- By Lilly Avalon
- Editions: eBook
- Published: August 26th 2014
- Source: Review by Request
- Genre: Erotic Romance
- In a Flutter: Sweet & Sexy
Allegra Maxwell is sick of the monotony of life. It’s all work and no play, and right now she wants to play. She shows up at her company’s yearly meeting with one goal in mind: have a one night stand with a stranger. What she doesn’t count on is Devlin Pierce walking through the door.
When Allegra first met Devlin, she knew he would be nothing but trouble. After he proved her theory true last year, she made a vow to avoid him at all costs. He’s the last person she wants to see, and he knows it. He refuses to leave her alone though. As much as she tries to fight it, the pull he has on her is undeniable. Her ability to resist him proves impossible when Devlin makes her an offer she can’t refuse.
One night. That’s all he asks. That’s all she wants. Or is it?
I know this looks like an office hook-up romance, but that’s not quite accurate. Devlin and Allegra work for a large company, but nowhere near each other.
This entire book takes place over the course of one night at a company Gala in a fancy New York hotel.
These two have a history…
Allegra was such a fun character – a modern business woman who has put her carer above everything else. Her determination has paid off; she’s been steadily climbing the corporate ladder and her future is bright.
Unfortunately, her devotion to her career hasn’t afforded her any time to form romantic relationships. Not a big deal for Allegra, she’s not looking for ‘The One’ but a woman has needs…
Allegra is on a mission,
She’s done being horny & lonely,
& She’s going to bag a one-night stand…
Devlin is the hook-up that got away. At last year’s corporate gala, Allegra was ready to give him a chance. Unfortunately, Devlin blew his opportunity, and she’s managed to avoid him for a whole year…
Devlin is a known player,
He’s the nephew of her boss,
& He’s been making eyes at Allegra all night…
Despite last year’s disastrous courtship attempt, the sexual chemistry between these two is still off the charts. Allegra can’t seem to stay focused with Devlin in the room.
A little bit of teasing, flirting, and verbal sparring are about to lead to something so much more. Devlin discovers Allegra’s mission and makes her an offer she can’t resist.
And Holy Hell, these two absolutely sizzle!
Another younger man comes out of the elevator and stops to talk to Mr. Morris. “Well, hello there.”
“Ooh, another one? What does he look like?”
“Something tall, dark, and handsome.” I press my lips together to hold back the laugh.
“Something? Don’t you mean someone?”
“In all seriousness, though…what does he look like? Face, eyes…”
“Well, unfortunately I can’t get a good look at him.”
“He’s facing the other way.” Squinting my eyes, I try to see if I can make out the details of the handsome something. He’s wearing a very expensive suit by the looks of it, navy pinstripe over white button down. He obviously works out based on how perfectly tailored it is. I mean, that ass… Yowza. That’s all I can see from this angle though. Come on, show me your face. I need something to boost my spirits.
He finally finishes his conversation with Mr. Morris, and starts walking toward the dining hall. After a few steps, the light hits his face just right so I can make out his features. He seems familiar, very familiar. That’s when I gasp. I recognize the well-defined face. The dark brown hair. The smoldering dark emerald eyes.
“Anything?” Sonya says.
“Holy shit,” I breathe, nearly dropping my phone. This can’t be happening.
“That good, huh?”
I can barely speak, but not for the reason she’s thinking. I’m flabbergasted. Floored, even. He looks familiar because I have seen him before—right at this very place—almost exactly a year ago. My heart races and breaks all at once when the memory returns. I thought I had buried it back then.
“Allegra? Are you still there?”
Somehow, I discover my voice again. “I’m gonna have to call you back.” I hang up on her before she can respond. I’m not sure what to do with myself. I’m not sure of anything at this moment.
Because the man who stepped off that elevator is Devlin Pierce, and his eyes have landed on mine.
Q&A with Lilly Avalon
If you were to describe your book in only one word, what would it be?
What would you say inspired you to write it?
Oh, wow. It started with the bar scene, then their background slowly came into focus–what brought them to the bar to begin with. A lot of my stories start with a snippet of an idea or a scene and grow from there. I had no clue where I was going to end up when I started–that was kind of the beauty of it.
What was the source of inspiration for Allegra Maxwell?
That’s a funny thing. She started out in my mind as a no-nonsense, doesn’t take crap from anyone, somewhat snarky woman. Which, well, she IS, but one of my beta readers pointed out that she’s a lot like me. The similarities didn’t hit me until then. Allegra isn’t exactly like me, but she’s pretty much what I would be like if I wasn’t shy.
How about Devlin Pierce?
Ooh, now he started as this mysterious, sexy man in my head–that was all I knew at first. Devlin’s personality took time to develop. He has the feel of an alpha, but he’s not an absolute jerk or extremely possessive. As I’m writing Longing (the sequel to Resist), I’m falling more and more in love with him every day.
Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?
Oh, plenty of times. The best thing for me to do is take a step away. I want to write every day, but sometimes I may only be able to manage a sentence or two at most because nothing is coming to me. By the next day, inspiration will strike at random and help me get back on track.
What is your all time favorite book?
I don’t believe in absolute favorites (because I’m constantly falling under the spell of a new book), but here’s one in the top 10: Escorted by Claire Kent
What made you pick that one above all others?
I picked that one because I’ll think of a scene from it and want to reread the scene… and up spending an hour rereading ALL of my favorite scenes. It’s an amazing book–sexy and full of heart. And now I want to run off and grab it off my shelf right this minute.
What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?
Resist took me about 3-4 months. Part of that was ideas forming, but the rest was writing and editing.
Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?
Oh definitely! I’ve become a better writer ever since I published thanks to a lot of tips and suggestions I’ve gotten from people along the way. I’ve fine tuned my story telling in the way I’ve always wanted to. Plus, I’ve met some great people–other authors and writers and even some great reviewers who have become fans. Their words of encouragement and cheering in the background keep me going and make me happy.
Was there ever a time, during your work for this book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind?
I don’t know about ever wanting to give up, but maybe at a couple points I struggled with a couple scenes and had to put some question marks in the document to go back to later. Usually if I’m having trouble with a scene, I’ll give it a few days. Within those days I’ll think about it, brainstorm ideas, and soon a spark of an idea forms that could be developed into the scene I’m missing. It all comes together eventually–some parts are just more elusive than others.
What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?
Well, unfortunately I have to work a 9-5 job full time. So, when I’m not working, I try to use as much of my spare time writing. Otherwise I read and hang out with friends and family.
How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
When you start out as a published author, the first bad review can be rough. At this point, I take it with a grain of salt. Everyone has their own opinion about something, and I respect that. No matter who you are, how popular, or how wildly successful you become, you WILL get a bad review. You have to learn how to handle criticism if you want to keep moving forward.
Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next from the Resist series?
Ahhh… Well, Devlin is back in Allegra’s life and working at her office. There used to be miles between them, which is what Allegra expected when she came home from New York, so seeing him on a regular basis has kind of thrown her off balance. Neither of them can deny the attraction, so the sexual tension is high, as are the temptations. And that means… you know… sexytimes (of course).
What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside from this series?
My first published book, Here All Along, is going to get a full-length sequel of its own titled Here We Are. I’ll be getting to work on it as soon as I finish writing the sequel to Resist. With my latest published book, More Than Words, I had every intention of leaving it as a standalone novella. Then my readers started to say they want to find out what happens next. So, now I’m working on a sequel to that one called More Than Anything.
What made you decide to become an Author?
I love being creative. I spent most of my life bouncing from one thing to another. I’d love it for awhile, then I wouldn’t be feeling it anymore and try something new. But I’ve always been a writer. It wasn’t until maybe about 5 or 6 years ago that I started considering making it more than just a hobby. At first, I procrastinated–spent a lot of my time coming up with ideas and scenes, but not really writing. I had to kick myself repeatedly, but once I dove in, I couldn’t stop. At this point, writing is kind of like something I have to do. Becoming an author was a dream come true.
What would you say was the toughest part?
Finding the courage to take the steps to accomplish the goal. The writing is the easy part (at least most of the time it is). Actually putting forth the effort to do everything in between writing and clicking “publish” is another thing entirely. Sometimes you second guess yourself and think you’re not ready so you don’t want to email your editor or your beta readers. After you get the first book under your belt, it comes slightly easier every time after that because you have confidence in yourself.
Did you hire professionals for editing, cover design, formatting?
Yes! To me, it’s a necessity to put out the best work possible. If there are too many mistakes, a horrible cover, or poor formatting, the reader will be annoyed. I know when I read a book, I expect quality, so that’s what I want to give my readers.
How did you decide who to hire, if you worked with pros?
I’ve met a lot of people online over the years and made some great friends. These people are readers, writers, and authors just like me, only they’ve got the skills to edit, design, and format. The people I hire do an excellent job and I couldn’t imagine a better crew.
How long did the production part take, from the moment you began working on the manuscript to when you hit ‘Publish’?
For Resist, it was 3-4 months. Most of that was the writing, then near the end was all the rest–cover, beta readers, ARCs, etc.
Where is your work being distributed, Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, AREbooks/Omnilit, some other distributor? How did you decide which one(s) to go with?
Right now, I’m on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. I publish direct through each of them. I find it’s been easiest for me to do it that way.
If you could turn back in time and do things differently, would you? What would you change?
There are some things in life I wish went in a different direction, but if they hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t be who I am today. So I try to not regret stuff of the past. Instead, I take what I’ve learned as a lesson for my present and future. Experience has made me wise.
If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?
For Devlin Pierce to be real and standing right in front of me. Like I said, I’m kind of in love with him.
If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one item you’d absolutely wish to have with you?
Ereader with unlimited battery life.
Name your favorite fruit.
Coffee or tea?
Tea, specifically iced tea.
How about favorite time of the day?
After 11PM. I’m always the most awake, focused, and productive at that point of the day. Which is unforunate when I have to work the next morning.
Were you a Girl Scout?
No. I doubt I would have been a good one, lol.
Favorite food for breakfast?
It’s a toss-up between cookies and brownies.
What is the latest book you’ve bought and read?
Come to Me Quietly by A.L. Jackson
Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?
Books. I love books.
Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
Drama or comedy?
Both? It’s a mood thing.
Do you have a favorite quote or personal motto?
“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” ~Fred Rogers
Cats or dogs?
Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?
Night out clubbing.
Do you have a favorite Book Boyfriend/Girlfriend?
One of my recent favorites is Andy Devine from Wanted: Wife. He speaks French and makes me swoon.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
I don’t really think of it as a guilty pleasure, but reading romances probably counts. Mostly because I can’t think of anything else that fits the bill.
Favorite Swear Word?
Damn. I enhance a lot of sentences with it.
About the Author
Lilly Avalon is the author of the erotic romances Here All Along and Resist, and the upcoming novella More Than Words. She’s somewhere in the midst of her twenties and lives mostly in the stories in her head. When she’s not enveloped in the worlds she creates, she’s out in the real world making stories happen. That or reading other romances. It’s a toss-up.
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