Lust at First Sight
A popular trope in romance novels is love at first sight. I’m not a believer in love at first sight. I don’t understand how a person can fall in love in an instant or five minutes. Really a relationship starts out as lust and then deepens to love.
The challenge with writing a romance novel is writing this transition in a believable and exciting way. There are so many novels already written that there aren’t many (I know most people say any, but I like to leave the door open) original ideas any more. This puts the burden of a good story on the shoulders of your characters.
In Saltwater Lover Captain Mather and Kojo make an unlikely pair. I am a sucker for forbidden love. As they say opposites attract and Captain Mather and Kojo are perhaps the most opposite two men can get. Captain Mather is a short, stocky white man who makes his living as a slaver. He is forty years old and has had his fair share of lovers over the years. Kojo is a native African who is captured by Captain Mather’s men. In his early twenties he is tall and wiry. He’s never had any lover before, and his attraction to Captain Mather confuses and excites him.
Captain Mather may be the devil – to sell him or steal his heart.
In 1800, Kojo is a native African with deep connections to the spirits—but those spirits choose not to save him from the slaving ship. He’s captured and taken aboard, where he meets Captain Mather. During the long journey to America, not even the spirits can save him from their growing attraction. Love blooms. A doomed love. For when they land, Kojo’s fate is to be sold.
Captain Mather can’t imagine Kojo being treated as a slave. Desperate to spare him from that life, the captain hides him, taking him to his home. When he’s blackmailed by a mutinous former crewmember, there seems little choice but to sell his ship and pay. Anything to save the man he loves.
When the captain reached him, Kojo’s pulse quickened, jumping several beats. The man’s green gaze scanned his muscular chest, glistening with sweat from the long walk. He wrapped a hand around Kojo’s chin, drawing his face gently toward him. His touch was not forceful as Kojo had expected, only enough pressure to direct the movement. The captain smelled of tobacco and rum and a spice Kojo couldn’t name. It was a manly, intoxicating scent.
The man’s calloused fingers trailed down Kojo’s neck, lingering for a moment at the base of his throat. Kojo felt the man’s hot breath on his lips, merely inches from his own. His round face and toned arms made it hard for Kojo to guess his age. A few strands of silver were mixed into his beard and at his hairline but were hard to see—perhaps forty?
Unbridled lust gleamed in the captain’s eyes and yet Kojo wasn’t terrified. It made him feel alive, wanted. Under the man’s predatory gaze, Kojo’s cock thickened, straining against the confines of his breechcloth. No man had looked at him or touched him like that before. And he liked it.
The captain smiled, the harshness in his eyes easing by a fraction.
Kojo’s cheeks burned.
One of the catchermen laughed, peering at Kojo’s loins.
The heat in Kojo’s cheeks spread throughout his whole body. He lowered his gaze, staring at his feet.
The captain shouted at the laughing man and he shut up.
The muscular white man guarding him started arguing with the captain. Kojo didn’t know what they were saying, but the man pointed at him. The captain must have told the man to guard another section of slaves, because his guard changed.
Returning his attention to Kojo, he tipped up his chin as if to tell him not to be ashamed. Then he slipped his fingers around the sacred bead hanging on a piece of leather from his neck. Kojo figured the man was going to cut it off with the small knife hanging in a sheath on his belt. But he didn’t.
The captain’s hand barely brushed his chest as he let go of the bead. The contact was so light Kojo wondered if he had imagined it. Gooseflesh rose on his arms. Then he was gone, leaving him alone with his strange, unmet desires.
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About the Author:
Shiloh Saddler likes to do research for her steamy romances first hand. She has invented a time machine and travels back to the 19th century on a regular basis. There are experimental settings on her time machine which could propel her into the future and even other worlds. She believes love and a good book makes anything possible.
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