Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Book Spotlight : Thorne : Rose's Dark Contract by R. B. O'Brien

"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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Excerpt : 

I was a monster, a sadistic prick really. I was sure it had something to do with the fact that my mother was a drunk, a liar, a greedy manipulator who had made me tell lies that changed my life forever.
I’d tried to fix my past. I had in many areas. I had little to no contact with my mother. I’d devoted much of my life to worthy causes, to the underdog. And I’d built a bond with a friend whom I would trust with my life. In fact, I do.
But at thirty-three years old, I still hadn’t been able to trust women in the romantic sense. I didn’t even want to try. I certainly didn’t want to fall in love; and I had pretty much worked out my life so that I was fulfilled both sexually and professionally without any attachment. It had been working out pretty fucking well my entire adult life. But I should have known from the beginning that she would be different. I should have listened to my instincts. Just how different, I would have never been able to guess.
Her name was Victoria. Virtuous, innocent, young, naïve. And I would learn: alone, very alone. Lonely. Sad. Her eyes were boundless with emotion. Brown. Big. In direct contrast to her long, blonde, ridiculously sexy hair...


To write is to descend, excavate, to go underground.”—Anais Nin.

I can’t remember not reading. Even now, I constantly toggle between two to five books on my Kindle in all genres. But I have always been drawn to the more taboo side of storytelling, even as a young adult, from hiding books from my strict Catholic parents as a tween, to getting lost in the erotic section of my favorite bookstore for hours as a college student, discovering such greats as Henry Miller and Pauline Réage.

In my own writing, which I can’t describe as anything but a “trance-like compulsion,” I like to explore the darker nature of relationships, those riddled with the reality of insecurities and human folly. I am drawn to expose the vulnerability, emotional turmoil, and occasional pain that can come from losing oneself in the heat of passion.

I hold a degree in English literature and my writing comes from some hidden, unrecognizable place, very different from the reality of my waking world. I am in love with E.E. Cummings and Anais Nin who continue to inspire me when I write.

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  1. Thank you so much for featuring this! I really appreciate it.

  2. I loved this book! The characters are real and emotionally involving. It is well written and HOT :)

  3. Thank you, Elise! I didn't know your read it. Hope you left a review. xo

  4. I loved this book. You get swept away in the story and emotions. This is a must read!! RB is a talented writer, that pulls you into the story from the first page.

    1. Thanks, Mandi. You are too kind. Working on sequel presently! Eeek!