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What to Read Wednesday

13 Feb

Thanks for joining me for WHAT TO READ WEDNESDAY! Today Lynne Silver is taking over the blog with a confession about her latest release CONQUERED MATCH….a short story! Afterward she’s sharing a wonderful excerpt and where you can find her and her book….September 2012 (5 of 11)

So, take it away Lynne!

Confession: My mom is my most avid reader. It took a while for her to get into my books, mainly because I wasn’t sharing how to buy them, and she wasn’t technical enough to know how to find them. Finally she got an iPad for her birthday, and she read Heated Match. I waited for her verdict. My stomach rolled and my skin got clammy (all those romance heroine visceral responses). Finally she called to say she LOVED it and got so into the book, she forgot her daughter wrote it.

So when she bought Conquered Match, I was more relaxed, because she loved the first book, of course she’ll love this. So boy was I shocked when she called to tell me she thinks I messed up. Here’s why… Conquered Match features a married couple. They’ve recently suffered a miscarriage and are having a lot of trouble dealing with the pain and communicating. In her grief, the wife does something pretty awful to her husband.

It’s a short short story, but I hoped I made a strong enough case to forgive the wife for what she did. My mom thinks no. She thinks there are some things a marriage can’t come back from.  I reread the story and still stand by the book. Thea had her reasons for what she did.

What do you think? If you’ve read Conquered Match, did I screw up? Be honest, I can take it. (Hint- the excerpt below might help) Or, if you haven’t read it, do you think there are some things a marriage can’t come back from? (Excluding physical abuse, which to me is never ever acceptable)

conqueredmatch_msrBook Blurb: Conquered Match Book two in the Coded for Love Series.

When genetically enhanced soldier Ryan Lopez learns his beloved wife Thea has betrayed his team by going to the news media and spilling Program secrets, he takes responsibility for her punishment the only way he knows how—seducing her until she’s begging for release. But the more he takes control of her body, the more he tests both their limits, and realizes he’s never fully understood his wife’s dark desires. It will take every bit of Ryan’s enhanced strength to prove to them both that the woman he loves is also his conquered match.

Excerpt: “Ryan,” she said, looking over at her beloved husband. “I’m sorry.”

He didn’t respond. His resolute profile remained locked, staring straight ahead.

For the first time since going to the press, doubt crept into her belly, causing an uncomfortable lurch that threatened to come up her esophagus. “I am sorry, I swear.”

Finally, he slowed his gait and looked down at her. “Are you? Or are you sorry you were caught?”

Ouch. Okay, she probably deserved that. By going to the press, she’d betrayed not only her husband, but his team and everything he’d spent his whole life working toward. But she’d had her reasons, if only he’d give her a chance. She could explain. An unfamiliar lump formed in her throat and tears welled in her eyes. If only she could go back a few days and talk to Ryan before talking to the press. But she’d been sad, so sad, and Ryan had treated her as if she were made of porcelain, too scared to talk about their loss.

Would she go back if given the choice? If she could reverse time, surely she’d go back five weeks to the day she miscarried and do something different. Stay in bed with her legs elevated or remember to take her prenatal vitamin, maybe. But that was crazy thinking. The doctors had assured her it was nothing she’d done. Her body had simply seen the genetically enhanced baby as a virus and expunged it. No, not it. Her. It had been a girl. Against Ryan’s concerns, she’d begged to know the gender of their dead child.

“What are you going to do to me? Feed me bread and water? Lock me up? Beat me?” she asked as they stepped into their tiny two-bedroom house on the compound.

He turned with a look she’d only seen once before on his face, the day she’d finally agreed to marry him after leading him on a merry one-year chase.

Desperation and dominance. A scary combination.

“Don’t tempt me. I’ve never hit a woman, and I certainly won’t start with you.” The small foyer’s creamy yellow walls seemed to squeeze in on her husband’s wide shoulders.

She released a breath. She hadn’t truly believed Ryan would ever lay a hand on her in anger, but she’d pushed him to the edge of control. Given that he was a genetically enhanced soldier, he’d probably kill her if he ever lost his physical temper with her.

Ryan stalked away from her, and then spun to face her. “They all laugh at me, Thea. My friends. They think I’m a wuss and let you wear the pants in the family. And I’ve been able to shrug it off, because I know how it is between us. You like to think you’re in charge and I’ve been content to let the illusion stand, because where it counts we have an equal partnership.”

She opened her mouth to speak, but shut it after his eyes glinted dangerously.

“But I’m done.”

She nearly vomited. What did he mean done? Was he done with her? She’d never be done with him. It would kill her if he left her. She’d known it was a possibility when she’d told a reporter all about her life in the Program, America’s top-secret military compound for breeding enhanced soldiers, but she’d been in a grief-fueled rage, uncaring about anything other than her own agenda. With a few weeks’ distance, she owned her mistakes and alienating her husband had been the biggest one.

“I’m done letting you have the power in the relationship. From now on I decide.” His palm slammed the wall, missing a wood-framed wedding portrait by inches.

She stared at him, not sure how to handle this. Ryan had always left decisions up to her. Whenever she asked his opinion about movies or dinner, he shrugged and told her it was her choice. So she’d stopped asking. “I knew you wanted pizza last night. Why didn’t you say something? I didn’t need Chinese takeout that badly,” she burst out, unable to keep silent. It went against her nature to not talk.

“You think I care about dinner last night?” he asked with narrowed eyes. “Jesus, Thea. I don’t give a shit about food. You can eat shrimp lo mein every night of the week for all I care.”

“Then what…”

“I was talking about sex, and our careers and our living situation, but mostly about sex, dammit.”

Oh.

“When we were first matched, I was so happy to be done playing games. No more lying to strange women about my job or excuses of why I could never stay the night or invite them to my place. I was happy to have a woman who knew what I was and where I worked. But no, you had me panting after you for a year, sneaking into my apartment at night, like I was your dirty little secret.”

“Everyone knew we were a match,” she protested. “It was hardly a secret.”

“And yet you kept me craving you, chasing you, doling out your favors when you decided you wanted sex. I thought things would be different when we married, but nothing’s changed. I’m still never sure where I stand with you.”

“What are you saying? You’re going to take me whether I want you or not. That’s rape.” The look on his face actually had her stepping back and mentally measuring the short distance to the door.

“Screw you, Thea.”

She tossed her head with a carelessness that was at total odds with her actual emotions. “What then?”

There was a long pause. She bit her lip, waiting for his sentencing. “I’m using the only option open to me. You’re going to have to beg, Thea.”

She swallowed.

“Turn around.”

She stared at him a beat before obeying. In a deft move, reiterating he was a highly trained special ops warrior, he slid plastic zip ties around her wrists, binding them behind her back. Not tight enough to hurt, but enough that her breasts were thrust forward by her arm position.

“Thea Lopez…” His husky whisper tickled her ear. “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be held against you.”

Author Bio: By day, Lynne Silver lives the suburban soccer mom life; volunteering with the PTA, doing laundry and working. By night she enters the sensuous world of alpha males and passionate heroines.

She calls the nation’s capital home and lives in an old fixer-upper with her husband and their two sons. When not writing romance, she reads it. Lots of it. Over and over and over again, preferably with a bag of M&Ms in hand. She is represented by literary agent, Jessica Alvarez of Bookends LLC

Where to Find Lynne:

www.lynnesilver.com  (be sure to sign up for the quarterly newsletter)

Twitter: @LynneSilver

Facebook: LynneSilverAuthor

Buy Links:

Ellora’s Cave: http://www.ellorascave.com/conquered-match.html

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Conquered-Match-Coded-Love-ebook/dp/B00AZZDKH0/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1357944005&sr=8-7&keywords=lynne+silver

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/conquered-match-lynne-silver/1114148829?ean=9781419940903

All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-conqueredmatch-1042846-144.html

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25 responses to “What to Read Wednesday

  1. Lynne Silver (@lynnesilver)

    February 13, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Thank you for having me here, Christine.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      February 13, 2013 at 10:29 am

      Thanks so much for joining me on What to Read Wednesday Lynne 🙂

       
  2. Cait

    February 13, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Hiya Lynne, great post and excerpt! I haven’t read Conquered Match yet so I don’t have an opinion on this warring married couple but I do believe there are some things a marriage cannot come back from…! Many best wishes for lots and lots of sales 🙂

     
    • Lynne Silver (@lynnesilver)

      February 13, 2013 at 8:31 am

      Thank you for stopping by, Cait. I agree there are some things a marriage can’t survive. Luckily Thea & Ryan’s does survive this.

       
    • ChristineWarner

      February 13, 2013 at 10:30 am

      I like the fact that Lynne stepped outside the box and I find her question one I’d really have to think about. I like to think that marriages can survive anything, but my realistic side knows this isn’t always the case….thanks for coming by Cait 🙂

       
  3. margeryscott

    February 13, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Wow, great excerpt. I’m on the fence as to what a marriage can come back from. The circumstancees, the people involved, the kind of betrayal – other than abuse, of course – I’d have to consider it on a case-by-case basis.

     
    • Lynne Silver (@lynnesilver)

      February 13, 2013 at 8:33 am

      Thank you for stopping by Margery. You’re so right about case by case basis. There are so many factors involved. You never know what goes on behind closed doors in someone else’s marriage. I’m always shocked when I hear about a couple getting divorced. “But they seemed so happy.” And the couples, I think are heading for Splitsville? Well they seem to make it.

       
    • ChristineWarner

      February 13, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Very well said Margery.

      Lynne..like you I’ve noticed the same thing with couples. I always find it surprising and interesting that couples we think aren’t going to make it do and the ones who don’t fight or seem to get along perfect really don’t. It just goes to prove that you never know what goes on behind closed doors….or maybe some people are better actors than others. 🙂

       
  4. Sharon Cullen

    February 13, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Hi, Lynne! We’re agent sisters. LOL. I didn’t know you were repped by Jessica too!

     
    • Lynne Silver (@lynnesilver)

      February 13, 2013 at 10:31 am

      Hi Sharon, Good to meet you! Thanks for stopping by. Glad to know we’re agency mates. I rarely know. I wish we could gather more of us, and become a Book Ends mafia or something.

       
    • ChristineWarner

      February 13, 2013 at 10:37 am

      How cool is that Sharon. Glad you came by!

       
  5. Jennifer Lowery

    February 13, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Great interview! And tough question! I like to think marriage can overcome any obstacle and I think I could forgive this one you’ve set up in the story. So, yes, I’m in agreement with you. Abuse, never. Thanks for sharing with us today! I’m so happy to have met a new author 🙂

     
  6. Alyssa Linn Palmer (@alyslinn)

    February 13, 2013 at 8:41 am

    My mom didn’t much like one of my books either (mostly because she thought there was too much sex, and it was too dark.)

    As for marriages — I think it’s really up to the couple themselves as to what is too much to come back from. For some, a one-night-stand would be too much, for others… more.

    Btw, that excerpt sounds great. Will have to pick up the book! 🙂

     
    • Lynne Silver (@lynnesilver)

      February 13, 2013 at 10:33 am

      Hi Alyssa! Yeah, I was terrified about the sex thing. Maybe that’s why she didn’t love Conquered Match- because it’s more than straight sex. I have “Toys” in it. And a little light bondage.

       
    • ChristineWarner

      February 13, 2013 at 10:42 am

      Everyone is making such interesting points…and you are correct in my opinion that it’s really something only a couple themselves can decide. Thanks for coming by Alyssa 🙂

       
  7. Kristina Knight

    February 13, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Hi, Lynne, nice to meet you! My mom hasn’t read my books – yet – and I’m a little nervous for her to…

     
    • Lynne Silver (@lynnesilver)

      February 13, 2013 at 10:33 am

      Good luck Kristina. It was a bit scary, but she was totally cool about it.

       
    • ChristineWarner

      February 13, 2013 at 10:42 am

      I bet your mom will love your stories Kristi! Thanks for dropping in 🙂

       
  8. ellaquinnauthor

    February 13, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I tweeted.

     
  9. Calisa Rhose

    February 14, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I’d say there are definitely points of no return in a relationship, certainly in a marriage. Did Thea cross the line to one? I’d have to read the whole book…and I do plan to! Nice to meet you, Lynne. 🙂

     
    • Lynne Silver (@lynnesilver)

      February 14, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      Hi Calisa, thank you for stopping by. I’ll want to know what you think! My sons are elementary school aged. They know there is kissing in my book and that’s it. I assume there will be an embarrassing moment in middle school or high school when some friends of theirs decide it would be funny to download one of my books. I do worry about that. We’ll have to face it as it comes.

       
  10. Calisa Rhose

    February 14, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Just curious-your mom’s ok with your books. What does your sons think? 😉

     

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