Let’s starting to find some of the good in the mess that’s been our lives in the past year.
Sky’s crush on her best friend has always been unrequited… until they’re stuck in quarantine together and sparks fly. Sky’s high school bestie is moving back to the area and staying with her for a few weeks. Easy, right? Not when she’d held a torch for the woman since high school. The moment Mia walks through Sky’s door, those unrequited feelings return full-force. So, when a spreading virus keeps them confined in Sky’s apartment even longer, Sky is screwed.
Mia returns home after a bad breakup, but Sky is the only one who offers a safe place to land. However, the seven years they spent apart has her looking at her best friend through a different lens, attraction sparking with every inside joke, shared dinner, and cuddle on the couch. That flare of desire fast turns physical. They can’t get enough of each other. Yet, whenever Mia tries for the “where is this going” talk, Sky dodges. Sky lost her sister in high school, and ever since, she’s become ace at keeping dates at a distance. Yet if she doesn’t manage to push past her own fears, she might lose her one shot at happiness with the woman she’s waited a lifetime for.
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Mia twined her arms around Sky and leaned her head against her shoulder. “See, this is why I missed you so damn much.”
Sky froze, unable to move. Part of her melted at this touch, while the other freaked out. The last thing Mia needed was her best friend dumping a lifelong crush on her lap. This close, she could feel the woman’s sleepy heat, and the sweet scent of peaches wafted off her. Sky’s mouth watered—the response instinctual. She forced her hand up to run her fingers through Mia’s silken strands. That was friendly, right?
“Missed you too, babe,” she murmured.
“So, wait, are you working tonight, or no?” Mia asked, pulling away to grab her mug.
“Uh, no,” Sky murmured, mind racing as she tried to come up with an excuse to leave.
Mia tapped the edge of her mug with her fingernail. “Then maybe we could take the day to play catch up?” she asked. When Sky didn’t respond, the words refusing to leave her tongue, Mia’s eyes widened. “I mean, as long as you didn’t have plans or anything. I know I kind of dropped this on you. Fuck, I don’t even know if you’re seeing anyone or who you hang out with anymore.”
“Pitifully single,” Sky responded. “My girlfriend and I split up last year, and I’ve been so busy with work that I haven’t been able to get out to the bars or clubs in Philly at all to jump back into the dating scene. Trust me, you haven’t missed much.”
“Bullshit,” Mia said, placing her mug of coffee down. “Get dressed. We’re heading out to Lucky’s, and I’m buying you breakfast.” Her blue eyes twinkled as she doled out the commands, and Sky’s heart thumped harder.
Sky scratched the nape of her neck. “Yes, ma’am.” She headed to the bedroom, cursing her lack of an excuse. A large part of her was thrilled to be spending all of this time around Mia after so long. Yet the other part of her just wanted to solder metal sheets around her heart.
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Confined Desires Playlist
One of my favorite things to do for each book I write is come up with a playlist. Mood and scene music is one of my surefire ways to help me push through a scene, to the point that I’ll sometimes play a song on repeat until I finish a certain scene. (I’ve started wearing headphones when I do that so I don’t drive my husband insane)
While the playlist for Confined Desires is actually part of one I used for the entire series, I mostly only focus on certain songs for each book—whatever fits the theme or emotional landscape I’m trying to convey.
1. Call My Name- The Unlikely Candidates
I got sucked into listening to The Unlikely Candidates around the time I started writing this book, but I think it fit really well for a lot of the scenes between Mia and Sky. They have a really clear, resonant sound that lingers, and that reflected the relationship between my leads, one that would last even after the time they spent apart.
2. Lucky Ones- Lana del Rey
There’s a beautifully fated feel to this song, full of drama and yearning, and I loved using this song to fuel all of those intense feelings when I hit the big beats of the book. The cinematic aspect of this song helped me write some of the sex scenes of the book, a potent combination of deep emotion and sensuality.
3. Amber- Koethe
Koethe’s music has a beautifully nostalgic feel to it, and since there’s a lot of nostalgia that emerges in this best friends to lovers romance. Mia and Sky have so many good memories they shared, and amid the new ones they’re creating, they resurrect a lot of their old stories and inside jokes.
4. Bells- The Unlikely Candidates
There’s a bit of drama to this song, a brush of depth and motion that I really dug. I tended to flip to this song in the rotation for some of the more difficult situations between Mia and Sky that cropped up, scenes where there was tension between them, or misunderstandings, or they hurt each other.
5. Antique- The Ghost Club
This song has a darkness and melancholy to it that worked really well when exploring the parts of Sky’s past that she’d rather keep buried. Despite the flare of heat and longing between her and Mia, she’s been keeping relationships at a distance for her entire life, and the further into the book, the more we discovered the reasons why.
All of the songs I used helped me create Confined Desires, a sugar sweet, nostalgia-fueled best friends to lovers romance that takes place during the quarantine. The heroines and their soundtrack helped me get through some of the toughest times of the shutdown in 2020, and their story was an absolute blast to tell.
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