Today I have the honor of hosting R.B. O’Brien, a mistress of erotic suspense, sensual torment, orgasm denial and love stories with a side of darkness, as well as one of the founders of the Nu Romantics. Today she presents to your attention the re-release of her novel The Edge of Torment, previously published as three books under the series name Natalie’s Edge: Temptation, Fall and Redemption. (You can find my review of Temptation here.) Now you can get the three volumes at once, at a special pre-order price. Check it out, it’s a delicious read.
At the EDGE of pleasure often lies a little pain…
He didn’t think he was capable of love; she thought she had everything she ever needed. But when former ballet dancer and entrepreneur Annabelle Smith and environmentalist Michael Black meet, they are thrust into a headlong relationship that may devastate them both.
Falling almost too fast for this enigmatic, controlling man, Annabelle is both excited and terrified by the fine line Michael walks between his dark and light side, as he introduces her to a world of games, bondage, and punishments. And to her surprise, she likes her submission. She likes the control he wields. And he cannot have it any other way. He likes to bring Annabelle to the edge, and she likes the edge he brings her to. Pleasure has never felt so good.
But can Michael fully let go of his trust issues and fall in love? Or will his past leave Annabelle on the EDGE of TORMENT?
~ “O’Brien is the Grand Mistress of foreplay, edging and denial”
~ …”the sexual tension had me quivering”
~ “I…admire how the author winds the romance around a real story of environmental consciousness”
~ “O’Brien’s work is true erotic literature”
~ “I kept thinking of Heathcliff”
~ …”threaded with references to the dance—ballet–lend[s]credibility to the romance that is taking place”
~ “The two [characters] make an explosive combination”
A part of me wished he had forcefully taken me and tied me to the chair. Then I could cry wolf and not admit that I wanted this, something so…deviant. I was so wet, eager for him to do as he wished, and I knew he would see that as soon as I removed my jeans. But I just didn’t want to accept that I was actually feeling this way. I was losing the game, and we had not even started.
“What’ll it be, Annabelle? Your choice.”
I shut my eyes, inhaled deeply, and knew in my heart that I was going to go through with this. I wanted him. I was wildly turned on by the thought of being his, like that, at his mercy. But I struggled to admit it, to just let go and feel. It made me feel guilty and yet I couldn’t turn back.
I took off the blazer and jeans, leaving on my red heels. He wasted no time. “Sit,” he ordered, and I sat down in the oversized, lush dining room chair. “It is nice to see that you actually own panties, Annabelle,” he joked and exhaled long and loud. “God, Annabelle. I don’t think I’ve ever seen legs quite so long, so perfect.”
I sat as instructed, with a crimson blush covering my face to match my shoes. He left the room and when he came back into the dining room, he had a silk tie and a pair of handcuffs. I was dripping wet, embarrassed, and somewhat scared. He came around the back of the chair, pulled my arms behind me, and tied them behind the back of the chair with the soft tie, tightly. My chest pushed straight out. He looked into my eyes and I knew he could see my desire. I involuntarily squirmed. “God,” he repeated. “Your looks may be the death of me.”
My belly flip-flopped, clenching, tightening with a pool of intense desire that was almost a painful rush, as my blood seemed to throb and pulse only in that one place. Knowing I was turning him on as much as he was turning on me, gave me the confidence to continue his game, but I couldn’t speak.
R.B. O’Brien has always been drawn to the more taboo side of storytelling, even as a young adult, from hiding books from strict Catholic parents as a teen to getting lost in the erotic sections of bookstores for hours. She is best known for her two contemporary erotic romance series, Thorne and Imogen, which explore the darker, erotic nature of relationships, those riddled with the gritty reality of insecurities and human folly. Her writing exposes the vulnerability, emotional turmoil, and pain that can come from losing oneself in the heat of passion.
O’Brien holds a degree in English literature and teaches for a living in the Northeast, USA. She is a founding member of The Nu Romantics, which tries to elucidate the romantic found in all things, even pain and longing. She is a published poet, a professor, a writer, a dancer, and a die-hard romantic, known for her writing prompts on social media, especially #writingromancelines. O’Brien also has a profound affection for Shakespeare and beyond that writes. Every chance she gets.
The Nu Romantics: https://www.