Ailsa took a deep breath. “Now, I didn’t come here to make a scene. I’m a practical woman. I trained as a zoologist. I understand men’s urges.”
And she does. Pragmatic and world-weary, Ailsa Trewen has confronted several mistresses over the course of her marriage to the philandering Sid. But her plans for an animal sanctuary and a quiet future take an unexpected turn when Sid’s death in the arms of his latest lover leaves her a wealthy widow and she invests in a thriving hotel.
Not just any hotel, but Hotel d’Amour, a luxurious retreat for the businessman and the ‘other woman’. If a quirk of fate can make Ailsa head such an establishment, she might as well put her position to good use. Over gourmet dinners at her ‘mistresses only’ nights, her clients shed their inhibitions and share their experiences, telling tales of lust, envy and revenge as they explore the agonies, ecstasies (and ironies) of adultery. And with shared experience comes some peace, and the promise of another kind of sanctuary for Ailsa… wickedly amusing entertainment.
Thrones of Desire is a place where lust and legend abound, and adventure, passion and danger entwine. Think mystical lands and creatures, kings and queens, knights and renegades, heroes and villains, warlords, maidens and princesses. Think battles and danger, honor and dishonor, good and evil. Most of all, think hearts filled with passion and secret desire. This is a place where romantic chivalry is alive and well, but so too is romantic wickedness. This is a place where the good do not always win, and the bad are often more captivating and desirable than their altruistic counterparts. In these lush and timeless landscapes, the battle for flesh can be as important as the battle for power. Intrigue, sorcery, revenge, lawlessness, dark secrets and mysterious elixirs; entanglements with supernatural beings — everything is possible in these magical mythical landscapes. Inspired by Game of Thrones these imaginative steamy tales transport the reader to fantastical realms. Featuring a special foreword from legendary fantasy author Piers Anthony.
In Killing The Blood Cleaner, Dr. Jack Randolph has a golden and riotous existence as a young society doctor in Atlanta. His world is filled with sensuous women, private clubs and all the entitlements accorded to Atlanta’s elite. Such privilege turns his discreetly required resignation from the Centers for Disease Control into an opportunity for entry into a lucrative private medical practice. Jack looks forward to his upcoming trip to the luxurious Cloister Hotel on Sea Island, Georgia with his lithe fiancé, Annabelle. On the Coast, two women have beautiful dreams of a more glorious existence. Cindy Jessup understands Jack’s world and craves to be released from the web of murder, lies and corruption which is her daily life in her work with Sheriff Roger Odum. Her real desire is to somehow find a way to be a lady in Atlanta and Jack could be that ticket. Nurse Tacy Crandall wonders about her future and shudders at the day she narrowly missed being raped and murdered by inmate Henry Kirk at the Georgia Maximum Security Prison in Lester, Georgia. Her friends warn her she could still end up like the unfortunate female doctor who took her place that day and urge her to quit and find a job in Atlanta or Savannah, where there would be men who could fully appreciate her intelligence and charm.
This cluster of 7½ literary short stories presents to you the romantic-sexual facets of: Narain who lusts for Munika, hypnotized by her bosom in The Arithmetic of Breasts, and old Jaganlal who wants a favour from young Dia in The Room with a Sea-view.
Jackie who is in love with Nic in Sky Park, and the surgeon in Dr. Love who is changing much more than Sneha’s hairline, nose, lip and chin.
Shonali and Neel who are realizing that infidelity might not be such an easy thing in The Scent of a Conscience, and a woman who walks the tight rope between tradition and sexual exploitation in A place they call Scary.
And, Sunil who meets the woman of his desires in What Men Want through an adult dating site.
Through these stories, Rochelle Potkar explores the intensely personal ‘unrelationship’ that exists alongside its conventional twin, the relationship.
Love can be such a “coulda, woulda, shoulda” song sometimes…When Lucia Mpobo-Riddell met Marcus Grant they instantly clicked. Like Fate intervened. Lucia soon discovered that it was Betrayal instead. But now whether they liked it or not they had to work together. But maybe things could still work out between them… All things considered, this could have been one heck of a love song!
Renee Evans has a knack for trouble. After walking in on her best friend and boyfriend in bed together, twenty-five year-old Renee flees sunny Los Angeles and her dream job as a music journalist and returns to her hometown of Boston – only to meet Dylan Cavallari, the mysterious, aspiring musician who lives in her apartment building. Dylan’s piercing gaze and womanizing demeanor make him exactly the type of guy that Renee should steer clear of – which is most likely the reason she falls for him. But when Renee’s troublesome ex comes back and threatens to drive her and Dylan apart, Renee is forced to face her past and save her relationship with Dylan before it’s too late.
Sound Bites dramatizes what happens when Renee finds herself caught between a painful past and an uncertain future. Happiness turns out to be within her grasp, but it all depends on whether she can trust herself enough to make the right decisions. Sound Bites is a novel about love, friendship, betrayal, forgiveness, and the power of music to help you find your way.
Almost everything that happens during sleep— including most of our dreams, the thoughts we have throughout the night and memories of brief awakenings—is forgotten by morning. For Greg Mallet, 28, it’s quite the opposite. Greg was unexpectedly awakened after three years in an accident-related coma. Greg doesn’t remember who he is, nor does he recall his life before the accident. All that he remembers is the abstract dream life he lived while in the coma, which provided him with a very unusual alternate reality. Along comes Shannon Brewster, a lonely, mildly depressed, young female psychiatrist with self-esteem issues; a non-existent social life and her stressful job as a psychiatrist in the mental health unit of a hospital in Portland, Oregon have taken a toll on her psyche. Shannon takes a strong interest in Greg and his rehabilitation. Can their unlikely bond free them both from the misery of their minds?