July 22, 2015

Handling Cynthia, Romance by @Andrea_Dalling #RLFblog #contemporary

This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces the story.

About the Author

Andrea Dalling lives in the sexy Southeast, where the summers are hot and the romance hotter. During the day, she's an award-winning technical writer, but at night, she writes steamy stories. She loves to torture her characters but eventually rewards them with a happily-ever-after. Married to her college sweetheart, she's a progressive Christian and an advocate for LGBT rights. When she's not writing, she enjoys gardening at her Raleigh home and scuba diving in the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea.

Interview with Andrea Dalling

Why did you write this book?
When my high school reunion was coming up a couple of years ago, I realized it would  be fun to write a series about people hooking up with their high school crush at their five-year reunion. This series is about characters having a second chance to say the things they wish they'd said, to do the things they didn't have the courage to do, and to find love with the one they can't forget.
Handling Cynthia, book 2 in the Second Chances series, was particularly fun because it's about a classic high school "good girl" who, it turns out, is into kink—and she's not shy about asking for what she wants. The hero is a departure from the familiar billionaire Dom: he's a grad school student on a budget, a scientist who's sometimes a bit overconfident and makes mistakes in reading what his sub wants. I like writing about characters who are real people working through real problems that readers can relate to in their own lives, and I hope that's what I've done in this book.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I have eclectic tastes and enjoy a wide variety of genres, from the classics to women's fiction to erotic romance. Right now, my favorites genres are gay and BDSM romance. I like romance that has some "forbidden" aspect to it, something that defies social conventions. At the same time, I have pretty conventional ideas about marriage and monogamy, and those things are reflected in my work as well.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. Not a very original answer, but an honest one! I remember reading that book when I was in high school, reading quotes from it to my mom because I thought it was so hilarious. I love how Elizabeth fights for what she believes in and stands up to social pressure, but then also shows the ability to change and admit her mistakes. And it doesn't hurt that Darcy is the ultimate book boyfriend! A man of principles who hasn't had much opportunity to put those principles into action, who for the first time in his life has to prove that he's worthy of a woman, and rises to the occasion.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
Tempting Jordan, book 3 in the Second Chances series, is a gay romance that's just released. A closeted  bisexual has to choose between his golden-boy reputation and coming out for the man he loves. Next up is Commanding the Billionaire, a femdom book that turns the BDSM billionaire trope on its head. The heroine is a smart-mouthed Domme with trust issues and a troubled past, and the hero a strong, nurturing billionaire sub who helps her heal.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Cynthia Darlington can't forget how Trent Weber kissed her before they left for college—backed up against her Mustang, wrists firm in his grip, her body yielding to his desire. Now, five years later, she seeks him out at their class reunion, newly aware of her submissive nature, and hungering for his dominance. With so much time and distance between them, he's practically a stranger now. Giving herself to Trent could be the culmination of all her hopes—or a teenage fantasy gone horribly wrong.
When Trent watched Cyn walk away after their kiss five years ago, it was enough humiliation to last a lifetime. But with one look at her in that tight black dress, his old desire resurfaces—and with it, the dark fantasies of her bound and submitting to his will. He longs to master this beautiful, confident, and supremely independent woman. If he can't convince her to submit to her deepest cravings before the weekend is out, he could lose his last shot at the one who got away.
Handling Cynthia, a BDSM erotic romance novella, is intended for an adult audience. It contains scenes of flirtation, hot kisses, seductive bowling, a spoiled sub, a demanding Dom, second thoughts, and second chances.

About the Book

Title Handling Cynthia
Genre BDSM erotic romance
Author Andrea Dalling
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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