When Sex and Love are One and the Same

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By Anna del Mar, author of AT THE BRINK

Let’s face it: In the age of hook-up apps, sex and love rarely go together. No judgment here. Most of us have ditched the trappings of the medieval sex age and embraced the benefits of safe, consensual sex. But as an erotic romance writer, I’m always looking for that extra sizzle that takes it up a few notches and elevates the thrill and excitement of the sexual act into the realm of the blissfully sublime.

I do that in two ways. First, I choose to tell a story where sex is not just a want; it’s a need—a compulsion birthed from the soul and translated to the flesh, a healing force born of the merger of our strengths and weaknesses. Second, I want to tell a story where sex matters, where the act is the vehicle and love is the ultimate destination.

It’s a tall order, I know, but I had a blast doing just that as I wrote At the Brink, a smart, sexy, high-impact, contemporary erotic romance, the first in my series about wounded warriors who enter into a sexual agreement only to discover love’s extraordinary healing power.

Josh Lane, decorated war hero and former SEAL, has transformed himself into one of Boston’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs. He is blunt, ruthless, intense and exacting, a workaholic driven by internal demons, a man who doesn’t play games, except in bed, of course, where he is always in control. When a business associate approaches him with an unusual—not to mention scandalous—trade, Josh isn’t interested, until he meets the woman at the center of the proposal. His meticulously constructed world goes to hell when he shakes hands with Lily Boswell.

Lily Boswell teeters at the brink of disaster. A talented but stifled artist, she’s trapped in a loveless marriage, exhausted from working to make ends meet and crippled by severe bouts of anxiety. She has no idea how to reclaim her life, passions and freedom—that is, until her scheming husband persuades her to enter into a sexual agreement with the enigmatic Josh Lane.

What follows is a tale of intrigue and sexual obsession, where Josh and Lily rely on each other to overcome the dangers of a ruthless world filled with hostile takeovers, cyber espionage, spurned lovers and betrayal. But here’s the key to all the action and what makes this novel different and unique: While these two are exploring sex, kink and everything in between, unbeknown to themselves, they’re also discovering their mutual secrets, confronting their fears and healing together. For them, love is sex and sex is their love’s greatest expression.

It all goes to show that love and sex are not always the same, but when they join together, they transform into a powerful, life-changing force.

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At the Brink, book one

A Story of Sexual Obsession

Lily:

I should never have agreed to it.

A woman will do a lot to keep her husband happy. But when my husband sells me to the highest bidder—billionaire, former navy SEAL, pride of Boston’s business scene—I agree, not to keep him happy, but because it gives me the chance to finally escape. Escape my marriage, escape my debts, escape my life…

Josh Lane demands a steep price: my pride and my morals. But the truth is, I’ve never felt anything like what I feel for him. He brings color into my gray world. And his insistence that I submit to his commands—his depraved, filthy, amazingcommands—only feeds my craving to be taken by him. Again. And again.

I should never have agreed to it, but I’m so glad I did.

Josh:

I don’t need to pay to keep women in my bed. Though my preferences may be unorthodox, I never leave a woman unsatisfied—far from it. Lily Boswell, though… Her innocence draws me, her secrets intrigue me. Having her is worth dealing with her cowardly scum of a husband.

I want to release her passions and heal her wounds.

On my terms.

Because the blindfolds and restraints hide more than she could imagine. I must keep her safe from the people who would destroy me—and the demons that haunt my dreams.

Anna del Mar writes hot, smart romances that soothe the soul, challenge the mind, and satisfy the heart. Her stories focus on strong heroines struggling to find their place in the world and the brave, sexy, kickass, military heroes who defy the limits of their broken bodies to protect the women they love. She is the author of The Asset (Carina Press), the first novel of her Wounded Warrior series and three other novels scheduled for release during 2016.

A Georgetown University graduate, Anna enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, and the sea. Writing is her addiction, her drug of choice, and what she wants to do all the time. The extraordinary men and women she met during her years as a Navy wife inspire the fabulous heroes and heroines at the center of her stories. When she stays put—which doesn’t happen very often—she lives in Florida with her indulgent husband and two very opinionated cats.

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