I’m getting ready to re-plot my second book. I had a story fixer look at my plot outline and I had realized a few home truths: I had too many villains that my story could rival ‘24′ … after all my next heroine is a brilliant nuclear scientist and not Jack Bauer. And although my male protagonist could be as badass as Jack Bauer (with the sexy of a Christian Grey), I had a plot twist that could either be too brilliant or too contrived.
And when my thoughts are too mired in my plotting, I need to clear my head by reading.
Great reads are getting harder and harder to come by because I’ve been avoiding books with cliffhangers. Is anyone tired of this trend yet? I had been looking forward to Entwined with You because that’s the last Gideon and Eva book, but Sylvia Day announced that there was to be more Eva and Gideon. I mean, really? Can we just give them an HEA? They’ve been through enough, right?
And I’ve slowly O’D on New Adult. I think the stories are getting repetitive. Let’s see, tortured hero (preferably tattooed), heroine running away from a dark past, college drama (stupid reason for breaking up) which results in angst & jealousy. Not only do the books end with a cliffhanger, they get to do the same thing all over in book 2 or 3.
That said, I had one interesting read this week. This book is not for everybody because it touches on the subject of forced seduction (that line that is blurred between rape and consensual sex):
Wanderlust, by Skye Warren, was incredibly dark and touches on very disturbing situations. It was an emotional story. That the author was able to get me, the reader, to root for Hunter after what he had done to Evie, is a job well-done.
And my favorite read this week was the latest contemporary by Julie James, Love Irresistibly.
This book had great banter and was just great overall writing. This was her best of the series, in my opinion.
So, yeah, like I said I got tired of New Adult romances and since I liked Office Affair so much I started looking for similar book recommendations and I found some great suggestions from a Goodreads group.
Anchor and Storm by Kate Poole is a historical erotica with a great story. Here is the blurb:
Edgar Armstrong, Earl of Callander, had not given much thought to marrying and producing an heir…until he meets Emily Sinclair. When their easy companionship grows into love, they learn that Edgar’s progressively debilitating disease could be passed on to his children. As their joy turns to despair Edgar finds a solution. If he can’t get her with child he knows just the man who can. But will Emily agree to his plan?Angus MacNeill, Lord Callander’s groom, thinks Emily married Edgar for his title, his money and the security he can give her. And when Edgar approaches him with a very unusual request Angus questions his master’s motives. Still, it doesn’t stop him from accepting Callander’s terms — it’s the only way he can be with Emily, even if only until she conceives.Deeply in love with Edgar, Emily will do anything he asks of her. But she never suspected he’d ask something like this! Despite Edgar’s reassurances she worries that his plan could destroy their marriage rather than strengthen it. And when she makes her choice, Emily wonders if there’s room enough for two men in her heart — and in her bed.
As y’all can tell from the book, there are hints of ménage a trois. The story is well-written, and I really felt for Emily and Edgar’s predicament. And Angus, I felt so sorry for him when he was clearly in love with Emily too. The author had written the resolution in a way that is very satisfying to the reader and the ending is inevitable but there is a bittersweet HEA.