Look closer, into Hotel Totally Five Star Venice, where art curator Monique Le Bres has just walked through the doors of the newly opened swanky luxury hotel to assist with their art collection.
Alessandro Bonnard, the world-renowned art connoisseur and collector has been sent incognito to supervise Monique and oversee her acquisitions for the hotel.
Concealing his true identity, Alessandro is intrigued by the art-loving vixen with an appetite for kinky sex. He pursues Monique, charming her at every turn — taking her to places she’s never been — both in and out of bedroom.
Monique falls hard for the man who has utterly captured her body and soul. Only to find out he isn’t who she thought he was after all…he’s an art thief on the run…with her heart.
Hi. Welcome to All I Want and More. We’re glad to have you here.
Thank you so much for having me, I am delighted to be here!
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I love to write toe curling erotic romance, but when I’m not writing I like, no make that love, to play tennis, cook, entertain friends, and I’ll travel anywhere at the drop of a hat. Oh, and did I mention I’m a die hard romantic? So that usually means my choice for travel is somewhere romantic and usually with Mr. Deveaux.
In this book, who was your favorite character to write and why?
Monique is hands down my favorite character. She is so sassy and brash and wants so desperately to leave her trailer park roots back in Kansas and make her mark in the art world in Venice that she’ll do just about anything. But under her tough as nails exterior, she’s sinfully sensual and not at all shy in the bedroom, and that makes for a very interesting combo when she meets her match in the worlds renowned art collector Alessandro.
What 3 words would you use to describe your main characters?
Smart, passionate and adventuresome.
Can you tell us a little bit about this book? Maybe a little snippet?
This book was really fun to write, dreaming up the “art caper” and writing some really really fiery sex scenes all set in Venice, and sometimes al fresco J Told you I was enjoying being naughty!
Here’s a little snippet:
Waiting a good half hour, Monique was quite sure the coast was clear after her supervisor had departed. Weary from her travels she couldn’t wait to get back to her nice room and fall fast asleep in the sumptuous looking bed.
Stepping out of her office, Monique headed for the elevator at the end of the hall, noticing each door she passed had a nametag with identifiers. Sales the Direttore Vendite. Food and Beverage. Diretorre del Marketing. Director of Marketing and so on.
The subdued hush of voices from an adjoining hallway made Monique stop in her tracks. Pausing, she listened. The soft giggles intrigued her. Tiptoeing towards the sound, she peered around the corner. Near the end of the hall, she glimpsed Donovan’s silhouette as he leaned against a woman, kissing her. His hands holding hers above her head as she hooked one long leg around his waist, pulling him closer to her as they embraced passionately.
Monique’s key slipped from her hand and tinkled noisily on the wood floor. Mouth agape, her cheeks flamed as Donovan looked up and nodded to her from down the long hallway. Then the woman looked at her too. Monique immediately recognized the young blonde with the pixie cut hair and the cute little body from the lobby. The one she’d seen Donovan pat on the ass when Monique had first arrived.
The young woman merely smiled at Monique, her legs still wrapped around her supervisor’s hips, and then returned to kissing Donovan. Running her hands along his wide shoulders before he spun her around and planted his hands on her ass, pulling her too him. Hard. Monique looked away, but then back again. Strangely aroused at the unbridled passion, she was aware her nipples peaked under her silk blouse as she watched his hands slide over her curves and slide up and then up and under her skirt.
How do you go about picking character names? Do you have to get them just right and make sure they fit with the characters personality?
Character names just pop into my head. Names I like, names that seem to suit the personality of the character. Sometimes, I am forced to change names I like because they may be too similar to another character in the book, like an Amelia and Andy, that kind of thing. Also, if I hear a name I like I usually jot it down.
We’re cover hussies..What was your first impression of this cover?
The cover perfectly captures the seductive tone of the book, both the heroine and the setting. At Totally Bound, my publisher, they are simply marvelous at listening to the author’s vision and then creating a terrific cover.
What does writing mean to you?
I can’t imagine not writing. I’m one of those people who loves to write letters, grocery lists, anything pretty much. In college I’d opt for an essay anytime.
What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
My books are entertainment, and I hope that my writing gives my readers both pleasure and an escape from the demands of everyday life. Not only is the sex scalding, but I hope the romantic tension stirs my reader to read on. It’s my hope that my readers feel they are right there in the setting I’ve created, experiencing the challenges and triumphs as if they were themselves in the book.
If you had a technology free day, what would you do?
I love to do a little gardening and then sit down read a really good book (paperback) in the shade and then do some daydreaming. A technology free day is perfect for that!
What are you currently working on?
Just finishing up Bottoms Up, a naughty cocktail themed erotic romance. My next new release is COCKPIT, due out this summer. The heroine rocks, she’s a commercial airplane pilot. How neat is that? I had so much fun writing it and researching…
Sexiest feature on a man? Smile.
Boxers, Briefs or Commando? Boxers
What is on your night stand/dresser? Lip gloss, photo of Mr. Deveaux and me, copy of the Principal’s Office by Jasmine Haynes and Covet by Tracey Garvis-Graves, earplugs and a sleep mask. Need my beauty sleep!
Hairy chests or smooth? Smooth baby.
Cowboy or businessman? Cowboy all the way.
Tattoos or piercings? Tattoos
Secret talent? Now it wouldn’t be secret now would it?
What’s your guilty pleasure? Just one? Coronation Street…
Celebrity crush? Clive Owen
Night owl or early bird? Mid day birdie.
Twitter or Facebook? Both
Pinterest or Instagram? Pinterest. Love Pinterest!
ebooks or paperbacks? Both…although I read piles more in ebook now but I sure do love a paperback. How about you?
Is there anything else you like to add?
Thanks so much for chatting with me. It’s been fun stopping by.
I wish you all a sinfully sexy summer read!
Smiling, the hotel clerk handed her the large gold room key.
“Signorina Le Bres, benvenuti a Venezia.” She welcomed Monique warmly. “Signor Amatus will be here un momento to escort you to your suite.” The mix of English and Italian words was enchanting to Monique, so far from the small dirt filled town back in Kansas that she’d dragged herself out so many years ago where the only foreign language spoken was pig Latin if you were lucky and grow up on the right side of the tracks. Monique hadn’t even been that lucky, the rusted out trailer she’d shared with her mother couldn’t have been further from the right side of anything.
“Grazie.” Monique took the gold key, noting how large and heavy it was in the palm of her hand. Almost ominous of what lay ahead. No slick electronic keys at this hotel. No, this was one hundred percent Italian luxury. The key began to heat in her grasp as she glanced around for the man who was supposed to greet her.
The elevator door dinged, catching her attention.
Monique’s mouth dropped open. A good looking twenty-something man dressed in employee issued suit exited. His robust laughter had caught her attention with his momentarily flirtation with a sexy young woman dressed in the hotel uniform that made Monique smirk as the man patted her ass when he passed. A first rate flirter for sure, she made a mental note to steer clear.
Monique’s smirk turned into a frown as the man kept walking straight towards Monique.
“There he is, Signor Amatus,” the clerk behind the counter called to Monique while she stood somewhat transfixed as the flirter approached. He really was young. Could he really be her supervisor? Not at all what she’d been expecting. Maybe mid twenties if she was generous. Barely legal age back in the states and good ten to fifteen years younger than her she was quite sure.
“Ah, Signorina Le Bres…”
“Yes, I am Monique Le Bres.” She extended her hand. He wasted no time sliding it into his and reaching it to his mouth. Pausing before kissing the back of her palm, his gaze stayed fixed on hers.
“Incantanto,” his words almost a whisper.
These Italian men were skilled at the art of flirtation; there was no denying that. But the sooner she made it clear to him that she was all work and no play the better it would be for both of them.
“I am Donovan Amatus, please allow me welcome to you to Hotel Totally Five Star Venezia. I am sure you will be molto comfortable here.”
The wicked glint in his eyes made her blush and fume at the same time. “I’m the new art curator,” Monique scrambled to say something, trying not blurt out what she was really thinking. That it was actually both flattering and maddening all at the same time to be flirted with by this young stud with the wandering eyes only moments after her arrival at the hotel.
“I know, si. Art Curator,” he said, releasing her hand but not before running it lightly over his lips. “I will be your liaison while you are here, answer any questions you have. Work with you side by side. Fianco a fianco,” he repeated the words in Italian, his tone so intimate that she was lost for a moment as she studied his nametag.
Donovan Amatus, Del controllo qualità.
Quality Control Manager. A vague memory of her letter of employment and that name stuck in her head but she was damned if she could reconcile the young man in front of her with her supervisor. Surely there had been some mix up. This young man couldn’t possibly be supervising her and the forty million euro budget the CEO had entrusted her with.
“The key Signorina?” he prompted.
Speechless she just stood there.
“La chiave, the key, per favore?” He repeated and then reached to take the key from her grip. “Follow me Signorina Le Bres.”
“Oh, please call me Monique.”
“You Americans are so friendly,” he said with a smile as he led her toward the elevator, placing his hand firmly around her waist.
Summoning her most professional demeanor she slipped from his hold and stepped into the elevator.
“I am sure you will be very happy working here at the hotel Totally Five Star Venezia.” He said as he punched the fifth floor button.
Monique tried to focus on what she was there for, her dream job and not the leering eyes of her so-called supervisor. “Yes, I’m sure I will. Mr. Conroy’s letter of employment said I could start to work tomorrow.”
“Assolutamente,” he confirmed. “Tomorrow. But first I show you your room, bene?”
Kate Deveaux is a contemporary erotic romance writer and die-hard romantic. A former wedding planner, she has always been “in love” with love! Kate is currently working on several fictional stories – each filled with sexy romance, heroines who are no shrinking violets and heroes who make your heart skip a beat. She currently resides with her husband in the U.S. When Kate is not busy writing, she can be found on the tennis court –yes, there’s even ‘love’ in that game too.
Author website: http://www.katedeveaux.com
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