April Swings (Meghan’s Playhouse: Book Three)
Whiskey Creek Press Torrid: EBook
September, 2009 ISBN 978-1-60313-513-9
Novella, 27,000 words
Cover by Jinger Heaston
Booked as cruise ship entertainers, Meg and her latest squeeze Josh Hendricks spice up the Caribbean action with April and Derek Day.
Heat Rating Explicit sex: M/F, F/F; Ménage: M/F/F, M/F/M; Anal sex; sex toys
Getting Naughty Between the Stacks: This is another steamy tale of Meg rising to help a couple in need. … The plot moved along nicely as you wondered if these two would work it out or not, with a smattering of Meg and Josh’s relationship added. Add in the hot sex, mix well and you have a great book. ~ Nandi
April Day deeply loves her husband Derek, but something’s missing. To spice things up she books them on a Caribbean cruise for their seventh anniversary. She’s not sure what she’s looking for, but she knows she’s found it as soon as she spots the delectable sprite of an actress who stars in the ship’s daily shows.
Meghan Keenan’s having a blast with her latest squeeze, Josh Hendricks, who writes and directs the shipboard main shows. Should she turn down April’s request to heat up her marriage? And if she accepts, where will Josh fit in?
Derek is stunned by his wife’s brash pursuit of the hot young actress. Must he match her boldness to keep her from leaving him?
“I don’t usually get involved with married couples—unless I got them together in the first place.” Meg watched April’s smile broaden as she took in the implications of the second half of her statement.
“I knew I was right about you,” April said. “Derek thought I was crazy.”
“I like women and guys, if that’s what you mean. But as I said, I don’t usually get involved with married couples. So what are you looking for, a little diversion?”
April winced. “More than that. Not a long term relationship—I have that with Derek.” Her fingers curled around a napkin, showing the first sign of tension. “We’ve lost the sexual spark that used to be so important to both of us.”
“Ah. That explains a lot.” Meg glanced toward the exit. “So you’re much more interested in rediscovering this spark than your husband is?”
April shrugged. “I don’t think he knows how to go about finding it. He refuses everything I come up with.”
“But you convinced him to come on this cruise.”
April nodded. “It wasn’t an easy sell. I guess he finally bought the idea that it would be easier to have an adventure on board a ship than in Chicago. Less dangerous in the long run.”
“Possibly. So why did you pick me out of all the women who are looking for action, much like you? This is my third cruise. You and your husband aren’t as unusual as you might think.”
“You’ve helped others on cruises?”
“I didn’t say that.” Meg arched an eyebrow. “I’ve had my hands rather full with Josh. But I must admit you’re the first person to approach me so directly. You’re not into a lot of games. I like that.”
“And you do enjoy sex.”
“Of course I do.”
“Are you planning on marrying Josh?”
“Heavens no!” Meg frowned and leaned away from her. “Neither one of us has time for marriage. We don’t even live together, other than when we’re working cruises. This works for us. We’re both heavily involved in the New York theater world. Someday I imagine we’ll each get around to marrying, but that doesn’t mean we’d want to marry each other. We’re comfortable with what we have.”
“So Josh won’t be a problem if you choose to get involved with me and Derek?”
Meg shook her head and grinned. “He won’t be a problem. He might want to watch or even join us. Josh is always looking for material for the next play. He’s never turned down any other woman I’ve brought to him.”