That's the fabulous Caveman De Angelo on the cover :)
This story was a fun one for me to write. It started out with me wanting to wright something fluffy. I know... I know... That never works out for me. And it didn't this time. I'm almost convinced I just can't write fluffy.
Anyway, It stared out with me wanting to write a mail-order bride story. I'd been reading a lot of them and they're fun. But I wanted to set in in the future on a rough settler's planet. I thought that would add an interesting twist to the usually historical troupe. Then, while I was throwing twists in there, I started wondering about a mail-order groom instead. The story is set in the future, after all. So after I had that settled, I started to wonder what it'd be like if the groom was hiding something. That's where the book lost its fluffiness and took on a life all its own.
If you want to know more about Ulterior Motives, here's the blurb:
Universal Defiance, Book One
On a rural settler planet, Kat must resort to putting out an ad to find a husband. She doesn’t expect to find love—that’s a dream in these parts—just a partner to help work her ranch. Then the devastatingly handsome Jasper answers her ad and turns her on in ways she never dreamed possible. Too bad he’s not who he says he is.
Jasper doesn’t know what he’s getting into when he ventures undercover to investigate a legal claim against Kat’s ranch. But after a toe-curling night under her roof and in her bed, he’s willing to do anything to stay there. He can’t say no to the tough-as-nails businesswoman who makes his body come alive.
When people start getting hurt, though, both Kat and Jasper have to decide how valuable one piece of land is. And the ranch that brought them together might be the very thing standing between them.
A Romantica® sci fi erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
And here's an excerpt:
He planned on making his way to the guestroom, but she stopped him by wrapping her arm around his waist and then directing him toward her room. His pulse picked up at the possibility of being invited to spend the night with her but he quickly dismissed the idea. Although it held a lot of appeal for him, she hadn’t so much as flirted with him. The notion that she’d proposition him seemed a bit far-fetched. Her hip brushed against his as they walked, sending a delightful tingle up his spine.
Then again, maybe the idea wouldn’t be so far-fetched if he gave it a little nudge. A couple of kisses, maybe a strategic caress or two and they’d be on the same page.
When she sniffed quietly and buried her face into his side, though, he quickly shut down the train of thought. Yes, he wanted her. But he was leaving in a couple of days and she’d just been through a traumatic experience. He refused to take advantage of her.
“You seem like an honorable kind of guy,” she said as if reading his thoughts. “For the most part.”
He didn’t try to stop his laugh. After the night they’d had, they needed some humor. It dulled the ache not kissing her created. “Thanks. That’s a lofty compliment coming from you.”
She elbowed him in the ribs. “You laugh, but it’s a big improvement from how I felt about you earlier this evening.”
“Of that I have no doubt.”
If you want to know more, you can read another excerpt on my website: www.ChandraRyan.com
Or on the Ellora's Cave site: http://www.ellorascave.com/ulterior-motives.html