How much penance is necessary for one terrible decision?
Does the answer change if it’s the heroine instead of the hero who needs to atone for her checkered past?
In my December book, Not Just The Boss’s Plaything, both Nikolai Korovin and Alicia Teller feel ruined by their pasts. Marked by them. Disfigured, even, by the things they’ve done.
But is that fair?
In the distant past, Nikolai did terrible things while he was in the Russian Army, but then again, the army saved him from his brutal childhood. Yet it’s what he did in the more recent past that haunts him most. His brother Ivan is the only person alive Nikolai cares for—yet he deliberately and maliciously set out to destroy Ivan’s relationship with his wife. (You can read all about it in NO MORE SWEET SURRENDER, February 2013!) Ivan cut him off, leaving Nikolai adrift on a sea of his own bitter self-loathing.
Meanwhile, Alicia Teller makes only good choices, safe choices. She works at a charity in London. She no longer goes out, to the disgust of her friends. She’s made herself a model life—but it’s all a lot of fanciful architecture balanced on her terrible guilt. Because one night, eight years ago, she did something unforgivable. She can’t remember what happened in the back yard with the married neighbor next door—but her father saw her in the act, and neither one of them has moved past it.
Who’s more deserving of forgiveness? A man who acted deliberately and cruelly against the only person who loved him? Or a woman who was so drunk that she was taken advantage of—so drunk she couldn’t possibly have consented?
Together, Nikolai and Alicia explore what it means to forgive—each other and themselves. Because in the words of one of my favorite characters from my all-time favorite television show: “To forgive is an act of compassion. It’s not done because people deserve it. It’s done because they need it.”
And I can’t think of anyone who needs and deserves forgiveness—and love—more than two broken people who find that together, they make a beautiful new whole.
Not Just the Boss’s Plaything
A very personal performance plan
From the moment Alicia Teller tripped and fell into Nikolai Korovin’s arms, her iron-clad control started to slip!
While Alicia’s tantalizing curves might drive Nikolai to distraction, business and pleasure are not two things this legendary tycoon has ever mixed…until now.
A Devil in Disguise
Playing with fire!
Drusilla Bennett’s job from hell will soon be over. Ready to take her life back, she plucks up the courage to say “I quit!”
But nothing and no one has ever taken Cayo Vila by surprise, and he’s not going to let Dru go quite so easily…!
 Rupert Giles, “I Only Have Eyes For You,” Buffy the Vampire Slayer