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’s snippet comes right after last week’s, and features the leading couple of my first Russian historical, You Cannot Kill a Swan: The Love Story of Lyuba and Ivan.

It’s September 1921, and 21-year-old Lyuba and 23-year-old Ivan finally make love for the first time, over halfway through the book. They almost went all the way during the first period of their on-again, off-again relationship, when Lyuba was 17 and Ivan was 18, but she made him stop because she was terrified of pregnancy. Many times since, they’ve tried again, but something or someone always got in the way. Now, in their Lower East Side tenement, they finally do what they’ve been longing to do for years.

Lyuba isn’t a physical virgin, having survived childhood sexual abuse, rape, and a summer working in a brothel and soldiers’ camp, but Ivan is only the second man she’s been with consensually and the only man she’s ever loved. He’s the only lover that counts. Ivan himself survived childhood abuse of a different sort, being beaten black and blue by an alcoholic father, so he’s more sensitive to her background and needs than most other men would be.

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He moves slowly and uncertainly, trying to read the cues in her eyes and face as to whether he’s doing it right.  Before he pulls away from her after he finishes, he leans down to kiss her again.

“You’ve just made me the happiest I’ve ever been, Lyubonka,” Iván whispers.

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