The process of writing Native Tongue was really enjoyable for me. I hadn’t planned to write a follow up when I wrote Desert Heat but I had so many people asking me to that I caved. And I’m glad I did. It was great to revisit the characters and to tell some more of their story, as well as give them lots more hot sex scenes… yummy!
One of my favourite scenes is when Hugh and Rustam share a bed together in Hugh’s parents’ house. Rustam’s uncomfortable about it…
Half an hour later they were both slipping beneath the crisp, clean sheets of Wilkes’ old bed. He chuckled, and shuffled closer to Balkhi. “This feels quite odd to me.”
Balkhi tensed. “W—what do you mean? Do you want me to go?”
Putting a hand on Balkhi’s bicep, Wilkes said gently, “That’s not what I meant. Don’t you dare go anywhere. I just meant it’s unusual. The others—Lacey, Ben and Joe—all had boyfriends and girlfriends stay over here when we were younger. I was the only one who didn’t. So sharing this bed with you, under my parents’ roof, is a completely new experience. Even though it’s allowed, it feels forbidden.”
“We have had enough forbidden to last us a lifetime.”
“True.” He moved closer still, and pressed a kiss to the sensitive skin beneath Balkhi’s ear. “Doesn’t mean we can’t be a little bit naughty though, does it?”
Balkhi edged away, eyeing Wilkes suspiciously. “We can’t!” he whispered. “Not here. It would not be… right.”
I couldn’t resist winding poor Rustam up. He’s so forward-thinking, so modern and relaxed in other ways, but he couldn’t quite let go when it came to making love to Hugh in his old room.
“It’s not different at all, is it? We’re adults, it’s consented, we love each other. And, most importantly, we have their blessing.”
“To have sex?”
Wilkes chuckled. So much for not embarrassing Balkhi. “I wasn’t going to tell you this, but my mum said that she and Dad didn’t have a problem with us sharing a bed here, as long as we didn’t make too much noise.”
Balkhi covered his face with his hands.
I confess to giggling to myself as I was writing this. I had such a clear picture of the two of them in bed that the scene practically wrote itself. The more awkward Rustam felt about the whole situation, the more Hugh wanted to tease him. The two of them had had so many instances in the past where being caught together would have scary consequences, that giving them a forbidden factor which was embarrassing rather than dangerous was awesome. And it certainly got Hugh going!
My favourite snippet from the whole scene follows… this made me laugh out loud!
…a creak on the landing outside the door made Balkhi spring away from him like a scalded cat and sit bolt upright.
Turning his fearful gaze to the door, he whispered, “What was that?”
Unwilling to give up his chance at getting laid by allowing himself to laugh, Wilkes swallowed down his mirth and replied, “Someone walking past, that’s all. Probably Dad, checking all the windows are closed and locked, or something. Or possibly even Stanley, mooching about before he settles down for the night.”
They may be back on British soil, but the battle isn’t over.
When Captain Hugh Wilkes fell for his Afghan interpreter, Rustam Balkhi, he always knew things would never be easy. After months of complete secrecy, their return to England should have spelt an end to the sneaking around and the insane risks. But it seems there are many obstacles for them to overcome before they can truly be happy together. Can they get past those obstacles, or is this one battle too many for their fledgling relationship?
Author’s note: Although this story does work as a standalone tale, it’s recommended that you read the first instalment of the characters’ journey first—Desert Heat, which is available from all good retailers.
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Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes.
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