The rush: suspense and romance – a guest post by PJ Adams
So, you’re there in a luxury hotel in the Austrian Alps, having been whisked away in a private jet by a man you might just be falling in love with…
“I have work in the morning,” I said. “Does your plan include getting me home after dinner?”
“If that’s what you want, yes,” he said. “It’s a two-hour flight, and then a car to your door. It’ll be a late night, for which I apologize, and I really should have made it clearer when I invited you, but I was fearful that you might have turned me down.”
“So, I can add deception to your list of crimes?”
“Economy with the truth,” he said. “Not deception.”
I looked down and saw that my plate was clean. I took my napkin and dabbed at my lips, then freshened up the gloss with the little Dior brush I’d been given back in the suite.
He watched me closely, which was just as well. He was meant to. He wasn’t the only one who knew how to play games.
“So why Austria? What brought you here?”
I didn’t expect the answer that I received. I expected him to be evasive, to drop hints about brave deeds, high-level negotiations. I expected him to tell me he was here to visit this little hotel he owned overlooking its own private valley in the heart of the Austrian Alps.
“A girl,” he said. “A girl and blackmail.”
What is it that makes suspense and romance go so well together? I’m not entirely sure, which is part of the fun, but I do know that for me they are, if I may put it this way, very good bed partners. Much of my romantic fiction has an element of danger, and I like it that way.
I think it’s something to do with the fight or flight response. Danger makes the adrenalin pump. The heart beats faster, senses are heightened – just as they are in a good, steamy romance.
There’s more to it than just getting the juices flowing, though. Good romance stories expose the protagonists, opening up their vulnerabilities. My new novel, The Object of His Desire, is a lot about that exposure and trust: Trudy Parsons is a young American woman living in London who becomes the centre of attention for Will Bentinck-Stanley, a super-rich member of the English aristocracy who is accustomed to getting exactly what he wants. He’s also involved in shady international adventures and is a man with a scandalous past, and Trudy has to work out whether she can every really trust him. He’s a man who protects himself behind so many layer of manipulation and misdirection that it’s hard to ever see through to the real him, and Trudy has the constant fear that he is just playing her.
That, in itself, is the set-up for a relationship that fascinated me from the outset, but when you throw in those international intrigues and storylines involving blackmail and murder everything is heightened. There really is everything at stake for the two would-be lovers, and it became a story I had to trust to
take its own course: I didn’t want this to be an artificial construction, I wanted to see where the story would go, and that’s when the whole writing process really comes alive for me.
I’m all for a romance story with a good old happy ending, but that’s made all the more satisfying if you hold out the possibility for as long as possible that things may not work out, and that’s even more exciting when the writer is discovering that as they write. And if the reason things might not work out is that lives are at stake, or that the man of your dreams might just be a double-crossing bad guy, that makes it all the better, as far as I’m concerned.
Writing under other names, PJ Adams is a successful novelist, with several novels published by major publishing houses and optioned for movies. As PJ Adams, she writes in the genre closest to her heart, erotic romance – love stories with that added heat, including The Object of His Desire and Four Temptations.
When Trudy goes to her estranged brother’s wedding, the last thing she expects is one of those moments: a handsome stranger, their eyes meeting across a crowded room… a tempting, but dangerous stranger. Determined to find out more, she discovers that dark secrets bind him to her brother; she also learns that he’s the kind of man who gets what he wants, and what he wants right now is Trudy.
Introducing her to the world of the super-wealthy, he showers her with designer clothes, shoes, and diamonds, whisking her off to dinner dates by private jet… what more could a girl want?
But as she finds out more about him, Trudy begins to wonder if she can ever love a man she can never fully trust. A man involved in murder and blackmail, who may just be using her as an alibi. Should she run or let herself fall for him? And will he give her a choice?
A passionate erotic romance, where scandals buried away in the past lead to murderous intrigue in the present, in the intensely steamy world of the super-wealthy and powerful.
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