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Desire’s Anthem: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Romance
by Samantha Egret
Audience: Adult 18+ - Genre: Erotic Romance - Format: E-book and Paperback - Publisher: Chances Press, LLC www.chancespress.com - Cover by: Geronimo Quitoriano - Pages: 186 - ISBN: 978-0692345016 - ASIN: B00QHM0Q0O - Date Published: December 2014
Danny Ayres has always lived his life on his terms. As a marketing exec for a big-time record label, he never had to look far for a willing fling, and rarely gave repeat performances. When he falls for a once-in-a-lifetime woman, he knows that even he can't negotiate out of this deal. But when in the same week he loses his job and his proposal falls flat, he starts to wonder if he's lost his touch.
Hannah Mercury has always found comfort in the straightforward procedures of civil service, and has organized her suburban life to high standards. Recently estranged from her husband and vulnerable from a careless indiscretion, she knows it's wise to keep Danny at arms' length.
During a chance meeting at lunch, Danny strikes up a conversation with Hannah, and the two forge an unlikely friendship. But after a brief and unexpected encounter takes the two beyond the platonic and into the erotic, Hannah realizes just why Danny's only been successful at one-night stands. She makes a proposition to teach him, in way he never dreamed possible, what it takes to REALLY satisfy a woman sexually and win back his dream girl.
But can they satisfy their carnal desires without losing control of their hearts?
Trying to keep his cool, Danny rolled back in his office chair. “On a Monday?”
Hannah laughed. “Come on, I’ve been waiting all weekend to see you.”
Danny tried to be as aloof as possible. “Okay, but it can’t take long.”
“We can pick one of the quickie spots in the Arts District,” resolved Hannah. “Besides, parking is free on that side of Downtown. See you at noon?”
Danny smiled at how determined she was. “Nooners it is.”
“No, sweetie—just lunch,” she said, and winked. He laughed. She sure did have a bit of the devil in her. It made her almost irresistible.
She was cool the whole way there. Not once did they talk about what happened last Friday at the bar—and after. Danny was starting to feel so at ease that he let his guard down. They talked about the final steps of getting the fire station built, and of some of Danny’s plans for marketing the Grand Opening. It was like old times, and Danny wondered whether Hannah had realized how far they’d gotten and decided to pull back, too.
Once they got to the Arts District and found parking, though, she turned toward him, placing her hand on his thigh. “I thought about you all weekend,” she said as she caressed it.
Danny laughed. “That’s no fun.”
Hannah let her hand move up. “Oh, but it was, Danny. I touched myself and thought of you. Of all the things I want you to do to me. I can’t come anymore without thinking of you.” She cupped his growing erection, and leaned over to kiss his neck.
“I’ve imagined doing a lot more to you, too. Many times.” He let her continue to kiss and bite his neck. “I wish we could run away together, just ditch work one day.”
Hannah took a break from her nibbling. “We could, you know. Just call me before I get off the train, and instead of taking the red line to work I’ll take it to Hollywood, and we can have a fun day together.” She settled back in the passenger seat. “Oh, Danny, why don’t we?”
He looked at her regrettably. “Come on, Hannah. You remember our deal. We can’t let this thing we have get in the way of our lives, and that includes our jobs. Our goals for success.”
She looked at him. “And then there’s that girl…”
“Akie,” he said. It felt awkward to say her name at that moment. Hannah hesitated. “I’m sorry, Hannah—I think maybe that was insensitive.”
“No—it’s just that…”
Danny raised an eyebrow. “Just that what?”
Hannah took a deep breath before speaking. “What if I could guarantee you that the next time you see Akie, she will never want to leave again?”
Character Names: Danny Ayres and Hannah Mercury
Danny – I live life on my terms. I used to do marketing in the music industry, but my label, Unchained Records, cut me when sales went down. So I found a gig in PR for the city. I work in Downtown Los Angeles, live in the Westside, and am pretty cool with my life. I’m in a band right now with my best buddy, called Montage. The name sucks, but we’ve got a good sound.
Hannah – I’m a Project Manager for the City, but it’s not my dream job. Right now, we’re trying to get public support for a local fire station. That’s where Danny comes in. On the personal side, I’m married with two kids. We live in a suburb. I really don’t like where I live. My husband and I are in a rough patch right now.
Describe yourself; what is your worst and best quality?
Danny – My best quality is that I’m pretty good at getting along with anyone. I don’t have any bad qualities [winks].
Hannah – Best quality…my ability to make things happen, whether it’s a project at work or a school assignment for my kids. Worst quality…I’m a pretty harsh judge of myself.
What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you?
Danny – What you see is what you get. Except for the whole superhero thing [winks].
Hannah – I wish they knew how much I struggle with being a mother and wife, especially since my family is so far from me during the day, when I’m at work. It’s hard to feel like you live two lives.
What is your biggest secret…something no one knows about?
Danny – They won’t be able to fit me in my coffin for all the secrets I’m taking to my grave.
Hannah – I almost had an affair last year. My husband knows, and we’re struggling with it. The guy works in the same office as Danny and me. I dread seeing him every day.
What are you most afraid of?
Danny – That I won’t be able to control my awesome superpowers.
Hannah – That I will be stuck in this job for the rest of my young life, living in a suburb I can’t stand.
What do you want more than anything?
Danny – To be a rock star.
Hannah – To be happy.
What is your relationship status? Danny – Single, but I’ve got my eye on this one chick, Akie. She’s so hot.
Hannah – Married. Estranged.
How would you describe your sense of fashion?
Danny – Practical.
Hannah – Indie.
How much of a rebel are you?
Danny – Total rebel!
Hannah – Not a rebel, but I hope my friend Danny will help me with that.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
Danny – The album I made a few years back with my old band, Exquisite Corpse.
Hannah – My kids.
What is your idea of happiness?
Danny – Being a rock star married to Akie.
Hannah – Living a meaningful life with my family near me. Having the ocean nearby. Being in love.
What is your current state of mind? Danny – I’m cool.
Hannah – Conflicted.
What is your most treasured possession? Danny – My guitar.
Hannah – My wardrobe.
What is your most marked characteristic? Danny – My hair. It’s not as long as it used to be, but it’s still something I think is really me.
Hannah – My green eyes.
What is it that you most dislike?
Danny – Stagnating.
Hannah – Apathy.
Which living person do you, most despise?
Danny – Don’t really despise anyone.
Hannah – I don’t despise anyone. You’d think I would despise Connor, the guy I almost had the affair with, who ignores me. But I don’t.
What is your greatest regret?
Danny – Not keeping Exquisite Corpse going. We really had a chance to hit it big.
Hannah – Connor.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
Danny – I’m not into dudes.
Hannah – Someone that makes me laugh.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Danny – That she’s hot.
Hannah – You mean like in a friend? Someone that listens and doesn’t judge.
Who is your favorite hero in fiction?
Danny – Spiderman!
Hannah – Jane Eyre.
Which living person do you most admire?
Danny – Axl Rose.
Hannah - Sheryl Sandberg
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
Danny – I need to lose some weight.
Hannah – I wish I could have more confidence in myself.
What is your motto?
Danny – Live and let live.
Hannah – It’s more of a mantra I wish for: “Love, health, and happiness.”
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