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In Deadly Obsession, the first book in my Deadly Vices series, the hero, Nic Lamoureux is a movie star pursued by a relentless stalker. About three-quarters into the story, Nic gives a series of interviews, off the page. I have the distinct pleasure today of sharing one of those interviews with you. I hope you'll find Nic as funny and romantic as I do.
Interview with Nic Lamoureux
This is Cassandra Kelley, reporter for Entertainment Buzz. I’m sitting here with Nic “The Lover” Lamoureux in an undisclosed location outside Montréal. We’ve got an exclusive interview with Nic and he’s got a real bombshell to drop. Is it about a new film? Is it about the stalker, or is it about his new girlfriend? Join us and find out!
1. CK: So after the smash success of Bad Days, what’s next on tap for Nic The Lover?
NL: After Bad Days, I wanted a change of pace, so I’ll be doing At Last, a romantic comedy, which starts filming soon. I’ll miss doing my own stunts, but I’ll certainly enjoy not having all the bruises.
2. CK: You’re known as Nic The Lover, the sexiest man in Hollywood, so At Last sounds right up your alley. Are you comfortable being a sex symbol?
NL: Nic The Lover is an image that has worked very well for me over the years. But that’s all it is. I don’t wake up in the morning and look at myself in the mirror and think: Wow! I’m awesome.
Seriously, it can get a little surreal sometimes. Everyone thinks they know me, but all they really know is the image. And the paparazzi are relentless. I hardly think it’s an event when I go to the restroom, yet they've followed me in there. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. There are a lot worse things to be known for. :)
3. CK: The “Luv me, Luv me” song seems to have become your unofficial theme. Has anything interesting happened to you as a result of that song?
NL: What is it with people and that song? More than once my fans have started stripping to it. I love their enthusiasm, but I’d appreciate not being treated to impromptu stripteases. There’s a time and a place for that. [He winks.]
Kristine: Readers, do you know this song? It's worth a listen :)
4. CK: You have millions of very zealous fans. One of the most infamous is NicsBitch, who appears to be stalking you. Would you care to comment about that? Is she, or he, stalking you?
NL: There have been some incidents, but it’s something I’d rather not discuss.
CK: Without giving any specifics, can you tell us how it’s made you feel to be stalked?
NL: Every aspect of my life is impacted. Nothing is private, nothing is sacred. I have to have a bodyguard twenty-four hours a day, and I hate it.
CK: Does this make you want to change the focus of your Hollywood image?
NL: I’ve been wanting to change my image for a while now, but my agent assured me it would affect my marketability. At this point, I don’t care about that anymore. I’m in a great relationship, and maybe it’s time for Nic The Lover to change his playboy ways.
5. CK: What do you think makes a woman sexy?
NL: Her humor, her confidence, and her intellect.
CK: Come on. Humor, confidence, intellect. That’s what turns Nic The Lover on? Be honest.
You’ve dated some of the hottest women in Hollywood. Those were the qualities that attracted you to them?
NL: [He flushes and looks away.] They were all attractive. But it wasn’t until I met Lauren that I learned what really matters. She’s more attractive to me than any Hollywood starlet past, present, or future.
6. CK: Tell us a little about Lauren James. Will she be the one to take Nic The Lover off Hollywood’s Most Eligible Bachelor’s list?
NL: Lauren is very special to me. I can’t imagine myself with anyone else. She’s given me back my life, my future.
CK: Do I hear wedding bells?
NL: [He grins.] Ding dong. She did say “yes.”
CK: Oh my God! You heard it here first, folks. Nic The Lover, Hollywood’s perennial playboy, is engaged!
NL: I prefer to say Nic Lamoureux is engaged, but yes. That’s the gist of it.
7. CK: So you’re going to be a stepfather. How do you feel about that?
NL: It’s a responsibility I don’t take lightly. His father died in service to his country, so I have a lot to live up to.
CK: Do you think you’re prepared?
NL: Well, I’ve watched every episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, which he loves, so we do have a common point of reference. But seriously, the idea both terrifies me and excites me. Jason is a great kid and I already love him like crazy.
NL: Lauren and I have talked about it a little. We both want children, but we disagree on how many. She seems to think that enough to field my own hockey team is a no-go.
9. CK: What’s been the most romantic moment in your relationship with Lauren so far?
NL: We’ve had a lot of romantic moments. A real turning point in our relationship was when I gave her a very special gift. And no, it wasn’t when I gave her the engagement ring.
CK: What was the gift? You can’t leave us hanging this way.
NL: Oh, yes I can. [He laughs.] Don’t you know the oldest secret of show biz? Always leave them wanting more!
CK: Nic The Lover, true to form. He’s one big tease. This is Cassandra Kelley for Entertainment Buzz. Thank you for joining us.
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Do you want to know what Nic’s special gift to Lauren was? Read the excerpt from Deadly Obsession below.
Lauren shimmied into her new gown and stepped into the matching heels. The style of the dress demanded an up-do. She pulled a few pins from her makeup kit and twisted her hair into a loose bun, leaving a few wispy curls on either side of her face. Looking into the mirror, she sighed. The material draped her body perfectly, making her feel almost beautiful. She’d been raised middle-class and had never lacked for anything, but this outfit was a step beyond, almost magical in the way it transformed her from Miss Nobody to Miss Nic The Lover’s Date.
Her hand rose to rest on her chest. Seeing the emptiness where the dog tags had lain for the last five years left an odd feeling in the pit of her stomach. Had she done the right thing? She’d broken her vow for Nic, a man who didn’t trust her fully. And if he didn’t trust her, could she trust him?
Hearing Nic enter the room, she turned away from the mirror. The sight of him stopped her mid-step. It was incredibly bad manners to stare, but she did it anyways. The impeccably tailored black tuxedo molded his chest and broad shoulders, while the white dress shirt contrasted beautifully with his dark hair and tanned complexion. A gray silk waistcoat and matching bow tie completed the outfit, adding a fashionable twist. This was definitely not her father’s tux. Closing her eyes, she pictured herself smoothing her hands over his chest, the feel of the expensive material, the hardness of his muscles….
“Lauren.” Nic cleared his throat. “Why’d you close your eyes? Do I look that bad?”
Her eyes popped open. Was he frickin’ kidding? His lopsided smile answered her question. But then she had a question of her own. Why imagine, when Nic was standing right in front of her? With a slow sway to her hips, she approached him and let her hands run wild.
His heart pounded rapidly and his chest muscles bunched beneath her palms. Relieved, she smiled. He might be upset with her for pushing him about Rachel, but at least he wasn’t turning away from her.
He gripped her wrists. “Uh-uh-uh.” Her heart plummeted. Maybe she’d been wrong after all. But then he grinned and his eyes held a promise. “There’ll be time for that later.”
Still grinning, he tugged on her wrist and positioned himself behind her in front of the mirror. “I have something for you. Close your eyes.” His words whispered against her skin, making her shiver. She squeezed her lids tight as he draped something warm around her neck. “You can look now.”
“And you look like one, chérie. But something’s missing.” His hands reached up and an earring appeared at each ear. He smiled. “Do you think these will match?”
Her eyes rounded until she feared they might actually pop out of her head. Then they welled up. “They’re perfect,” she whispered past the lump in her throat. Tears spilled over onto her cheeks as she put the earrings on. Thank God she’d bought waterproof make-up.
When she was done, he turned her around and kissed away the tears, and brushed his mouth across hers. “Not nearly as perfect as you are.” Taking advantage of her parted lips, he deepened the kiss. Her heart overflowing with emotion, she leaned into him and sighed. God, how she loved this man.
Deadly Obsession (Deadly Vices, Book 1)
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