Crystal, the heroine of Hook Up, was the whole reason the Come Again series came into being. I walked into a Toronto sex shop and a shop girl began chatting me up about the merits of silicone lube. Before long we had an audience of interested shoppers! There was just something so irresistible about the shop girl, who had warm brown eyes and was wearing sparkly gold eyeliner, that I told her all about how I was breastfeeding my third child, and my body was a desert. I explained that I wanted to have tons of sex with my understanding husband, but I also kind of wanted to jam an ice pick into his back when he was inside me. She swore by Gun Oil, so I gave it a shot – LOL! It worked just fine. I never fantasized about the ice pick again, and I gave the shop girl a starring role in the Come Again series.
What I love most about Crystal is her ability to put customers at ease. A one-night stand in college literally blew her mind—and her emotions—wide open. Her empathic abilities enable her to feel what other people are feeling, so she uses her power to help customers find what they need at Come Again. Now I’ve been in quite a few sex shops over the years, both for research and personal reasons. In fact, in my circle of suburban moms, I’ve become the go-to girl for lingerie and sex toy shopping. But it’s rare to walk into a porn shop and feel completely comfortable. Customers don’t usually chat with each other. The store employees tend to be reserved because they know customers want their space. There’s this whole attitude of “don’t look at me looking at this stuff” that makes the experience a little less fun than it could be.
When I take a friend on a personal shopping foray, I channel Crystal. She is fearless, friendly and a little freaky. She doesn’t obey the traditional boundaries between people because she knows how they are really feeling. Not that I get all up in my friends’ business, but I try to be encouraging. After all, they wouldn’t be in a sex shop if they didn’t want to explore something new! Enthusiasm is key, right? I’ve learned about all kinds of nifty products by chatting with the staff at my local shop—like scented and flavored massage candles, tingly gels and, as I was purchasing the studded condoms in the giveaway, the versatility of glass toys. Who knew? Now I do! And all it took was a little enthusiasm and courage…or at least resilience.
It takes chutzpah to step out of your comfort zone, but it can be very rewarding. When is the last time you did something to stretch your boundaries? A Zumba class? A challenging recipe? Going back to school or changing jobs? How did it work out? Share something in the comments, and I’ll enter your name in the Hook Up Kit giveaway! The Hook Up Kit includes:
Mini Magic 8-ball (to check the auspices for a hook up)
E-copy of Bottoms Up, the first book in the Come Again series (because I can’t actually hook you up, but I can offer you a few hours of reading pleasure. If you already have it, you can re-gift it!)
Two STUDDED condoms (Safety first! In Hook Up, Ryan buys condoms at Come Again and discovers there is more to life than ribbed.)
Romance Trading Cards for Bottoms Up and SoloPlay (because I love e-books, but I do miss actual book covers!)
About the Author:
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A blast from the past can be hell on the heart.
“Spend the night with me, Crystal.”
One college hook-up with Ryan Anderson ripped Crystal LaRusso’s emotions wide open and hot-wired her to the world around her. After gaining control of her new abilities, she rebuilt her life and started a business as a sensual psychic. She’s bold, fearless and, admittedly, a little freaky. Black leather, exotic makeup and a reputation for only dating women keeps the world at a necessary distance—distance she can’t maintain when Ryan reappears in her life.
Ryan has spent the last ten years wondering what went wrong between them, and now that she’s back in his life, Crystal has a lot of explaining to do. The chemistry is just as potent as it was ten years ago, so why does she keep running away? One night won’t be enough to satisfy Ryan’s need for her, but it might take the edge off. At the very least, he can ask her why she broke his heart—and this time he’s not leaving without an answer.
This book contains an unforgettable one-night stand, a heroine with a taste for beautiful women, a quest that begins in a sex shop and ends in a sex club, and enough mind-blowing psychic sex to change one lucky man’s life forever.
Hook Up is on sale this week at Samhain Publishing, and an excerpt can be found here: http://store.samhainpublishing.com/hook-up-p-7041.html?osCsid=f62df445555dd310a6fc0561847ff7f2
Don’t forget to comment below to enter the giveaway! Happy Hook Up, and thanks so much for visiting the LASR blog today!