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Release: May 2nd 2016 by Carina Press
A Story of Sexual Obsession
Lily: I should never have agreed to it. A woman will do a lot to keep her husband happy. But when my husband sells me to the highest bidder—billionaire, former Navy SEAL, pride of Boston’s business scene—I agree, not to keep him happy but because it gives me the chance to finally escape. Escape my marriage, escape my debts, escape my life …
Josh Lane demands a steep price: my pride and my morals. But the truth is, I’ve never felt anything like what I feel for him. He brings color into my gray world. And his insistence that I submit to his commands—his depraved, filthy, amazing commands—only feeds my craving to be taken by him. Again. And again. I should never have agreed to it, but I’m so glad I did.
Josh: I don’t need to pay to keep women in my bed. Though my preferences may be unorthodox, I never leave a woman unsatisfied—far from it. Lily Boswell, though … her innocence draws me, her secrets intrigue me. Having her is worth dealing with her cowardly scum of a husband.
I want to release her passions and heal her wounds .On my terms. Because the blindfolds and restraints hide more than she could imagine. I must keep her safe from the people who would destroy me—and the demons that haunt my dreams.
About Anna Del Mar
Anna del Mar writes hot, smart romances that soothe the soul, challenge the mind, and satisfy the heart. Her stories focus on strong heroines struggling to find their place in the world and the brave, sexy, kickass, military heroes who defy the limits of their broken bodies to protect the women they love. She is the author of The Asset (Carina Press), the first novel of her Wounded Warrior series and three other novels scheduled for release during 2016.
A Georgetown University graduate, Anna enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, and the sea. Writing is her addiction, her drug of choice, and what she wants to do all the time. The extraordinary men and women she met during her years as a Navy wife inspire the fabulous heroes and heroines at the center of her stories. When she stays put—which doesn’t happen very often—she lives in Florida with her indulgent husband and two very opinionated cats.
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- How did you research At the Brink?
Thank you so much for having me on BookHounds today. You wanted to know how I researched At the Brink, my newest novel, my first erotic romance, a tale of intrigue, dark lust and sexual obsessions. In a nutshell? Researching At the Brink was not only a fascinating, eye-opening experience. It was also a lot of fun.
In At the Brink, Josh Lane is a decorated war hero, a former SEAL and a business tycoon. He’s blunt, ruthless, intense and exacting; a workaholic driven by internal demons; a man who doesn’t play games, except in bed, of course, where he is always in command. Lily Boswell is trapped in a dangerous situation and Josh has no problem taking advantage of that—to protect her and to get her into his bed.
I was lucky that I could draw from my own experience to develop the basis for Josh’s character. In my years as a Navy wife, I met many SEALs who lived in our military community. I learned a lot about them. So, when it came to developing Josh’s profile, I just had to update, tap into some of my contacts and read everything out there written by these fascinating, incredible warriors or related to them. To this day, I continue to be in awe of their courage.
The research about wounded warriors was more sobering. Once again, reading and reaching out to the military community provided the best and most thorough research experiences for me. Visiting the forums that are open to the public and listening directly to our wounded warriors immersed me in a world that revealed the daunting challenges they confront. But most importantly, I was blown out of the water by the incredible spirit these warriors consistently show in their journey toward recovery and by the camaraderie and support they share with each other. I was inspired by their stories.
Crafting my heroine’s character required me to dwell into a variety of fascinating subjects. From panic attacks to painting—Lily Boswell’s occupation—my heroine gave me a run for my money. You see, at the beginning of the story she’s shy, tentative, insecure. The novel is really all about change and, as it develops, Lily evolves into the strong, independent woman we meet at the end. The ideal reader for At the Brink loves a good build up, understands the complexities of the human soul and appreciates an erotic story with intricate twists. Love changes both, Lily and Josh, and I absolutely loved researching all of the elements of this transformation.
But perhaps the best part of the reseach had to do with the erotic aspects of At the Brink. There’s a lot of sex in the novel, kinky, graphic, transformative sex that leads to discovery, growth and true love. I had a blast researching those aspects of the novel, particularly because Josh Lane is so creative and prolific. The kink in the story pushed me into new territory. Learning about sex-friendly furniture, body paints and sexual accesories was…well…how should I put it? Priceless. Let’s just say there’s a lot of creative sex out there and the exploration was as fun and…what’s the right word?…ah, yes…enlightning. J
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