Sex and the SEAL
By Terry Spear
It seems appropriate to discuss “undercover operations” when appearing on the Under the Covers Book Blog! So here goes!
I just returned from the Futuristic, Fantasy & Paranormal Conference in New Orleans where I had a delightful time visiting with other writers, editors, agents and fans. But the real highlight was the vampire/ghost tour.
Now all the murders, ghost stories, and vampire tales, and the surrounding pie-eyed either tourists or locals making scary wooooo sounds—as in ghostly noises while they passed us by, really added to the fun! With drink in hand, one guy asked if we’d seen any ghosts yet. I said, “Not yet, but we’re hopeful.”
He laughed and said, “Keep on looking then!”
But the tale we shared the most after returning to the conference site after the tour was about the bouncing truck. No, it wasn’t haunted, nor was it part of the tour. But it was parked right in front of the haunted building where three tour groups had converged.
Two hookers and their “date” decided to have “show time” in a truck with lights shining, music blaring, a big bare butt on display, faked climax screaming, and bouncing the truck as if it was on rough seas.
What is the difference between sex and the SEAL and sex in the city? (Namely in the bouncing truck?)
Romance! Mutual respect! Trust! Caring! Love! Forever! Happily Ever After!
No drugs or alcohol needed. No audience needed.
The “performers” left the truck afterward so we could see just what they looked like and believe me they were not romance material.
In a romance, the sex should be more than just the physical act. It’s about a couple who learn to love one another, to cherish them no matter their faults, to compromise on the small stuff, to share and trust and are there for each other no matter the circumstances and for the long haul.
It’s the cuddling under the covers, the sharing of secrets, the tenderness that says, “I love you.”
I was reading about sex therapy cases for research for my stories and for many of the couples after long years of marriage, busy jobs, and raising kids, they lose the intimacy in their relationship that they had when they were newlyweds.
The psychologist asked if there was anything they could think of that would help them to rekindle the flame.
One couple had lost their electricity, it was freezing out and inside the home, they had no Internet service to continue their work, no lights to read by. They just had each other. They made a tent out of their covers and actually talked to one another for the first time in eons.
And that led to the intimacy and making love.
Now, when they need to rekindle those feelings, they make a tent out of the covers and share that experience of shutting out the whole wide world and just being there for each other. No need to have the electricity go out! Just making the time to close themselves off from everything but each other.
You see the difference? In the case of the bouncing truck, the hookers and their john were doing it for some kind of kinky kick.
But in a real relationship, the sex should be only one aspect of the romance carried on between two people.
When a SEAL wolf gets frisky, he knows if he goes too far, it’s for forever. Sex and the SEAL means mating for life if the woman he’s interested in is a wolf also. That’s why it’s so important for the relationship to be based on so much more.
Here’s an excerpt from A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing when Finn and Meara end up under the covers for the first time:
Tension filling every muscle, Finn held his cell phone in hand, waiting for another text from Anna while he was squished against a bunch of lace trimmed, silk pillows on the guest mattress, a wall between him and Meara. Before he’d shut down his laptop and attempted to come to bed, Meara had had other plans.
The phone jingled indicating he had another text message, and he looked at it.
“Hmm, Finn,” Meara sleepily muttered, her tone annoyed, “if you’re going to have your phone jingling all night, find another bed to sleep in. You shouldn’t be in here with me anyway. Or you should have left me on the couch in the first place.”
Finn ignored her, his back to her where she’d stuck the bunch of decorator pillows between them—as soon as he’d woken her while checking his emails–clearly stating: your side, my side. And if he hadn’t gotten the point, she’d also told him so, verbally, pointedly.
As much room as the damn pillows took up on the queen-size mattress, he was getting ready to toss them.
He read the message from Paul, not liking the situation Anna was in once he’d received her cryptic text message, but he wasn’t about to jeopardize Meara’s safety either by leaving her alone so that he could help Anna out. She usually knew what she was doing. Meara wasn’t trained to protect herself the way Anna was. Plus this Joe didn’t know where he and Meara were and if Finn went to Anna, this guy would know Anna was with him. And it would make it easier for him to locate Meara again.
Finn had texted Paul with the news about Anna, asked how close in he was in the event he could give her a hand, and Paul’s quick response stated he was coming to the rescue, but he was three hours out. Hell.
Paul texted: I worry about her doing something stupid.
I know. We just have to trust her. I’ll keep in touch.
Finn set his phone aside, his body protesting that he was attempting to sleep on the edge of the mattress, and he felt he was close to falling off at any moment. To hell with that. Meara was just going to have to put up with not having a barrier between them. He grabbed two armfuls of silky decorator pillows and tossed them over the edge of the bed. Two more handfuls to go and no more barriers.
He smiled at Meara as she gave him a grumpy look over her shoulder. The way her dark hair fell over her bare shoulders, the tiny strap of the silky tank top dangling precariously down her arm, her tantalizing lips parted in surprise, she looked like an open invitation to sex.
That’s when he knew he should concede and leave the bed, the room, and the sweet temptation behind.
But he had a job to do, and he was staying put.
See? It’s not about sex, but about protection! A SEAL wolf’s kind of protection!
Thanks so much for dropping by and saying hi and to Francesca for having me here today!
If you were in Finn’s place, would you have left the bed, or left the pillows, or stayed right where you were??? If you were Meara, what would you have done???
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy IS reality.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Terry Spear has written over a thirty paranormal romance novels and two medieval Highland historical romances. An award-winning author, Terry’s Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year in 2008. A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry Spear is a librarian by day and spends every spare moment writing paranormal romance as well as historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. Spear lives in Crawford, Texas, where she is working on new paranormal romances! For more information, please visit http://www.terryspear.com/.
We have great news for you! Ms. Spear is graciously giving away two copies of A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing (US/Canada).
With the ultimate alpha male hero–werewolf Finn Emerson, Navy SEAL–bestselling author Spear (“Heart of the Wolf”) ratchets up the heat in the new installment in her hugely popular paranormal romance series.
Meara Greymere is in charge of the cabin rentals on the rugged Oregon coastline, so her brother and his mate could take a delayed honeymoon. But while Hunter is away, the she-wolf intends to play—she just has to convince the right alpha male to rent one of the cabins, and she’ll take it from there. But when Finn Emerson arrives with every intention of pretending to be her lover, she’s not going to take this lying down. She knows he’ll tell her brother what she’s up to and put an end to her game.
Finn Emerson is a Navy SEAL, formerly one of Hunter Greymere’s team members, and now he’s trying to track down a gray wolf, who’s already made an attempt on one of their team member’s lives. Finn believes Hunter will be targeted next, only to discover Hunter is off with his mate on a honeymoon, and he fears Hunter’s sister is in grave danger. But the SEAL soon learns protecting the unpredictable sexy she-wolf is a mission and a half and protecting her isn’t all he wants to do.
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