I had Skye Warren here before, and her stories are always so intriguing. Also, more covers like this, please!
The book is Overture by Skye Warren, out today in the Contemporary, Erotica, Romance.
Forbidden fruit never tasted this sweet… The world knows Samantha Brooks as the violin prodigy. She guards her secret truth—the desire she harbors for her guardian.
Liam North got custody of her six years ago. She’s all grown up now, but he still treats her like a child. No matter how much he wants her.
No matter how bad he aches for one taste.
Her sweet overtures break down the ex-soldier’s defenses, but there’s more at stake than her body. Every touch, every kiss, every night. The closer she gets, the more exposed his darkest secret.
She’s one step away from finding out what happened the night she lost her family. One step away from leaving him forever.
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The memory of our last talk heats the air between us—about condoms and sex. And the way he walked in on me when I moaned his name. God. I’m not sure I can stand another talk like that. “I’m not naive, Liam. I know you took me in because I didn’t have anywhere else to go.”
A muscle in his jaw ticks. “That wasn’t exactly the reason. And even though I didn’t know you before I took custody, I’ve grown to care about you over the years. If I didn’t state it clearly enough, then the fault lies with me. I wasn’t raised to show… affection.”
I stare at him, incredulous. Affection? It’s a cold comfort to a girl who’s always wanted the surety of forever. And the word might as well be alien to a man like him. “I’m going to tour the country. The world. I’m leaving, Liam.”
He looks away. “Christ.”
Unease moves through me. “Did you really think I wouldn’t come back?”
“I don’t know why you would want to.”
“Because I care about you.” Liam is six feet of pure muscle and hard will. There’s no way someone like me could go up against him and win. Except that when I take a step closer, he tenses. Another step and he goes still as stone. It gives me a sense of power, enough that I take the final step. “I care about you even though you’re controlling.”
There’s only an inch between the ruffle of my blouse and the flat of his abs.
“You think I’m going to apologize for keeping you safe?” he mutters. “You think I give a damn that you’re mad at me as long as you’re in one piece? That’s the only thing that matters.”
“Because you think of me like a daughter?”
He shakes his head slowly, not breaking eye contact. “No.”
“No?” I whisper.
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Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dangerous romance. Her new book ESCORT is out now!
“ESCORT is perfection only Skye Warren can deliver—a poetically erotic tale of exquisitely damaged characters, devastating secrets, revenge and redemption.” – Samanthe Beck, USA Today bestselling author
“Hypnotically romantic…this book reads like a sensual dream and I didn’t want to wake up.” – Tessa Bailey, New York Times bestselling author
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Hi Sky, and thank you for being here today. Overture definitely sounds like a forbidden romance! Tell us more about the Heroine…
Samantha Brooks was a child prodigy, which put her in the global spotlight at a young age. Her father was a diplomat who traveled around the world.
She was twelve when he passed away, and Liam North took guardianship of her. Since then she’s strived to be a good girl, never stepping out of line, always following the rules.
Liam rules the household with efficiency from his military background, maintaining a sort of distance from Samantha even as his life revolves around her. As she turns eighteen, she begins to break the boundaries they’ve established for the past six years, and Liam is forced to confront his changing feelings for her.
Did you listen to a lot of violin music while writing Overture?
Since the heroine of OVERTURE is a classical violinist, music is a strong thread in the book. Shubert, Heifetz, and Vivaldi each get a nod in the book.
And there’s a particularly dirty scene set to Beethoven’s 5 Secrets.
The interesting thing is that I listened to so much instrumental music while writing my last two books, SURVIVAL OF THE RICHEST and THE EVOLUTION OF MAN. But while writing OVERTURE, mostly 90’s pop. It’s funny the way music influences writing. It’s not always a direct line. It makes sense in my head because the Trust Fund duet had somber undertones while OVERTURE has a sexy and youthful vibe.
How do you get ideas for your books?
It’s hard to pinpoint a single place for ideas. There are a million places for ideas. A million ideas that are constantly popping up. I actually don’t write them down when they come to me, because I know that the good ones keep coming back. In fact they won’t leave me alone.
For OVERTURE, I have to give a nod to the other books with this trope that have come before it. My favorite guardian ward romance is SEDUCER by Madeline Hunter. I also love NIKOLAI by Roxie Rivera and LORD OF ICE by Gaelen Goley. I read all three of those books years ago, and I’ve been waiting for the chance to write my own story with this element.
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