2008 - 2009
I've been working
on this for over a year. The first draft was actually finished around 8-9 weeks
after I’d started it. The plot and sub plots are done; it's just the editing to
do now, as I spend a lot of time editing other writers’ works and not working
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Things are not
always as they appear to be in the high societal life of big business, family
loyalty and politics. Caroline comes from good stock, her family are members
on one of the highest rungs of the societal ladder. As an ex-model, she
is very self-assured and not shy in any kind of way, she is also a very sexy
lady, which has often landed her in deep trouble, especially with her father. She
is the black sheep of the family and always has been, yet the thing she most
wanted in her life, is her father’s approval, she could never gain it and could
never understand why. She also has a brother who is more like an arch enemy to
her and she resents the way he is so ‘in’ with their father. The only one who
loves her, from the family, is her mother - they have a very special bond.
married a controversial politician, and surprisingly, with her father's
blessing too. She retires as a model and turns to writing erotic novels
and makes a big name for herself doing that.
ten years of
marriage, her husband gets killed by some of the underground mob he mixed with.
Caroline was also hurt in the explosion that killed her husband, but she's
tough, life goes on, and she intends to live it to the full. She will readily
admit that her husband's death was the best thing that ever happened to her.
As well as being
financially independent, she also inherited her late husband's wealth. Other
than her mother, she has no one to love her in her life. She doesn't trust men
anymore because of the treatment she got from her late husband, or from her
father before him. The bedroom was the only place she liked her
husband; as far as she’s concerned, the bedroom is the only place worth
having any man anyway, as men can't be trusted with anything else. She has
never told any man that she loves him, because she never has actually trusted a
man enough with her love, she’s only ever been able to show them with the
physical kind of love.
She's not able to
drive but needs to get around after finishing her two latest new novels. Enter,
tall, dark and handsome, Jean-Paul. He is divorced and blames the kind of
books, that Caroline writes, for modern day women wanting more out of life than
they should; a sexy hero who is also an acrobat in the bedroom. Caroline has
the hots for him as soon as she sees him, but so does her slut of an agent,
Yvonne one little bit, she is everything he despises in women, more plastic
than personality. He is especially sickened when he finds out, from Caroline
herself, that Yvonne had an affair with her husband. J-P cannot understand how
Caroline could still regard her as a friend. He does like Caroline though, a
lot, once he gets to know her and they become firm friends; He has never known
such a strong-minded, independent and dynamic woman and she intrigues him
Jean-Paul to the USA,
to a book signing tour, and makes up her mind that she is going to seduce him.
J-P is soft-hearted and is an unassuming man; he's very gentle, but he’s
also nobody's fool. He knows she’s only in lust with him, but he falls head over
heels in love with her; He is willing to take on Caroline and be her lover,
even though he knows she doesn't, and probably never will, love him.
He loves her and is determined to win her heart and change her mind about
the way she thinks about all men.
Through his gentle
qualities, he makes himself Caroline's tower of strength, and I don't just mean
in the bedroom. Through J-P’s gentle persuasion and Caroline's, sometimes,
little bits of openness, J-P knows that there are things that trouble Caroline
deep down inside; things to do with her late husband, her father and her
brother. He is determined to find out what's been going on over the years and
wants to unfurl the mystery of the woman he calls, 'The lady with the peridot
eyes.' He has an ally; Caroline's own mother. But what he eventually
reveals, through detection and some very stark confessions from Caroline,
shocks him down to the core. He now has to deal with some knowledge that could
take away from him the thing he loves in life the most.
also finds out some very shocking things about her family and
realises that her whole life has been a lie, including what she's been led to
believe by her beloved mother.
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I liked writing
about Caroline, she's a bitch in some ways, she's cynical and can be a little
two-faced about certain people too, but that's what makes her feel real for me.
She's hard-headed and quite hard-hearted in some ways and is very mentally
strong. Although she's not perfect, she is a good and likeable person.