I do believe that we have little control over who we fall in love with. When it happens, it happens, even if it is not someone you might have expected. You can fall in love with a woman. Or a man. Or someone who is transgender. No matter who it is, the journey is exciting, passionate, and usually very rewarding.
But reading about divorce statistics and rates of infidelity can be a little depressing, because it seems that love isn’t infallible. Romance books would have us believe otherwise. In a book, you meet the person of your dreams, fall in love, and live happily ever after. So why is life not more like our books? Why do people fall out of love or cheat on their partners? I have no data on this, but in my opinion, many people who leave a relationship feel that their needs aren’t being met in some way.
In my newest book, Training the Help (releasing today!), I explore this idea. Jack and Kendra are a happily married couple. She’s a movie star, he’s a CEO and they have a large, lovely estate and everything they could possibly want. Sort of. Jack is a Dom, and his wife is not submissive. She’ll play at BDSM a little, but not the way he needs. They have a mutual arrangement that he can go to a BDSM club and be involved in helping other Doms with their subs, as long as no sex is involved. This works to some extent, but Jack feels like he’s missing something. Kendra is bisexual, but since she married Jack, she’s given up sexual contact with anyone other than her husband. As a gorgeous actress, she gets lots of offers, but she’s stayed true to her vows, even though sometimes she misses the company of another woman.
Then they hire housekeeper Sophie, and she turns their household upside down. In her, Jack finds the sub he’s been wanting, and Kendra sees a woman she’d love to be with. They are both confronted with something their partner can’t give them, and the temptation proves too great.
I chose an FFM grouping because I frequently see the bisexual man in erotic romance, but a book with a bisexual heroine is much more rare, and that’s a shame because their presence in the world is much more common and they should be represented in literature, too. And the idea for the book was sort of born when I thought about what would happen if a bisexual person married, but then began to miss the sexual contact with the gender he/she ‘gave up’. Someone who is bi could marry someone of the same sex, and still want the opposite, or they could have a het relationship and long for someone of their own gender. Either way, it could put a great deal of strain on a relationship, especially if they feel they’re conforming to someone else’s desires but not their own.
In the end, communication is vital to keep any relationship strong. Jack and Kendra forgot that, as so many real life couples do, and it created havoc for them. Thankfully though, their story is a romance, and like most romances, it does end happily. It is my hope that couples faced with similar issues can find the solutions they need as well.
Unemployed and running out of resources, Sophie LaPlante is desperate for a job, when the perfect one appears before her. A wealthy couple from Hedon Falls requires a live-in housekeeper, and Sophie is just what they’re looking for.
Jack Sullivan, a powerful CEO and Dom, is married to actress Kendra Hughes. He immediately senses submissive tendencies in his new housekeeper. His wife can never be the sub he needs, so while Kendra is away on a film shoot, he begins to train Sophie. When Kendra returns, she joins the training to explore her own Dominant desires. While their sessions were not intended to involve sex, they find themselves fighting a losing battle against their mutual attraction.
The three of them are caught up in a web of lust, guilt, and infidelity, all complicated by an ex-boyfriend who can’t leave Sophie alone.
Michelle Graham has dreamed of being a writer since she was very young. Her stories almost always had a happy ending, and once she reached a certain age, they almost always had romance. Michelle loves to recreate that wonderful feeling of falling head over heels in love. The relationships she writes about are definitely not conventional, but the love is always the same.
Michelle has been in love with her wonderful husband for seventeen years, and they have two children, and a variety of animals. She lives in southern Ontario, Canada.
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