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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Hard to Come By (Hard Ink #3) by Laura Kaye

Posted on 1 December, 2014 by in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Laura Kaye / 82 comments

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Hard to Come By (Hard Ink #3) by Laura Kaye

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Hard to Come By (Hard Ink #3) by Laura KayeHard to Come By by Laura Kaye
on November 25, 2014
Pages: 384
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Caught between desire and loyalty…

Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team—sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected to want the beautiful woman he found there.

When a sexy stranger asks questions about her brother, Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the brother she once idolized and fear of the war-changed man he's become. Derek’s easy smile and quiet strength tempt Emilie to open up, igniting the desire between them and leading Derek to crave a woman he shouldn’t trust.

As the team’s investigation reveals how powerful their enemies are, Derek and Emilie must prove where their loyalties lie before hearts are broken and lives are lost. Because love is too hard to come by to let slip away…

Today we welcome Laura Kaye to our blog as she celebrates her new release HARD TO COME BY! Laura has written a little about the elements of sexual tension and has provided us with an excerpt to share with you below. Stop by the other blogs participating in the tour this week to see what else Laura has in store for you and make sure to enter the giveaway below. GOOD LUCK!

Dec. 1-Shh Moms Reading

Dec. 2-Vilma’s Book Blog

Dec. 3-Grownup FanGirl

Dec. 4-Reading in Pajamas

Dec. 5-Schmexy Girl Book Blog

 

The Elements of Sexual Tension

 

I’m very excited to be here today to celebrate the release of my new book, Hard to Come By! This book is part of my super sexy and suspenseful Hard Ink series about the surviving members of an Army Special Forces unit investigating the suspicious circumstances that got them dishonorably discharged from the military. Hard to Come By is about amputee hero and team techie Derek “Marz” DiMarzio, who finds himself falling for the sister of one of their known enemies.

 

One of the most fun things about writing this book was the unrelenting sexual tension between Marz and heroine Emilie Garza. Stolen kisses, public sex scenes, quickies up against a window, and dirty talk galore characterize the sex in this book! *grins* So I thought I’d share some of the elements that I think create great sexual tension between romantic characters. Here we go:

 

Delayed Gratification. The longer you have to wait for that first touch, that first kiss, that first loosening of restraint, the better it is when it finally happens! Delaying gratification (for the reader and the characters!) makes you ache and yearn and long for it. And that builds sexual tension, literally.

 

Internal Debate. Another element that creates good sexual tension is the characters themselves giving in to what they want, and then pulling back. Maybe their body wants something their head or heart knows is no good for them. Or maybe they’re attracted to someone they know they can’t—or shouldn’t—have. That’s Marz, in Hard to Come By! This two steps forward, one step back internal debate builds sexual tension.

 

SlowMo. Giving readers every step, every detail, in the midst of a tension-filled moment makes it that much more intense. Describing the lean-in for the kiss, the eyes meeting, the pressing together of bodies, the way his breath caresses her lips…all before their lips ever touch? Yeah, that builds sexual tension.

 

Near Misses [aka c*ckblocking! LOL] Finally, finally they lean in for that first kiss….and someone walks into the room. Or something explodes. Finally, FINALLY they’re going to DO IT ALREADY and the hero gets an urgent call that tears him away or the bad guy arrives on the scene. All these near misses—otherwise known as being really, really mean to your characters—create sexual frustration that make readers and characters really, really want it!

 

Engaging the Senses. If you think about kissing someone…yes, go ahead, and pause for a moment, I’ll wait… *winks* …kissing is such an intimate experience that you register how that person feels, how they smell, how they taste, what their eyes look like up close, what sounds they make low in their throat, how they hold you, how their body moves. Engaging readers’ senses helps create sexual tension by giving them the sensory input to know exactly what it is that is so attracting between the characters, on the most physical level. Not to mention, it puts the reader into the moment with the characters, immersing them in the tension.

 

The Dance. Building sexual tension involves a process of escalation. In how the characters look at one another, how they talk to one another, how they touch one another, how they move around one another, and how they think about one another. If a strange man just walks into a store, steps around the counter and kisses the woman, that’s not all that sexy. But if the strange man walks into the store, he and the female clerk trade glances across the room, he asks for her help picking out lingerie, and together they look over sexy scraps of material, occasionally brushing hands or shoulders, and she notices how good he smells, and he notices how blue her eyes, and now they’re wondering about one another, and she asks if this is a gift for a girlfriend, and he says it’s not, that he’s noticed her before and just needed an excuse to come in to her store. THEN if he pushes her up against the wall and kisses her, it’s sexy. Sexual tension is built by the dance as much as if not more than by the acts. And, oh man, is there a lot of sexy escalation in Hard to Come By!

 

Emotion and Sex. Finally, good sexual tension is built by a ramping up of both the characters’ emotional reactions and desires and physical reactions and desires. Knowing that the physical acts have major emotional risk and rewards makes them so much more meaningful, and the gradual development and correlation of both over the duration of a story create sexual tension.

 

The Payoff. The more a book promises you in terms of explosive sexual tension, the bigger the explosion better be when they finally do the deed! After lots of urgent build-up in Hard to Come By, it’s not surprising that Marz’s and Emilie’s first time ends up being absolutely urgent and intense. The resolution of the sexual tension has to match the intensity of the tension when it remained unresolved. And, sometimes, that first resolution…actually ups the sexual tension ante!

Excerpt

How about an excerpt to show some of that tension in action? Here you go, from Hard to Come By:

 

Emilie stood between Marz’s knees, her face so close to his that the fallen tendrils of hair from her braid created a thin curtain around them.

 

And inside that bubble, the air suddenly sparked red hot. Marz held back, not wanting to take anything she wasn’t ready to give.

 

But then she whispered, “Kiss me.”

 

He didn’t need to be told twice.

 

The kiss was blistering in its intensity. They clutched at one another tightly, lips crashing and sucking and pulling, swallowing each other’s gasps and moans. Marz was rock hard in an instant, and nearly out of his mind with desire. Every masculine urge within him demanded that he bury himself deep inside her and never let go.

 

“God, Emilie,” he rasped, pulling away from her lips to taste her neck, her collarbone, the skin along the vee of her shirt. His hands dragged down her back, landing on her ass. “Do you know how fucking crazy this skirt has made me all day?”

 

She shook her head and pressed herself closer. “No,” she said, rubbing her thighs together.

 

His fingers bunched the soft material higher and higher, until his hands landed on totally bare skin. “Oh, fuck. Tell me you’re wearing panties.”

 

Her nails lightly scratched down his back, and even over the T-shirt, it set every one of his nerve endings alive. “Thong.”

 

“Yeah,” he said, his fingers finding and tracing the thin silky line downward, to where her cheeks met.

 

Emilie moaned. “Derek,” she said, her hips jerking toward him.

 

“What, baby?” He massaged and lifted the round globes of her ass, allowing his fingers to inch closer and closer to her heat with each teasing squeeze. He licked up her neck. “What?”

 

“I know we don’t have time,” she whispered as she pressed herself backward toward his exploring fingers.

 

“Time for what?” he asked, kissing up over her jaw and claiming her mouth again. The pads of his fingertips caressed her opening.

 

“Oh,” she moaned, her face a mask of pleasured torment. “Time for you to get inside me.”

 

Fuck. That.

 

In a few quick moves, he pushed her from between his legs, crossed to shut the door, and plastered her front against the window looking out over a vast black nothingness.

 

“Oh, God, oh, God. Hurry,” she whined, helping him tug up her skirt and push down her thong.

 

Marz tore open the front of his jeans and shoved down his boxers, and his cock spilled out in his hand, long, hard, and inked with the heavy black lines of two Chinese characters. “Fuck.” He pulled back and his muscles ached at the retreat. “Do you have a condom?”

 

Emilie pointed behind them. “In floral bag on top the suitcase.”

 

He tore open the zipper and grabbed one, and then he was all about tearing the wrapper open and rolling the rubber up his length. He returned to her heat again, his weight pushing her up against the glass. “Are you sure, Emilie?”

 

“Never been more sure in my life,” she said, peering over her shoulder.

 

On a groan, Marz penetrated her opening, gliding all the way home on one long, slow thrust. She was so wet it was a fucking dream, and the tight heat of her made him tune out everything else. He didn’t hear the rain battering the window. He didn’t feel the weight of the ticking clock. He didn’t know anything except his cock inside the tight welcome of her body.

 

“Oh, Derek. Yes, yes, yes.”

 

His balls already ached with heaviness, and he bit down on the tendon that sloped upward to her neck.

 

Her cry made him harder, and he reached around to the front of her dress and tugged at the neckline until he freed her breasts to the glass. “I’m not going to be able to go slow, Emilie. I’m strung too tight for wanting you.”

 

“Do it,” she rasped. “Take me however you want.”

 

“Oh, baby. Hands on the fucking glass.”

 

Did you have a favorite line from the excerpt? Thanks for reading!

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Giveaway

Enter for a chance to win a signed copy of this book (open US and International) by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post below by sharing this post (include link to share) and answering Laura’s question – Did you have a favorite line from the excerpt? Winner to be picked on Tuesday AM and notified via email.

About Laura Kaye

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

82 Responses to “Blog Tour and Giveaway: Hard to Come By (Hard Ink #3) by Laura Kaye”

  1. Renee Sass

    Marz has been my favorite through the series so far & I loved his story!
    From the excerpt, my favorite line is: “Oh, baby. Hands on the fucking glass.”

  2. Terri Carle

    Marz was rock hard in an instant, and nearly out of his mind with desire. Every Masculine urge within him, demanded that he bury himself deep inside her and never let go. (OMG) fanning myself, along with that pic, oh wow!

  3. Ellie

    Marz sounds like my kind of man… no nonsense & domineering. In other words, Scrumptious!!! *lick*

  4. Tricia Zerbe

    “Dude! Goddamnit,” Marz said, laughing and taking a swing at his friend. “You’re stealing food from a one-legged man.”

  5. Rachel Martinetti

    I am reading this book now. My favorite line from the excerpt is “Oh, baby. Hands on the fucking glass.” I love that line!

  6. Jennifer Talbert

    Wowza! My favorite quote – “Do it,” she rasped. “Take me however you want.”

  7. Pam Buchanan

    I love this series.
    “I’m not going to be able to go slow, Emilie. I’m strung too tight for wanting you.”

  8. Amy Garrett

    The kiss was blistering in its intensity. They clutched at one another tightly, lips crashing and sucking and pulling, swallowing each other’s gasps and moans. Marz was rock hard in an instant, and nearly out of his mind with desire. Every masculine urge within him demanded that he bury himself deep inside her and never let go.

    shared: https://twitter.com/amg1825/status/539448000393658369

  9. Jan Meredith

    While I’ve loved every book in the Hard Ink series, I honestly have to say that Marz’s story is my favorite, and Oh, my Lord, is he hot!

    Loved the tips you shared on sexual tension!

    • Angela Thomas

      Sry didn’t mean to post 2 times didn’t think the first whent sry it said there was a error on the first try is why

  10. Ann Sbicca

    So hard to choose a favorite line!! The book is awesome. But I love the “oh baby, hands on the fucking glass!” .. Because you know it’s finally the time.. And it’s gonna be good!

  11. Karen G.

    OMG! This is so hot, why did I read it at work! haha Thanks for the post and the excerpt. I love this series and this book is definitely on my tbr list. I am in agreement with the previous commenters that my favorite line (and awesome teaser to end the excerpt!) is: “Oh, baby. Hands on the fucking glass.”
    I shared on twitter: https://twitter.com/skkg3/status/539448954824323072

  12. Ellen Wycuff

    I haven’t read any of the books in the series but they are now on my must read list

  13. jeanine

    Absolutely loved the book! My favorite from this excerpt: Her cry made him harder, and he reached around to the front of her dress and tugged at the neckline until he freed her breasts to the glass. “I’m not going to be able to go slow, Emilie. I’m strung too tight for wanting you.”

    Shared on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jneen277/status/539460750406725632

  14. Krystal Boehm

    I love everything Laura writes! At this point, I will buy a book without reading the blurb if she is the author. The Hard Ink series is so awesome and Marz is the best yet!! Full of action and a wicked romance too 🙂

  15. Sandra

    https://www.facebook.com/sandra.witkowska.735/posts/739529382768705

    fav line?
    maybe that :

    Emilie stood between Marz’s knees, her face so close to his that the fallen tendrils of hair from her braid created a thin curtain around them.

    And inside that bubble, the air suddenly sparked red hot. Marz held back, not wanting to take anything she wasn’t ready to give.

    But then she whispered, “Kiss me.”

    He didn’t need to be told twice.

    The kiss was blistering in its intensity. They clutched at one another tightly, lips crashing and sucking and pulling, swallowing each other’s gasps and moans. Marz was rock hard in an instant, and nearly out of his mind with desire. Every masculine urge within him demanded that he bury himself deep inside her and never let go.

    “God, Emilie,” he rasped, pulling away from her lips to taste her neck, her collarbone, the skin along the vee of her shirt. His hands dragged down her back, landing on her ass. “Do you know how fucking crazy this skirt has made me all day?”

    She shook her head and pressed herself closer. “No,” she said, rubbing her thighs together.

    His fingers bunched the soft material higher and higher, until his hands landed on totally bare skin. “Oh, fuck. Tell me you’re wearing panties.”

    Her nails lightly scratched down his back, and even over the T-shirt, it set every one of his nerve endings alive. “Thong.”

    “Yeah,” he said, his fingers finding and tracing the thin silky line downward, to where her cheeks met.

    Emilie moaned. “Derek,” she said, her hips jerking toward him.

    “What, baby?” He massaged and lifted the round globes of her ass, allowing his fingers to inch closer and closer to her heat with each teasing squeeze. He licked up her neck. “What?”

    “I know we don’t have time,” she whispered as she pressed herself backward toward his exploring fingers.

    “Time for what?” he asked, kissing up over her jaw and claiming her mouth again. The pads of his fingertips caressed her opening.

    “Oh,” she moaned, her face a mask of pleasured torment. “Time for you to get inside me.”

    Fuck. That.

    In a few quick moves, he pushed her from between his legs, crossed to shut the door, and plastered her front against the window looking out over a vast black nothingness.

    “Oh, God, oh, God. Hurry,” she whined, helping him tug up her skirt and push down her thong.

    Marz tore open the front of his jeans and shoved down his boxers, and his cock spilled out in his hand, long, hard, and inked with the heavy black lines of two Chinese characters. “Fuck.” He pulled back and his muscles ached at the retreat. “Do you have a condom?”

    Emilie pointed behind them. “In floral bag on top the suitcase.”

    He tore open the zipper and grabbed one, and then he was all about tearing the wrapper open and rolling the rubber up his length. He returned to her heat again, his weight pushing her up against the glass. “Are you sure, Emilie?”

    “Never been more sure in my life,” she said, peering over her shoulder.

    On a groan, Marz penetrated her opening, gliding all the way home on one long, slow thrust. She was so wet it was a fucking dream, and the tight heat of her made him tune out everything else. He didn’t hear the rain battering the window. He didn’t feel the weight of the ticking clock. He didn’t know anything except his cock inside the tight welcome of her body.

    “Oh, Derek. Yes, yes, yes.”

    His balls already ached with heaviness, and he bit down on the tendon that sloped upward to her neck.

    Her cry made him harder, and he reached around to the front of her dress and tugged at the neckline until he freed her breasts to the glass. “I’m not going to be able to go slow, Emilie. I’m strung too tight for wanting you.”

    “Do it,” she rasped. “Take me however you want.”

    “Oh, baby. Hands on the fucking glass.”

  16. Stephanie B.

    “Oh, baby. Hands on the fucking glass.” Because who doesn’t want to be talked to like that? *fans self*

    Thanks for the chance and great info on the sexual tension aspects!

  17. Sandra

    no ok. that’s joke.
    fav lines are:

    “God, Emilie,” (…) “Do you know how fucking crazy this skirt has made me all day?”

    “Oh, fuck. Tell me you’re wearing panties.”

    ”His balls already ached with heaviness, and he bit down on the tendon that sloped upward to her neck.”

    “Oh, baby. Hands on the fucking glass.”

  18. Samantha Talarico

    I love when he says, “Tell me you are wearing panties…” This book is so sexy and just oozes passion. I would love to win a copy of this!!!!

  19. Marcy Shuler

    “I’m not going to be able to go slow, Emilie. I’m strung too tight for wanting you.”

    I loved this book! Marz…*sigh* What more can I say. 😉

  20. Erica Bowen

    Favorite from this except, “Fuck. That.” 🙂 The leg rule was awesome, though!

  21. Rachel Fielhauer

    I think Marz is my favorite character in the series. Love the line when Emilie tells him she loves him and he answers, “I have waited thirty-two years to hear another human being say those words to me.” Breaks my heart! Thanks for bringing this character to life.

  22. Martha B

    Only one?! Impossible . . . but maybe towards the beginning.

    Marz was rock hard in an instant, and nearly out of his mind with desire.

  23. Sharon Saracino

    Great tips on building the sexual tension…thanks for sharing! Favorite line from this excerpt “He didn’t know anything except his cock inside the tight welcome of her body.” Love it that he completely lost sight of everything else! 😉

  24. Bube

    “Do it,” she rasped. “Take me however you want.”
    “Oh, baby. Hands on the fucking glass.”
    (blush) 😀

    Shared on Twitter:http://bit.ly/1zaJXiP

    Thank you Laura for the great post and giveaway! 🙂

  25. jennifer beck

    His fingers bunched the soft material higher and higher, until his hands landed on totally bare skin. “Oh, fuck. Tell me you’re wearing panties.”

  26. Susan T.

    My favorite and the Hottest line is “Oh, baby. Hands on the fucking glass.” Thanks.

  27. Joan

    “Oh, baby. Hands on the fucking glass”

    Love Laura Kayes books & stories. Been reading her for years!

  28. Michelle Willms

    I love the image this line gives me: Marz tore open the front of his jeans and shoved down his boxers, and his cock spilled out in his hand, long, hard, and inked with the heavy black lines of two Chinese characters. I shared on Twitter: Blog Tour and Giveaway: Hard to Come By (Hard Ink #3) by Laura Kaye @willms_m.

  29. Eleanor

    “I have waited thirty-two years to hear another human being say those words to me.” <— favorite line. So emotional.

  30. Alexandra A

    Do it,” she rasped. “Take me however you want.” –> My boyfriend just said this is every man’s dream 🙂

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