by Marina Maddix
Ever had a friend who talked smack about your significant other? Yeah, join the club. The lead character in my new erotic romance novel Vegas Knights had to deal with it, too. It’s rude and frustrating and downright hurtful. But before you dump your bestie for telling you to ‘dump the chump’, try to figure out her motivation. It’s quite possible she’s got your back, not trying to stab you in it.
One obvious motivator is rivalry. Maybe she’s secretly crushing on your man and hopes you’ll give him the boot so she can be there to ‘comfort’ him. Every time you wax rhapsodic about him, she’s there to remind you how he forgot your last birthday or what a dead-end job he has or how much better for you her hunky cousin would be. Honestly, this is probably one of the least common possibilities, so don’t assume this straight off.
A more likely scenario is that your friend might be jealous. Not of you, but of your boyfriend. It’s so easy to go all-in at the beginning of a relationship. You want to spend every waking moment together, but that can lead to neglect of your friends; friends who were there for you through good times and bad. Your pal might simply have hurt feelings, and that’s nothing a good girls’ night out or two a month can’t fix.
If that’s not it, ask yourself if you’ve given her reason to believe you’re unhappy in your relationship. Do you call her at 3 a.m. every Friday night crying about what an awful boyfriend he is? Have you ever crashed at her place because a) you couldn’t stand to be under the same roof as him; b) he kicked you out; and/or c) you were afraid for your safety? Do you constantly complain about how selfish and inconsiderate he is? If so, cut your pal some slack; she’s just looking out for your well-being.
That’s not to say we shouldn’t use our friends as sounding boards every now and again. That’s what friendships are all about. Just do everyone a favor and be selective about when and how you bitch about your lover. We’ve all had the friend who only calls you when she needs to vent and never just to chat or invite you to a movie? Don’t be that friend!
Remember that all of our relationships — not just the romantic ones — need work and attention to blossom into their full potential. Cutting a friend out of your life because she doesn’t like your flavor-of-the-month will only hurt you both. Instead, give her a big hug and thank her for caring enough to worry about you, but you’d prefer if she didn’t talk about your SO that way. Then book a spa day for just the two of you!
What about you, dear readers? How have you handled a friend who bad-mouthed your significant other? Let us know in the comments!
Vegas Knights by Marina Maddix
Series: Knight Fall , Book #2
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Erotic Contemporary
Length: 179 pages
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After a passionate public encounter with a mysterious and very sexy biker, big girl Kelly Saunders finds herself on the ride of her life. Her ‘Knight on shining armor’ — Rick Knight, billionaire heir to a motorcycle legacy — whisks her away from her soul-sucking corporate job to Las Vegas, where she finds the road to love is treacherous.
As urgent business matters demand more and more of Rick’s attention, Kelly is left to wonder about the future of their relationship. A ruthless betrayal throws her life into turmoil, and a devastating discovery threatens to pull them apart. Is their love just so much Vegas glitter or is it strong enough to survive beyond the dazzling lights of Sin City?
They sat entwined under the stars, swaying slightly with the rhythm of their own bodies. Rick’s hands moved slowly from her hair down her back. Shivers of anticipation rippled through Kelly. They were going to make love under the stars. It had always been a fantasy of hers but she’d never imagined it would come true. But a lot of things she’d never imagined were happening lately.
Feeling the need to show him she wasn’t some precious flower that needed tending and special care, that she was an independent woman, Kelly took control. His eyes never left her body as she moved to stand over him, legs spread, hands on her hips.
“Strip.” The single word brought a knowing smirk to Rick’s face. Without a word, and still never taking his eyes from her, he eased his off his jacket, throwing it aside. His gaze was positively smoldering as he loosened his tie and started to pull it over his head.
“Leave it.” Kelly commanded on impulse. His hands paused, then dropped to the front of his charcoal Armani button-down, his eyes burning into her flesh like a brand. His fingers worked slowly, deliberately, intensifying her need for him. But she wouldn’t give him the satisfaction of seeing her impatience. Cocking her hip, she let him tease her with his leisurely pace.
When the shirt was lying atop the leather jacket, he looked up expectantly, awaiting her next instruction. When she nodded toward his pants, triumph flashed across his face. She realized her mistake as he moved to stand. Once on his feet, he would tower over her, emphasizing her vulnerability and his dominance.
“On second thought, scratch that.” One of his eyebrows shot up, and a look of exasperation took the place of triumph. She knew the score and she wasn’t going to give him an advantage if she could help it. He leaned back on his elbows — shirtless and irresistible — and studied her.
She couldn’t afford to make a misstep or show any hesitation. This had become less of a game for her and more of a demand for equality in this relationship. He may be rich, but that didn’t mean he was in control here. Either he accepted that they were in this together, as equal partners, or he would be taught that lesson. Of course, she suspected that would be a lesson he might enjoy learning.
Marina Maddix is a romantic at heart, but hates closing the bedroom door on her readers. Her stories are sweet, with just enough spice to make your mother blush. She lives with her husband and cat near the Pacific Ocean, and loves to hear from her fans. Connect with her by email, on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads or her website www.MarinaMaddix.com.
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Marina’s Blog Tour Stops:
3/5 Romance Addict (Getting Romantic in Las Vegas)
3/7 Readers Guide to Epublishing (The Whys & Hows of Reviewing Books)
3/8 Belle’s Book Bag (The Benefits of Pole Dancing)
3/8 I Love Lady Porn (Book Spotlight)
3/10 Under the Covers (Character Interview with Rick Knight)
3/12 The Jeep Diva (Author Interview)
3/13 Caribbean Accent (Author Interview)
3/15 It’s All About Romance (Book Spotlight)
3/16 A Little Fiction for Every Flavour (Book Spotlight)
3/17 Close Encounters of the Night Kind (The Condom Conundrum)
3/17 Musings from an Addicted Reader (Book Spotlight)
3/18 Babbling About Books (Are Alpha Males All That?)
3/19 Coffee Beans & Love Scenes (Book Spotlight)
3/20 Heart Breaking Reviews (Book Spotlight)
3/20 My Fiction Nook (Book Spotlight)
3/21 United by Books (Is It Real or Is It Fantasy?)
3/21 Romance Junkies (Speed Dating Interview)
3/22 Way Too Hot Books (Book Spotlight)
3/22 HEA Romance with a Little Kick (Trash Talking Friends)
3/23 Dr. Pepper Diva (Book Spotlight)
3/24 Hesperia Loves Books (Guest Post)
3/24 Wicked Readings by Tawania (Book Spotlight)
3/25 Books & Tales (Book Spotlight)
3/27 The Book Tart (Guest Post)
3/28 Cocktails & Books (Author Interview)
3/29 Day Dreaming Book Reviews (Author Interview)
3/31 Beach Bum Reads (Author Interview)
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