I’m super-thrilled to be one of the hosts for Lucy Felthouse on her blog tour for Native Tongue, her hot new release. Lucy stopped by to share some thoughts with us — so dive right in and learn about Native Tongue — and then check out further down in the post for a blurb, an excerpt, and a giveaway at the bottom of the post!
Adjusting to a New Lifestyle by Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985)
When I wrote Desert Heat, I didn’t give a single thought to how the characters, Hugh Wilkes and Rustam Balkhi, would act in public together. The book is based in Afghanistan, in a military setting, and their relationship is absolutely secret, and has to stay that way for many different reasons which you’ll understand if you read the book—I don’t want to give it away. So I didn’t need to consider how they would behave with friends or family, or simply out on the street.
This all changed when I decided to write a follow up. Native Tongue is set back in England, and my characters no longer have to keep quiet about their sexuality and their relationship. However, I knew it wouldn’t be as simple as them arriving on British soil and suddenly holding hands and being perfectly at ease with their new situation. For starters, both men are still “in the closet”.
Things are a little easier for Balkhi now, given he’s away from Muslim extremists that already had a problem with his choosing to translate for the British Army, and would have an even bigger problem with his sexuality. He’s in London, back in medical training, and can be much more himself.
Wilkes, on the other hand, still has his family, friends and colleagues to contend with. He’s sure nobody that matters would have a problem with his being gay, but he’s got to tell them first…
This doesn’t end their woes, though. Their complete change of setting causes other problems. They’ve gone from having an utter need for secrecy to being pretty much able to do what they want. And adjusting to the habits and behaviours of several months can’t be done overnight. The boys have got to take it one step at a time, and support each other. But it won’t be easy.
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Balkhi glanced at the clock on the wall. “No, not really. It is almost nine o’clock. If I am quick, we should be able to find somewhere still serving food.”
“I thought we could head to the Soho area—that’s open pretty late, I think.”
Raising his eyebrows, Balkhi replied, “Um, okay. That is the gay area, isn’t it?”
Wilkes nodded. “Are you okay with that? I just thought it’d be good for us to get out there as a couple, which is going to be a little strange for both of us, in a place where nobody will care.”
It was Balkhi’s turn to nod. “It is an excellent idea. But I do not know about it being open late, I have never been there. Last time I was in London I did not really do that much exploring. And the places I did go to were the more popular tourist attractions.”
“Well then,” Wilkes smiled, “that’s perfect. We can be tourists together. Go get showered, I’m starving.”
A glint in his eye, Balkhi shot back, “You are also still half-naked.”
Wilkes looked down. “So I am. I suppose I’d better get dressed, then. Soho’s used to gay people, but probably not ones dressed in only a towel!”
Balkhi crossed the room, heading for the door. As they drew level, Wilkes had an urge to playfully swat Balkhi’s arse as he passed him by—but something stopped him, and then the opportunity was gone as Balkhi left the room.
Frowning, Wilkes retrieved his holdall and removed some clean underwear and clothes, dropping them on the bed. Why did he feel he couldn’t entirely let go with Balkhi? They’d spent a ridiculous amount of time together—albeit not over the past few weeks—getting to know each other, working together, having sex…
Suddenly, as he applied his deodorant, it struck him. That was it. The reason the pair of them seemed to have two settings—awkwardness and hot sweaty sex—was because that was what they’d become accustomed to. In Afghanistan, they were either working or fucking, with very little in between. When they were working they’d been all business, petrified of someone noticing something a little off in their manner, their body language. When they were fucking… well… they were fucking, in complete and utter secrecy.
And now, out of that environment, with no one watching or caring at all, they were struggling to shake off those deeply ingrained habits.
They may be back on British soil, but the battle isn’t over.
When Captain Hugh Wilkes fell for his Afghan interpreter, Rustam Balkhi, he always knew things would never be easy. After months of complete secrecy, their return to England should have spelt an end to the sneaking around and the insane risks. But it seems there are many obstacles for them to overcome before they can truly be happy together. Can they get past those obstacles, or is this one battle too many for their fledgling relationship?
**For those of you that haven’t yet read Desert Heat (which is recommended before picking up this book), there’s a great value two book bundle available exclusively on Amazon, and is FREE to Kindle Unlimited members: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/desert-heat-native-tongue/ – also, from the 3rd-10th June, the double pack is enrolled in a Kindle Countdown Deal, so be sure and grab it before it goes back up to full price!**
Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9
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