Horny Hump Day—Lyuba and Ivan

My What’s Up Wednesday post is here.

Warning:  Not safe for work or appropriate for those under 18!

Welcome back to Horny Hump Day, a weekly hop where writers share three erotic sentences of a book or WIP. This week, I’m switching to Lyuba and Ivan, the double protagonists of my first Russian historical novel, which I’m planning to indie publish this year. I wrote the first draft from ages 13-21, starting it on a 1984 152K Mac, the first of four computers it was written with. I’ve been doing a lot of edits, rewrites, and revisions since 2011, when I finally had access to my old files again and was able to convert and reformat them. This was the first book I ever wrote in present tense, which was a conscious, considered decision I made years before present tense became so trendy.

Lyuba and Ivan don’t make love for the first time until over halfway through the book, in September 1921, when they’re in America. Ivan is a 23-year-old virgin, but 21-year-old Lyuba has been with perhaps 300 men. The only thing that matters to them is that Ivan is the only one she’s loved and truly chosen to be with. Ivan has never cared that she’s worked in a brothel and soldiers’ camp, had relationships with other guys, and survived sexual abuse. All that matters is what’s in her heart.

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Lyuba quivers as she feels Iván’s hands, mouth, and tongue exploring every inch of her body, and in the dark she can see him smiling like a bashful schoolboy at her involuntary vocalizations.  It feels like second nature instead of embarrassing, shameful, humiliating, and degrading as he gently pulls her legs open, climbs on top of her, and slowly enters her.  She can feel his whole body trembling as they wrap their arms around one another and join their mouths in a passionate kiss, just savoring this first moment of the most intimate physical connection possible.

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This is the blurb I’ve created:

You Cannot Kill a Swan: The Love Story of Lyuba and Ivan (1917-24):

Seventeen-year-old Lyuba Zhukova is left behind in Russia when her mother and aunt immigrate to America, forcing her to go into hiding from the Bolsheviks and sometimes flee at a moment’s notice.  By the time the Civil War has turned in favor of the Reds, Lyuba has also become an unwed mother.  But she still has her best friend and soulmate Ivan Konev, a cousin, and a band of friends, and together they’re determined to survive the Bolsheviks and escape to America.

As Lyuba runs for her life from during the terror and uncertainty of the Civil War, she’s committed to protecting her daughter and staying together with Ivan, her on-again, off-again boyfriend in addition to her best friend and the man who’s raised her child as his own since the night she was born.  The race to get out of Russia, into Estonia, and over to America intensifies after Ivan commits a murder to protect her and becomes a wanted criminal.

Once in America, Lyuba discovers the streets aren’t lined with gold and that she’s just another Lower East Side tenement-dweller.  Ivan brings in dirt wages from an iron factory, forcing them to largely live off the savings they brought from Russia and to indefinitely defer their dream of having their own farm in the Midwest.  And though the Red Terror is just a nightmarish memory, Lyuba is still scarred in ways that have long prevented her and Ivan from becoming husband and wife and living happily ever after.  Can she ever heal from her traumatic past and have the life she always dreamt of with the man she loves before Ivan gets tired of waiting?

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5 comments on “Horny Hump Day—Lyuba and Ivan

  1. paisleybrown says:

    Very sweet for their first time together. I like how she distinguishes the difference between him and the other men she’s been with. XX

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  2. 300 men! OMG! Well, of course, if one works in a brothel, that might not be all that many. Who knows? There is a lot of tenderness in your snippet. You are a very creative writer. I look forward to the whole book when it’s available later in the year.

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  3. A very tender scene especially given her past experience. Although she loves Ivan, it has to be difficult for her to dismiss her past as inconsequential. And it’s a rare man who wouldn’t feel like he was being measured in some way against her past experience. Also, I don’t think it’s that Ivan didn’t care she’d survived sexual abuse. In fact, I’d think he’d care very much, but only because of what she’d suffered. A unique couple, I’d say.

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  4. Jenna Jaxon says:

    Ivan must be a very special hero to overlook her unfortunate past. His tenderness with her during their first time is very sweet and loving. That alone must set him apart from every other man she had to lie with. A special couple to be sure.

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  5. Great piece. Good luck in your self-pubbing efforts. You sure have a following on your blog already.

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