BP Notes: Today we have Katie Porter spending a little time with us and sponsoring a giveaway. Bare Knuckle is the final installment in the Vegas Top Guns series which makes me a little sad. Enjoy their post, enter the giveaway and stop by back later today to see what I thought.
Those Damn Benjamins
Eric and Trish from Bare Knuckle are super sexy and awesome, but they’re not rich by any means. This goes against the current trend of weekend trips to Paris in private jets owned by billionaire playboys. Besides, we covered rich playboy territory with Jon Carlisle in Inside Bet!
No, Eric and Trish work hard for a living. Multiple jobs. Conflicting commitments. Although their primary occupations are exotic—Eric is a captain in the Air Force and serves as a fighter pilot instructor, while Trish sings and dances eight times a week as a Vegas showgirl—their money concerns are not.
Normally an Air Force salary for a man of Eric’s rank would be a pretty good living, but with his only brother in an expensive drug rehab facility, Eric is stretched thin. He takes up off-Strip boxing to make some quick cash and get his brother clean. That causes some problems—to say the least—with his command. Eventually he has to choose between keeping the job he’s worked toward his whole life, and rescuing the brother he loves.
Trish has no regular salary to count on. She auditions constantly, especially after she loses a leading role when the musical is shut down. Raised a pageant girl, she knows she’s beautiful and talented, but that knowledge gets dented and kicked around pretty hard in town full of beautiful and talented women. Her options narrow. Cocktail waitress? Even nude photography?
(She doesn’t like that option at all, and neither does Eric. He’d rather keep their secret fetish for voyeurism and exhibitionism confined to the intimate, loving privacy of his bedroom/studio. He’ll be the only one taking nude pictures of Trish, thank you very much.)
Trish’s situation also has a snag. She’s taking college courses part-time, behind her bullying mother’s back. Sure they live in a tiny trailer on the outskirts of town, but Trish knows her career has an expiration date. Dreams of making it to Hollywood are drying up by the day, and she needs a way off stage—a way that will mean a secure future.
Of course this is a romance, so their money problems are solved just about the time they say “I love you,” but we hope the journey creates a sense of realism that readers can identify with. Not to say we want too much hardship digging into the beautiful escape that is romantic fiction—just enough to make their happy ending all the more sweet.
We’d like to give away a copy of Bare Knuckle in any digital format. Just answer the question: Do you appreciate real life concerns in a romance, and why?
What the critics are saying:
“The duo behind Katie Porter goes out with a bang in the last of their phenomenal ‘Vegas Top Guns’ series.” ~ RT Book Reviews 4½ Stars
“It’s deliciously explicit details is guaranteed to ignite the fire within readers.” ~ Fresh Fiction
“These characters have depth, the sex scenes are hot, and the reader will root for this pair.” – Library Journal
For more about Katie Porter, the co-writing team of Carrie Lofty and Lorelie Brown, visit their website!
Thanks again to Book Pushers for featuring Katie Porter and Bare Knuckle!
BP Note: Giveaway is open world wide. Winner will be announced on Wed the 16th. Good luck! Don’t forget to stop by later today to find out what I thought.