Imperfect Love is the Best Kind
by Annabeth Leong
I’ve read countless times over the years about the value of getting out of the bedroom to get busy, but I’ve never written about a couple who follow that advice more enthusiastically than Jason and Eliza Wu. Exiled from their house due to renovations, this couple experiment with getting together in a parked car, in the woods, and at the beach. While those are some hot, exciting locations, they take it up a notch with some even riskier settings, including the workplace, the public library, and the elevator at an exclusive hotel.
In my own life, I do enjoy the shower and the kitchen table, but I’m too scared of being caught to get half as adventurous about location as Jason and Eliza. My partner and I did it in the car one time, but while I was glad to have tried it, I was terribly distracted by looking out the window for signs we were being observed—not to mention smarting with pain from where I’d banged my knees and elbows.
When I was writing about Jason and Eliza, I tried to capture both of these sides of their adventures. They have some very hot times as they travel through unusual locations, but they also have plenty of awkward moments. Ultimately, I think that’s not only more realistic than seamless hotness, it’s more valuable. In Bedded Bliss: A Couple’s Guide to Lust Ever After, Kristina Wright points out, “Those fits of giggles and moments of embarrassment often bring you and your partner more intimacy than living out the actual fantasy… People bond over things that make them uncomfortable, things that make them step outside their comfort zone.”
Jason and Eliza may get wilder than I personally have the courage to, but I wanted them to feel like a real couple that people could relate to. Even when they’re being bold, they’re a bit awkward and a bit insecure. I, for one, think that makes them hotter than if their fantasies worked out “perfectly.”
Renovators have invaded the home of Jason and Eliza Wu. The two haven’t seen a clean surface in months and, even worse, haven’t had a moment to themselves. With stress in their work lives added to stress at home, the couple desperately needs to have some fun. Jason and Eliza embark on a bold plan to make love and get out of the house—at the same time. Through a series of hot adventures and wild mishaps in the car, at Eliza’s mother’s house, on the top floor of the library and everywhere in between, Jason and Eliza find that not only can they survive renovations, they might even be sorry when they’re over.
A Romantica® contemporary erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
“What are we going to do? We still don’t have anywhere to go. I’d suggest home, but I think our bedroom is a giant gutted hole in the floor at the moment.”
“I’d go to a motel right now if I hadn’t just been complaining to you about how we couldn’t afford takeout.”
“I thought you were hungry. Starving.”
“Some things are more important than food,” Jason said solemnly.
Eliza found herself grinning at him. Considering that she’d wanted to tear him a new one when she’d gotten in the car, it did seem Jason was on to something here. She wanted to lie down and she wanted a shower, but the idea of his hands all over her body sounded pretty good too. That might be just the messy, sweaty relief that could make her forget her worries for a brief but necessary period. “Okay, so where, then?”
Jason twisted the key in the ignition. The car’s motor ground to life. “I was thinking right here.”
“In the parking lot to my job?”
“No,” he said. He wiggled his eyebrows suggestively. “How about in the car?”
“Not while it’s moving.”
“No, of course not. Didn’t people in the fifties do this thing called ‘parking’? Which really meant ‘making out’?”
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Annabeth Leong has written erotica of many flavors. She loves shoes, stockings, cooking and excellent bass lines. She always keeps a new e-book loaded on her phone and a paperback stashed in her purse, but her eyes are still bigger than her stomach whenever she visits a bookseller. She blogs at annabethleong.blogspot.com, and tweets @AnnabethLeong . Watch for her next contemporary erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave, Heated Leather Lover.