Darker the Release
Revenge Saga #2
Revenge Saga #2
By: Claire Kent
Releasing October 6, 2015
USA Today bestselling author Claire Kent continues her emotionally charged story of longing, betrayal, and insatiable desire as two lovers find themselves in a deadly standoff of seduction.
Kelly Watson got involved with mogul Caleb Marshall for all the wrong reasons: namely, to prove that he murdered her father twenty years ago. But Caleb is hotter than hell, the sex is mind-blowing, and Kelly’s afraid that she’s falling for him despite her chilling suspicions. Now, the more time she spends in his arms, the more she risks betraying her identity and losing her heart. The only way out is to discover the truth before Caleb figures out who she really is. Caleb’s feelings for Kelly are taking him into uncharted territory, replacing his weakness for call girls and one-night stands with a hunger for something real. Still, the ruthless businessman in him can’t resist looking into Kelly’s background. When his investigation suggests that he’s not the only one with something to hide, Caleb is forced to decide if he can trust someone who’s been telling him lies. For the first time, Caleb understands how intimacy can be so tempting—and, in the wrong hands, so dangerous.
Darker the Release is intended for mature audiences.
Guest Post from Claire Kent
ON WRITING ROMANTIC SCENES
There’s a kind of buzz I get after writing a romantic scene when it’s a really good one. I don’t know quite how to describe it, but I always know I’ve done a good job if I get that buzz as I’m writing it.
It’s easy enough to set up a scene with all the trappings of romance. Maybe it happens between a beautiful hero and heroine in some sort of romantic setting (sunset or candlelight or something similar). You can give the hero a lot of sentimental words to say, and you can make the heroine overwhelmed with feeling as she hears them. Then maybe there’s a ring or a gift or a passionate tumble into bed. To a certain extent, these elements can lead to a romantic scene, but the romance will always be superficial if the story hasn’t authentically led up that point.
The best romantic scenes happen when we can feel that both of the characters have realistically and meaningfully reached that point in their development. There has to be a lot of depth and history in the words the hero (or heroine) says for them to really move readers emotionally. The whole book, up to that point, has to have led the characters inevitably to that scene. And that’s why the most moving and memorable romantic scenes—at least for me—don’t always have all the normal romantic trappings.
One of my favorite romantic scenes that I’ve written is in the epilogue of ESCORTED, and nothing about it should be romantic at all. It happens on the floor of a room in an apartment, and it’s sloppy and awkward and there’s no flowery or poetic dialogue (and there’s a lot of cash involved). None of the elements should work for romance, but it feels real to me, given the couple and how they’ve gotten to where they are in their relationship, so even the non-romantic elements can reflect how real their love is.
In DARKER THE RELEASE, there’s a lot of angst, conflict, and guilt before we get to the romance, and even when the romance starts to develop, there’s a lot of conflict yet to be resolved. The most typically romantic scene in the novel actually occurs near the beginning, when we know the characters aren’t even close yet to their happy ending. When they finally get to the end, the reconciliation scene is almost a mirror of the beginning—but it happens after both characters have grown into people who can actually be in a meaningful romantic relationship, so we can see how it’s the start of a new life for them.
The nature of the romantic scene has to be inspired by who the characters are and what they’ve been through if it’s really going to ring true and also give readers the right kind of romantic buzz.
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