, the crotch of her shorts flooded with her desire.
She moaned and shook her head. “We shouldn’t do this. You want your perfect fantasy date.” He continued to tease and torment the crest, until her breath came in gasps.
“Tonight I’ll take almost perfect, Pam.” His finger traced a line down her stomach, making the muscles tremble. “Besides, don’t you want to see what I’ve learned?” The deep voice held a challenge she wanted to accept. Even if this was punishment for past sins, she didn’t care. It had been more than two years since she’d made love to a man, made love to this man. If his lovemaking had improved as much as the rest of him, she didn’t want to miss it.
Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical and contemporary romance who has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager. A romantic herself, Jenna has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise. She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own writing.
Jenna lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets. When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director. She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage.
She has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts she just can’t stop.
Title: Almost Perfect (1Night Stand Series)
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Novella
Publisher: Decadent Publishing