Taking Advantage # 3
By Jessica Jayne
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Mark Olson isn’t just known for owning his three large care dealerships. He’s also known as a player, at least since his divorce. For a while, he believes he is satisfied as a member of Advantage Insurance Company’s board of directors and bedding a different woman every weekend. That is until someone decided to call his bluff.
Suzannah McCormick is the sweet girl working hard as the executive assistant to Advantage’s CEO. But underneath her saccharine southern charm is a vixen-in-waiting. She’s never been with a man that tapped into that side of her, but she set her sights on Mark Olson with high hopes.
Mark doesn’t realize his single status and his heart are in jeopardy.
Since his divorce, he’d convinced himself that remaining single was what he wanted. It made things less complicated for his two pre-teen daughters. Shit! It made things less complicated for himself. But that lifestyle could also be quite lonely.
That’s where Suzie came in and complicated the hell out of his life. She was the executive assistant to the CEO of Advantage Insurance Company, Michael Herron, and well… Mark was a member of Advantage’s board of directors, had been for several years. He loved his position on the board. Aside from the small amount of prestige it carried, he’d made great friends with the other members, particularly the two younger board members—John Dorsey and Greg Snow. A relationship with Suzie could compromise his position on the board and with the members, but truth be told, he also loved his most recent position between her legs.
If only the situation was different.
A familiar giggle wafted in from the direction of the dance floor. The delicate sound stirred his cock to life. It stiffened against his black trousers instantly. After several weeks of clandestine meetings involving dirty talk and hard fucks, he’d know that giggle anywhere. He’d heard it many times afterwards when they lay tangled in each other’s limbs. Turning his head in the direction of the dance floor, anger heated his face and his hands clenched into fists on the bar top at the sight he witnessed.
Sandwiched between two guys that he’d now refer to as dickheads, danced the woman that wreaked havoc on his single life status. Her little black dress clung to her trim frame, emphasizing her small, but very perky breasts and showing off her figure that could easily grace the cover of any fashion magazine. Her legs stretched for miles and her creamy white skin contrasted nicely against the jet black of her dress. Flinging her silky blonde hair over her shoulder and down her back, her pink Pursecase carrying her iPhone dangled from her wrist as her hips gyrated against her two dance partners. The taller man dancing behind her slipped his hand over her hip and rested it over her low belly as he rubbed what Mark was sure to be a rock hard erection against Suzie’s ass.
What the fuck is she doing?
First, she never came to the Beach Club. Never. In all his regular visits to this club over the last couple of years, he had yet to see her in here once. Not once! Second, she was practically dry-humping two guys in the middle of the dance floor. That wasn’t her typical style.
Suzie was one of those beautiful women that appeared to have the girl-next-door innocence. She didn’t dress too provocatively. She was sexy, but in that way that was just natural. Her bubbly Southern charm won over all the men on the board of directors and Mark speculated it would win over anyone. He flirted with her, teasing her on board days to get a rise out of her. There’d always been a twinkle of mischief in her eyes when he flirted with her that would leave him questioning whether he knew her at all.
At last quarter’s board meeting, she left him dumbfounded when she responded to his flirtation with a proposition. After mulling it over for a bit, which actually had turned out to be a couple weeks, he called her bluff. He asked her over to his place for cocktails and she showed up. What he learned was that there was a lot more to Suzannah McCormick than met the eye. The rest was history.
Throwing back the last remnants of his whiskey, he stood from his stool, tossed some cash on the bar, and turned toward the dance floor. He wrestled with what his next move should be.
Mel's Quickie Review of Board Indiscretion:
Board Indiscretion is the third book in the Taking Advantage series by Jessica Jayne, but it can be read as a stand alone. This was a short novel and a fast read for me. It was sexy and sweet at the same time, and I really did enjoy it. My only real complaint is I found myself wanting more of the story; the characters seemed to have more to share. I plan on going back and reading the entire series. Jessica Jayne is now on my list of authors to watch.
And here is our interview with Jessica Jayne!
Let’s start off with you telling us a little bit about yourself and your latest project.
First, I’d like to start off thank you for hosting me today and allowing me to visit you on this tour. As an author, one can never take for granted those individuals that help to promote our work and introduce us to new readers. Thank you.
Hmmmm…on to a little about me. This usually stumps me because I never quite know what it is people want to know about me. I’m a small town girl, having grown up in a little town in northeastern Ohio where everyone knew everyone. I graduated college as an English major and packed my bags and headed to the Sunshine state. After a year of traveling with a friend, I went to law school and three years later became a licensed attorney! J I know. I know. Everyone hates lawyers! But I’m also an author! :) That redeems me a little, right?!
I’m married and have three children (7,7 and 6)! Yes, we have twins! They are boy/girl fraternal twins. No, it didn’t run in our family, but it does now! And no, we didn’t plan the third one. She’s our French bottle of wine and well… we absolutely adore her!
I love adventure and have been called more than once a thrill-seeker. I’ve been skydiving. Hiking into the Grand Canyon and camping on the Colorado River. White water rafting in Washington State. Running obstacle races. Skiing in Colorado. Snowboarding (though not well) in West Virginia. Surfing in Hawaii.
The book I’m promoting on this blog tour is the third and final book in the Taking Advantage series. The series follows three men, who all sit as members on the board of directors of Advantage Insurance Company. All three guys are extremely good-looking (of course ;)), at the top of their game in their careers (one’s the owner of a large construction firm, one’s partner at a law firm and one’s the owner of several car dealerships) and single – for their own reasons. Each man has his own book and love interest, but you will see John Dorsey, Greg Snow and Mark Olson in all three books… in some respect. This was a tremendously fun series to write.
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I knew at a pretty early age that I wanted to write. I’ve been writing since I was able to put pen to paper… literally. When I turned fourteen or fifteen (I can’t remember exactly) my parents bought me a Brothers Word Processor and a few reams of paper. I spent many a late night typing up stories.
I didn’t get serious about the idea (as in looking for a way to get published) until a couple years ago. For a long time, I didn’t know how to go through that process or what I needed to do. In 2012, I finally decided to carve out some time and figure it out! I’m glad I did.
What are three things you must have to write?
Haha! It varies. Sometimes I need complete silence – which I assure you in a house with three children is not an easy feat. My notebook and pen. I write miscellaneous notes about the story as I’m writing so I always need my notebook for that story next to me. I always need a drink! I’m an avid tea drinker and for some reason I need a big glass of tea on my table… though I’ll admit, that has been substituted for wine or beer on occasion. Depends on the day I’ve had and the storyline I’m writing. :)
What’s your writing space look like?
I wish I could say I have my very own writing cave where I can close the door and disappear. But I don’t. I either work at my kitchen table when all is quiet or in the Ikea chair in my bedroom. I’m usually surrounded by paper with notes from the WIP I’m currently writing.
Do you have a favorite genre to write in?
Yes. Contemporary romance with a little spice. I love stories that I can relate to and tend to write stories that I relate to as well. I enjoy reading all genres, but I tend to lean more towards contemporary for my own writing.
Do you have a favorite among your characters?
I do. When you write fiction, you can’t help but get emotionally attached to your characters… some more than others. Though I’m vested in all my characters, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a favorite. Matt Riley from my book In Flames has sort of held my heart since his creation.
Matt’s a fireman that was on site when his brother, Chad – also a fireman – died on the job. Coming from a strong Irish family with loving parents and a sister, losing his brother, to whom he was close, was devastating. In some ways, he felt responsible for Chad’s death. Why didn’t he break loose of his firemen brothers and storm the building? His guilt plagued him and before too long he found himself buried in a bottle.
It was his sister-in-law, Gracelyn, who helped to pull him out of his haze because she was in desperate need of her family while dealing with the loss of her husband and the father to her children. Matt and his family aided Gracelyn in getting on her feet and bringing the children’s lives close to normal. But filling in as the man of the house became problematic for Matt because Gracelyn’s plight did more than set him on a straight path, it also stirred something in his heart.
Matt is definitely a raw character. Of course, he’s attractive – what hero in a story isn’t? – but he’s so much more than his looks. I loved writing his story. You can find it here: Evernight
Mark Olson, the hero in Board Indiscretion – the book I’m promoting on this tour, has some similarities to Matt and he has become another one of my favorite heroes. Mark is raw and emotional too. He escaped a bad marriage that left him bitter on love and hungry for sex with anything that would give him attention – something he hadn’t had in quite some time. In walks Suzannah, who throws his single life declaration in a tailspin. Mark struggles with his feelings. He doesn’t want to get burned again. He doesn’t want complicated. But he also doesn’t want to lose Suzannah. So, what does Mark decide? :)
What can we expect next from you?
I’m working on a book with DC Stone, Lea Bronsen and Cait Jarrod. We are each writing a story of one of four girlfriends, whose lives intertwine. This has just started, but from the outlines of the characters, it looks to be something amazing.
I also have several WIPs. An office romance. A best friends-turned lovers. A younger man falls for older woman. Airport romance. Two scarred individuals that find solace in one another. I’d like to get two of those off my plate this year and submitted for publication. Fingers crossed. :)
I am a born and raised small town Ohio girl, who moved to the Sunshine State after graduating from college. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in English. What college major could possibly be better than one that requires you to read novels and write about them! After spending a year traveling, I attended law school and use that knowledge wisely.
In the journey of life, became a wife and a mother of three children. So, life is always an adventure.
I love to read and write... obviously! I’m a huge sports fan, especially college football and the Ohio State Buckeyes! Go Steelers! Go Rays! Go Lightning! I LOVE to travel... LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to travel. And I love sharing my love to travel with my children. Did I say I love to travel? I love to drink coffee in the morning and tea at night! I love a good glass of wine, especially if it comes from a bottle made by the FOOLS wine club… yep, I’m a founding member of that crazy group! ☺ I love hanging out with my family and my friends! Music makes me happy. I’m a mix between country girl and city chic. But I love nothing more than putting on my jean shorts, tank top, cowboy boots and hat and watching Tim McGraw or Eric Church belt it out! I’m a sucker for a cowboy hat!