Bloghop and the erotic male in a romance story

Okay visitors, this is my very first blog hop and I didn’t know until now we had to use a random scene generator to kick things off. So I did and this is what I got:

First line: Bloody footprints. What a way to start the weekend.

Maybe you should take off your shirt.

Drummer, Archaeologist, Hitman

Cold, Famous, Weathered

Desert oasis

Bloody footprints. What a way to start the weekend. Brian Sartay lay on his bed staring at the wall from the floor to the light switch. He pushed the empty vodka bottle aside. How do I explain this? He sat on the edge of his bed and lit a cigarette. A grunt from under the covers disturbed him. Lacy was still passed out. Her skirt was by the front door and her panties by the nightstand. She still had her blouse on. He reached under the covers to check her feet.

“Hey,” she growled.

“Sorry.” He rubbed his forehead and wished he could just stick his hand inside to turn off the ache. I’m never going to drink again. The same line he said every time. He wanted to drive to the beach and sit quietly for several hours. Perhaps even do some yoga. The problem was he had to be backstage for the concert by 4pm. And the second problem was he and the members of JoyStick were in Kansas City. They weren’t going to be back in LA for another three weeks.

He grabbed his cell phone and punched speed dial. The signal was faint and then gained strength until a cold voice answered.

“Hey.” His friend Rocco was a hitman. Perhaps he could help Brian come up with an alibi as to why steps of blood were lining his wall.



“Got a problem in my room here. Thought you could help.” He took a drag on his cigarette.

“You didn’t hook me up with any groupies last time you were in Madison Square Garden. ‘Bye.”

“Wait!” Brian coughed. Exerting his voice while inhaling smoke was becoming more than he could bear.


Rocco was a very impatient man. Perhaps a good skill for a hitman, thought Brian.

“What’s the matter?” Lacy sat up, adjusting her blouse. “Can’t believe I slept with my bra on.”

“Look at the wall.”

Lacy rubbed her eyes and turned around. “Shit, you mean no one scrubbed the wall before you checked in?”

“It wasn’t this way last night.” Brian stood and inspected the scene more closely. He could see the headlines, “Famous drummer has no clue for bloody footprints on wall.” How embarrassing. Oh, well. He would plead for the judge to send him to rehab just like every celebrity in LA.

“My dad’s an archeologist.” Lacy stood and bent to scoop her panties off the floor.

Brian couldn’t stop the arousal running through his veins when he looked at the woman. She was as beautiful as the groupie in Knoxville. Hell, they were all beautiful. “Does he live near here?”

She shook her head. “No, he’s searching for weathered fossils at a desert oasis in Egypt.”

Brian took another puff on the cigarette. A lot of good this girl is. “Maybe you should take off your shirt.”

She pointed to her breasts and laughed. “Why? These wouldn’t make footprints.”

He thought of something else to drag on other than tobacco. I’ll take her home and head to the arena. He could hire another groupie to come in and scrub the wall. Perhaps no one will notice.

The erotic male in a romance story is a man who pays attention to the details of a woman and her needs.

In my stories, Layover and Riding Shotgun, both women face a dilemma as the story opens—one can’t make her connection to Los Angeles while the other has a car that breaks down and she can’t make her trip to Tahoe as planned.

But it isn’t the problem. It’s what really lies beneath the problem and that is the issue of loneliness. The woman who can’t fly to Los Angeles faces yet another lonely night, this time it’s in Chicago. The woman who can’t make it to Tahoe is missing out a chance to get a massage with her friend from two certifiable hunks.

And the men who come to their rescues not only rescue them from otherwise lonely situations, they do it in a way that values the woman and gives them a chance to discover something new about themselves.

The erotic male hero in a romance story doesn’t just show up and titillate. He pays attention to the details of the woman and shows an extraordinary amount of attention, giving her value and drawing her close.

Layover is available from Breathless Press and on Amazon Kindle.

Riding Shotgun is released May 27 from Breathless Press.

Also see my post Erotic Romance and the Search for Intimacy

Back to the Just Romance Me Spring Blog Hop


About DD Symms

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38 Responses to Bloghop and the erotic male in a romance story

  1. Amy S. says:

    Both books sound great! Happy Easter!

  2. Lisa Fox says:

    They both sound awesome and those are some great covers!

    Happy Easter!

  3. Sounds good! Happy Easter. 🙂

  4. Cheryl Lynne says:

    Your books sound great. I’m looking forward to reading them. Happy Easter!

  5. Marika Weber says:

    Loved the covers and both books sound really good. Happy Easter!

  6. Tracey D says:

    They do sound great, indeed. I need to check them out.

    Have a great Easter to All.

  7. Val Pearson says:

    I can’t wait to read these books. I love the covers but my fave is Layover!

    Happy Easter

  8. Both sound like great books…Wishing you a Happy Easter…

  9. Judy Cox says:

    Great looking reads and I love the covers-both having a mode of transportation on them.

    Happy Easter

  10. Stacey Kennedy says:

    Damn that picture of the guy is…sexy!! What a back! YUMMY! Happy Easter!

  11. Joder says:

    Sounds like a great read. I’ll have to put both books on my tbb list.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  12. Junegirl63(Maria) says:

    Love the covers for both Layover and Riding Shotgun. They sound like very interesting stories. Happy Easter!

  13. DD Symms says:

    Thank you all for your comments and stopping by on this blog hop! It’s appreciated. Yes, Dara England of Breathless Press designed the covers for Layover and Riding Shotgun.

  14. Jessica B. says:

    Very good story! I really enjoyed it. I hope that you have a hoppy Easter!
    jessangil at gmail dot com

  15. Debra says:

    Welcome to the blog tour. I enjoyed your story. Thanks for sharing info about your books. I hope you have a great Easter.

  16. Gem Sivad says:

    I liked your story a lot. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Fedora says:

    Love that extraordinary attention 😉 Thanks for the Easter treat, DD!

  18. Terra Pennington says:

    Wow! Layover sound like my kind of story. Got to add this to my wish list. I need a money tree for Easter.


  19. DD Symms says:

    Thanks for the comments and for stopping by. This blog hop has been a lot of fun for me!

  20. Venus says:

    Dying to know how the blood got on the wall 😉

  21. DD Symms says:

    You got to wait for the sequel!!! 🙂

  22. Fun story. Good luck with your two new stories. I’ll echo everyone on the covers. Very nice. Happy Easter.

  23. Jenna Howard says:

    Yow. Brian is in a heap of trouble. So want to know what happened.

    Thanks for the swing-by on the blog!

  24. Shelly says:

    Enjoyed reading the scene and about your books. Happy Easter.

  25. Ann Mayburn says:

    Your books sound fantastic! I love your covers as well. 😀

  26. Afshan N says:

    That was a good story!
    Congrats on your upcoming release, Sounds good!
    Happy Easter!

  27. cyndi Sawyer says:

    Loved it…. Happy Easter

  28. JeanP says:

    Both sound great, great looking covers!
    Happy Easter

  29. Little Lamb Lost says:

    Enjoyed your post. Happy Easter!

  30. Lisa Kait says:

    I really like the covers and the scene. Happy Easter….

  31. Miranda says:

    Happy Easter!! Great story 🙂

  32. Rae M. says:

    Thanks for the story!

  33. Laura says:

    Enjoyed the story! Happy Easter!

  34. “The erotic male in a romance story is a man who pays attention to the details of a woman and her needs.” So true!

  35. DD Symms says:

    These are all nice comments. It’s been great to have you visiting. Do stop back.

  36. Kim S. says:

    Great scene DD, thanks!

    Happy Easter!! 🙂

  37. DD Symms says:

    Thanks, Kim, for taking the time to stop by and comment.

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