For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Melissa Schroeder. I write historical, contemporary and futuristic romances, with heat levels from sensual to erotic. My best-known series is my contemporary erotic romance Harmless series. A big thanks to Lissa for having me on her blog today!
The Harmless series is having its first committed ménage of the entire series. I have had scenes with ménages, but this is the first time I have three people in a relationship in the book. I have written an MMF before in my book The Last Detail, but this one is longer and much more involved.
I think the thing that surprised me the most was Rory. He was the newest character, only having been mentioned in A Little Harmless Fascination. Zeke and Maura had appearances in A Little Harmless Lie and A Little Harmless Fascination. The first part of their story will be told in the free story out later this month in Prelude to a Fantasy. So, Rory was my wildcard.
Rory and Zeke go way back to their teenage days in Ireland. Their affair started years before and has been off again and on again until recently. They’re now living together at the beginning of the book. Rory is the Dom in the relationship, but only with women. And that is the component in their relationship they are both missing. Both men are bisexuals and have enjoyed threesomes before, but they have never had anyone they knew well. When Rory realizes how much Zeke is still in love with Maura, he pulls her into the relationship with the idea that Zeke will “work her out of his system.” Then, things get interesting fast and mainly because of Rory.
Rory McAllister is a Dom in the extreme. His mother died when he was young and his father was a drunken bastard. There is just no other way to describe his father. So, he tries to control everything, hence the holiday ménage idea. One thing I didn’t expect was just how soft that gooey center was. Rory definitely shows the world a hard exterior. It was the only way he could survive the kind of childhood he had. Zeke knew it well. It was one reason I think Rory came back to him over the years. But with Maura, it seemed to strip away so much of the barriers he had constructed.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching him completely fall for Maura. I didn’t expect it to be so hard, so fast, but it was and I think it took both Rory and I by surprise. I hope that readers enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Melissa Schroeder is a military brat and military wife who fell in love with romance after accidentally picking up a Linda Howard book. Since her first release in 2004, she has had releases with eight publishers and has topped many bestseller charts, including A Little Harmless Sex that was named one of the top 100 Bestselling Nook Books of 2010. A Little Harmless Fantasy is her fiftieth release.
HARMLESS ADDICTS – Mel’s private reader group of Harmless readers. Contests, sneak peeks seen nowhere else, and parties at cons she attends.
Mel also writes as Kiera West.
I am putting out a prequel to A Little Harmless Fantasy called Prelude to a Fantasy. It is going to be a free story that tells about the night that Zeke and Maura started their relationship. As a reader, do you like free short prequels or sequels? Every commenter gets their name in the hat for a $25 GC!