Jennifer Lowery and Sex in the Jungle

I have my friend and fellow author with me today and boy, does she have a fun topic. In her resent release HardCore, Jennifer’s characters meet and fall in love (among other things) in a jungle. She’s talking a little bit about that.

Hi Casea and all you fabulous readers out there *waves* Thank you so much for having me today! My debut book, Hard Core, released this week so I’m very excited to be here! Thank you so much for sharing it with me!!

In honor of my release I am offering a copy of my debut romantic suspense, Hard Core, in either ebook format or signed print copy to one lucky commenter so please leave me a comment with your EMAIL and gift choice to be entered to win!!

I had fun writing the love scenes in Hard Core! Did I shock you, lol! What’s hotter than a mercenary in a jungle—pun intended J The heat between Cristian and Alana caught me by surprise, I’ll admit, I’d never written a book this steamy! I’m a suspense writer, but these two heated up the pages for me! I’m sure the heat level is tame for most, but for me it was HOT!

At first I thought they’d have to do it in a tree because you can’t make love on the floor of the jungle! Too many icky, creepy-crawlies! Eeek! Imagine trying to do it on a tree limb! Hmmm…

Well, they didn’t have to do it in a tree, but boy did things get interesting when they got together the first time!! I won’t spoil it for you, but let me just say it didn’t go the way you expect…

How about you, my wonderful readers? Do you have any favorite love scenes that you’ve read? Please share!! And don’t forget to leave you EMAIL for a chance to win a copy of Hard Core!

Thank you for having me today, Casea!! I just want to send out a big THANK YOU to all my readers out there! Without you I wouldn’t be here. My wish is to one day meet each and every one of you so I can personally thank you for your generosity and support!

All my best,


Hard Core/Romantic Suspense Blurb:

He takes lives. She saves them.

 A supposedly hassle-free job for mercenary Cristian Slade becomes a mission of mercy when he saves a life instead of taking one. Slade’s new mission might be his most dangerous yet, because the danger is to his heart.

Tragedy has sent esteemed surgeon Alana O’Grady to a remote a remote Nicaraguan island where she immerses herself in the lives of a native American tribe, using her talents for goodwill instead of wealth and prestige. But life turns upside down when her work requires she protect a rugged mercenary who commands her attention when she’s awake and dominates her dreams while she sleeps.

Doctoring Cristian puts her entire tribe in danger from the man who’s hunting him. Is it her professional oath or her unprofessional attraction to him keeping her from sending him away to heal on his own? Alana’s fire warms Cristian’s heart, but he’s a hardened assassin and has no business falling for someone like her. Can they fight hard enough to keep what they might have together?

Content Warning: Sexual content.



Prepared to start an IV, she picked up a needle. She had it in position when his other arm shot out and he clamped her wrist in a bone-crushing grip. Startled, she met his panicked gaze.

“I said no needles.”

Her heart banged against her ribcage as she let the needle slip out of her hand. It hit the floor with a small ting. Alana opened her hands in surrender, her patient’s fingers digging into her flesh. For a man half-dead, he had amazing strength.

“Okay,” she said to placate him. “Relax, I don’t have it anymore. It’s your choice, but I recommend you let me start an IV for meds.”

“No. Just fix me.”

Alana pinned him with a no nonsense stare. “I’m not impressed with Superman heroics.”

Face pale and drawn, he said gruffly, “I’m not Superman. Learned not to trust people with needles.”

Her fingers were going numb. “If I remove the bullet without pain medication or anesthetic, you’re going to be sorry.”

He studied her. “You’re really a doctor?”

Alana bristled. “Technically, yes.”


She didn’t have time to explain herself with the amount of blood seeping from his gunshot wound. “I went to med school. You can let go of my arm now. I won’t use any needles.”

He looked down and immediately released his grip. She rubbed her wrist to soothe away the ache. “Can I get to work now, or do you want to question me more about my credentials while you bleed to death? I don’t have a blood bank, so you’re screwed if you lose too much.”

Her blunt statement received a curt nod. She normally didn’t talk to her patients like that. Her patients didn’t normally countermand her either.

“Do it,” he said.

“Without anesthetics?”

“I don’t need them. Just get it over with.”

Stubborn, stupid, or both? Insane, yes, but there wasn’t time to argue with him.

“Okay. The offer stands if you change your mind.”

“I won’t.”

She doubted that, but didn’t comment. Instead, wiped her forehead with her forearm, and picked up gauze pads to clean the wound.

“Here goes,” she warned and dabbed his skin.

Her patient didn’t move or even wince as she cleaned the angry wound. Either he had a will of steel or he’d passed out again. Hopefully, the latter. Sweat rolled down her back as she finished cleansing the area around the bullet entry. Red flesh puckered with the first signs of infection. In this environment infection was guaranteed.

With a steady hand that would have made her father proud, she picked up her instruments and took a deep breath.

“You still with me?”

He murmured a response, turning his head slightly so he could see her. The stark beauty of his profile, despite the bruises, struck her again. The lines of his face were chiseled, unforgiving. The kind of man she’d glance at twice if she passed him on the street.

A man associated with a criminal.

“Still here, Doc. What are you waiting for?” Husky with pain, his deep voice brought her out of her thoughts.

She gave herself a mental shake. “Want something to bite down on?”

A small, wry smile touched his lips and his lids closed. “You won’t hear a peep out of me. Just fix me, Doc.”

“I can hit you so you’ll sleep through it,” she muttered.

That drew a low chuckle from him. She didn’t expect him to have a sense of humor. He seemed too…hard. His chuckle turned into a grunt of pain. “You probably hit like a girl.”

Alana grinned. “Yes, I do. Rest assured it won’t feel like it.”

“Appreciate the offer, but, no.” His words slurred together, his muscles tense as he fought his body’s demands.

“You got a name, Superman?”

His head rolled to the side, his chest rose and fell slowly. She thought he was out but he murmured, “Cristian.”

“Nice to meet you, Cristian.”

Then she dug into the wound for the bullet.

Author Bio:

Jennifer Lowery grew up reading romance novels in the back of her math book and on the bus to school, and never wanted to be anything but a writer.  Her summers were spent sitting at the kitchen table with her sisters spinning tales of romance and intrigue and always with a tall glass of ice tea at their side.

Today, Jennifer is living that dream and she couldn’t be happier to share her passion with her readers.  She loves everything there is about romance.  Her stories feature alpha heroes who meet their match with strong, independent heroines.  She believes that happily ever after is only the beginning of her stories. And the road to that happy ending is paved with action, adventure, and romance. As her characters find out when they face danger, overcome fears, and are forced to look deep within themselves to discover love.

Jennifer lives in Michigan with her husband and three children.  When she isn’t writing she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Find Jennifer:

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19 responses

  1. Hi Jennifer! Okay, after five blog stops I finally buckled in and read this excerpt 🙂

    “I can hit you so you’ll sleep through it,” she muttered.

    That drew a low chuckle from him. She didn’t expect him to have a sense of humor. He seemed too…hard. His chuckle turned into a grunt of pain. “You probably hit like a girl.”

    Alana grinned. “Yes, I do. Rest assured it won’t feel like it.”

    That was my favorite part! It reminded me of your character interview on another blog – she pays him a compliment and he scowls, remember? He’s really a softie on the inside, isn’t he? I think I’m in love.

    Hmmm, favorite love scenes … I don’t have any one in particular, but some recurring ones seem to be outdoors in the rain. There’s just something about rain and hot sex that gets the blood pumping, lol. Thanks for yet another opportunity to win a copy.


    October 11, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    • Jennifer Lowery

      LOL, Michelle!! I’m glad reading it made you love Cristian more instead of ruin it for ya 🙂 And, yep, he is a softie, but don’t tell him that, lol! And you just gave me a great idea for a love scene in my next book 🙂 Thanks so much!!

      October 12, 2012 at 8:00 am

  2. heather

    Sounds awesome and steamy, the best combination! Id love to win a copy, either thru ibooks or kindle. My email is

    October 12, 2012 at 6:00 am

    • Jennifer Lowery

      Thanks, Heather!! Good luck!!

      October 12, 2012 at 8:01 am

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  4. Oooh, talk about steamy tease. Sounds like there is going to be a wonderful smoldering scene. You’ve got me curious about how it all unfolds 🙂

    I’ve already got my copy but I love reading your posts and learning more about your intriguing characters. I’m so excited for you Jeniifer! I just had to drop by and send more well wishes 🙂

    October 12, 2012 at 9:08 am

    • Jennifer Lowery

      I’m so happy you stopped by, Mae!! Thanks so much!!

      October 12, 2012 at 11:22 am

  5. Joanne B

    This book seems to get better and better with each stop. I can’t wait to read it to see what happens between Cristian *sigh* and Alana.


    October 12, 2012 at 10:20 am

    • Jennifer Lowery

      Aw, you’re so sweet, Joanne!! Thank you so much!!

      October 12, 2012 at 11:23 am

  6. Nice scene. And a smoking hot book cover.

    October 12, 2012 at 11:52 am

    • Jennifer Lowery

      Thanks, Kitty!! Lyrical did a great job on the cover!!

      October 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm

  7. Jungle sex – just saying it makes the temperature soar.. Great excerpt.

    October 12, 2012 at 11:56 am

    • Jennifer Lowery

      LOL! It sure does, doesn’t it, Daryl!! Thanks!!

      October 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm

  8. D'Ann Lindun

    Jungle love! It doesn’t get any better than that!!! Such a great book! One of my keepers!

    October 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    • Jennifer Lowery

      Aw, thanks, D’Ann!!

      October 12, 2012 at 7:54 pm

  9. I’ve got it, but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. Soon, very soon.

    October 12, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    • Jennifer Lowery

      Thanks for buying the book, Ella!! Hope you like it!!

      October 12, 2012 at 7:55 pm

  10. So consider my curiosity piqued. Right, I have to get on the ball and read. That’s all to it. Great post, Jennifer. 🙂

    October 12, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    • Jennifer Lowery

      LOL, Melissa!! Hope you enjoy it!! Thanks so much!!

      October 12, 2012 at 7:55 pm

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