Cravings


Congratulations to “Julie O” the winner in Misty’s giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Oscar Wilde once wrote: “The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.”

So let’s play a little game. Finish this sentence: “Today, I’m craving…”

Today, it’s Halloween, so I’m craving dark chocolate (okay, I crave that all the time), a witchy costume to dress up in, and a dark, paranormal story or two to read tonight. I prefer gutsy heroines and damaged heroes. I want them to be tempted beyond belief, to literally crave the other’s presence, and finally, against their better judgment, to give in with their whole heart and soul. If it just happens to be All Hallows Eve and their souls are literally on the line, all the better!

According to psychologists and other ‘experts’, women crave romance while men crave sex. A recent article in Psychology Today asserted that some men crave romance, too…they just don’t have a clue as to how we like out romance served (and it’s all about us, right?) Wine and roses? Opening doors? Compliments? Grand gestures or small, intimate ones? What is it, exactly, that women crave in romance?

In my urban fantasy, Revenge Is Sweet, the hero, Radison, wants to make amends for leaving Kali, my vengeance demon, at the altar three hundred years ago. He’s still in love with her and he’s determined to prove it. 

But how could he, I wondered while writing the story. How did a guy, demon or human, make up for such a heart-crushing faux pas, and romance the woman he loves back into his life?

So I asked Kali what she craved…

In the story, Rad starts by showing up at Kali’s door every day with a hot cup of her favorite coffee. Yes, this is secretly one of my wildest fantasies. A rock star god showing up at my door with coffee. A box of rich, sinful muffins would be good too.

Anyway, Rad befriends Kali’s friends. She doesn’t have many – and some are…ahem…unusual, but again, I find that’s a sexy quality in a guy, fiction or not. In real life, my friends are like family. Love me, love them.

When Rad discovers Kali’s been kidnapped, he helps her break free and kill the vampire king using her for her blood. A little heroic Superman thrown into the mix. Of course, Rad’s more of the Batman type, but I digress…

Kali’s no pushover and romancing her is a delicate operation. An operation Rad is up for as you can see in the following excerpt. Rad knows when to push and when to back off and let Kali’s craving for him be her undoing:

Our eyes met. Because he was my blood slave, I could see his bone-deep desire to take my blood shining in his eyes. I could feel his craving, as palpable as my own, coursing through me. His need called to my blood, his emotions entangling with mine, and my own desire kicked low in my stomach. My pulse jumped.

His hands slid under the cape at my shoulders, sliding the red garment down my arms and letting it linger around my waist to keep me close to him. I shuddered at his touch. At his too-close body and the need rolling off of it. The blood lust was evident on his face but so was pure old human desire. He wanted to kiss me. Wanted to wipe away my disgust with myself and my fear of facing the Council. Instead, he tossed my cape on the end of the couch and handed me the champagne…

And so their romance continues, rocky and dark and heart-breaking at times, but balanced out with a love so fierce, you have no doubt these two were meant to be together. Their romance is more blood and sacrifice than wine and roses, but in the end, they’ll find their happy ending.

Giveaway:
So tell me, how did you finish the sentence? What do you crave? How do you like your romance? Comment and be entered to win a copy of Revenge Is Sweet, A Kali Sweet Urban Fantasy.

Bio:
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Misty Evans has published over twenty novels and writes romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. She likes her coffee black, her conspiracy stories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When not reading or writing, she enjoys hanging out with her husband of twenty-four years and their twin sons. Learn more and sign up for her newsletter at www.readmistyevans.com. Like her author page on Facebook or follow her on Twitter. 

5 comments

  1. Hi Misty! I miss Kali and Rad. I need to pull out one of their books and read them again. What do I crave and how do I like my romance? It is in the gestures. I want him to show me. He tells me all the time and I love that, but I want him to anticipate my needs. If I ask him to do things he will but it is that whole thing of not having to ask for it – him just knowing. Happy Halloween!

  2. Amy, I love that! Anticipate my needs…that would be awesome. I’d like my kids to do that too. Wonder what would happen if I put that on my Christmas wish list? 🙂

  3. I crave going home from work to find the dishes done, laundry started and supper ready to be served. Luckily, as an old married woman, my “cravings” are fulfilled every once in a while. If hubby has a short or rain day at work he tales care of the cleaning and cooking for me. Now thats hot! ….and look its raining today. 🙂
    Julie O
    jo1963jo at gmail dot com

  4. LOL, Julie. Hubby knows what puts you in the mood for romance, doesn’t he? Sounds like a winner!

  5. the HEA

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com