Series: Book One of the Love Conquers None duet
Author: Kilby Blades
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Erotica
Series: Two-part duet. Reading as standalones is possible but not recommended
Tropes: Friends with Benefits, Alpha Heroine/Beta Hero, Tortured Hero, Crime/Justice
Trigger Warnings: Attempted rape in heroine’s past
HEA? Yes, at the end of the second book
The rules are simple: unattached companionship, toe-curling sex and a clean break whenever it ends. And it will end. Darby’s groundbreaking medical research will launch her into career stardom. Michael’s status as an architectural wunderkind will send him to a far-flung locale. Either one can say the single word that will break it off: Snapdragon.
But soul-deep sex is just the beginning. Michael becomes a fierce ally against her misogynist boss, a light to chase away the shadow of her notorious father, and the antidote to her crushing loneliness. Choosing love over ambition is the one thing she said she’d never do. And Darby must fight hard not to fall in love.
GET READY TO FALL IN LOVE WITH SNAPDRAGON
Deeply meaningful, desperately sexual, and inevitably bittersweet, Snapdragon deals with the quandary of choosing love over career, the weight of adulthood and the complexity of modern work-life. It rewrites the book on what a 21st century relationship should look like and keeps the reader wondering how it will end.
EXCERPT #1: THE DEAL
“I wasn’t kidding about the orgasms. They need to be toe-curling and there’d need to be at least four, every time we…”
“What if I promised you five? Would you see me if I promised you five?” He asked again only after he’d gently devoured her mouth once more.
“Lofty goal, Don’t you think?” she murmured against his chin, not waiting for an answer before capturing his lips once again.
“I’m an overachiever,” he said darkly as he pulled back.
“Six?” He nipped at her neck.
She might have laughed at his bravado if kissing him hadn’t felt so good. The idea was ludicrous—six orgasms? Even the four she’d mentioned had been an exaggeration. Still, a stab of anticipatory pleasure tingled up her spine as she realized this talented man might just deliver.
“This ends at sunrise,” she managed, still out of breath as she pulled away long enough to say the words.
“I thought you didn’t do one-night stands.”
“It’s not a one-night stand. It’s an interview.”
EXCERPT #2: LET’S KEEP IT THAT WAY
“You minx,” he accused, with a smile as wicked as his fingers. “I’ve heard of this—women who like watching two guys together.”
She leaned her hips in toward his fingers, increasing the friction.
“So what?” she countered. “Guys love to watch two girls together—it’s the same thing.”
“Tell me what’s hot about it,” he demanded, slipping the long finger of one hand inside her.
“I don’t know…one beautiful man is hot. Two beautiful men is hotter.”
“Have you ever actually seen it in action?”
She angled herself closer to him. “Is that an offer?” She kissed him deeply.
“Hell, no,” he replied when they came up for air, positioning himself over her and fixing her with his eyes as he held them in suspense. “And risk you getting distracted by some other dude who fucks you better than me?”
He entered her sharply, and she half-gasped.
“Nobody fucks me better than you.” It was a confession. She could feel his cock throb at her words. It made her feel powerful.
“Let’s keep it that way.”
LITERARY CRITIQUE OF SNAPDRAGON
Snapdragon deals not only with the quandary of choosing love over career, but also with the weight of adulthood and complexities of modern work-life. Michael is crumbling under the pressure of high expectations. Darby is being sabotaged by a misogynistic boss. Their powerful, intense intimacy does nothing to diminish the fact that deep fears about professional failure make their individual stakes high, and may ultimately drive them apart.
For Darby and Michael, falling in love is just the beginning, and the heart and soul of the story is not about surrendering to the love itself, but about surrendering parts of self in order let the love grow. It is bittersweet, with plenty of sugar to satisfy hopeless romantics, yet with complications that will captivate readers desperate to know whether it will come to a bitter end.
Snapdragon rips open a new chapter in the romance genre, presenting complex characters, intense attraction, complicated choices and modern love for the real world. It is for anyone who struggles with competing priorities and demands on their time, but who wants to believe in love.
We don’t get to choose who we fall in love with, or when that love comes. But we do get to choose how it ends. Snapdragon will cause readers to sigh in satisfaction, ache in empathy, and quiver in anticipation, eager to read the next page. And the next. And the next.
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A business executive by day, a writer of smart contemporary fiction by night, a lover of words and an admirer of the artists who arrange them cleverly. These days, most of what I read is on audiobook (because, whose hands are free long enough to turn pages?) I’m the mother of two, an oenophile, a cinephile, and above all else, a hopeless fic fiend.
“Snapdragon” is my debut original novel, though I spent many years as a well-liked fan fiction author. In the fanfic world, my stories have been read more than 1.4 million times, were favorited more than 5,900 times and received more than 4,200 reviews. Though I haven’t written fan fiction since 2012, I still receive hundreds of reads a day.