Ginger Voight’s “The Undisciplined Bride” – a new stand-alone novel coming October 1, 2013! Make sure to check out the Teaser & Giveaway below!
Throughout her 23 years, Peyton Prescott was used to running the show. That went into overdrive the minute she agreed to become a bride. Born into an affluent Southern family, she was expected to fulfill her social obligation to marry well, and found that unsuspecting groom in her pushover fiancé, Leland Goodreau. He, like the rest of her family, catered to her every whim to keep her happy, and she predicted a satisfactory, if not boring, existence as his missus.In fact, the only real human to stand up to this bridezilla from hell is Mateo Bravo, one of the chefs she considers to cater the blessed event. Sparks fly the minute they meet and out of sheer defiance, she hires Mateo and his sister Naomi for every social gathering in the remaining months until she marries.Mateo, unlike any other man she’s ever met, doesn’t put up with Peyton’s behavior. With a masculine energy that she finds alluring and exciting, he turns her entitled existence upside down by showing her she’s not always the boss. No one is more surprised than she is when she finds out that she kind of likes it.Peyton decides to seduce, and then dump, the middle-class cook, just to get him out from under her skin. Instead she finds out that there are a few things in life even the great Peyton Prescott can’t plan.
*** TEASER ***
That Tuesday afternoon, Peyton went shopping for something special to wear for her first “cooking” lesson. She had plenty of free time to do so, given her future sister-in-law, best friend and maid of honor was too busy to go with her to shop for her bridal gown. She read Lissette the usual riot act before she gleefully pounced on the unallocated free time like a hungry cheetah. Unlike her quest for the perfect bridal gown, she found the perfect outfit to torture Mateo within the first five minutes in the boutique. She rushed back to her downtown apartment, loaded down with bags of fine clothing, read: lingerie, and lotions and sprays to make her irresistible to the swarthy chef she hadn’t been able to stop thinking about since the moment they met two days before.She dreamed about those eyes, and those hands, doing remarkable things to her body, things that had never been done before. She thought about her own thorough exploration over his hardened silhouette, where she’d taste his salty flesh upon her tongue as it slithered mercilessly against him like a snake. Fantasies overtook her at the most random times, such as wedding planning with her mother and Orrin. He dared to mention Naomi and Mateo as possible caterers, and suddenly Peyton could think of nothing else but the kind of satisfaction promised during their “cooking” lessons.She had full faith that he wanted her as much as she wanted him, and it would take only $1500 to get him out of her blood before she fully wrecked their aspirations to crack into the country club set. One lesson, one tussle in her white satin sheets… then she’d kick this no-name asshole to the curb along with his sister’s soup kitchen enterprise.She’d show Mateo Bravo exactly who was boss.She took her time with a luxurious bubble bath, where she was tempted to get her motor revved, doing for herself what no man before her had really been able to do. But after all the time she’d spent fantasizing about Mateo, she decided to let him take her from the starting gate to the winner’s circle all on his own. Just thinking about it was enough to get the juices flowing, and she grinned evilly as she thought about her plan to take that arrogant ass down a notch or two.She took her time toweling off, dusting herself with fine, glimmering powder as she pranced naked throughout her white and chrome paradise of a bedroom. The king-sized bed with an upholstered ivory headboard and button-tufted tailoring was centered near the floor-to-ceiling windows draped in sheer, white curtains. Millions of city lights twinkled just beyond the wispy curtains like diamonds floating in a dream. Likewise, the bedspread was white, with satin trim. Fluffy pillows were strewn across the bed and onto the floor, evidence of how fitfully Peyton had been sleeping since Sunday dinner at her parents’ house. She dimmed the chrome and crystal lamps on her end tables as she slipped into the halter dress she’d purchased that afternoon. It, being hot pink, stood out in the stark white of her bedroom, and she grinned at her reflection in the mirror.No doubt Mateo had not yet experienced a woman such as herself, and it was going to be a night to remember before she booted him back to the other side of the tracks where he belonged.She adjusted the plunging neckline of the dress before she touched her pulse points with expensive perfume. She had just laced up her stilettos when she heard the knock at the door.She halfway expected him to make her wait, but his punctuality pleased her.Hopefully he was as crazed to get her into bed as she was to get him there.She wore a big grin as she walked through the tiled hallway toward the front door. This was the most brazen thing she had ever done. It wasn’t like she hadn’t taken on a few lovers of her own in the last few years. Plenty of men had sniffed around her door, and there were nights when she needed the touch of another human being so badly she finally let him a few of them in. But Mateo wasn’t wrong: none of her lovers had ever been able to truly satisfy her. Even after she’d come, she longed for something else… something more. And no one, thus far, had been willing to color outside the lines with her.When she swung the door open to Mateo Bravo, who stood before her in a well-worn concert T-shirt and jeans so tight she could tell what religion he was, her hopes again soared that she might finally get the satisfaction that had so far eluded her.His eyes made a lazy sweep of her outfit, and only the slight tug at the corner of his mouth indicated his approval. “Fancy dress for a cooking lesson,” he commented as he waited for her to invite him inside, which she did with the wave of a hand.“Maybe next time I’ll go more casual,” she offered. “Of course, I could take this off now.”He brushed past her, touching her ever so lightly as he did so. “Whatever turns you on, Princess. You’re the boss.”Her breath caught and held as his mouth lingered just above hers. Mercifully he let her out from under his spell as he stepped down into the sunken living room of her million-dollar condo. It was decorated in gray and black, much more masculine than the dainty bedroom she had prepared for the second portion of their evening. The living room featured a long fireplace just under the wall-to-wall window overlooking Houston, broken up only by a panel dead center, where her flat-screen TV was affixed.“Nice digs,” he offered as he glanced around. “Courtesy of your friend, Orrin?”She shook her head. “I decorated it. No one else could get it like I wanted it, so I figured I’d put some of the classes I took in college to good use and do it myself.”He turned to her with a grin. “Used to doing things for yourself, I take it?”Her body flushed from the underlying innuendo. “If you want something done right,” she said.He climbed the remaining two steps where she stood in the foyer. “You did a nice job,” he said. “I expected it to be more girly. You know. More fitting of a socialite.”She chuckled. “Is that all you think I am?”His eyes twinkled as he stared down at her. “You tell me.”She gulped back any gasp the minute his eyes landed on her lips. “I think I’d like to know what you think.”He laughed softly. “Well, I think that living room is not you. You decorated it for your guests, so they’ll develop a stronger sense of who they are dealing with. It’s classy, but masculine and powerful. That’s the vibe you want the world to get when they deal with you, but that’s not who you are.”Her dander started to rise. Was she really paying him $1500 to insult her? He didn’t give her any time to retort before he strode purposefully toward the stark black and gray kitchen, illuminated by soft white light. “Your kitchen puts off the same vibe. You don’t want anyone to mistake you for some domestic goddess. It’s here because it has to be, but not because you enjoy spending any time at all here.”With that he marched off into the hallway, her jogging behind to keep up. He passed her home gym and her library, where she did some of her PR work for her father and her soon-to-be father-in-law. He didn’t stop until he opened the door to her bathroom. The tiny tiles were either stark white or metallic, giving it a disco feel. A chandelier was suspended over the round tub, where colorful soaps and candles lined against the wall that featured a silvery fleur de lis pattern. “This,” he said as he glanced down at her, “is you. Sexy, dainty, a little gaudy…and totally feminine. You spend a lot of time here, one of the only sanctuaries where you can be yourself.”Her eyebrow arched. “You know, I thought I had over-exaggerated your cockiness when we met.”He just chuckled and opened the last door in the hallway – the one to her frilly, fluffy bedroom. The minute he entered, his dark skin stood out against the stark white. She could only imagine how his naked body would look upon her bed, reaching for her, beckoning her to join him.She was so lost in that fantasy that his low, soft voice felt like a dream against her ear as he bent down to say, “This room is where you are truly yourself, Peyton.”Her eyes shot to his. It was the first time he had called her by name rather than the infernal “princess” nickname. She was so stunned that when his finger touched her cheek, she was frozen to the spot and unable to respond, much less seduce him like she had planned.“In this room,” he went on, seductively and hypnotically, “you can be soft. You can be vulnerable.”She wrenched herself out of his spell. “I am anything but vulnerable,” she said. “In this room, like any other room, I’m the boss.”He stepped closer, and she could feel the heat of his body against her bare flesh. “Maybe that’s your problem, Princess.” He brushed against her as he exited her bedroom and stalked back down the hall.She stomped after him. What the hell kind of game was he playing? The demand was on her tongue as she entered the kitchen, where he had pulled out a pan. Before she could speak, he launched into instructor mode. “From the unused feel of your kitchen, I guess we’ll start with the basics. This,” he held up the pan, “is a pan. It is commonly used to heat food.”She crossed her arms in front of her. “There’s no need to patronize me, Mr. Bravo.”He grinned. “I like the sound of that coming from your lips, Miss Prescott.” He put the pan on the counter and walked over to where she stood. He grabbed her hands in his, turning them over to inspect their softness. “You’ve never even washed a dish, have you, Princess?”Her eyebrow arched defiantly. “That’s what I pay other people to do.”His dark eyes glittered as he stared down at her. She felt like she hit a nerve, but he was decidedly pokerfaced. “Better watch out,” he said in the same good humor. “You leave enough chores to the hired hand, and your husband may run off with a maid who isn’t too good to get her hands dirty.”She snatched her hands back, which made Mateo smirk even more. He turned back to the sink, filling the pan with water. He placed it on the stove, turning the heat up to medium. He then leaned against the counter and crossed one foot over the other to watch her. Long moments passed without his saying a word. He just inspected her from where he stood. His eyes traveled over her face, down her exposed décolletage, and down toward her endless legs, shown off by the short hem of her skirt.The longer he didn’t say anything, the antsier she got. She ended up crossing her arms across her chest, which she had originally bared for his benefit. To have him so brazenly inspect the goods without crossing the four feet between them made her feel cheap somehow. And she didn’t like it.So she turned the tables on him and inspected his form as well. Every inch of clothing he wore clung to his body, which even in a relaxed state showed off the impressive cut of his muscular form. His thighs were powerful and strong, and his chest strained against the thin cotton fabric of his T-shirt. The bulge in his pants hinted at a promise not yet fulfilled, and the longer they stood there in that awkward silence made her fidget even more. It was as if both of them were fantasizing about taking that next step, without either of them lifting even a finger to close the gap between them and act on the undeniable chemistry that crackled in the air.She could easily imagine walking over to him, or he to her, and stepping into that strong circle of his arms. He would lift her up on the counter and step easily between her legs, which would close behind him until her ankles locked. He’d dive into her neck, nuzzling against the graceful slope, nibbling at her lightly scented skin as her fingers crawled down his back and up again under his shirt.She could practically feel his solid muscles under her fingers, which curled in a tight attempt not to rush over to where he stood and climb him like a jungle gym.His eyes were dark and from the hint of a smirk he wore, she knew that he was following her thoughts exactly. The longer they stood there, the more they indulged this erotic game of chicken. Neither was ready to yield the power to the other by making the first move.Instead they stood four feet apart the entire ten minutes it took the water to boil. When he moved to turn off the burner, she actually took a breath in relief. He moved the pan onto another, cool burner, then he crossed over to where she stood. “Lesson one: how to boil water,” he said with a slight grin. Softly he added, “You just have to leave things alone until they get hot enough.”She gulped. Just as she was about to respond, assuming that the seduction part of their evening had commenced, Mateo turned for the door. “Tomorrow night we’ll talk about something more advanced. Like melting butter.”She was flabbergasted as she chased him to her front door. “Are you kidding me? An entire lesson on how to boil water?”He shrugged as he tossed, “Like I said, we have to start with the basics,” over his shoulder. He didn’t stop until he got to the door, which is where Peyton finally cornered him.“If you think I’m paying $1500 for a couple of ten minute lessons, you’re crazy.”Another damnable shrug. “You agreed to two lessons per week at that rate. Nothing was ever said about their duration.” He paused as he looked down at her. “But you’re right. We haven’t taken care of everything.”He shut the door and then turned to face her. As he advanced toward her, she unconsciously took steps backward until he had her pressed up against the wall. His head dipped toward hers until their mouths were a breath apart. She felt the hard lines of his body pressing into hers as he held back his kiss in sweet torture. Finally she gasped, “What do you want?”He bent even closer until their lips nearly met. “The check,” he said with that evil grin.With an angry snarl she pushed him away. “Fuck you,” she said again, and again he replied, “Maybe someday. But not today.”The door closed silently behind him as he departed, leaving Peyton speechless and frustrated as she scrambled with what to do next.
Ginger Voight is prolific author, freelance writer and optioned screenwriter. Her fiction is diverse, with novels like the edgy, coming-of-age drama DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS, and the fun family adventure for kids of all ages, COMIC SQUAD.Having grown up reading different authors like Danielle Steel and Stephen King, Ginger has always been drawn more to story than to genre. This shows up in her various stories. Titles such as MY IMMORTAL and TASTE OF BLOOD are a delicious, heady mix of horror, suspense, and romance.Genre romance, however, has held a special place in her heart, ever since she read her first Harlequin novel when she was only eleven. As a result, Ginger is making a name for herself writing romances of her own, starring women who look more like the average American woman rather than those traditionally represented in the size-biased American media. Her Rubenesque romances were created especially for those heroines with fuller figures, who can still get the man of their dreams if only they believe they can. Such titles include UNDER TEXAS SKIES, LOVE PLUS ONE, THE GROUPIE TRILOGY, THE FIERCE TRILOGY and PICTURE POSTCARDS.Ginger was included in the best-selling book by Smith Magazine NOT QUITE WHAT I WAS PLANNING, featuring her six-word memoir.
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