Fans of Jodi Ellen Malpas, K. Bromberg, and Joanna Wylde will be unable to resist this sexy, deeply intimate tale of a woman running from her past, and the darkly mysterious man who sets her free.
I didn’t think answering someone else’s cellphone would change my life. But the stranger with the low, deep voice on the other end of the line tempted me, awakened my body, set me on fire. He was looking for someone else. Instead he found me.
And I found a hot, secret world where I felt alive for the first time.
His name was Dylan, and, strangely, he made me feel safe. Desired. Compelled. Every dark thing he asked me to do, I did. Without question. I longed to meet him, but we were both keeping secrets. And mine were dangerous. If I took the first step, if I got closer to Dylan—emotionally, physically—then I wouldn’t be hiding anymore. I would be exposed, with nothing left to surrender but the truth. And my truth could hurt us both.
Top Ten (or nine) List of
Women in Jeopardy Stories!
I saw Sleeping With The Enemy at an incredibly impressionable age and the thrill and fear and relief and of that storyline has stuck with me for years. I think the power of those stories – or modern retellings of it - stems entirely from the moment when the woman who has been scared and diminished turns around and confronts and defeats the person who has been terrifying her.
It’s a direct inspiration for Everything I Left Unsaid and my heroine Annie who is on the run and hiding from her abusive husband.
And so here is the list of my Top Ten Favorite Women In Jeopardy stories:
1-3. Chloe Underwood, Genevieve Spenser and Summer Hawthorne from the first three Ice series by Anne Stuart. When this romantic suspense series burst onto the scene it was so different, so exciting because it really really felt like the heroines were in danger – FROM THE HEROES! My favorite was Ice Blue.
4. Lizbeth The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Lizbeth gets so much abuse and so much revenge it became redundant for me – but that first book was so powerful!
5 Haven from Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas – oh man, this whole series is fantastic. But this book is the stand-out for me. So many of the times the backstory is shown in flashbacks or in conversation – to see the backstory happening in real time was super gripping.
6. Water from Burying Water – this is a really interesting book told in two time periods after a woman is found and she has no memory of what happened to her before. She’s not in jeopardy in the current time frame – but the tension is thick.
7. Gilliane of Warewick from This Is All I Ask. God, I love this book. It’s an older medieval that is so sweet. I’m not sure how it will stand up to someone coming at it fresh – as it’s many years old – but I love it. Grumpy hero, mousy heroine learns to stand up for herself. I reread it every few years.
8. Ariane from Enchanted. This is the third book in Elizabeth Lowell’s medieval paranormal series – which I love. The heroine doesn’t kill the man who abused her, which would have made it even better but this has been on my keeper shelf for eons.
9. Double Jeopardy. When I asked people on twitter and facebook about their favorite woman in jeopardy story – this one came up A LOT. It’s been eons since I’ve seen the Tommy Lee Jones and Ashley Judd thriller – but it’s a good one.
What about you? Are you a fan of woman in jeopardy stories? Which are your favorites?
Molly O'Keefe has always known she wanted to be a writer (except when she wanted to be a florist or a chef and the brief period of time when she considered being a cowgirl). And once she got her hands on some romances, she knew exactly what she wanted to write.
She published her first Harlequin romance at age 25 and hasn't looked back. She loves exploring every character's road towards happily ever after.
Originally from a small town outside of Chicago, she went to university in St. Louis where she met and fell in love with the editor of her school newspaper. They followed each other around the world for several years and finally got married and settled down in Toronto, Ontario. They welcomed their son into their family in 2006, and their daughter in 2008. When she's not at the park or cleaning up the toy room, Molly is working hard on her next novel, trying to exercise, stalking Tina Fey on the internet and dreaming of the day she can finish a cup of coffee without interruption.
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