Take it away, Cynthia!
Sinful Rewards 12 is the last installment in my sizzling hot 12 novella contemporary erotic romance serial. Over these 12 novellas (1,200 pages plus of story), Bee, the heroine has been torn between two hunky heroes—a bad boy biker and a jellybean eating workaholic billionaire.
In this final installment, Bee has chosen. One man is her forever love. The other man isn’t.
The issue is—they’re both great guys. They’re different, only one of them is perfect for Bee, but they’re both genuinely nice. Bee likes them. They like each other (they’re friends).
Her choice wasn’t between good and bad. As Bee shares “I almost chose another man, almost settled for okay, forgoing this wonder.” Her choice was between fantastic and all right. If she hadn’t experienced true love, she might have been content with strong liking with a side order of lust.
I’m a romance writer for a reason. I love happy endings. I want everyone to be joyful and upbeat. I want worthy characters to find love.
This doesn’t happen in love triangles. At the end of Sinful Rewards 12, one man is alone. He isn’t necessarily unhappy but he hasn’t found love.
So what is a romance writer to do? This hero thought himself in love with the heroine. Do I write his story, have him fall in love with a different woman, potentially making him look like a bit of an emotional flake? Or do I leave this hot hunk lonely?
Thankfully, in my case, I don’t have to make this difficult decision. My publisher (Avon) decides whether or not the unsuccessful hero gets his own story. If I had self-published Sinful Rewards, I’d be in a tougher spot. I don’t know what I would do.
What would YOU do? When you read a love triangle, would you like the unsuccessful hero to get his own story, to eventually fall in love with a heroine who loves him back? Or would you prefer that he maintain his love for the heroine who didn’t choose him?
Sinful Rewards 12
A Billionaires and Bikers Novella
June 16, 2015
Avon Red Impulse
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“A YEAR OF SIZZLING HOT SAX”
THE SEXIEST 12 MONTH SERIAL: SINFUL REWARDS
The thrilling conclusion to the Billionaires and Bikers series!
One tiny mistake turns Bee Carter's worst fears into a terrifying reality. She knows she isn't alone. The sexy, honorable man she adores stands by her side, willing to sacrifice his freedom to ease her concerns.
But she yearns for more than he is offering. She wants a partner who will love her as fiercely as she loves him, who will say the words and mean them, and someone who will choose her because this is what he desires more than anything else, not merely out of a misguided sense of duty.
Will saying no to the man she loves earn Bee unbearable heartache or will she finally get the forever she craves?
The doorbell rings and a swell of joy crashes over me, a marked contrast to my previous emptiness. Hawke hasn’t forgotten my reward. He continues to care for me. I rush to the door and swing it open.
Nicolas stands in the hallway, a sheepish smile on his beautiful face, and my small burst of joy dissipates, replaced by the dreaded malaise. He’s handsome, the lights shining on his black wavy hair, tanned skin, dark eyes. He’s immaculately dressed in a gray suit, white shirt, pink tie. He’s carrying ice cream, a small tub of Heavenly Hash cradled in his perfectly manicured fingers.
But he’s not Hawke. He’s not the man I love, the only person I want to see.
“Don’t look at me like that, Bee.” Nicolas pushes his way into the condo. “I had that situation with the New York build last night. There will be fancy events in the future.” He holds up the tub. “I brought ice cream.”
I summon a smile. “You forgot about me.” I take the ice cream from the dashing billionaire. “What do those articles I sent you say about forgetting friends?”
Nicolas grimaces. “You knew I was a bad friend.” He walks with me to the kitchen, smelling of expensive cologne and wealth.
“You’re not a bad friend.” I set two bowls and two spoons on the counter. “You’re a terrible friend.” I open the tub of ice cream.
The real estate developer settles his long lean body on a bar stool and dips a spoon in the container. “You’re not giving up on me, are you?” The lines carved between his perfect eyebrows belie his casual tone.
“I’d never give up on you.” I knock his sucked-clean spoon away and huddle over the tub, protecting the ice cream from impatient-billionaire-induced contamination. “Hawke doesn’t love me,” I blurt, needing to voice this, to share this with someone.
“He said that?” Nicolas steals a spoonful of ice cream from the bowl I’m filling.
“No.” I frown, scooping as fast as I can. “But he’s never said he loves me, either.” I push Nicolas’s bowl toward him.
His eyes sparkle. “I’ve never said I love ice cream.” He shovels the sweet treat into his mouth with a boyish glee. “But I do. Very much.” His lips curl upward. “The name of this flavor is perfect. It is heavenly.”
“Hawke doesn’t love me,” I repeat stubbornly, dishing out a smaller portion for myself.
“A good friend would agree with you.” Nicolas’s head is bent over his ice cream.
“You’re not a good friend.” I place the tub in the freezer compartment of the fridge. “What would you do?”
“I’d tell you that neither of you are acting rationally, that if craziness is a sign of love, Hawke has it much worse than you.” Nicolas licks his spoon. “He guards you like you’re the last piece of prime real estate on the planet. I’m taking my life into my hands by simply eating ice cream with you.”
USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Sax writes contemporary, SciFi and paranormal erotic romances. Her stories have been featured in Star Magazine, Real Time With Bill Maher, and numerous best of erotic romance top ten lists.
She lives in a world filled with magic and romance. Although her heroes may not always say, “I love you,” they will do anything for the women they adore. They live passionately. They play hard. They love the same women forever.
Cynthia has loved the same wonderful man forever. Her supportive hubby offers himself up to the joys and pains of research, while they travel the world together, meeting fascinating people and finding inspiration in exotic places such as Istanbul, Bali, and Chicago.
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