Thrills at Work by Amy Valenti
Workplace romances – I think we can all agree they’re a minefield. My personal philosophy is ‘just say no’ – it’s not worth the heartache!
Having said that, my forthcoming September and October releases, Battle of Thrills and Dominance and Deception, are both about workplace romances. There’s just something about the dynamic of colleagues gettin’ it on that’s completely alluring, so let’s talk impractically, for now!
Theoretical scenario: you know a guy at work (or a girl, but let’s go with the assumption that it’s a guy so we don’t have that whole confusing pronoun issue). You think he’s kinda hot. You work with him on a couple of work projects, and he’s got a personality to match the looks. You bond with him over cocktails on a team night out, and by now every single one of your fantasies features him in a starring role… By the time you see him at the office after the weekend, you’re absolutely head over heels.
What then? Preserve your working life as you know it, and not say anything? Flirt a little and hope he decides to ask you out, and deal with the breakup if it happens? Maybe offer a night of no-strings-attached sex?
Or you could do what my Battle of Thrills protagonists decide to do, which is begin a teasing game that lasts for an entire week of unbearable sexual frustration. There’s only one rule: whoever gives in and initiates physical contact first loses…
Elle moved over to the mats set aside for post-workout stretches, and Jared wandered over after a few minutes, gazing down at her without bothering to hide his appraisal. “Enjoy your workout?”
She made a show of checking him out from head to toe before replying. “Yup. Not as much as I would have if you’d lost your shirt at some point, though.”
She finished her last floor stretch and got to her feet. When her eyes met Jared’s again, she was shocked at the desire she saw there. It was as if he couldn’t hide how much he wanted her, and electricity quivered down her spine as his hands balled into fists, his body tensing with the effort of keeping himself still.
Elle took a step closer, so he could feel her breath on his neck as she whispered, “All that post-workout adrenaline and nowhere to channel it, Jared?”
He closed his eyes for a second, as if gathering enough willpower to resist her, before stepping away. “When this is over, Elle…” he growled, and headed in the direction of the locker rooms.
Swallowing down a plea for him to forget the game, she followed him down the deserted corridor connecting the gym to the showers, answering with all the nonchalance she could muster. “You’re gonna what? Fuck me good and hard?”
He didn’t slow down until he reached the doorway, but then he turned to face her, pulling off his shirt. Pausing for a couple of seconds to allow her to get an eyeful of his firm chest and abs, he told her, “Something like that.”
Before she could compose herself enough to respond, he was gone.
Battle of Thrills is released on September 26th, and is available for pre-order at Total-E-Bound now – why wait for release day? Dominance and Deception, a kink-filled crime erotica novel, follows on October 10th, so check out my blog for links and updates!
Amy Valenti is a tarnished tease, and her mind has lived in the gutter since the day she realised what sex was. She hails from England, which she doesn’t find quite as exotic and sexy as the average US citizen seems to, but if people want to compliment her on her accent, that’s all fine with her! Her muses are many, fickle and very demanding.