Kate Deveaux has teamed up with Goddess Fish Promotions to celebrate the release of her book Bottoms Up. As part of her book tour Kate will be awarding a $10, $25 or $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to randomly drawn winners. See the bottom of this post for more information.
A bartender with a penchant for naughty drink recipes is well known for crafting the perfect concoction for his clientele. Justin meets his match when down on her luck Lexi walks into his bar and he whips up a cocktail especially for her.
It’s not just the booze talking when Justin and Lexi explore his list of naughty drink recipes in more detail — after hours. Night after night, Lexi is drawn back to Justin’s bar for another deliciously dirty creation and another night of extreme fantasy when he shows her how to let go of her inhibitions — One tantalizing drink recipe at a time— Seems it’s definitely Bottoms Up for these two!
The bartender without a name went about making another, unsure whether he was making it for her or not. With precision, he scored a lemon and peeled the zest into a perfect swirl. His tattooed forearm flexing with each move while he precisely twined the curl of lemon with a curl lime zest on the rim of the glass.
Lexi wondered what the delicious looking drink was called but was hesitant afraid to revisit the Soul’s Kiss or worse than that Bottoms Up fiasco. But curiosity and booze tempted her. What did he deem would be the perfect drink for her? This tattooed Romeo? She snorted, aware he’d heard her when he looked up with a smirk. He must have realized she was enjoying watching him. And she was, watching him make the drink gave her a reason to observe, and yes, enjoy the view while giving into her blatant desire than to nothing more than linger there. Watching him go about his job, feeling warm and safe in ‘Bottoms Up’ with this hunk working his magic making her feel….turned on. A feeling she hadn’t had for a very long time. Her eyes brimmed with fresh tears and she quickly looked away to avoid his gaze.
“I think I have just the drink for you…” he said, placing the drink in front of her.
“I can’t drink it if I don’t know the name,” she said, now blatantly flirting.
He smiled. “I see, well you’ll just have to guess the name then. I’ll give it back to you when you’ve guessed correctly,” he said dead pan, and then pulled the drink back behind the bar.
Lexi’s jaw dropped open in disbelief. He quickly turned his attention to a drink order one of his waitresses has brought to him. Looked like a big one form the number of tumblers he was stacking on the counter behind the bar and the bottles he proficiently pulled down from the shelves above.
Lexi leaned over the bar and saw her drink sitting there. Beckoning her. Taunting her. But she looked up and saw his reflection in the mirror behind the bar and the look on his fac. He shook his head.
“Ah..ah..ah,” he scolded. His sexy smile teased her in the reflection. “Sit back down and I’ll be with you in a moment…”
Mute, she sat down. Mesmerized by his fluidity, she enjoyed watching him pour at least ten drinks, all seemingly at once. He summoned the waitress over to get them with a wave of his hand and off the drinks went to the customers.
Glancing over her shoulder Lexi saw the bar was beginning to fill up.
A band had set up in the far corner near a large table of middle age men sat near the back, where the tray full of drinks was headed. Looking at her watch she saw it was five to four. Only a few hours left to clean out the rest of her apartment and hand in the keys. Lexi and Scott’s apartment. Their dream apartment. Until he’d gone and died. Shit, the tears burned.
The sexy bartender turned around at exactly the wrong moment as Lexi was wiping a tear from her eye.
“Hey,” he said, a soft soothing voice of concern. “I’d say you’re about ready for that drink now wouldn’t you?
Lexi nodded and felt foolish for being such a cliché, getting all weepy at the bar. That’s another reasons she didn’t drink much. It melted her resolve and devoured her self-control. Gone were the good old days when she and Scott used to stay up late, drinking, laughing, making love until the wee hours. Stop it stop it stop it she scolded. It’s been just over a year since Scott died. Exactly one year three months yesterday. Time to get it together.
“It wasn’t a Soul’s Kiss,” he offered. “Not this one, but we can keep it for later if you’re not ready now…”
Was he hinting there would be a later? As in a drink— or something more? His eyes, molten pools of dark blue depths with lashes almost black, long and lush, tempted her. She imagined how soft they’d be if they fluttered slowly across her torso and then southward between her legs. Her body quickened with arousal. Shit, she was really losing it now.
“I’m sure I’m ready for it…” The words tumbled from her lips before she was aware of the innuendo.
He grinned. “Okay then, aren’t you going to try and guess?” he teased, placing the drink on the coaster in front of her on the ‘Bottoms Up’ coaster.
“I haven’t a clue…I’m don’t usually order cocktails.”
“Okay, then seeing as you’ve had a bad day, I’ll give you a pass this time, but only this time.” His smile made her flush. She pulled the drink closer to her and nodded her appreciation.
She smiled back at him. “Thanks. Now, I told you my name …what’s yours?” she blurted out, not realizing how provocative she sounded until the words were hanging between them.
“Justin…” he answered her question. “Justin MacLeary.”
“Nice to meet you Justin MacLeary.”
She smiled and lifted the drink to her lips, very aware his eyes were still on hers as her lips met the cool rim of the glass. “It’s very good.”
She took another sip, noticing it was smoother than the other. The band started up and a few patrons cheered.
“What’s it called? She asked for the name of the drink over the music.
Interview with Kate:
Thanks so much for having me as your guest today Dena, it’s good to stop by and chat with you again. This time I am here to chat about my latest book, BOTTOMS UP, part of my Naughty Cock Tale series — a steamy bartender novel full of sexy cocktails that I hope you and your readers will enjoy. Erotic romance with a twist, recipes included!
Tell us a little about yourself.
I love to write erotic romance, the more risqué the better. I’m always trying to push the envelope so to speak. As well as my love of writing, I am a keen tennis enthusiast, on and off court and I adore cooking for friends. Not the daily grind of having to put dinner on the table on a daily basis, but to really cook for a our nearest and dearest, it’s a treat when I have a time to indulge in my love of cookbooks and new recipes! Must be why my imagination conjured up Justin and his naughty drinks, sort of puts a spin on following a recipe when he acts the drinks with the downright dirty names night after night. But you asked me to tell you about myself and I got a little off topic. Did I mention that I love to travel, I have an adventuresome streak and a bad case of wanderlust.
What was the last book your read?
The last book I read was Megan Hart’s FLYING, I love Megan’s writing. It’s edgy and erotic and her books are just a great read.
What was the inspiration for this book?
BOTTOMS UP was inspired by a blog post I did a few years ago over the holidays with cocktails recipes with seriously naughty names. It piqued my interest in the racy drink names and the idea of a bartender who served up his own sexy concoctions was born. Justin the hero of BOTTOMS UP evolved as my fantasy bartender, and soon become my heroine Lexi’s real life hero. It was terribly fun to research drinks with toe currlingly dirty names, hard to even call it work, and then to write about how Justin teaches Lexi to let go of her inhibitions, one scintillating night at a time.
What do you like most about your heroine?
I love the Lexi is broken. She is at the bottom, and there is no where to go but up so she takes a chance on the lifeline that Justin throws her and along the way she learns to tryst again. To love. Night after night in his capable hands.
What’s next for you?
I just finished BIMINI BOUND book one in the FIT TO BE TIED interracial rubenesque ménage romance set on a luxury yacht in the Bahamas. It was very enjoyable to write!
Kate Deveaux is a contemporary erotic romance writer and die-hard romantic. A former wedding planner, she has always been “in love” with love! Kate is currently working on several fictional stories – each filled with sexy romance, heroines who are no shrinking violets and heroes who make your heart skip a beat. She currently resides with her husband in the U.S. When Kate is not busy writing, she can be found on the tennis court –yes, there’s even ‘love’ in that game too.
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