The House of Elyot

Come And Live A Love Supreme

Posted on: February 14, 2011

Yes, I’m wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day with a bouquet of Rachel Randall – a wonderful gift for anyone to cherish! She’s celebrating the release of her Lust Bite story Taking It Off at Total E-Bound.

Never mind taking it off – take it away, Rachel!

2011 is the year of music here at this blog, and with thanks to the gorgeous Mistress of the House of Elyot, I’m delighted to share my Valentine’s Day mix with you.
I love making soundtracks for my erotic romances. The whole process is at its best when I find the songs that strike a balance between the mood of the story, my characterisations, and the actual plot itself. Coming up with tracks for Taking It Off, my latest release from Total-E-Bound, was just win-win-win.
This is a story about two people who know immediately that they’re going to need to touch each other. They take one look at each other and just know. The confidence there is what makes Taking It Off so fun, and ultimately, so sexy. Valentine and Lucy are both pushing themselves to try something different. They’re holding off on that sure-thing long enough to really savour the delicious agony of the wait.
I wanted songs that conveyed a sense of euphoria — they’re having a ball with each other, with the unusual situation, and they’re treating themselves. Flirting with temptation, with all sorts of indulgences they would usually rush on through to get to the prize.
I wanted songs that played up the distance between them — every cursed mile between London and New York City. I wanted songs that caught the vulnerability of what they were doing — despite that confidence, wanting someone that badly and trusting that they want you too takes a big leap of faith.
And most of all, I wanted *sex* dripping from every line. There’s a lot of sinfully sexy male voices in this mix and while the lyrics don’t always match the story, the sounds do. I dare you to listen to the sublime Guy Garvey on “I’ve Got Your Number” and not squirm in your seat. Listen to young Mr Turner invite you to spin his propeller and just *try* not to go to Sheffield immediately. And I promise, you’ll be ready for a 2am booty call after Alex Kapranos and invite you to call them.
I’ve shared the entire mix on Spotify for you to enjoy. I’d love to know what you think of the selection. And do come visit me at where I have music mixes for my other stories and some graphic art I created especially to celebrate Taking It Off‘s release 🙂
(My propeller won’t spin / and I can’t get it started on its own / When are you arriving?)

Taking It Off by Rachel Randall is available to buy now.

Valentine knows when he’s found the right fit — whether it’s matching an executive to a job or finding a lover for himself — but he’s never had a first impression quite like Lucy before.
Commandeered by the intriguing stranger at a luxury London department store, Valentine’s more than happy to provide the masculine opinion Lucy demands. After all, watching her model fabulous cocktail dresses, saucy shoes and mouth-watering lingerie is his pleasure.
He soon realises that he wants more than just one seductive afternoon with the luscious Lucy. Getting under those new clothes will be a challenge since she’s gone back to New York, but he’s not the only one being driven mad by the heat of their long-distance flirtation. Now Valentine just needs to convince his little tease that the best part of trying things on is taking them off again.

6 Responses to "Come And Live A Love Supreme"

Thank you for hosting me & Happy V Day! 🙂

I had so much fun putting together that mix, I hope people enjoy it.

I loved this post! Really effective and clever (and, as I mentioned on Twitter, I think your cartoon art on your website is fantastic too).

Also, I can’t resist Kapranos or Garvey. Any post that mentions both goes straight into the made-of-win file :D.

Are you following Guy on Twitter? (Bless his cotton socks.)

[…] IT OFF: Lots of fun stuff going on to celebrate the release of Taking It Off! I’m over at Justine Elyot’s blog with my latest music mix, sharing my thoughts behind the sexy voices I chose to represent the […]

Great post Rachel! And a hawt playlist ; )

Any of the bands new to you? 🙂

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