P8: Adult Contemporary Romance: MOONLIGHT & WHISKEY

Peanut Brittle

Title: Moonlight & Whiskey

Age Category: Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Word Count: 90,000

Pitch: When plus-sized engineer Avery meets a tattooed commitment-phobe musician, she learns to rock her curves. As their connection intensifies, she must face her deep-rooted fear of rejection or lose the rocker who’s stolen her heart.

First 250 Word of Manuscript: 

I had a porn habit.

It wasn’t an obsession. It wasn’t a fetish. It didn’t require trips to anonymous meetings where I said, “Hello, my name is Avery and I’m addicted to naked men.” I simply enjoyed watching people have sex. The women in porn, however, never looked like me.

Mainstream porn stars looked more like a silicone Barbie, i.e. half-modeling career failure, half-sex doll/mechanical experiment.

Conversely, I was soft, curvy and…not a size six.

I’d been told that I wore the weight well, that I had a pretty face; all the shit curvy women heard. Men told me that I had a great rack. That if I lost 40 pounds I’d be fuckable––that’s actual verbiage––and even referred to flirting with me as “taking one for the team.”

I was sick of it.

It was high time I threw up the old double-bird salute to all the guys who’d passed me over––or worse, used me––to get closer to my best friend, Kat. I wanted to send out a giant fuck you to all the men who’d stuck me in the friend zone because of the width of my hips. Where were the dudes who claimed to love women with curves, because I sure as hell hadn’t found them?

I’d never be thin; some women weren’t meant to be, but like most, I wanted to feel feminine. Sexy in my skin. Desirable––just as I was.

Which was how I ended up in a tacky-as-hell waiting room.

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