Susan Arden’s “Tempted By Trouble” VBT Stop


Part II: How to Craft the Sexy Scene. Fan the Flame

Okay, so from Part 1 we saw the set-up and the spark that ignited Carolina and Matt. Now, we need more conflict giving combustion to the flame. Sizzling chemistry, if we want to let their attraction take hold and build. How to fan the flame?

In romance,  we must keep the lovers apart yet establish, clearly interest, attraction, allure exist between them.  This is the irritation of their emotional state. A push and pull.

With Matt and Carolina, we have interest, but they have no idea if they’ll ever see each other again. If our two characters don’t know, then neither does the reader. Tension builds.

So, I wanted a jarring situation, considering the parking lot fiasco. Why—you might wonder—am I doing this to these poor characters? Oh they can take it.

Carolina admits to her cousin she’s met a man. A man who is totally wrong for her. Cynthia, her cousin immediately agrees. The Romeo and Juliet syndrome. Family won’t like Matt. So, again, Matt’s wrong and a No-no for the heroine.  By making him off-limits, the heroine’s desire increases. However, she believes she won’t see him soon, so let’s just change that right now.

Carolina is Cynthia’s bridesmaid. During the wedding, Carolina comes down the aisle during the wedding march. Directly in front of her there’s a line of women obscuring her view. When she gets to the front of the church, guess who’s waiting there. That’s right…the handsome hunk from the parking lot. The realization of her attraction hits her hard. Matt’s cleaned up, debonair in his tux, and their gazes lock. She can’t run, she can’t turn around and take a seat, all she can do is keep walking. And all the while the wedding ceremony is going on, Carolina’s standing there under the heated perusal of Matt.

The tension is brewing, growing taut as Carolina’s stress level rises. She can’t wait to head out of the church. LOL she doesn’t either. Being part of the bridal party means photographs. So I place her in a situation she can’t escape with her inner desire heating up (something she’s trying to hide). In effect,  the flame has been fanned. In Part 3, we’ll put kindling on the flame, just for kicks and grins, and see what happens.

Stay tuned and meet me over for the next part in the series of Crafting the Sexy Scene. Apr 17: Crazy Four Books  CBLS Tempted by Trouble Book Tour Part 3: Crafting a Sexy Scene: Pile Kindling on the Fire

tbt-coverBook Teaser…..Tempted By Trouble by Susan Arden

Erotic Contemporary Western Romance

Publisher: Crimson Romance

Release Date: April 1, 2013

Heat Level: Sizzling

Word Count: 57,000 

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When a woman is the magnet for the wrong man, it takes a bad boy to break old habits.

Carolina Rodriguez is a large animal veterinarian on a mission to escape South Florida and her overprotective family. Willing to do just about anything, she accepts a job in Annona, Texas over the Internet from a family connection.

At her cousin’s wedding, she runs into Matt, a handsome Texan in the church parking lot. Matthew McLemore is more than gorgeous, he’s Carolina’s new boss, and needs her help to determine why his cattle keep dying. Matt’s instantaneous attraction to Carolina sorely tempts him to push the boundaries of their work contract, but a roll in the hay may prove too volatile to handle. Until she arrives on his ranch and is too hot to resist.

Carolina refuses to admit Matt’s raw sexuality is more than overpowering or that she’s the least bit tempted by this smooth-talking bad boy. But by the time the pathology lab reports comes back, they’ve explored every inch of each other. All of a sudden, this fiery affair is more than just a fling. And when a past flame threatens to overwhelm their new found romance, Matt must find a way to stake his claim to Carolina’s heart before it’s too late.

Author’s Warning: Contains a smoking mess of scorching love scenes. Ice may be needed for blazing imaginations. 

CBLS Promos Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains explicit sex scenes and/or situations and adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers. 


“Evermore Ranch,” she read aloud.

“I hope this won’t upset your plans?”

“Would it matter? I signed a service contract that included a non-disclosure agreement. Even if I had a problem, I couldn’t tell a soul and I’ve promised you two weeks of my time.”

He chuckled softly. “Yes, two weeks to do my bidding.”

She almost choked at the thought of doing his bidding. “What the heck have I gotten myself into with you, Mr. McLemore? Exactly what type of office do you run?”

His expression changed. Sharpened. “Strictly business. Look, Dr. Rodriguez, we’ve gotten off on the wrong foot.”

“Wrong foot … the whole body is a problem, sir,” she hissed.

He smiled broadly, reassuring her. “Let’s discuss this later. This isn’t the correct time or place. Don’t you have to help the bride or something?”

“Yes. As a matter of fact, I do. I don’t know what you think you’ve contracted, but I’ll only supply you with vet services. As long as you understand that fact, there’s nothing more to discuss.”

“Well, there is. In the service agreement, there’s a provision that we need to discuss before you’re allowed access to the ranch barn and stable sites. So, either we can do it later or when you arrive in Texas. But until you and I have a little sit-down and get a few things ironed out, there won’t be any work for you to do directly. I’ve got a ranch to run, and I don’t have time to play games. I’ve already spent enough time finding a vet.” His eyes glittered and dropped to her mouth. “If you think I’m about to waste more time because you’ve got second thoughts, Dr. Rodriguez, the next communication you’ll have from Evermore Ranch will be from my attorneys. Had I known who you were before, believe me, I wouldn’t have … I’d never let the situation get away from me.”

Oh, this was rich. “Away from you. I’d say it got out of control. But that’s on your side of the table. Fine. I’ll honor my service contract. You’re right about one thing. The only thing of interest to me is treating your cattle. Once the job is done, I’ll be only too happy to leave you in peace and we can go our separate ways.”

Up close, his eyes shone sherry-colored. A muscle flexed along his jaw. His masculine scent of leather, smoke, and wood filled her head. The hard set of his mouth didn’t resemble the man from before. He’d done just as he’d promised, shutting one door, and leaving in place a man who didn’t look as if he enjoyed playing games. No this version of Matt McLemore had a locking gaze and if looks could kill, she was a goner.

“I’m glad we understand one another then, Dr. Rodriguez. I expect to meet with you tomorrow at your convenience. Our relationship will be strictly business, if that’s what got you in such a dither.”

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sarden-authorphotoAbout the Author

Susan Arden is a third generation Floridian. She left the field of education in 2008 pursing her dream of writing romance fiction. Currently, she writes hot love stories within the romance genres of contemporary erotic, western, and fantasy/paranormal. Susan also writes under the name of Susan D. Taylor.

Susan currently lives in TN along with husband, two cattle dogs, two crazy cats, a gecko and a corn snake. A mother, RYT200 Yoga Alliance (registered yoga teacher), and avid gardener. You can find her on the mat when she’s not writing her next hot romance novel.

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2 thoughts on “Susan Arden’s “Tempted By Trouble” VBT Stop

  1. Thank you so much for sharing Tempted by Trouble with your readers. A big yee haw for sexy western romances! HUGS!

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