I don’t think I’ve ever written a hero who was inexperienced with women and I’ve only realized it now. There is something sexy about a capable man who has no trouble enticing women into bed, but a reformed player is a whole new, emotionally-complicated ballgame. I’ve written two and they are, hands-down, my favorite heroes to write. Daniel Chase from OFFICER OFF LIMITS was my first and he certainly made an impression on me. I spent a long time after I wrote him chomping at the bit to write another player and finally got my chance with Oliver Preston from EXPOSED BY FATE. He’s basically Daniel Chase on steroids with a whole slew of insecurities swimming ten thousand leagues underneath a seriously confident surface.
When we first meet Oliver, he’s getting ready to bring a girl home. Yet another girl who might inspire the obligatory sexual desire and not much else. But when he sees his sister’s best friend across the club with another man, for the first time in his life, he encounters jealousy. That’s why reformed players are my favorite to write. They don’t understand what’s happening to them and in a way, it’s kind of adorable to watch them take the fall. They might feel the scratching in their throats or some weird knots in their stomach, but God forbid they admit its possessiveness or the green-eyed monster.
Some of the more memorable players I’ve read in the past include Drew Evans from TANGLED, the lovable, completely-thrilled-to-be-a-player player, who doesn’t realize it’s an empty existence until he meets THE ONE. More recently, I read DECKER’S WOOD and discovered a new type of playboy that I fell in love with, despite my reservations. In this book, the hero is a porn star who suddenly can’t get it up for anyone but the heroine. It was a total joy reading that book and watching him deal with an attraction he didn’t want or understand. It’s always nice to watch a player take a different journey to the promised land. Aka the dreaded monogamy.
An important part of this book, to me, was Oliver acknowledging that all the women who came before the RIGHT WOMAN weren’t nobodies. Despite Oliver’s previous conquests in the book coming off a little vapid, I needed him to admit they weren’t all like that. They were all deserving of love, he just wasn’t able to give it because they weren’t his right woman. I think a lot of us have been part of a man’s journey to find the right woman, but that doesn’t make any of us wrong women. Just before women.
I hope you’ll all come along to watch Oliver meet his after 🙂
A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…
He’ll train her to lure another man. She’ll lure him instead.
When interior designer Eliza Ballas accompanies a friend to New York’s premier BDSM club, she’s taken aback by the sheer want that overruns her body—especially when a sexy Brit assumes Eliza is adept at dark, sensual arts. If she’s going to play, she’ll need an erotic education, and she knows just the man to teach her how to submit…
Oliver Preston isn’t one to turn down pleasure, but Eliza’s his sister’s best friend, and he’s torn between a sense of duty and his rock-hard need to find out if she tastes as delicious as he’s dreamed. Unable to handle thought of another man owning her body, he draws Eliza deep into his world of exquisite pain and pleasure. He has three lessons to instruct her. Three lessons to drive them both to the brink of ecstasy. And three lessons before he must give her to another man…if he doesn’t lose himself first.
About the Author
Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.
Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.
She now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband of seven years and three-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.