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Armed and Desired
by DC Stone
Sergeant Alyssa Bloom knows what it means to stay in control, be alert to her surroundings. Staying mentally tough and keeping a level head is not so easy to do around the hot, young rookie she’s assigned to train.
Nate Wilshire has the best job in the world and the sexiest partner a guy could ask for. Alyssa might be showing him the ropes, but he has a few things he’d like to teach her. Unwilling to act on his desires and risk unprofessional conduct, he asks Madame Eve to find him someone to scratch the itch Alyssa can’t.
Needing some relief from the intense heat of her attraction to her subordinate, Alyssa agrees to a 1Night Stand. When her date is none other than her handsome partner, she has a decision to make— leave…or let her heart finally take control.
Armed and Desired
What Readers are saying:
“The premise is clever, and the sex is scorching. If you like a naughty man in uniform, this is a best bet.” –Sheila Hollums
“The writing is tight yet vivid, detailed, with wonderful imagery and humor woven throughout, and you just-can’t-put-the-book-down.” – Lea Bronsen
Welcome D.C. Stone! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.
Hi! Thank you for having me! I’m D.C. Stone and I’m a romant-i-holic. *loopy grin* Oh, more? Well, I’m a full-time internal affairs investigator and have been in the world of criminal investigations for some sixteen years now, eight of which was with the US military. About three years ago I decided to give in to my other love, that of writing love stories, and pursue becoming an author. It took about a year to get a contract, and then, viola, here I am!
Is (book title) a single title, or part of a series?
Armed and Desired is part of the 1 Night Stand series with Decadent Publishing. While it can stand on its own as a short read, it definitely also has its place within the series and the hundreds of other stories that have been published within the INS scope.
What were your inspirations for the story?
Well, in any of my stories you are either going to find a law enforcement officer of some kind, or a military member. Those are two very big parts of my world. For Armed and Desired, I chose to go the law enforcement direction, although, you’ve just given me a lovely idea for another 1NS story involving hunky military heroes. *winks*
Please share your setting for (book title). Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?
Armed and Desired is set in beautiful San Diego, California. I grew up in San Diego and even though now I live in North New Jersey, I’ll always consider southern California my home. You can’t go wrong with the sunny beaches or the sweet people of San Diego.
When did the writing bug first bite?
Oh boy, the bug bit me about four years ago when I started playing around online with another friend. Her and I decided to try writing a book together, and while that book never made it to print, the process of creating a world and characters really drove home the exciting prospect of writing my own stories, in getting the craziness in my head out on paper.
Who are you favorite authors, book/series?
Oh geesh, how long do you have? *laughs* Anyone who follows me knows I swear by a few authors. First and foremost, hands down, this is the author who if we are forced to pick one and go to ground for years to come, it would be Pamela Clare. She develops amazing stories and puts in enough heat and comedy to really draw you into another world.
Other authors I enjoy include: Joan Swan, Nora Roberts, Jill Shalvis, JR Ward, Jaci Burton, Julie Ann Walker, Kaylee Cross, and I’m sure I’m missing a few. I’ve always considered myself a reader before an author, and still to this day do.
If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?
Without a doubt, Julie Ann Walker and Pamela Clare. These two really drive and inspire me to continue telling my own stories.
Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?
What…exactly…is “spare time?” *chuckles* I’m being half serious with that question. I really wish I had time, but unfortunately in my career field, there’s not a whole lot there. When I’m not working or writing, I’m carting around my two beautiful children and trying to fit in time to read, as well as learn more about my craft—in both fields—so I can stay ahead, or at least up, with the game.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?
*makes a face* In my line of work? You’d be surprised. Or rather, maybe not. Then again, I’ve adjusted quite a few of my cases into my books. Hint enough? *winks*
About the Author:
D.C. Stone is an e-book author and full-time fraud investigator when she isn’t diving into the world of Fiction.
She lives in the north-east with her incredibly supporting husband, two kids, and the all American black Labrador puppy. She’ll deny any association with the grumpy cat that also resides in the house, but he is there, never-the-less.
After serving eight years of service with the United States Air Force, she went on to transition into the world of Financial Crimes and became a lead investigator for many years.
Reading has always been a passion of hers, getting lost in a good, steamy romance one of her favorite past times. That passion took a back seat as soon as she discovered her own love for writing and recreating her own stories and characters. Her writing concentrates on Romance with specifics in Paranormal, Suspense and Erotica.
Now, when she isn’t trying to solve a new puzzle in the world of fraud, she is engulfed with coffee, her laptop, and all those crazy characters in her head. Trying to keep up with that crazy bunch is a skill many would yearn to have.
She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, and the Liberty State Fiction Writers.
Enjoy the following excerpt for Armed and Desired:
Nate waited at the floor-to-ceiling window of the hotel room and stared out across downtown San Diego. Tall skyscrapers soared around the city, their tops dusted with popping colors of green, blue, and red. Cars passed by in a blur, and with dusk only minutes past and the weekend kicking off, nightlife began to bloom along with his own anticipation.
He tucked his hands inside the charcoal dress pants and rocked back and forth in the uncomfortable black dress shoes. After spending days in his boots and uniform, the toes of the shoes pinched at his toes, and the soles unforgiving. He did not miss them. At all.
The door behind him clicked and a brush of air alerted him someone entered the room. He stilled, his heartbeat kicking out an erratic tempo in his throat, but he didn’t turn, instead watching a woman cross the threshold in the window’s reflection. She assessed the larger-than-normal hotel suite before her gaze settled on his back.
Perplexed, he tipped his head, recognizing her familiar features. She progressed with a lethal grace only a trained law enforcement officer would know, her steps purposeful, but silent, even in heels higher than he’d ever seen her in.
Standing to the side, she set her purse and a small black bag on a table, giving him her profile. A flash of deep red hair grabbed his attention. He sucked in a breath and pivoted in slow motion, refusing to allow hope to grow any more than it had, yet at the same time, fear sliced through. The one person he needed to get out of his system stood in the same room as he.
The night was about to go to hell.
Facing away from him, she took in the overwhelming luxury of the room. Desire slammed into him, he came to life with a kick against his fly.
Another 1NS for Harlie to love. What makes this one a bit different is that both characters have the hots for each other but won’t act on it. Being the boss and employee, especially in law enforcement isn’t a good thing to start a relationship…quickie or long term.
I really felt for Alyssa in her thoughts about what it would be like to have Nate. Ever being the professional, she knew that it would be a bad idea but she still had that little nagging in the back of her brain telling her to go for it. Oh my, when she realizes that her date is Nate…it was all about her giving up her control. And no, this is not a BDSM book. I’m talking about her controlling nature as the boss in the relationship.
Nate on the other hand could care less. He just wants Alyssa, plain and simple. I know that doesn’t sound exciting for the hero but just wait until he gets to the hotel room. OMG…talk about demanding and hot. Yep, he’s that and more. What was really great about Nate on the date was that he gave Alyssa an out.
While the smexy time is beyond hot, its the build up of their relationship that sealed it for me. They truly liked and respected each other as partners. It was just the feeling of wanting each other that got in the way. BTW, the age difference isn’t an issue in the book at all; which I appreciate.
Lastly, what made Armed & Desired one of my favorite 1NS books is the straightforwardness of it. There is no fluff, no pretense, just a story about two people that work with each that want each other but fear and control stand in the way.