To Watch or Be Watched? Comment and Win

If you could choose between being able to watch or to be watched yourself, which would you pick? Doing what? I hear you ask because, of course, it depends on the activity being watched.

Many of us undertake secret actions that others might consider weird so we prefer to keep it hidden, but no need to worry as I’m not talking about bizarre behaviours. I’m actually talking about sex—well, I’m an erotica writer, after all.

Despite the media constantly bombarding us with sexual images, and people apparently suffering addictions to sex and porn, I’m sure there are still many reserved people out there. How would you feel about being observed in the most intimate of acts? I’m sure many would baulk at the idea.

I got thinking about the subject after writing Two With A View, which is out with Total-E-Bound today. It’s a short story about a couple who are only too happy to be a spectator when the other makes the beast with two backs…

A further fifteen minutes passed before Natalie counted out the rest of the guests—leaving only one.

Knowing Cyrus wouldn’t let her down, she directed the telescope to the soft light of his bedroom and waited. Within minutes of the other guests’ departure, the door was flung open before the couple stumbled into the room, entwined in each other’s arms, in the midst of a passionate kiss. Natalie watched Cyrus guide her to the window, their lips remaining locked.

His deliberate placement didn’t go unnoticed. Natalie smiled as she watched him commence undressing his conquest. Natalie’s inability to lip-read put her at a disadvantage as the kiss ended to allow them to eagerly undress each other.

The purple dress gave way to black lace underwear, too decorative to be appropriate for wearing beneath clothing and designed entirely for sex appeal. The allure of the plunge bra seemed to go unnoticed by Cyrus, who unfastened it and let it drop.

Happy for him to admire her breasts, the woman took her time in taking off his shirt, smiling seductively as she flung it aside. 

Turning her to face the window, Cyrus moved behind her to kiss her neck as he caressed her naked breasts, his hands barely able to manage them. The sight of her bulbous flesh, nipples red and ripe, made Natalie’s body react as if his hands touched her own body.

I suspect that even some writers who pen sex scenes on a regular basis would be rendered speechless at the thought of being watched having sex. Others would probably relish the opportunity. Like sexuality, I think a person’s level of exhibitionism falls on a sliding scale and would mean some people taking a little convincing.

I’m sure it would be infinitely easier to get people to watch a live sex show as even those turned on by the written or spoken word can also find pleasure in erotic images. I bet even those that are so bombarded with sexual images that they should be bored by it would still want a look—natural human curiosity.   

For your chance to win a copy of Two With A View, leave a comment with your opinion on whether you’d prefer to watch or be watched—or maybe both! One comment from all those left before 27 July will win an ebook copy of my latest release.


What’s Your View?

In many cases, people will have some sort of view from the area in which they work, unless that is a windowless room—which would probably be a good idea for me. The street on which I live is not even particularly busy, but is still massively interesting and a major distraction to me when I should be working. I am officially a member of the curtain-twitcher brigade.              

 Whether it is sights that make me angry—a woman who let her child roam freely and then smacked him when he almost got run over, errant teenagers trying car doors as they pass by and drunkards disturbing residents as they weave their way home. Or ones that make you smile—a passer-by picking up a bin that has fallen onto the pavement rather than walking around it, people picking up after their dogs and wildlife enjoying the gorgeous gardens.  

 I can be at the glass for longer than I like to admit watching the world go by. However, I’m not nearly as lucky as the characters in Two With A View, which will be released by Total-E-Bound shortly, who have views that are positively absorbing. Natalie and Cyrus live across the road from each other and have no qualms about taking advantage of the situation! A hot excerpt follows…

Natalie’s body crackled with a pressurised heat that prevented her from keeping still, building until she was forced to leave her post to satisfy it. She climbed up to kneel on the bed and splayed her legs wide to access her clit, forcing her clothes aside rather than wasting time disrobing.         

Her eyes closed and head tilted back, the craved contentment had just begun to take hold when the telephone interrupted her. She reached for the handset and wordlessly answered.

“Did you enjoy the show?”

“Absolutely.” Her reply was breathless, his heavy voice increasing her arousal. “Can you get rid of her and come over?”

“Of course I can.”

“Good. Watching you has turned me on. I told you she wanted you. She loved it. I could tell by—”

Interrupted by a sudden hissing sound, Natalie became distracted. “What’s that sound? Can you hear it?”

“I’m about to take a shower.”

“Ah, okay,” she whispered, recognising the sound of rushing water.

“Let me go so I can call a cab. Hopefully, it’ll be here by the time I finish.”

“See you soon,” she replied on a deep exhale.


Hanging up, she unfurled her legs from beneath her to lay flat. Thoughts of the imminent future curled her lips. Comfortably nestled against the pillow, her mind drifted to Cyrus in the shower. She hurriedly rose from the bed, then crossed to take another look at the woman he had left alone.

Make sure you stop by the Summer Sizzling Reads event at The Romance Reviews on 12 July for a chance to win a copy of short story Two With A View by answering a simple contest question. In the meantime, what’s your view like and does it distract you?

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