posted on April 21, 2014 by Tracy March

For the Love of Sexy Men on Motorcycles!

Motorcycle GuyFortunately there’s inspiration for hot heroes nearly everywhere. I had a vivid picture in my mind of the hero in my sexy new romantic suspense novel, A Shot of Red—a towering muscular body, overlong dark hair, smoldering eyes, and a perfectly-kissable mouth. But his physical attributes were the easy part. There had to be more that made him sexy. Because sexy is as sexy does, right?

While doing research for the book, I came across The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful People list. Since A Shot of Red features House of Cards-style political intrigue, and my hero works for a high-ranking senator, I figured I’d have a quick click-through. (Tough research, huh?) It didn’t take long to find what I was looking for. A super-steamy guy who wore suits and rode his shiny BMW motorcycle to work. Instant hotness!

Check out this excerpt and decide if you’d like to take a ride with him!

Mia tentatively grabbed two handfuls of Gio’s leather jacket as he veered onto the parkway and picked up speed, easing the motorcycle through the graceful wooded hills and valleys of Rock Creek Park. The night air was cold and invigorating, much of it blocked from her by Gio’s sheer size and his broad shoulders. Mia wrapped her arms around him and tucked her hands in his coat pockets. She scooted up close and rested against his back, enticed by the scent of leather, leaning in and out of the curves with him, exhilarated by speed and adventure. Exhilarated by him. He felt strong and sturdy in her embrace, raw power emanating from him and the rumbling motorcycle.

At this late hour, they were often alone on the parkway, encountering only an occasional passing car. The surreal thrill of it all swirled through Mia, and her blood tingled. She couldn’t help but wonder what other enticing adventures she’d been missing out on. If any of them were half as exciting as this, she was totally game.

After a good twenty minutes, he pulled onto Wyoming Avenue in Northwest DC. Mia’s quiet, upscale neighborhood practically vibrated with the noise of the motorcycle. She squeezed Gio’s biceps and pointed up the block to the house where she lived, disappointed her time on the bike was nearly up.

Gio eased the bike into her driveway, stopped, cut the engine, and set the kickstand. He stood and took off his gloves and helmet, his dark hair wild and tousled. Mia’s stomach fluttered at the sight of him, his dark eyes glinting in the moonlight. She fussed with the chin strap of her helmet just to have something else to focus on.

“Let me help you with that.” He hung his helmet on the handlebar, hoisted one of his long legs over the bike, and sat facing her.

Gio had been magnetic, even with his back to her. But facing her, he was irresistible. Her insides were a knot of nerves and excitement…and expectation? Was he experiencing the raw chemistry she was feeling?

He tried to unclasp her chin strap, but had difficulty with the catch. Leaning in, he took a closer look. “Enjoy the ride?” he asked, his lips mere inches from hers.

“More than I even imagined I would,” she said softly.

The strap loosened and she tipped her chin with the shifting weight of the helmet. Her lips brushed his ever so lightly and he drew back.

Mia’s heart clamored as he captivated her with his questioning gaze, and she willed herself not to look away. He gently swept his fingertips along her jawline, threaded his fingers through her hair, and pulled her toward him. Her helmet fell to the ground as his lips met hers—strong, supple, and searching.

Mia melted into his kiss, alive with anticipation and overcome with an aching need she hadn’t realized was there. A cool night breeze rustled the shrubs in the nearby hedge, and she shivered. Gio clutched her waist, lifted her onto him as if she were nearly weightless, and wrapped his jacket around her. His lips never left hers, each slow sweep of his tongue seducing her senseless.

He braced his feet on the ground as she straddled him, one hand around his neck with a fistful of his silky dark hair, the other stroking his sandpapery cheek. She’d never pictured herself in a position like this—but that made her even more into it. Her blood ran hot, pulsing through her as if it carried sparks. She shifted on his lap and his breath hitched—maybe the sexiest sound she’d ever heard.

“Gio,” she said breathlessly, liking the sound of his name on her lips. “Let’s go inside.”

Sexy is as sexy does. What else besides a hot body makes a man attractive to you?

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shot-of-red-225A SHOT OF RED

After fleeing DC following a one-night stand that had her reeling, biotech company heiress Mia Moncure has thrived working with a humanitarian aid team administering vaccines in Haiti. When the United States is threatened with a flu epidemic, Mia’s grandmother demands her return to unveil a new flu vaccine for Moncure Therapeutics. She arrives to find that her ex-boyfriend, the company’s PR Director, has died in a suspicious accident in Switzerland that Mia soon suspects was murder.

Determined to reveal a killer, Mia heads to Switzerland, where she’s threatened as she discovers a plan to infiltrate the vaccine for nefarious purposes. Desperate for backup, she turns to sexy Gio Lorenzo, Communications Director for her mother, a high-ranking senator—and Mia’s one-night stand. While negotiating their rocky relationship, they race to uncover a deadly scheme that could ruin her family’s reputation. But millions of people are being vaccinated, and there’s more than her family’s legacy at stake. Mia and Gio struggle to discover the truth about the scheme and their feelings for each other, but it just might be too late.

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Tracy March

Award-winning author Tracy March writes romantic thrillers influenced by her career in the pharmaceutical field, and her interest in science and politics. She also writes lighthearted romances inspired by her real-life happily ever after. Look for Tracy's contemporary romance series, Suddenly Smitten, including THE PRACTICE PROPOSAL, TEMPTED IN THE TROPICS (both selected by RT Book Reviews as Top Picks), and a third title releasing in Spring 2014. Her romantic thriller, GIRL THREE, is available now, and A SHOT OF RED releases in April 2014. Always up for travel and adventure, Tracy has flown in a stunt plane, snowmobiled on the Continental Divide, ziplined in the Swiss Alps, and been chased by a bull in the mountains of St. Lucia. She loves Nationals baseball, Saturday date nights, and Dairy Queen Blizzards—and rarely goes a day without Diet Coke and Cheez-Its. Tracy lives in Yorktown, Virginia, with her superhero husband who works for NASA. They recently spent two years living in Washington D.C., and enjoy visiting often—especially when the Nats are in town.

7 thoughts on “For the Love of Sexy Men on Motorcycles!”

  1. bh313 says:

    oh dear, I think I’m going to be up late reading tonight *sigh*

    1. Tracy March says:

      I sure hope so! 🙂 Enjoy!

  2. Amy R says:

    Happy Release Day, Tracy! So many things make a guy sexy. His compassion, his sense of humor. In Gio’s case, his sole focus on Mia during those hot moments made him incredibly sexy!

    1. Tracy March says:

      I’m so glad you thought so, Amy! Compassion is an awesome attribute. And having a guy you’re into focus just. on. you. is completely amazing! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  3. Oh my word…I cannot wait to dig into this story!
    Besides a hot body? I love a good sense of humor. Snarky humor, sweet humor, it’s all good! I think laughter is the key to weathering long term relationships.

    1. Tracy March says:

      For sure, Michelle. Thank goodness my husband has a good sense of humor. He makes me laugh even when I’m determined not to! 🙂

  4. Tami Schafer says:

    Hi so far I bought 2 of the 4 so can not wait till I have time to get to reading them!! Love a Hot guy on a motor cycle 😀 ( hubby drives one!! )

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