ATH: Gabriella Hewitt - Melissa Schroeder

ATH: Gabriella Hewitt

Now, here is our next Addicted to Harmless author, Gabriella Hewitt! Gabriella is going to be giving away a 5 dollar GC to Samhain Publishing!
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A predator stalks paradise and she’s next
Dark Waters
©  Gabriella Hewitt

On a tropical isle, Frankie Montalvo discovers roots to a past she never knew. Tales of witchcraft, missing girls and el chupacabra surround her, but it will take more than superstitions to scare her away. Determined to create her own home, she enlists the help of an enigmatic beach bum.
She doesn’t want to fall for a drifter who will probably break her heart and move on, but when both she and her home are attacked, it’s in Rico’s arms that she finds safety and protection. All she’s ever wanted was to settle down and live life on her own terms, but someone has other plans and Frankie must decide—is Rico her lover or her enemy?
Special Agent Rico Lopez has been to the depths of hell and back. He returns to his native island of Vieques to forget an ICE mission gone wrong only to find himself caught up in the search for a neighbor’s daughter—a victim of the legendary el chupacabra. Paradise has a predator and all leads point to a dilapidated old plantation and its sexy as sin owner. Lying to Frankie is the only way to do his job, but is he protecting her or himself?
As the net around them tightens and their lives are put on the line, he’ll learn the greatest danger he’s ever faced is the risk of losing his heart.


Enjoy the following excerpt for Dark Waters:
God save him from stubborn females.
He pulled a lock pick out of his pocket and went back to the kitchen door. In a matter of minutes he was inside. His eyes swept the kitchen, noting the clean counters and dishes lying in the draining board. The scent of onions and garlic lingered in the air. Well, she’d obviously eaten.
He retraced his steps from the afternoon until he was at the bottom of the staircase. He could see where Frankie covered over the hole he’d made with a patch of plywood. As much as he wanted to run up the stairs, he didn’t dare. Carefully, he tested each tread before taking a step.
While moonlight filtered into the rooms downstairs, up here, with all the doors to the hallway closed, he could barely see his hand in front of his face. Quietly, Rico made his way down the hall until he came to Frankie’s door.
He rapped lightly. Still no answer.
Moving to the side of the door, he reached over, turned the handle and gave it a small push inward. He glanced in and then slowly stepped over the threshold, grateful for the moonlight that enabled him to see.
Fresh sheets covered the bed. The room looked neat and tidy.
No Frankie.
What the hell had happened to her? God help him if she’d been snatched…
He didn’t pause to wonder why his fear she’d had an accident had morphed into something worse. He didn’t have to.
This house had him on edge, while his mother’s request had him balled up so tight he could bounce.
A sound caught his ears. Exiting the room, he moved silently down the corridor. The noise grew louder, like a herd of sick cows. When he reached the room where the sound came the loudest, he threw open the door and went in low and fast, ready to deal with the threat.
Frankie rose before him, moonlight casting its soft glow on the water droplets sliding down her torso and into the claw foot tub she stood in. Her mouth opened and closed and, in that second, Rico catalogued every gorgeous inch of her, from her perfect, dusky-tipped breasts to her shapely thighs.
“What do you want?” Her voice came out reed thin, her eyes wide.
He’d terrified her. Rico held his hands out, palms open. “I brought your truck back, Frankie. When you didn’t answer the door, I got worried and let myself in. I’m not here to hurt you.” He spoke low and soft, willing her to listen to his words. He almost missed the change in her eyes from fear to majorly ticked off, but he wasn’t left in doubt long.
Frankie exploded into action. She grabbed a bar of soap and hurled it at him, hitting him smack in the chest.
Instinctively, he caught the soap before it fell to the tiled floor. “Want me to get your back?” Relief coursed through him. Not only was she okay, she was in kick-butt NY mode. He could live with that.
“Get out!” she screamed. “Out! Out! Out!”
The gentleman in him grabbed up a towel and held it out to her. The other side of him wanted to wipe every drop of water off her sexy body, but he highly doubted she would let him.
Frankie seized the towel and wrapped it around her. “Get out!”

“I’m going. But, why are you taking a bath in the dark?”
“Because the damn fuse blew and I wasn’t about to go traipsing around the house wet and naked. Satisfied?”
Hell, no! But, feeling a definite tightening in his groin at the image, he decided not to answer. Safer that way. At least with this woman.
“Now are you leaving or do I have to get mean?”
“You got a weapon on you? All I saw—”
“Shut up, Lopez. I swear you’re dead meat.” Her hands tightened into fists at her sides.
“Need a hand getting out of the tub?” he asked hopefully.
“That’s it. You have five seconds to get out of this room or you and that toilet brush are going to become personally acquainted.”
“Okay, you win,” he said, holding his hands up in the air in mock surrender. “Anything but the toilet brush.” He winked at her and left the room, shutting the door with an audible snap. Leaning against it, he closed his eyes. He could hear her stepping out of the tub. Could imagine her rubbing that lithe body down and wished he were the towel. The image of Frankie rising up from the water like some goddess out of a Greek myth would stay burned onto the back of his eyelids for a long time. And if he told her, she’d probably try to have them surgically removed.
He grinned so hard the sides of his mouth hurt.
The bathroom echoed with her creative curses in both Spanish and English. The woman sure had a mouth on her.
Feeling incredibly lighter, Rico spoke through the closed door. “Frankie?”
“Would it make you feel better if I got naked too?”
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Rico offered to scrub Frankie’s back.  Shower scenes, sexy or not? What are some ways you get creative with water?


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22 Comments on “ATH: Gabriella Hewitt

  1. I like shower scenes in a book. I think it is fun and spur of the moment. Besides, once they get dirty they can easily get clean again. They sometimes lead to humorous situations which lighten the mood.

  2. Love a sensual shower or bath scene, especially when bubbles are part of the play, with some strategically placed shower jets just for fun.

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  3. Shower scenes are definitely sexy. With all the effort to be bad, clean water comes in handy. And these kinds of scenes are my favorite use of water.

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  4. I think shower scenes are sexy. Especially if the hero can lift the heroine. And water is good for other types of play. Not to mention, no mess!

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  5. I think shower scenes are sexy.Soaping each other up,touching each other all over 🙂

  6. Very sexy in books! Not entirely sure I’d be flexible or motivated enough to make them work in real life, but hey at least getting clean would be fun 😉

  7. Shower scenes are way sexy! lol. I’ll have to get this book, never saw a romance book with el chupacabra in it. Cool!

  8. Sexy shower and bath scenes are entertaining! Definitely read some playful & steamy ones…

  9. Sure I like shower scenes, hot tub scenes, swimming pool scenes, outdoor shower scenes. They all read good to me.

  10. Susan – Yeah! I hope you like it. Frankie and Rico were my favorite couple to write about.

    Stacie & Joder – I like your thinking. Definitly getting dirty while getting clean has its benefits.

    Cathy M- Bubbles! Going have to keep that in mind for another story.

    Sheri & Elaing- Will have to recruit your minds next time I have to write a love scene. very erotic.

  11. Chris – LOL! Conserving water. Nice.

    flchen – I highly recommend having a personal backscrubber for those hard to reach places;)

    Amy – Thanks. El chupacabra was a legend I have grown up with all my life coming from a household that believed in many supernatural and mystical things.

  12. Chris – LOL! Conserving water. Nice.

    flchen – I highly recommend having a personal backscrubber for those hard to reach places;)

    Amy – Thanks. El chupacabra was a legend I have grown up with all my life coming from a household that believed in many supernatural and mystical things.

  13. Claudia, Christina,Jennifer, Colleen – Turning up the heat and getting steamy is what it is all about;)

    Tami – Hot tubs….now you’re talking my style.

    Savonna & Crystal – shower scenes are very intimate. Throw in a loofah and it can get really interesting.

  14. Thank you for the giveaway!

    I’m a northwest girl, and we have many waterfalls throughout the NW. Her in Alaska many waterfall in the southeast, and they are the most romantic hot places to be. Beautiful and full of hot ideas!



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