We are so thrilled to have Victoria Vane on our blog! Today she’s sharing one scene from Saddle Up that made her laugh and one that made her blush!
Saddle Up is an emotionally engaging story. I ran the whole gamut of emotions while writing it. My hero and heroine are both sympathetic characters who are disillusioned with their dreams and now trying to find their place in the world. While Keith is jaded, Miranda is still idealistic enough to want to make a difference in the world. It is my hope that readers will find Saddle Up to be an emotionally engaging story. The ending is satisfying but also bittersweet and may even bring on a tear or two.
There are several scenes that will definitely inspire a good chuckle. Here’s a favorite funny snippet between Miranda and her grandmother, Jo-Jo:
“When we’re finished here, we should also go and take a look at some used equipment. With winter coming on, we’re going to have to feed a lot of hay to those mustangs. I think we might need a bale splitter. I wish I hadn’t already sold ours, but I didn’t think I’d ever need one again. I’m hoping we might be able to rent one.”
“Shouldn’t we wait until we hire someone to help us?” Miranda asked.
“I suppose we could,” Jo-Jo agreed. “I’ve just become used to doing everything myself. To be honest, now that you’re doing my morning chores, I’m not even sure how to occupy my time.”
“That’s probably a good thing. You’ve worked hard for a lot of years. You should do something for yourself now, Jo-Jo. Something you enjoy.”
“You mean like reading, knitting, or needlework?” Jo-Jo rolled her eyes. “I’ve tried all of those things over the years, but never could sit still long enough to do any of them.”
“Then maybe you need to find something more active? How about a yoga class?”
“Yoga? Sweetheart, I’ve had no reason to put my legs around my neck since Bud passed on.”
“Jo-Jo!” Miranda squealed.
“Don’t look so scandalized.” Jo-Jo laughed. “I’ll have you know I’ve read the Kama Sutra cover to cover.” She added with a wink, “You gotta spice things up from time to time when you’re with the same man for fifty-some years.”
There are a number of sensual encounters between Keith and Marianda that might require a fan or glass of ice water! The first big love scene occurs after they spent a night in the desert together and Miranda finally gives in to the attraction she’s been fighting from the very beginning. Here’s an excerpt:
She froze at the sound of a light knock on the door, fraught with nervous anticipation. She’d almost decided to back out, until she peered through the peephole and found Keith standing there with an overnight bag slung over his shoulder, and bearing two very full trays of food.
“Room Service.” He grinned as she cracked the door.
Her anxiety eased by his playful tone, Miranda fumbled to release the chain and then stepped away to let him in.
“Hungry?” he asked.
Her stomach answered with an embarrassing growl.
“I’ll take that as a yes.” He chuckled. “What are you in the mood for? We’ve got a double decker club with fries, a Monte Cristo with onion rings, and a four-cheese pizza.” He set the food on the table beside the queen-size bed and uncovered the trays with a scowl. “Maybe I should have ordered more.”
“More?” She laughed. “There’s enough food there for a small army. How much do you normally eat?”
His gaze raked slowly over her, heating her skin. “The kind of activity I have in mind burns many calories.” He fed her a fry with a grin then offered her half a sandwich and a slice of pizza. “We’re going to need our strength, so you’d better eat up.”
She accepted the plate with a smile. Sitting on the edge of the bed, she took a bite of the sandwich, rolling her eyes in appreciation. He sat down beside her, sneaking an onion ring from her plate with a guilty look. For the next few minute they ate in silence, Keith devouring his food with gusto while Miranda picked at hers. She was famished but too nervous to fully appreciate the meal.
“Second thoughts?” he asked.
She hesitated for a couple of seconds, weighing her feelings. “I just don’t have any experience with this kind of thing. To be honest, I haven’t a clue what to think…about you and me.”
“Then don’t think,” he replied. “Just eat.” His gaze traveled slowly over her, making her insides quiver. “And quickly.”
Swallowing his last bite, he tossed his plate down and then took hers away. Slowly leaning in, he kissed her, just a light brush of his lips. Holding his body inches from hers, enough for her to feel his heat but not his flesh, he teased and enticed. Sucking her lower lip between his teeth, he gently nipped and then slowly released. “Any better now?” he asked.
“A little,” she whispered back.
“Come.” Taking her hand, he led her into the large, tiled bathroom with its oversized Jacuzzi tub. He turned on the tap. “You’re tense. You need to relax.” His smile faded. “And I want to undress you,” he added with a dark look that made her pulse race.
“Arms up.” He drew the thin white tank top over her head to reveal her small breasts and painfully erect nipples. She fought the urge to cross her arms over her breasts.
As if reading her mind, he brought her hands to her sides.
His eyes not leaving hers, he cupped her breasts and stroked the peaks of her nipples with his thumbs. “I love your natural beauty, Aiwattsi. So slender and graceful. You remind me of a doe.”
“Is that what it means?” she asked. “Doe?”
“Close,” he replied. “Aiwattsi is a little fawn. Your eyes are innocent like one.”
“But don’t wolves eat fawns?” she asked.
“Yes,” he replied, giving her a lupine flash of incisors. “I find fawns very tasty indeed.”
About Saddle Up
Award-winning author Victoria Vane lets loose the fourth in the Hot Cowboy Nights series
WILD HORSES COULDN’T BRING THEM TOGETHER…
With exceptional talent and looks, cowboy “horse whisperer” Keith Russo once had the world at his feet — until his career was unwittingly destroyed by an aspiring filmmaker. After being rejected by his family for exploiting his Native American heritage, Keith has no choice but to turn back to his humble beginnings as a wild horse wrangler.
BUT MAYBE THEIR PASSION CAN…
Miranda Sutton always dreamed of making films, until wild mustangs captured her heart. But turning her grandmother’s Montana ranch into a wild horse sanctuary proves harder than she thought. She needs someone who knows wild horses. Keith and the mustangs need each other. And while working together to save the herd, Keith and Miranda discover a passion as wild as the mustangs they love.
Victoria Vane is a multiple award-winning romance novelist and history junkie whose collective works of fiction range from wildly comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Victoria also writes historical fiction as Emery Lee and is the founder of the Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers Goodreads group and the Romantic Historical Lovers book review blog. She lives on the east coast of Florida.