Enticing the Boss
by Lily Bly
GENRE: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Jean Price has loved her boss for the last six years. Unfortunately, he’s been engaged to her treacherous stepsister. When the wedding is called off and a project puts Jean in close proximity with the sexy CEO, she jumps at the opportunity to show him how she truly feels. It’s time to start enticing the boss. David Shep is finally seeing his father’s protégé for the stunning woman she truly is—in the office and in his bed. But when her support is conspicuously absent when he needs her most, he can’t help but wonder if he can trust her with his heart.
“David?” His gaze bolted up toward me, startled. Thank goodness he’d missed my personal tirade in the hall. He was slow to reply, as if recognizing me through a fog.
He breathed the word, and I tried hard not to get excited over the relief he seemed to pack into the single syllable. I took a few more steps into his office. It was in as much disarray as David. File drawers yawned open here and there with folders skewed at angles. White boards were covered with almost unintelligible notes.
“I didn’t expect to see you here this late.” I adjusted the strap of my purse across my shoulder and smoothed the lapel of my coat. He attempted to smile, but his expression fell far short of his usual jaunty grin. Instead, he let a frown fall and shrugged his shoulders, smoothing wrinkles on his normally pristine white shirt across the breadth of his chest.
He sighed, scrubbing a hand over his face. “Beth dumped me.”
“What?” I couldn’t believe it. David and Beth had one of those annoying fairytale love stories behind them that I couldn’t stand, but it wasn’t just because I was in love with the prince and, at times, had considered driving a stake through Beth’s heart. David and Beth seemed well-staged for happy ever after. No one except me—prince included—seemed to notice that the woman everyone thought was Cinderella had, in fact, always been an ugly stepsister.
About the author…
Lily Bly lives in North Dakota and looks forward to winter. She prefers Marvel over DC, acoustic over electric, and tea over coffee. She thinks that love—whether sweet, sappy, or tough—is the stuff of life and likes her reading and writing to be chock-full of it. Before finally taking the plunge to write full time, she worked in various industries including funeral service, law enforcement, veterinary service, and retail health food. She writes heroines who can hold their own and heroes dying to hold them.
Interview With Lily Bly
1.) When did you first start your writing career?
Lily Bly: I started seriously pursuing it about five years ago, but I’ve always been an avid reader and writer. Story ideas come easily to me. I was that nerd who spent her afterschool hours hanging out in the library stacks, and I’ve never been able to pass up a new notebook and pen.
2.) What draws you to the type of romance you enjoy writing?
Lily Bly: I write erotic romance, and I like the uncompromised entirety of it—its completeness. There are no sweet pan-aways to waves on the shoreline. The characters’ full experiences are laid bare.
3.) What is your ideal writing time, place and/or ritual?
Lily Bly: I usually write between breakfast and lunch and then at night after the kids are in bed. I have a comfy desk set up, but sometimes I’ll switch to using a laptop or paper and pen in another part of the house or even outside for a while. I can write anywhere so long as I have access to my WIP playlists.
4.) Which authors would you say inspire you the most to write?
Lily Bly: Every time I read a book, I’m inspired to write. If it’s a book that I didn’t particularly care for, I want to write a better one. If I really loved the book, was drawn into the story, and left wishing it wouldn’t end, I’m reminded of why I write and inspired to do more of it. I hope to be able to give readers that experience some day.
5.) Any advice for the budding authors out there?
Lily Bly: Develop a thick skin. You will have to face rejection before acceptance. It’s guaranteed. Also, consider writing rules (even the multitude from Stephen King) with the Captain Barbossa approach—They’re “more what you’d call ‘guidelines’ than actual rules.” Stay true to your story.