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The Red by Tiffany Reisz has been on my to-be-read list for almost a year. Now I’m kicking myself for not reading it sooner. If art history was as sexy as Mona and Malcolm made it, I might have taken a class or two!
Mona’s art gallery is in the red, but she made a deathbed promise to her mom to do everything she can to save it. The mysterious, very handsome Malcolm walks into her life with a tempting offer: in return for twelve months of sex, Malcolm promises to help her save the gallery. Intrigued and attracted to him, she agrees. Each of their erotic encounters is inspired by a famous painting.
Warning: this book is super hot. There’s sex in every chapter and some of it will push your limits. You want to read it!
Sure, graphic sex scenes are hot. What’s even more erotic is the build-up, especially when there’s dirty talk involved. The following scene is inspired by late eighteenth century portrait from English Catholic artist James Sharples: The Gentlemen.
As he kissed her neck, he pulled the strap of her dress down her shoulder to bare her left breast. He held it in his hand, squeezed it as he kissed her mouth. He cupped it in his palm and looked down, smiling at it like a prized possession.
“So lovely,” he said. “So young and ripe.” He teased the tender red tip with his thumb, tracing the edge of the aureole. Her nipple hardened quickly. It was a red marble under the pad of his thumb. He toyed with it to make her moan. “Tell me what you feel, Mona. Tell me what I do to your body.”
“I feel desire.”
“Tell me much more than that. How does your nipple feel?”
“Hard. It feels as hard to me as it does to you,” she said breathlessly. “A woman can feel when her nipples are this hard.”
“As a man can when his cock is hard.”
“Yes, I’m sure it’s something like that. When you touch my nipple when it’s soft, I feel pleasure. But when you touch it when it’s this hard, the pleasure is magnified. Ten or twenty times. It’s hard to stand, hard to breathe. I ache, Malcolm.”
“Where do you ache, Mona? Tell me everywhere you ache.” He whispered the order and kissed the top of her breast. His soft hair tickled the bare flesh of her chest. She would die if he made her wait for him to take her.
“My breasts ache,” she said. “They need to be licked and sucked hard. And I ache inside for your cock.”
“In your cunt.”
“In my cunt,” she said. He inhaled sharply as if it aroused him to hear her say the word. “It’s not just the cunt. The ache is everywhere. In my stomach. In my thighs. Everywhere you touch me. I ache everywhere, Malcolm.”
“Here?” he asked, and flicked his tongue across her nipple.
“Yes.” The word came out in a gasp.
“Here?” He slid his hand into the long slit of her dress at the top of her thigh. He cupped her between her legs, cupped her cunt, and slipped a finger into her wet hole. She contracted around it involuntarily. Malcolm flinched and she knew he’d felt it.
“Yes…” she hissed.
“Here?” He kissed her chest over her heart. “Do you ache for me here?”
“Malcolm…you told me not to love you. Don’t make me love you.”
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In the right moment, dirty talk is wildly sexy. However, it doesn’t come naturally to everyone–even romance writers! Practice your oral skills with a set of Talk Dirty Playing cards. Each card offers a starter line such as “I want you to come all over my…” and you fill in the rest! The deck also includes tips on how to talk dirty without feeling cheesy.
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