How could she have forgotten he had a wife? #mfrwhooks

In these snippets from my sci fi rom, Alien Contact for Kid Sisters, terrorists have attacked a royal ball. Quinn Lebatarde, a con man wearing Captain Charleyjohn’s Royal Guardian uniform, has led Marianne Harmon, the queen’s sister, deep into a tunnel where she’ll be safe. From the rebels, at least.

After a hard day’s hike in flimsy shoes, fleeing from violent rebels, Marianne gets a foot massage from Quinn, a con man posing as a soldier protecting her. The soldier he’s impersonating is married; Quinn is not. Last week’s snippet ended with Marianne saying, “My calf isn’t sore.”

Marianne sighed.

Quinn’s next stroke reached the hem of her dress. He didn’t stop there, either. He kept going up, up…

She should order him to stop. Move away from him. Slap him.

It felt so good, though. While she was trying to decide what to do, his hands reached her knee, and she jerked. He lowered his hands and went back to her foot. She thought she might scream—from anger, or frustration?

Then he was massaging her leg again and she bit her lip in anticipation. He slowed as he approached her knee, building her expectations to near breaking point. With eyes opened to slits, she watched the heaving of Quinn’s chest as he reached under her dress, touching her knee and teasing an inch of her thigh with his caress. Watching the bulge of his hand as it edged under the material was wildly erotic.

And it wasn’t the only bulge visible.

No, she couldn’t trust this man with her honor. The question was, did she care?

“Quinn?” she said softly, unsure whether she was asking him to stop or move higher.

He returned to her foot and started back up. His goal now was clearly seduction. Just as clearly, he was succeeding.

A distraction. She desperately needed a distraction.

And oh God, she had a couple of doozies. Delfina, for one and also—dear God, how could she have forgotten?—his wife.

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Alien Contact for Kid Sisters

Fleeing murderous rebels, the queen’s sister finds a hero to save her.
Or is he kidnapping her, instead?

Marianne is sick of being just the kid sister of the famous queen of Kwadra Island. Although she daydreams about being a warrior, when rebels bomb the royal ball she’s shunted to one of the many tunnels that honeycomb Kwadra, where she awaits a captain of the valiant Royal Guardians.

Quinn, a scam artist fleeing the police, dons the uniform of a Royal Guardian killed by a tunnel collapse. When Marianne mistakes him for her bodyguard, Quinn can’t decide whether to save the feisty maiden, fall in love with her—or kidnap her. With bloodthirsty rebels pursuing them and a treasure map in his pocket, what will he choose?

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  1. Wives can be inconvenient… but how does she know he’s married?

    1. I did a very poor job of introducing the snippet. When she went into the tunnel, she was told that Captain Charleyjohn, a married officer, would meet her down there and protect her. Quinn, however, is not married.

  2. Oops – that’s kind of a big thing to forget. But the massage sounded amazing so she could be forgiven.

    1. See my response to Lisabet, above. She thinks he’s married, but he isn’t.

  3. mckennadeanromance · · Reply

    I like how your heroine isn’t sure herself what she wants. Your title for this post was perfect!

    1. A character’s uncertainty can be a good way to ratchet up the tension.

  4. Definitely trouble for the heroine.

    1. You could say she’s up to her knee in trouble.

  5. henhousepublishing · · Reply

    Quinn isn’t exactly doing much to remind her that he’s married.

    1. Because he isn’t. See my response to Lisabet, above.

  6. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

    Good snippet. He should tell her who he is lol

    1. Tell her he isn’t a valiant soldier sent to protect her, but a petty criminal, instead? No way.

  7. It’s entertaining the way the lines are usually blurred in these circumstances. But then, that’s human too. Interesting.

  8. Won’t she be surprised when she finds out who the real Quinn is. More tension to come.

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