By Livia Grant
Thank you for hosting me today, Cara. I’ve been a fan of your books and blog for years so it’s always fun for me to visit. I’m sharing one of the first scenes from my newest release, Infamous Love with you and your fans today. It’s not long after our grad student heroine meets not one, but two A-list celebrities who are traveling in France. The men come to her aide in a train station and hit it off immediately.
I had a lot of fun writing this book because I not only got to immerse myself in a dream I think many, if not most, women have had at some point in their life; that dream of being with someone rich and famous. The first part of the story follows Emma as her dream comes true.
Even more fun for me was being able to get inside the men’s head and telling the story through their eyes as they admit their taboo love for each other as well as the adorable grad student they can’t forget. As you can imagine, going public as celebrities with such an unconventional trio relationship can make quite a stir. It was fun to explore this dynamic with Jaxson, Emma and Chase.
I hope you’ll pick up a copy of Infamous Love! Enjoy this scene as the trio get to know each other early in the story.
Their love might be the only thing more powerful than the paparazzi.
When curvy grad student Emma Fischer is stranded in the south of France, she’s short on cash and unable to speak French. The last people she expects to come to her aide at the train station are two high-demand fashion models in France for a photo shoot. Sparks fly between the threesome as they speed towards Paris in their private car.
Emma gets on the train a girl, but the intimate time spent in the dominant men’s arms over one hot weekend turns her into a woman. Walking away from her lovers to return to her average life in Wisconsin is one of the hardest things she’s ever done.
Jaxson Davidson and Chase Cartwright have been best friends and business partners for years. As A-list models they are treated like royalty wherever they go, by everyone they meet, which is why their down-to-earth submissive grad student, Emma, is something special. The men have been seeking a way to turn their friendship into a romance, and Emma is the perfect missing ingredient to make that happen.
Can a romance that started as a fun summer fling turn into something long lasting for the trio? Will Jaxson’s powerful father ruin their chance at their own happily ever after? Find out this and more in this sexy, exciting ménage novel where love might really be the only thing more powerful than the paparazzi.
Publisher’s Note: Infamous Love is a M/m/f erotic ménage romance meant for adult audiences only.
Infamous Love excerpt
She watched silently as he opened the bottle of champagne. The sharp pop of the cork startled her. The room was so quiet; she could make out the sound of the bubbles as Jaxson poured three flutes to the three-quarters mark before reaching for the OJ and filling them to make mimosas. His eyes bored into her as he approached the bed where she and Chase lounged, the drinks in tow. He held a glass out silently to her, nodding for her to reach out and take it.
Emma noticed Chase did Jaxson’s silent bidding, sitting up to take his own drink. Jaxson finally spoke, raising his glass in a toast. “To new friends.”
Both men drank, but Emma sat frozen, her back against the pillows stacked along the headboard. “You aren’t drinking, Emma. Don’t you like meeting new friends?” Jax stared as he waited for her answer. She’d never met someone this intense before.
“Is that what we are? Friends?” Where did that question come from?
“I’m not complaining, mind you, but why did you do that, exactly?”
Jax’s green eyes twinkled with a mischief she hadn’t seen there before. “I don’t think she trusts us, Chase. What do you think?”
She tore her gaze from Jax to see Chase grinning at her. Her skin felt on fire where his left hand was now caressing her left ankle, moving slowly higher under her jeans to her calf as he lifted his glass with his other hand to his lips to sip the drink before answering. “I think you’re right, Jax. What a shame, too. We are very trustworthy kinda guys.” The heated look on his face told her they were anything but.
Despite the alarm bells going off in her head, Emma was filled with a foreign desire to live dangerously. Yesterday she’d concluded she needed to start taking more risks. It wasn’t every day she had a chance to make friends with two hot models.
“Trustworthy, you say. I’d have to say so far, that might be true considering you saved me from the goons in the station and have helped me recover from their attack. Still… you haven’t mentioned what you expect in return for your kindness.”
Jaxson answered with an exaggerated tone, which told her he was playing with her. “I resent that. We want to help out a beautiful woman and get accused of wanting something in return.”
Emma’s self-doubt ran deep. The words spilled out of her mouth without even thinking, “Ha! Now I know you are liars. I’m not beautiful. At least not like those two models you were with yesterday at the hotel. I’m fat and plain and…”
He moved so swiftly she barely had time to understand what was happening. She felt Chase’s hand squeezing her ankle as if to hold her still while Jax put his drink down on the bedside table before leaning in close. His hands brushed her body sending an electric shock through her, as she smelled his minty breath as he chastised her. All traces of his smile were gone, replaced by a scowl.
“That will be the last time you call yourself fat… or plain… Do you hear me?”
Her heart pounded in her chest by the serious anger she saw flashing in his eyes. “Why are you so angry? I’m only saying the truth.”
Emma truly didn’t understand the rules of the game the men seemed to be playing. They sat in silence for a full minute, the atmosphere growing more awkward by the second. By the time Jaxson spoke, she knew whatever came out of his mouth would be the truth. She saw him struggling to find his words.
“You honestly don’t see it, do you?”
“How beautiful you are.”
She snickered, yet a small part of her obsessed over how awesome it would be to have those words be true. “Listen, you guys are nice, but you don’t have to keep lying.”
She was on her feet in a flash, pulled there by Jaxson before he led her to the full-length mirror on the sliding closet door. Jax was a full foot taller than her. Their gaze met in the mirror as he held her still in front of him with his hands on her hips.
“Do you want to know what I see, Emma?” He didn’t wait for her reply.
His right hand stroked her long, thick brunette hair, weaving his fingers through what she considered her best physical attribute. Surprise arced through her when he yanked it, pulling her head back and exposing her creamy neck to the man who suddenly looked like a predator. “This is extraordinary hair, Emma. It makes me want to run my fingers through it and use it as a handle while I fuck you from behind.”
His shocking words branded her, but he wasn’t done. His left hand moved to cup her double D breast, drawing a groan from her when he pinched her nipple, helping it to protrude obscenely through her thin top. “Did you see the pathetic breasts the bitch I was with yesterday had? They didn’t even fill half my hand. I could spend hours tying up and playing with your tits, baby. Skinny girls don’t have what you have.”
It was a toss up whether her heart or brain was racing faster at Jaxson’s unexpected statement. Could he be telling the truth that he not only overlooked her less than perfect body, but actually valued it?
Chase had joined them at the mirror and spoke next. “It’s your lips I can’t stop thinking about. You have the most beautiful, full lips. I would give anything to have you on your knees in front of me, looking up from below while you wrapped those pretty, perfect lips around my cock.”
Jaxson had to see the surprise in her reflection because he jumped in again. “You’re a natural beauty, Emma. You don’t need tons of makeup and designer clothes to hide behind. But, it was your gorgeous eyes that attracted me to you first. They are the most unique shade of violet. In our business, everyone lies. I’ve learned how to read people through their eyes to try to pick out the bullshit. Your eyes are a mirror into your soul, Emma.”
She braved speaking for the first time, “And what do my eyes say to you?” Her voice quavered. She wasn’t sure what she was hoping for.
His mischievous grin was back. “They tell me you want to believe me. I see your intelligence… your honesty… your desire to be the one in the limelight for once instead of the one sitting on the sidelines.”
That hit a bit too close to home for Emma. How could this man possibly know how she had been feeling since coming to Europe? Jax’s gaze flashed with satisfaction. “I have your attention now, don’t I little girl?”
It was as if he had a playbook to her heart. Emma was consumed with a desire she hadn’t felt before. It went deeper than sexual need. Stronger than physical desires. More powerful than mere mental images. The urge felt as if it came from her very core – a base, human level she was incapable of resisting. The only word she could think of in the moment was submission.
It was absurd. She barely knew these men. She didn’t know where they were from or how old they were. She didn’t even know their last names. They could be serial killers or rapists for all she knew, but in that moment, she had fallen under their spell. She’d blame it on them drugging her, but she hadn’t taken her first sip of mimosa yet.
She felt the train lurching forward, leaving the safety of the station. The parallel to the moment happening in the luxury cabin was ironic. As they picked up speed, so did her heart rate. With each block they traveled away from the station, Emma felt herself moving away from her comfort zone.
USA Today Bestselling author Livia Grant lives in Chicago with her husband and two sons… one a teenager, the other a furry rescue dog named Max. She is blessed to have traveled extensively and as much as she loves to visit places around the globe, the Midwest and its changing seasons will always be home. Livia started writing when she felt like she finally had the life experience to write a riveting story that she hopes her readers won’t be able to put down. Livia’s fans appreciate her deep character driven plots, often rooted in an ensemble cast where the friendships are as important as the romance… well, almost.