I confess: I’ve always harbored a secret love for naughty books.
I know, I know. We’re grown-ups now. I can own up to this in public. You all understand, don’t you?
But when I was younger, I had to be much more circumspect. Sneaky, even. I think it started around sixth grade when I found my mom’s copy of The Joy of Sex. Oh yeah, I did. After school, in the couple of hours I was trusted to be home by myself (ha!), I would slip into her bedroom, rummage through her bedside table and get out the book. I read it cover to cover. More than once. But even then, the image that electrified me was the drawing of a woman tied to the bed.
It gave me all kinds of crazy feelings. And I wondered if it was wrong to find it sexy.
As I grew older, I found other books, other stories. I discovered Anais Nin, The Story of O and Anne Rice’s Beauty series. I gobbled them, always with a delicious sense of the illicit. As a very strong and independent woman, I thought maybe I shouldn’t find this kind of naughtiness oh so very attractive.
But I am a grown-up now. I still find it fascinating, what makes a strong woman want to give in, to give up control. That’s why I wanted to write about Taylor and Kirliss. He’s attracted to her strength and her smarts. With him, she’s able to allow herself to enjoy the dark intimacy she can’t bring herself to ask for.
I’d love to give a copy of Sapphire away to a commenter. Tell me about the first naughty book you read and how you found it. I’ll never tell.
Or, if you’re a Kindle girl, like me, you can get it from Amazon here.
Jeffe took the crooked road to writing, stopping off at neurobiology, religious studies and environmental consulting before her creative writing began appearing in places like Redbook, Puerto del Sol, Wyoming Wildlife, Under the Sun and Aeon. An erotic novella, <i>Petals and Thorns</i>, came out under her pen name of Jennifer Paris in 2010, heralding yet another branch of her path, into erotica and romantic fantasy fiction. Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, with two Maine coon cats, a border collie, plentiful free-range lizards and frequently serves as a guinea pig for an acupuncturist-in-training.</p> <p>Find her on Facebook (<a href=” />https://www.facebook.com/jeffe.kennedy) and Twitter (@jeffekennedy) or visit her at her website https://jeffekennedy.com/.
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