by S.L. Pierce & Maren Kaye
Is a stranger who stalks your stalker a friend or your worst enemy?
Rachel Pendelton is determined to break from her small town past and stake out a new life for herself with a dream job in the big city. But hard work and determination are no match for whoever is working against her. When anonymous gifts show up, she’s flattered. When they appear in her locked apartment, she starts worrying. What can she do when everyone she turns to for help looks suspicious?
What she doesn’t know is that a game has begun. A game with rules as baffling as they are deadly. A game that will pit her against the criminally insane. And only one can finish alive.
Guest Post by Maren Kaye
I’m Maren Kaye, co-author with S.L Pierce of The Devil’s Game, the story of a young woman who has a deadly brush with a stalker. But there’s a twist; Is someone stalking her stalker? Does that make them her friend? Or her worst nightmare?
For me, one of the most intriguing aspects of writing The Devil’s Game was grappling with the romance between characters who may or may not have sinister intentions. There’s no question that a hint of danger can certainly heat things up, but what is it exactly that makes dangerous men attractive? And how much danger is too much?
Two of my favorite dark romantic characters are the arrogant Mr. Darcy from Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice and the intoxicating Edward Cullen from Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. On the surface, these two ‘hotties’ seem as different as alligators and unicorns.
But to me, they are very similar in the way they drew me in.
Mr. Darcy comes across as uninterested, aloof and even repulsed by our leading lady, Elizabeth Bennet. But he’s also a very powerful man, with great wealth and social prestige. For a Victorian woman, this is the equivalent of rock star status. He could crush the Bennets with a swipe of his hand. Yet Elizabeth refuses to be treated so disrespectfully without some explanation. Sound familiar?
Edward fights his primal urges to kill and in doing so, gives his leading lady the impression that he finds her distasteful and beneath him. Both characters warn their ladies of impending doom through their actions, yet it only serves to draw the women closer. It definitely had that effect on me! What were they hiding? Don’t we all want to take a walk on the wild side from time to time? Of course, I’m fairly sure I would have a nervous breakdown if I found out I was dating a vampire. Thank God we can live vicariously through books!
I’d love to hear about some of your thoughts about what makes a dangerous man more interesting or someone you want to get away from. Who are your favorite dark romantic characters?
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