Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes where I am happy to introduce you to a new author and a new recipe! Two of my favorite things! Today I am bringing you author, Jenna Jaxon, and her recipe for Seafood Scampi along with an introduction to her romantic comedy, Almost Perfect. Please join me in welcoming Jenna and savor her recipe for Seafood Scampi as you read about her new book!
In Almost Perfect, Pam and Roger share a romantic dinner for two that consisted of a smorgasbord of seafood dishes. This recipe for Seafood Scampi is one of my favorites, and one that Pam and Roger quite enjoyed.
1 lb fresh, uncooked shrimp
1 stick butter
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 onion, finely minced
Melt butter in large skillet. Sautee garlic and onion until soft. Add shrimp and scallops and sautee for approximately 5 minutes or until shrimp are pink and scallops are firm.
Serve over rice or noodles.
Crabmeat and/or clams may be added to the recipe. The more seafood the merrier.
Almost Perfect is an erotic romantic comedy, a triad of stories surrounding the hero, Roger Ware, and the heroine, Pam Kimball, as they navigate the turbulent waters of romance and first love.
An Almost Perfect Meeting
Does the right place and the wrong time equal the almost perfect couple?
Blurb for An Almost Perfect Meeting
When Pam Kimball’s plans to play Janet at a Rocky Horror Picture Show get derailed, she’s determined to go on with the show. She commandeers the first guy she sees—a tall, sexy, geeky stranger—to be her Brad. The guy knows nothing about the show, but plays along, stunning her with a kiss in the middle of the performance. Pam feels his interest while they dance and decides to make a bold next move.
Roger Ware’s come for a midnight showing of a classic movie, only to find a cult classic playing instead. To make it worse, he’s dragged onto the stage by a forceful brunette who won’t take “no” for an answer. Not that Roger wants to say no after one impulsive kiss gets him fired up for more. When Pam invites herself over after the show, her seduction is clear, but will it continue once Roger reveals one embarrassing secret?
New Excerpt for An Almost Perfect Meeting
Excerpt from An Almost Perfect Meeting:
“We can do the Time Warp, like Dylan suggested.” Pam grinned at him, making her look like a cross between a sweet but sexy co-ed and a diabolical imp.
A cold shiver chased down his spine. “Is that the dance they were practicing when I came in?”
“I don’t know it.” And considering what he’d seen earlier, he didn’t want to. It didn’t look like something you did in public. Although in private…
“I’ll show you. It’s really easy. Just follow the directions in the song. And stay close to me. In fact,” she grabbed his hands, “keep your hands on me once we go out so you won’t get lost. Here we go. Oh, wait. Costume change.”
Pam unbuttoned her coat, and Roger’s jaw dropped. She tossed it to the side, leaving her in nothing but a bra and some kind of sheer, short skirt. His mouth dried, and his cock tented his pants. The bra might not have come from Victoria’s Secret, but he could still tell she had great breasts, with creamy skin and a ton of cleavage. He ached to touch them—all over. He’d have to take a cold shower when he got home, though it probably wouldn’t help.
He’d been aroused by women before, obviously, but something about Pam seemed to turn his libido on high and keep it there. Not a good thing with a crowd watching. “What did you do that for? The other Janet’s still got her clothes on.”
“Are you complaining?” Her voice had gotten soft and sultry.
Roger gulped and shook his head.
She clamped her hands onto his, making sure he followed, and they strutted into the audience as the music changed to a pounding, sexual beat.
The whole theatre jumped to their feet, pouring out into the aisles. The world had gone mad. How the hell did he get out of here? Before he could contemplate an escape route through all the squirming bodies, Pam gripped his hands, anchoring them to her hips.
“Here we go. ‘It’s just a jump to the left.’” She sang as they jumped to the left then stuck their right foot out to the side three times. Pam squeezed his hands on her hips and everybody pulled their knees together. Damned uncomfortable with a boner in his pants. It hadn’t gone away at all.
“You do the pelvic thrust…”
Pam shoved her butt back into his crotch then thrust her pelvis forward. Back and forth, just like they were fucking for real.
“Oh God.” Touching the soft, bare skin of her waist as her nearly naked derriere brushed his cock again and again kept him focused solely on what they were almost doing. Roger groaned. If this song didn’t end soon, he was going to have a very embarrassing stain on the front of his pants.
“Let’s do the Time Warp again.” There was a sudden discordant sound, like a record slowing down, and all the participants fell to the floor. Pam lay sprawled between his legs.
“Oooh! Is that a squirt gun in your pants or are you happy to see me?” She giggled and twisted around to face him, rubbing her butt directly against the crotch of his jeans.
An Almost Perfect Christmas
Is love enough to make their Christmas perfect?
Blurb for An Almost Perfect Christmas
As Pam Kimball and her computer geek boyfriend, Roger Ware, prepare to celebrate their first Christmas together, Pam is having doubts about their relationship. Roger can barely stop working at his new software business long enough to join her under the tree. And when he does, her present to him backfires, bringing their lovemaking plans to a crashing halt. So when Roger announces his plans to leave after Christmas to visit his family have changed and he won’t be back for New Year’s Eve, Pam fears the worst. Does the man she loves really care for her, or might a break-up be her present this Christmas Eve? Will there be enough magic in the air to turn this disastrous Christmas into a perfect one?
Excerpt from An Almost Perfect Christmas
Pam Kimball sat in front of their small but full Christmas tree, mashing down the tape on the festive green and red holly wrapping paper, finishing the final present, thank God. She grabbed the last bow, bright blue that didn’t go with the paper, but the only one left in the bag. The thought counted, not the wrapping, right? She placed the gift under the tree on top of the small mountain of presents she had gotten her boyfriend.
“Come on, Roger. Christmas Eve is almost over and we haven’t opened our gifts yet.” She checked the clock on the wall beside the front door. Eleven thirty-five. Still enough time. She leaned forward and dug through the pile, searching for the right box.
“Be there in a second, babe.” The hushed, absent-minded tone carried from the dining room where her boyfriend sat at his computer, eyes glued to the screen as they had been all night.
“That’s what you said an hour ago,” she mumbled, then seized the big square package she had been looking for and carefully pulled it from the bottom of the heap. “Now, Roger Ware. Or you’re going to be sorry!” She added a playful lilt to the last word. This was their first Christmas as a couple and she was determined it would be perfect.
She had helped decorate his small apartment by putting up the tree, draping woodland garland around the living room, lighting a scented candle with a balsam fragrance, and even putting electric candles in the two windows. Now the room glowed with a romantic aura, lit by the candles and the twinkling white lights of the Christmas tree. The local cable company had even cooperated by playing White Christmas starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. Her absolute favorite Christmas movie. She breathed deeply, waiting for magic to happen.
“I’m here. I’m here. Where’s the fire?” Roger plopped his tall frame down next to her. Dressed in an old dark blue flannel shirt and jeans he looked good enough to eat.
“Right here.” She grabbed his face, pulling his lips onto hers. Tingles shot down her arms—always did every time he kissed her. He settled his arms around her and drew her closer. His tongue thrust into her mouth, probing her with bold sweeps. Pam moaned and clutched him, pressing against his chest until he toppled backward onto the carpet with her on top.
He disengaged their mouths long enough to say, “We should have started this in the bedroom.”
“Oh, we’re heading there.” In the two months that they’d been dating, most of their evenings had ended with them making love. One of her favorite things to do was to get him all hot and bothered. Like now. She ground her hips against his and was rewarded with a groan from above and hardness from below. “But you need to open a present first.”
“But it’s not Christmas yet.” He ran his hands down her sides, under her jeans to cup her butt. “Can I open this one?”
An Almost Perfect Night
Can their love turn “almost perfect” into one perfect night?
Blurb for An Almost Perfect Night
Pamela Kimball’s birthday present, a One Perfect Night adventure, promises to jump-start her life, put a new man in her bed, and help her forget her past. Unfortunately, movie-buff Pam’s Pirates of the Caribbean fantasy takes an alarming wrong turn when she’s abandoned on a not quite deserted island—with ex-husband Roger Ware.
Forced by hunger to accept Roger’s offer of dinner, Pam realizes the geek she used to be married to has transformed into one of the most charming, sexiest men she’s ever met. His newfound confidence—and hot body—re-kindles old fires. A simple kiss leads Roger to challenge her to discover how much his lovemaking skills have improved, leaving Pam torn between self-preservation and burning desire.
With time running out before they’re rescued, Pam must decide if her heart can survive the consequences of becoming Roger’s “almost” perfect night.
Excerpt for An Almost Perfect Night
“Suddenly lost all your strength, have you, hon?” His eyes took on a hunger she remembered. “It’s not as if I’ve never seen your breasts before.”
“Then you don’t need to see them again, do you?” Heat rose in her cheeks. “Come on, open it. You said it was a peace offering.”
“And these are part of the peace negotiations.” He stood, arms crossed over his muscled chest, better looking than she remembered. Not fair.
“I’m bored. My date still hasn’t turned up, so I thought I’d come harass you a while. I’ll tell you what.” He reached for the Perrier and unscrewed the cap, but didn’t offer it to her. “You show me yours, I’ll show you mine.”
“And why would I want to see yours again?” Her eyes remained on the bottle resting at his hips and watched the carbonated bubbles rising to the top.
“For old time’s sake?” His eyes flashed with mischief as he tipped the sparkling water up and started to drink. She stared, her parched lips opened in outrage. Glug, glug. He made that sound on purpose. Was he going to drink the whole damned thing? After swallowing at least a third of the contents, he came up for air. “Ah! Hits the spot every time.” He grinned. “Still can’t take a joke? Too bad. Here.” He thrust it toward her.
Grabbing with both hands, she shoved the end into her mouth so quick the glass clicked against her teeth. Greedily she sucked in and almost choked. The exquisite light lime-flavored water rushed into her body to hydrate the parched cells. Three more guzzles and she breathed deeply, satisfied for the moment.
She pulled the lip away and wiped her hand across her chin where she had dribbled some. Holding it out to him, she noticed his slack-jawed attention riveted straight on her chest. Which meant….
“You still look fine, Pam. Mighty fine.” Her ex-husband licked his lips, his grin reaching almost ear to ear. If there weren’t still some water left in the bottle, she’d brain him with it.
He reached down and slipped off his sandals, then untied his drawstring, all the while gawking at her breasts. With one swift movement, he shucked his pants to reveal a hard, tanned body, complete with a serious erection.
She hadn’t seen that coming. Her mouth dropped open as the Perrier hit the sand. She stared at his fully aroused cock, a shiver of pure desire sparking through her before she dragged her gaze back up to his face.
A low chuckle rumbled deep in his chest. “A promise is a promise. You showed me yours.” He threw her one more impish grin before taking off for the water. “You coming?”
She stared as he splashed in and dove under. His pale, rounded butt flashed her before sliding under the waves. Her heart pounded and blood sang through her veins as it had not done in years. A deep ache bloomed between her thighs, pitifully familiar; it too had lain dormant until now. The problem was it had been so long since she’d had sex. She’d be twice as horny if that were her pirate out there. At least she fought to believe it.
Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical and contemporary romance. She has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager. A romantic herself, she has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise. She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets. When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director. She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage.
Jenna is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America as well as President of Chesapeake Romance Writers, her local chapter of RWA. Her debut novel, Only Scandal Will Do, is the first in her House of Pleasure series, set in Georgian London. Only Marriage Will Do, the second book in the series, is set to release in June 2015 from Kensington. Her medieval serial novel, Time Enough to Love: Betrothal, Betrayal, and Beleaguered, is a Romeo & Juliet-esque tale, set at the time of the Black Death.
Her next release, Almost Perfect, is an erotic romantic comedy that includes a novella and two short stories that chronicle the romance and exploits of Pam Kimball and Roger Ware.
Jenna has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts she just can’t stop.
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