Indulge in the temptation in the breakout series The Hunted by Ivy Smoak.
When Penny Taylor runs into a handsome stranger in a coffee shop, she believes her luck has finally changed. After having her confidence unwound by her ex, she falls hard for a true gentleman. But once she realizes that her crush is her communications professor, her world is turned upside down.
Haunted by dreams of the alluring Professor Hunter, Penny can't seem to dismiss her fantasies and the temptation to have him grows deeper. Will the excitement, danger, and mystery surrounding Professor Hunter bring her to her knees?
Discover the addiction...find out what happens next in the sequel to The Hunted - Temptation by Ivy Smoak.
Temptation has quickly turned into addiction. Penny Taylor fell hard for the sexy, mysterious, exciting, and dangerous Professor Hunter. But scandalous affairs are meant to go down in flames. Now that he's not speaking to her, she feels numb. And what hurts the most is that he appears to be completely fine. As she struggles to accept that their relationship is really over, her best friend's crude advice is in the back of her mind- the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else.
Will she be able to move on, or is her addiction to her alluring professor only just beginning?
Two and a half years later, Penny and James are living happily in New York City. Their love is stronger than ever. Penny is graduating from NYCU, James is growing his new business, and the two are getting married at the end of the month.
But graduation, starting an internship, and planning a wedding is a lot for Penny to tackle. Especially when mysteries from James' past are clawing at the surface and his scheming ex and unsupportive parents threaten to destroy the happy couple.
Will their own insecurities make them question everything and sway them from the altar?
Tick tock. One day before the wedding of her dreams, Penny is in a city that is no longer her home. Alone. Heartbroken. Lost. Could the past few years really mean so little to a man that became her world? To a man she'd do anything to protect? There is no future without him. There is no her without him.
With only 24 hours until the wedding, is there enough time to repair the damage? Tick tock.
And even if Penny and James do come back to each other, Isabella is still out there plotting. The world is still against them. Darkness still lurks in the shadows of James' past. A student and her professor were never meant to be forever. They thought it was an everlasting love, but it was doomed from the very start. Tick tock.
Temptation led to addiction, which exploded into an eruption of chaos. And when the pieces settled, only one thing became clear...devotion. One great love. A love worth fighting for. Because the only thing that lasts forever is love.
Penny and James defied the odds. A professor and his student were never supposed to become husband and wife, let alone a father and a mother. The couple created a foundation in NYC that is held together with love, family, and friends. A foundation that they believed was impenetrable.
But what happens when the life they know is threatened? If a struggle that should bring them closer together begins to tear them apart? All it takes is - One. Single. Slip. Foundations crumble. Will Penny and James continue to defy the odds?
What are you passionate about these days?
Wedding planning!! I don't know if I'm actually passionate about that. But I'm passionate about my fiancé. And right now wedding planning takes up all my free time. Hence...that's what I'm passionate about. At least for the next month. But writing is my true passion. I hope I'm lucky enough to be writing for the rest of my life.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I feel like I should have a super exciting and sexy answer to this question, but I do not. In the fall I always watch too much TV because all my favorite shows come back on. I'm also currently planning my wedding...but that isn't exactly relaxing. A warning to all of you out there, wedding planning is stressful. Take my warning to heart. People told me this, and I thought they were being silly. But they were dead serious. I also own an ecommerce business, but let’s be honest, I’m usually writing or watching TV.
What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
Right after graduating from college, my fiancé and I started a company together. But it was his passion, not really mine. After we got it off the ground and running successfully, I really felt this need to have my own thing that I was passionate about. Writing made sense. I had written a book in college and gotten denied by a bunch of publishers, so I put it on the backburner. But my fiancé was so encouraging. Now that I have over a dozen books under my belt, I absolutely think it was the best decision. I was super shy growing up, and I feel like I've always had so much to say but never really had an outlet. These stories are every piece of my heart and soul. And my fans feel that emotion. I always say if I make people cry while reading one of my books, it's a success.
A day in the life of the author?
Not as glorious as one might think. A successful week for me is hitting 10,000 words. But some days I write 5,000 words and other days I can't write a thing. On those days I sit on the couch and binge watch TV. Or have a crazy exercise day. But my ideal day (which rarely happens): Wake up, go for a run, eat breakfast while reading, meditate, write, eat lunch, write a little more, answer emails and social media stuff (geez I'm always behind on this), make dinner with my fiancé, and then relax (read, watch TV, play outside, etc.) Something random always comes up though to ruin my perfect day. Especially with the wedding planning I'm doing right now. And you know...answering questions like this one :)
My main advice for new authors is to just keep writing. And to not take bad reviews to heart. Getting a bad review is really hard to swallow. I'm so devoted to the characters in The Hunted series, that it feels like I actually know them. And it physically hurts me to read a bad review. But as long as you know you put out the best product you could and you're proud of it, you can't let it get to you. The haters gonna hate, hate, hate.
What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants for the millionth time. This book shaped my young adult life. And every time I read it, I relate to a different character more. But for the first time ever, I'm reading if for research. I'm working on a young adult novel right now, and I just hope that my book can influence someone as much as Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants influenced me.
How long have you been writing?
I have been writing professionally for over two and a half years now. I say professionally because that's when I started taking it seriously. I wrote two books before I started writing romance novels, and they never went anywhere.
What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
I just write. I like to shake the story out of myself. You can always go back and edit. But you only get those raw emotions once. So I always let the characters lead the way. I immerse myself in the story to the point that my fiancé is worried about me. He actually banned me from writing the next installment in my Made of Steel series until after our wedding because it made me too sad.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Temptation?
I always like to say that Penny is me. And James is my fiancé. But he gets upset when I say that. He actually hates James and has always hated James. Maybe because he sees too much of himself in the character? I'm not really sure. But he swears he's #TeamTyler.
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
I'm always adding in characters as I write. Or going back and throwing in extra people. Part of what makes a good book is an excellent cast. And I do believe that it's more than just the hero and heroine. My books would be rather dull without all the amazing side characters. And I've liked the side characters so much that I've given several of them their own standalone books.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
I'm not going to lie - I hate doing research. Just. Hate. It. I want to write about characters and their emotions. I only look up stuff as I'm writing if I really need to. For this series, I had to look up a lot of legal things and university code of conduct issues. But besides that, it's all heart. Well, and a little mystery of course.
A silly, creative, hopeless romantic.
How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
Who hasn't had a crush on one of their teacher or professors? It's such a taboo thing. It seemed like the perfect choice for a romance novel. The characters just came to me. Penny is an extension of myself. As for the enigmatic Professor Hunter? Oh James. I just thought of every super sexy, forbidden, delicious, dangerous, secretive thing and packaged them all into one hot professor. He's smooth and sophisticated, but a little broken on the inside. I wanted him to be human. No one's perfect. He's made mistakes just like the rest of us, but has that gorgeous face to hide behind. It's not even fair.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Everything? Is that an acceptable answer? These characters just come to me. It feels like they're real. Like they're family now. Creating these people that seem so real - that's the most enjoyable part. And knowing that someone out there will connect with at least one of them, want to know more about them, and feel like they're family too.
Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?
I'm not going to sugarcoat it - Penny is an immature, indecisive college student. Just like I was at her age. I had to write what I knew. She falls in love easily. She's overdramatic. She's young. She's used to following the rules, but she quickly realizes that breaking them with her professor is way more fun.
James is the double threat - sexy and mysterious. He has a haunting past. Family issues. Addiction problems. He starts teaching as fresh start. And it becomes clear pretty fast that Penny is what makes him tick. Really, she is his fresh start.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Sometimes I still don't consider myself a real writer. It's hard. Ever since I was little I loved reading. And it just seems so out of this world that I'm writing books that others are reading now. Someone pinch me please!! But I probably first considered myself a real writer when I got an email from a reader, telling me how much my books helped them through some hard times. I put a smile on someone's face. My books impacted their lives in a positive way. That makes it feel real. And it makes it all worth it!
How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
Temptation was my first real, put out into the world novel. And I didn't know much about choosing titles back then. There's probably a million titles with that name. But I'm really happy with the series it's a part of - The Hunted series. And I named it that because the last name of the hero is Hunter. And the whole time I try to make it clear that since he's older and wiser, he's technically "hunting" the heroine. Therefore she is the hunted. It sounds weird...but I think it works :)
Who designed your book covers?
My super awesome fiancé designed all my book covers. He's talented at everything he does. Almost to the point of annoyingness :)
Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely. Writing can be just a hobby, but I take it very seriously. I devote so much time to it. Sometimes way too much time. I believe that you have to do your best with everything you do. And I put my all into my characters and their stories. I'm proud of being an author. And I'm proud that I've been able to make a career out of writing.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I really let the characters in my books tell their own stories. I never feel compelled to change anything after it's written. It's what the characters would have done at the time that I wrote it. How they thought. How they felt. I always have to go with my gut on these things.
First...Ah! Yay! All my dreams are coming true!!! That would seriously be amazing. For the lead couple, I think Liam Hemsworth would be an amazing James Hunter. And Katherine McNamara would be a great Penny Taylor. Can we make that happen? Let's make it happen! Some of my fans have been nominating people on bookcaster too:
Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I know I say it all the time...but I love you guys. You are the ones that shape the success of my releases and I couldn't do it without you. You're the reason I write. And I'm forever devoted to you <3
What do you think about the current publishing market?
I think that self publishing is becoming the new norm. You just have to set yourself apart from the herd. Put out professionally edited books with good covers and it doesn't matter whether you have a fancy contract or not.
What is your favorite quote or moment from this story?
The whole build up between Professor Hunter leading to this point:
"You're infuriating, Penny," he whispered into my ear.
"Then punish me, Professor Hunter."
Is there a song which you feel perfectly complements your story?
I actually cannot write without listening to music. And I tend to listen to songs over and over again while I'm writing, so there are a few I used as inspiration. Which I'm sure has resulted in them being a perfect soundtrack to the story.
Lots of Taylor Swift songs. Especially Blank Space (I kind of pictured Professor Hunter as Sean O'Pry.) & The Last Time ft Gary Lightbody (For the blossoming addiction between Professor Hunter & Penny).
Sweater Weather - The Neighborhood, Do I Want to Know - Arctic Monkeys, & Love me Like you Do - Ellie Goulding (These songs are like pure heat to me. They're playing in the background every time Professor Hunter and Penny hook up.)
Riptide - Vance Joy (For all the buildup, anticipation, and excitement)
The Heart Wants What it Wants - Selena Gomez (Well...this one kind of sums it up.)
What’s the first thing on your Bucket List?
I want to go to Italy so badly. There's just something so romantic and exciting about Italy. I don't even know if I just like the idea of it now, of if I actually would like it. But I want to go. It's at the top of my bucket list, hands down.
About the author:
Ivy Smoak is an Amazon bestselling New Adult Romance author. When she's not writing, you can find her binge watching too many TV shows, taking long walks, playing outside, and generally refusing to act like an adult. She lives with her fiancé in Delaware.