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I’d like to introduce to you one of my fave characters! Okay, I love all of them but this one holds a small place in my heart. Why you ask? Well because he’s a lot like me, snarky, vulgar, and he likes sex.
Yeah but that’s not all, he’s just a great guy, fun to be around and as evidenced in the book, he’s quite the talker.
Ladies and gents, I bring to you Elayne Roux, talking about candy!
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I Want Candy…
Greetings folks and thanks to BL for having me here today. I’d like to talk about something other than sex today… *snort* no really, I’d like to talk about something just about everyone loves; candy.
Yes Candy… it’s almost and I do mean almost as enjoyable as sex. It’s messy and leaves you satisfied. *laughs*
What are some of your favorite kinds of Candy? I know I love some chocolate. Oh do I love chocolate! And the darker the better by the way just like my men. *winks*
Don’t say it too loud since I work for the competitor but I’m a sucker for M&M’s. Why you ask? They’re small, colorful and yes they really do melt in your mouth. Hmm…
What about Hershey’s? Oh Hershey’s bars especially with almonds kick so much ass! The branding on it makes it special too. When I eat it, I almost feel bad about eating the logo but ah well, it’s fun to look at beforehand.
Chocolate is my fave but I do like other kinds that aren’t of the cocoa variety.
Mints… hmm, I love mints. Oh and jellybeans. Not just for Easter either. My dad used to bring jellybeans home when he first took over the Diamond Candy Corporation. It’s a miracle I don’t have any cavities. Candy corn? Gummy bears or worms, the fruit slices, Skittles or Starburst! Did I mention I love things with a lot of flavor? So many choices and yet I don’t have the time to tell you about them all but hey, candy is still a delightfully tasty topic and well since I own a candy company, nothing better to talk about.
So let me ask, what are your fave types of candy? Leave me a comment and I believe BL is doing some kind of giveaway to sweeten the pot!
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GIVEAWAY: A 5 GC, winner’s choice and a copy from BL’s backlist!
Elayne Roux is the new owner of the world famous Diamond Candies chocolate factory on the South Side of Chicago. His father, Demi Roux just lost his battle with cancer and has left it in his care despite Demi’s brother’s advice to leave it to him. Elayne has no interest in the company but to fulfill his father’s last wish, he takes on the day to day of it anyway.
He’s a spoiled brat, a young man that’s lived off his father’s money, and never worked a day in his life and now Elayne’s responsibility is this huge company that he could care less about till he meets one of the more attractive employees, Ty Washington.
Ty is a born and raised Southsider who’s working there to put him through college. Recently, his father threw him out because he confessed he might be gay. This hardens him a bit and he makes the choice not to pursue any gay relationships in hopes he’ll eventually grow out of it and begin to date women. However, when he and Elayne talk, his heart soars and as badly as he tries to fight it, the two connect and eventually they decide to give their relationship a try.
Slowly, he slid his feet from under the cover, attempting to put them into the slippers that sat at the side of the bed. “Coffee, I need coffee!” Tossing the eye covering, he raked his locks with his hand. “Damn, hair a bit long much?”
The moment he did manage to get his toes into those warm shoes, the door opened and Lucas came strolling in with a big mug and a tray of what looked to be food.
Alain smiled and raised an eyebrow. “Now this might be a good reason to wake up early.” Damn, stop flirting! He knew it was wrong to be making suggestive comments to his deceased father’s lover, but he couldn’t help himself. The man was just too delicious to ignore.
Lucas rolled his eyes. “Cut that out! Sit up and eat this small breakfast that Marisol made for you and get ready to go. I told the staff we’d be there between seven and seven thirty.” Lucas made a production of checking his Rolex.
Still not wanting to move, Alain ate a piece of toast and sighed. “Ack! I hate getting up at this hour!”
“Well, too bad. You need to be at your best Alain, if you wanna beat your uncle.” Lucas sat on the end of the bed and stared at him some more, then he grinned. “God, you look more like Demi every day!”
Alain nodded. His smug grin replaced the grimace. He took a sip of the coffee, then slid closer to Lucas and peered into his grey eyes. “Do you wanna find out how much I’m just like Dad?” Alain couldn’t help but flirt with Lucas. The attorney was hot, hands down one of the hottest men he’d ever come in contact with. Plus, he knew it riled Lucas up.
“Hey, no; you stop that! I told you, never in a million years! Now eat your breakfast!”
Alain glanced at the ceiling and went back to eating. “Sorry Lucas, you’re just so handsome, ya know? I’ve gotta get me a man and quick! I’ve been way too lonely!”
Lucas cocked an eyebrow and drew up his lips. “Obviously!” He got up from the bed and looked at his timepiece once more. “Just hurry up and meet me downstairs. Don’t make me come back up here after you, ya hear?”
“Yes sir!” Alain saluted. He allowed his eyes to follow the hot counselor as he left his bedroom. “Dayum, baby. Dad? Why’d our lawyer have to be so hot? You cursed me!”
After eating his breakfast, Alain got dressed and finally Lucas got him out the door and on the way to the Diamond Candies building. As soon as he arrived many of the employees stood, as if they were in the military, saluting and greeting him as he walked the floors.
“Morning!” When he went to the management floor; a crowd of workers stood along the narrow halls, stepping outside their offices to say hi to their new boss. Alain nodded and spoke to each one, tightly gripping his cup of coffee.
Behind him was Lucas, doing the same while holding a stack of files – one for each of the employees. Alain had asked for them so he’d know all by name and a little about each of the top workers.
He sipped from his tall mocha latte and removed his glasses from the bridge of his nose. Now I’m awake. He used to only wake up this early when Demi wanted to take him out golfing or if they were on holiday, otherwise he never even opened his eyes before ten. Alain would have to get used to these early starts.
Once they’d made their way to the large office at the end of the hall, Lucas opened the door and Alain stepped in. “Wow! A lot’s changed a lot since I was last here.”
“Demi didn’t tell you he redecorated? After he found out about his uh, illness, he had it totally rehabbed to something he thought you might like more. He wanted to make sure you’d be totally comfortable.”
Dear old Dad!
That last statement brought a small tear in his eye as he glanced at the large space that was now his working area. The picture windows gave a great view of the outside. White walls, mostly bare; one modern abstract painting hug above the mantel of the fireplace. On the other side, a file cabinet with a stereo system on top, and in the middle, the long desk made from fine wood with rounded corners on which sat only a vase full of white roses and a pen set with a nameplate that read Alain Roux, President.
“Ah Lucas, are those from you?”
He blushed, “Yes, I thought you’d like them on your first day. It’ll motivate you to see the title even though it isn’t official. Go on – go sit at the desk and try it on for size.”
Alain returned the smile and did as Lucas suggested. Taking a seat in the leather chair, he breathed a sigh of relief when his buttocks sank into the cushion. “Oh… this chair is fabulous.”
“Gives good massages too,” Lucas added and pulled up another chair from the corner of the room.
Alain cocked an eyebrow. “Does it give hand jobs? I might need that after a frustrating day at the office.”
“Alain, will you stop?” He laughed. “Is that all you think about?”
“Yep. You know that old song by Korn, A.D.I.D.A.S? Shit, that’s what makes the world go ’round, Lucas.”
“Not the business world Alain. Here it’s all about the cash and the power.”
“You couldn’t be more right my dear Lucas!”
Alain’s smile turned immediately upside down. That wretched voice! Jakob had come to pay him a visit on his first day.
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Thanks Elayne for that sweet post! Please make sure you follow the other fabulous hoppers that are participating this weekend!