It seems ages ago now that I submitted a follow-up story to Come Underground, the little voyeuristic/exhibitionist tale I told, set in a muggy, intimate carriage on the London Underground. (This story can be found in either of the two anthologies below.) The heroine, Tara, had a very fine time that warm summer’s evening in the depths of subterranean London. And there she met The Suit.
Out of all the men that night, he was the one she remembers: aloof, enigmatic, distinguished and stunning. And he left his number. On a corner of his discarded Financial Times was a clear indication to get back in touch, despite the original intention never to see any of the men again.
Throughout Come Underground, Tara never finds out the names of the men. She refers to them simply by their distinguishing characteristics: Painter Man, Violin Pirate, Hip Hop, T-Shirt Hottie … The Suit.
This continues in the first part of the trilogy, Suited to You. In Spontaneous we meet Tara again as she ponders whether or not to get back in touch with the mysterious stranger. Of course she does! Was there ever any doubt? And he leads her into sexual experiences, spontaneous and thrilling, which she takes advantage of voraciously. But he still doesn’t tell her his name. It isn’t advisable to fall for someone whose name you don’t know, but, as Tara discovers, it may not be avoidable.
Tara is a woman we can relate to – determined, passionate, keen for experience and pleasure yet in control of her emotions. But with The Suit she meets someone who takes hold of that and runs with it, making her live her life ever more vividly. It’s that aspect of The Suit which makes him so attractive – having someone who seems to understand you better than you know yourself; forcing you to face your desires head-on: disturbing yet entrancing. Plus, he’s got really nice shoes. 😉
Spontaneous – Suited to You, Book One is out on October 31st from Xcite Books.