I think the inspiration for the start of any book is always an interesting topic for any author. Just where did they get the idea for the book, the characters and some of the most memorable scenes?
The idea for A Vixen in Venice came to me when I read Totally Five Star was launching a luxury hotel themed series set in some of the most fabulous settings in the world. I was immediately intrigued by the thought of writing a ‘hotel’ story complete with all the illicit after hours, and sometimes even during work hours, of the hotel staff and the hotel guests.
What could be better than a 5 star hotel and writing about the goings on behind closed doors, and sometimes as Monique can vouch for, even in the hotel hallways?
Next, I had to pick a city to set this hotel story and of course Venice came to me as it is one of my very most favorite cities. Mr. Deveaux and I have visited many times and it still captures me every time I explore the watery city. Once I had the setting, complete with secretive canals, tunnels, and the luxurious hotel, then there were the characters.
Who would be the heroine? Why would she be in Venice at the new Totally Five Star? Vixen came to me right away. A kick ass heroine who has a past she can’t escape fast enough. I could see her — feel her — exploring Venice for the first time. An art curator with a kinky side!
Enter one sexy supervisor, who turns out to be an art collector in disguise. Oh, yes this was getting good! Vixen, Monique, has the money to spend on the new art collection for the hotel, all under the watchful eye of her hunky supervisor who is hiding just who he is and what he really is there for. Until, of course, he meets our Vixen and is torn between his mission and his attraction to her.
The story was starting to take place in my mind as I began typing away. Telling the tale of a Monique and Luc/Alessandro’s love affair. Images of an auction paddle put to very good use in the bedroom, sex scenes set in the hotel hallways and along the canal ways spurred me on to flesh out the whole story of our Vixen in Venice.
One thing is for sure, Totally Five Star Venice will never be the same after these two mix art collecting with a passion for testing the boundaries of their love.
The newest addition to the Totally Five Star series
He’s an art thief on the run—with her heart.
Look closer, into Totally Five Star Venice, where art curator Monique LeBres has just walked through the doors of the newly opened, swanky luxury hotel to assist with their art collection. Alessandro Bonnard, the world-renowned art connoisseur and collector, has been sent incognito to supervise Monique and oversee her acquisitions for the hotel.
Concealing his true identity, Alessandro is intrigued by the art-loving vixen with an appetite for kinky sex. He pursues Monique, charming her at every turn, taking her to places she’s never been—both in and out of the bedroom.
Monique falls hard for the man who has utterly captured her heart, only to find out he isn’t who she thought he was.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of anal sex, public sex, voyeurism and soft BDSM.
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Excerpt from A Vixen in Venice:
Monique’s smirk turned into a frown as the man kept walking straight toward her.
“There he is, Signor Amatus,” the clerk behind the counter called to Monique.
She stood somewhat transfixed as he approached. He really was young. Could he honestly be her supervisor? Not at all what she’d been expecting. Maybe mid-twenties, if she was generous. Barely legal age back in the States, and a good ten to fifteen years younger than her, she was quite sure.
“Ah, Signorina Le Bres…”
“Yes, I am Monique Le Bres.” She extended her hand. He wasted no time sliding it into his and placing it to his lips. His gaze stayed fixed on hers when he paused before kissing the back of her palm.
“Incantanto,” his said, his words almost a whisper.
These Italian men were skilled at the art of flirtation—there was no denying that. But the sooner she made it clear to him that she was all work and no play, the better it would be for both of them.
“I am Donovan Amatus. Please allow me welcome to you to Totally Five Star Venice. I am sure you will be molto comfortable here.”
The wicked glint in his eyes made her blush and fume at the same time. “I’m the new art curator.” Monique scrambled to say something, trying not blurt out what she was really thinking—that it was actually both flattering and maddening all at the same time to have this young stud with the wandering gaze flirt with her only moments after her arrival at the hotel.
“I know, si. Art curator,” he said, releasing her hand but not before running it lightly again over his lips. “I will be your liaison while you are here, answer any questions you have. Work with you side by side. Fianco a fianco,” he repeated the words in Italian, his tone so intimate that she was lost for a moment as she studied his nametag.
Donovan Amatus, Del controllo qualità—Quality Control Manager.
A vague memory of her letter of employment and that name stuck in her head, but she was damned if she could reconcile the young man in front of her with her supervisor. Surely, there had been some mix-up. This young man couldn’t possibly be supervising her and the forty million euro budget the CEO had entrusted her with.
“The key, Signorina?” he prompted.
Speechless, she just stood there.
“La chiave, the key, per favore?” he repeated, then reached to take the key from her grip. “Follow me, Signorina Le Bres.”
“Oh, please call me Monique.”
“You Americans are so friendly,” he said with a smile as he led her toward the elevator, placing his hand firmly around her waist.
Summoning her most professional demeanor, she slipped from his hold and stepped into the elevator.
“I am sure you will be very happy working here at the hotel Totally Five Star Venice,” he said and punched the fifth floor button.
Monique tried to focus on what she was there for—her dream job and not the leering gaze of her so-called supervisor. “Yes, I’m sure I will. Mr. Conroy’s letter of employment said I could start to work tomorrow.”
“Assolutamente,” he confirmed. “Tomorrow. But first, I show you your room. Bene?”
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About Kate Deveaux:
A die hard romantic and former wedding planner, Kate has been writing stories about romance, from the sensual to the sinfully sexy, since she was in college. When she’s not writing or reading, Kate can be found on the tennis court—yes, there’s even “love” in that game too! And she found a sport she can play and still wear a dress. Born in England, Kate now lives in Arizona with her wonderful and very patient husband. Kate enjoys traveling and dreaming up new exciting stories. She’d love to hear from you.
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