Guest Post: The Evolution of a Character by Lily Harlem
Inspiration for characters comes to me from a variety of different places. For example in Dark Warrior (an MM novel set in Kenya) I’d seen a gorgeous picture of a man from behind who grew in my imagination to become Malik, a strong tribal man who is full of passion, very brave and modern thinking. (Click here to see the photo.) In Who Dares Wins I’d been watching a series (Strike Back) full of sexy military men and that sparked off an MMM scene with characters who were secretive, brooding and liked to work had and play hard. My serial Caught on Camera (part one is FREE) came about because I’d seen a documentary about making an MM porn movie and the two actors had fallen in love while shooting. Those two men and their sweet romance stayed with me and soon I was penning my own story about porn actors falling in lust and love.
My latest release is Heat of the Day an MMF story set in beautiful Spain. It was a picture of beautiful Brock O’Hurn that sparked this story. (Click here to see the photo.) I’m very lucky and have a fabulous street team and I put the picture up so we could all have a happy drool first thing in the morning. Comments about him were very enthusiastic so I decided to write a story about a sexy guy with a man bun – one of the things Brock is famous for. I asked for ideas for names. I had many suggestions but one member of the team came up with Seraphim (Sera for short) he said it meant Angel. Another street team member suggested the character could be Portuguese. I loved both ideas, the name was so different and I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Portugal several times so felt I could work with this nationality for a character.
Sera grew into a big personality in my mind and as such became that way on paper. He’s a free spirit, loves the person not the gender – hence his threesome relationship with a man and a woman in Heat of the Day – and tries hard to do the right thing by everyone.
There’s lots of sexy times in Heat of the Day, with MM, MF and MFM scenes it ticks all the boxes. But what I enjoyed is the dynamics of the threesome, how they care for each other and how there is no jealousy and how devastated they are when torn apart. Of course making up is always fun and that’s when the temperature really heats up.
I hope you’ll check out Heat of the Day and my other MM works. Thank you for reading.
Heat of the Day
When three become two with no explanation, emotions run high, passions flare and hearts are ripped apart.
Everyone can remember a perfect summer—one with endless blue skies, a heart brimming with true love and nights full of hot, sweaty lust. Well, we’ve just had a summer like that, Piper and I, and it was spent in Spain with a man who had that certain je ne sais quoi that we couldn’t resist.
Seraphim came into our lives and blinded us with his beauty, his charisma and his exotic charm. His generosity with his mind, his affection and his body blew us away and the three of us became a joyously tangled trio who needed nothing more than to be together.
So when he left, when we had no way of tracing him, the despair was black, the pain raw and our only comfort was each other. But why did Sera leave? What would make a man walk away from his lovers? And if he showed up again on the doorstep, what the hell would happen after so much angst? One thing’s for sure, it would be an explosive reunion in many ways. Absence might make the heart grow fonder, but it can make the rest of the body highly volatile as need wars with hurt, and pain collides with desire.
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“On the way to Lisbon. It was late, I took a shortcut back to my parent’s home. I was tired. It was a mistake to go through submundo do crime.” He paused as the fear of that moment flooded back to him. “They kicked and slashed me, three of them, then took my phone, my money… That’s why I couldn’t call you and then—”
His words were cut short by Flynn’s mouth hitting down on his, hard.
Thoughts of the dark and the evil men, and the pain, vanished. Sera groaned and arched his back, bashing his chest into Flynn’s. He was trapped, held hostage by a furious lover, but he was being kissed, kissed senseless. Kissed in a way that made him starving for more and in a way that told him perhaps he’d be forgiven.
He pushed his tongue at Flynn’s in a crazy dance of need and struggled to catch his breath.
“I’m so fucking angry with you,” Flynn said, breaking the kiss and staring down at him.
“But you’re okay.” Flynn slid his eyes to the scar again.
“Yes, that was the worst they did.” He hesitated. “I’m sorry, really I am.”
“Sorry…isn’t enough… Not for what you’ve done to her.” Flynn’s voice was broken by his panting. “She’s been so sad.”
“Of course Piper. You broke her heart.”
That knowledge thrilled Sera but he needed more. “And you?” He pulled at his arms but Flynn didn’t release them, he kept him in a pincer grip. “What about you? Have you been heartbroken?”
Flynn let out a low, rumbling sound that reminded Sera of a growl. He then swooped down for another kiss, one that was full of passion and fury. It had a dangerous edge to it that thrilled Sera, yet also made him wonder just what Flynn had in mind.
It was clear emotions had been running high while he’d been out of town. That calm domesticated scene he’d witnessed minutes before was the tip of an iceberg.
A long, thick wedge of flesh bumped up against Sera’s abdomen—Flynn’s cock, straining through his shorts.
God, he loved that cock. He wanted that cock. No, damn it, he needed that cock. It had been too long since he’d been up close and personal with it.
“I should kick your ass to kingdom come,” Flynn said, kissing Sera’s cheek then treating his earlobe to a sharp nip.
Sera flinched and bucked, wriggled away as far as he could. “Yes, you have every right to—
“I should blacken both your eyes, knock some of your fucking teeth out too.” Flynn stared down at him. A glisten of sweat sat on his brow.
“If it makes you feel better.” He’d do whatever it took to make it up to Flynn and Piper. “Do what you need to.” He braced, convinced another punch would head his way.
Flynn wrinkled his nose, his eyes darkened. “Maybe I will.” He straightened his legs so they were over Sera’s, curled his hips under and slid his cock, through their clothing, over Sera’s groin. “Maybe I won’t.”
Fuck, he’s so hard.
Sera felt blood rush to his shaft. A full-blown erection to match Flynn’s was growing rapidly. He moaned and hooked his leg around Flynn’s, pulling him nearer.
“You have no idea what you did to us,” Flynn said, gripping Sera’s jawline and holding his face steady.
“I…I missed you both too.” To prove it he tilted his hips, rutting against Flynn. “There’s been no one else. I only thought of you.”
Lily Harlem lives in the UK with a workaholic hunk and a crazy cat. With a desk overlooking rolling hills her over active imagination has been allowed to run wild and free and she revels in using the written word as an outlet for her creativity.
Lily’s stories are made up of colourful characters exploring their sexuality and sensuality in a safe, consensual way. With the bedroom door left wide open the reader can hang on for the ride and Lily hopes by reading sensual romance people will be brave enough to try something new themselves? After all, life’s too short to be anything other than fully satisfied.
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