“Do you see those people outside?” he asked without looking at me.
I hesitated. I still wanted to leave, but I couldn’t be so rude as to exit without reacting to his question. I walked over to the window and peeked out from behind the curtain. On the street outside the hotel stood a dozen or so young people, mostly teenagers.
“I do.” I couldn’t help but look at him.
He let go of the curtain and turned back towards the room. “Do you know why they are out there?”
I didn’t see what he was getting at. People stood on the street all the time, and I had never considered it my business to ask them why.
“Because of you?”
Despite everything, Gary managed a smile.
“And Mick, Jamie and Alex. And do you know why they are standing out there because of us?” He didn’t wait for an answer. “Because they’ve seen us on TV, in magazines, on the internet, heard us on the radio. Because it’s not enough for them and they need to see us face to face.” Gary was quiet for a moment and carried on, “Do you know what they’d be willing to do to be where you are right now?”
I stared at the beige carpet. Then a random thought crossed my mind. “But some of them are blokes?”
Gary rolled his eyes. “Them too, and some would want to be in your shoes for different reasons than others. Anyway, in their eyes, you’re extremely lucky.”
Silence descended again while I tried to understand what all this meant. If Gary meant that our casual affair should continue so that people could envy me, he clearly didn’t know me at all.
“You’re different, Lea. You could be out there on the street waiting for us too, but you’re not. You’ve always thought of me as an ordinary person and acted like it. It’s hard to find.”
He took a step towards me and put a hand on my cheek.
“It’s so hard to find that I’m not going to let it go that easily.”
For an instant, we looked into each other’s eyes, and then he kissed me. Slowly and gently, as if he had all the time in the world. In my head, I fought like a demon – this wasn’t supposed to happen – but my body had other ideas. Gary was an excellent kisser, and the strong attraction between us did the rest. I couldn’t tear myself away and leave the room dramatically like my brain was shouting for me to do.
I found out that morning that Gary, who – as well as he treated me – could be rough and seemed to think of sex as a power struggle and a feat, could also make love slowly, tenderly and at length.
Author: Pamela Harju
Book title: Yours Remotely
Genre: Women’s fiction/dark romance
Publish date: 10/02/2018
Everyone loves a rock star – but can a rock star love you back?
Lea Woods wants a relationship. Gary Rock All, singer and guitarist in The Remotes, wants his band to take over the world. An undeniable attraction throws them into an all-consuming, if ultimately thwarted fling. As Gary struggles to cope with the fame success brings him, Lea sees him slipping away from her. He lives for his music – is there any room for her in his life?
Yours Remotely is a gritty love story gone wrong for fans of damaged characters, dirty rock ‘n’ roll and sexy anti-romance.