I’d like to thank Lucy and everyone at Erotica For All for inviting me to guest post today so that I can share my story, Pierced By Danger. It is book one of a trilogy and it centers around Detective Joshua Pierce who encounters the beautiful and wealthy Samantha Colby after she is assaulted one night. And I was thinking about Joshua as I was wondering what exactly to blog about today, and it made me wonder why I had chosen to write about him specifically. Why did I make the hero of my first novel a cop?
What is it about a hot guy with a badge and a gun? I’m not really sure but, it’s a combination that I personally can’t seem to resist. Perhaps it’s the uniform? Admittedly, that was part of the initial appeal when I first met my husband, who was a Police K-9 officer (he’s now retired). We had something of a whirlwind courtship, and just three months later, we were married. It was all very crazy and very romantic at the time. Very much like a romance novel.
So is it any wonder then that when I finally sat down to write my first novel that I would choose to make my hero a sexy Police Detective? Granted, Joshua Pierce doesn’t wear a uniform and his partner is not of the four-legged variety. But he sure does look good with that badge clipped to his belt and the gun in his shoulder holster framing his broad, ripped chest. Of course, those piercing blue eyes and that take-charge attitude don’t hurt either. But is there more to it? What exactly is it that makes a hot cop so deliciously swoon-worthy for me, and so difficult to pass up?
Maybe it’s the air of authority that most cops seem to have. Confidence can be a very sexy thing. There’s nothing like a man who knows what he wants and he goes after it. Or maybe it’s the aura of mystery that they project – that feeling that they know things and have seen things that the rest of us will never understand. Or maybe it’s that sense of honor that they seem to carry so effortlessly on their broad, muscular shoulders, and the assurance that the good guys will never give up, no matter how bad it gets, and will keep fighting for what’s right again and again. Or it could be that unselfish willingness to go above and beyond to protect the safety of others. Knowing that he’ll be there to protect you in any situation. After all, women love to feel protected and nurtured by a man. The thought that he would go out of his way to ensure that you feel safeguarded. Treasured even. That’s heady stuff…
“What are you doing here?” she says softly, and her voice sounds surprised. Disbelieving.
I blink at her question and take a deep breath. What am I doing here? I look into her big green eyes and answer her honestly. “The same thing I was doing at your apartment last night,” I shrug. “I want you to feel safe.”
She stares at me for what feels like forever, saying nothing. “Josh,” she finally whispers. “This was such an incredibly sweet and thoughtful thing to do. Thank you,” she says softly, her eyes searching mine.
“You are most welcome, Samantha.” It starts to rain softly then and we both glance up at the sky. “Come, let’s get you home,” I say opening her car door.
“Are you going to follow me home too?” she asks with a small smile.
We are standing on either side of her open car door, just inches away from each other. “Yes,” I answer her. Again she just looks at me, as if she’s trying to figure me out.
“I didn’t know the Seattle PD provided such service,” she jokes quietly.
“To serve and protect, ma’am,” I respond with a smirk, holding her steady gaze.
~Excerpt from Pierced By Danger
To serve and protect. That’s what makes a cute guy with a badge and a gun so freaking hot! At least, to me anyway.
Thanks for reading. And thanks again to Erotica For All for hosting this stop of my Book Blog Tour. You can find me over at my blog, http://lashellcollins.wordpress.com or you can follow me on Twitter @LashellCollins
When stunningly beautiful drilling heiress, Samantha Colby is mugged one night, her misfortune leads to an encounter with the handsome and mysterious Detective Joshua Pierce. The reluctant celebutante is immediately taken by his rugged good looks, his take-charge attitude and his quiet concern for her safety. Unable to stop the disturbing thoughts suddenly running through his mind at the sight of her, Detective Pierce finds himself strangely captivated by her beauty, her innocence and her charm.
Inexplicably drawn to one another and unable to fight it, the pair embark on a passionate physical affair. But despite the safety and love Samantha feels when she’s with him, she soon discovers that the good detective is a tormented man, haunted by ghosts and memories that he can’t forget. But when it becomes clear that Samantha’s mugging was only the beginning of her trouble, can Pierce find a way to quiet the demons that threaten to consume him in order to keep her safe, or will he allow his tortured past to destroy them both?
With heavy doses of romance, eroticism and heart, the Pierced Trilogy is a sweet tale of finding love, overcoming your past, and learning to hope for the future.
Lashell Collins was born and raised in a small Ohio town. And although her midwestern upbringing gave her a very practical outlook on life, it didn’t stop her from daydreaming about romance and love and all the special little things that make life magical.
Lashell has always loved to write and often dreamed about pursuing her passion, but like so many of us, she allowed life and circumstances to lead her down a very different path for a long time. An avid lover of both animals and flowers, Lashell has spent the last twenty years working in Veterinary Clinics and Garden Centers before finally finding the courage to take writing seriously.
She lives in Ohio with her husband and their two four-legged children, a Bernese Mountain Dog named Ben and an American Bobtail cat called Spike. She is a hopeless romantic, a huge music fan, loves to laugh and loves a happy ending.