If Princess Leah Got a Kitten…
By Katie Porter
Captain Leah Girardi from Hold ’Em doesn’t have a pet. This is probably because she’s a smart woman—and because she doesn’t have an eleven year old son who gives very good begging eyes and promises to take care of it and clean the litter box every single day.
Yeah, I’m writing this post with a four-month-old kitten twining around my wrists and pawing at my keyboard. I ought to leave all his “help” in, except then this post wouldn’t make a lick of sense and would be half in caps. He’s lucky he’s cute.
I’m also writing this with a six year old shih-tzu sleeping on my toes. We’re pet people in our household.
When we set out to write the Vegas Top Guns series, we came up with compelling characters and gave them sexy kinks and amazing cars. What we forgot? Pets. None of them, from Ryan and Cass in Double Down, through Jon and Heather from Inside Bet or Leah and Michael from Hold ‘Em, have pets. (Omg. The pest is trying to eat my necklace. How do you discipline a kitten???)
We’ve joked that Ryan and Cass are such sweethearts that they’d be on their way to some fancy roleplay date and stop to pick up an abandoned litter of puppies on the side of the road. They’ll spend the next couple weeks finding carefully chosen homes for all of the mutts, except Cass will fall in love with the most rambunctious, high strung one and keep it. Ryan will have to take it along on his morning runs or suffer the consequences.
Someday Jon will probably buy Heather a puppy. He’ll point out that it’s a very expensive breed, but she’ll notice that he’s picked the runt of the litter and has a soft spot for the animal even when it eats his Italian loafers. Heather will name the puppy, but I bet it’s Jon who buys its first collar. With rhinestones on it, of course.
As for Leah and Michael… They’re a bit tougher. I think they’d be cat people. Maybe. To be honest, it’s a little hard to think of them as having any pets at all. Leah is so very high strung, and such a total adrenaline junky. Michael is zen and laid back, but his focus is on Leah. Completely. I would call her Michael’s sun, except Leah couldn’t possibly hold still the way the sun does. She’s way more zingy than that. The only time she finds her full focus is in the cockpit or when she’s wielding the flogger that takes Michael on the endorphin rush they both need.
So wait, yes. A cat. They’d adopt some independent tomcat that came to the back door hungry and damp. Michael would feed it scraps and Leah would roll her eyes, but she’d put together a bed for the bedraggled animal. They’d promise each other they’re only giving the cat shelter from the rain, except the next day it would still be raining, so the animal would stay. Again. And then Leah would accidentally name it Terminix when it was being a pest and nibbling on her hair.
And they’d have to make sure to lock it out of the playroom when they’re having sexy times or it tries to eat the falls of the flogger and that is so inappropriate.
Daughter of a world-famous motocross champion, and head-on competitor with three brothers, Captain Leah “Princess” Girardi was born with a need for speed. No one tells her what to do, especially not men with chauvinistic “girls can’t be fighter pilots” attitudes.
That’s what ended her brief relationship with Captain Mike “Strap Happy” Templeton. Now, six years later, he’s been assigned to her squadron, and whoa damn, he’s filled out nicely. Plus he’s cultivated a Zen-like chill factor that pulls at her hormones.
Even after four tours, Mike’s the new kid in the 64th Aggressor Squadron. That’s not the only thing new. Since he last saw Leah, he’s learned a few things about himself. A female who outranks him still makes his teeth grind, but in the bedroom he craves the rush of pain inflicted by an adoring, powerful woman.
Their reunion is an explosive revelation. Leah is the beautiful mistress he’s been searching for, and she takes to her new role like a natural. But Leah’s aware one thing hasn’t changed. Loving him is still an all-or-nothing proposition. She’s not sure her reckless streak is wide enough to risk her career–and her heart.
Up next for Katie Porter, the co-writing team of Carrie Lofty and Lorelie Brown:
November brings the m/m Christmas-themed CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR, described as “masterful” by Publishers Weekly. In January, LEAD AND FOLLOW will launch the five-part “Club Devant” series of erotic multi-partner romances set in a hot New York City burlesque club.
Where to find us:
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Thanks again to Ramblings from a Chaotic Mind for featuring Katie Porter and Hold ’Em!