By day, he’ll show her a side of Paris not found in any guidebook. By night, he’ll introduce her to a passion beyond her wildest dreams.
In this sensuous story of indulgence and desire, Jeanette Grey delivers one of the most romantic reads of the year and proves why she is fast becoming a must-read star.
Jeanette shares her Top Five Travel Romances
I have always been partial to romances about heading off to distant, foreign lands and finding love among strangers. My latest novel, Seven Nights To Surrender, is the story of an aspiring artist who goes to Paris looking for inspiration. What she ends up finding is a blue-eyed, tousled-haired fellow American who offers to show her around town. The man is full of secrets, but she can’t resist his silken voice and expert touch. She’s been burned by the men in her life before, but what harm could a vacation fling really do?
To celebrate the release, I’m counting down some of my favorite travel romances from the silver screen movies. They’ve provided some serious inspiration over the years. If you have any more to share, I’d love to hear about them in the comments.
Before Sunrise – When I first saw this classic gem, I was way too young to really get the movie. It was a lot of talking and walking. And yet I was captivated by it anyway. The idea of rambling around a beautiful European city and finding a real connection with a stranger over the course of a single evening entranced me, and has probably fueled my wanderlust ever since.
Lost In Translation – The heart of this movie is a bond between two unlikely strangers who have very little in common besides feeling out of place and alone in a foreign country. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson turn in beautiful performances, but the real stars of the film are the cherry blossoms and nightlife of Tokyo.
Love Actually – This is an ensemble movie with lots of memorable strands. But did anyone not fall in love with Colin Firth’s Jaimie and Aurelia? Neither speaks the other’s language, but it doesn’t matter. Their connection doesn’t need words to bloom.
While You Were Sleeping – Okay, bear with me on this one. No one actually goes anywhere in this movie. But the moment when Bill Pullman’s Jack really starts to look at Sandra Bullock’s Lucy with stars in his eyes is when she tells him about her stampless passport and her dreams of someday seeing the world. Chicago is a character in this movie, and Lucy’s choice to remain stuck there while her life passes her by is so key. Her voiceover at the end of the movie telling the audience that Jack gave her her first stamp in her passport will never fail to make me a little misty-eyed.
Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants – This teen chick flick is a secret favorite of mine. There’s not a wrong note in it, with five best friends heading off on different adventures and exploring all different kinds of love and relationships. I adore all of them, but the one that truly gave me the shivers was the story of quiet Lena going off to Greece and falling for gorgeous Kostas. She blossoms so beautifully over the course of this summer romance, and watching her dive into deep waters while sweeping music plays is one of my favorite scenes.
Enjoy an Excerpt from Seven Nights to Surrender:
Kate stayed firmly planted in her seat as he offered to help her up. Trying her best to appear unaffected, she arched one eyebrow. “Does this usually work for you?”
The guy didn’t pull his hand back or in any other way appear to alter his strategy, and Kate had to give him points for that. “Yes, actually.”
The sad truth was, his offer was beyond tempting. The attention was nice, especially after her self-esteem had been beaten down the way it had in the past year. Hell, in the past twenty-two. It wouldn’t hurt to have someone who spoke fluent French showing her around, either. That he was as attractive as he was just made the deal sweeter.
“Not working so well on you, then?” he asked as she considered him.
“Not so far.”
His smile only widened. “Good. I like a girl who’s hard to crack.” Standing up straighter, he held his palms out at his sides. “Come on, what have you got to lose?”
“I’d say my wallet, but that’s already gone.”
“See? Low stakes. Listen, you don’t trust me.” That was an understatement. Was there a man left on Earth that she did? “I don’t blame you. Devilishly handsome man wanders into a café and buys you a drink without asking? Offers to show you around town? Very suspicious.”
“So let’s make this safe. You said you wanted to see the Louvre? Let’s go to the Louvre. I’ll show you all my favorites, and then if I haven’t murdered you by supper time, you let me take you someplace special. Someplace no guide book in the world would ever recommend.”
She was really running out of reasons to say no. It was a good plan, this one. They’d be in a public place. She’d have time to feel him out a little more. And if he wasn’t too much of a psycho, well, everyone had to eat, didn’t they?
Still, she kept up her air of skepticism. She rather liked all his efforts to convince her. “I don’t even know your name.”
The way his dimples shone when he lifted up one corner of his mouth was completely unfair. Extending his hand again, he offered, “Rylan. Pleased to make your acquaintance.”
Rylan. That was unusual. She liked it.
“Kate,” she volunteered in return, and with no more real excuse not to, she accepted the handshake, slipping her palm into his. Warm fingers curled around hers, his thumb stroking the side of her hand, and oh. The rake. He bent forward as he tugged on her hand, twisting ever so slightly so he could press his lips to the back of her palm.
“I’ll bet you are.” But her pulse was racing faster, and the kiss felt like it seared all the way to her spine.
This man was dangerous.
He straightened up but he didn’t let go. Sweeping his other arm toward the door, he asked, “So?”
She hummed to herself as she gazed up at him, as if there was any question of what she was going to do. His blue eyes sparkled, like he already knew her answer, too.
“Well.” She rose from her seat, feeling taller than usual. More powerful. Maybe it was all the flattery of a guy like this hitting on her. Maybe it was the headiness of making this kind of a decision. Either way, it made her straighten her shoulders and insert a little sway into the movement of her hips.
“Lead on,” she said.
He didn’t let go of her hand. “That’s what I was hoping you’d say.” With a squeeze of her fingers, he took a step toward the door. “Let’s go look at some art.”
External pressures aside, she had come to Paris to be inspired by beauty. She could find it on the walls of a famous museum. And she could find it in the lines of this man’s shoulders and throat. The latter might not have been what she’d had in mind when she’d set out, but what was a little bit of a diversion?
You couldn’t find yourself without taking a couple of side trips, after all.
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Kate arrives in Paris hoping to find inspiration. Instead she finds Rylan. In a swirl of stolen kisses and hot, tangled sheets, Kate is quickly swept away by the sexy stranger, longing to surrender to his expert touch. With Rylan, nothing is forbidden-except the truth.
An American ex-pat worth millions, Rylan never flaunts his fortune. Rather, he guards his identity from everyone, especially women. No strings, no commitments, no complications. But the second his lips taste Kate’s soft, sweet skin, everything changes. For the first time, Rylan has found someone to share his every want and need. Yet he knows that secrets stand between them. To keep her, he’ll need to confess the truth before it’s too late . . . even if doing so could mean losing Kate forever.
Meet the Author:
Jeanette Grey started out with degrees in physics and painting, which she dutifully applied to stunted careers in teaching, technical support, and advertising. When she isn’t writing, Jeanette enjoys making pottery, playing board games, and spending time with her husband and her pet frog. She lives, loves, and writes in upstate New York.