Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Catering to His Needs by Rose C. Carole Blog Tour

Being a single mother running a catering business isn’t easy. Finding time for love is nearly impossible. Adding in a man with his own family issues could be a recipe for disaster.

Ethan is at his wit’s end. Gina, his brother’s ex-wife, has threatened to reveal that Ethan is a member of the Playground, an exclusive BDSM club, unless she gets more alimony from the family trust fund. The scandal that would arise from such a revelation must be avoided at all costs--not only for the sake of Ethan’s reputation, but for the future of his relationship with his treasured sub, Rebecca.

Rebecca is a single mother working hard to expand her catering business. The only peace she finds from her building stress is in the handcuffs of her strong Dom, Ethan. But Rebecca’s life is not her own. Her teenage son is not handling Rebecca’s divorce well, and Rebecca feels the responsibility for her son’s happiness like a weight on her shoulders. Between her business and her son, she has little time for herself--or the growing emotional demands from her Dom.

Ethan is determined to take their relationship to the next level, and Rebecca is equally determined not to upset her son further by revealing that she has a new man in her life. Fortunately, Ethan is a Dom with a passionate interest in seeing that his sub is happy—even if he has to whip some sense into her. He’s making progress until suddenly his own problems take a turn for the worse. His brother Zach has gone missing under suspicious circumstances, and now it’s all Ethan can do just to keep himself out of jail. The cat, as they say, is out of the bag.

As their lives spiral out of control, will Ethan and Rebecca be able to find a way back into each other’s arms?

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of spanking and rope and suspension play.

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A Word from Rose C. Carole about the Kitchen Confessions Series

Writing good erotic romance is hard (no pun intended). Porn bores me. Man summons secretary to office, sexily clad woman enters office, suggestive glances are exchanged, clothes come off, robotic sex ensues. Meh.

I have a grown son, so it’s no secret I’m not a virgin. I have had a very satisfying sex life and do not consider myself a prude. But watching a mechanical display of sexual activity does not turn me on. The brain and the heart are important erogenous zones, and if they are not engaged during sex, it doesn’t work for me.

It’s the same for erotic novels. I don’t just want to read about who put what where without an emotional journey for the characters—once again, meh. So when I took it upon myself to write erotic romance, I knew that I had to write stories about characters who were more than just sexual beings; they had to have heart and soul.

Getting in touch with those elements is not easy. First of all, I needed a world in which these characters would inhabit. Though I enjoy a good billionaire romance like Joey W. Hill’s Knights of the Boardroom series or a fantasy kingdom like Anne Rice’s Beauty series, I have to admit to an imagination limited in that kind of world-building. I tried to write a billionaire romance and failed miserably. And anyway, I love to read stories about women like me, who struggle to build a relationship in the face of all the obstacles that life seems to throw at us. And so I came up with the Kitchen Confessions series about women who run a catering company, something I’m very familiar with since I have a catering company of my own.

Now I knew all about how these women live. The next part was to figure out how these women love. Intrigued by BDSM erotic novels, I attended the BDSM Writers Workshop four years ago, which was a three-day intensive on the tenets of Dominance and submission. As a feminist, it was hard at first to reconcile the concept of a woman submitting to a man in that kind of relationship—and even accepting the reverse, where the woman is the one with the power. But as I learned more about it, I came to realize that the central element to these relationships was consent. And when a strong woman consents to give a man control over her, he better be taking her needs into consideration or she’ll take it right back.

This was a dynamic I found exciting. The emotional connection has to be intense or it doesn’t work. The Dom has to be able to get into the mind of the submissive or he will not be able to maintain control. Bringing my characters into the D/s lifestyle was a way for me to enable them to unite all the elements that are needed for good sex—body, mind and spirit.

After a brief call to Sam to tell her friend she was safe, Rebecca set out the food for dinner. She was making her famous seafood stew. She hadn’t had an opportunity to cook for Ethan before, and she wanted to impress him. He came into the kitchen as she was peeling the shrimp in the sink. The next thing she knew, his hands were exploring the curves of her ass.

“If you distract me like this, Sir, it’s going to take longer for me to get this on the table.”

“You’re going to have to get used to it. You’re mine, and this is what I want to do with you now. Just concentrate on what you have to do. Think of it as an exercise in learning to focus.”

She bit her lip. Her ass was very sensitive—being touched there made her juices flow and she wasn’t wearing any panties to absorb the cream accumulating between her legs. Resisting the desire to turn and hug him, she kept going, knowing he wanted her to keep prepping, no matter what he did. He was right. This was going to be quite a test of her ability to concentrate.

Ethan moved his hands up, reached under the apron’s bodice and pinched her nipples.

She dropped the shrimp she had in her hands and gripped the side of the sink to keep herself steady. Damn him. He knew how to push her buttons, literally!

“Just remember…I have a sharp knife in my hand, Sir.”

“Okay, I’ll leave you alone for a while. I need to get some work done anyway. I’ll be in my study. Just let me know when dinner is ready.”

The moment he left, she regretted opening her mouth. It was nice having him try to distract her while she was cooking. For the first time in a long time, being alone cooking in the kitchen wasn’t enough. It had only been six months, but she was closer to him than she had been to her ex-husband, Luke, after many years. She wasn’t sure if it was the D/s relationship that brought them closer—the fact that he opened her up and pushed her further each time they got together—or that he seemed so in tune with her needs, emotionally as well as sexually.

When they were together he always made her feel as though she was the most important person in his life. She’d had to fight for Luke’s attention. Ethan gave it to her willingly and often.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

There is a good story here, although sometimes the vacillating which Rebecca does gets annoying. She is so desperate to keep her real life separate from her sub life, that she seems to be unable to consider the possibility that she is being selfish in the extreme. She certainly isn't thinking about Ethan, and actually even her son makes it clear he doesn't like her being alone. So instead she upsets everyone. Ethan, whilst denying he allows her to top from the bottom, allows her to avoid difficult conversations for too long. He also has some family issues which take up his time and effort...setting up some potential drama to cause an even bigger rift between normal and ‘play.’

Obviously you need to read it to see how it turns out, but I did think that the twists and turns were worth the effort in the end – and set up a better future for them all.

Rose has been an avid reader all her life and pursued that obsession into the publishing business, where she worked in both production and editorial for books and magazines. When her son went off to college, she decided to fulfill another passion and went to culinary school, thinking she would write a cookbook but loving the cooking so much she became a caterer. But her love for books is ever-present and she finally decided it was time to follow her own creative muse and write the kinds of books she enjoys reading. She hopes her readers enjoy them as well.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Catering to His Needs (Kitchen Confessions #1) by Rose C. Carole to read and review for this tour.

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