Addison Fox

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Welcome to the Lair on this our American birthday. For a wonderful treat I’ve invited my dear friend, contemporary and romantic suspense author, Addison Fox to stop by and tell us all about the fourth book in her House of Steele series: THE MANHATTAN ENCOUNTER. Take it away Addison!

My thanks to Suz and the Romance Bandits for inviting me back to the Lair! And for those of you here in the US, wishing you a very happy Independence Day! (Am I the only one picturing very tight, very cute red, white and blue trunks on the Cabana Boys?!?!?)

For the last year I’ve been hard at work on a fun, sexy romantic suspense quartet for the Harlequin Romantic Suspense line called the House of Steele. And in thinking about today’s blog post I realized the subject of independence was a fortuitous fit as that description matches my hero, Liam Steele, to a “T.”

The four Steele siblings run a high-end security firm. The fourth book – THE MANHATTAN ENCOUNTER – features the most illusive Steele sibling, Liam. I had an absolute blast writing this book and I think what I enjoyed most was how the book evolved between what was in my mind and what ended up coming out on the page.

I expected to write a book about a suave, sexy, James Bond-esque character romancing his total opposite: our shy, reserved, scientist heroine, Dr. Isabella Magnini. What ended up coming out instead was a suave, sexy, James Bond-esque character who had to deal with two nosy sisters, a nosy sister-in-law and a woman who was more than his match in every way. THE MANHATTAN ENCOUNTER ended being a family book and it was great fun to see how Liam not only fell in love with Isabella, but how he had to find a way to get closer with his family and re-engage as part of their family unit as well.The Manhattan Encounter_Cover

I suppose in a lot of ways, that’s life. The things we often expect to happen don’t, but what takes their place is exactly what’s meant to happen. Life has a very funny way of unfolding in its own time and in its own way.

I pulled a quick passage to share…since it’s the 4th of July I thought I’d shoot off a few sparks! <g> As quick set up to this scene, Isabella’s learned some disturbing news about the individuals who are after her and her research (the reason why Liam’s protecting her). She’s done the proverbial “I can take care of myself” dance and he’s forced her to own up to it.

Something dark and raw churned under her fury, erupting from her in a wash of flame.

“You know nothing about my life. About the humiliation of what I’ve lived with. About the betrayal of not one parent, but two.”

She dashed away the hot tears that fell freely down her face, clogging her throat in a tight fist, determined to get out the rest of it. “And you sure as hell don’t know what it’s like to live like a freak. Someone whose intelligence and drive and innate sense of freaking order scares the hell out of everyone around her.”

18468034“Isabella—” he reached out but she flung off his hand, stepping back from the sheer weight of the pain that threatened to drag her to her knees.

“You can’t know what it’s like. You have a family who loves you even though you keep them at arm’s length for some puzzling reason known only to you. You have a reputation that’s sterling. You even have an endless parade of women content to share their time and attention. I have nothing.” He reached for her once more, but she flung him off. “Nothing!”

And then he had his hands on her and he was dragging her close and she was trying to breathe through the tears and the need and the most desperate desire to connect with someone.

No, she amended as his mouth crashed on hers with the force of a hurricane. She had the desperate desire to connect with him.

With Liam.

Hot, wild need sparked under her skin everywhere he touched. His hands were on her shoulders, on her lower back, roaming over her stomach before reaching up to cup her breasts.

She should have been shocked or felt some sort of embarrassment that she’d been wearing the same clothes for nearly twenty-four hours or that her stomach wasn’t flat enough or that her slacks hadn’t been ironed but none of it seemed to matter to the man who had her in his arms and demanded she give him everything she had and then some.

And oh boy, did she own up to the task.17738200

Her hands matched his for fervor, the hard lines of his shoulders a sensuous feast for her fingertips. She explored his body, even as their mouths never broke contact and as he walked her backwards toward the wall. She willingly let him lead, ready to follow him anywhere.

His tongue thrust into her mouth, a carnal feast that mimicked a joining of their bodies and she sucked hard before biting his lip.

Isabella felt his fingers lock with hers and then he had her hands up on either side of her head, holding her steady as he plundered her and still, she gave it all back to him, every move countered with one of her own.

The temptress she never knew lived inside of her skin came to life under his tutelage and, if the low moans echoing from the back of his throat were any indication, was having a grand time teaching Liam Steele a thing or two about desire.

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I had so much fun bringing this couple together and I so appreciate you spending some time with me today! And as an extra special treat, two commenters will win today! One will win a copy of THE MANHATTAN ENCOUNTER and one will win all 4 books in the House of Steele quartet – THE PARIS ASSIGNMENT, THE LONDON DECEPTION, THE ROME AFFAIR and THE MANHATTAN ENCOUNTER.

My thanks – as always – to the Banditas for hosting me and for the very warm welcome to the blog!

XO,

Addison (http://www.addisonfox.com/)

(Don’t forget, if you want to download the ebook copy of any of these books, click on the picture.)

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56 Comments

  • Helen says:

    Is he coming to visit me ?

    Have Fun
    Helen

  • Helen says:

    Hi Addison

    I do love the sound of this series and the excerpt was great 🙂 I need to go and download them so as they are in a queue on my knidle to read. Oh I need more reading time and Happy 4th July to all of my friends in The States

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Addison Fox says:

      Thanks, Helen! And thanks for the 4th of July wishes – it’s a day we do enjoy here in the States!! (Grilled meats and fireworks have a funny way of exciting a person….)

    • Helen,

      Thanks for the birthday wishes! You’ll love Addison’s series. She writes sexy heroes so well!!

  • Jane says:

    Hello Addison and Suz,
    Happy 4th of July. Liam sounds like an intriguing hero. Can’t wait to meet him.

  • flchen1 says:

    Life is definitely nothing if not surprising, Addison! Congrats on book 4–sounds like this was a story that had to be told!

    • Addison Fox says:

      Thank you – it really was. These 4 siblings sort of popped into my mind fully formed. I had a lot of fun writing their stories and mixing the family dynamics with the international intrigue!!

    • Hey Fedora!!

      The great thing about a story that must be told, is we walk into it ready for anything she throws at us, because we’ve been waiting for this hero to get his story! Love it!!

  • Minna says:

    Congrats on your latest book! So, 3 more books I need to add on my TBB list (I already have THE PARIS ASSIGNMENT).

  • Mary Preston says:

    I totally have a picture of the cabana boys in my head right now.

    I’m looking forward to diving into this series. Love the titles & covers too.

  • Quantum says:

    I’m into romantic suspense at the moment and found the characters in this latest book rather intriguing.

    The idea of a James Bond character chasing a shy scientist heroine, and for her research results rather than the usual more obvious assets, and ending up dealing with a family as well as a powerfully attractive woman, is fascinating.

    Too often scientists are thought to be cold fish and it is refreshing to find them portrayed in a different light! 🙂

    • Addison Fox says:

      Thanks, Quantum!

      That was one of the things that was really important to me in the writing of Isabella. She’s obviously a person who feels passionately about her work, but I wanted to explore the dynamics of someone who does this extraordinary job/has an incredible brain yet also longs for love, family, and a sense of normalcy she hasn’t had (also contributed to by her family, not just her chosen profession).

      All in all, it was so satisfying as an author to explore that on the page.

    • Hey Quantum!

      Addison brings unique heroes and heroines together in a way that makes you want to see what’s going to happen next with each one. And she does have a rather fond attachment to James Bond. 🙂 (The Daniel Craig version!)

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Hey Addison! Welcome back!

    I love romantic suspense – I don’t know how I missed that you wrote for Harlequin’s Romantic Suspense line! Must check out this series – sounds great.

    • Addison Fox says:

      Thanks, Anna!

      And congrats on the release of A PERFECT TRADE. It’s already downloaded on my Nook and I’m well into it. Tru is yummy!!! 🙂

  • sandyg265 says:

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    Please forgive me for saying I’ve never heard of you before, but oh my, after reading that except I’d say you are definitely going to make my reading list in the future! I love romantic suspense, it is my favorite genre. And I love Suzanne’s books. One reason I so enjoy the Romance Bandits is because I’ve found so many good books through them and met a lot of new authors that I wasn’t familiar with before. Thank you Addison, for introducing yourself. Look forward to reading your work!

    • Debbie Oxier says:

      Grr, sorry, should say EXCERPT!

    • Addison Fox says:

      Thanks, Debbie, for the warm welcome!

      I love the Bandits, too. I’ve found more great reads here and through their monthly newsletter – my TBR pile runneth over (and I couldn’t be happier!) 🙂

    • OH, Thank you Debbie!

      Trust me, once you start reading Addison’s books, you’ll want to read all of them. She tells such fun stories!!

  • Di R says:

    Hi Addison~

    This series sounds great! I love a woman who can hold her own against an alpha male. Add in family who tend to be both a blessing and a curse, and a dash of intrigue and it sounds like a book I can’t wait to read.

    Di

    • Addison Fox says:

      Thanks, Di!

      Isabella was a fun character for me…she had a very sturdy spine and wasn’t afraid to use it! 🙂

      And it was a lot of fun to revisit each of the couples from the early books and show basically how the four siblings had become eight with the arrival of everyone’s new loves.

      I come from a large family on both my mother and father’s sides and there’s nothing I like more than a noisy dinner table, full of laughter and conversation!

    • Hey Di!

      That’s what I love about a good book, the heroine usually doesn’t just fold up and give into the alpha male’s opinions or desires. She usually fights for what she believes she wants and needs…and what he really wants and needs…her!

  • Laney4 says:

    What a nice bonus to have all those great covers on your books!
    I have ordered a blue one similar to the model on THE MANHATTAN ENCOUNTER cover, only mine goes to the ground. Sex-y! It’s actually my mother-of-the-bride dress for next summer, so I can hardly wait to show my husband (of 33 years this week)!

    • Addison Fox says:

      Oh Laney – that sounds wonderful! You will look absolutely gorgeous!!!!

      And thanks on the covers – the Harlequin art department truly out did themselves!!

    • Laney, after he sees you in that dress, I bet he’ll be planning on making it another 33 years!! 😀

  • Laurie G says:

    I enjoyed the excerpt. I’m glad that Liam meets/discovers his match in feisty , intelligent, independent Isabella! I will have to look for the earlier books in your series featuring the Steele siblings.

    Happy 4th of July!

  • Happy 4th of July!

    I see Addison already brought the fireworks. 🙂

    Love the sound of these books. Congrats on the release of the quartet. I think they’ll sell like…hot dogs on the 4th of July 🙂

  • catslady says:

    Congratulations on your latest. I always enjoy the not knowing in romantic suspense. Happy 4th of July to everyone!

  • bn100 says:

    Interesting sounding series

  • Wow! That was a smokin’ hot excerpt, Addison! Certainly started the 4th of July off with a BANG !! I love connected series and these sound like awesome books! And I do love the settings!

    • Addison Fox says:

      Thanks, Louisa!

      I have a lot of fun with the settings in this series – they became characters themselves 🙂

  • Addison, welcome back and congrats on your new series! They look great, and I’m glad to see RS not confined to the US.

    • Addison Fox says:

      Thanks, for the warm welcome, Nancy!

      And for me that was so much of the fun of this series. There are so many amazing places in the world – it’s fun to visit them on the page! 🙂

  • Amy Conley says:

    Hello Addison! Your book sounds awesome.

  • donnas says:

    They all sound great. Thanks for sharing!