Stressing the Hero from The Gazillionaire and the Virgin a BDSM erotic romance by Lisabet Sarai.
Lisabet Sarai occasionally tackles other genres, but BDSM will always be her first love. Every one of her nine novels includes some element of power exchange, while her D/s short stories range from mildly kinky to intensely perverse.
About the Book
Title The Gazillionaire and the Virgin
Genre Contemporary BDSM Erotic Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
When Silicon Valley entrepreneur Rachel Zelinsky meets reclusive genius Theo Moore, she finds him strangely compelling. Theo is both arrogant and socially awkward, but he has an aura of power that speaks to Rachel’s carefully-hidden submissive side. Disturbed and aroused, she tries to focus on her original objective—a deal to incorporate his Artificial Intelligence software into her company’s popular virtual world. Rachel’s not a woman who lets pleasure interfere with business, but for some reason, she can’t resist Theo’s geeky appeal.
Theo Moore can’t be bought. His past battles with poverty make him deeply suspicious of the billionaire CEO. Still, with her voluptuous curves and brilliant mind, Rachel embodies his ultimate sexual fantasy. Too bad his knowledge about sex derives from extensive research and a stash of kinky porn rather than real-world experience.
That doesn’t bother Rachel, however. In his bed—in his arms—in his bonds—she discovers the bliss of total surrender. Rachel may be Theo’s first lover, but Theo is Rachel’s first true Master—and the first man to truly touch her heart. It seems that love may harmonize their differing goals and values, until Rachel’s unwitting violation of Theo’s trust threatens to tear them apart forever.
Stressing the Hero
Every hero has a story. He has a background, a history, and a past. This interview allows us to meet a hero and get to know him better, by focusing on how he handles being relaxed, as well as how he handles stress.
The Hero's Relaxed Side
This hero is at a party. Considering his story, describe the party.
Theo actually does attend a party in the book, a fund-raising event for his technology charity Code in the Hood (CIH) that’s organized by the heroine, Rachel Zelinsky. The event takes place at the Computer History Museum, a real museum in Silicon Valley. There’s an open bar, a buffet, a band playing soft rock, and lots of technology executives with cash to burn milling around.
He’s anything but relaxed, though!
How does the hero feel about being this particular party, and what body language is he displaying that gives it away?
He’d rather be almost anywhere else. He parks himself at a table in the corner and fidgets with the CIH brochures stacked up in the center, at least until Rachel drags him out to socialize with potential donors.
Is he more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
He’d much rather remain aloof, but Rachel won’t let him. However, once he gets started talking about the charity which is his personal passion, his nervousness disappears.
If he drinks, what is his drink of choice at this party?
At this party he has his first taste of champagne. And he likes it very much!
How much drink is his usual?
Theo hardly ever drinks. Once he tastes the champagne, though, he wants more.
The hero figures out where the hiding places are and then goes there. Is it to hide, to avoid someone, or to go drag a friend back to the party?
Theo would love to hide. Crowds and strangers make him terribly anxious.
Is he likely to latch onto a friend and stay with him/her and ignore others, or is he the friend that others latch onto?
He hangs on to Rachel for dear life. She’s the only person he knows at the party, and the only one who can keep him from panicking.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the hero going to handle it?
If you asked Theo this question in the abstract, he’d tell you that he’d run and hide. In fact, he’d probably try to break up the fight, then possibly freak out afterward.
Is the hero the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
He’s not likely to get tossed out. He’s generally pretty mild-mannered. It’s pretty difficult to imagine him tossing anyone else out, though physically he could manage this.
Will he know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?
He’d rather not be there at all, so he’d probably leave as soon as he could slip away.
The Hero's Stressed Out Side
How does the hero handle it if the cops or some other authority figure pulls him aside when he was blameless in a situation?
He will try to reason with the cops. He might get sarcastic. If he’s not successful in convincing them to release him, he’ll probably sulk.
How does the hero react to hearing a scream?
His first reaction will be to try and discover who screamed, and why. If he believes someone is being hurt, he’ll temporarily forget his self-consciousness
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?
He wonders what was going on, and why.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing he does?
In fact, he probably wades into the fray, trying to pull the assailant off the victim. Later, he won’t believe he’s done this.
This hero attempts to rescue someone and realizes that he is in over his head. The odds are against him and there is no way out. He is going to get his butt handed to him. What does he do?
When Theo can’t utilize his physical skills to implement the rescue, he’ll fall back on his intellectual abilities. He’ll try to figure out some way to trick his opponents, or to sneak away.
The hero runs into the one person from his past he wanted to avoid. He can't get out of the situation and must interact with him/her in some way. What does he do?
He becomes very stiff and formal. He keep his words to a minimum, saying only what is absolutely necessary.
Someone younger than the hero is in charge of the situation, and they are handling it badly, perhaps bungling things. How does the hero deal with it?
He’s surprisingly bossy, giving instructions and perhaps getting a bit impatient if the person in charge doesn’t obey. He might resort to sarcasm or ridicule.
The hero is in physical pain but must bear up under it and keep going. What does he tell himself in order to get through the situation?
He thinks about the safety and comfort of his home, and how good it will feel to finally arrive there.
What mentor's words come to mind in a bad situation?
“Don’t underestimate yourself. Expect to succeed.”
What lesson from his past gets him through a stressful situation?
He remembers how he saved Rachel from a cyber-assault. That reminds him how powerful he really is.
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