Covert Seduction With Raspberries and Cream

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Photobucket The heroine of my new story, Becca, is an awesome cook. In one scene she takes her SEAL hero breakfast in bed and feeds him luscious raspberry and cream filled crepes with a mug of strong coffee laced with more cream. If it’s true that one way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, Becca certainly nails it because Reid is very appreciative of her efforts and isn’t shy about showing her.

I’ve shared the recipe below in case you suddenly have a hankering to make these delicious treats.

Blurb: Navy SEAL Reid Galvin is back from hell and eager to find comfort in Becca Anderson’s arms. He knows he hurt her when he cut contact during his deployment, so when his call interrupts her date with another man, he has only himself to blame. But he can’t forget what she means to him—or the sexy email she sent him—and he won’t miss this chance to claim her as his own.

It’s been weeks since Becca heard from the man she thought she was involved with. So when Reid wants to take up where they left off as if nothing happened, she refuses. Then he rescues her from a first date gone very wrong, and she realizes she’s not quite ready to let him go.

Reid and Becca have a lot to talk about, but since she’s not listening, he’s going to have to regain her trust another way—by bringing her most erotic fantasies to life. Making her surrender to pleasure just might be his most important mission.

Available for purchase at:  Kindle, Nook, Carina Press

*And now, for the crepes!*

Basic crepe:

1 cup all purpose flour

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup water

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 Tbsp butter, melted

-I totally cheat and throw all this in a blender, then whiz it up until smooth (It works, honest! And this way there aren’t any lumps.).

-heat saucepan/griddle to medium high heat and spray with cooking spray so the crepes don’t stick.

-pour 1/4 cup of the batter onto the hot pan/griddle, tilting it to swirl the batter into a thin circle.

-cook until edges start to get a bit dry and the underside is a teensy bit browned (2 minutes or less), then loosen if necessary with a spatula and flip it over to cook the other side.

-stack them on a plate and make the sauce while you complete the batch.

Raspberry sauce:
2 pints raspberries (reserve a few whole berries for garnish on each plate)
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Combine raspberries and sugar in a saucepan. Cook until raspberries are broken down, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain through a fine sieve to remove seeds. Or, you can dump the cooked sauce back into your clean blender (because you clean as you go, right?) and not worry about the seeds at all. Up to you.

Chantilly Cream:

1 cup whipping cream

2 Tbsp powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

-whip together using a hand or stand mixture until thick enough to form peaks. (Go ahead and lick the beater. I know you want to.)

Assembling the crepes:

Put a generous dollop of cream and a few tablespoons of the sauce in the center of each crepe (you can also add whole berries in here if you want) and fold it up into thirds. Top with more cream and raspberry sauce, then add a few fresh raspberries on the plate as well.

2 or 3 per serving should be plenty, unless you’re feeding a hungry Navy SEAL, like Becca is. And if there’s any leftover whipped cream, you can take that upstairs to surprise your honey as well and use it after breakfast for…other things. *cough*

Enjoy!

Callie Croix writes erotic romance tales about dominant alpha males that she hopes will curl your toes in the best way possible. She also writes edge-of-your-seat military romantic suspense as Kaylea Cross.

You can find her through her website, blog, facebook, twitter, goodreads, and her amazon author page.

 

Let Me In: Show Me the Love

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PhotobucketI love erotic romance, but I’m very picky about what I read now. My favorites have a careful balance of heat and emotion throughout the story, so that the reader falls in lust and love right along with the characters. Take either of those aspects away, and the magic is gone. At least for me.

After all, it’s the romance that separates erotic romance from erotica, and I think that’s a very important distinction. A story without romance and a deep emotional connection between the characters just isn’t satisfying to me. I want to see the characters falling for each other, building that foundation of trust so integral for a chance at happily-ever-after along with all that steamy smexin’.  Some of my favorite erotic romances that demonstrate these qualities are Liberating Lacey and Under His Hand by Anne Calhoun, Sheltered by Charlotte Stein, and Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye.

Let Me In is my newest release. It features Liam Brodie, who you might remember from his rather spectacular introduction in No Holds Barred. While the two books are related, each can be read as a stand-alone. The sex is hot, but there’s more than just chemistry between Liam and Talia. Earning her trust is the key to everything, just as she needs to learn to trust him in return.

PhotobucketBlurb: On leave for Thanksgiving, the last thing marine lieutenant Talia Barnett expects to find is Liam Brodie waiting for her at the airport. He’s had a starring role in her fantasies for the past two years, and although she’d love to make them a reality, she has a dark secret that prevents her from taking things further.

A former Marine, Liam’s specialty is planning tactical operations, and that’s just what he plans to do to win Talia. The woman has kept him at arm’s length for too long, and this time he’s finally going to claim her—body and heart.

What begins as comfort quickly turns hot. When Liam shows Talia a hint of the dominant nature inside him, the submissive part of her flares to life. Though she desires him, she’s going back on deployment and doesn’t want to dump all her drama on him. Will he find a way to break through the protective walls around her heart and convince her they have a future that goes far beyond the bedroom?

There’s enough heat between these two to set your e-reader on fire. And don’t forget–for the month of May, Let Me In is on sale for only $0.99 at most retailers!

Now that I’ve mentioned my favorite erotic romance reads, what do you recommend for the perfect blend of heat, emotion and romance? Leave me a comment to enter a contest for a digital copy of Let Me In.

Happy reading!

Callie Croix

Callie Croix writes erotic romance tales about dominant alpha males that she hopes will curl your toes in the best way possible. She also writes edge-of-your-seat military romantic suspense as Kaylea Cross.

You can find her through her website, blog, facebook, twitter, goodreads, and her amazon author page.

Better BDSM

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You must be living under a rock if you haven’t heard of Fifty Shades of Grey, and I’ve been watching this phenomenon with great interest.  It seems to appeal to a group of women who are perhaps new to erotica, and BDSM in particular. And boy, are they atwitter!

Now I’ve been reading erotica with BDSM elements for a long time, and I’m puzzled by all the buzz. I’m not going criticize the quality of the writing, or the fact that the book originated as fan fic (a lot has been said already on those subjects). What troubles me is how the book treats BDSM as a pathology (it’s suggested the Dominant’s inclinations stem from his abuse as a child). It seems to miss the point that BDSM can be an incredibly erotic, empowering, consensual part of a relationship. It’s something that some women enjoy and, I suspect, many fantasize about. You can be a feminist and still enjoy a little spanking, really!

One of our recent Carina Press titles treats this subject in a very healthy, sexy way: Jodie Griffin’s Forbidden Fantasies. The heroine is a married woman who can’t stop thinking about the hot new world she’s recently discovered in the pages of erotic romance novels. When she musters up the courage to share her fantasies with her husband, she’s pleasantly surprised by his reaction. This is a book that manages to be hot and sweet at the same time, and in no way offends the feminist in me.

If you’re looking for more “better BDSM” may I also suggest these titles:

A Shot in the Dark by Christine d’Abo

Sapphire by Jeffe Kennedy

Touch Me by Callie Croix

Enjoy. That’s an order!

Do you read BDSM? Please share your favorite titles in the comments.

Curious? Explore Harlequin’s  “Curious Reader’s Guide to Erotic Romance”