Red Hot BDSM Nerdmance

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When I set out to write THE THEORY OF ATTRACTION, I had one goal in mind. I wanted a Dominant hero of a type I’d never seen in a BDSM erotic romance. A type I very much wanted to see.

I wanted a nerd.

I don’t mean just a guy who looks a little like Clark Kent, or a hero who’s a bit shy around women. I don’t mean a character who seems nerdy at first but turns into a traditional romance hero a quarter of the way through the book. I mean an actual nerd-nerd. And here’s why (with a hat tip to the seminal film classic, Revenge of the Nerds): All jocks ever think about is sports…all nerds ever think about is sex.

While that may not be completely accurate, it speaks to a fundamental quality of nerds (and, to some extent, geeks). If a nerd is interested in something, he/she will suck up knowledge about that topic like a dry sponge. It’s not enough to have a passing familiarity with it, a survey-course sort of acquaintance (though many nerds do have an astonishing breadth of knowledge, just from incidental learning). No, if a nerd takes a fancy to a subject, he’s going to want to know ALL THE THINGS about it. More things, better things, the history of the subject, how to achieve the high score. He’ll write algorithms describing how to do whatever it is, only better. A died-in-the-wool nerd may literally forget to sleep, eat, and perform basic hygiene functions for days, weeks on end, when caught in the grip of this overwhelming drive to master a new thing. Alas, I speak from personal experience.

At some point in his late adolescence, my hero Ivan found out about BDSM. And as I envision it, he probably spent the next several months (at least) in a learning fugue state about kink. He’s incredibly disciplined and uncannily good at compartmentalizing, so he didn’t miss a beat in his studies or research. But every spare moment would have been devoted to mastering…Mastering. He got obsessed and is still, to a certain extent, obsessed. It’s the only way he knows how to be.

The result is a Dominant who is very far from an alpha male. He is, instead, what my first critique partner to read this book called “a weird, kinky f*cker.” But Camilla isn’t complaining, and I hope readers won’t be either!

Here’s the blurb:

Camilla can set her watch by her hunky rocket-scientist neighbor who jogs past her window each day. She relishes each glimpse of his shirtless abs, and is dying to see more. But it’s hard to connect with a man who doesn’t seem to know she exists…Ivan feels at home in the lab, not in social situations.

When he finally approaches his attractive neighbor, it’s not for a date—he wants tutoring in how to behave at an important fundraiser. Ivan doesn’t expect the chemistry between them to be quite so explosive, and is surprised when Cami actually accepts his proposal to embark on a series of “lessons”.

Cami soon discovers Ivan’s schedule isn’t the only thing he likes to be strict about—he needs to be charge in the bedroom as well. She’s shocked at how much she comes to enjoy her submissive side, but wonders if a real relationship is in the equation…

Already convinced? Buy THE THEORY OF ATTRACTION on the Carina Press web site!

Okay, I showed you mine, now show me yours: Tell me about the nerds in your life. Or if you’re a big ol’ nerd yourself, speak up and represent! Just be sure to leave a comment below – one lucky, random commenter will win a $10.00 Amazon gift card at the end of the day!


Delphine Dryden writes naughty books while living with her family in unapologetic suburban bliss near Houston, Texas. You can read more about Del, read an excerpt from THE THEORY OF ATTRACTION, and learn about Del’s other books at her website: www.delphinedryden.com

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15 thoughts on “Red Hot BDSM Nerdmance”

  1. CJ Lemire says:

    Three chapters in, and I have to say you nailed the aspie-like nerd qualities of Ivan’s character: the obsessive focus on things he’s interested in, the way being around other people sucks energy out of someone as introverted as he is, and even the culture of science geeks in a pretty closed academic environment. I know people in real life who are exactly like Ivan. Exactly. Well done!

  2. Thanks, CJ! Yep. And I even tried to avoid harping on the “what makes an introvert” thing, but…yeah, SO that. But it’s easy peasy for me to write characters like that, because I know those people. I am those people. I’m married to it, I spawned more of it, it’s all up in my extended family…it’s definitely a book by, about and for the clinically nerdy :-)

    I’ll be interested to know what you think about the way it translates to BDSM when you get to that point.

  3. Geonn Cannon says:

    Combine two of my current crushes and you have the ultimate nerd… one works in a library, and the other rocks a pair of black, square-framed eyeglasses. Both beautiful, could be sisters…

    I don’t agree with Dorothy Parker’s assesment. Men don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses? The right pair of glasses can make any woman into a goddess. And throw in a lab jacket, and you can just call me finished.

    Smart is so sexy. Smart people know all the right buttons to push and when to push them.

  4. They sound hipster-tastic. I’ll bet they’re tall brunettes, aren’t they?

  5. Geonn Cannon says:

    Actually no! The librarian is my height, maybe a little shorter and kind of a dirty-blonde. And the one in the glasses is SO PETITE I call her “the Waif.” Seriously, she’s fragile. Her entire body is just… compact. Not dangerously thin or sickly small, just like that’s all the space she needed to take up in the universe. I apparently like them petite. ;D

  6. Fair enough. I can hardly object to that.

  7. Geonn Cannon says:

    …I actually said all that without realizing to whom I was speaking. ;D

  8. Lori says:

    So happy when I see books with nerdy characters. I’m also married to a nerd and a bit of one myself. I personally am not one to swoon for a typical alpha male. I just heard about this book on Carina Press’ facebook so I’ll check it out.

  9. Yay! I hope you enjoy it :-) It has more than its fair share of nerdiness, that’s for darn sure.

  10. CJ Lemire says:

    I swear, I worked for this guy once. Either that, or he’s my firstborn’s high school buddy slash college roommate.

  11. Justine says:

    I’ve been longing for romances with H/H who are true STEM* nerds. My mister is a rocket scientist. I am jumping on this book! Also, please be so kind as to point me to more nerdy romances. :)

    *STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

  12. I totes love STEM nerds! Daughter of an engineer, married to a techie, here :-D Um, Vicki Lewis Thompson’s first nerd book had an actual nerd in it (title escapes me, but it was nerdy). You might also try looking through the archives at wonkomance.com, because a lot of the heroes are, while not necessarily nerds, broody and introspective in a way that is very similar.

  13. This sounds absolutely delightful!

  14. By the way, congrats to Geonn, you win the Amazon gift certificate! Check your email for details :-)

  15. Geonn Cannon says:

    My face is a shocked face right now! I just wanted to talk about sexy nerds! :D Whoo!

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