By Anna del Mar
I’m delighted to introduce Noah Blake and Clara Luz, the main characters of To the Edge, my latest erotic romance, out November 14th, from Carina Press. To the Edgeis the second chance love story of Noah Blake and Clara Luz, who reconnect after years of lies and regret. The premise goes something like this: In order to learn about kink, Clara had to learn the ropes, but she never expected to be so compromised she’d need rescue by none other than Noah Blake, the first man she ever loved, the ex-SEAL who almost destroyed her, the wounded warrior determined to reclaim her heart and fight for redemption to the very edge of sexual obsession.
A few interesting facts about Clara. She is desperate to escape, tired of suppressing her life for the sake of her mother’s political career in the senate. In order to claim her freedom and in a bid to pursue her own path, she’s struck a deal to merge the popular sex and romance blog she publishes—anonymously, of course—with the most prominent online magazine in the country. To complete the merger, she must write an article about her personal introduction to kink, a fresh take on submission and domination, a huge risk for Clara, who’s also the CEO of the prominent Luz Foundation. She’s done her homework. She understands the dangers. She’s taken precautions. But who can plan for a fire? And how could she have ever imagined that her rescuer would be her first love, the same man who almost destroyed her?
Noah Blake is taking a rare break from cyberstalking the world’s most dangerous terrorists when he spots the column of smoke. A high-level intelligence operative and an ex-SEAL, Noah suffers from a severe case of PTSD that keeps him confined to his home on an isolated island in the Chesapeake Bay—a place that holds his life’s fondest memories. But like the heroes of my previous novels, Noah is no coward. He’s got brains and brawn and he sets out to fight the fire. When he arrives at the burning house, he encounters an erotic mirage: Clara, the lost love of his life, cuffed and trapped in an elegant Victorian birdcage, starring as the protagonist of a kinky scene he’s only dared to imagine in his wildest dreams.
As shocking as their reunion is, Clara and Noah soon discover that lies have kept them apart, the fire is no accident, and Clara is in more danger than she imagines. Noah is determined to do whatever it takes to protect Clara, who’s come up with her own, secret plan to help Noah reclaim his life. Her proposal also appeals to her most private fantasies. Noah can teach her everything she needs to know about kink, if he becomes her Dom.
Through a limited time engagement, a three week sexual agreement that unleashes the chemistry between them and reignites their affections, Clara and Noah search for the truth in a demanding, intense, erotic exploration of kink that will challenge their boundaries, test their limits, and push them To the Edge.
To the Edge by Anna del Mar
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
THEME: Romance, Contemporary, Military
To learn about kink, she had to learn the ropes. Yet she never expected to be so compromised she'd need rescuing. And by him. The first man she'd ever loved. The former navy SEAL who'd broken her heart.
Clara's gone wild.
Naked. Cuffed. Caged. Is this the sweet senator's daughter I left behind?
I didn't know it was her when I rushed into that room filled with flames, but I'll never let her go again.
She's proposed a unique way to thank me. It could bring us both to the edge of ecstasy—or to the point of no return.
Clara wants to submit. To me. Totally. Damn any limits. The very thought of it has brought me back from the dead.
But a stranger is watching from the shadows. He's made us his fantasy. And he plays rougher than I do. Where he's taking us now is somewhere so dark, and so dangerous, that this time it could be inescapable.
REVIEW:I was super excited to read At The Edge by Anna Del Mar, I heard from fellow readers about the first book At the Brink and knew this was an author I should check out. Luckily for me I had no problem diving into the second book without reading the first, I didn’t feel lost and got some small introductions to the prior couple. Of course now I cant wait to meet Josh and Lily, so the first book is now on my list.
Be prepared, To the Edge is one smoking hot book, in more ways than one of course. As when Noah finds Clara the house she’s in is one fire. But let me start from the beginning without giving away too much. Noah and Clara met when they were young in Chesapeake Bay. Noah was set to go to the Navy Academy, and even though he got a “great” recommendation from Clara’s Senator mother, it was more of a get lost farewell. Clara not knowing what her mother did loses her first love. Now its years later and Clara runs her mothers foundation and deals with being an annoyance to her mother, lets just say this woman is awful. But Claea’s side hobby is writing a sex advice blog. She gets some information from someone who wants to write an article on BDSM. She’s a total newbie with this subject but dives in anyways. Which brings her to how Noah and Clara meet up in a burning house with her caged. Let’s just say everything from there gets even hotter.
I was on the edge of my seat with this couple. Noah is an alpha male to the max and Claea is the perfect submissive for him. He has his issues, dealing with PTSD and its harmed the way hes lived his life, but Clara helps him through a lot. Its interesting how their relationship started our about writing an article to a passionate and intense relationship. Of course there are dangers, especially with Noahs job being in special ops.
Overall I enjoyed the intensity of the couples development, there is a ton of back-story for both. To me PTSD is a topic I know all too well with many friends and family who are former military and deal with it everyday. It was nice to see an author touch on this subject with care and understanding. I have definitely found a new author to follow, I loved her character building and the romance had me gasping and fanning myself! I look forward to the next book and cant wait to backtrack and read the first.
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About Anna Del Mar
Amazon bestselling author Anna del Mar writes hot, smart romances that soothe the soul, challenge the mind, and satisfy the heart. Her stories are about strong heroines struggling to find their place in the world and the brave, sexy, kickass, military heroes who fight with all they’ve got to protect the women they love.
She’s the author of The Asset, The Stranger, At the Brink and her newest, To the Edge. Anna enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, and the sea. Writing is her addiction, her drug of choice, and what she wants to do all the time. The extraordinary men and women she met during her years as a Navy wife inspire the fabulous heroes and heroines at the center of her stories. When she stays put—which doesn’t happen very often—she lives in Florida with her indulgent husband and two very opinionated cats. www.annadelmar.com.