With: Scott Hildreth
When writing The Gun Runner, I knew Terra Wilson wasn’t going to be a typical heroine. After all, her name wasn’t really Terra Wilson, it was Terra Agrioli.
The daughter of Kansas City’s mob boss – and not very proud of it – she was reluctant to share her association with the mafia with anyone, especially the man who had just saved her from a public beating by her ex-boyfriend.
Michael Tripp, a former marine and firearms trafficker, was at war with her father over territory and money. Not one to be intimidated, he gave the godfather of the mafia an ultimatum – back off or face the wrath of me and my men.
Unbeknownst to Terra, Michael was gunning for her father. Unaware of Terra’s association with the mob, Michael’s disgust wither father strengthened until one day it exploded.
Secrets. We all have them.
Although we decide through the course of living our lives just what we’re going to be forthright about and what we’re going to attempt to conceal, why are we so quick to judge a book’s character for being human?
Personally, I believe that we want the characters in the book to live a life that we’re incapable of living ourselves. We prefer that they follow a path or a pattern of predictability, the heroines strong and spunky and the heroes even stronger and on the cusp of being overbearing jerks.
In the following scene, Michael Tripp isn’t an overbearing jerk, but his behavior certainly isn’t typical for a man sitting in a very public coffee shop with a woman he just met.
He locked eyes with me, leaned against the edge of the table, and moved so close that I could taste his breath. “Tonight? Tonight I decided I want to devote a portion of the time and effort needed to eventually earn the right to watch you get dressed in the morning. And when that time comes—when I’ve finally earned that right—I want to sit back and enjoy watching you pull your panties over your thighs and up on your hips until you get them situated just right. Then, I want to watch you wrap your bra around your perfectly shaped breasts and reach around to clasp it while you’re watching me watch you.”
I may or may not have licked my lips. The temperature instantly rose thirty degrees. I pressed my knees together. It made matters worse.
He drew a shallow breath.
“And then I want to watch you button your shirt, pull your pants over those long legs of yours, and reach down for your heels. And then, Terra-I’m-sexy-as-absolute-f**k-Wilson, after you put on your heels…”
My mouth was dry, my throat was tight, and I was a soaking wet mess. I fought to swallow and attempted to speak.
I wagged my knees back and forth and nodded. It did little to resolve the wet issue.
“…I want to get up, slowly walk up to you, and take everything right back off.”
I was a horny mess. He had me so turned on that I couldn’t do anything but beg for more. I really needed him to tell me what was next. Still positioned so close I could feel his breath on my face, I gazed into his hypnotic eyes and parted my lips slightly.
“Why?” The word puffed past my lips in an almost silent whisper.
His mouth twisted into a smirk. “Because if I’ve earned the right to do all of that, I’ve damned sure earned the right to stick my tongue in your--. The bottom line? I want you to come in my mouth. I want to taste you, Terra Wilson. And tonight? Tonight I decided I’ll do what I have to do to make that happen.”
He leaned back and calmly took a sip of his coffee. He looked different. His short dark brown hair, strong jaw, and piercing blue eyes gave him a more menacing look than before. I pressed my tongue against the roof of my mouth and swallowed hard.
I was really beginning to like this guy.
“You decided all that, tonight?”
My face went flush. “You want...you want to uhhm...you want to earn that right?”
Well, Michael Tripp, I’m afraid you’re closer than you think.
The characters in my books aren’t typical, but they’re genuine.
The stories I tell take the reader along a path rarely traveled. In my opinion, it makes for a more suspenseful read, one that isn’t as predictable as the last.
In the end, most readers love me for it.
The GUN RUNNER
The first book in a seductive new series from #1 Amazon bestselling author Scott Hildreth
Once, I took down terrorists on the front lines as a marine.
Now I'm in the business of bad.
I've sold guns to people others might not approve of.
I've eliminated the criminals, the lowlifes and the thugs who've tread on my turf.
And I looked the Sicilian Mafia boss in the eye and told him to f*** off.
No one tells me no, unless it's their last word.
I didn't just act the part of bad—I lived it. Then she stumbled into my life.
I tried to stay away from her. Tried focusing on moving my merchandise. But one smile from Terra was like a shot to the heart.
She's mine now. And no one threatens what's mine.
I've seen a lot of terrible things in my life.
I grew up around lies and deception, and I ran away from all of them.
Until I met him.
I knew he was corrupt. I knew he was dangerous.
I should have stayed away, but my attraction to him, my need for him, overrode my logic.
Now I love him.
If he finds out who I am, we're done and I'll be nothing.
I never wanted to be the Mafia princess they tried to make me, but mia familia had other plans. And what mia familia wants…it gets.
Only Michael Tripp can save me.
About the Author:
Born In San Diego California, Scott now calls Naples, Florida home. Residing along the gulf of Mexico with his wife and children, he somehow finds twelve hours a day to work on his writing. A hybrid author who has published more than two-dozen romance and erotica novels, his three book Mafia Made series through Harlequin is due to start release with the first book in summer 2016.
Scott has spent his entire life pushing boundaries, and his writing is no exception. His books are steamy, however, they always include an HEA, and have no cheating, no sex outside the relationship, and no OW OM drama.
Addicted to riding his Harley-Davidson, tattoos, and drinking coffee, he can generally be found in a tattoo shop, on his Harley, or in a local coffee house when not writing.
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