Sunday, April 1, 2018

April Fools HeartThrob - Janet Lane Walters #MFRWauthor #Romance #Medical

It's April Fool's Day and who can be more foolish than people in love.
With my background as a nurse when I began to write, many of my books were about nurses and doctors and nurses. In the beginning of my career 50 years ago, sweet nurse romances were the focus. Time passed and books became more sensual. So did my books. Heartthrobs was the first of my new nurse doctor romances.

Heart Throb

The heroine, Magda Malone is the nurse manager of the cardiac unit. Magda likes men but doctors are the last ones to like on her list. She’s been there, done that and got burned when her husband finished medical school with her help and then divorced her to marry the daughter of his new partner. When her new neighbor moves into the condo next door, there is a great attraction and they get together quickly. Then she discovers he’s a doctor, the new cardiologist at her hospital, she doesn’t know what to do. He’s also younger than she is setting up another problem.

Damon, the new cardiologist is looking for a fling. He has no desire for marriage. His parents have what he calls serial monogamy. He has more stepfathers and stepmothers than he chooses to count. Falling in love brings problems that he isn’t sure he can resolve and when he decides to try, he learns Magda is in a different play.

To give you a little taste of the book, here’s an excerpt of their first meeting:

The warm breeze carried a hint of rising humidity.  As she sped toward the condo the wind whipped her hair.  Her laughter rose above the classic rock throbbing from the speaker.
            Years ago she’d been dumb but her divorce attorney had been shrewd.  The car and the luxury condo were courtesy of her ex.  Still the settlement she’d received hadn’t made her believe she was a woman for the long haul.  Did it matter?  Short term presented many challenging adventures.
            As she drove into the complex the guard leaned from the booth.  “Ms. Malone, new tenant alert.”
            “The other unit in your building.”
            “Thanks.”  Magda waved.  He’d said tenant.  Did that mean single?  Male or female?  Dare she hope for a male, attractive, interesting and available?
            She pulled into the garage beneath her unit and noted the empty boxes at the curb.  After grabbing her packages she headed to the foyer.  Maybe she would drop by to welcome the newcomer.
            When she saw the man on the stairs leading from the apartment level she sucked in a breath.  Neighbor or mover?  Single or married?  Excitement rushed in with hurricane force.  Wouldn’t take much to learn his status.
            Denim cutoffs provided a view of tanned muscular legs.  Her gaze traveled to appraise flat abs, a muscular chest and broad shoulders.  A slow smile changed his features from merely handsome to rugged and fascinating.  The streak of white in his jet hair looked as if a lighting bolt had seared a path.
            Brilliant blue eyes captured her gaze.  Steam flowed through her veins.  No attached man sent out those signals unless he was primed for a fling.  In that case she would pass.  Only the unattached male need apply for her attention.  She didn’t do married or engaged.  His hand bore no wedding band but these days the absence meant zilch.  Her plans for the evening began to morph.  She started up the stairs.  He backed up several steps.
            “Hello, neighbor.”
            His deep voice zapped like a jolt from cardiac conversion paddles.  Her imagination soared like a geyser.  How would his sensuous mouth taste?  She imagined those strong hands and fingers stroking her breasts.  “Welcome to Rivertown.”  She reached the landing and paused at her door.
            He reached for her free hand.  “Damon.”
            “Magda.”  She liked the laugh lines around his eyes.  Must be about my age.  Perfect.
            His thumb rubbed circles on the back of her hand.  More than perfect.  Life had taken a turn in the right direction.  Her nipples contracted.  She glanced down.  The bulge beneath his fly seemed to swell.  Attraction – mutual – instant.  She felt an itch she wanted to scratch.  “So nice to meet a new neighbor.  Is your wife inside?”
            He grinned and inched closer.  “No wife.  No recent women in my life.”
            “I see.”  Her tongue played along her lower lip.  Interest darkened his eyes.  This man was as hot as molten lava and she wanted to burn.  “Have you met any of the other neighbors?”
            “Just arrived this afternoon.  You’re the first.”
            “Do you have plans for this evening?”
            He stepped closer.   She held her ground.  “If I did they’re forgotten.  Any suggestions?”
            She met his gaze.  “How about dinner.  My place at seven.  After wards … we’ll see what develops.”  She inhaled the scent of the man.  Masculine.  A hint of spice.  A touch of desire.  A potent drug laced with aromas that teased her hormones.
            “I’d like that.  I’ll bring the wine.  Do you like champagne?”
            “What’s not to like?”  She smiled.  “Hope you have a healthy appetite.”
            He touched her lips with a finger.  “That’s one thing I have in good supply.”
            She flicked her tongue along his skin.  He tasted like a sin she planned to commit.  “See you at seven.”  She opened the door of her unit, stepped inside and bled a kiss.  “Until later.”
            “Oh yeah.”
            He growled the words.  She nearly asked him for a taste of instant gratification.  Except, anticipation made the juices flow and brought the appetite to a peak.
            She leaned against the cool metal surface of the door.  Her thoughts raced.  She could make more than a meal of this man.  Could she parlay dinner to extend for the entire weekend?

If you would like to read more HeartThrob is available from Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords and other places or you can go here and find the many places.


What some readers have said about HeartThrobs:

January 8, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This story took me by surprise because there was a lot of sex. A LOT of sex, truly.

I don't generally read books that I would class as erotic, because it's not my cup of tea, but this book was different. The storyline hinged around the sex. Sounds weird I know, but you have to read the book to understand.

There were a few parts I found predictable, but on the whole I was surprised.

The characters were very well developed, and I found them very likeable. Damon did a few stupid things, but I guess I can forgive him of that.

This was my first Janet Lane Walters book, but won't be my last.

June 28, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What a couple Damon and Magda were. Lust at first sight. I thoroughly enjoyed this quick read. There were quite a few typos where I had to stop and think what word was it meant to be, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story.

January 30, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a hot and fast story that had me wanting to met a guy like that and be as bold as her. She was amazing in her prowlessness and made her way known, he was all for it and added to the delight of the story. great read!!!

January 18, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book totally surprised me. I was expecting the usual boy meets girl, they fall in love and then spend time in the bedroom. But from the first chapter until the end, Magda and Damon are more often than not, in their birthday suit.

The surprise is that instead of something salacious, "Heart Throb" turned out to be a beautiful love story about two people who are afraid to fall in love but found themselves falling in love anyway. And yes, the sex scenes sizzle, but somehow, I cannot call this book erotica. There is something sweet and lovable about Magda and Damon that spending time under the sheets is a natural progression of things.

But, don't even think for one moment that this is PG 13. It is definitely Rated R. In fact, while I was reading the book, I had to check the product description if it was under Erotica. It is under Contemporary Romance. And you know what, Amazon classified it correctly!


Tina Donahue said...

Great post, Janet. Sounds like a wonderful read. :)

jean hart stewart said...

Intriguing excerpts...this is a winner, for sure.

Janet Walters said...

Thanks for stopping by. Had fun writing this book