A Perfect Caress
Harlequin® Kimani TM Romance
THE STORY BLURB
From the very first touch…
The moment suave businessman Dante Sanderson brushes hands with Lanelle Murphy, he can't get her out of his head. The guarded beauty resists all of his polished attempts at seduction. To soften the pain in her past, she's dedicated her life and family fortune to helping others, not chasing sexy millionaires like Dante.
Something about Lanelle makes Dante want to open his heart like never before. He knows their encounters are destiny. Lanelle is sure their sparks mean another heartache is in the making. Yet her cherished new project—a state-of-the-art neonatal unit—brings them together. From charity ball dances to strolls in Milan, desire pushes her…right into his arms. But will Lanelle be able to seize this sweet second chance at love?
Without warning, Dante invaded her space and tilted her into a dip. Gripping the shoulders of his tuxedo, she scowled into his smiling face as the blood rushed to her head. Before she could chastise him, he brought her upright.
She hated surprises. Being out of control ranked number one on her never-to-do list. Dante threatened all of that. From the few stories Vanessa had told her about him, they were as different as a waltz and a tango. “Talk.”
Should she be feeling the deep rumble of his laughter against her chest? When had he pulled her so close? She tried to create space between them. His hand splayed at her back made it impossible.
“Do you ever loosen up?”
She snapped her head up. Even though she was wearing stilettos, he loomed over her. “You’ve met me, what? All of twice? You have no idea who I am.”
He leaned in close, his breath tickling her ear as he whispered, “But I’d like to.”
All thoughts of why she’d come on the dance floor escaped as he pressed his cheek against hers. For once in her life Lanelle lost herself in the gentle sway of a man’s embrace.
Nana Prah first discovered romance in a book from her eight grade summer reading list and has been obsessed with it ever since. Her fascination with love inspired her to write in her favorite genre where happily-ever-after is the rule.
She is a published author of contemporary, multicultural romances. Her books are sweet with a touch of spice. When she’s not writing she’s, over-indulging in chocolate, enjoying life with friends and family, and tormenting nursing students into being the best nurses the world has ever seen.
Lara: How often to you get lost in a story?
Nana: Almost every time I open a book. Especially when it’s really good. In my former book reviews I would explain how I wanted to be a secret spy, Bollywood actress, carpenter, superhero, engineer, or stripper all because I had gotten so into the characters lives. Getting lost in a novel is my favorite part about reading fiction.
Lara: What was the first story you remember writing?
Nana: My first full length romance was more of a suspense, or so I thought. When I gave it to an author friend to read, she tore it apart, which was a good thing because the suspense part seemed to be more inside my head instead of the story. I have learned so much since writing that romance. Someone told me I should revise it. I laughed because the novel is so flawed that it would just be easier to write a new one. [Lara: I can relate to that!]
Lara: Do you write while listening to music? If so what kind?
Nana: I love to dance, to all kinds of music, I’ll sway to the slow and shimmy to the fast. With that said, I’ll admit that I don’t write while listening to music, only because I lose focus and start grooving. [Lara: Me too! :)]
Lara: Which of your characters would you most/least to invite to dinner, and why?
Nana: I would invite Dante from A Perfect Caress, just because he’s so sexy with his bald head, hard-working nature, loads of money, and fantastic sense of humor. He’s my kind of man. Unfortunately( or is it fortunate?) he’s Lanelle’s type of man, too.
Lara: What drew you to write in the genre(s) you do?
Nana: I’m a huge fan of romance. In high school I worked in a library and when the librarian once asked why people read romances, I was too shocked to speak. Why doesn’t everyone read romances is a better question? I write them because I’m addicted and want others to fall in love with them, too.
Lara: What three things are, at this moment, in your heroine’s purse, satchel, reticule, weapons belt or amulet bag (whatever she carries)?
Nana: Lipstick, which I actually mention in the novel when she’s trying to get Dante’s niece to slap some on, car keys, and I wish I could say throwing stars, but her phone will have to do.
Lara: What is your hero’s “kryptonite” – in other words, what will bring him instantly to his knees?
Nana: Injury to his marble. There is no euphemism here. Dante is obsessed with marble, especially from Carrara. It’s how he makes his money and where his passion (other than his family and Lanelle) lies.
Lara: What’s your favorite “love” word?
Nana: Amore – I know it means love in Italian, but it reminds me of the song That’s Amore – “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie that’s…” Plus everything is more romantic in Italian.
Lara’s GOTTA ASK: What are the next five books on your ‘to be read’ pile?
Nana’s GOTTA ANSWER: 1. Captive by Kiru Taye – actually I just finished reading it today and thought it warranted a mention.
2. Requiem for the Living (The Reanimation Files Book #2) by A.J. Locke who is fast becoming one of my favorite paranormal authors
3. A Chase for Christmas by Candace Shaw – There’s nothing like a Christmas romance to bring in the season of giving (and weight gain)
4. Silk and Scandal by Cassandra Dean – A historical novella which I’ve been meaning to read for ages
5. All He Wants for Christmas by Elle Wright – The first three books were delicious
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WHAT'S UP NEXT?
I’m working on book two for Kimani. I can’t give you any details yet, but it will involve Miguel Astacio, Lanelle’s younger, fun loving brother so stay tuned. [Lara: Yay!]
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