Prince Hafiz’s Only Vice
by Susanna Carr
Prince Hafiz devotes his days to his people and his nights to indulging his desires with his stunning American mistress, Lacey Maxwell. But duty requires him to marry a “suitable” bride.
In her deepest secret fantasies, Lacey naively hopes to one day wear Hafiz’s ring, until her dreams are shattered and he chooses someone else.
Faced with the reality of a passionless union, Hafiz realizes the years spent with Lacey have done nothing to slake his hunger for her. Instead he’s determined to turn his only vice into a virtue for the sake of his country…and each other!
“I will miss you, Hafiz,” she said brokenly as her throat closed up. The tears she thought couldn’t happen beaded on her eyelashes.
Hafiz let out a shuddering breath. He swept his fingertip against the corner of her eye, taking her tears with him. The moisture clung to his knuckle, and he rubbed it into his skin with his thumb, silently sharing her agony.
The image took a chink out of her hard-earned resolve. Lacey wrapped her arms around her stomach before she crumbled altogether. “I had so many questions to ask you, and now I can’t remember what they were.” All except for one that danced on her tongue. “Did you ever love me?”
Silence throbbed in the air.
Lacey blinked at the question that had tumbled from her mouth. Of all the things to ask, her mind screamed.
Hafiz went unnaturally still.
“I don’t know why I asked.” She shrugged as her pain intensified. “Please, don’t answer that.”
The words were ripped from deep within her. She desperately wanted to know the answer. She never questioned it before, but she had been living in a fantasy.
Lacey had always felt Hafiz loved her. It was in his touch, in his eyes, and in his smile. But he never said the words, even when she chanted her declaration of love in the height of ecstasy.
It was too late to find out. If he didn’t love her, she would never recover. If he did love her, then she would never let go. Even if he was married, even if he kept her hidden. And she couldn’t let that happen.
It is my pleasure to welcome Susanna Carr, author of Prince Hafiz’s Only Vice, to Room With Books!
What do you do when you are not writing?
If I’m not hanging out with my family, I’m reading, spending too much time online, or going on weekend trips.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
I was a reluctant reader until I read my first Harlequin Presents at a very early age. It was THE ARROGANT DUKE by Anne Mather and it introduced me to the romance genre.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
I got a lot of rejections and it took me years before I published my first book. I gradually learned my craft by writing many manuscripts, participating in a writing group and attending conferences.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I wouldn’t mind having the power to heal.
What was your first job?
My first job that offered me a paycheck was when I was a teenager and working as a swimming instructor. Which was kind of surprising because it took me forever to learn how to swim.
What types of books do you write?
I write sexy contemporary romances because I like stories that are set in today’s world and are about people I can relate to.
Who’s your main audience?
Romance readers who are looking for fun escapism.
Out of all of your characters, which is your favorite?
I wouldn’t say I have favorites, but there are traits that I favor in my characters. I like heroes who are very protective about their loved ones and I like that heroines who persevere.
What does your writing schedule look like?
I’m always experimenting with my schedule and process but I try to write every day.
Do you use your OWN experiences?
Not really. I will use places I’ve been to but none of my stories are based on real life experiences.
Was it easy to pick the title for your book?
I didn’t choose it. My working title was SECRETS OF A PLAYBOY PRINCE but the editorial team chose PRINCE HAFIZ’S ONLY VICE
What profession would you choose if you were not an author?
I had considered continuing my education and getting a degree in library science. Libraries have always been my second home but I knew deep down I didn’t have the skills to become a librarian.
What are you currently working on?
Right now I’m revising TYCOON’S DELICIOUS DEBT, my July 2015 Harlequin Presents. It’s a revenge story set in Portugal.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Cookie dough
Night owl, or early bird? Neither. It’s a treat if I can sleep in and go to bed early.
Red, or white wine? White wine
Roller Coasters or Water Rides? Water rides because I have such a fear of roller coasters
Swimming in the ocean or a pool? The ocean
Walking or fitness club? I love to go on walks
Any last words?
Thanks for the interview!
Thanks you for chatting with me and our readers and for allowing Room With Books to be part of your tour!
Susanna Carr is an award-winning author known for her contemporary romances. Readers throughout the world find Susanna’s stories a delightful escape that has often helped them through difficult times. Reviewers frequently describe her work as “fun”, “sexy” and “a must read.” When she isn’t writing or spending time with her family in the Pacific Northwest, Susanna enjoys reading romance and connecting with readers online.
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