The End. The Real End. by Dee J. Adams
In honor of the end of her Adrenaline High series, author Dee J. Adams takes us on a walk down memory lane as she says goodbye to the world that has been her home for over four years.
I want to thank Shelf Pleasure for having me today! There’s something about the name of this site that absolutely tickles me. I guess the fact that I get so much enjoyment from books on my shelf. These ladies nailed it.
Speaking of reading… how many of you like “the end”? How much pleasure do YOU get after reading a good book? Or a good series for that matter?
I love that feeling of satisfaction. The big sigh when it’s all over and I close the book, smile and imagine the characters living their happily ever after.
I’ll be honest about something… Even though Always Dangerous is the last book in my Adrenaline Highs series, it doesn’t veer too much into wrapping up story lines from other books. That’s pretty much because all those other books wrapped up themselves. But Always Dangerous is (what I think) a fitting end to a fun series, a sweet goodbye to a world that’s been with me for over four years.
Sometimes readers ask who my favorite characters are and it’s really hard for me to pinpoint. Usually it’s the ones I’ve just finished writing about. Take Kim and Leo. They are two characters who I never even considered writing a book for. I had a lot of readers who simply did not like Kim. And Leo… please. When I told my editor I was going to make him a hero in his own book, I think she actually spit out her drink. Haha.
I wrote both those characters to show how other characters dealt with pressure. But ultimately I wanted to redeem them. Kim actually has a major life turning point in Dangerous Race, but the reader doesn’t see most of it, just the beginning. And though we don’t see her struggle to rebuild herself, her self-confidence and self-worth, we do see how she struggles with it when she feels she’s on the verge of losing those things again.
And Leo… Leo first appears in Danger Zone and he was a very bad boy. Bad. Very bad. He also goes through a turning point in that book, but the reader doesn’t see it. Actually, we just get a taste of his frustration from that time in Always Dangerous. Basically, he’s tired of being the bad guy. He’s tired of the charade. In fact, if anyone out there read Danger Zone, you might be able to tell when Leo planned to apologize to Ellie for his terrible behavior, but he never got the chance. You get to see a lot more of Leo’s struggle in Imminent Danger.
I’ve probably given up way too much of these two characters. They’ve lived life and seen the rougher side so I thought they deserved their happily ever after. I think they deserve each other. And I mean that in the best possible way.
Here’s a little excerpt from Always Dangerous. Just to get you in the mood.
Damn, he’d forgotten how much he liked her. Their two-month separation had been good, because he’d been able to focus on other things besides how much he wanted to be with her. Touching her set his blood on fire. She blinked a few times, fast, as if their contact was another shock to her system. And standing there, with his legs between hers, with their mouths so close together, the only thought in his brain was kiss her. Now.
“Leo,” she whispered. Her lips seemed to move in slow motion as he slowly bridged the gap between them.
“What?” he growled.
“I don’t think this is a—”
He kissed her before she finished the sentence, because she was right. It wasn’t a good idea. But damn if he could stop himself. She was his Achilles heel. His weak spot. The more distance she put between them, the more he wanted her. He started slow, worked his way into the kiss, waiting for her to push him away or move back. She did neither, so he took it farther and tasted her lower lip with a gentle brush of his tongue. A little moan vibrated from her throat as their lips stayed connected. She tasted different…she tasted like a luscious cinnamon stick, all hot and spicy.
“You found my cinnamon gum in the shorts pocket, didn’t you?” he breathed against her mouth. The gum was her fault. Whatever perfume she wore smelled like cinnamon and he’d started to chew the gum. Whether to remind himself of her or not was something he purposely hadn’t analyzed.
She barely nodded, her wet lips brushing against his in an erotic glide. “I had nap breath,” she murmured.
He smiled against her lips before going in for more. Still slow, still sexy as hell, still doing his best to inhale her without scaring her off. They had history, yes, but her unpredictability always threw him off. He missed the softness of her hair under his fingertips. The way her pulse beat rapidly right before contact.
“Leo,” she murmured, her mouth still moving against his as his hands moved down her thighs.
“Mmm,” he managed.
“We should stop. This isn’t going to get either one of us anywhere.”
Just like last time, she was relying on his will power to stay away. Hadn’t he failed that test already? In a colossal way?
How do you feel about questionable characters being redeemed?
I’m giving away a digital copy of any backlist book in the Adrenaline Highs to one commenter. (P.S. Dangerous Race –the 1st book in the series- is $1.99 for a limited time!)
After graduating high school in Texas, Dee moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. For twenty years, she acted in television and worked behind the scenes as an acting/dialogue coach for sitcoms. Writing happened accidentally after a vivid dream and the urging of her husband to “Just write it down.” Three weeks, fourteen hours a day, and four hundred and fifty (long hand) pages later, she had her first novel. Dee loves writing books filled with action, mystery and love. (Not necessarily in that order.) Her experience in show business led to her narrating many of the books in the Adrenaline Highs series for Audible.com. She is the wife of a wonderful man and mother to a fabulous daughter. She’s a dog lover all the way, with a fondness towards Boxers and Pit Bulls. She is a member of several organizations, including Romance Writers of America and SAG-AFTRA.
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