An abusive childhood and an accident in his teens left stallion-shifter, Malcolm Patterson, with a distrust for his father and a lot of holes in his memory. When his dad passes away, Malcolm returns to Horse Mountain to fulfill his obligation to settle his old man’s affairs but finds the shifter community’s near hero-worship of the late doctor disquieting. He’s further shaken to meet a curvy beauty at the funeral who makes his heart gallop and his primal instincts take over. Suki Marks has been in love with handsome and noble Malcolm Patterson ever since he saved her from bullies who called her an abomination when she was ten.
He was the first person to be straight with her about the reasons some people shunned her family and he was quick to debunk those prejudices as the ignorant folktales and stupid superstitions they were. Even after Malcolm graduated high school and left town, she couldn’t forget him, but becoming Doctor Patterson’s live-in nurse in his last year of life was a coincidence. She never expected to be named in the wealthy physician’s will. Malcolm assumed he’d be disinherited, but even from the after-life, his father continues to turn the knife, using his will to set up an elaborate scheme to taint Malcolm’s feelings for the woman who might be his fated mate. To make matters worse, a dangerous shifter-purist movement is brewing among a small segment of the Horse Mountain Clan, and they’re determined to prevent Suki from passing on her genes to a new generation. Will Malcolm be able to work through his past in time to secure his and Suki’s future? Saving Suki is a smoking hot romance with graphic, put-you-in-the-moment love scenes. If you’re offended by sexual language, you might want to consider another book.
Give us the one to two sentence tagline for your book.
Pain drove him away, but she couldn’t forget her hero. Tragedy brought him back. Could he be her fated mate?
What surprised you the most while writing this book?
I was surprised by how much my writing style had changed since I first began the Horse Mountain Shifters series. Book one and two were more along the lines of straight, steamy romance while book three took a more adventurous angle, and by the time I wrote Saving Suki, I was ready to branch out and write a pulse-pounding romance packed with suspense, action, and adventure.
Why did you pick the setting you used for your book?
Horse Mountain is where the Banks Equine Shifter Clan is based.
What is the sexiest trait of your hero(s)?
All of the heroes in the Horse Mountain Shifters series are rugged, alpha males who love curvy girls. They’re not only physically strong with rock hard bodies but also bold and willing to fight for the women they love.
What is your favorite scene/moment in your book?
I don’t want to give too much away, but there is a scene where the heroine is put into a dangerous situation and she never looses her sense of self. I wrote her as a person who had endured adversity all her life, and she treated the horrible predicament as just another blip she’d have to persevere.
What scene did you have to cut but wish could have been included?
I had written some scenes that would have left no doubt what an emotionally strong women Suki was but in the end, I was afraid the harsh treatment would be to much for readers.
Tropes get a bad name, but they’re often the biggest draw for readers. What tropes do you love to write and read?
What are your favorite genres/sub-genres to write in? Are there any you love to read but cannot write in?
I lovI enjoy reading male/male romance, but I haven’t had much success writing in the genre. The Triple Passion Play series is a MMF bisexual menage saga, and it’s some of my favorite work with characters I adore, but a poly relationship with three people is a very different dynamic. I love the diversity and inclusiveness though so I still try to work in some MM side couples sometimes.
Which do you love to write best: dialogue, setting, action, love scenes, or other?
At different times, I love it all, depending on my mood. My favorites are probably humorous dialogue and blush-inducing love scenes.
Which do you hate to write: dialogue, setting, action, love scenes, or other?
Settings aren’t as fun for me unless there is a plot-related reason to include a lot of detail about the surroundings.
Excerpt from Saving Suki: A Curvy Girl and Stallion Shifter Romance
Her chest heaved. She had her pride, but his incredibly, manly smell chipped away at her resolve. As he looked her in the face, she took a couple of steps forward. He slipped two fingers into her waistband. “Cute sleepwear.”
She looked down at her pink elephant-printed PJs and her cheeks burned. “They were a gift from my dad. I guess they’re kind of lame, but they’re comfy.”
He smirked. “Don’t worry. You won’t be wearing them long.” He snatched down her bottoms, leaving them around her knees. “Look who didn’t put on any panties.” He dropped to his knees, nuzzling his nose in her dark, curly pubic hairs. His tongue flickered over her clitoral hood, sending a jolt of arousal through her loins that would have made her jump if he hadn’t been gripping both sides of her naked buttocks so tightly.
No, no…I have to stop this. I want romance and love, not another hard fucking. She grabbed a handful of his hair and used all of her will power to pull his face away from her throbbing pussy. As he stared up at her, she lifted an eyebrow. “Who says I’ll have you again?”
He slid his palm along the inside of her leg. “The sweet cream flowing down your thigh tipped me off.” He pressed his lips against her meaty flesh, ignoring her feeble protests as he blazed a trail of gentle kisses and nibbles up to her slit before running his tongue along the seam. She whined, her knees trembling. “Are you sure you want me to stop?” He glanced up at her again, looking as if he already knew her answer.
Anger seared in her belly as she pushed him away. “Yes! I’m not a whore, Malcolm Patterson. You can’t come in here with your big, swinging dick and all…all that.” She waved her hands around toward him while stepping back as best she could with her pants around her ankles.
He jumped to his feet. “I never said you were a ho.” He placed his hands on her waist. “I like you, Suki, and it’s hard to be around you without touching you.”
She pushed him again. “How dare you? You and your shitty friend came in here, trying to harass me with your disgusting meat.”
“I apologized for that…”
“So what? You seduced me, fucked me like an animal and then ran off with your friend. Do you have any idea how horrible you made me feel?” She knelt, grabbing her pants and pulling them up as she stood.
Mal grimaced. “Aw, baby, no, don’t…” He huffed as she pulled the drawstring tight and tied it in a bow. “Damn.”
She placed her hands on her hips and glanced toward the door as if inviting him to leave. He glanced behind him as if noting what she wanted, but then choosing to ignore. He turned to face her, smirking as he unbuttoned his shirt.
“I said no!”
He shrugged. “Okay, so we won’t have sex. Are you going to make me sleep all alone too?”
Her jaw dropped and she threw her hands up in the air as she mumbled, “Is he kidding me?”
Sierra Brave is a multi-published author of heart-pounding, blush-inducing romance with put-you-in-the-moment love scenes. She enjoys writing about a variety of gorgeous alpha males who can’t resist head-strong heroines. BBW have a special place in her heart and often grace the pages of her books. Tales of shifters, cowboys, twisted fairy tales, space pirates, Amazon warriors, and vampires capture her imagination as do tempting spanking and ménage scenarios, but she also engages in more down-to-earth themes such as office romance. You’ll find lots of unique characters and humor in all of her stories.