Welcome Melissa Cutler to Delighted Reader! We are delighted to discuss her new book Tempted by Danger!
Tell us about your new release Tempted by Danger?
First of all, thank you for having me! TEMPTED INTO DANGER is an action-adventure story about a brainiac “mathlete” heroine named Vanessa who accidentally lands herself in the middle of an international battle between the US Department of Homeland Security’s ICE division and a whole bunch of bad guys. Luckily, ICE black ops agent Diego Santero is there to rescue her. Their connection is instant and visceral, and it doesn’t take long for the dangerous lifestyle he lives to look awfully tempting…
What sparked the idea for Tempted by Danger?
The idea for TEMPTED started with the hero, Diego Santero, who swaggered onto the page in a previous book of mine, SEDUCTION UNDER FIRE. SEDUCTION was never meant as a prequel to TEMPTED, but I knew from the moment I first “met” Diego that he needed his own book. I was really drawn to the challenge of figuring out what kind of woman would make a gruff, alpha brute of a soldier like him pledge his eternal love.
Vanessa is a genius with math while Diego barely made it through high school. The two seem to be halves of each other. Is that the glue that keeps them together?
Great question! I agree that their souls are halves of a whole, even though on the surface they seem like complete opposites. I think the glue that keeps them together is that they “get” each other on a deep, deep level. Diego is super attracted to how smart she is and she finds his gruffness endearing because she can see right through it to the gooey center he’s hiding behind all those walls he’s put up.
Everything that can go wrong, pretty much does. If these two could go anywhere for a vacation, where do you think you would let them go?
I have it on good authority that some friends of theirs are going to be headed to Europe soon, so I think Diego and Vanessa would go visit them. Friends and family are the most important thing to Diego and Vanessa has been so hungry for a tight-knit family, that I think most of their vacations would be to spend time with the people they love. They definitely wouldn’t go anywhere tropical. I think they have enough of that in Panama!
Thanks for joining us today Melissa!
From the back cover:
When a simple mission to deliver the beautiful and brilliant Vanessa Crosby to a safe house goes horribly wrong, ICE agent Diego Santero’s life gets complicated. Keeping the anti-crime analyst safe from the notorious mercenaries after her program will put everything he’s worked for at risk.
Relentlessly hunted and not knowing whom to trust, Diego takes Vanessa on the run, deep into the heart of the deadly Panamanian rainforest. Vanessa reminds herself that she’s just another asset to the ruggedly handsome black ops agent…until their intense situation leads to a release of passion neither expected. But even if they make it out alive, how can they ever have a future together?
Here’s a scene to tempt you:
Vanessa outlined the FDNY symbol on Diego’s chest with her finger. His already taut nipple beaded so tightly, the color leached from it. “I think this is all happening for a reason—finding the number patterns in the accounts, the kidnapping attempt, being here with you.” She spread her hand flat on his skin. “I’ve never done anything that mattered before. I want to do what I can to stop the submarine sale. Let me help you.”
His other hand found her forearm. His thumb stroked her. “Okay, but my offer stands. You change your mind at any time or decide that the risks are too much, say the word. I’ll get you out of Panama safely. I know how to make people disappear. That’s my promise to you, understand?”
She leaned into the hand on her leg. When he wrapped his fingers around the sensitive hollow behind her knee, a charge of reckless desire lighted through her system. It was that recklessness that goaded her to slide the hand on his jaw toward his ear, losing her fingertips in his thick hair. He closed his eyes but didn’t stop her or tense at her touch like he had before. His hand moved higher, leaving her knee for the tender flesh of her thigh.
Just like that, she knew unequivocally that if they kissed, if their clothes came off, they’d burn the jungle down with the heat of it.
With her forehead resting on Diego’s and their mouths inches way from contact, she rubbed a fingertip over his lower lip. “What are you thinking?”
After drawing a slow breath, his eyelids cracked open. The look he leveled on her was so potent with hunger and need it made her toes curl. “You don’t want to know.”
“Maybe I do.”
Tempted into Danger is in stores now:
Giveaway: Since Diego first appears in my backlist title, SEDUCTION UNDER FIRE, I’m giving away a copy (print or digital) of SEDUCTION to one commenter, so tell me: if you could take a vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Giveaway ends June 22, 2013 at 11:59 PM EDT.
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Bio: Melissa Cutler knows she has the best job in the world, dividing her time between her dual passions for writing sexy contemporary romances and edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense. She was struck at an early age by an unrelenting travel bug and is probably planning her next vacation as you read this. When she’s not globetrotting, she’s enjoying Southern California’s flip-flop wearing weather and wrangling two rambunctious kids.