So….. for Day 5 of Holiday with Hotties, I have Shade here. I know….exciting, right?
You wouldn’t believe the emails that I get from readers wanting to hear more from Shade (from Confessions of an Alli Cat). So, to tide you over, I chose him as my fifth hottie for the Holidays!
Okay, so Shade stars in Confessions of an Alli Cat, along with Alli, Sara and his dad, Alex. It’s a wildly inappropriate book that was a bunch of fun to write. In my head, Shade looks a lot like Ryan Guzman.
Also, this bit of deliciousness (who isn’t Ryan Guzman, but I can’t find a name for his beautiful, beautiful abs. Er, face…) UPDATE: I’ve been informed that this gorgeous guy’s name is Jeff Tomsik. Wowza.
Go ahead. Take a minute to pant or lick your computer screen.
Okay. Let’s carry on. So, Shade requested a stripper pole for his interview. I nixed that and so I just have to hope that he doesn’t attempt too many shenanigans. Or maybe that would be fun. Oh well. Only one way to find out.
Me: Welcome, Shade! It’s so good to see you! And I mean that literally. *eyes his rippling abs* Is there some reason why you came shirtless? It’s freezing outside here, you know. This isn’t Vegas.
Shade: *Laughs* I know. I took my shirt off in your foyer. I just wanted to see what you would do. You’re one cool customer, Courtney. You didn’t even blink.
Me: *preens* That’s because my ovaries were too busy having a spasm.
Shade: *laughs again* Do you want me to put my shirt back on?
Me: Heavens, no. Make yourself at home. If your pants get too constraining, feel free to take them off too. *coughs while Shade laughs again* Okay. So tell me, how have you been? What have you been up to? There’s a bunch of women who really want to know.
Shade: Well, sadly, my professional life doesn’t include handcuffs and blindfolds anymore. But I still do use them in personal life. *winks* I’ve been hard at work on my MBA and working for my father’s company. It turned out to not be so bad after all. This responsible adult thing has its perks.
Me: Such as?
Shade: Well, I never used to tell people what I did.. telling people you were an escort would just be inappropriate. So, now I get to tell people that I work in marketing without batting an eye. Because it’s respectable.
Me: You know… you working in marketing is a brilliant maneuver on the part of Zeller’s. I personally would buy anything you were selling. *blushes wildly as I realize how that sounded*
Shade: You’re cute, Courtney.
Me: (after recovering) Have you heard from Alli? How is she?
Shade: *smiles* Well, Alli is a pistol. She and Sara are all up-in-arms over Alli’s wedding to my dad. Apparently it’s going to be this big deal thing and Sara’s getting carried away and Alli is about to pull her hair out. Sara’s hair, that is. But they should be used to it. That’s how they always are. Never a dull moment.
Me: I hope hot wax isn’t involved anywhere.
Me: What are you doing for Christmas? Are you dating anyone?
Shade: *takes sip of water* I’m having Christmas with Alli, my dad and Alli’s daughter Sophie. I’m not dating anyone in particular right now, no.
Me: Ladies of America, take note.
Shade: *laughs* Courtney, you’re good for my ego.
Me: *smiles* Shade, thank you so much for being here today. I’m looking forward to hearing more of your story in the second book of The Cougar Chronicles. I can only imagine what kind of trouble you guys are going to get into.
Shade: *grins* Well, it’s something we’re good at. You know what they say, do what you know.
Me: So true. I hope you have a beautiful Christmas, Shade. And if you happen to drink too much eggnog and start getting wild, make sure you text me the pictures.
Shade: Will do. You have a great Christmas, too. *stands up and hugs me*
Me: (under my breath) Eff. Can you do that again?
Shade: *laughs as he buttons up his shirt*
Me: *cries as he buttons up his shirt*
Shade: See you next time, Court! *winks and leaves*
Me: *dies again because he called me Court*
Holy cow. There are no words to describe how sexy that man is. Holy. Freaking. Wow. Even without the stripper pole.
But anyway. You now have two more letters toward the phrase that you can use to enter on Sunday. We’re getting closer and closer to you meeting my next leading man… and me revealing my next cover. It was designed by none other than the fabulous Sarah Hansen and I can’t wait for you to see!!
I hope you have an amazing Thursday. See you back here tomorrow!