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Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance: Related to Laid Bare
Release Date: JANUARY 5, 2010
KEEPING IT TOGETHER
Brody Brown has always been responsible for others. After his parents’ death, he gave up a promising artistic career to care for his younger brother and sister. Now, with his siblings grown, Brody owns his own business, has a nice house, makes a nice living, and for the first time in years he’s on his own.
Elise Sorenson has come to Seattle with her young daughter to find peace. After years as a world-famous ballerina—(and just as many years in a marriage-gone-bad)—she’s looking for neither love nor attention. But she finds both in the handsome, honest man who befriends her with no strings attached.
More than friends, Brody and Elise discover in each other what they need—wild, physical passion without commitment. But it’ll take a shadow from Elise’s past to make them look beyond what they need—to what they truly desire.
Brody, humor me for a moment. If I were to ask you to describe yourself – your personality and physique - for a woman, what would you tell her?
Brody: Of course the first thing I would tell her is that I’m taken and my lady might look small, but she’s totally capable of kicking ass. *glances at Elise, who raises a brow and then smiles*
I’m a tall guy, so I can get things off shelves. Dark hair and eyes. I know what to do with my hands and mouth, also something I’m told is a popular trait. *wicked grin* I do okay, or I did okay. I don’t talk a lot unless something needs to be said. I don’t know, I guess I’m handsome. (He grins)
Elise: Sighs – Oh for heaven’s sake! He’s tall dark and handsome. Add the motorcycle and the tattoos and that’s pretty much a combo for irresistible, isn’t it? Broad shouldered in that way that makes a woman sort of breathless. He keeps his hair pretty short, but when it gets shaggy, like right before he gets it cut, it’s got the sweetest curls. Thick, dark, great to run your fingers through. Serious eyes, sexy though. Tattoos, but not too many. Muscles, flat belly, thick thighs. He does know what to do with all parts of himself and me. He cares about his family, he’s good to our daughter, he’s a decent, caring, intelligent man, what else could be more hot than that?
• Brody, many women are eager to know; how did you end up being a tattoo artist?
I’d been accepted to design school when my parents were killed in a car accident. I have two younger siblings and they needed me so I put off school and got a few jobs to make ends meet. One of them was in a tattoo shop where I started out sweeping floors. The owner took me under his wing and I began to apprentice to him. I found that I loved tattooing and never really looked back at design school again. I own the shop now.
• Do you also design the tattoos?
Sure, if that’s what a client wants. Design is one of my favorite parts of the gig. But sometimes they have their own ideas and designs and I work with them to execute it the way they want.
• What is the strangest or funniest request you ever received to tattoo on a person?
*laughs* Well, I try not to judge. People have all sorts of ideas for tats. I’ve done lots of cover ups of failed romance names. I’ve added “sucks” or “I hate” in front of ex girlfriend names. I don’t do portrait work, but one of my artists did a tattoo of Judge Judy on a guy’s calf. I try to gently remind people that ink is pretty much forever, or very painful and expensive to remove.
• How do you creatively challenge yourself as an artist?
I try to keep active in the community. I’ve worked out of other shops in trade for their artists working at mine. I take courses on design. Travel helps me a lot. Every time I go somewhere I learn something, see something from a new angle. I believe in mentoring, so I have protégés and I have my own mentors too.
• What would Adrian and Erin tell us about Brody the man and Brody the brother?
I hope they’d say I did the best I could and always put them first when they were growing up. Adrian is a good man, steadfast, committed to his art. That’s not really about me, but I’ll gladly say how proud of him I am. And Erin, she’s gone through more than any one person ever should have to and she’s moved past it, has become her own person while staying connected to those she loves. Again, not my doing, they were born good people, but I’m proud of them.
Elise: They’d say Brody has always been there for them, has supported them, cheered them on and kicked their butts when they needed it. They’d tell you he’s absolutely responsible for their success today.
Brody: *blushes* hush, I just made sure they had what they needed.
Elise: Pffft. You’ve been their mom and their dad and they love you for it. No harm in saying so.
• If you have one, what is your favorite romantic setting?
Anything with Elise in it. The less clothing she has on the better. (grins). I like taking her for a ride on the bike, nothing but the sunset and the road and her arms around my body.
• What do you consider your personal pros and cons?
Pro: I work hard. I keep my word. I take care of my people.
Con: I’m grouchy. I don’t take any crap. I could eat pizza seven days a week.
• What do you prefer, a car or a motor cycle?
I love my bike of course, but I’m a family man now and end up in the SUV more than I used to. (smiles). I prefer being with my favorite girls and that’s most possible in a car. With a new baby on the way in the family, it’ll be even better to have the extra car seat space.
• How and where do you prefer to sleep?
As long as there’s a lock on the door, naked next to Elise in our own bed.
• Do you read and if so, what is the last book you’ve read?
I don’t have as much time as I’d like to read, but Rennie and I are reading Rick Riordan’s Olympian series together. I also finished Richard K. Morgan’s Thirteen recently. Loved it.
• What music do you listen to if you want to unwind from the day?
Right now I’m digging Kings of Leon, The National, Muse, Metric, of course old Mud Bay and Adrian Brown.
• What is the one thing in a woman that instantly grabs your attention?
Some women just have it. Whatever it is, they own it. Elise doesn’t even know it, but when she walks into a room, you have to look at her. That’s sexy. Being your own person is sexy.
• Who can wake you up in the middle of the night for…?
*laughs* That’s why we have a lock on our door and I keep her naked in bed. *waggles brows* I love sleep, especially now that I’m a dad and all, but I’m always game for being woken up by my lovely lady.
• One thing you want to have done before your 50th birthday?
Once everyone is doing having babies and being on tour, I want for all the siblings and their families to take a trip to Italy together.
Brody, if I say one word what is your gut reaction?
• Winter – tight sweaters
• Red – blood
• Music – necessary
• Tattooing – life
• Night – quiet
• Shower – long and very hot
Wooing the ladies with an excerpt:
Elise managed to hold off fanning her face until she’d shut the door and locked it…and sneaked another look at a man who looked damn fine from the back. He’d startled her, but she’d learned enough from the neighbors to know he wasn’t a man prone to violence or harm.
On the ground as he’d been the weekend before, or in the distance, he hadn’t seemed so huge. But christamighty, he was gigantic. For a moment when he’d first reached her, he’d towered over her. Fear had washed through her, evoking that fight or flight response and it had been a hard-fought moment to get herself back under control.
He must have sensed something because he stepped back, not quickly and not really slowly. But he gave her space and it allowed her to breathe again. And that’s when she really began to see him.
He was…well there wasn’t any other man she could compare him to really. His hair was close-cropped, but tousled. If it had been longer she’d have bet he’d have thick curls. Dark as night. The neatly trimmed goatee and mustache worked for him, framed a mouth she was quite convinced would deliver some devastating goodness. He wasn’t going to hurt her, she knew that much.
No, she was threatened on a whole different level. Like a sensory bomb had gone off as she’d stood there, resisting the urge to rub herself on him. So alluring, this man. His voice, oh good lord, his voice was like suede. Deep and rough/soft. When he wasn’t on the ground out of it and bloody, he was hot. Up close, he was…a bit overwhelming. More than handsome— he was too hard edged to be handsome—he was compelling, magnetic.
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A Goodnight Kiss:
1 drop Angostura Bitters
1 sugar cube
1 splash Campari
1 shot Applejack
1 shot brandy
1/4 shot triple sec
1/4 shot lemon juice
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1/2 cup strawberry
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice,freshly squeezed
1 teaspoon sugar
8 ounces champagne
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