Thursday, September 1, 2016

NEW SASSY EVER AFTER KINDLE WORLD IS LIVE!!!!


Milly Taiden Presents:
Sassy Ever After Kindle World





Tamed by Bianca Sommerland

When Zaire Torva, enforcer of the Blue Creek pack, finds his mate near death in an underground fighting ring, he has no idea Lathan Ferox crashing into his life will turn his whole world upside-down. The struggle to save the man who claims Zaire’s heart tests their newly formed bond. And proves there’s nothing Zaire won’t do for him.

Only, sharing him might be an issue.

While on a mission to retrieve a runaway wolf cub, Zaire and Lathan come across a beautiful, fierce young woman, Embry Caelitēs, who watches over the child with all the instincts of a mare guarding her foal. Separating the two is impossible, and Embry possesses powers that can help Lathan tame his beast. Unfortunately, Zaire and Embry are like oil and water, clashing at every turn. All they have in common is how much they’re willing to sacrifice for the ones they love.

Surrendering to the wild passion of the animal within, Zaire’s tempered connection with Embry grows, but will it be enough as Lathan’s very existence proves too great a risk for any peaceful pack to take? As Embry’s past closes in on her, and their little cub faces the danger she tried to escape, will love be enough to keep them all alive?





Bonnie Sass by Erika Masten

Even the sexiest Highland wolf lord with the deepest, darkest brogue is no match for curves and sass in the high-stakes game of love.

Angie Maddox might make her living as a VIP host seeing to the whims of high-rollers at the Shifter Access Unlimited hotel in Vegas, but her private life is about no one’s needs but her own. She has taken her share of hard knocks learning that people pass in and out of Las Vegas—and her life—all too easily to let herself get attached. No man or shifter has enough money or magnetism to make her swoon ever again.

Lord Calum Ferguson is no playboy gambler, though, and no stranger to the voluptuous Miss Maddox or the passionate spirit walled up behind her defenses. He’s determined to be more than a one-off London fling from her carefree college days. When an international summit of wolf packs brings the Scottish alpha to Las Vegas and within range of his curvy prey, he knows he has waited long enough for Angie to come back to him; it’s time for the Highland wolf to go hunting.

But his lordship is going to have to put all his wolfish wiles and Highland charm to work if he’s going to get his “sassy ever after” with his bonnie American lass. Between royal pack politics, a kidnapping gone wrong, and the clandestine alliance of a rogue wolf with a seductively dangerous vampire, Calum might lose his chance—and Angie’s life in the process.

Bonnie Sass is a BBW paranormal shapeshifter romance by Erika Masten set by kind invitation in Milly Taiden’s Sassy Ever After Kindle World. Keep up with Erika at her newsletter at http://eepurl.com/pTLx1.





Kissing Sassy by Gracen Miller

Wild and free, Cajun thought he was content.

Cajun Wolfe doesn’t have time for trouble in five-inch stilettos, but that’s what he gets in the form of Hollywood’s leading lady. When Olivia Scott waltzes into Blue Creek’s shifter bar seeking his expertise for help with a stalker, Cajun’s convinced she’s a thrill seeker and he scorns her request. Soon he realizes he might’ve just met his match in a human, who also happens to be his mate. Olivia’s not just sassy, stubborn, and unpredictable, she has a temper to match his too.

Then Olivia showed him what he was missing.

Olivia Scott has had it with arrogant men. Cajun scoffing at her genuine need for help is the final straw. Determined to find another that’ll take her seriously, she storms off only to be attacked in the parking lot. Playing the part of unlikely hero, Cajun defeats her assailants. Meeting her mate in the form of a snarly wolf-shifter with a bad attitude is rotten luck. He’s also a weakness she can’t afford.

Trouble never looked so fun…

Their troubles are only beginning. A new danger arises and Olivia’s secrets are revealed. Can Cajun convince her to gamble on a mating so inconceivable it might just be a pairing that’ll save the world? Or will all be lost?

…or came with so much baggage.


AUTHOR NOTE: It’s unfortunate that Kindle World Books are only offered on Amazon US. This was not my choice, but Amazon’s decision. They have the final say, and I’m just a peon stuck in a rock and a hard place. My understanding is that this decision was made due to the complicated copyright legalities of permitting an author to pen a story in another author’s world. I LOVE ALL of my non-Amazon and non-US readers—seriously, y’all are amazeballs and just as important to me as the rest of my readers—and I can empathize with your disappointment. I’d be bummed if Amazon wouldn’t let me read one of my favorite authors too. While I wish Kindle World would open to readers across the globe—don’t give up hope that in time it will—the choice to write for Kindle World was a business decision. Kissing Sassy is a standalone novel and is NOT part of any of my other series!





Sassy and a little Bad-Assy by Jessie Lane

A Viking walks into a bar…
Nikki Wolf wished that was the beginning to a bad bar joke. Unfortunately, it was her crazy grandfather looking for her … dressed in full Viking regalia. All she had wanted was to get a few hours away from her slightly insane family.


… and gets thrown out on his ass by a sexy werewolf.
Cruz Morales started his first shift as a bouncer at the Thirsty Wolfe an hour ago. His boss said the place could get crazy, but Vikings? Really? At first, he couldn’t understand what the senile old man was shouting about. Then he spotted the sexy brunette hiding underneath a table. He didn’t know who the hell she was to the old man or why she was hiding, but the beast inside him knew one thing for sure: she would be his.





A Hot Piece of Sass by Melanie James



There’s something very special about Tanner Larsen. He isn’t your ordinary wolf shifter. He’s more. Believing he’s been cursed by the Gods, he’s all but given up on finding his one true mate. When he catches the sweet strawberry scent of his Fated female, worlds collide and ancient legends are revealed. Tanner discovers that his curse may be the only way to save his mate when a rogue wolf tries to destroy the lover’s destiny.




A Witchingly Sassy Seduction by Mychal Daniels

New comer to town, Celia Thomas, has some big things in her life—a big mouth and an even bigger problem.
Said mouth has managed to get her into some serious trouble with a vicious coven, she's just so happened to pissed off.
Celia’s a young, latent witch with no powers, trying to hide out in a powerful wolf shifter community, until she meets a man who won't let her hide--from him. Try as she might, she can’t hide from the mysterious lone wolf shifter, Owain Colfer. He’s just... too damn hard to shake in more ways than one.
When she realizes he won't be easily ditched, she attempts to seduce him to help her. What happens next is fun, sexy and oh so exciting.





Mate of Honor by Renee George

Curvy fox shifter Bailey Corsac lost the man of her dreams to her childhood best friend. Though her heart still aches for the love that will never be hers, Bailey finds herself the maid of freaking honor for the wolf couple’s official union. At the wedding party’s scenting ceremony, no one is more surprised than Bailey when the groom’s older brother, and heir apparent to the alpha, decides to claim her. Forrest Blackthorn is maddening and grumpy and—okay, admittedly sexy. But it’ll take more than growl and an alpha attitude to tame Bailey, and Forrest has another thing coming if he thinks he can simply Big, Bad Wolf this vixen.


Dragon Sass by Selena Kitt

Blue Creek needs a dragon. There’s only one problem—they don’t exist anymore. Or do they?

Kai is just trying to live the quiet life of a billionaire recluse. He might still like spicy food and spicy women, but he sacrificed his dragon’s heart over a thousand years ago and hasn’t been able to shift since. 

But Kai’s old nemesis, Nigel, has come back—from the dead—and the old Necromancer has his sights set on the wolf shifters. Nigel is wreaking havoc all over Blue Creek and, unfortunately, the only thing that can kill him is dragon fire. 

It’s feisty, orphaned horsewoman Jules, whose therapeutic ranch is in serious financial trouble, who holds the dragon’s heart—and she doesn’t even know it.

But renowned shifter-matchmaker Barb Wolfe knows—and this is the most important match she’ll ever make. The whole town, and maybe the entire shifter race, depend on it. 





Kiss my Sass by Serena Pettus

There was something about watching your best friend die in front of you that changed a man. However, when that friend also had a child on the way by a woman who knew nothing of his true nature, it presented a whole new set of problems.
Now Luke had to find this woman and explain to her that the father of her child was not only dead, but was also a werewolf. How hard could it be?

Ashe had always considered herself to be a strong woman, so when her baby's father disappears she does the only thing she can…she carries on. 
Now with her parents having passed, she’s back in her childhood home, ready to raise her daughter Lilly there as well. If only her uncle wasn’t such a nuisance things would be perfect.
There’s a new guy in town that grabs her attention. It’s just too bad that he comes bearing the worst news…her baby’s father has died, and her daughter is so much more than she appears.

Luke did his job. He delivered the news of his friend’s death. However, he didn’t count on Ashe being the one sassy, strong-willed woman his wolf would never allow him to walk away from.
Now he needs to figure out how to go about wooing a single mom into taking a chance on a lone wolf, while keeping her and her child safe from an unknown shifter threat.





Wise Sass Mates by Tasha Black

What happens when you grow up and move on, but your crush on your teacher doesn’t?


Bianca Silver is back in her hometown, researching shifter culture with her two best friends. An unexpected encounter in the woods with the teacher she’s dreamed about since she was a teenager sends her quiet new life into a tailspin, putting Bianca in grave danger and offering her a depth of longing and pleasure she never imagined was possible.



Ian Anderson has spent the last ten years trying to repress the violent lust and protectiveness he feels toward honor student, Bianca Silver. When he reunites with grown-up Bianca in the woods the night of a scenting ceremony his control over his instincts is lost. But loving Bianca isn’t as easy as he thought it would be. Between her stubborn streak and the efforts of the person who seems to want her out of the picture, it’s going to take their combined wisdom for these fated mates to begin their new life.



Bite My Sass by V. Vaughn

Juliet is sick and tired of cocky-as-all-get-out werewolf males, especially since she’s one of the few females in her pack that can’t find a mate. So for the past few years she has sought out the camaraderie of humans to carefully guard her heart, but when Juliet sets out on an RV vacation with her three best human girlfriends the first group of men they meet are four smoking-hot firemen werewolves on vacation too. Or so she thinks.
Roman and his friends have come to Blue Creek for the scenting ceremony in search of mates, and Roman manages to stumble on the woman who can temper his alpha heart before they even get there. His wolf is ready to pounce on the little beauty even when Juliet barely gives him a second glance. Her sassy ways scream “catch me if you can” to Roman, and he’s determined to win the woman his wolf needs.
When Juliet can no longer resist her attraction to Roman she gives in to her wolf on one condition - she refuses to be dominated by a male no matter how much alpha is in his blood. But her need to prove she’s equal is so strong it blinds her good judgment, and she invites an evil to shift its course causing her to risk losing her Romeo. Forever.











Tuesday, August 30, 2016

LABOR DAY SALE from S.A. Price


Authors Stella and Audra Price (S.A. Price) is doing a HUGE sale for Labor day! Starting Sept 1st and ending Sept 5th the following books will be FREE:

FIRE IN HIS EYES
SOMETHING DARKER
GIVING UP THE GHOST
KNOSSOS WEST
CONSORT
THE SOFT EDGE OF MIDNIGHT

And just to be awesome...you can get the other books in the corresponding series' for 99 cents each Sept. 1-8th! That's series for under 10$! Great deal right? Why not take a chance and get addicted? Here's the links for each series!

The 13 Shades of Red series:
YOU BURN ME
GIVING UP THE GHOST *FREE*
THE SERENDIPITY OF KARMA
THIS IS FOREVER
THE BRIDE WORE LATEX
MAKE DAMN SURE
THE SELF IMPORTANCE OF LESSER BEINGS
PIN YOUR WINGS
KEEP HER IN PIECES

the Inferi Dii series:
SOMETHING DARKER*FREE*
SOMETHING SINFUL

Duvall Inc:
CONSORT*FREE*
ROYALTY
LONDON FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Ophidians (Weresnakes!)
KNOSSOS WEST *FREE*
ENTWINED BY FATE

Dragon Elementals
FIRE IN HIS EYES *FREE*
DEEP WATER

The Keepers of Twilight
THE SOFT EDGE OF MIDNIGHT*FREE*
ASTOROTH: HER FINAL SIN

THATS 7 SERIES (20 books) FOR 14$! THAT'S ONE HELL OF A LABOR DAY DEAL! Grab the before its too late!



Monday, August 29, 2016

All my latest INSANITY!

Just to give you a glimpse, here's the books I'm working on now:


Yes, it's a lot, but the muse is being generous and I'm trying something a little different. Which doesn't involve a whole lot of sleep! lol

Seriously though, the variety is doing good things for me as an author, and while I know some of you will only see a couple of books on there you really want to read, you should seriously give the others a shot!

Either way, to my biggest fans who've read all of my books, you'll be very happy as I'll have some back to back releases.

On September 1st there will be TAMED (Feral Bonds 0.5), which is part of the SASSY EVER AFTER Kindle World and is already getting awesome reviews.



A little bit about Kindle Worlds, for those who are new to them, these books are ONLY released through Amazon US. Which means you have to be creative to get a hold of them if you don't have a US account. Those in my reader's group will be getting instructions, so if you haven't joined yet, please consider it! I don't want anyone to miss out!  I'm No Angel Discussion Group

Why would I write a book in Kindle Worlds when it has limited access? Well, I was invited by the amazing Milly Taiden and I loved the idea of getting to write in another author's world. It's a challenge and an experience I wanted to be part of.

Also, although I've written paranormal romance before, this is a bit different.

And a bit addicting! lol

So if you read Tamed and wonder if I'll be doing more, the answer is YES! I'll give you updates when I continue the series, but for now just know Feral Bonds will continue and the rest of the series will be releasing wide.

The next September release will be STREET SMARTS (Higher Learning Book 2). This will be a novella, probably about the same length as SOLID EDUCATION. If you haven't read that one yet, go check it out. They are standalones, but you get to re-visit Gage and Derek, which is kinda cool. :)

I'll post an update when I've cemented the release date, but I'm aiming for mid-month.

You may notice there are TWO Cobra covers in that collage. That's because not only will I be doing a collection of Cobra shorts--giving you extras with all your favorite Cobras--but Chicklet and Laura will get their own prequel novella. I'm hoping for October and November for those.

Yes, that's a lot of shorts, but it's part of giving my career a little boost. I won't get into the boring details, but to publish and write the longer books I need some breathing room and these shorts will give me that. Times are tough for everyone, and I'm luckier than most because I get to do this full-time. I won't publish a book I don't love, but putting out a few shorts first relieves some of the stress.

Speaking of stress, I'm going to answer this question before it's asked. I know most of you notice THE END is still in the coming soon, but there's no definite release date on it.

And there won't be until it's done.

I made that mistake once, because I was writing it and as excited for it to come out as you are. Then I hit a gut-wrenching scene and had to walk away for a bit. The Deadly Captive books are the most emotionally difficult books I've ever written and this one is no different.

So yes, I am still writing it. I write it between books to preserve my sanity. To make sure I'm giving it that raw, bloody, grittiness it needs and not softening it to take the easy way out. Rushing it would be easy. Wrapping it up in a pretty little bow would get it in your hands faster.

Those who've followed me for my whole career know I don't do that. I put my all in every single book and I'd rather put it off a few more years than give you a half-assed book. Not that I think it will take that long considering the progress I've made already, but I'm going to give the muse a few more months and see what happens.

Which means I'll continue to get hate mail, but that's fine. Some of you hate me now because you loved the first books so much. Which means I did them justice.

And I'll do no less for this book.

That's all for now! I hope this gives you a few things to look forward to!

Happy reading!

Hugs,
Bianca


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Ménage Romance is DEAD

Yes, you read that right.

No, I'm definitely not serious.

It's been awhile since I posted, but I try to make sure, when I post, I'm posting something you'll be interested in checking out. Updates, the jumbled mess of my mind, random sarcasm...you know, that kinda fun! lol

So where is this coming from? Well, I've come across a few conversations saying it was a trend and now it's over. I actually behaved myself and didn't comment on those posts and discussions. I'll slip into my own space to get up on the soapbox about that particular subject.

Before I get started, here's something for those of you who enjoy some eyecandy! ;)


Now, there are two things I've noticed with ménage romance. Some authors--due to demands from fans or their own preference--write only MFM (Male/Female/Male for those who don't know). This makes good business sense because the fantasy is appealing to many. What woman wouldn't want to imagine herself as the sole focus of two studs?

Fantasies are fun, and for those authors who can write a believable ménage romance, there are plenty of readers who love a great story and will dive right in. They're readers of romance who want something a little different. Ménage is definitely different.

But ménage is dead.

The other thing I've noticed is some authors lean more toward the world making the heroine seem happy, rather than showing a well rounded relationship. Hell, some of the most well known romances out there constantly tell you how happy the heroine's man (or men) make her. Which in part proves the MFM restrictions make more sense, right? The men making one another happy is distracting from the ultimate goal.


Only, can someone ever truly be happy if the one they're with isn't happy too? Not that everyone can be happy all the time, but there needs to be some balance for me to believe a couple, or a trio, will last.

Even with a MFM romance, there's less appeal if you can't see this relationship building something that lasts. Which forces the authors to dig a bit deeper. To explore the challenges three lovers might face and whether it will make or break them.

You're rarely looking at a formula when it comes to ménage. The formulas that work for MF would be too restrictive when you add another person. Jealousy isn't sexy--it will come up, but has to be addressed differently--and possessiveness can get downright uncomfortable.

Which brings us to MMF (Male/Male/Female). Unlike MFM, this kind of romance leads to not only the men sharing, but our sweet heroine doing so as well. And that idea makes some very uncomfortable.

Which is fine, not all readers are going to love every kind of book. But what's important is this kind of book explores an even deeper dynamic. I know readers who ate up every romance they could find, and when they got tired of the same old concept, dipped their toes into the menage hot tub. And loved it.

Unlike many readers, I don't identify as monogamous--which doesn't make me a cheater, but that's a subject for another day. I'm also bisexual--still not a cheater--so finding characters I can relate to is difficult. Love triangles give me hives. Women 'fixing' their men and forcing them to choose...well, anything, but let's focus on sexuality, has me throwing random things and cursing in French. The same goes for men 'fixing' women and demanding that same kind of choice.

I may be a rare one, but I'm not alone. So what's popular in romance might not work for me. I need a deep story that goes beyond the drama of boy meets girl. I love all the twists and turns of fulfilling dreams and desires.

To me, a ménage romance is beautiful because you can see how three people (or more) who truly love one another can put that love before anything else. Before society, before territorial urges, before the need to say 'You're MINE and mine alone.'

So what is it that you love about ménage?

Stay tuned for my posts about how paranormal romance is dying, historical romance is a thing of the past, and vampires are undead! <g>

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In other news, BACKLASH (Winter's Wrath #1) is on sale for a limited time in anticipation of book TWO!

(Psst! Little spoiler, it's Ménage)

Check it out here:

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

LINE BRAWL-READER ON PLAYER QUESTION POST and some updates!

So, now that Line Brawl's been out a few days, I've decided to do something fun! <g> Many readers have been asking questions about the book, so lets give you all an opportunity to ask the guys (and girls) themselves.

I'm going to leave the comments open for your questions and whichever player you're asking will answer here, so check back as the post grows!

At the end, I'll choose a couple of readers to get a special prize pack from their favorite player! 

 http://bit.ly/linebrawl

For the first one, which has been asked of me personally, many have wanted to know if the play party will be shown in the next book.

The answer is no.

Unfortunately, for the party to be truly enjoyable, there has to be scenes from different POVs and that wouldn't fit in the next book. I've had other scenes either cut or envisioned that don't really fit anywhere because they weren't part of the story arc.

So how am I gonna share those scenes?

Well, my plan is to have a special collection of shorts, which will come out as soon as I can write out the scenes, and publish that separately for your reading pleasure! :)

To tease you a little, this may include a certain honeymoon. And the party. And...well, the trouble triplets have been bugging me for more page time. ;)

So there you have it! I hope this collection will be as fun for you as it will be for me! I'll let you know when you can expect the release.

If you haven't grabbed Line Brawl yet, here are the links:


Now, for the questions!

**Note** This post will be updated regularly for the next THREE days, so be sure to check back to see the answers to your questions!

**Second Note** A spoiler warning will be placed on any questions that contain spoilers.  

And here we go! :D 


This is from Kim York for Heath Ladd. He states to Justina that there is a reason he is on the Cobras team. Care to share the reason Mr. Ladd?

Ladd ducks his head, a faint blush spreading over his cheeks. "Same reason the other players are?"







Lynn Latimer: My question is for Dean: What is it about Luke that you can't be happy for your daughter?

Arching a brow, Dean smiles. "The boy getting arrested might have something to do with it. I wouldn't say I'm not happy for her, but I've always hoped she would find a good man one day. Who knows, maybe Carter will eventually grow up and become that man. Ramos seems a lot less likely to break her heart or do something stupid that will ruin her life. I am very happy she found him. Though I think he's a little too old for her. I've been reminded I'm in no position to judge."



Ilene Tsuruoka: Are we going to see more of Keane in the next book? 
Me: I can't be sure, but I hope so. It really depends on where the story goes and who the next book will be about. I have a few of the guys talking to me, so there are a few possibilities that would bring Keane in for more page time.

I know I'd love to get to know him better! <g>

  

Krystal G: Is it only Landon who isn't ready to tell people about the relationship between himself and Dean... or do Dean and Silver want to wait as well? And why... given all the different relationships in the team... aren't they comfortable with telling people?
Silver leans close, lowering her voice. "Honestly, it has nothing to do with comfort. Landon doesn't want to play openly, which is cool, but one of the big issues is both Dean and me having management roles with the team. We don't spend much time with the players just hanging out. Discussing anything so personal...it just seems unnecessary."


Diane Sarno: For Cort and Ford...at what point did you realize you wanted to go further with one another? How was the first time? Was Akira there to help Ford handle Cort's size...hehehe?
 "Yikes, straight for the jugular!" Ford rubs his jaw, taking a deep breath. "Well, I'm gonna have to answer for both of us since Cort reminded me, as security, he doesn't have to do 'any fucking interviews'." A long pause. "I think things progressed naturally over time. And are still progressing, so there's not too many details to share. Don't forget, Cort hold the whip in the relationship." Ford winks. "I don't want to piss him off. Too much anyway."



Colleen Snibson: Akira, did you enjoy your kiss with Justina, and would you consider doing it again? 

"Mmm, yes. She's a very good kisser." Akira giggles, tucking her hair back behind her ear. "I totally get what Easy sees in her."






Diane Sarno: Justina..are you going to be spending some fun time playing with your men at the club? Do you think Ian's ready for playing in public? 

Justina runs her tongue over her bottom lip and takes a deep breath. "I think so? I mean, the club's not exactly public. From what I've heard it's harder to get in now than ever. I do like house parties a lot more though!"


Ilene Tsuruoka: Raif, how are you adjusting and is Thora helpful with that adjustment? Can you see anything at all?

Raif smooths his hand over Thora's soft fur, a tight smile on his lips. "She makes life much easier, I enjoy my independence and she gives that to me. But now, I see nothing."





Saturday, May 28, 2016

LINE BRAWL RELEASE in 2 DAYS! PLAYER ON PLAYER Interview with Shawn 'Easy' Pischlar


So the Cobra have decided to try something new. Rather than dealing with the pressure of a typical interview, with reporters that can be downright nasty—Hayley Turner anyone?—they’ll be interviewing one another.

Most of this interview won’t make it to the sports magazines, but you all get an uncut look of the trouble triplets interviewing Shawn ‘Easy’ Pischlar!

**Note-It was supposed to be just Scott, but his buddies thought he might need backup. ;)

Player on Player: Interview with 
Shawn ‘Easy Pischlar

A table was set up off to the side of the locker room, which was practically empty in the off-season. Scott tapped his fingers on the printout in front of him, feeling a little stiff in his gray suit, but Becky wanted to give a polished look to the first interview.

He had a feeling she just liked seeing him in a suit. Not that he didn’t wear one on date nights, and to games, and…damn, he wore suits a lot now, didn’t he?

“I bet the suit doesn’t make it through the interview.” Zach smirked as he straightened Scott’s tie, laughing as Becky nudged him aside. “Are you trying to earn yourself a punishment, little doe? I promise you, you won’t enjoy it.”

Becky bit her bottom lip, smoothing her hands down Scott’s chest to smooth his jacket. “He’s not going to strip during the interview.”

“Tyler and Luke will be there. I’m not so sure about that.”

Scott rolled his eyes. “That joke gets funnier every day. I promised I’d be on my best behavior. I will be.”

Sliding up to his side, Zach whispered in his ear. “You’re allowed to be a little bad. You know we both enjoy it.”

With a soft groan, Scott pushed aside the memory of that morning, adjusting in his seat, knowing very well talking to Pisch with a fucking hard-on would be a very bad idea. Heat spread over the back of his neck as Luke pulled a chair up beside him, turning it backwards before straddling it.

“You’re so cute when you’re blushing.” Luke ducked his head when Scott tried to backhand him. “Come on, chill out. It’s Easy!”

A few feet away, Tyler watched the cameramen setting up all the lights and sound equipment. He shook his head, stuffing his hands in the pockets of his own pants. “Isn’t this supposed to be all casual? Ford made it sound like it would be cool, but Silver and Becky turned it into a fucking press conference.”

“Dude, there are no reporters.” Luke kicked his feet up to the edge of the table. He was just as dressed up as Scott and Vanek, but somehow made the suit seem just as comfortable as jeans and a t-shirt. “We’re in charge. We can make this fun.”

“You mean I’m in charge.” Scott shoved Luke’s feet off the table. “You two aren’t even supposed to be here.”

“We can go if you want.” Tyler glanced over as the door to the locker room open. His cheeks went red. “Really, we don’t mind.”

Looking over, Scott sat up and tugged at his tie. Fuck, Pisch clearly hadn’t gotten the memo about dressing formally. In a suit anyway. But he still managed to look more put together than any of them.

In stylishly faded black jeans, with a black V-neck sweater folded up his forearms, and a white shirt with the top few buttons undone, Pisch was…fuck it, Scott couldn’t find the words to describe him. He was slick, and sinfully sexy. Scott was very happy with his own man, but hints that they might all play one day made it difficult not to stare at Pisch while considering…

Interview. I’m here for the interview.

“Good afternoon, boys.” Pisch winked at Tyler, grabbing a chair from the other end of the table and setting it down in diagonal to Scott. He slouched into the chair, resting one ankle on his knee. “Let’s get this over with. You all keep looking at me like that and this interview will become X-rated very quickly.”

Luke suddenly made himself look very busy going over the questions Scott was supposed to ask. He cleared his throat, then let out a nervous laugh. “Umm, this one’s clearly a ‘Yes’.”

Leaning over to read the question, Scott chuckled. He tugged at his tie. “Yeah, but I still gotta ask.” He turned to Pisch. “You still ‘Easy’?”

Lips quirking at the edges, Pisch inclined his head. “Yes. But you still get the speech.”

“I don’t…” Scott undid his tie. Damn, it was hot in there. Did they turn off the AC? “I don’t think I’m doing this right. You should probably introduce yourself first.”

“All right.” Pisch flashed a smile at the camera. “My name is Shawn Pischlar. Call me ‘Easy’. And yes, to clarify, I’m still me. I thought I’d have to change to be in a relationship, but love isn’t the cage I once thought it would be. It’s actually quite liberating.”


Scott liked that answer. His own relationships weren’t as open as Pisch’s, but he didn’t feel trapped.

Pisch continued. “I play left wing, third line for the Dartmouth Cobras. I’m a playmaker. I like long walks on the beach, eating dessert off a sexy man, or woman, and my favorite position is all of them.”

Tyler plunked down in the last chair, on the other side of Scott, covering his face with his hands. “You do know this is an interview for the team website. We’re not trying to get you a date.”

“I don’t need a date. I’m just being honest.” A playful glint sparkled in Pisch’s gray-green eyes. “I also enjoy watching the three of you squirm. Next question?”

Pulling off his tie, Scott set it on the table, looking over the questions for a safe one. “Who could you picture playing you in a movie?”

“No one.”

“Really?” Luke cocked his head. “I’d think Taylor Kitsch could do you.”

Pisch inclined his head. “And I’d let him ‘do me’. He can’t very well act as me while I’m fucking him.”

Holy shit… Scott’s mouth went dry. He undid his suit jacket. And the top few buttons of his shirt. Much better. “What’s your favorite car?”

“Anything with a big backseat.”

“You’re going to make all your answers sexual, aren’t you?” Scott shrugged off his jacket, his brow furrowing as he considered the rest of the questions. “Becky thinks the fans will enjoy getting to know us like this, but so far, I don’t think they can use any of this.”

“I apologize. I like fucking with the three of you.” Pisch made a circular motion with his hand. “Go on, I’ll keep it PG13.”

“Okay…” Scott checked the next question. “If you weren’t a hockey player, what would you be? And if you say a stripper I’m done.”

Glancing at Scott’s tie, then his jacket and his open shirt, Pisch’s lips curved, but he didn’t comment on Scott slowly losing articles of clothing. “I’ve never seriously considered anything else, but once I retire, I might consider becoming a trainer. Or a masseuse. I think I’d be very good, working all the tension out of hard, overworked muscles.”

“It’s really fucking hot in here. Did you notice it’s hot in here?” Tyler took off his own jacket. Then his shirt and tie. Thankfully, he was wearing a white tank underneath. He scooted his chair back a bit when Pisch shot him an amused look. “What? I don’t get how people wear all these layers in the summer. Hell, I’m getting hot just looking at you.”

“That much is obvious.” Pisch arched a brow at Luke. “Would you like to get more comfortable before we continue?”

Luke shook his head. “Nope. I’m good. I’d like some water though. Can someone get me water please?”

While Luke gulped down the water, Scott continued. “A fan asked about your tattoos. Do you have a favorite? Any you regret?”

Expression turning serious, Pisch rubbed his jaw. “None I regret, but as for favorites, the quote I have from transformers is right up there. It reminds me of my best friend, which makes it special. Also, the barbwire on my foot. It once made me think of the pain I’d endured, but now I see it as a reminder of what I’ve survived.”

Throat tightening, Scott nodded. He took a deep breath. “Would you consider coming to one of my self-defense classes and talking about abusive relationships?”

The way Pisch’s eyes narrowed told Scott he should have left the question out. Too late now. Pisch leaned forward. “Absolutely nothing I could say would help them. It’s a great thing you’re doing, Demyan. I respect it, but I feel more comfortable with causes where I know I can do some good.”

“Next question!” Luke grabbed the printouts, flipping through them. Then he dropped the papers on the table and stood. “I lied. I need to get this shit off. New rule, Scott. Your woman does not get to choose our outfits when its fucking boiling outside. Or we’re interviewing Easy. This can’t be healthy.

After ditching his jacket, tie, shirt, and pants—he’d somehow managed to fit them over swim trunks, clever fucker—Luke leaned his hip on the edge of the table. “Do you consider yourself a peacemaker or an observer off the ice?”

“A little of both?” Pisch gave Luke an appreciative once over, but kept his answer appropriate. “I don’t like meddling unless I truly believe a friend needs me to get involved. And even then, I think most people need to be heard more than they needs things to be ‘fixed’ for them. Sometimes I wish I could do more, but stressing doesn’t really help anyone. The most important thing is to let those I care for know I’m here.”

“True dat!” Luke grinned. “All right, which teammate do you admire and why? Please say me? It’s me, isn’t it?”

Pisch chuckled. “Yes, I admire you, Carter. All of you, actually. I think we have a strong team, and every single player has gone through their own struggles. If I had to pick one, though, it would be Demyan.”

Scott blinked and sat up. “Me? Why?”

“You were a hot mess when you joined the team. You’ve come a long way. You’re an amazing father, friend, and teammate. I could get into detail, but I don’t think I need to.” Pisch reached out and squeezed Scott’s shoulder. “I want to be you when I grow up.”

The mood had been lightened, which was awesome, but Scott still wrinkled his nose, not sure he liked the idea of Pisch seeing him as more ‘grown up’ than the rest of them. Hell, Pisch was almost a year older than he was.

Then again, looking at his life now, he didn’t feel like he’d gotten old and boring. Casey exhausted Becky and Zach, but he still managed to keep up with her when she wanted to run around and play. He was at the top of his career. And he still had a blast with his two best friends.

So he snorted, shaking his head and moving on to the next question before Luke took all the credit for getting them through the interview. “If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why there?”

“I don’t think I can name one place. I want to experience so many things. Travel everywhere. I’d love to go deep in the jungle, sail across the ocean. Not doing it alone is much more appealing. Now that I have two very special people to explore with, there are no limits.”

“I agree.” Scott smiled, relieved that they’d reached the last question. “Is there any one person that you regret letting go?”

Folding his hands behind his neck, Pisch leaned back, shaking his head. “I believe people find the place they're meant to hold in your life, if they’re meant to be there at all. When you let someone go, they don’t have to go far. Keeping those I cared for a distance used to feel necessary, but now…now I’ve realized some need to be kept close. Because that’s exactly where they belong.
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