Athletic and beautiful Violet Chase is an affluent, suburban dream, the trophy wife of a successful attorney. When Shane, a handsome and adoring young Adonis moves in for the summer, she realizes the dream she embodies was never her own. Shane’s hot, youthful desire begins to awaken the real Violet Chase, a woman of passionate appetites who can no longer be repressed. Then the soothing voice of a distant stranger begins to reassure her that her own dreams can only be denied for so long before the inevitable, emotional implosion. As Violet embarks on a journey through her own passion, will she burn down the ruins of her former self? What choice will she finally make between the two men who see her for who she truly is?
WORD COUNT: 51,898
I come out to lie in the sun. Blanket. Soft grass. July noon leering down hard. Light and heat trickles over skin and sinew, seeps into muscle and bone. I feel sleek, strong and a little sore after this morning’s workout. I punished myself at the spa over this haze of succulent daydreams setting my days and nights on end. Discomfiting fissures in a lifetime of correct behavior.
Once upon a time I knew where everything fit.
It was another tiny fissure when I stopped to buy this bikini on the way home from my spa. The sun touches places that never saw it before. My body feels different somehow, as if I can feel the soft scrape of the blood pouring through my flesh. The top is small enough to make my breasts feel larger. Heavier. Outspoken. I blushed like a schoolgirl when I put it on, even though it was just me and the bedroom mirror.
Suddenly, in place of my reflection there was Shane looking back, clumsily masking his adoring surprise. I turned away to giggle and blush over a secret, personal triumph.
This book was added to our catalog on Sunday 25 March, 2018.