Hi guys, we have Caitlin Ricci stopping by with her upcoming release About Last Night, Caitlin brings along a great guest post where she chats about one night stands, so check out the post and enjoy! <3 ~Pixie~
About Last Night
Before jumping into his first semester of college, Thomas Maloney decides to lose his virginity at a party to a stranger he’s sure he’ll never see again. Only the next day, he’s surprised to learn the same one-night stand will be sharing his dorm room. Thomas considers himself lucky, but his new roommate—not so much.
Closeted as they come, football jock Remington “Rem” Daniels is on track for a shot at the pros. Rem tries to play it cool and avoid falling for the confidently gay Thomas, which could hurt his chances. Dealing with their constant need to get in bed together wouldn’t be so hard if Rem didn’t have a girlfriend and Thomas didn’t have a conscience.
When she delivers news that will change Rem’s life forever, Thomas knows it’s time to move back home to Thornwood, Colorado. But neither the distance nor knowing Rem belongs to someone else helps Thomas get over him. Rem’s feelings haven’t changed either. When it comes down to love or football, Rem will have to make the hardest choice of his life and hope Thomas will still be waiting for him when he does.
I’m Caitlin Ricci and I’m here with you to talk about my new novel, About Last Night. This is the second novel in my contemporary series, Thornwood, which is about people who live in a tiny mountain town in Colorado.
The main themes of this series, aside from two guys falling in love, are one night stands and cheating. In this novel Thomas goes to college and decides to lose his virginity before his first semester so that he can have fun and not worry about this idea of who he gives himself away to because to him his virginity isn’t all that big of a thing. It simply means that he hasn’t had anal sex yet. He’s had plenty of oral, but no anal. And he decides to change that with a cute guy he meets at a party who he assumes he’ll never see again. Rem happens to be his roommate and he’s got a girlfriend who loves him and they have to find a way to deal with wanting each other all the time and the moral issues of cheating while Thomas knows Rem’s girlfriend and starts to care about her because she’s genuinely a nice person.
Right now I’d like to talk about one night stands and this whole concept that I’ve seen, at least in my own life, where this idea is somehow bad or shameful. It really doesn’t have to be. With protection and letting people know where you’re at and who you’re with it doesn’t have to be dangerous or scary and sex is certainly not something to feel ashamed of. It’s pleasure and it’s fun and it’s doing something that you enjoy with your own body and it irritates the hell out of me when people try to make each other feel bad for what they decide to do with their own bodies. Sex can be powerful and liberating or it can be comforting and gentle. And sometimes there’s a middle ground where it all comes together.
I think sometimes in the US that we’re bent on this idea of sex is only when you’re in a relationship, or married, and you have to at least know something about the other person or else it’s dirty and empty. There’s this concept of I can’t have sex with someone unless I know their middle name or at least if they like dogs. Or I can’t have sex until at least the third date because I’m not a first date kind of girl. Well what’s wrong with having sex on the first date? Because you think the other person won’t respect you after? So what if they don’t? Then you move the hell on and thank your lucky stars that you figured that out about them before you invested months, or years, of your life on them and got a dog together and moved in together and all the sudden you realize they’re just a user. Much better to know the next night when you try to see them again and they don’t return your calls that they’re a moron and never deserved you to begin with. Then at least maybe the sex was good and you can move the hell on with your life and go find someone better to spend time with.
I wanted to use the idea of one night stands in this series in a few different ways. There’s the sexually liberating way that Thomas loses his virginity. Then there’s what Rem does where he has sex with guys because he’s not out and can’t be so that’s his only way of having sex with his preferred group of people. Morality comes into play because of how the characters feel about what they do and how they handle it. There’s no right or wrong, it just is what it is and they have to deal with the aftermath of their decisions.
What are your thoughts on one night stands? Would you ever go to bed with someone you’d just met, or do you need some time to get to know them and find out if they’re worth being that vulnerable around? I’ve been both ways, depending on the person I was with, and there’s definitely no wrong answer when it comes to sex.
Thanks for spending some time with me today! Have a great rest of your week and if you’re looking for a new book to read I hope you check out About Last Night.
Caitlin was fortunate growing up to be surrounded by family and teachers that encouraged her love of reading. She has always been a voracious reader and that love of the written word easily morphed into a passion for writing. She comes from a military family and the men and women of the armed forces are close to her heart. She also enjoys gardening and horseback riding in the Colorado Rockies where she calls home with her wonderful husband and their two dogs. Her belief that there is no one true path to happily ever after runs deeply through all of her stories.