I love watching Hustle, the UK TV series. The show centers around a group of con artists. Albert Stroller has to be one of the greatest characters ever, played by the incomparable Robert Vaughn. When my husband sat me down, he told me, “Vaughn is one of my favorite actors because he has this ability to deliver a line like it just popped into his head.” I also watch White Collar and Leverage and of course Law and Order. Other awesome series I love to watch are Spooks, Life on Mars, and one of my favorites, Psych.
(Oh God, I still cry when Lennie packs up his desk at the end of his last episode on Law and Order.)
Anyway, the research went beyond just watching crime dramas. I had to research SOCA, or Serious Organised Crime Agency, but have you ever tried to research a government agency that is so surrounded with secrecy? I think I would have been better off research the CIA or SIS (MI6)… or maybe not.
Then there was the Fabergé egg. I had to look at all the different eggs and for a while, I was caught up in that because they are all so pretty and shiny! Then I had to research proper address for the grandson of an Earl. I can’t ask my husband because he says, “Please tell me you’re not writing about the aristocracy.” *sigh* Anyway, the hot men of “The Long Con” Tony and Bradley begged me to get started on their story and it all came back to romance.
The only thing I didn’t have to research was the separation they went through. I knew all too well the loss when the borders of two countries force you apart from a loved one. Even in Tony and Bradley’s darkest moment, I still had hope for them, that they might just have a happily ever after.
British Agent Nathaniel Bradley is tasked with bringing home a stolen heirloom. After tracking the Faberge egg all the way to a group of criminals in New York, Bradley infiltrates a ring of con artists and gets sucked into the role of a high priced prostitute.
While hoping for a chance to take back what is rightfully his, Bradley’s sole mission becomes to seduce Tony Terranova, Jr, the heir to a notorious mafia dynasty. Though Tony is strikingly handsome, the usually dominant Bradley is hesitant to submit to the sexual whims of a dangerous Mafioso.
What Bradley doesn’t expect is for Tony to fall to his knees so eagerly for him, leaving him blindsided by how intensely their dark tastes complement each other. Now Bradley is caught up in a deadly game of lies and desire, where what he truly wants may not be what duty requires.
CEO by day, erotic romance writer by night, Lori Toland lives in Orlando where the summers are hot but the romance between her characters is even hotter. Writing since the tender age of 13, Lori somehow finds time to play video games and watch movies while taking care of her beloved cats and a husband who will forever be her hero.
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