Birds use widespread feathers and shake their tails.
Bucks lock horns with other bucks to prove their prowess.
Lions run, chasing game, to show endurance.
Bears rise up on hind legs to dominate and intimidate.
Every animal had a mating ritual, some are just showy than others. Humans have it best, I think. They use so many ways to flirt and draw attention: eye contact, touch, talking, etc. They can send a drink to a pretty woman in a bar, tuck a phone number in that cute guy’s pocket, or just look across a crowded dance floor and dance, alone, with his eyes locked with yours. Flirting is an invitation.
Even innocent and sweet Disney has characters flirting. Think about the Little Mermaid. Ursula the Sea Witch tells Ariel to use body language.
Beauty and the Beast dance when nobody is watching.
Even Lady and the Tramp has that famous spaghetti by moonlight scene.
I mention Lady and the Tramp for two reasons. One, in LIPSTICK ON HIS COLLAR, the heroine refuses to tell Bram her name. At first, it is a forbidden thrill, an overt flirt to draw him into her web. He calls her simply LADY.
The second reason is actually kind of the same. Once Bram finds her again, he is still firmly ensnared. But she asks him to leave, to go away. Bram is understandably feeling rejected. If she is LADY, does that make him the Tramp? Well, you remember what happened in the movie, right? They did have a full litter that went on to have a sequel. *snicker* Flirting pays off.
Flirting drew Bram to her but her personality is what made him long to find his Lady again. Once he found her, nothing could keep him away. Not even a vengeful ex waiting in the dark.
LIPSTICK ON HIS COLLAR
He never thought his next wildfire would be wearing a red dress.
“Make me your goddess and I’ll take you to heaven.” This sultry promise sparks a scorching, unforgettable one-night stand. The next morning Bram Winters awakes with a hickey and a head full of wicked memories—alone. His nameless goddess is gone without a trace, along with his shirt. And his heart.
Five months later, he stumbles across his mystery lady in a Laundromat, but she still won’t give up her name. Worse, she begs him to leave, no questions asked. Once he catches the spark of terror in her eyes, though, his firefighter training takes over—and he digs in for the duration.
Lady never wanted Bram to see her life’s ugly underside, but it’s too late—his socks are already in the washer. He was supposed to be her declaration of independence from her unstable ex, a bittersweet memory to carry into her new life.
Except the ex continues to stalks her. And Bram’s reappearance sends her emotions and desires tumbling over the edge. As the minutes wear on, sexual tension rises faster than the steam from a hot water wash.
And Lady’s ex watches from the shadows, growing more furious by the minute…
Product Warnings: Scorching sex, icy scissor play and an anonymous woman taking a wet slide down one hot ex-fireman’s pole. Beware of hot flashes and spontaneous combustion. Correct change not required.
Inez Kelley is a multi-published author of various romance genres. You can visit her at her website http://inezkelley.com/ Follow Inez on twitter at @Inez_Kelley or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/inez.kelley