23 September 2009

Beefcake Preview Club Night: Raphael Mendoza

Hi everybody, welcome to an extra Beefcake night. Let me tell you how difficult it was to get this man to my club's table for a one on one. I first called a friend of a friend on his whereabouts, of course I got zilch. So nice to have military contacts but of course when I truly needed them I got nothing. But one said to go to a contact of his, perhaps J.O.H.N. (his codename *rolls eyes*) would know something. So there I went in a plane with an unknown destination for me to end up on some far off base. Me, ms. I-don't-sport-for-fun-and-rather-read, had to strut through mud, climb various hills, swim a freakin' cold lake to reach J.O.H.N.. It felt like I had just survived a triathlon and was in severe need of oxygen. Damn was I out of shape ladies!! So there this guy was...and so not what I expected to find. He was very lean, like 5ft 8" and his look cut through me like an x-ray. My heart was in my throat and all he kept doing was sizing me up. I felt so not up to his standards, but anyway, he nodded, I followed and we went into this tent. I got the shivers of the silence and all he wrote down on a piece of paper was a name, he showed it to me and then burned it. WTF!! After that all I got was a "Goodbye Ms.Roodakker."

I went through days of torture for one freakin' name, I was so hoping this was going to be worth it! After 4 days of my personal physical challenge I got back and hooked me up on the WWW. To look up one Cindy Gerard. Though under tight deadlines and her own special OPS she hooked me up with Raphael Mendoza and ladies, it was so worth it. To meet such a fine male specimen in real life I would walk another jungle to get to him. He had to keep it brief but he left his mark on me *grin* I will always have a weakness for a man with a tattoo!

General info: Feel the Heat

Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages

Publisher: Pocket Star
(September 29, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1439153604
ISBN-13: 978-1439153604

Buy a copy ~here~

(The fourth book in the Black Ops series)


Bold, blonde Defense Intelligence officer B. J. Chase isn't exactly thrilled when she's summoned from personal leave to investigate an alarming national security breach -- until the suspicious death of a government official blows her covert mission sky-high.


Gorgeous Black Ops bad boy Raphael Mendoza always feared his family's dark history would haunt him. But he never expected it might hold the key to dismantling a rogue weapons system. Now with cool B. J. Chase posing as his hot babe fiancée, he returns to his uncle in Colombia to convince him he can be trusted with the family's dirtiest business secrets.


Carrying out a deception among ruthless killers brings Rafe and B.J. too close to ignore the smoldering heat between them. Now, they must work together as the closest of partners as the countdown to international catastrophe closes in....

Profile of Raphael Mendoza

Date of Birth: 5-2-1977

Age: 32

Length: 5’9”

Body build: muscular, fit, lean

Hair: black

Eyes: dark, dark brown

Personality: multi-faceted. Funny, tender, yet serious and sarcastic

Favorite weapon: Sig Sauer P226, AR-15 rifle

Favorite outfit: jeans and t’s

Turn on: blonds

boxers or briefs: boxers

* Personal motto: get it done

Raphael Mendoza 101:

Hi Raphael, once again, thanks for taking the time and answering all these question to satisfy our curiosity!

You’re very welcome.

Raphael, if it was your last day on earth, what would you do and who would you spent it with?

I’d make love with B.J. All day. All night.

Do you have a favorite romantic setting?

Anywhere with my woman.

Raphael, what are your pros and cons?

You expect me to answer that? Not gonna happen.

Who was the last person you got in to a fight with and what was the reason?

I don’t fight, unless it’s for my life. Otherwise, I negotiate :o)

What was the last movie you watched?

Some chick flick B.J. made me watch. Don’t remember the title but I remember what happened later :o)

Where did you sleep last night?

Where I want to sleep every night. In our bed.

What music do you like to listen to?

I’m a sucker for 80’s love songs

What is your favorite snack food?

B.J. turned me on to apple walnut caramel pie. I could snack on it (and her) all night.

Do you have any talents you would like to share?

I sing. Don’t laugh, but they don’t call me Choirboy for nothing.

What are your plans for tomorrow?

It’s a work day. Plans are classified

Wooing the ladies with an excerpt:

This close, it wasn’t that difficult. The face that met hers, mere inches away was not a face she would expect to meet in a dark alley on the wrong side of a mission that was rapidly heading south. Wholesome was the word that came to mind. Altar boy angelic – if one could overlook the assault rifle.

The tattoo she’d caught a glimpse of on his upper arm appeared to be of a cross of some sort that did not, however, put her in mind of altars or boys. Neither did the gold crucifix that hung from his neck and lay against a broad chest so smooth it could have been waxed.

His eyes were dark, almost black, like the hair that he wore cut military close. His skin was caramel toned, his face clean-shaven and flawless but for a small, triangular scar that rode at the left corner of a full, sensuous mouth. She was used to assessing and cataloguing adversaries on the fly. What she wasn’t used to was thinking of the enemy in terms of disarmingly handsome – or that she would be ultra sensitive to the fact that he was plastered so tightly against her she could feel the heat radiating off his body like a pulse.

He wasn’t a big man – maybe five nine, five ten – but the body pressed against hers was as lean and hard as the Jeep at her back. The steely grip on her arm was capable of inflicting pain – yet he only used it to control her.

Something about him made her think he’d spent some time in the States. He was clean, his bearing disciplined and practiced. He knew exactly what he was doing, where his men were and how to take control. Situational awareness. Like a soldier. Like a merc, she thought and knew that alive or not, she was still in deep trouble.

Or worse, he could be on Chavez’s payroll – possibly police, maybe even paramilitary. Chavez wouldn’t take kindly to Eduardo passing along secret government information and would sure as hell want to stop the transaction.

But she knew how Chavez worked. If these were his men, she’d be bleeding out in the gutter by now. No questions asked.

So no, this detail had not been sent by Chavez. So … CIA maybe? This guy had the look the skills and the ‘no one can touch me’ attitude. And if not CIA, then a close equivalent. Bad asse with license to kill, thrill and wreak havoc wherever he decided havoc needed to be wreaked.

Which brought her back to the immediate problem. If he was CIA then someone, somewhere had screwed up royally because no way should one government agency interfere with another’s sting. Either way, his guns were still just as big and just as bad and she was still in just as much trouble because in her experience Spooks didn’t care about rules or diplomacy.

“Let’s back away from the Jeep, okay, querida? Easy now,” he warned in a voice that was as sultry as the night and lightly laced with a Spanish accent. Even though he spoke softly, however, there was no mistaking the order or the threat as he pressed the nose of the AK against her rib cage and with a firm grip on her upper arm, guided her away from the Jeep and, thankfully, several inches away from him.

He peered over the open driver’s side door then smiled when he spotted the shotgun. “Cute gun,” he said, like he was complimenting her wardrobe – which was feeling mighty damn inadequate when his dark gaze raked her body up and down before he shouldered around her and plucked the shotgun off the floor.

With hardly a backward glance, he tossed the gun out of reach then leaned in close and started patting her down.

She gritted her teeth, resigned to suffer pain and humiliation and rough hands. He surprised her again when he tugged her Glock out her waistband then made quick and painless work of searching her.

“I do like a woman who knows her weapons.” He glanced from the pistol to her face, smiled again as he pulled the earpiece out of her ear and tossed it away. “You have any other surprises, mi chica bonita?”

Excerpt chapter one and two ~here~

Cindy, one quick question. What was the best thing about meeting Raphael and writing up his story?

Rafe was a constant surprise. I knew he’d be a hot Latin lover and a heroic warrior but I didn’t know he’d have such depth of character. He constantly surprised me with his tenderness.

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Sam is here to make you ladies the cocktail of the day or anything else you want to grace your taste buds with. Unfortunately Aidan and Tristan had some business to attend to...they wouldn't enlighten me as to what, why and where.

Wild Black Betty:

1/5 oz Wild Turkey bourbon whiskey

1/5 oz Jack Daniels Tenessee whiskey

1/5 oz Southern Comfort peach liquer

1/5 oz grenadine syrup

1/5 oz Lime juice

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  1. ok,what is it with me,I'm here first again,Sam can keep me company ;)

    Hi Leontine,
    thanks for tredging in all the mud and water for us to enjoy another beefcake preview night.

    left a mark eh? lucky girl :)

    I am a follower

    great excerpt.I'll have to look this series up.

    Pouring rain here today so I could use a pick me up,I guess I'll try **grins** the Wild Berry Betty.

    Does Sam know what he's in for being here all by himself with all us women?lol **winks to Sam**

  2. Hi Leontine,

    You leave poor Sam all alone with us? LOL...

    Well I had a hell of a day so I could use a Wild Black Betty! Please Sam?

    Yes I follow, and yes publicly, and you know how to contact me!

    For now I am going to grab a seat at the bar and relax!

  3. Ehhhhh Leontine, before I forgot that ehhhh Hunk of the Week is very distracting, but delicious eyecandy!!!

  4. @Elaing8 - Meeting Raphael was fabulous to interview. I really liked him and after Cindy gerard handed me an excerpt and I started reading I was sold.

    @Marissa - Hey girlfriend, I know we are all supposed to meet and greet with Raphael but hunks and tats = my heart rate is going up instantly. Have looked closer at cover of Feel The Heat, Raphael has one love tat on arm yummy.

  5. Babes, I'm making you a Wild Black Betty. Come sit by the bar. How was your day? Aidan and Tristan skipped town for a few days but the more time with you all for me :)

  6. Leontine, you go through all that to bring us this yowzer of a man!! Damn woman... you are a God!
    Loving the sound of these books. And man what a Man Raphael is... He knows what he wants and he wants his woman! Like that in a man!~

    Elaing8!!!!! There is my girl!!!
    Ohhhh... we have Sam all to ourselves... Wonder if he knows what he is getting himself into with us!!!
    ***hearing music in the background, pulls up a stool at the bar... glances around... smiling wickly***
    Hey Sugar... How bout a drink... It has been one of those days... That you can make me forget all about!!
    **cheers to Elaing & Marissa**

  7. OH damn... Sam distracted me so much... You know I am stalker of your place and you know where to find me... Some where there is definitely Sex on a Stick... Oh hell, right here at your bar!!

  8. Cecile,yay you're here..**sways to the music,sips last of drink**
    Sam another drink darlin'
    A few more of these and we'll up on the bar dancing in no time..We need to drag Leontine up there with us.

    I think Sam's gonna have his hands full as the night progresses and more ladies arrive.Are you up for the challenge Sam ;) I will be dragging you to the dance floor since Tristan isn't here. You need to show us your moves.

    **slurps drink**damn these go down smooth and fast..lol.
    **Sam hands me another drink**Gotta love a guy when he knows what you want;)**grabs his hand,shout to Cecile, Leontine and Marissa**"Let's dance**head out to the dance floor**

  9. I am done for today, sitting butt on bar stool. Hit me up with a Black Betty Sam!

  10. waves blushingly at Raphael, he's a year older then me sigh and OMG darn if I ain't a blond lovely looking thing *wicked grin!*

  11. Elaing!!!!
    Girl, you don't have to tell me twice!!! **Downs drink**
    Sugar, give me... **Sam hands me a drink without even asking... Damn this man is GOOD**
    Elaing, this man is on fire... He knows exactly what us women want! Yum-me...
    **Grabbing Sam by the hand and heads to the dance floor**
    Where the hell is everyone... I am not complaining. That means that we have him all to ourselves Elaing!!! I am liking that idea!!!

    ***slurps drink... oh hell... gulping it down... it goes down so smooth... About as smooth as Sam's moves***

  12. Winks at Sam while walking in the bar and says: Hey handsome how 'bout something sweet and spicey...

  13. *Sam walks up to jukebox and punches in the #99; Ricky Martin - She Bangs:

    Talk to me
    Tell me your name
    You blow me off like it's all the same
    You lit a fuse and now I'm ticking away
    Like a bomb
    Yeah, Baby

    Talk to me
    Tell me your sign
    You're switching sides like a Gemini
    You're playing games and now you're hittin' my
    Like a drum
    Yeah, Baby

    Well if Lady Luck gets on my side
    We're gonna rock this town alive
    I'll let her rough me up
    Till she knocks me out
    She walks like she talks,
    And she talks like she walks

    And she bangs, she bangs
    Oh baby
    When she moves, she moves
    I go crazy
    'Cause she looks like a flower but she stings
    like a bee
    Like every girl in history
    She bangs, she bangs

    I'm wasted by the way she moves
    No one ever looked so fine
    She reminds me that a woman only got one thing on her mind

    Come on girls, let's dance!

  14. Owh Sam ur my Latin lover!!!!!!
    You can bang ur booty any time!

    WOOHOO waving a 5 euro bill while whistling!

  15. Hey girls and Sam *wink*,
    I'm exactly on time for the dancing. Lucky me! So Sam shows what you've got.
    And I so want a cocktail after exhausting myself with dancing.
    Hey Leontine you are my hero for making this long trip just to get us one of this incredible parties. You really rock! And ähäm, you know that I'm stalking your place. ;-)

  16. Now that is what I am talking about...
    Oh Sam... your moves are delicious...
    Tristan and Aidan have competition!
    And Sam... warning... "'Cause she looks like a flower but she stings
    like a bee" Watch out! We are a dangerous bunch!!
    ***slurps on drink...***

  17. Hey ladies and Sam!

    Wow just in time to dance! I love dancing!

    Great excerpt and a hot guy!

    I love this series and if you haven't read them I highly recommend you do!!!

  18. @SusiSunshine - It was so worth it, Raphael is a great Latin warrior hero and I had real fun getting to know him :)

    @Cecile - Singing on the top of my lungs with you, Sha Bangs, She bangs woohoo. You think Raphael know his latin moves?? I suddenly wonder that, why don't I think of these kind of questions when he was in front of me?? perhaps I was a bit dazzeled by his dangerous vibe coming off of him.

    @Razlover - Hey you :D good to see you here! Pearl is raving about this series too. They all seem like addictive Black Ops who have fabulous stories to tell. Pearl is sick so she couldn't make it or else you could've compared *wink*

  19. I really need to start in this series!

    Sam I want another drink, I am exhausted after all that dancing!!!

    Leontine, can you not find some men who also offer feetmassage, that would be so wonderful after a long day of hard work and now dancing..... or any massage might do...LOL...

  20. I just went outside for 5 seconds and I'm drenched...That calls for another drink,if I do say so myself..lol..

    Sam,top me up...those drink are very good(he's oogling my wet top)**blushes** Sam you bad boy..**giggles**

    **music beat thundering**ladies I think its time to hop on the top of the bar**climbs up**and show Sam our moves..***look over shoulder at Sam and wink***

  21. oh god,I think I pulled something,someones got to work it out**climbs down from bar***
    Saaaaammmm!!!!! **evil grin**

  22. Thanks for the Beefcake. Raphael is definitely drool worthy and is he ever gets tired of BJ he can snack on me instead :)

    I am a google follower


  23. Oh Elaing!! You hussy you!!!! LOL!!! Evil smile!!
    This party is kicking now. Leontine, we never think of the good questions we have such fine men in front of us... but oh the thoughts that are running through our mind that we don't ask...
    **Sugar, I need...** Sam fills glass up to the top. He sees that I seem to be drinking very fast!!! That man has some moves with him... damn that man is... **Watches Sam dance behind the bar** Damn that man is... **never drool... drink up**
    Leontine you know how to have a party!!!

  24. Okay - can I just say - you people are crazy good!

    i think my guy, Rafe, would love you all! Not sure what B.J. would have to say about that but I figure she'd be down for some partyin' with the likes of you all!

    thanks for making my bad boy feel lurved and welcome :o)

  25. OMG..the cheesetots!!How could I forget about them.. Sam tell me Tristan left the recipe...lol

  26. This just isn't fair, how come you get all the cute boyfriends?

    Great interview, Raphael can stop by place any day of the week!

  27. Why hello Raphael - you know what you want and how to get it don't ya? I like that:)

    And don't be jealous Sam! It is too early for a drink, but I could definitely go for a cheesetot.

  28. @Smokinhotbooks - Dunno but I love the fact I get the oppertunity to get an up close and personal with the beefcakes *wink*

    @Mandi - Thanks for stopping by and enjoy yourself some Raphael :)

  29. I'm late! But hellloooo Raphael. You sound like a man who is all about his lady. You're my kind of hero.

    ;) VFG

  30. I love the BOIs series. I've been waiting for Raphael to get his own story, but I was mistaken as to who his heroine was going to be.

    I'm a follower of this blog.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  31. Thanks for the beefcake preview! I haven't heard of this author before and am going to have to check out this series! Oh yes-I am going to have to save the Black Betty recipe to impress my sisters with. :)

  32. Rafe is waving back ladies :o0 He thinks you all are too wild and too much fun. Just his style but, well, there's B.J. now, you know and he's a one woman man.

    And buckeye girl - thanks for givein my Black Ops boys a try. Buckeye. That's Ohio, right? Color me Hawkeye :o)

  33. Hello Leontine! Sam & Raphael!!! ((Waves))

    Ok you have my mouth watering here.... Raphael is only one year younger than me! I like a man that knows his weapons too! ;)

    Sounds like a great read!

  34. @Buckeye Girl Reads - Go forth and meet those fantastic Black Ops men :) They'll be worth it!

    @JennJ - Hey girl, glad you decided to stop by and get a piece of Raphael to sample :)


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