Heidi Cullinan and Amy Jo Cousins. Two BIG names in romance. Both write nuanced, sexy characters grappling with issues like identity and self-discovery. Both portray college aged protagonists who are slightly…more evocative than the norm. Both have big personalities and aren’t shy about discussing their ideas about romance and writing with the public. Amy Jo has been urging me to read Dance With Me for ages so getting these two together for an in-depth chat about Heidi’s rerelease of it? Well, it certainly seemed smart but these results? EPIC.
Last week, I had the great pleasure of interviewing Alexis Hall, romance author whose latest work, For Real, came out June 1st from Riptide Publishing. We chatted about this, his other works, queer lit, and the deep bowels of London, amongst others.
Laurence Dalziel is worn down and washed up, and for him, the BDSM scene is all played out. Six years on from his last relationship, he’s pushing forty and tired of going through the motions of submission.
Then he meets Toby Finch. Nineteen years old. Fearless, fierce, and vulnerable. Everything Laurie can’t remember being.
Toby doesn’t know who he wants to be or what he wants to do. But he knows, with all the certainty of youth, that he wants Laurie. He wants him on his knees. He wants to make him hurt, he wants to make him beg, he wants to make him fall in love.
The problem is, while Laurie will surrender his body, he won’t surrender his heart. Because Toby is too young, too intense, too easy to hurt. And what they have—no matter how right it feels—can’t last. It can’t mean anything.
It can’t be real.