by Delphine Dryden, author of The Principle of Desire (Carina Press)
When I started writing The Principle of Desire, I had a different kind of hero in mind. He would be a great guy, a kind and honest friend, a generous lover…but normal, you know? A guy like we all know, the guy most of us date and marry, out here in the real world where people have sedentary day jobs and cheekbones that aren’t even a little bit chiseled. Not an ugly guy, or a diamond in the rough who turns out to actually be smoking hot under that scruff. Just…a regular guy.
His name is Ed. And he’s a peach. A bit of a horndog, but in a wholesome way. And don’t let the grumpiness fool you. Once he likes you, he’ll be as sweet and loyal as an old faithful dog.
Here are three good reasons to give a hero like Ed a try!
1) He isn’t in better shape than you. Ed doesn’t have ripped abs or sculpted thighs. Ed works at a computer all day, and he hasn’t been to a gym since high school. You will never have that nagging feeling that what he’d really like is for you to go lift some weights with him (though if you’re into it, he’d probably go along if you asked!).
2) He has no ulterior motive. Ed’s smart (he’s a rocket scientist), but he’s not that complicated. He’s hungry for intelligent companionship and sexy times. Also pie. If he doesn’t like something he will straight-up tell you, because he has weak social skills so he’s pretty blunt. You will always know where you stand with Ed.
3) He is fine with making up the rules as the two of you go along. Like a lot of smart folks, Ed sees societal norms as more a rough guideline than a set of rules. When he finds out Beth is kinky, he doesn’t feel intimidated or think she’s bad news. He says, “Sure, why not, I’ll give this stuff a shot.” Like all scientists, Ed is down to experiment. And oh boy, does he ever experiment.
Intrigued? Get a little Ed in your bookshelf for the holidays! And enjoy a side serving of Ivan and Cami from The Theory of Attraction in an exclusive new bonus short story (and if you haven’t read The Theory of Attraction yet, now’s the time, because it’s free at the moment!).
Happy holidays, and happy reading!
About The Principle of Desire:
Book three of The Science of Temptation
1 sexy switch + 1 nerdy newbie = a master class in seduction
After several years as a submissive, psychology lecturer Beth is eager to experience being on the other end of the whip for a change. When she meets sweet but socially awkward Ed at a party, it’s obvious the aerospace engineer is interested–and obvious he’s way too vanilla.
When tracking down a friend lands him in a BDSM club, Ed’s eyes are opened to a whole other world–and a whole other side of Beth. Then Beth’s former Master shows up, and Ed agrees to play along as her sub in exchange for a real date. The biggest surprise of the evening? How much he enjoys letting her take control…
Beth’s ex makes it clear he wants her back, but she needs more from a relationship than he can offer–and not just the freedom to explore her switch side. At first Ed is just an enthusiastic student. But the more she gets to know him, in and out of the bedroom, the more Beth wonders if he’s everything she desires…
Includes Solving for X, an all-new Science of Temptation bonus scene