Erotic Romance, Suspense Romance, Erotica (bdsm)
Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven…the primrose path—Shakespeare
William Thorne is a powerful man with dark needs and a troubled past who doesn’t have the time nor the desire for romantic relationships or notions.
Through meticulous planning and iron-clad contracts, Thorne has managed to maintain a modicum of balance, control, and happiness by employing personal assistants to aid him in all aspects of his professional and personal life.
Sex with no strings attached. Obedience without questions. An arrangement of mutual benefit. No mess. No love. No expectations. Nothing beyond a signed contract.
But when Thorne meets recent music grad, Victoria Rose, the shy and beautiful down-on-her-luck waitress, obsession replaces his carefully constructed thinking. He becomes so fixated on having her, without a full understanding of who she is, that he rushes her contract, making mistake after mistake before the ink even dries. His once neat and controlled existence becomes blurred and smudged.
Can the mistakes he makes be erased from Rose’s dark contract? Or will the damage leave an indelible mark that nobody could have seen coming?
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Suddenly, Victoria stopped playing and just stared back at the three of us. I could see her blush and felt the heaviness of her emotional energy. She had gone to another place in her mind and she forced her focus to come back to the present. Her breathing was slightly erratic. Her eyes, so filled with passion, intense fervor, I wanted to pick her up, carry her out of there, and fuck her brains out in the back of the Lincoln. I wanted to take her back to the house, tie her spread eagle and lick and suck and touch every inch of her body.
I tried to look away from her to respond to Mark, but I was glued. “Do whatever the fuck you want,” I hissed. “I’ve gotta run.” I slammed my glass down and stood.
She never removed her eyes from mine. “Are we leaving?” she called over to me as I waved goodbye in her direction, trying to remain casual, unaffected. I just kept walking. “William!” She stood and began to approach me. She caught up to me, and I couldn’t take my eyes off her. Her breasts pushed up and down with her breathing. She was nervous or excited. I couldn’t tell. It just made my cock harder. Her flushed face tilted to look up at me. Without even trying, she made me want her more.
I bent down to her ear. “Get in the fucking car, Victoria,” I said through gritted teeth.
Mark was on us like a fly to sticky paper. “Victoria,” he called. “Mr. Thorne is busy. I’ll take you home, don’t worry. But, first. The job is yours if you want it. You are incredibly talented, Victoria. This gig is beneath you, but I’d love to have you. I’m prepared to pay you double my initial offer.”
I began to walk. She had a choice to make, and I wasn’t about to tell her again to get in the car.
“Oh thank you, Mark,” she gushed. God, she needed a full-on spanking. “I would love the job. Thank you so much!”
Mark went in to give her a hug, and she stopped him. “But I’m exhausted. I think I’ll drive home with Ralph and Mr. Thorne? Long day…can I call you tomorrow?”
I turned to walk towards the car, calling over my shoulder. “See you later, Mark.”
“Um,” Mark stumbled. “Yeah. Bye, William.” He turned to Victoria and tried to whisper so I couldn’t hear. “Please stay, Victoria.”
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About the Author:
R.B. O’Brien has always been drawn to the more taboo side of storytelling, even as a young adult, from hiding books from strict Catholic parents as a teen to getting lost in the erotic sections of bookstores for hours. She is best known for her erotic romance series, Thorne, Natalie’s Edge, and imogen and explores the darker, erotic nature of relationships, those riddled with the reality of insecurities and human folly, exposing the vulnerability, emotional turmoil, and occasional pain that can come from losing oneself in the heat of passion.
O’Brien holds a degree in English literature and teaches for a living in the Northeast, USA. She is a founding member of The Nu Romantics, which tries to elucidate the romantic found in all things, even pain and longing. She is a poet, a professor, a writer, a dancer, and a die-hard romantic, known for her poetry prompts on social media #writingromancelines, #sixwords, and #foundpoetry. O’Brien also has a profound affection for Shakespeare and beyond that writes. Every chance she gets.
Ruin My Lipstick is her first poetry collection.
“Poetry is what my soul bleeds when I’m not looking…”
How many books do you currently have published? I have three series published. Thorne has 3 installments of full-length books; Natalie’s Edge as well. Imogen has 8 installments, the first four sold separately or in a bundled set. The last four are in a boxed set as well. I have also just published my first poetry book of romantic and erotic poetry, among other themes.
What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? I think Thorne: Rose’s Dark Secret, the second in the trilogy was my favorite. It is where the story really begins to reveal its inner workings and secrets. It’s strong on character development and relationships.
Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? Yes. I am compiling the Thorne series into one boxed set, both ebook format and print. I am three-quarters through my New Adult Romance, which will be released this summer or 2018.
What do you enjoy most about writing? The freedom to be who I cannot be in real life. The release and creative outlet it affords me to explore my sensuality.
Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it? I have not yet. (Knock on wood). I teach during the school year and write during my vacations. I get so deep into my characters’ journeys that I almost feel like I’m living within their worlds quite viscerally.
Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you? Yes. Twice! The second Thorne ends not at all how I sketched it. And The Natalie’s Edge series, Redemption, the last in the series had a twist I did not envision at all. But real life experiences have a funny way of sticking their big noses where they don’t belong.
Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why? My personal favorite character is William Thorne. He has every reason to be the way he is. But at his core, he is good and kind and fights for the underdog, caring about fighting causes, in his case, the tobacco industry, that are worth fighting. He is not one-dimensional. He required me to do a bit of research, which I always enjoy. Michael is a close second. And the same holds true for him. He is an environmentalist who studied in one of the most prestigious colleges in the world for that. Some of the things I wrote are actually happening, which is pretty amazing. Plus, they both happen to appeal to my kink.
So far, what has been your favorite scene to write? A fight scene. But I also enjoyed a very dark sex scene in Thorne, which serves as a turning point in the story.
What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? I have learned that we must write for ourselves and develop an organic following, not one born out of reciprocation. I have also learned to decide how you want to be perceived and do everything in your power to make that happen. If you copy or try an insincere route, the facade quickly can fade. Finally, surround yourself with good friends and fellow writers, who share your vision and who are there for support. I am fortunate to have The Nu Romantics.
If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why? It really depends on what they like. All deal with the dark, alpha male who must find self love before he can love. Imogen is my darkest tale, with a Stockholm Syndrome-esque idea, but with the kindest of my dominant males. Michael is witty. Thorne is brooding…so I would ask them what they like. My poetry is my baby, though. And I’m most proud of that as a writer.
Do you have any extras you’d like to share, like a teaser about an upcoming new release, a summary of a deleted scene, or a teaser about a surprising plot twist or character? I’d love to share a teaser from Ruin My Lipstick.
Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read? I read everything and anything…but if it doesn’t hold my attention within the first 50/100 pages, I’m done. Sadly, most erotica does that for me. I do love the classics. Find the erotic in most of them. I’m a fan of the Victorian-era romances, especially Wuthering Heights. In fact, many of my fans liken my characters to Heathcliff. I love poetry. Lang Leav and Rupi Kaur. Michael Faudet and E.E. Cummings for sure. I love Tim O’Brien’s work, Hawthorne, Fitzgerald, Poe, Hemingway and so many others. I’m also in love with Shakespeare.
What about television shows? Movies? Not so much.
Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why? I hate to say it. But Fifty Shades of Grey changed my life as it inspired me to finally publish my work. The other, early on, was The Scarlet Letter. I loved the dark mysticism, the romance, and the suspense. I still love that book. Hell, I love everything Hawthorne wrote.
Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions? Not yet. I enjoy my anonymity.
If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? I write therefore I am. When I don’t, I drown.