Sunday, May 25, 2014


Title: The Sordid Promise
Author: Courtney Lane
Genre: Erotic Suspense/Psychological Thriller 
Publication Date: March 26, 2014

Warning: Contains graphic language, frequent graphic sex, disturbing violence, and very dark themes.

When physical pain allows you to escape your reality; what do you do when the pain is no longer strong enough to quiet the emotional ache?

Diouana "Nikki" returned to her hometown six months ago to tend to her sick mother. She thought she'd left her "baggage" behind her on the opposite coast, only to find that it never left her side. As her self-destructive thoughts begin to consume her, her mother -- realizing Nikki's torment -- pushes Nikki to complete her last wishes.

Eric Brenton, Nikki's new neighbor, lives in a dark, chaotic world that is easily hidden behind his model good looks and cocky demeanor. Unapologetic about his dirtier intentions, he sets his sights on Nikki with an offer to help her. But his help comes with very unorthodox conditions and a huge price.

And Eric...comes with an extensive black box warning label.

I’ve been creating my own little world since I was very young. When I was eight years old, I began to bring those worlds to life with pen and paper.

While I write across genres (I find it hard to stick to one genre), I do have an archetype when it comes to the female protagonist — they have to have certain type of strength, strong convictions, and layered personalities. There will often be a lot of darkness and depth to my stories, but I don’t see the point in writing vapid characters who are thrust into “safe” situations.

Writing Science Fiction/Fantasy is my first love. If there is one thing for sure, I'm a bit of a misfit when it comes to Romance. I prefer my romances dark. The elements that will be common in my stories are: depth, controversy, and misfit characters.



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Every once in a while I read something and go, WTF did I just read?!?!? The Sordid Promise was THAT book. Nikki and Eric are chaos waiting to happen. The psychotic mess and the guy sent to keep her grounded. This is one of those stories that just when you think, "HA! I got it!" You don't. It is riddled with sex, lies, manipulation, family drama, and at the heart of it, a promise. Once I started reading this book, I did not want to put it down. I kept sneaking in chapters even after I knew I had to be asleep just to see what would happen next. *This story is not for the faint of heart. You want frilly, fluffy shit? Go elsewhere!* This story is gritty, dark, erotic and really puts you in the mind of a truly messed up person. You want to hate Eric, but you can't. You want to scream at Nikki to run, but you don't. These two are on a collision course and there's no stopping either of them. He fills a deep seeded need in her she can't escape, and he is addicted to her. But once the secrets come out, will she see his true intentions?  Can they both survive?  You like dark? GET THIS BOOK!

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